It had been a while since I'd worked with clients who were old enough to walk, let alone drink wine, so the morning of our shoot I was simply giddy with excitement.

Tyler and Erin are a long-distance couple, so I could immediately relate to them from my own years of long-distance engagement. But we had more in common than just that -- from chatting with them before the session, I soon realized that they are the kind of couple you invite on a camping trip or share nachos and beers with while watching football on a Sunday. Sincere, adventurous, easy-going, and clearly in love... Tyler and Erin are basically my favorite kind of couple.

That's probably a big reason why their session was such a success. And this goes for anyone: when you're able to really click with a photographer, the ease and comfort reflects in your images. You could have the most technically talented photographer in the world and be so photogenic that you make Gisele's supermodel gazes look like Elmo on crack, but if you don't connect, those images will not only look disappointing, they'll bring memories of a session that was equally "blah." Hence why I'm such a proponent of meeting and planning together before a session, rather than just booking and saying "see ya at x place at y time, thanks bye."

Also, it didn't hurt that our weather the day of the shoot was the quintessential Virginia fall day -- the kind people write poems about. I searched for a location that would give us the stunning Virginia views and beautiful southern charm that was so endearing to the couple and found it at Verulam Farm. Even though there was a wedding happening later in the day, the staff was nice enough to let us utilize their paths and movie-esque iron gate for a few hours and it couldn't have been more perfect. I mean, that white picket fence!?! Really!?

If you're loving Tyler and Erin as much as I am, don't worry, you'll be seeing more. I'll be covering their big day in South Carolina next October! I'm basically already dancing on my tiptoes with anticipation and am so honored that they chose me as their photographer for such a monumental day.

So whether you're reading this while sipping a cup of coffee or a glass of wine (are there any other worthy beverages? Maybe tea, but otherwise, not really), give a toast to these two and a marriage that is just a wonderful as they are.

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