I think writing this should be easy because I know one of the subjects is pretty much a version of me. From Adventure Time fan to middle school teacher. Wallace is not only a new client but good friend. I had the pleasure of working with this young man as a teacher in a mutual elementary/middle school. I knew him as a first year teacher bursting with energy to convince the young minds to explore our world.
Then we no longer worked together but a friendship I considered our connection and therefore we stayed in touch. This was a good thing because Wallace (known as Michael) was such a positive spirited person. I never saw that flame of enthusiastic energy in many other teachers so I knew it was a personality attribute. Then I heard about Amanda... people at school gave testimony to meeting Michael's girlfriend, and I was presented with words like amazing, beautiful, and perfect. ( Sorry Wallace). Unfortunately for me, I was never within proximity of Amanda when Michael invited her to our workplace.
Once I met Amanda, I knew that 1) they are perfect together and 2) Where can I find one like her?! She's beautiful, just as quirky, and positive like her fiance. The shots were actually fairly easy because as someone told me it's easy to photograph beautiful people. Well, I found this couple to be stunning together and what made the experience better was their playfulness.
I was blessed with the opportunity to use my talent to project Michael and Amanda in the same light in which the world should recognize them. That is, fun, beautiful, honest, humorous and adoration. Amanda and Michael are absolutely amazing for each other because every smile is reflected upon the other's face, every laugh is echoed within their hearts and every kiss is desired upon by those who knew what love could be.
We took a trip to the National Arboretum which is actually 10 minutes away from where I currently live. The venue has been used for several of my locations for head-shots, family shoots and engagement shoots, but with its vastness how could you not utilize all this beautiful space?!
Amanda and Michael emerge from the car with energy to make this session an experience to remember. We walked over to the azaleas exhibition and started shooting. Michael presented a number of serious looks but remained his goofy self throughout the entire time we were there. This made it natural and fun for our shoot to proceed. Honestly, I wish more of the men on these shoots would act like Michael. It has a sense of undying confidence that helps portray a true relaxed self.
After we left the azaleas we traveled through the high grasses toward the columns which led to a beautiful presentation of violet and lavender colored flowers which complemented their ensemble.
I enjoyed the experience because II was able to capture the beauty and quirkiness of this amazing relationship. Next comes the wedding!