February 22, 2020
I’m almost certain the heavens aligned for a fraction of the day on 02.22.2020 as Carolyn, Colbie and I drifted through an ethereal dream. I’ve never experienced such an anointing on a session before. Maybe it was the sweet words they exchanged throughout the session which spurred on the romance. Maybe it was the whimsy of the architecture in the quaint Bishop Arts District. Or maybe it was the Holy Spirit directing the perfect date between these two quirky lovebirds. Whatever it was, it was truly magical.
Love is the Tuesdays. There’s a simple, yet profound song by Jake Scott which tells the story of sustainable love. The story has inspired my approach to documenting love through intentional cues and conversational prompts rather than traditional poses and directing. I actually spent a Tuesday creating this approach while I listened to the song. Colbie and Carolyn willingly explored this new concept with me as I led them through reflective, inspiring and intimate moments of connection.
“When you walk into the room, I feel at peace,” she said to him as they curled up in the empty van. I listened to them reflect on their first date where they sat in silence for 2 hours just admiring one another. A few minutes later we found ourselves in the busy streets of Bishop Arts and wandering into the Bookshop there. They happened to pick up a book of love stories and just outside the shop, we discovered a typewriter. Colbie wrote her a note. It was magical, random, and incredibly romantic.
Halfway through the session, we made a pitstop for Colbie to get a cup of coffee. He walked towards the counter as Carolyn set their stuff down on the picnic table and uttered to me, “He doesn’t have his wallet.” Not a few seconds later and right on cue did he turn around and proclaim, “I don’t have my wallet.” I laughed. Carolyn proceeded to throw him the wallet of which he fumbled scattering money all over the ground. The guy sipping his coffee nearby and watching the whole thing unfold also laughed. All the photos alone couldn’t tell the story of their relationship better than that endearing and comical moment. Colbie enjoyed his coffee while Carolyn and I explored the vintage shop next door. As she picked up a burnt orange scarf, I noticed a lady bug in her hair. A lady bug! Now, this is something you just can’t make up. The day already felt like a dream and it was like the Lord wanted to continue to lavish us with simple surprises we could’ve never orchestrated ourselves. I was in shock.
We rounded the corner to Wild Detectives. I commissioned Carolyn to find a book for them to flip through and once again, I was amazed at the title which read, “Frankly in Love.” The story came to a graceful close—I thought. Later that evening, I suddenly remembered how I had wanted to send them the song that inspired it all. I texted Carolyn and encouraged her to play it for the two of them at some point that day. I was beside myself as I read her reply telling me how that song was a pivotal song in their relationship and they had actually played it on their way home (just as I had intended them to). It was miraculous. Incredible, really. The Lord knew. In fact, I’m convinced He had it all planned and was snickering at each of our reactions. What a creative and loving director—to orchestrate a day like that day. It’s amazing what might unfold if you only give love the space to wander. Who know’s what you’ll discover together?
Carolyn and Colbie, I hope you never stop discovering each other in this whimsical world around you.