Sarah and Dustin are the best type of people. They like card games and video games and pie picnics, but most importantly, they can weather an extremely rainy engagement session without so much as blinking an eye. The weather is so unpredictable in North Carolina in the summer, and we had already rescheduled once due to rain. The forecast for their particular day was about evenly split, but toward the evening it was down to almost a zero percent chance, and nothing on the radar. Of course, because of this, it rained literally the entire time. For no reason. The radar still said it was clear, and the forecast still said it was not supposed to be raining. It did not let up. It was primarily a constant mist, but it did become heavier on occasion, but despite all this, they did not complain once, and were some of the happiest clients I’ve had, rain or shine! They met in the Archives while attending school, and are getting married later this year on Dustin’s family’s land in Tennessee. They’re excited to later bring Sarah’s dog Moses into the mix (who’s currently living with her family in New Mexico) and vow to continue to remain united over their love of desserts. I’m super happy to have done their engagement session, and can’t wait to see what life has in store for them in future. Congrats, Sarah and Dustin!
We immediately got along with Elizabeth+Rich during our first consult for their wedding. And then we clicked even more so in person (we think, anyway, and it’ll be kinda awkward if Elizabeth and Rich think differently, but I’m going to put it out there anyway). Despite them being a lot more buff than us (Elizabeth does cross fit and likes to lift heavy things, and Rich climbs stuff), and a lot more caffeinated than us, and being dog people, we were like four peas in a pod (kinda a mutant pea… I guess). And by “dog people,” I mean we had to stop the session after Elizabeth started squealing and ran away from Rich and directly toward a small puppy being walked by an unsuspecting woman in downtown Durham. The puppy now has a cameo in this engagement session with two people she doesn’t know.
I think, if I would’ve permitted it, that puppy might’ve been in the entire remainder of the session…with Rich, ideally, although I think if it came down it, Elizabeth might have a hard decision trying to decide between a very small, cute puppy and Rich. I’m confident she’d eventually choose Rich, but I’m pretty sure she’d have to think it over for at least a few seconds. Rich, while not a puppy, does have a very illustrious beard going for him and knows science. He also likes wearing aprons a lot. This makes him stiff competition for a puppy, since puppies cannot know science and also have a hard time fitting into aprons. They also can’t grow beards. But, Elizabeth can easily lift puppies. I am not sure if she can easily lift Rich or not (I definitely should’ve asked her to). We’ll photograph them again in December, and I’ll see if I can find out.
Sam+Mark come to us via Jessie+Dan, and if you’re really looking for something to do, you can scroll through that blog post and find a hidden picture of Sam. It’s like Where’s Waldo for Carolyn Scott Photography stalkers! Anyway, Sam and Mark live in Durham, but were up in Pittsburgh for Jessie and Dan’s wedding, as Sam’s family is close with Dan’s family (I think I got that right) and everyone wanted to see them get married but also look at penguins. We didn’t know Sam and Mark at that time but we do now, and oh how we love them! They’re two adventurous and loving people who like exploring Durham and the Eno. We shot this session near the spot on the Eno where Mark proposed. It’s a special place for them, but it was also a super cool spot for us to shoot in that we hadn’t been to before. We braved mosquitoes and donned knee braces and I got bit by one singular fire ant but otherwise remained unscathed by nature despite rock hopping and hiking back to the car in the dark. Which, speaking of night hiking, is something that we learned Sam and Mark have enjoyed doing throughout their dating years! This sounds fun but also terrifying, but they are clearly outdoorsy people (a fact we first learned after Mark became the first person to bike away from our house after our consult). We’re so excited to photograph their wedding next year at the Durham Museum of Life and Science!