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...
It was Christmas Day, after the morning madness of excitement, gift giving, and the chaos that comes afterward. It was my favorite part of Christmas, the calm after the storm, when the energy level dips and everyone settles into a comfortable happiness. I enjoy most just reveling in the joy that is this day, and in the togetherness of having everyone home.
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!
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.
When we first starting planning their river engagement session with Claire and Andrew, they told us that they both felt pretty awkward taking photos. You've probably heard me say this before, but I love hearing this! Most of our couples are not professional models. They find it at least a little uncomfortable to be photographed (I sure do!). Most people don't know how to find the best light or the best angles. This is where I get to really stretch my professional muscles and lead them through the process. My very favorite thing is hearing that someone had a great time having their photo taken, even if they were nervous at first! By the end of their session, Claire and Andrew were pros, and we had so much fun with them!
It's officially Fall now, so I'm going to pretend that we photographed this Memphis river engagement session while the temperatures were blissfully cool and fresh fallen leaves crunched underfoot.
But that is not reality.
Reality is that, while it was almost Fall, the temperatures were still uncomfortably hot. Reality is that Alicia and Charles both donned jackets for the sake of the photos, but they quickly removed them after the shutter stopped clicking. Reality is that the leaves on the trees are still stubbornly green and remain fixed to their branches.