Tate and Michelle

My sister is getting married in nearly exactly a month! I had the honor of shooting their engagement session.  I knew it would be good because we are all so comfortable with one another.  Whenever I give photos to clients, I always try to include the quirky ones too.  This shoot was no exception.  I feel that those are the moments that define a relationship. They may not be perfect, but they are true. And I’m all about honest photography.

 

Tate is one of the best things that I’ve seen happen to my sister.  He’s so many things that she’s not, and vice versa. The common joke is that Michelle is marrying someone exactly like me. He’s also really goofy, as you can see in the photos.

 

It’s been such an honor to get to know him over the past few years. I’ve seen him grow during that time.  Emotionally and spiritually.  I think he should be about done growing physically!  I’ve seen him realize what it takes to be a man worthy of a woman’s love.  He’s made difficult decisions in order to make her feel safe in their relationship.  So we welcome him with open arms and are excited to see where God takes the both of them.

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Tate and Michelle

Sam and Fernando Engaged

My dear friends Sam and Fernando are engaged! Of course, Fern was a bit skittish when it came to photos, but part of my job is to change my clients’ perspective on themselves.  One of my favorite aspects of my job is when I get to make my clients feel comfortable in their own skin, and usually they don’t even realize they are changing throughout the shoot! This is where great humor and peace come in handy.  Check out how cute they are.

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Sam and Fernando Engaged

Nick and Lauren Engaged

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Nick is a goof. And Lauren loves that about him.LaurenNickweb-13 LaurenNickweb-22 LaurenNickweb-24 LaurenNickweb-27 LaurenNickweb-32 LaurenNickweb-37

They love to laugh and have fun. And I appreciate that so much. LaurenNickweb-42 LaurenNickweb-47 LaurenNickweb-51 LaurenNickweb-56 LaurenNickweb-58

Congrats to Nick and Lauren on your engagement!LaurenNickweb-65LaurenNickweb-20

Nick and Lauren Engaged

Brett + Jordyn

“Here.”

My teal and purple wind jacket swished loudly as I reached into my pocket to check the text.  Oh man, Oh man, Oh man.  My heart began to pound as I made my way through the overgrown bushes and trees.

The plan had been executed perfectly up until now.  My dear friend was about to be proposed to and the execution of said plan was well under way. She was about to be so surprised. And that was a miracle.

If you would have sent a hovercraft over the Palmer Hill (the only hill in Sarasota), one would have spotted a suspicious looking person in an abnormally large straw hat and 80’s windsuit, making their way through waste high shrubs clearly off any of the designated running paths.  One would have thought it disconcerting as said person crouched behind a tree for a second and then moved on.

I was looking for the perfect location.  I had disguised myself perfectly, each article of clothing was something I wouldn’t have been caught dead in.  Ok, that’s not really true because I love the ’80’s, but Jordyn wouldn’t recognize me. That’s all that mattered.

As I sat crouching in the high shrubs waiting to hear their voices, I periodically whipped my camera out to snap a photo of a weed.  I supposed it would be better to be thought of as a strange botanist than a creepy peeper with a camera.

I think my heart was pounding more than Brett’s. Was I popping the question? No. But I was getting the shot.

All went nearly 100% according to plan despite nearly running into them on the path, getting eaten alive by mosquitos, and sitting dangerously close to a spider web.  Those minor details were greatly diminished in light of the glory of the moment Brett got down on his knee underneath the sprinkling gray clouds.  *snap

So here are the *snaps. Hope you enjoyed a bit of my story. I wish the best for theirs. Here’s to Brett and Jordyn!

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Brett + Jordyn