What do you do when you’re shooting an engagement in a park, and realize for the first time in all the times there that the CAROUSEL is open? You jump at the chance to call an audible, and jump on that merry go round!
Lauren + Trent are a “very outdoorsy” couple, she’s studying to be a nurse, and he’s a firefighter, and when first inquired specifically asked for their Eno Hammock to be part of their session as well as somewhere with woods. They also wanted the extended session so we could add in some Riverfront Chattanooga images as well.
We started out at Coolidge Park, and while shooting near the stone animal fountains it caught my eye that the Carousel was spinning! Every.single.time. I’d been there before it had been closed…not today folks…not today!
I stopped what I was shooting, looked at them I’m sure with a wild look in my eyes, and asked…would they dare? Ohhhh they dared! “YESSSSS!”
After digging for change we boarded the ride, and the uncontrolable, and totally photographable, laughter poured out. Too.much.FUN!
Apparently it’s kind of difficult to kiss on alternating up and down Merry Go Round animals, but it didn’t stop them from trying 🙂 The ride ended after what seemed like only seconds, and we rushed off to shoot a little more before we had to start the drive up the mountain to try and grab sunset.
When they’d asked for some woodsy/outdoor spot for their hammock images the week before I knew the perfect spot.
I’d been dying to shoot up on a sweet little spot I discovered in the summer up on Lookout Mountain overlooking Mocassin Bend, but so far hadn’t had anyone bite at the opportunity to HIKE to their shoot location (Shocking right? 😉 ). These two were so game…lugging Fireman’s gear and all.
I don’t believe in lucky, I believe in blessed, and I’m so blessed that my brides and grooms are always simply so in love that photographing them is a breeze. A little light posing, and these two just took it and RAN with it.
Lauren and Trent were quite simply just made for each other. Like a zipper that’d been missing it’s other side they just fit perfectly together.
She’ll tell you she feels like she’s blessed that he picked her, but watching the way he’d look at her, gently guiding and innatley protecting her I have a feeling HE’s the one who feels blessed.
I always pray for the most perfect weather for all of my sessions, whatever God sees fit to give I cheerfully take it and roll with it, and turns out they’d been praying too…I think we were all 3 heard…and answered…..
Somtimes sunsets are hit or miss, short and not very colorful, but not this eve. This one would turn out to be a breathtaking show stopper that went on for what seemed like forever.
The colors on the fall leaves below mixed with the brilliant colors in the sky created one of the most stunning landscape images I’ve ever witnessed…what a mighty God we serve that He creates beauty like that to just stop us cold in our tracks.
As the sun sank behind the mountains they set up their hammock, and after a little trepidation from Mr. “I run into burning buildings” they were both snuggled safely in 😉
Once the sun was gone the show didn’t stop. I haven’t seen a sunset like that in too long…where it just kept getting better as it got later.
I shot several silhouettes against the painted sky, and with the final hints of light finally gone we realized we had to walk back UP the woodsy, rocky, uneven trail…in the dark! Whoopsy! I’m telling you though it was worth it.