Kristina and Chris found us online, scooped us up, and away we went to Jordan Lake for their engagement session where they ran around in the woods and in the water and didn’t complain about the mosquitos that were eating us all alive. Probably because they are adorable together and very clearly adore each other and it is the most wonderful thing in the world to hear them talk about their relationship despite me not being a particularly gooey-love-story sort of person. The way they tell it, they’ve been best friends since they were eleven, living in upstate New York. And they always liked each other, but they were still always in the friend zone, and always dating other people. But still secretly liking each other. But still not doing anything about it. Kristina went to college in South Dakota, and Chris went to college in New York City but ::insert dramatic romantic movie music here:: they never forgot about each other, reconnected after college, and the rest is adorable history. They are both super outgoing, friendly, cooperative, hilarious people who were the best subjects! We had a great time working with them and dodging the incredibly huge turkey vultures that were definitely stalking us in the woods.
It’s always the people who warn us repeatedly how awkward they’re going to be in front of the camera who are always the least awkward people in front of the camera. Elizabeth and Catherine are two pretty amazing people who are not at all awkward in front of the camera even though they insist that they are. They met playing rugby, and who now enjoy T-Rexes (is that the appropriate plural of T-Rex?) and narwhals and brewing their own beer. They listed off different types of beer they enjoy brewing and they all sounded complicated and involved, but also tasty (I don’t know what coffee oatmeal porter is but I like oatmeal). And considering that they’re going a hops plant in their garden, I think it’s safe to say that it’s serious past time. And you know what they say! Those who homebrew together stay together. If that’s not what they say, it really doesn’t matter, because Elizabeth and Catherine are getting married so now I’m making it a legit saying. This land that they’re on in this shoot has been in Elizabeth’s family since the 40s, and is full of gorgeous fields and also probably snakes but we didn’t see any of those (yay!). Elizabeth and Catherine are fantastic and hilarious people, and we’re super excited to have them as our wedding clients in December!
YOU GUYS, JACKSON IS A PALEONTOLOGIST!!!
Phew, okay, got that off my chest.
We were so. freaking. excited. to meet our first paleontologist client and I had a mental list of all sorts of dinosaur-related questions I was going to ask him. Then they lured us into the session only to tell us that he’s not a dinosaur kind of paleontologist. We almost walked away right there, but they quickly (and smartly) followed up with the fact that Jackson gets to go to other countries to do that thing where you chip at bones and dust them off like the opening scene of Jurassic Park. And though they’re not dinosaur bones he’s digging for, he’s still digging and dusting and chipping! Lookin’ for stuff! Old things! Mostly other species of things that came after dinosaurs but that’s not important. What’s important is that he’s out there doing the job that every person has secretly wanted since the age of 5. He found a skull of something once that they hadn’t found a skull for yet! And I have full confidence that someday he’ll be looking for something un-dinosaur related and stumble across a dinosaur anyway and then I can say I know that guy.
Sara is not a paleontologist, but she is engaged to one. She is currently in charge of making soon-to-be alumni happy at Duke! I’ll tell you what would make them happy, Sara, and that’s taking them on a trip with Jackson to go chip and dust.