Being approached by another photographer about shooting their wedding is just about the ultimate compliment. Every time I get to collaborate with another creative, it’s an extra-special treat I’m honored to participate in. But when you feel like new old friends, it’s just about as great as it gets. I hit it off with Jane and Saby from the start—folks that create art and consume art are tops in my books! They also hang out at all the same craft beer hotspots as I do, and dig midcentury finds nearly as much as I do.
These two just melt my heart with their snuggly, tender love. They’re literally counting down the days on instagram. For our shoot, they wanted to combine the urban areas of San Diego they’re fond of, with the feel of her dad’s sprawling rural property in Tennessee. Of course, I responded, “Find an urban spot in the city that also feels like rural Tennessee? No prob! You want tater tots with that?”
These two were so incredibly nervous about the shoot in advance. I understand—when you’re used to being behind the lens, coming out in front of it feels like an awful lot of pressure. Jane wrote to me before the shoot and mentioned some of the most nerve-wracking issues. The truth is, we all have things we don’t love about ourselves when we look in the mirror—things we are scared other people will see. But half of the time, those things aren’t real, or are so minor, other people wouldn’t even notice. We get so stuck on the issues that stand out for us, it gets hard to see ourselves in a positive light. But we have so much less to worry about than we think.
The thing is, while we’re busy focusing on some small “flaw” nobody else really sees, other people are seeing us for so much more than that. Jane and Saby are so much cuter than they realize. The ooze so much charm they don’t even know about. The shine like bright lights, tenderly and with such an authentically lovely spirit. They love each other so much, it makes me giddy.
In just a few months, these two playful lovebirds are going to be hitched, and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it and capture their soulful, bright spirits. There will be laughter, love, and so much happiness. The best part about this awesome engagement frolic day of ours? Jane wrote later: “Thanks for an amazing day—one of our best dates ever!” Thanks for letting me join you on such a rad date, you two!