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One of our favorite things about shooting film is the intentionality that comes from the process. While we shoot, we are of course paying attention to light, angles, composition,
that bag on the ground… why did I set that bag there?, what is in our frame, etc. Because each shot means so much to us, because we have a limited number of shots with us at all times, we are intentional about our couples. In shooting exclusively film on these sessions also means, we don’t see our shots for days. This causes us to be even more intentional, we cherish each frame, not just in the post process, but during the shoot. We’ll often just breathe as we look through our view finder, in awe of our subjects, and in awe of their love. So as we not so patiently wait for the wonderful guys and gals over at Photovision to develop and scan our film we are allowed time to reflect on the shoot, the couple, our processes, and die in anticipation for the scans. As we reflect we sometimes get stuck on what our couples say after the shoot. The goal is for them to feel loved, important, cared for, safe, and beautiful. This particular instance we heard a word that left us on cloud nine. “That was so peaceful.” Katelyn said.
In our community Katelyn James Alsop is a pretty popular photographer, she is an industry leader, a woman with amazing tastes in all things, and the momma of one of the most photogenic dogs in the world, who is also my home boy (search #bokehthebichpoo on instagram). Michael Alsop (who often gets called Michael James), is a handsome and kind Southern boy with a great smile and winning personality.
To be honest, I had not really had a habit of paying attention to many other photographers, even super awesome ones that everyone loves. I prefer to get to try to know people personally before I promote their awesomeness… even if they are super awesome. Well luckily for me, I have gotten the chance to know Katelyn and Michael a little better over the last year, and I’ve gone from “I think I’ve heard of her” to a true believer. When describing the Alsop’s (I feel strongly about the last name haha) I use words I don’t use lightly. “Karie the Alsop’s are genuinely kind people. They are absolutely who you hope they are.”
Karie, being a wonderful wife, respects my opinion of how truly wonderful Katelyn and Michael are, and says “I’d love to do something nice for Katelyn. Do you think they would let us take them on a shoot?” Knowing how much Katelyn and Michael pour in to helping others (check out Katelyn’s blog if you need to know just about anything), and leading at the Connect Retreat, my greatest concern was if they would have the time to step away for a couple shots, but thankfully they said yes!
Over the course of three days at the amazing Connect Retreat for husbands and wives in business together, Karie got to experience their kindness for herself. Throughout the retreat the Denny’s and the Alsop’s would chat, encourage, hand each other mouse traps, pass big wooden blocks, support each other when we were out on a literal wire, and invest in each others marriages. Through all that time together the idea of getting to step away for a full photoshoot seemed like a daunting task. We were determined to make it work, but more determined to give them a break and let them be a husband and a wife instead of a leader and a teacher. Don’t get me wrong, they cherish their roles as teachers, but I know they cherish their relationship more.
So, with about 20 minutes, post dinner on the last day of the retreat, we walked off as a husband/wife photography team to shoot two people who are very much in love. This is our jam, it is our passion, and we are in love with the results.
A Southern boy, a Southern girl, and Southern light, perfection.
There is something about a husband, leading his wife, that speaks to me.
Genuine, kind, and loving individuals. These words are chosen carefully, deliberately delivered, and as sincere as can be. Katelyn and Michael we are honored to call you friends, and will gladly be beside your many fans cheering you on to continued success.
We love you both more than you’ll ever know. Thank you for all you mean to us, and to our community.