Emlen + Charlotte: Engagement Photos

11:39 AM

I know my sister already shared all of the engagement photos I took for her and Emlen but I wanted to share a few of my favorites on the blog and kind of expand on what you may have seen floating around on the album info/other pictures I have posted. Shooting Emlen and Charlotte's engagement pictures was actually one of the top three reasons I wanted to buy a camera in the first place. Many years ago when Kaleb and I were sitting in our last apartment in San Angelo with our nine month old son he shared with me his deeply rooted desire to make a documentary and to expand even more, just his passion in general for filmmaking, videography, and editing videos. It wasn't something new at all. Kaleb did theater in high school and if you've sat and chatted with him for a while than you know his ridiculous amount of knowledge about films, The Oscars, directors, producers, cinematography, etc. To accomplish his passion he would need a lot of equipment starting with (obviously) a camera. I casually mentioned how I would love to learn about photography and thus a dream was born.

I told Charlotte when we eventually got our camera I would love to take her engagement pictures. Mind you she was not engaged nor was she dating anyone at the time but it was just something I always knew I wanted to do for her. Years went by and we finally saved enough for a camera and not long after that Charlotte was ENGAGED! Cool timing, Jesus. Months prior to their engagement I had practiced a bit with shooting and editing photos for friends. Lightroom is easy, Photoshop is the devil, and I'm just over here watching YouTube videos on how to stack photos. It's frustrating but I love watching where other photographers that I admire so much started from and remember that one day I will look back on this beginning as something that was so fun. 

Taking these engagement photos proved to be the sweetest "first session" I could have ever had. The way Emlen and Charlotte love each other really showed through each snap of the lens. When we all weren't laughing at the many bugs trying to eat us alive out there I was getting the privilege of capturing small moments of smiles and kisses between these two. When I had them look at each other for a shot Emlen would usually blow in Charlotte's face. It was funny, yes but it was also cute because it made her smile. When Charlotte wasn't facing Emlen she was trying to pose. But when they were face to face she sort of sunk into his arms like they were the place she belonged-like she was home.

Another thing I loved was how Charlotte would wrap her hand around the back of Emlen's neck when they were facing each other. It was as if she was saying, "Here I am. Don't miss me! Let's linger here just a bit longer." I swooned. Not only is this a love story I've watched my sister wait for but it's one Emlen has waited for patiently as well. To watch it unfold in person and then get to take pictures of their love was more than I could have dreamed. I love the way they love each other and I've seen/heard many people make that exact same comment. They are an inspiring story and I love the testimony of God's goodness and faithful timing that is so evident from their love. 

Hargrove Photo + Video is just a title for now but Kaleb and I dream of what it could become one day. This photo shoot is one thing we hope it can be-telling stories through pictures while Kaleb's filming can be telling stories through videos. We're not entirely sure when we will be able to launch this as an actual business but for now we're enjoying these little projects. Kaleb is currently working on something that I can't wait for everyone to see! Since he works full time it's hard for him to roll videos out as quickly as I can with pictures but make no mistake Kaleb has vision like no one else I've ever met. It's true what they say-"Choose a job you love and you'll never work a day in your life." This is something we love and we can't wait to watch what it can become. 

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