A zookeeper and a lawyer walk into a bar…. this is not the beginning of a joke; it’s just another day of Karen and David’s story. This two met probably the only way they could have – online. But it was instant chemistry for both of them when they started dating! These two are so comfortable and relaxed with one another, and it gives license to all those around them to be themselves. This isn’t to say they are the same or constantly in sync. It means that they are accepting and understanding of one another because they know life is better together than apart. There is no doubt that they both feel like they have each other’s backs no matter what!
We were laughing about how much they are similar to us too. Karen and Savannah are both type A worriers – they both have crazy, irrational dreams about what is stressing them. They both are always finding the best way to utilize credit card points for travel. Meanwhile David and Philip are more relaxed. They can both get deep into whatever they are occupied with and excited about. And we are all dog people, which is most important obviously!
One of the things that Brittany loves the most about Justin is that he can handle her. She is a self proclaimed hot mess at times and that doesn’t scare him off! Instead he embraces all that she is and loves her for her spiritedness! And for that, Justin receives a fierce and loyal love that is unlike any other!
There two are a riot to be with and we love their chemistry! From the first moment we met them we knew we would get along swimmingly! They love life to the fullest and when you are around them you too start to see the beauty in everything!
Brittany’s heart is one that is full of love and not just for the lovable. Her career choice as a social worker, specifically as a family intervention specialist, is one that requires patience, kindness, and empathy. Only the strong can thrive and she is perfectly fit for this job! All these traits spill out into her relationships, especially with Justin. And he is there to help meet her needs when she has given her all to her kids and families. His tenderness and patience is exactly what Brittany needs! Through the ups and downs they can always lean on one another and when in doubt, laughter always works.
And these two love to have fun! They are care free and full of life when they are together! Brittany told us she wanted to include a few things like smoke bombs and shoot gunning beers in their session and it was perfectly them! Justin had a little trick up his sleeve and on the second shotgun , one to just make sure we got it ;), he drenched Brittany in beer and she laughed hysterically with him. It was only fitting for their session to end with such laughter!
Savannah and Philip
We love hearing how couples get together! It’s one of the most fun parts of our work because everyone’s story is unique. For Gina and Will, they met playing kickball! How fun is that?! From that alone you can learn a lot about these two. They have a great energy individually that is just increased when together. They are goofy together. Introverted but not shy to have a good time. All in all, it is safe to say that these two only enhance each other’s personalities and lives!
Underneath all the fun they have together is a strong bond. You see it in the little things like when Will pulls her in close. Gina relaxes, soaks it up. She looks safe and loved. Will’s face grows with pride the more he sees her relax and have a good time with him. What may sound overdramatic here is really what you can see happen in person. It happens quickly, but it is there. In this way they feed off each other in those little signals that people in love can relate to through their own experiences. In those moments you feel like you’re the only one’s in the world, don’t you? Or maybe better yet, you feel like you can take whatever the world throws at you. This is what it is like for them, and it is invigorating to see!
This Forever Session at Shelby Farms Park could only be complete if Ladybird, their dog, made an appearance. Ladybird was one the best behaved dog’s we have photographed! She loved the camera and had no problem posing all day for it! Plus she was literally smiling – happy as can be being with her people. Plus, Gina and Will were so happy being with Ladybird. As parents to our own fur babies, we get it! They bring so much joy to your life and you are so proud and honored to have them in your life. Ladybird is spoiled, Gina and Will know, it, and love every minute of it.
But now on to the photos! It was such a beautiful Spring day! Hope you all enjoy the eye candy, and Gina and Will, cannot wait for your wedding later this year!
Savannah and Philip
The best way to describe these two when they are together is: joy! We have yet to see Rick and Rena not enamored with one another. And, when you spend time with them, it doesn’t take long to feel their infectious love for one another. This has a lot to do with the fact that they admire their similar qualities. Rick is an executive and Rena is a business owner. They are both so driven, and, as Rick put it, they challenge each other in many ways. And in this challenge they bring out the best in one another. Also striving for the other to be the best they can be, not just for each other and their family, but for the work as a whole.
But don’t confuse this driven nature with being harsh. Rena has the most confident, yet soft demeanor when with Rick. It’s like she is able to relax and truly be herself. No longer does she have to only be the strong leader that she is at work or for her family. She can relax – ease up – because Rick is there to support her. She is more complete and rounded with him around. She is free to open up.
Likewise Rick smiles more, he says. That joy mentioned above is creeping into all parts of his life and he is quite okay with it! His optimism and wonder is stronger than ever thanks to Rena. Even when he talks about doing more stressful things like moving, he still has that underlying joy about it because his heart is moving ever closer to Rena’s in the process.
You might think this is just giddiness that will wear off over time. But it doesn’t seem like that to us. These two know what they have and do not wish to ever take it for granted. Sure hard times may come ahead, but you sense that they truly feel that hard times pale in comparison to what they haven one another. They will cherish it, nurture it. Because it not only makes them better. It makes everyone around them better too!
A big thanks to the Memphis Botanic Gardens for letting us use your beautiful grounds for this session. And thanks to Rena and Rick for letting us be a part of this time in your lives! The wedding is coming soon, and we cannot wait!
Savannah and Philip
It might have taken Josh 10 tries to get a first date with Bailey but after that first one, she was hooked! Josh is now Bailey’s best friend and she couldn’t imagine life without him!
What we learned about them is that they are sources of strength for each other. For Josh, Bailey has become an amazing partner and mother to his son. In learning how to be a mother, Bailey has found just how strong she can be, especially since she had to learn the ropes while Josh was deployed for 7 months!!
Josh is a source of relaxing for her, she can fully be herself when she is around him. She has learned that he loves every piece of her, even the ones that she doesn’t like! What a gift to have someone in your live who truly sees you and loves every aspect of you!
These two have found that they love life together and they can relay on each other to get through the toughest of together. This past year has been a difficult one for them but together they made it through and are better for it!
We loved getting to photograph their relationship and see them enjoying laughing together! You can see the way they look at one another and know that they are perfectly paired!!
Savannah and Philip
Even though the first date was semi awkward (let’s be honest aren’t all first dates that way…) Laura simply knew that she didn’t want to live life without Jeffrey.
With Jeffrey life is better, period. He made his way into her life when she wasn’t expecting it and he opened up her heart to a love she never knew she wanted. He kept pursuing her even when she had her walls up and he let her know that he wasn’t just going to walk away from her. Jeffrey knew in his gut instantly that Laura was worth chasing after, he didn’t care if it meant demanding her time.
And his pursuit came at the perfect time. Earlier in their dating relationship, when a dear friend passed away, all Laura wanted was to be with Jeffrey and share all she was feeling. He was and is the easiest person for her to talk to and he established a trust like no one else had been able to give her. Others around Laura knew that Jeffrey was someone special; they could see it on her face that she had met her person. All those close to her could see just how comfortable he helps her to be. When Jeffrey is around, especially when he wraps Laura in his arms, she knows she can do anything. He is her biggest source of encouragement and he also pushes her to be a better person; not just for herself but for those around her. Laura simply needs Jeffery holding her and telling her it will be alright.
Laura and I have a lot in common, but the biggest things is that we are both strong willed and independent. These character traits have great benefit but they can be hard to take on for a significant other. What is pretty cool about Jeffrey (and Philip) is that even though he is a quiet guy on the outside, he is a solid rock inside and isn’t afraid to look Laura dead in the eye and let her know that he isn’t going anywhere, he wants to help her, and best of all he’s got her. Jeffrey provides an feeling of overwhelming trust and deep love and this is the best gift a spouse can give to someone who is so independent!
And for Jeffrey, Laura is most importantly his partner. More than anything he just wants to be with her. At the end of the day, she is who he wants to run home to. Together they are partners in crime! Laura brings joy and enthusiasm to his life! Jeffrey has seen that Laura is an extremely selfless person and she puts others before herself. He knows that she will always be there for him and it brings him peace and clarity in life. From day one, without a doubt he knew that she was going to be his partner!
For Laura and Jeffrey’s Forever Session, we wanted to make sure that we incorporated key parts of their dating relationship into the session. For their first date they shared drinks together at the Peabody (where they will be getting married!) so it was completely fitting to start there. And then we enjoyed the rest of downtown Memphis with them. You see both had moved away from Memphis for years and it was coming back to Memphis (which neither thought they would do) that finally put them in the same place at the perfect time. Leaving Memphis allowed them to develop who they are individually and coming back to Memphis allowed them to find each other and who they are as a part of a loving relationship. Memphis has its way of bringing people together and we are so thankful that this city brought Laura and Jeffrey together!!
Savannah and Philip