Meet Dane, Sally, and Lavica.  Already a family, soon to be officially wed.  Coming your way, Fall 2015.

It’s so funny to me how much Dane mirrors their adorable chow, Lavica.  Loyal, happy, able to be trained….  :)  Couple that with their playful dog and Sally’s ridiculous sense of humor.  It all adds up to an amazing evening with friends.

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Seriously, Lavica was one of the best behaving dogs I’ve ever had the pleasure of capturing.  She calls this one “Purple Majesty”  At one point, I had to say “that’s enough photos with the dog.”  I didn’t feel that way though.  They were tough to narrow down.

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The above photo encapsulates their silliness.  I’m torn between whether Lavika is smirking, smiling, or asking for help.  I think it varies quite a bit with these two.  These images are littered with their spirit.  Fun, light, airy, and genuine.  Your mood really does show up through the lens.  A fake smile looks 100% fake.  Another reason to actually try and have fun!  Forget about a camera and a lens.  Just be yourself!

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Absolutely gorgeous.  It was really, really hard to get Sally to stop smiling for a second.  Like, I had to lay down the law.  I had to get angry.

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There was a lot of this going on as well.  Affectionate couples are a photographer’s dream.  Don’t get me wrong, we all show our love in different ways, but let’s just say I had to separate them a few times.  Making out in every photo gets cumbersome, guys.  This was their homework for the pending wedding.  Stop kissing on each other so much, sheesh already.

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We captured some amazing images on this pretty eve, but this one may be my favorite.  it’s not super dramatically lit or completely creative, but it’s real.  I didn’t build this image.  I was just lucky enough to catch Sally looking at him right after he cracked a joke.  You can sort of see the punch-line, if you look hard enough.

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Yes.

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Yup.

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Uh huh.  This is my other favorite from the day.  The sun was stupid (My son would tell me “We don’t say that word” right now) and decided to go away.  I had no light left, but I wasn’t done.  I had this idea to shoot this rather dramatic image.  It was festering in my head, sort of.  I couldn’t let it go, so we just did it anyways.  It was almost pitch black, but I set up a light to illuminate them anyways.  I had Sara light the couple with her cell flashlight so I could focus and caught this.  Models, I tell you.

Thanks, Dane, Sally, and Lavica, for an amazing evening.  Forget the cool images and moments that we caught, it was just downright fun.

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