Emily and Clay first met while they were working on the same unit at the hospital together – I love a good met-at-work story (maybe because I have an extra level of fascination for work + co-worker life as someone who doesn’t have traditional co-workers), and I love that theirs wasn’t a love-at-first-sight kind of thing. (And how often are they, really?) These two worked together (she as a registered nurse, he as a nurse anesthetist) for about a year before Clay would eventually ask Emily out on a date, and they’ve been together for the five years since then. I love the waves of life we can go through in a time frame like that – the two of them work in different places now, and they now live together with their puggle, Kaiser, in Athens, a small town right outside of Springfield.
We started the engagement session in their backyard so we could get some shots of the two of them with their pup, and then made our way to downtown Springfield. Their sesh was on a chilly afternoon in mid-February, and the wind that day wasn’t doing them any favors in terms of keeping warm. As difficult as winter sessions can be, these two certainly didn’t make it look that way – they snuggled into one another with an ease and sense of calm despite the chill, and each time they looked at each other, I could tell they were really looking. Often times the amount of closeness an engagement session brings (both physically and emotionally) can be a little uncomfortable for people while in front of a camera, but not for these two – they didn’t feel the need to fill these shared looks with empty words or looking away, and instead sat in the quiet together, huddled close with a hand on the face of the person they’re each planning to spend the rest of their life with. They’ll be getting married next January, and I’m lucky enough to be the one that gets to photograph it – and even if it snows or the sun shines or the sky decides to rain down on them, something tells me that these two are going to be juuuust fine, no matter what happens.