Guys: know what I love? I love seeing good things happen to good people. I met Maggie about three years ago through my fiance, and while I only saw her sporadically, she was always SO lovely and kind. I've watched her and Marcus' adventures with their sweet daughters from afar (oh hey social media!) and when she asked me to take their engagement photos, I jumped at the chance.
When I asked if they were willing to meet at the lake literally at the crack of dawn, I was expecting a resounding "haha! Hell no. We'll see you at 10:00." Instead, Maggie told me they were a "bunch of silly early risers" and sunrise was no problem. Friends, this was music to my ears. That early morning light is beautiful, but more importantly, getting there (or anywhere, really) at first light means we almost always have the place to ourselves. This is such a luxury: for me because I don't have to remove random people in Photoshop and for the people being followed by the camera because it means they don't feel like they have an audience. They get to just be themselves and this their photos actually reflect them, their relationships, and their personalities.
I think the first words out of Marcus' mouth were "you know, 11:00am is a perfectly acceptable time for photos." I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little afraid we had a grumpy Gus on our hands. Fortunately, Maggie filled me in on his propensity for sarcasm (speakin' my language - turns out I just don't pick up on it so well). Guys, this was one of the most fun sessions I've had in so long. Marcus had Maggie in stitches from the word "go" and they were so naturally comfortable with each other that it didn't matter that there was a creeper following them.
The best part? They brought Ella and Olivia and did a combo engagement/family session. That meant mom and dad got to take some breaks while I hung out with the girls. And it was so nice to see this family together: Ella and Olivia seem to have such a solid friendship and the love Maggie and Marcus have for each other and the two of them is so tangible. It was so nice to be a witness to it all for a couple hours!
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