Full disclosure time. I was really looking forward to this engagement session. Then I was NOT looking forward to this engagement session. Now this is one of my favorite engagement sessions! How did it all happen, you wonder?
It seems simple enough. Jen and Josh are our new clients/friends and they are an amazing couple. They love each other so much – and just as important – they seem to really love life and squeeze so much enjoyment from every day. It’s hard not to love people who live that way. So we were all going to go to Promised Land State Park for a stroll and to do their photos. It was really the perfect place. Then Jen and Josh had to do the one thing every dog owner dreads. They unexpectedly had to put their dog, Abby, down just a day before the shoot. Abby was supposed to come on the shoot with us. For anyone who has ever been down this road, you know the pain.
It was a hard decision for Jen and Josh, but they decided to do the shoot anyway. I give them all the credit. I’m not sure I could have. I think in some ways the giant laughs you’ll see in the photos are hiding some tears. After the shoot, Jen and Josh did an amazing thing. They sent Bob and I a card that I still have on my desk. It stays in a spot I can see it. It talks about how Bob and I gave them a place to heal during a difficult time. It’s such an amazing gift to get a card like that. It also got me thinking. As much as I’d love to take credit for those wonderful things, it really comes down to the quality of the people in the photos. Jen and Josh, you took an awful time for you guys and not only persevered but you found space for you guys to heal and love each other and be together. Bob and I were just there with cameras. We learned a lot that day from our new friends. Thank you.