I have so many to do lists! Work lists, home lists, kids lists, exercise lists. My lists have lists! Maybe it's because once you put something on a list you feel more productive, even if it takes you 6 months to check it off. Photographing Kate has been on my list for a long time but we finally did it! She is not only a total babe, but such a trooper, meeting me at the Castillo De San Marcos at sunrise, looking totally fresh and rested, unlike myself. lol It's interesting to photograph a place that is so familiar to me but at a different time of day than usual. St Augustine really felt different that early in the morning, hushed and regal, but not too regal for band t-shirts and baby frog catching. ;)
Lots of times when I'm photographing couples, the guy doesn't talk much at first. He's pleasant and easy to work with but definitely quieter than her. Whether he ends up being a talker or not, the way he looks at her speaks VOLUMES. Oh man!!! The quiet smile, twinkling eyes every time he looks at her! He put a ring on it and he's not looking back. That's the way it was with Lindsey and Chris. I love getting to hide behind my camera and see those sweet looks, the way they can't take their eyes off each other. Romance, romance, ROMANCE, and these two have it in spades!!
Crisp. Sharp. Styled. Instagram ready. We think that perfect is always better. But is it? It's so easy to get stuck in that loop. Trying to measure up to everyone else, to not fall behind. But when I look through my days, things feel soft, blurry, messy. There's a swirling never ending motion that I try to soak it in before I blink it all away.
Somehow the measuring stick for 'professional' photography has become sharp, crisp and styled. But I've learned that what I really want to create with my photos is feeling. If it's true that images have to be 'perfect' to be worthy, I'd rather be an amateur that grabs the moment before it's gone. I'd rather feel the light soaking through an image, see the dancing blurry and swirling, or catch a couple's kiss in the shadows all grainy and fuzzy. That's life to me. Messy, beautiful, and a little out of control. Perfect is for robots.
Okay, there is something about young love. I may just be speaking from a place of chronic sleep deprivation (I have 3 boys, you guys!) but the energy and excitement between Taylor and Zach was just so beautiful. Even though the day was cloudy and gray, there was so much tenderness and lovely, lovely laughter that it made these photos sparkle. I've said it before and I'll say it again but I L-O-V-E engagement sessions!! It's such a special, heart pounding time, being right on the edge of together forever. I'm totally an old softie but I dare you to look at these without saying 'Awww!' ;)