Elana & Will | Raleigh Engagement Session

I spent an awesome evening with these two yesterday, talking, walking, and laughing at their sweet Pomapoo, Lily, that never strayed more than a few feet away from us during the entire session. When I asked Elana if she had any expectations for the session, or any photos that she’d seen that she liked, she said she didn’t, that she trusted me.

Y’all there is no sweeter word to a photographer’s ears than the word trust.

I’ve talked about this before, but it’s so essential to surround yourself with people that you trust on your wedding day. When you do, it frees you up to be present, and there’s truly nothing more important than being fully in the moment on a day that goes by so quickly. It’s actually something that’s so important to me that I’ve been known to tell potential clients in consultation that if they don’t feel a connection with me and my work — if that trust just isn’t there with me — to go and find it with someone. It’s that important.

Because here’s the thing: Your trust doesn’t just free you up, it frees up your photographer, too. It allows them the space they need to be creative, and do their best work.

The one thing Elana and Will wanted was to shoot in a field. During our session yesterday, the sun was still too high to shoot out in the open, so I had to get a bit creative with the light, using shadows not just to shoot in, but also with. This is not my strong suit. I like even, consistent light. But the lack of that yesterday challenged me to see things differently, and to play with that vs. avoiding it, which I would have absolutely done if I didn’t have Elana and Will’s trust.

Here are a few of my faves. XO,