Where It All Began: Sam + Richard's W&J Photo Session

Disclaimer: As I mentioned on my social media posts, these are NOT engagement pictures, at least not yet :)

Every time for the past several months that I had Sam and Richard together in the same room, I would mention how much I wanted to do a couple photo session with them. My portfolio is quite extensive when it comes to wedding videos and headshot photography, but it was lacking in the couples area. Sam, my best friend of 18 years, and her boyfriend Richard of 2.5 years, were eager to be my test subjects. However, Richard is a recent college graduate, living and working in York, PA, and Sam is still a college student, which made it difficult to find a time to get together and have the photoshoot. Luckily, Richard had planned a trip back to Washington at the end of January to visit Sam, and I was free all weekend.

As I drove down Interstate 70 on the day of the photoshoot, I was hit with gray skies and rain showers as far as I could see. I started brainstorming ideas: Should we try to do all the pictures under roof coverings around the campus? Should we stay under umbrellas until the last possible minute, pitch them to the side, and hurry to pick them back up after I got the pictures I needed? I didn't know when all of us would be together again, and me being the impatient person I am, wanted to take the pictures that day so I could share them on my social media and create a new "Couples" tab on my website.

The moment I approached the Beau Street exit, the skies cleared to a bright blue and the rain came to an abrupt stop. Feeling pretty lucky, I pulled into the W&J parking lot where I met up with Sam and Richard to start their photoshoot at the place where it all began.

Sam and Richard met their freshman year of college, hitting it off after playing each other's love interests in a play held at W&J's Olin Hall. They began dating in the summer of 2017 and their love and admiration for each continues to this day, which was evident during the entirety of the photo session. There is never a dull moment with these two.

It was an honor to have the chance to photograph one of my favorite couples ever.