As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned that although I’ve become proficient at it, I can’t stand small talk. Four years sitting at a receptionist’s desk has taught me to how to talk about current events and weather patterns like a pro. I don’t know if it’s the fact that life seems to be moving at lightning speed, or I’ve grown to be an adamant old woman in the last few years, but I’d much rather spend my time getting to know the important stuff. I want to hear where you grew up and what your family was like. I want to hear all about what has made you who you are. And most importantly, I want to hear how you fell in love. Lucky for me, I can just blame my often imposing questions on the job.
I often book weddings before I’ve met my couples in person. So many of my clients don’t live in the area, so finding time to get together doesn’t always work out for us. This was the case for Kendra + Brad. They’re living in LA at the moment, and it just made sense to wait until our engagement session to meet. I knew quite a bit about them from our email exchanges, but you never really know a person until you’ve met. Meeting Kendra + Brad was like the 5% of Catfish episodes that have a happy ending. They were even more awesome than emails could have shown, and SPOILER ALERT, they’re pretty great looking, too. They graciously answered all my non-small talky questions and I feel like I know them so much better because of it.
One of my favorite parts about my session with Kendra + Brad was recreating a couple old photos of Kendra’s grandparents. Can I be honest for a second?
I care a whole lot more about what you’ll think of your photos in twenty years than what you think of them right now. Whether I’m photographing your wedding, or your family, I want you to pass these photos down for generations. That’s why I loved Kendra’s request so much – her grandparents’ photos stood the test of time. She loves them enough half a century later to recreate them.
I hope 50 years from now, Kendra + Brad’s grandchildren are doing the same thing.