Okay, so Melanie and Brendan make us look really great because they’re laughing in an adorable manner in nearly every photo. And I’d like to take credit for their sweet expressions but we’re actually not that funny, it’s more that Melanie and Brendan are just like that when they’re around each other. We barely had to direct them. At one point, Brendan just started giving Melanie a piggyback ride, which I think is the first time we’ve ever had anyone do that without a prompt from us first. They’re the perfect couple and someday I’ll put them in charge of teaching an instructional class on “How to Have Fun and Like Each Other During an Engagement Session” but for now, you guys will just have to take notes from their session.
Also, I should mention the adorable pups right? Seamus is the Pit Bull mix and Shiloh is the Beagle and they are so precious! They were adopted by Melanie and Brendan from one of the shelters where Melanie has worked. Melanie is a dog trainer and doggy behavioralist which sounds like the cutest job ever, except that she’s always trying to help dogs get adopted, so it’s also kind of sad because they’re cute and don’t have a home. It’s also safe to say that since they only have 2 dogs but always works around dogs that need adopted, she has far more self control than I do because at this point I’d probably be a hoarder. Melanie is also a vegan who really loves cake and musical theatre. Brendan is an ER doctor who eats a lot of peanut butter and gets upset when the ant dies in “Honey I Shrunk the Kids.” Together, their perfect day involves sleeping in, hiking with the dogs, hanging out with friends and watching tv. Obviously, they would look cute while doing all of these things, as evidenced below.
Brandie and William are getting married on her parents’ lovely property in Stem this upcoming summer and we are super excited to be there! They also wanted their engagement photos there because the pups were a priority to them (and being able to run free without their leashes on was equally a priority in picking a spot). Quinn, the German Shepherd mix one, is pretty much all about having his picture taken and may or may not participate in the actual wedding, depending. :) Parker, on the other hand (the Australian Shepherd mix one), is scared of camera shutters, barks at other unseen dogs in the distance, and did not want anything to do with Geoff’s car coming down the driveway (he promptly ran up to it, stopped right in front of it and barked at it, then just stood there unmoving for a good while). So Parker was kind of the wildcard in terms of “dog participation” in the wedding, so Brandie and William decided to get pictures of and with them prior to the wedding in case they can’t attend. ;)
It rained off and on for the entire session, but they were in from Tennessee to visit her parents, so we carried on with the session and had a great time! They were good sports despite rooting for bad sports (William is one of the few people we’ve met who, along with Geoff, also loves the Pittsburgh Pirates despite their inability to consistently play well), and happily trudged through high grass and woods surrounding the property. We are so excited to see and work with them again in August, but will miss the dogs if they aren’t there… let’s be honest. Because who doesn’t love dogs in bowties? :)