Last year I had the privileged of photographing Mellette and Travis’ wedding. When they volunteered to be my test subjects for a new type of session I wanted to try, I KNEW they were the perfect couple!

The session was a little different than what I’m used to doing. Normally I take a couple of hours and going through a series of poses that I know make good photos, giving specific directions about how to make expressions and where to place the body. The photos are always beautiful, but I’ve started to notice that after doing the same thing hundreds of times, I’m just not as inspired as I once was.

An uninspired photographer isn’t what anyone deserves to document their love.

SO, I decided to make some observations, do some studying, and start trying to really guide my clients through an experience. Sounds great, but its going to take some practice. So I decided to try out some of the ideas in an experimental session.

I think you’ll agree… the results are nothing short of amazing ;)

The session isn’t about a fancy location, or poses, or editing. Its about creating an environment where the couple is relaxed and comfortable. Giving suggestions on things to think about, talk about, and even some games to play. The expressions are so genuine and the connection is real. I tried really hard not to say things like “smile” or “give me a serious face.” (I think I accidentally said smile like twice. Old habits…)

I had a great time getting to know Mellette and Travis even more, and really listening to the story of their love. They have a beautiful story, and I’m honored to be able to help them record this part of the story so they can look back on it in the future.

If you know anyone who has a beautiful love story, send me an email and let me know about them!

Ready to see some photos? I present: Mr. and Mrs. Teague!

travis and melette looking at each other lovingly
sweethearts looking at each other
married couple laughing as they try to kiss without looking
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husband and wife playing game at sweetheart session
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husband dips wife behind tall grass sweetheart session columbia, sc
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