February is the month of love. Quite honestly, it’d be nice if love were celebrated and honored year-round, but that’s not really how it works. Love doesn’t work that way in relationships either, but every now and then there’s a spark that’s worth highlighting in the day-to-day routines of a relationship. This particular couple was not an engagement shoot, nor a wedding or anniversary. This was actually a regular ol’ family portrait session with kids and all craziness that entails. Knowing how rare it is to sometimes find time to squeeze in a little romance, so I excused the three kids to go play and borrowed mom and dad for a few minutes of privacy. I love this kissie shot.
Meet Janet. She is one of 16 graduates from a special needs school in California where I was contracted to do their graduation photos. I had no idea what I was walking into when I agreed to do the school’s photos. Figuring out how to get pictures of those with wheelchairs, moods, muscle control challenges, and intense reactions to their surroundings was something I had to learn on the spot. As an experiment, I took black and white half-face shots of every student. Little did I know that the school took those shots, blew them up and had them hanging on the gym wall representing each student at graduation. They were given as a gift to the parents after the graduation. Janet has one of the best smiles I’ve ever seen.
This one brings back memories. With a heart and a dream to pursue photography, this was my very first shoot on my own in my attempt to be a “real photographer” and the very last picture taken on the shoot. Taken in my little apartment on a couch pushed up against the wall, my very first client brought this wooden sign and asked to do something with it. (Yep, she brought her own props because I had none.) I had absolutely no idea what I was doing and did my best to hide my nerves to make this first-time momma comfortable. We both had to have faith on this one! I am so grateful that someone decided to take a chance on me.
Everyone needs a little white church in their life. This one’s mine. A building with history and charm in a little town that means a lot to me, I enjoy driving past this no matter what time of year. This picture was taken on a bright fall day with a bluebird sky, and although I love the photo in color, there’s just something about little white churches in back & white. Classic.
Every couple I ever shot has a story. I love back stories. At some point during my time with them I always try and squeeze out a tale or two of a juicy detail about their relationship, engagement, or history. This particular couple was my Harley couple that rode in from six states away to elope in the Rocky Mountains. They were all about the leather & lace…and they were fun. I won’t get into their personal details because it’s not for me to tell, but I love this photo because it reminds me of their story and makes me smile every time I see it.