February 14, 2012

Today, in lieu of Valentine’s Day, I am going to share some lovey-dovey images from a Beloved session I did a few weeks ago.

But first? A little bit more about the Beloved experience.

That may sound hokey to some – an “experience” – what does that even mean, right? See, I have been photographing professionally for almost 3 years now. And, while I’ve always loved it, I felt like there was something else that could be done – another step that could be taken – as far as what my clients benefited from the session. Sure, quality, professional images are great – but I wanted there to be something else, too. Something more meaningful.

So when Jesh de Rox came up with the Beloved concept, I was hooked. Jesh is a Canadian photographer who had the same issue – he knew there was more potential for the photography experience than what was happening during his engagement sessions and weddings. People would book, show up wearing their ‘best faces’ – or, let’s be real, their fake faces- and smile cheesily and  laugh and act like their lives were perfect. Jesh wasn’t satisfied with that, because he is a human being, and he knows that no one’s life is perfect and to pretend so over and over and over again was just a sham. He wanted more. He wanted to provide his clients with an honest experience and honest, emotional images.

So he stopped taking wedding clients, and put his entire wedding business on hold to try to further explore this idea of making the session a better experience for people.

And then the Beloved movement was born….and I, at least, found that hole in my creative heart filled.

So now when I say, “Beloved experience,” hopefully you have a little better idea of what I mean. I want to turn the tables a little in this industry- I want the session to be the primary source of value for my clients, and the images be a bonus, not the other way around. I want the couples I work with to be allowed to use their session as together time – a time to really, honestly be thankful for and reflect upon their relationship. When that happens, I just stand back and wait for those moments to occur when I can click the shutter and grab an extremely profound, emotional moment that I had no part in creating.

Ever had a really romantic, really memorable date? One that you will always remember and that is in your archive of “favorite” things to reminisce about together? Yeah, that is sorta what I’m going for with my Beloved sessions.


…Which brings us to Alan and Trista. We did their session at a small local park (which, by the way, is TOTALLY a hidden gem, as far as a great place for a session. Whew knew?). It was a lot of fun for a lot of reasons, but for me, primarily because they were themselves.  They were transparent, open, and laid back the entire time, and they were just…themselves, together. I don’t even know if that makes sense or not, but…yeah. That’s how it was.

And can I just also say that “being themselves” = being TOTALLY HILARIOUS? I know I had tears in my eyes at least a few times from laughing at some of the things they said.

Thanks again, Alan and Trista, for such a fun, professionally fulfilling experience.






“While the beginning of a journey together certainly deserves celebration, as the journey continues, each additional step is an acheivement worth celebrating – just as much, if not more. ” ~Jesh De Rox


Beloved sessions begin at $300. Want to book? Contact me!