Thursday, November 29, 2012

Tina and Scott :: Engaged!

As I sit to write this blog post - I have a lot of things running through my head. First? This session was my very last for the year. I decided to close up shop before Thanksgiving this year to allow time to enjoy the holidays, spend some time with my hubby during his school break and begin the resting period a little earlier than normal. Second, I wouldn't (couldn't) have possibly asked for a better note to end on than spending it with these two.

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Tina is my and Nick's personal trainer. Any semblance of muscle tone and flat tummy I have is thanks to her kicking my butt off and on the last year or so. Any of you out there that have a personal trainer know two things 1) your PT is your therapist. Like a bar tender, just with sweat. 2) you have a love/hate relationship with your trainer. I love her for the work she puts me through and say unflattering things about her for two days after when I can't move. But I'll keep Tina around forever because I'm just very fond of her with her kick-ass personality, her no-holds-barred opinions, her listening ear, and her dependability.

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Awhile back, I started to hear about this guy at the gym that was starting to flirt and get Tina's attention. This guy that was really saying all the right things, and really investing time to "run into" her casually at every opportunity. A first date was had and as time went on (fast forward several months) I listened (mostly through Nick, because lets be honest....I didn't go the gym for months and months) about how it was getting more and more serious and they were talking rings. And thennnnn Tina text me to ask about getting nice Christmas photos done for Scott's mom for Christmas. And "engagement-like shoot, but no, they weren't engaged yet". Five minutes later I get a text from Scott.....the photos for his mom were just a front. He was going to propose. I about died on the spot.

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Clandestine planning ensued and we came to Sunday with a clueless Tina, a nervous Scott, me and my Jenni, who came out to second shoot this with me.

(Jen's view on the right)

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Scott wanted to propose at the same place he first told Tina he loved her, so we headed down to the Riverwalk.....

(Jen's view on the right)

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We started out with just a few casual shots to keep Tina off the scent, and then staged it to begin with Tina's back to Scott. And then this all happened....

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And then this happened....

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I cried. Jen cried. Tina cried. And I'm pretty sure big tough man Scott got misty. (p.s. these images are all credited to Jen)

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They're gonna get maaarrrieeddddd :)

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I have a very strict life rule. I am not friends with little people. Its just not good for my self-esteem and sense of femininity. Tina is very much the exception to the rule....I mean really! She's so bitty!

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I asked her to stand on her tip toes to close the distance...

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We wandered around just a little bit more.

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I LOVE this image - Tina is not a fragile person despite her pint size, but I just love the way Scott's hand looks so massive while gently holding her face close to him. This man is sooo gone over this girl. She doesn't need a protector, but she found the guy that protects her anyway.

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Love this.

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Then we headed over to Danada Farms, as Tina loves horses, and the setting fits them so perfectly.

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They brought along Ted...and he was not impressed by me.

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My view on the left - Jen's on the right. Absolutely melts my heart how she presses into him.

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Scott recounted to me when he first saw Tina: "I was on the treadmill running next to my buddy, and she walked by with a client and she smiled. I literally tripped on the treadmill and my buddy was like "what the heck is the matter with you?" and I told him right then that I was gonna marry that girl. She was just so beautiful and I knew right away." Can I hear a collective swoon here ladies??

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Had to get a horse shot for Tina...

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Favorite.photo. of the day - possibly of the year.

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At the end of every shoot I do, I tell the couple "okay, this is it! Make it count!" and I love seeing the different reactions. THIS just makes me happy sigh.

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Scott and Tina - thank you so much for the amazing opportunity to be a part of this with you both. Scott, thank you for making this woman so stinking happy. Thank you for loving her the way you do. Tina, I couldn't be happier for you - you found an amazing man, one strong enough to tell you no when you need to hear it, one that will encourage you endlessly, one that will always be on your side and always think the best of you, and one that will always love you. Congratulations!!!

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Jaclyn and Ryan :: Engaged!

This year, on Thanksgiving, I'm very reminded how grateful I am for the amazing clients I work with. One of the best parts of this job is being able to build relationships, and I'm constantly blown away by the amazing couples that find me and invite me to be a part of their wedding process. Jaclyn and Ryan are a perfect example so I thought before I left for family time and hours of eating...I'd show them off :)

When I first sat with these two and heard all about their story - I was so taken with the way they went back and forth telling it. Filling in the blanks, the "oh, and remember!"add in's, and the way they smiled for an hour. As they've been planning, they originally found another photographer that just didn't work out for them and they came to me. Eeep!! I loved them so much and I wanted so much to work with them but holy moly I felt so much pressure to make their experience everything it should have been the first time around - amazing, fun, exciting and something they want to do again with me on wedding day :)

So! Off we headed to the city on the windiest.day.of.the.year. Really. They were totally troopers through it. Jaclyn ate her hair, the sand exfoliated our skin, we leaned into the wind, smiled and had a grand ol' time anyway!

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The first thing to know about these two is that they're a beautiful couple.

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Jaclyn smiles with every part of her body. Her nose scrunches, her eyes crinkle, her shoulders come up and you helplessly smile back at her.

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Ryan is a soft heart who will so obviously love this woman until the end of time. . He is steady, and intelligent. He is gentle and strong. He is an inherently good person - you can see it in his eyes. And?? He smiles a lot too.

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They are so comfortable together - you can see it in the way they casually touch when they talk, the way Jaclyn leans on Ryan, the way they hug and fit.

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It was so windy. Truly. As difficult as it is to work out "posing" in the kind of wind - it takes a good sport to deal with her hair in it :) Jaclyn - you were awesome!

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I love these two images...

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I loved their props!!

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Love this smile

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Sometimes when I'm shooting I know it's all working together - the light, the couple, the feel of it all...and I do a little happy dance :)

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And then other times, when I'm editing, I see this - and I melt.

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And then - there's my favorite. This image - even though there are no huge smiles that are so common to them....this is my favorite. These two are so.in.love. They know they have something special and they treasure it - they treasure each other. And I love how this shows it.

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I can't wait to see you guys again for the wedding!!!

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