The sun was slipping down across the horizon. Golden beams were spilling across the green grass. Leaves were glowing as they caught the light. Magic Hour was beginning. I grabbed Amber for some single shots alone. She fussed with her hair with one hand as the other rested on her growing belly. She was absolutely stunning. Motherhood fit her so well. I assured her that her photos would be just as beautiful as she was. Amber relaxed a little and laughed. I was serious. She was captivating in her natural beauty, and the sun was wrapping her in angelic glory.
I only had so much time to get it right. Being a natural light photographer means every session is a game of chance. How many photos can I snap before the sun sets into the sky? How quickly can I assure my clients that I see beauty in them before our light runs out? I love the challenge and the chase of the light.
I grabbed Zach who was waiting inside and began the couple shots she had been waiting for. Let’s be honest. It’s a relief to have a partner and not to be photographed alone. I instructed them to get close and to trust me. They did. What happened next can be described as nothing less than magical. The amazing love they have for each other began to shine through until it outshined the sun that was setting behind them. It’s those moments photographers live for. When the genuine beauty of your subjects shines through so clearly, that you know every shot you take will be ones that will live on past you, it’s nothing short of amazing.
It’s in those moments that you are so grateful to be witnessing the love between two people. Photography is intimate, soul-filling, and live-giving. I am so thankful to share these with people. I pray that these moments will be a beautiful memory between them as they celebrate the beginning of their journey as new parents. What a gift they are to the world and their new baby as beautiful people who truly love and cherish each other!