This session started off similar to many of our past sessions. But Craig had a surprise for his girlfriend, Tanika. You see, Craig contacted me a couple of months earlier and told me that he had just purchased the perfect ring for his girlfriend. He wanted to surprise her with the ring during their upcoming couples portrait session at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham, North Carolina. I have the say that their surprise proposal session in Durham, North Carolina was so much fun. I loved being in on the secret and helping Craig make his dream (and Tanika’s) come true. We spent the first half of their session adventuring around the campus. Craig and Tanika laughed and seemed to be having a great time. After their planned outfit change, we headed over to a less busy location and I gave Craig a chance to do his thing. It was so sweet to capture Tanika’s expression as Craig dropped down to one knee and took out that tiny black box from Bailey’s. Surprise!!!! After lots of “omgs”, hugs and kisses, we finished their session with a few more photos. So sweet! And we are so happy for these guys and can’t wait to learn more about their journey to the alter!! Congrats again guys and thanks for trusting me to be a part of an amazing surprise!!
When I was growing up, my parents didn’t let me watch a lot of the movies that are now considered classics. I don’t think I watched “The Color Purple” until I was in college. And even then I didn’t focus on it, so I had to watch it again a few weeks ago to really understand it. I’ve always felt a little behind when it comes to knowing popular quotes from some of the older movies. When Brian and I met, he introduced me to his most favorite movie ever, Coming to America. Somehow I missed this movie back in the day as well, but I can say that I know it almost by heart now. Here’s what usually happens. We will be sitting on the couch watching TV. All of a sudden, Brian will get this random line in his head from the movie and before I know it, we’re watching it again. It’s always so funny to me. And even though I don’t share the same love for the movie as he does, I don’t mind watching it over and over again with him. Because that’s what love is to me. It’s doing things that you don’t really care for because you know that it makes your other half extremely happy.
It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating their special day at the Billingsley House in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. It has been 2 years since that special day and this time we met for Megan and Dino’s maternity portraits in Durham, North Carolina. These guys are expecting their first little one this summer and we are so excited for them. It is always a great time when we get to catch up with our couples and these guys are so much fun to hang with. Congrats again guys and we can’t wait to meet your new little bundle of joy.
Shaunita and Mike were planning a trip to North Carolina the same weekend that Brian and I were planning a trip to Georgia. Things worked out perfectly and we ended up meeting them in Atlanta for their classic engagement session at Atlantic Station and Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s no secret that we have a special place in our hearts for Atlanta. It’s where Brian and I spent our first vacation together and it’s where we try to visit at least once every year! Often times more than once. This time around, we were scheduled to be in Columbus, Georgia the following day for a wedding and it worked out perfectly to meet Shaunita and Mike on Friday! Shaunita and Brian actually went to high school together. Small world!
Mike and Shaunita are engaged and planning their special day. They are a very sweet and funny couple. They’re also lifesavers. When Brian and I arrived at Atlantic Station, we had planned to meet them outside of Target. However, after leaving the parking deck, we got a little lost and ended up in the back of some hotel. Thankfully Shaunita and Mike were driving by and saved us the embarrassment of having to either a) jump a fence (more like climb a fence only to get stuck on it) or b) wander around the shopping center for the next 30 minutes trying to figure out how to get across to Target. So like I said these guys were total lifesavers!
We spent the first part of their session at Atlantic Station and then headed over to the place where these guys completed their first race together, Piedmont Park. We had a complete blast hanging out with them in downtown Atlanta and are so happy for them!