In some ways, I think doing photo shoots for friends is even harder than doing them for strangers. Even though I always want to do good work for all my clients, my friends and family are the people who have always been there for me and supported me – and are supporting me by hiring me to do their photos – of course I REALLY want to take great photos for them.
So, I was a bit nervous going into this engagement session. Stacey and I were roommates our freshman year at Bethany College. While I think we can both agree that it was a bit crazy of the college to put two only children in the same dorm room (“Oh, you’ve never shared anything in your life? Here, share a space the size of a jail cell!”), we’ve managed to stay friends over the years. Being friends for so long means we’ve seen each other through several relationships, and I was thrilled for Stacey when she and Frank started seeing each other. It didn’t take long to become clear that she was happy in a way that was different than she had been before.
This was my first time meeting Frank, and I have to say, they are a great match. I am not sure I ever would have put them together if I was picking people out of a stack, but seeing them together, they balance each other so well. We met up in Blacksburg to take their photos at Virginia Tech.
Why VT? Frank went to school there and is a football season ticket holder. One of their early dates was a trip down to VT for a game (what a date!) and, Stacey says, VT is where she realized she was really in love with Frank. Doing photos there seemed to make perfect sense, so I met up with them in Blacksburg on a football weekend for photos at Lane Stadium and around campus. It was a gorgeous day for photos and the campus was a great backdrop.
Thank you, Stacey and Frank, for having me shoot your engagement session. I can’t wait to celebrate with you guys!
Location: Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA (permission to shoot in Lane Stadium must be requested from the university – there are no guarantees permission will be granted)
Save the Date Lollipops: Vintage Confections
Cupcakes: The Cupcake Ladi