Spirit of the Suwannee River, "In-your-element session"
I knew right away that Fawn and I were going to be friends from our first phone conversation. She was referred by a previous bride due to my experience shooting acro-yoga engagement sessions. We chatted on the phone like we had known each other for years. Fawn is a yoga instructor and Corey is a basketball coach. They're both super active and love music festivals. This is why we chose to take a day trip to Live Oak, Florida, where they have spent a lot of time dancing on the Suwannee River. The day of the shoot, I hopped into Corey's car and we all chatted nonstop the entire two-hour drive.
Not only did I explore Suwannee River for the first time but I got to hang out with Fawn and Corey in their element. It was different (for them) to be the only ones in the park. The stages were empty. The fields without dancers, painted bodies, tents and hammocks. We had the whole place to ourselves (almost!) and they showed me all of the places they had pitched tents. We enjoyed homemade ice-cream from a little shop. We visited an empty chapel with beautiful stained glass. They practiced their acro-yoga in the woods and by the river. A family in a canoe drifted by, curious. We watched the sunset through the trees.
This is why I want to coin a new term for my "engagement sessions". Fawn and Corey did not become engaged in this park, but continued to fall in love in this park, dancing and listening to their favorite artists. These are the shoots that have meaning to me (and them). I want to hop into their world and this in turn, gives me the ability to be more creative.
I hope this inspires more "In-your-element" sessions like this.
Anyway, I cannot wait for their April Fool's Day wedding next spring...although, we may have a fun shoot planned before then.
Thanks for showing me the Spirit of the Suwannee, Fawn and Corey.