I want everyone to check out Ben and Lauren for a second. Not only was it a bit chilly after having a whole week of wind and rain, but they were also in the shade and Lauren had to do some hiking in a dress! So on top of being practically eye candy for just about any photographer, they were elegant, poised, and a pair of troopers as well! It was really neat photographing a couple who have already been married for a few years because the awkward, “we’re getting our pictures done for the first time” phase isn’t even there. They were a couple where you could physically see their love. You could see the strength, and pain, the forgiveness, the selflessness, the laughter. You could see the honesty, and love despite insecurities, the love for the imperfections, the raw, but real THEM. Being around couples like Ben and Lauren help me to appreciate that deeper love. The kind that goes past the twitter-pated, honeymoon stage, that lives on through much sacrifice and appreciation for the other. Yes, I love photographing new couples because it reminds me to be excited about my spouse but photographing these two reminded me of some of the reasons I try as hard as I do in my own relationship. What a blessing it is to know there is that ONE person who will always, no matter the circumstances or conditions, who will stand beside me through it all.
On a separate note, I wanted to do a shoot in Zion so bad before leaving my mountains behind and heading for our new home in North Carolina. No doubt I will fall in love with the East Coast especially just being out there with the people I love.. but It’s hard to imagine I will be leaving these incredible views behind. Utah is unmatchable. Utah will always be apart of my home and have a part of my heart.