Stacie Turner, a photographer, once said, “You have to milk a lot of cows to get a little cheese.”
Admittedly, it’s one of my favorite photography related quotes and one I recite quite often. You may find it remarkable that Stacie is actually not referring to farming but to the art of photography. In layman’s terms it means that not every single session is going to be amazing. It may be technically proficient and very good, but not over-the-moon fabulous. A hard pill to swallow? Sure. But it’s also markedly accurate.
So what makes that “perfect” session? There are a lot of factors. Weather, lighting, client’s wardrobe choice(s), client’s personality and of course, the photographer.
Morgan and Nikki’s session was just one of those truly fantastic sessions, a “cheese” session, where everything came together to make something truly magical.
I first met Morgan almost a year ago, weeks after our family moved to Richmond Hill. With a strategically placed marketing piece, I found myself calling him. Owner of the Savannah based company, Savannah Blinds, Shutters and Shades, his services were definitely at the top of my list. I was growing increasingly weary of towels, blankets and tablecloths being stapled across my windows.
Tall, lanky and surprisingly young to be a business owner (but very adept), I found myself instantly liking Morgan. With a slow southern drawl he showed me the many options for window coverings. I am usually quite decisive, but I was struggling to make decisions. I appreciated his kindness and patience as I muddled through the stacks of choices.
Morgan is quite the conversationalist (like me) and through the twists and turns of talking, my profession inevitably became a topic. He mentioned wanting a photography session with his then girlfriend, Nikki. As a photographer who specializes in newborns and babies, I was especially excited at the chance to work with “older kids.” 😉
We scheduled their couples session in mid-March, around their anniversary. The moment I saw the two of them, I knew they were wonderfully “blinded” by love. After almost 15 years of marriage to my sweet husband, it warmed my heart to see Morgan and Nikki together and glimpse at their future. Young, eager and unburdened, it was refreshing to watch them hold hands, finish each other’s sentences and snuggle close. The beauty of young love.
After being kindly chased off our first location (just a grumpy caretaker, I promise no laws were broken, lol), we briefly stopped at our second.
It was just a gorgeous night.
Truthfully, I ended up being wholly thankful for that grumpy caretaker. If we had lingered, we would have missed the most exquisite light at our last spot.
A bit of a last minute addition, I suggested a romantic picnic theme, which Morgan and Nikki eagerly agreed to. It fit this pair so perfectly.
I love giving clients “something” to do … it creates for more natural expression and engagement. We were literally laughing and joking through the entire session.
We finished their sweet, leisurely session overlooking the water.
I am pleased to share that Morgan and Nikki are now engaged and will be married soon!
Morgan & Nikki, thank you so much for trusting me to capture this moment in your young lives. I had such a fun time with you and enjoyed witnessing a few hours of your unbridled, tender love for each other. I wish you both all the joy and happiness.
Can’t wait to get the invite in the mail. 😉
P.S. In case anyone is wondering … I love the plantation shutters I ordered through Morgan. I receive compliments on them all the time. 🙂