When Ed and I got in the car to head to this engagement session, I looked at him and said, "We're going to love this couple. It's going to be so fun!" And I was 100% right. We are slowly beginning to shoot a few sessions, while taking precautions and keeping our social distance. After so many days in quarantine, spending time with this couple was exactly what we needed, especially since it was also Ed's birthday!
This is the engagement session that almost didn't happen. Instead, it turned out even better because we went ahead with it anyway! Maggie and Jeffrey live in Nashville, so we looked at the forecast and chose a day that looked nice and sunny for their engagement session in Memphis. And it was... until it wasn't.
I think I speak for every photographer on the planet right now when I say that we are so ready to start shooting again! Thanks to Covid, we've all been cooped up, trying to find other ways to express our creativity. We were thrilled when Memphis began reopening, allowing us to safely photograph couples in love, from a 6 foot distance.
The odds were against these two ever meeting. They didn't go to the same school or work at the same place. They weren't even from the same town. But chance would have it that they would meet. They would bump into each other serendipitously, and...
Tennison and Shea's love story is a brand of fairy tale all their own. Of all the people who could have set them up, Tennison lucked out with someone who truly had her best interest at heart: her dad. Shea is the son of her dad's co-worker, and he knew that by the way that he treated his own parents that he was a good guy. When her dad mentioned it to him, Tennison ran to Facebook to find a photo of Shea. She later reminisces, "I know it's silly, but as soon as I saw his photo, I just knew he was the one."
Common ideals, activities, and interests are important for the longevity of any relationship. Like most couples, Kaitlin and Eric like a lot of the same things. They enjoy being outdoors, and they both have a particular affinity for the beach. Sometimes describing themselves as foodies, they appreciate good meals and drinks, especially when sharing them with each other. However, they also know, and respect, that they are different. It is their variations that make them distinctive and balance their relationship!
Michelle and Matt are, above all, best friends. Like friends, they spend a lot of time together, doing things that friends do. They are comfortable grabbing a beer or a cocktail and watching the game. In fact, they always stock up on Memphis Grizzlies tickets so that they don't miss their favorite team play. They both enjoy being outdoors, and they are always active. Their friendship is very important to them, and they nurture it to keep it growing.
And yet, they are so much more than friends.
Sam and JT have such a fun love story. As every good love story should be, it perfectly embodies their relationship. Theirs is one composed of lots of laughs. Like, lots. These two just can't help but to have fun around each other. Sam told me that their favorite thing to do together... is nothing. Because even when they are doing nothing, they enjoy each other's company. They have an uncanny knack for turning nothing into something fun! As you will soon see, this includes their urban Memphis engagement session. I don't think we've ever had a session filled with so much joy and mirth!
We met Ashley and David over drinks, not too long ago. As one drink turned into two, then dinner, Ed and I knew we could talk with them all night long! We couldn't wait to see them again for their downtown Memphis engagement session. We knew it would be full of fun and laughs, and we were not disappointed! I have never made a secret of my favoritism for laughing photos. Ashley and David filled and surpassed my quota! And for every one of these joy-filled photos, Ed and I laughed twice as much.
Anne-Sophie and Dalton have been in a long-distance relationship for most of the time they've been together. They are also both medical students, so free time is rare and precious. These two know bestt how to make the most of every minute that they are in the same city. They squeeze in visits when they can, and they make every second count, even if it's just sitting on the couch binge watching the latest Netflix show. We were so happy that we could find a time to get them together in Memphis for their engagement session, and we loved watching them soak up every minute together!