So, before I say anything, I have to give a HUGE shout out to photographer extraordinaire, Jessica Claire, as I got the idea for this engagement from her :)
Now, this weekend one of my long time best friends came out from Phoenix. I met Andy in the 5th grade and we HATED each other. I broke his thumb playing a game of chicken even :) 7th grade came around and his mom needed him to stay somewhere over the weekend so she called my mom (it was a last resort, I recall). That night we hit it off and the rest was history.
Anyways, Andy wanted to ask his girlfriend to marry him and decided to do it when they came out to San Diego. When they got here I said to Emily, “hey, do you guys want to shoot some couples pictures?” Andy played it off like he didn’t care and Emily said she liked the idea. She took the bait! So, we went around San Diego hanging out and shooting every once and a while. We had a line that was Andy’s queue – but he was so into it that he didn’t hear me give the queue FOUR TIMES! I was starting to think that maybe he didn’t like the spot I picked. Anyways, he asked, she said yes, and it was beautiful.
Now, you may think, “hey, where is the kissing?!?!” as I usually have a good amount of hot and steamy photos :) but this time was a little different. Andy and Emily have chosen to wait until their wedding day for their first real kiss. Luckily they are having a very short engagement (like three months!) so I think they’ll be able to make it.
Seriously, I couldn’t have felt more privileged to be a part of this life changing moment. Andy is one of the best guys I know, has influenced my life immensely, and I couldn’t possibly be happier for him. Emily, now that we’ve met, is incredible. These two are perfect for each other and I really am so thankful that they met (and that Andy was able to somehow convince her :) Enjoy the photos everyone!
What a beautiful day today was :) I just wanted to say that this country (and many other countries, I might add) owes a debt of gratitude to our veterans. Recently, French President Nicolas Sarkozy shared that “America liberated us, and this is an eternal debt we owe America.” It’s very easy to concentrate only on the problems of America and forget all of the great things this nation has done. Our veterans have made not just America, but the entire world a better place. Without them, I think life might be a bit darker.
So, to those of you who served in the past and made it through, those who served and fell, and those who are serving now; I can never thank you all enough for what you have done. So many around the world can live better lives because of your selflessness. May God bless you all deeply.
Lindsay and I had the absolute pleasure of shooting Tracy and Jen’s engagement photos yesterday. What a sweet pair these two are! We met up down in La Jolla to shoot at this Methodist Church that Jen had spotted. It was such an awesome looking building! Thanks you two for such a fun time shooting :) Can’t wait for the wedding in August!!!
Still going through ‘em but here are a few of my favorites so far :)
I just heard some heartbreaking news about a christian music artist named Steven Curtis Chapman. Now, I’m no real fan of the christian music industry, but this guy is a good guy. My mom is HUGE into christian music but is also aware that not all christian artists are the greatest of christians. However, she has always told me stories about Steven Curtis Chapman’s adoptions (he has three chinese daughters) and his organization, ShaoHannah’s Hope, that helps families reduce the financial barrier of adoption, and has provided grants to over 1700 families wishing to adopt orphans from around the world. As some of you know, Lindsay and I love China, adoption, and used to work at an orphanage out in Beijing, so Chapman is high up in our book.
Anyways, my thoughts and prayers are truly with him and his family today as their five year old adopted daughter passed in an accident yesterday. Seriously, my heart goes out to them more than I can possibly express. For those who are religious, I’m sure they would appreciate your prayers. For those who aren’t, I’m sure they would appreciate your thoughts. I honestly don’t know how I would get through a situation like this and am truly heartbroken for them. May God bless the Chapman’s for their big hearts for adoption and somehow help them through this unbelievable tragedy.
Bottom line, don’t let the little things distort how great life is. If you’ve got your family then who cares if you’re having trouble making the rent, you know?
So, David “I know” Cook (I’ll explain the nick name in a second) won American Idol tonight. American Idol is one of the few downsides to my being married. I’m forced to watch it, but hey, if watching American Idol is the biggest downside of being married to Lindsay then I can’t complain to much, right :)
Anyways, we call him David “I know” Cook because we have this theory that when he says “thank you” upon getting a compliment he is actually saying “I know… I know…”
So Remmy can’t have babies now since she got spayed last week. She keeps going at her stitches so we put a lampshade and a tshirt on her to make sure she doesn’t irritate it too much. How cute does she look!