Not to be confused with Ben and Kate. Or their plus eight. Or their dramas. Nothing here but low-key, beautiful happiness.
When we talked with Kate and Ben a week before their session and they said they had just got a new English Mastiff puppy that day, we couldn’t wait to get photos of them with the newest addition to their family-in-the-making. Lyle—such a fitting name for their adorable, clumsy puppy—had to be the cutest dog we had ever seen. (He’s also going to grow up to be HUGE. In case you’re unfamiliar with what an English Mastiff puppy can become, check this guy out. Or this one.) And Kate and Ben were a breeeeeze. They were so much fun and so happy together! They went to the same high school but met in college, and it’s plain to see they were meant for each other. They wanted to start their session at their new house they’d bought together, followed by a stop at a nearby historic stone building and battlefield from the Civil War. Oh how Jon and I have dreamed of photoshoots in big open fields with nothing but sky and weeds, and the battlefield definitely delivered 100 percent. Dreams fulfilled. Photos taken. (We owe you guys big Kate & Ben!) Weeds are hard to come by when you’re living in an urban jungle, so we were in heaven.
Weeds and sky aside, Jon and I left the session on a high from this couple’s awesome relationship and their ability to be completely themselves in front of our cameras. They were hilarious, they teased each other, they made us laugh, I’m sure they made fun of us for rolling around in the weeds trying to get our dream shots, (I was 8 months pregnant, remember. I’m positive my lie-low-in-the-weeds maneuvering looked awkward from any way you looked at it, but it was TOTALLY worth it), but I’m also sure they had just as much fun as we did. You can totally tell in their photos.
This is what we do, and this is why we love it. From one of our favorite shoots ever, here are some highlights.
Seriously, cutest dog ever.
Our version of heaven. Sky, weeds, and a bunch of openness.