I "met" Saskia through social media a few years back. As an aspiring competitive bodybuilder, I followed her (she's a well established competitive bodybuilder with several national-level competitions under her belt) not only for her physique, but her heavy dose of "real" on IG. She tells it like it is and doesn't hesitate to shed some much-needed light on the less glamorous side of the sport. Needless to say, I was thrilled when she contacted me after she got engaged.
Anyway, enough fan-girling. Saskia and Richard are two of the most down-to-earth, awesome people I've met. They dated for seven years and he proposed while they were visiting Saskia's sister in Amsterdam! Saskia suspected something was up on that trip: her sister gave her a pair of rose gold earrings, which tipped her off that she may be acquiring a rose gold ring as well. Turns out she was right (and it's a stunner!).
Saskia and Richard opted to start their engagements at their house (I do love a good in-home session) and she had a couple pieces of furniture that have a real story. First, their dining room table is made of the wood from the bowling lanes of the Lucky Strike, where they met. The Lucky Strike was demolished, but Birch + Bennett (an amazing furniture company in Missoula) bought the wood and made a few pieces out of it and Saskia bought the table. It's incredible! Second, the sofa in her office: guys, this piece belonged to her great-grandparents, who lived in the Netherlands. It travelled across the ocean to find it's new home in her office and it is SO cool! Surrounded by pieces that mean so much to them, their home was the perfect place to celebrate their engagement. AND Richard brought home a bottle of the good champagne. Like the really good kind.
After spending a little time in their home, we headed to a restaurant that we had to ourselves for a bit. Richard is a chef and this was the perfect nod to his passion. Once we finished up at the restaurant, we made our way to the rims. If you're ever in Billings, check them out: it's such a beautiful spot with an amazing view of the city. It was also the perfect place to watch the sun set on the most beautiful October day. Scroll on through to check out a few of my favorites from their engagement!
I met fellow wedding photographer Anne Herndon through an online photography community when she posted that she and her husband would be road-tripping out west to shoot a wedding and spend some time in Yellowstone. It seemed like an awesome opportunity to connect with some cool new people, so Dylan and I headed into the park for the afternoon.
Side note: I totally checked out Anne's social media before jumping at the opportunity because the internet can be a scary place, yo. But as soon as I saw the photos of their adorable Huskey pup and their goats, I figured they were totally legit. They were.
As an introvert, it's always a little unnerving/awkward/insert uncomfortable adjective here to just dive into things like this: social events can be overwhelming, engaging for long periods of time can be exhausting, and sometimes you just don't click. These things used to cross my mind all the time and I said "no" to a lot of things I probably should have said "yes" to. Fortunately, I've had so many more good experiences than bad and it's getting so much easier to leap first, in large part because of people like Anne and Matt.
These two were so easy to click with right off the bat: friendly, funny, and down-to-earth. Dylan and Matt spent the afternoon swapping hunting stories while Anne and I bonded over the challenges of having a full-time non-photography job in addition to a full photography calendar. We swapped a few photos (much to the guys' chagrin, but they were such good sports!) and enjoyed a beautiful evening in one of the most beautiful places.
Scroll on through for a few highlights: these two are such naturals! And if you ever find yourself in or around Missouri and in need of a fabulous and fun photographer, get ahold of Anne (Images By Annie)!