Walking the River

My good friend Alyssa (you may remember her from this portrait shoot) is taking a photography class this semester for kicks because we’re seniors. It’s really been a blast having someone to talk to about all the things photographers geek out about, so this weekend we decided to go to the riverwalk and just spend some time taking pictures. Here are a few shots from the day:

Alyssa had borrowed a magnifying glass from her professor, so we used it to get some cool ghetto macro shots at a fraction of the price! ;-)

Trey came along since he was in town, but he was very adamant about nobody pointing the camera toward him. I did convince him to take a shadow picture with us, though.

S.A.D.

I never really cared much for Valentine’s Day growing up. It always seemed like a scam put together by Hallmark, the flower companies, and Whitman to make more money, so my friends and I would joke about it being Singles Awareness Day and poke fun at all of the cheerleaders with their massive balloon collections trying to walk down the crowded hallways. (Sidenote: singing balloons are hilarious when they don’t belong to you!) Of course that was all before I got invited in to the exclusive Valentine’s Day club. I mean when you don’t have a date it all seems kind of dumb, and the couples I knew in high school didn’t do much to improve my opinion of the day. In high school it was all about the drama of whose boyfriend bought the most roses or balloons or whatever, and just what high school needs is another status competition.

What I did love about Valentine’s Day, though, was seeing my dad bring my mom flowers. He would come home from work, and I would run to meet him at the top of the stairs. He had one hand behind his back and gave me a hug hello before looking over my shoulder to look for Mom. She was in the kitchen working on dinner over the sink, and Dad walked up behind her to kiss her hello before bringing the flower out from behind his back. Then she would smile really big and give him another kiss before pulling out a vase and putting the flowers on the dinner table where we could all admire them.

When I turned 16 my dad brought home a bouquet for me too, and he told me that he wanted to get me flowers before a line of young guys formed to fight for that honor. As it turned out there was no rush. I knew that it would take someone really special to take my dad’s place as primary flower-giver, so it wasn’t until last year that I got my first bouquet of roses for Valentine’s Day. I still have my suspicions about Hallmark and Whitman, but I think it’s important for couples (especially married couples with mortgages and screaming toddlers) to have a reminder to be romantic once in a while, and Valentine’s Day is about as in-your-face of a reminder as you are likely to get.

So what are you all doing this Valentine’s Day? Date night, movie with friends, or just a nice night in?

My mom sent cookies! They’re her famous chocolate chip, heart shaped, dog shaped, and football shaped for Trey. No offense to all you other moms out there, but mine is the best.

Alyssa & Wes // Columbia Portrait Photography

I met Alyssa and Wes during my freshman year of college. Alyssa lived in my dorm, and we took Weather and Climate together. Throughout that first semester we bonded over midlatitude cyclones and pressure maps, and she has since become one of my closest friends. Wes was actually in the marching band with me, but because he was on the drumline and I was in the saxophone section, I didn’t end up meeting him until Alyssa told us to look for each other.

Fast-forward three years and they’re married finishing up their last semester of undergrad. It’s crazy looking back to see how far we’ve come, lost little freshmen turned seniors, embarking on all of the adventures of “adulthood.” Alyssa and Wes, y’all are stunning! I had so much fun working with you, and I can’t wait to watch your love grow over the years.

Columbia Couples Photography

Columbia Couples Photography

Columbia Couples Photography

Columbia Couples Photography

Columbia Couples Photography

Columbia Couples Photography

Columbia Couples Photography

Columbia Couples Photography

Columbia Couples Photography

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