Ryan and Melissa: Engagement Photography {Maryland - I'm Kristen}

"songs I played them for you
a moment, a love 
a dream aloud"

sweet disposition - the temper trap


(ps.  This was the first "let me check my light and you two can head over there" picture on my camera.)

Ryan and Melissa officially won an award from "I'm Kristen."  They gave me the longest contract I have ever received.  The first two pages are normal contract information and on the last page I have a little "get to know you" section where I ask brides to tell me why they love their men, and vice versa.
Ryan told me why he loved his girl.  Oh yesss he did.  The section starts with "Words won't come close to describing how great she is, but I'll try" and what follows is a two-page, single-spaced, small-font, 22-bullet-point list of things Ryan loves about Melissa.

He raved about her.  He went on and on and on.  From her solid faith in her Savior, to her love of McDonalds french fries, Ryan had it all.
One part said "Her favorite band is Incubus, her favorite dessert is banana's foster, her favorite flower is a lily, her favorite color is red (even though she does like blue a lot, too), she loves shoes and she is afraid of heights."  It's completely adorable that he knows so many details and specifics about Melissa - and finds those things important about her.  Ryan "treasures the little things" about his girl :D






And Melissa's section about him was just as long, and just as sweet.  She told me the story about how she had a middle-school crush on him, how they actually met and started dating and how excited she is to be engaged to such a wonderful man.  "This past year and a half has been better then anything I could ask for or deserve."

She talked about how uplifting and caring Ryan has been.  From e-mails with scripture every morning, and flowers for no reason at all to telling her she's beautiful (even with no make-up on) and planning a surprise "half-birthday" party for her.  
Melissa talked about his humility, his diligence, his care and she finally said "I just couldn't be happier... I really could go on and on."
There were another few pages talking about what they love to do together, how they got engaged and what their wedding will be like.  I'll be honest - I was floored.  They didn't have to write all of that.  It would have been so easy to jot down a few sweet things and send this along.  But it seemed like such joy for them to write about each other!  They wrote so happily!



They wrote that way because they really are that happy!  Ryan and Melissa were just so pleasant, so wonderful and clearly so in love.

ps.  Melissa was worried because she didn't know how to model and was afraid she looked bad.  I told her she was right. Sigh.  She just looked so bad in all these pictures.  Really frustrating to have models who look bad in all the pictures.  Geez.
Um. No.  These two could have been sent to me from a modeling agency.  I was freeeaaaking out I was so excited taking these pictures!
Aw :)  That's adorable.
Can I also give major props to our location?  An old auto-body shop and gas station.  I love shooting in places that are a bit out-of-the-ordinary!  (And I loved how God made twilight hour so glorious.)
:D
If their awesome careers don't work out, good thing they have a back-up plan: Modeling!

I thought I'd mix it up a little? 

I'll end with a part of the contract that I particularly loved.  
"At the end of everyday I send Melissa a little text message that says something like 'You're the best' or 'You're the greatest' because I want to pound into her head that she is the best thing in the world.
She has changed my life. God is soooo good for allowing me to be a part of her life and to be able to marry her.  I'm the luckiest man in the world."
I'm so excited for you two (you happy little heads :D)
Enjoy the slideshow!



Comments

  1. These are all so perfect, but the second B&W took my breath away--and literally made me say "wow" out loud! Beautiful job!

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  2. OHHH MY GOSH.
    Cutest couple ever?!
    Kristen, they are so hot.
    These images are fabulous.
    One of your best.
    Ohhh love.
    I'm a fan of love.

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  3. some of your best ever. seriously!! these are out of a magazine.

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  4. sooo loverly. that light is magic :)

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  5. third one down is solid!

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  6. What a perfect couple! Nice work Kristen, you are rockstar.

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  7. wow these are amazing! love that location:)

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  8. Wow! These are FANTASTIC. Seriously. Each and every one is just so beautiful. And everything you said about them and their love is so sweet :) I'm loving it :).

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  9. Wow!Really beautiful! They look soo in love..you did a splendid job! She kinda looks like J* and her twin..right?!

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  10. LOVE THESE! The images as well as the story. :D

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  11. I agree with Andrew! The third one is one of my absolute favorites of yours! It really shows off your talent...and what models they are :D

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  12. absolutely perfect, kristen. all i can say:)

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  13. oh and i agree with jamie..one of your best!

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  14. Oh my gosh. One of your best for sure! These are absolutely gorgeous!

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  15. Kristen, these are amazing! Each shoot keeps getting better and better! Such an awesomely cute couple!

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  16. AAAAAAAMAZING! The couple, the location, the story, your skills, EVERYTHING!!!! I love everything!

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  17. I can't even handle how perfect these are. SERIOUSLY. This couple is HAWT and made even hotter by your photos.

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  18. oh friend these are ammmmmmmmazing!

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  19. Such a CUTE couple!! You are amazing. :)

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  20. i like this very much.

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  21. holy crap. seriously. OH. MY. GOD. too hot!!!

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  22. These are fantastic; all of these are stunning photos! I love the one where it's one photo, but cut up in 3s. <3

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  23. Wow, Kristen! Seriously! The location is so charming, they are adorable,and the lighting is just perfect! I would really love a list of the locations where you do photoshoots! 8D Great job with the photos! 8D 8D

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  24. i love these! i love the light, location, composition, EVERYTHING!

    complete cuteness. ;)

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  25. This is a great blog for amateurs who want to understand how photography works.

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  26. Kristen. You're amazing! One of your best, hottest, sweetest, most-cutest, adorable-est, perfect shoots ever. So, so good. :)

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  27. Kristen. You're amazing! One of your best, hottest, sweetest, most-cutest, adorable-est, perfect shoots ever. So, so good. :)

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  28. these are really great.

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  29. This is a great place for the average photo enthusiast like me. The goal of the blog is to teach an average photographer to take great photos. Its relatively short and each point only takes a page to explain.

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  30. Thanks for visiting my blog!! I will have to bookmark yours now :) And HOW LOVELY these pictures are!

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  31. Thanks for stopping my little blog! Your work is ice cream in august good...love the flare. nice to *meet* you! -CC

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  32. These are gorgeous and this woman is stunning! absolutely stunning!

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  33. What a ridiculously cute couple!! :) I love these, Kristen. Great job.

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  34. great shots!perfect lighitng!! and a completely adorable couple!!!!!!!!

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  35. I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog...literally breathtaking. I am an inspiring "professional" photographer, and your pictures are an inspiration to me. Your work is absolutely stunning. I dont know how you find such amazing locations, but I now must throw all three of my kids in the minivan and drive around aimlessly until I find something as extra ordinary as your locations (wish me luck, I have three boys!!)

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  36. I was going to comment and simply say, "cutest couple everrr!" and then I realize that's quite the trend around here on this post! haha. They truly are ADORABLE!

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