"Now, I'm not going to deny that I was aware of your beauty. But the point is, this has nothing to do with your beauty. As I got to know you, I began to realise that beauty was the least of your qualities. I became fascinated by your goodness. I was drawn in by it. I didn't understand what was happening to me. And it was only when I began to feel actual, physical pain every time you left the room that it finally dawned on me: I was in love, for the first time in my life. I knew it was hopeless, but that didn't matter to me. And it's not that I want to have you. All I want is to deserve you. Tell me what to do. Show me how to behave. I'll do anything you say." –Choderlos de Laclos
There was so much joy in this session. Megan wrote me a text message a few days before the shoot that simply read "I completely trust the process." This was her way of saying - tell us where to meet you and if we need to prep in any way and we'll be there. "The process" for me is all about reality. I don't want you to practice. I don't want you to be "inspired" by the mess of ideas that were once creative and have been watered down and mimicked so many times that they are simply a shell of the artists' initial concept. I don't want you to think - but I do want you to feel. I want you to feel the sun and the warmth of the day. To remember the wind and the look on his face. I want you to laugh and smile and enjoy the moments that are simply about you two being who you are together and throughout it all - I want you to "trust the process". Megan had it right - from the get go. And as they stepped out of the car at the random little hotel out between fields and open space - these two made it clear that they were willing.
The rest of this shoot was light and easy. We walked, skipped, jogged, floated, whatever from place to place with absolutely no cares. The reality is that when you're focused on simply enjoying the process, the end result takes a back seat to the experience and that is an incredible thing. So, though I am completely smitten with the shots, the memories of running out and spending an afternoon playing and watching these two flirt with each other are every bit as great. Can't wait to watch Megan walk down the aisle in a few months no doubt with that huge smile on her face.