Ashley & Brad: Engaged

So, I think this post deserves a little bit of background…

Tom and I have been dating just over 8 years. I’ve been taking photos that entire time and taking photos professionally for 4 years now. Now, if you’ve spent a grand total of 5 minutes with me, you’re probably aware that I’m fascinated with farmhouses and old home places. There’s a farm in the area that, for the past 8 years that I’ve been frequenting Peach County, I’ve been obsessed with. Obsessed. Each time we drive by, Tom’s been peppered with questions: “Tom, I wonder if I could do a shoot out there,” or “Boy, I’d love to do a shoot at that farm,” or “Who owns that place?” and “Tom, don’t you know someone that could get  me permission to go out there?” He’s always answered with a “maybe” and it never went any further. I can honestly say that there’s never been a time that I passed by that place without acknowledging its beauty. The farm stayed in the back of my mind, though, and I always wished that I’d one day have the opportunity to shoot there. The week before Ashley & Brad’s engagement session, I mentioned to Tom, “Gee, I’d love to do their engagement session out there,” but I didn’t think much of it since the owner doesn’t allow people on the property.

I didn’t know much about Ashley, other than we share a mutual friend. I immediately adored her from the first phone conversation we had – she was so personable and enthusiastic about working together. She mentioned that her fiancé, Brad, was friends with a local pecan farmer that we both know and that she’d like to do the shoot in the pecan orchard. The day of Ashley and Brad’s engagement session, we met in downtown Fort Valley. When they pulled up in the exact same Jeep Grand Cherokee that I drive {same color, too!} I knew we would be instant friends. As I followed them to the location, I was daydreaming about poses and ideas, but noticed we passed the pecan orchard where I thought we were supposed to do the shoot. “That’s odd,” I thought, but I kept on following them. They pulled onto the road that the farm is on, and that’s when my heart stopped beating. They pulled into the farm…the farm that I’ve been 100% head-over-heels about for the past 8 years. I can’t even remember what I said, but I do know that I nearly jumped out of my open window with excitement. Really.

I know that was kind of long-winded, but I just had to share because I believe God brings certain people into each other’s lives for a reason and even though it’s such a small thing, it was such a reason to rejoice.

Photographing Ashley & Brad’s love was so easy. They’re so genuine and they honestly have that “easy kind of love” that makes my job the greatest job in the world. I love this couple. So much. We just explored the property and took pictures along the way. They were so easy to talk to and to laugh with. I came home from that shoot on Cloud 9 and feeling like I’d just made two new friends. I’m pretty sure I scared Tom when I burst in the door crying with excitement.

“Oh my gosh, they’re so much fun.” “They’re seriously the nicest couple ever.” “We know all the same people.” “I felt like I’ve known them for years.” “We went to the farm.” “Can you believe it?” “They really are my favorite people in the world.” “Let’s be best friends with them.”

Really, it was a dream come true. One of my favorite sessions to date and favorite couples to date. I know I say that about each session. I just love my job and I’m very blessed to get to meet new people, visit new places, and call it work.

Enjoy these.