I saw a quote on Pinterest the other day that really caught my eye. It said “I don't care if you're black, white, straight, bisexual, gay, lesbian, short, tall, fat, skinny, rich or poor. If you’re nice to me, I’ll be nice to you. Simple as that.” Sounds so obvious, but it really resonated with me. I had an unpleasant experience recently that made me question this whole photography thing. I’m not saying everyone has to get along, and that my clients have to be my best friends, but I really cannot stand being treated like the hired help. I know, I know, that’s exactly what I am! But I’d rather get to know my clients, laugh with them, cry with them (I have cried at so many weddings I have photographed it is RIDICULOUS…the bride coming down the aisle gets me every damn time)… I’d rather be totally comfortable with them, as friends are, so that they are totally comfortable with me, and we can get some great shots. The building block for that relationship, I believe, is being nice. Nice people are happy people, happy people laugh more and are more open, and the more open people are, the better the pictures are going to turn out. Meg and Tobin are without a doubt two of the nicest people I’ve met, and I was so happy to get to share their anniversary weekend with them.
I’ve known Meg since our Bridgewater days. We were in different sororities, but both active in Greek life, and I was also friends with Meg’s older sister Ange, so it was only natural I would be friends with Meg too. I’ll say this- Meg is crazy. And I mean that in the best possible way :) She is sweet as can be, beautiful, and she doesn’t give a crap what anyone else thinks. I love that. I aspire to be a little bit more like that- all too often I find myself questioning what people think of me, when really all that matters is what I think of myself. Meg is completely comfortable in her own skin, and she wears her love for Tobin on her sleeve. Tobin, for his part, is completely enamored with Meg, and the way he looks at her after 5 years…. It’s like they just met yesterday and they’re still in that honeymoon stage of dating. It’s awesome. I am so happy for Meg, that she found someone so great to spend her life with, and I know it will be a beautiful and happy life for them both.
We met up in Newport to take some engagement pictures. I knew it was going to be cold and extra windy on the beach, so I let Meg know to bring a blanket her and Tobin could snuggle up in. What she brought is a black cocktail dress, because she wanted “to be fancy on the beach”. Like I said, crazy…. In the best way possible :) I will say this- she did not complain once even though I would have DIED…. It was super windy and chilly out. Anyways, she braved the elements like a trooper. Here are a few of my favorites!
Meg, you're kinda pretty...
Heating up the beach!
I think this was right after Tobin accidentally tried to go to 2nd base... yup, I'm calling you out Tobin :)