There’s a group of people who deserve to be thanked every single day. Part of this group consists of the soldiers that put their lives on the line for our country. The other part of this group are their loves. So let’s start this off right, thank you to every single member of our military and to their families, the sacrifices you make for our country are huge.
When Erin first emailed me I panicked. I wanted to do this session so badly, but just didn’t know how. Her and Tyler were on a tight timeline to get their engagement photos done. Tyler is a Marine and on Friday he leaves to go to Virginia for training. To add to that, they’re back in Colorado and at the time our Thanksgiving trip back was very much in jeopardy of not happening. In fact, it wasn’t until Thanksgiving Eve that we decided that the predicted ice storm wasn’t going to happen and that we wanted to make the trip back. Cue an immediate email to Erin to see if there was a time that weekend that would work for them.
As fate would have it, not only did it work out, but our early morning session was welcomed by a ridiculous sunrise. In true late November fashion though, it was not welcomed with warm temperatures, or anything even above freezing. When we started out it was a frosty 22 degrees out and even when we finished an hour and a half later it had only climbed to 28. As soon as I’d finish shooting, Mitch would hustle their coats to them, and on the few car rides we had the heat was cranked. Minus the goosebumps though, going back through their session you’d never guess it.
As we creep closer to Friday I can only imagine that Erin is trying everything she can to get time to stand still. By the end of tomorrow I’m sure that it will be just the opposite and she’ll be praying for time to fly, counting down the days to her next visit, and to him getting assigned so that they can live closer together.
By the way, I’ve been asked a few times if I Photoshop in skies. I do not. They’re color corrected just like all of my photos, but if it wasn’t there I don’t put it in.
When we were working on where to shoot and what they wanted to do to make their session more personal, Erin added in that they were a fun and playful couple. I’m always cautiously excited when I hear that. While away from the camera that’s totally how some couples are, however some just can’t get over the fact that there is a camera in front of them. Tyler and Erin were not like that. They totally lived up to their fun label!
Have I mentioned that I love small towns?!
One of my favorite things is to throw in some off camera lighting and then shoot the natural light in the same location. Two completely different feels, without hardly changing anything.
L-O-V-E, love this!
After walking Main Street in Crook and needing a heater blast session, we decided to head out to Erin’s family’s farm.
FUN FUN FUN
I’m obviously a big proponent of making a session personal and about you. When we were walking around the farm, the only specific place that Erin really wanted to shoot was at a little gate in front of their house. As we were heading towards it, she shared that when she was a little girl she used to play Secret Garden around it. This is part of her story, and now this gate is part of her and Tyler’s story. Isn’t that so much better than some location that I just randomly picked out?
One last note, as you send out your Christmas Cards don’t forget the military. If you know someone serving overseas, add them to your list. If you don’t personally know anyone send one here:
A Recovering American Soldier
c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue, NW Washington, DC