I first met JH about 2 years ago at the gym. He was this nice guy seemingly obsessed with his chest and biceps — it’s a running joke, people, I’m really not that mean, I promise! Anyway, over the span of 2 years we hung out more, worked out together more, did some break dance fighting, and really got to know each other. He is like the brother I never had!!! He’s always looking out for me and I totally appreciate it! He’s a really gentle giant and all around good guy — beautiful person inside and out. For these reasons, he’s an absolute PERFECT match for JL. I met JL a few months after JH, but we really didn’t get to know each other until about a year ago when she and JH became an item! She is genuine — what you see is what you get. She is kind — she will give you the shirt off her back! She is beautiful — inside and out – her soul just radiates from her inner core. She is always there for me. Always with an open arms and a strong shoulder to lean on. Never judgmental. Wow! Really, what could you ask for in a girlfriend. She accepts me for who I am and how I am (I’m a liiiiiiiittle neurotic), but she reminds me to put things in perspective. She gets me.
Uh — enough with the mushy stuff or I’m going to start tearing up. So, a few weeks ago, J and J asked me to photograph them for their very first holiday card together. I was shocked! I couldn’t believe they wanted ME. ME!!!! I may have asked if they were sure, hahha! I’m always so grateful and honored when people CHOOSE me to be their photographer! I get it — people have choices in photography — there are a million of us around.
So, we picked a day to go out and shoot. So, here’s the funny thing, JH is like an inner fierce model. When we joke around at the gym and just take fun photos he’s always got it turned on. We have this photo of him stretching out on the ground one day and I walked by and snapped a photo. I could really embarrass him right now, but I won’t H, I won’t. I captioned the photo, “Hi my name is JH and I’m a scorpio. I like candle lit dinners, moonlit walks along the beach, and puppies.” I think as a gag gift it was made into a shirt — hilarious!!!! So, needless to say he was going to turn on the cheese. But, I also wanted to tap into his fierce GQ side for the shoot, which I didn’t think was going to be too hard. JL is beautiful, like, just beautiful. I can’t even handle it. I don’t think it’s fair to be that beautiful inside and out — should I hate her or something? Hahahaha! No, I think it’s great and we definitely need more people in the world and around us who are that amazing.
Yeah, I know. I don’t even want to talk about how stunning these two are. So, I’ve done a lot of talking about how wonderful they are separately, but together, they are even MORE amazing if you can believe it! It’s like, they’re a Transformer or something. Separately, they’re pretty awesome, but together they’re some super powered robot. Hahaha — bad analogy, I think. Anyway, they really are just the perfect together. They’re so wonderfully supportive of each other, but never really forgetting not to take themselves too seriously. I think they probably razz each other better than I ever could, though, I’ve thrown in some zingers from time to time. I have to give myself credit!
So, they just bought a home and we decided to do their shoot around their property to so we could, one, explore the property, and two, get a fun little walk in. This place was beautiful. The light was gorgeous and it really was perfect day for photos. I told them to be patient with me because I was actually going to take this opportunity to challenge myself with a few different things and I figured who better to test it on then this gorgeous duo! We started our walk and saw this big beautiful tree with the sun shining through the tree juuuuuust right. It was beautiful and I thought we have to stop here!
Gorgeous, right? Absolutely gorgeous! I just couldn’t even handle it. One of my favorite shots of the day for sure and we just got started. We continued our walk over to this bridge. I thought it would be fun to to some photos there. It’s where you see their individual photos above, but we got some other great ones there too!
Oh, yeah. Girlfriend is got it down!!!! She knew exactly what I wanted and how to deliver it!!! Hahaha. JH is definitely holding his own with her! At one point he was working it so hard we totally ended up laughing because did this whole Elvis lip thing. It was so funny!
Stop it JL. Seriously, just stop. She made my job just so stinking easy!
These last two photos really speak to who they are. Really just a fun loving couple who enjoy life and each other’s company!
Thank you JH and JL for letting me document this time in your life together. You’re such amazing people and I really am lucky to have you in my life. In the words of our friend, CS, It’s real!