Convention says that you shouldn't work with family. That you only set yourself up for heartache and drama. While I think that's probably good advice in a lot of cases this is definitely an exception. I had a lot of fun shooting Rachel and Darrell's engagement photos and I can't wait for their wedding in June.
Rachel and I are first cousins. When you grow up in a close knit family like ours being cousins means that you grow up extremely close. Since Rachel doesn't have an older brother I, and our other cousin Jon, filled some of that role. We were her backup, but we also picked on her and taught her to be tough. This was probably a bad decision on my part since she's a solid 3 inches taller than I am now when she's not wearing heels. I'm not short! She's just incredibly tall.
So, when the time came for Rachel to get married part of me (the part that still insists that she's 14) was a little confused at the idea but mostly I was super excited. Even more so when she asked me to photograph the wedding. Fast forward to fall and it's time to start talking about engagement photos. We ultimately decided on Shelby Farms, A because we would have tons of options, B they could bring their cute puppy Ruger and C, Darrell's last name is Shelby and it's kinda just a funny coincidence. I've shot at Shelby Farms loads of times so I know the park pretty well but I wanted to leave no stone unturned in finding the perfect spots. Guys, I walked 4 miles getting ready for this shoot. The hilarious thing is though that we ended up shooting less than 100 yards from the parking lot in both spots. Whatever I needed the exercise anyway.
Cutting a long story short because I could seriously talk about this shoot forever Rachel and Darrell are both amazing people and I'm super excited that I get to introduce you guys to them.
Ruger is so cute in this one! He's just like whatcha doing guys? Don't forget I'm down here.
I love this grass! It's such a pretty color and stays around all winter long!!