I met Janessa and Sean at my favorite local coffee shop on an early summer morning. Janessa had contacted me via my website, and was referred to me from Arrowhead Acres. Arrowhead Acres is located in Uxbridge, Massachusetts owned and is owned and operated by some great friends I've developed over the years. Dave, Vicki and their family run a beautiful event facility that offers the perfect rustic charm with an abutting Christmas Tree Farm, and slew of friendly farm animals. As a preferred vendor and the exclusive on-site photographer for the holidays I've captured many weddings, engagements and holiday photos there over the last few years.
Over the course of an hour Janessa, Sean and I immediately hit it off. We spent the better part that hour just talking over coffee about their upcoming wedding, kids, family and more. Many of my client interactions happen that way. I've always liked to keep things casual and friendly, and my goal is to always treat others with grace and a friendly smile. In that hour it was decided I would have the pleasure of capturing their engagement and wedding photos.
What I love most about being an independent is that when it comes to special requests I need only ask the lady in the mirror aka myself so when Janessa requested to include her two boys in her their engagement session I couldn't be happier to say yes! Our photography session at Stony Creek Farm in Swansea, MA was a great one. We chased the sun on a hot summer day in July and started bright and early at 8:00 am. The best part were the friendly and downright hilarious farm animals that insisted on being a part of the session, Naturally we all loved it, especially the kids! Particularly the 80lb, 8 year old pot-belly big that insisted on following me around the farm. Half covered in mud and smiling with his snout in the air. It was definitely the most entertaining engagement session I've had all year. I even got a slight wake up call when I leaned into the electric wire on the fence. Lets just say I was zinging afterwards.
Even the horses in the barn were up for being parts of this special families first photos as a group before tying the knot. Especially a buttercup colored one who gave Janessa's oldest son a kiss and closed her eyes just as we were taking the photo. I love hearing when people say this is my first time having professional photos taken. Look at that face! Isn't she precious, actually now I'm wondering if that could be her name....hmmmm?
Towards the end of our session the farmers market vendors were buzzing around getting their booths setup for the day. Particularly an antique vendor, who lets us slip by his booth to get some really fun shots. Not nearly as fun as Janessa's personal idea for a tribute to their family road trips. What a great morning with two awesome people and some absolutely awesome kids. These are the moments I live for and I can't wait to join this great family on their big day!