Imagine being a gift to someone. Sounds weird. It’s only right when it’s possibly your other half wrapped up in wrapping paper and bows. (Not that I’ve ever been gifted that -sad face-)…But I’d certainly enjoy that!
But no, I was a wedding gift to Benn and Lydia. (That actually sounds pretty cool). I sell gift vouchers and Lydia was stoked to receive it. I was stoked to sell it.
Anywhoooo Miss Babbler… Lydia and Benn were married up north where they are both from on January 29th of this year. They are freshly wed. I don’t know them, had never met them before this shoot, (bar a trillion txts between Lydia and I). But I do know they are fun, energetic, up for anything, smiley, laugh-out-loud people. They are deeply in love. They are my kind of people. I want to know more of them! Least I not forget their lovely dog, Rosie.
Photographer’s..or viewers in general…Have you ever wondered to yourself? How do I break the ice with my clients?.., people I’ve never met before and don’t know from a bar of soap… SIMPLE!… have them cross an extremely cold river, knee deep before progressing with the shoot. hehe. In all fairness, I did warn Lydia via text and asked if it was ok. Doug was shocked I did such a thing but hey… I would never ask my client to do something that I’m not willing to do myself! I think that’s fair! ;-)
See what I mean? Laugh. out. Loud. (Who said something funny?)
Rosie came in and out of the shoot as she pleased. We did give her a big back yard to frolic in!
Believe it or not, I bought a ladder along for this shoot. I bought a ladder (not for home use pfffft) and gosh darn it, I wanted to use it! Thanks for carrying it across the river Doug! hehe
Augh… GUSH. The way Benn looks at Lydia is sweeter than toasted marshmallows. Sweeter than eating spoonfuls of Milo from the packet.
I loved these guys instantly. They are just so into each other. It’s neither one sided. It’s both of them. They just dig each other down to the ground and I loved witnessing it. This is why I love what I do!
One day, I’m going to need a garage entirely for photo shoot props. But for now, I shop at Doug’s parent’s place where new and cool things are popping up all the time. This freaking awesome old school BMX once belonged to his uncle. I told Benn I had a bike as a prop. He’s said “Great I love bikes”. I was thinking he was thinking it was a motobike or something. I said it wasn’t that kind of bike. And he said “It has 2 tyres and a chain, it’s a bike”. Wow, I like this guy!
I’ve found a location I’ve fallen in love with. And since Benn and Lydia haven’t been here in Christchurch all to long (ha, long enough for both earthquakes though), it seems I’ve shown them a cool place to bring Rosie sometimes. Yay for us both!
Breaking out the smiles for me Rosie. I love you already!
Then we broke out the…. pea-knuckle war!
I asked who was winning and Lydia insisted she was winning… but I have to say I have the evidence of defeat on Lydia’s face and Benn’s thumb on her’s. I sent her a text when I was reviewing the images after downloading and I received a simple.. “Haha..Rats!”.
Good game, good game!
Victory kiss for.. Benn is seems!
I had a fantastic afternoon with you both. You really are an amazing, infectious couple!
Congratulations on your wedding and your new life together.
Lots of Love Heather x