I like being a photographer.
That is what I thought when I left this session.
Actually, no, that is what I said to Kayla when we were finished.
Sessions like this one remind me why.
Kyle is in the Marines.
Colleen is in Connecticut.
And they are in love.
I got an email from Colleen many months ago, asking me to do a shoot for Operation: Love Reunited- for her and her boyfriend, when he was home for a couple weeks on leave.
I said yes.
So did Colleen, a mere hour or two before our shoot.
She said yes when Kyle asked her to be his wife.
So, this session happened on that same lovely afternoon, when these two were newly minted as an engaged couple.
To say they were happy is an understatement.
They tried to give quiet, portrait-style smiles-
- but had a difficult time containing their joy.
There were wide-swathed smiles and giggles, and overflowing moments of exultant happiness.
And there was lots of this– Colleen checking to make sure it really happened, looking again at her hand to assure herself that she wasn’t dreaming. I kept catching her at it.
Lots of lovely things to plan,
dreams to dream,
and even some months apart from each other, sprinkled over with hope for a future.
Colleen and Kyle, thank you. It was such a privilege to spend an hour with you and see your happiness.
I hope the months of separation go quickly for you both.
Thank you for your sacrifice, your diligence in duty.
All the very best to you both!
Julie - Beautiful! Congratulations Kyle and Colleen! (even though I don’t know you :o) And Kyle. Thank you. So. Much.
Mima & Pop - You both looked wonderful and we loved your pictures.It was nice that you captured such a special time and, we shared it with you. We too were young lovers once.Keep the feeling. love Mima and Pop
Matt and Dee - Colleen and Kyle,
We LOVE the photos. Photographer really did a wonderful job and really captured the moment for you two. Such an exciting time in your lives. Love mom and pop.
Uncle John & Aunt Deb - This was a true special treat to be a part of your special day. You two were created for each other. Each of you are so lucky to have found the other. I can’t remember ever knowing two people so perfect for each other. It’s a joy to know you both. All our love & congratulations, Hugs!!!
Stephanie - Beautiful beautiful photography….the moment I saw the pictures I burst into tears. Wish I could have seen my brother looking so handsome and my new sister looking so beautiful in person, but I love you both to death. Good wishes from Germany, congratulations and you guys give me renewed hope that true love exists.
The Match Maker - wow pictures came out great!!! love you both!
Emily Harper - Congrats Colleen!! Pics are beautiful!!
Carol and Tom Koehler - Congratulations to both of you! These pictures are amazing. We wish you a safe return Kyle and a life time of happiness to both of you.
Elsee & Uncle Butch - Well, this beautiful love story has now been captured perfectly into a true life picture book to go along with it!! Kyle was once, not long ago impatient for his life to start. His devotion and focus and now his love for Colleen make the best start for a wonderful life to start.
With her by his side the world belongs to them both!
Nan - I was so lucky to share part of your special day. The pictures reflect all the love that you have for each other. You are loved!
You have made a proud grandmother very happy. Pop is proud too Kyle. Love Nan
Sheila, Maggie & Crissy & Una - Colleen and Kyle,,, congratulations fantastic pictures. the girls are very excited that their babysitter is getting married. Una says beautiful and handsome!