Friday, May 4, 2012

Beloved: Megan and Jason

I know I’ve told variations of this story before, but these two are such a huge part of Wildlove Photography’s beginning, I can’t help but start there.  In the Spring of 2009, I was reading an issue of Rangefinder when all of a sudden it dawned on me that what I really wanted to do with my life was be a photographer.  Professionally.  Like actually take a stab at making a living.  I can’t really say it came out of nowhere because photography is something I’ve loved my whole life.  Just ask my parents – they’ll gladly tell you stories of how I wasted rolls upon rolls of their film taking pictures of the same flowers over and over again.  But for some reason on that particular day, it occurred to me that photography didn’t have to just be a hobby.  It could be a feasible career.  I don’t think I’ve ever wanted something that badly.  If it wasn’t for Megan and Jason, “this” wouldn’t be happening.  Also, if there’s one thing I’ve learned about myself in the three-ish years since that day, it’s that taking pictures of people I know and care about is hands down, my absolute favorite thing about this job.  I’ve said it before, I know, but it’s true.  And not only that, but getting to photograph people at different times in their lives and watch their relationships progress is like this amazingly beautiful gift.  Relationships are what anchor us and what bring us immeasureable joy in the time that we have to spend on this Earth.  They are the most important thing.  Period.

I am so thrilled that I was able to capture Megan and Jason at this time in their lives.  They were my very first couple.  And I feel like I’ve come a long way since we wandered around taking “practice” pictures that ended up becoming their engagement photos.  I’ve learned so much in that time and I’m really glad I was able to share what I’ve learned with them.  Their marriage has blossomed in so many ways since they exchanged vows almost two years ago.  Again, it was an absolute gift to spend time with them and see that.  And to top it all off, they are preparing for a big move to New Hampshire this month for Jason’s new job.  So of course this session was bittersweet for me in many ways as well.  Jason, a pharmacy student (until a week or two from now I believe!), was on rotations for almost a year – they took him around the country and away from Megan.  The excitement they are both feeling about the next stage was palpable.  But I couldn’t tell if it was the idea of living somewhere new or just the idea of living together, finally, for more than a month or two at a time, that excited them more.

There was some crying during this session, but I’d be lying if I said that a lot of it wasn’t coming from me.  There were so many little beautiful moments between Megan and Jason and I love that I got so wrapped up in them I almost forgot to click the shutter.  Those moments spoke volumes about their love.  They have such admiration for one another.  They respect each other.  They are the kind of people that give you hope that there are other marriages and relationships like this that exist out in the world.  Relationships where you know without a doubt that those two people belong together and ISN’T IT AMAZING that they happened to find one another.  These two make me feel, without a doubt, that I am where I’m meant to be.  Doing what I’m meant to do.

Ok, sorry, I could go on and on, but I suppose I’ll stop talking now.  Meg and Jason, I love you guys.  Thank you for everything.

Love. Meg.

P.S. The string art in the shape of New Hampshire was handmade by Megan (the crafty lady that she is).  The heart is right over the city they’ll be living in.  How adorable is that?!


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