I got the itch last month.
The one where if you don’t shoot something completely creative you are going to burst. The winter shooting lull was taking it’s toll on me. I have been dying to set up an editorial-themed shoot where we could really spread our wings and do our thing.
I knew the perfect couple to call. I also knew they were about to celebrate two years of marriage in May…could this be the supreme pairing of desire and execution???
Adam Barnes is the amazing talent behind Adam Barnes Photography. He ALSO happens to be a dear friend of ours. He ALSO happens to have a phenomenally GORGEOUS wife who ALSO happens to be a make-up artist. They ALSO happen to be some of the nicest people God ever created.
I pitched the idea to Adam a few weeks ago about doing a vintage style shoot in one of the historic districts and using a private airstrip here in Lynchburg. I wanted them to go ALL OUT on style. I sent links, wrote descriptions for clothing, hair, makeup….well they took the baton and they ran with it! When they showed up I was giddy….the vision was coming alive!
Here is the most heart warming part. It’s obvious that we got blessed with some tremendous images for our portfolio but you need to know how important this was to them. I mean I could have called other people but I do believe the Lord wanted us to bless the Barnes with the gift of photography. A photographer needing photography…sounds ironic, I know.
When Adam and Lauren got engaged in late 2006, they had a wedding date set for fall of 2007. Circumstances took a devastating turn in April 2007 when Lauren’s mom was only given a few weeks to live. Lauren desperately wanted her mom to see her walk down the aisle so within a matter of a few weeks, May 4th became their new wedding date. Lauren’s prayers were answered. Her mom hung on through the wedding and went home to be with the Lord a few weeks later.
Adam and Lauren never had a chance to have engagement pictures. Lauren is a theater diva….she loves dramatic photos that tell a story and it was one of her desires that Adam and she have a photo shoot that was dripping with drama!
So although these are an anniversary gift to Adam and Lauren, they also double as the engagement photos they never had a chance to receive.
Adam and Lauren, we enjoyed every second with you yesterday. You exceeded our expectations in every way possible. We are so proud of these images and we hope that you look back at these photos and your hearts light up at the beauty, romance, and blessing you are when you are together.
Happy 2nd Anniversary (a little early)!
Over to the hangar at Virginia Aviation.
****disclaimer**** any shots involving a cigarette were used as a prop. Those of you that know them you don’t have to have a heart attack.
I promise we had fun, it wasn’t all moody and serious.
Trying a million attempts at a dip that didn’t look strained.
Sorry Adam, just had to post this one.
This is Part One….later this week I will post some outdoor airstrip shots and some lounging in a field “hot and steamy” ones!