He’s a country boy at heart and I’m a city girl all the way. Five-years ago this month we said “I’d do“. Incidentally, that was the last time we had professional pictures taken of us. Now, as a photographer who greatly believes in capturing life’s moments and is pretty much always taking pictures- only having wedding photos of my own family is a situation! I can’t even tell you how many times I have photographed couples while dreaming of having that experience for Chris and me.
Over the years I’ve been a broken record: “We have no, I mean NO pictures of us.” I would lay on the guilt, to the point of “if you died, I would have hardly any photos for your funeral.” All of this to no avail, because while knowing plenty of talented photographers the fact would remain that Chris simply loathes having his picture taken. Can we say a photographer wife’s nightmare?
If this shoot was to ever happen it would to take a very special photographer for Chris to let his guard down and give me what I wanted more than ever. Memories I can look at over and over again. There is simply no other person on this earth who knows Chris and I in a way that could actually be captured in photos but Mandee. So as the five-year anniversary milestone approached Mandee and I were in cahoots to make this happen. Oh the bribes and the promises to get my man to agree to a session… we just won’t even go there.
As you can see from below miracles do happen… he finally agreed. It was the most glorious picturesque day with the bluest sky and cotton candy clouds. It was perfect! Chris and I had so much fun with Mandee. Now, you have to know something, Chris has the most amazing natural smile, when he really smiles… it makes me melt. However, this is hard, really hard to capture… like worst than a getting cranky toddler to smile. Don’t get me wrong, he tries but it simply can’t be forced. Mandee, however, knows how to get Chris laughing and caught a few of his “real” smiles… for the rest, I could honestly care less that he might not look like he’s beyond thrilled having his picture taken, but trust me, my muffin got into it. He was throwing out ideas and cutting up. Just having that memory and that time with two of my most favorite people on this earth… is simply priceless to me.
Thank you Mandee for capturing “us”… you mean the world to me and you gave me the best gift ever, besides your friendship.