Some things you will notice in this video, first of all, is my cheesey taste in music. Yes, I went all out. I did it. It's a mental defect; I couldn't help myself. It's one of my favorite songs, and when I was flipping stations the other night and I heard this come trickling through the stereo as we drove home from the dog park and my beagle began to howl uncontrollably in the back seat, I just totally felt inspired to make this video. I know that really, that sounds more like inspiration to sign up for obedience training, but I have learned to tune the little sucker out. And now you all get to suffer through my music choice too. AREN'T YOU EXCITED?!
Are you still there?
When you plan your engagement session, remember that it really should be a reflection of you and your partner. For Mike & Sara, we shot the session in the area around their home, and then at Rock Creek Park where when the stars align and they both happen to be on the same continent at the same time, for more than five seconds at a time, they like to grab a paper, lounge in the grass, talk and cuddle. Which is exactly what we did! What you will also see is a beautiful piece of fabric Sara & Mike use as a blanket while they lay on the dewy ground- it rained on and off all through our session-POURED while we were in their neighborhood even. That fabric, called pagne, came all the way from West Africa from a country called Burkina Faso and is just another reflection of Sara & Mike's life: past, present and future. Consider those things as you plan your own sessions!
As I said before, Sara and Mike met in the PeaceCorps. They met in another country, far from home, on another continent even, doing something they both loved and believed in. That is a beautiful thing. In Sara's words,
" Both of us wholeheartedly believe that our Peace Corps experience was one of the best, most valuable things that we have done so far in our lives, (besides getting married, obviously :) ) and that it profoundly changed the way we see and interact with the world. We would love to encourage more people to join! "
It took them on to graduate school afterwards, and led both of them to careers in the same arena
as well. Again, a beautiful thing. A career and a life mission you can feel passionate about, and making a true difference in someone's life is amazing! For more information on volunteering or how you can help, you can head right on over HERE, or if you'd like to start your application boys and girls, you can click right HERE.
Please enjoy the video, and ponder how seriously perfect the music is when is RAINED through our session, and when Mike & Sara met in Africa and... oh, just watch the film! <3
The part towards the beginning where Mike dips her almost to the ground and it's followed up with an almost identical picture of Sara being dipped to the ground in the same spot- I was shooting on two cameras at the same time. I had my main DSLR in one hand where I was shooting my stills, and the secondary DSLR in the other where I was shooting HD video simultaneously. That's how I got that shot. ;) I am tricky.