If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times—I love photographing couple’s sessions.

Back in February, I had a couple referred to me by another Atlanta area photographer. They were looking for a photographer in Augusta for a couple’s session before the husband left for school.

I was a little nervous going into the session. It was booked through a friend of the couple. I’m used to doing the majority of my communication with the couple directly, which gives me more opportunity to get to know them so I can best serve them at their session. There was also a chance of rain and cold, which always adds an extra layer of nerves. Thankfully, it was warm for February. We even lucked out and had several blooms that made for beautiful backdrops to their portraits.

I didn’t need to worry, though. Shawna and Montel were absolutely adorable. Five minutes into the session and I felt as though I had been photographing them their entire relationship. Though they both say they are introverts and not photogenic, I definitely disagree with that.

During our session, it was wonderful to get to see Montel encourage Shawna. As an Army wife, I know she’s got a difficult job, raising their children on her own when he’s away for work. She was practically glowing as he told her what a wonderful mother she is. On the flip side, Shawna was able to encourage Montel, as well. During our session, she told him how proud she was of how hard he works, of how much she’s seen him grow in his walk with Christ and as a godly man.

This was also the first session I photographed on Portra film. I was so nervous about how the photos would turn out. I had really fallen in love with the tones and colors that Fuji 400h gave me, but when it was discontinued, Portra remained my only option. As it stands, I am ecstatic with how the film scans turned out. I’m excited to continue to work with Portra films and figure out what works best for me.

Wife hugging husband from behind in Augusta GA
Wife with hand on husband's shoulder showing wedding ring
Husband kissing wife's cheek in front of rose bushes
Husband and wife sitting on bench looking at each other