I’m in Texas this weekend for a very special reason. For Hannah & Casey. I met Hannah nearly a year ago. She reached out to me and told me that she wanted me to be the one to take her engagement pictures. Our schedules are both so crazy- we moved heaven and earth to get together! When we finally were able to get together I made sure to take my time. I knew Hannah was special the instant we exchanged emails. She is one of the sweetest souls I have ever met. You know when you meet someone and you instantly just know? There wasn’t a doubt in my mind that the man that she chose to do life with is just as genuine as she. When I pulled up to their home in Spring Branch (it was the first time that we met in person) she gave me the best hug. I am a believer in hugs- I love a whole hearted (I may have just made a verb out of noun) hug. Aside from tacos, Tito’s Vodka, & Texas- a good hug trumps all of that for me.
After giving me a tour of the love that they built together (their home) we got straight to work. Usually when I meet a new client I get nervous. I am kind of an introvert, well. I would label myself one. Being a photographer completely takes you out of your element. You submerge yourself into a different situation every time- not knowing if the client you’re about to meet is a diva…is this person going to let me do my job? Are they going to try and tell me how to do my job? I have been fortunate enough to meet amazing humans while doing what I love best.
Now, as for being the client. I can totally relate. Many clients have told me before “I don’t know what to do, I’ve never done this before. & I get it. Not everyday does someone have a camera following them around. It’s hard to be your genuine self when you absolutely know that someone is there documenting your every move. It’s hard trying to be nonchalant in that type of situation. More often than not I like to try and spend a few moments talking to my clients and joking around with them. I’m naturally a silly person. I’m awkward and goofy. Sometimes, I don’t always say the right thing & my thoughts are like vomit- in that they have no filter and just want to escape. By the time that they make it out of my mouth its just…well. Word vomit. With Hannah & Casey? Just like I already knew, I mean- seriously. I felt it. They were so easy to work with. During our photo session I kept on having to remind myself that I was working. “Janice, you’re veering off track, you’re working.” It took everything in me to not just kick my shoes off and sit around with them to just talk and laugh. That is how they make you feel. You can’t help but to feel at home. I feel completely lucky, humbled, & just full of JOY to be able to say that I am getting to take part in their special day. I get to capture the joining of two lovely souls embracing a new chapter in their lives. I get to capture the transition into their next phase of life as husband & wife.
Thank you, Hannah & Casey. Let’s make some more memories!
All of my love,