This weather has been crazy good for some wintertime photo ops. 70 this past Tuesday? Seriously, January? You gotta be playin’. I just can’t believe these warm spells. It’s making me just wanna do a jig thinking about everything springtime, green, and pictures galore.
As much as I do love the fresh foliage that spring will bring, I’m kinda diggin’ the bare trees and fallen leaves that provided the perfect backdrop for Jimmy and LB’s session this December. Pair it with a perfect little Tennessee creek, and you’ve got a road map right to my heart. Add in pops of blue with a scarf and a rustic plaid shirt, and you might as well just shoot an arrow right through it. Truth.. the cobalt in their outfit choices paired with Laura Beth’s pretty blues is just about perfect.
I do love a couple who knows how to dress well.
But I think I’m biased on this one. These two are super near and dear- it’s my brother and sister-in-law, and you know how much I love photographing my family. It’s pretty much the best, and I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the afternoon. Doing what I love around the people who I love? It doesn’t get better.
Hailing all the way from Arizona, Jimmy and LB made the trek home for Christmas break. Weeks before they came, Laura had asked if I would shoot some pictures for them. “For sure!” I replied. Followed with a wary, ” Is Jimmy gonna go for that?”
You see, for the most part ladies are all about getting some new shots taken. We love decorating our homes with images in picture perfect photo frames. Gentlemen on the other hand, well… it’s sometimes hard to get these fellas out and about in front of a camera. She assured me– “He’s totally down. It’s what I want for Christmas!” Ah, bribery. Go, LB. That’s my sister. She knows how to work a little marriage magic in her favor. I was so pumped and tickled pink that she had thought of this for their trip home.
Sweet. I was so looking forward to it.
Laura and I hung out the night before picking out outfits and talking about the session the following day. Ideas were abound.
I was enthusiastic about the shoot, but as it got closer I got a little nervous. This is the way it always goes when I know I’m going to photograph my family. There’s something about it that’s hard to explain.. I guess it’s just feeling worrisome that I won’t be able to capture them as the awesome people that I know they are. I’m a worry wart in general, and a little skittish sometimes. I put a lot of pressure on myself because I want things to be perfect, and for them? Doubly perfect.
We set out the next day. Stomping through the layers of leaves piled on from the chilly months, I got my camera out and adjusted my lens bag. “Ok guys, ” I prepped with a deep inhale. “Let’s get started.”
I brought my beloved picture-maker up to my eye and started snapping. And this always happens too : my nervousness just feel aside. I think that’s why I love shooting so much. It doesn’t matter what’s bothering me.. I could be sad, or angry, or worried sick about something that shouldn’t be worried about, and the moment I started taking pictures it all just disappears. Like writing or painting, it’s a therapeutic sorta thing. I think having this connection with photography and with my camera is what makes me so passionate about it. Plus, getting to work with couples like this one makes for a pretty sweet deal, as well.
I’ll admit, I feel like I know Jimmy and LB quite well. Laura and I have gotten pretty close over the nine years they’ve been together, and my brother and I are only four years apart. So, I talk to them about pretty much everything and anything that’s on my mind. I feel like they can do the same with me, and I just love spending time with them.
But after getting to shoot this, I feel like I knew them even better, but in a different way. I got to see them as a couple..laughing and having a blast- literally lost in their own world. While I stood off to the side capturing candids, I really admired their connection. I get to be let into couple’s love stories everyday, but to be let into the one of a couple of my besties? It was something so special I can’t even begin to elaborate on how it makes my big ole heart just gush with happy stuff.
It meant so much to me because Jimmy is truly as happy as I always wanted him to be, and this beautiful lady makes him that way. It’s exactly what I would have wished for my big brother, and I’m beside myself seeing how wonderful his world is with her.
Okay gettin’ a littly tear-y! I’m too emotional for these blog post outpourings. haha : )
I just wanted to share because this was so special to me, and I thought the photos deserved some blog lovin’.
Okay enough with this gushy stuff! I could go on for days.
Time for some photos, peeps!
Thanks for reading.