After a quick wardrobe change, we were headed down the block for part two of Julya and Tommy’s engagement session. Toes sinking into the sand, they set the blanket down and snuggled in close. I stepped back and got myself situated into a semi-awkward shooting position. As I peaked through the viewfinder and adjusted the settings, that’s when I saw it. Their love… natural and happy.
Their love just shined through. They weren’t worried about me or the camera. They were relaxed and comfortable. They trusted me and forgot I was there. They were caught up in each others presence. THAT is exactly why I love engagement sessions.
Engagement sessions aren’t about having some unnatural pictures to put in a newspaper. Its about YOUR LOVE and stopping to enjoy your excitement. I don’t care if you buy 50 prints from your engagement session or two. What I care about is that I got to know them and they got to know me. I got to know how they look at each other, how Tommy makes Julya laugh, and how she glows around him. They got to know me and my quirks. They learned what its like to work with me. Before the session was over, I felt as if I’d known them forever.
The added bonus- the thing that makes it totally worth it… we really understand each other before the wedding day. It’s one less thing to worry about on the day you say “I do.” Because that should be your focus! The celebration of YOUR LOVE. Take it all in because it goes by so fast. I can’t believe their wedding is just weeks away. Can’t wait to see you both soon!
This image below is that exact moment- natural, happy, LOVE.
Thanks again to Events to a T for featuring Julya and Tommy on your blog! I’m looking forward to working with you next month for their DC wedding!