When I first met Allie eons ago working one of my first bar / bat mitzvahs, I felt a sort of nervousness that only comes from hoping the other person would want to be friends - which feels so silly when you're a grown adult! But nonetheless, nerves faded away quickly when we both realized we had found kindred spirits in each other, especially in this business that can sometimes feel so big and you feel so small.
So flash forward a few years and over happy hour, Allie shares she's met this guy Mark ... flash forward more time and I get a FB message from Mark asking if I'm available on a very specific date and time last summer. Turns out, I was about to photograph my first proposal / engagement! WAHOO! It was an amazing, breath-taking experience and one I wouldn't change for the world. Two of the most kind-hearted, loving people starting their life together ... and I was so blessed to capture that moment for them! Remembering that moment still brings tears to my eyes!
Flash forward again and Allie + Mark book a lovebird session on the last Sunday in January - I was so nervous! I wanted to give them images to really cement this time of planning and preparation for them before their big day. When we started walking outside the studio, I felt nervous! How in the world am I going to capture these two within the hugeness of their love?! I kept thinking I could try all these things I've never tried, only seen other friends in the industry do ... but then I sort of metaphorically slapped myself in the face and reminded myself to KEEP IT SIMPLE! These are two friends, for pete's sake <3 I could totally be myself and direct them in an easy way, so we could let their love really shine.
When I was editing and reviewing the images later, my face was aching from all the smiles! It's amazing thing to see a friend so dear be loved so completely by her soul mate. I can't wait to celebrate their wedding later this year!
Within minutes after parting, Mark sent me a message and Allie wrote a fabulous note once I shared the finished products a few weeks back. It's moments like this that make me feel like a million bucks!