I don't usually photograph teens, but I had to make an exception for this family. Jen and Meghan live down the block from us, and we've been friends since we first moved here. Anyways, I liked Jen right away and my girls love Meghan! I love that I get to see them often and we are getting to be better and better friends all the time.
Well, back in August at one of our block parties, Michael told me that he wanted to get a family session for Jen for her birthday. I thought that was such a sweet gift, especially because Jen hasn't had professional photos since Meghan was two. Later on, Michael told me that he wanted to propose to Jen at the family session. When I pulled on my ear, Meghan was to tell Michael, "Michael, if you were going to propose to my mom, now would be the time to do it?". When Jen heard her, she was kinda horrified that her daughter would say that, but then turned around to see Michael down on one knee. It was so incredible to have gotten to see my friend so beyond happy, so ecstatic, that this one will go down as one of my favorite shoots.
Here is the photo story of the session.
p.s. Isn't Jen gorgeous?
Alex called me, just a couple days before he planned on proposing to his girlfriend. He had already done some planning. He had contacted the (brand new) Durham Hotel and asked to use their roof. It has a very cosmopolitan, New York feel up there with a great view of the city and the sunset. He had them set out some roses on the corner table, to bring out champagne after she said yes, and oysters on the half shell after that. He knew she would say yes. He had said he could just feel it, that she was dropping little hints that she was ready. He was too and wanted it to be perfect.
p.s. All of this took place in the time span of 15 minutes. Amazing, right?
Luckily, Aaron and Susannah are friends of friends/clients and found me, because if they hadn't, I'd have two less friends right now and that would be sad. I got to tag along on their proposal last month. It's a bit hard to tell the story properly without making it just look like a series of random photos all around Durham and Chapel Hill. Aaron sent Susannah out on a scavenger hunt, that took her to all sorts of incredible places that are meaningful to them both, all the while I was following Susannah and trying my best to not be seen. It worked for awhile. First, she went to Trader Joe's where she picked up some flowers (I hid behind the onions) and a bottle of wine, then to ACME in Chapel Hill where they had a beautiful breakfast (I had a delicious baked french toast. Thanks Aaron!) and looked like they had a great time (I hid behind the wall in the back, getting in the way of waitstaff, and went across the street, getting in the way of cars.), then we went to the Rock Quarry on the Eno (where I hid in a little divet along the trail), then to Nasher where Susannah had to look for her next clue in the gift shop (I hid in the employee locker room), then Susannah went to the main desk (when I hid behind two security guards, where she finally saw the lens pointed right at her between their shoulders! BLOWN! I even got the shot where she saw me), then finally to Parizade (where there was just nowhere to hide at all).
Now that they are properly engaged, we can take some photos. For their engagement session, we went back to the Eno (but a different spot). This time at the Cole Mill trailhead with the suspension bridge. It was super fun because they are hysterical, kept me laughing, and I got to play in the water with them. It was also the best because they are super adventurous and wanted to get wet! And the water was only a little cold but they were great sports.
Thank you to all the amazing peeps and businesses who made the proposal just incredible.
Aaron and Susannah! I am so glad that you found me (thanks Jordan and Mindy!!!!), that we get to be friends, that I get to photograph your wedding and for just being awesome!