Ashley & Brandon

A few months ago I met Ashley and Brandon.  Brandon was getting ready to leave for Iraq and Ashley has asked me to take pictures of them together.  I was a little nervous because I wanted them to be exactly what she wanted.  I knew these would be very important to her during her time away from him.  I wanted them to be perfect.   We met early in the morning and if I can recall correctly I think it was about 17 degrees.   Temperature aside…the day was perfect.  The light was amazing and Ashley and Brandon were so great to work with.  They were willing to do anything  and just have fun which is all a photographer can ask for.   They were so incredibly cute together and couldn’t stop laughing.  Some of the most touching photos are the times when they just couldn’t keep a straight face.   The way Brandon looked at her was so sweet the camera almost doesn’t do it justice.  (almost!)  I must have taken 1000 photos by the end and trying to edit them was harder than I could have ever imagined.  They were all so awesome!  Brandon has been gone for a few months now and it makes me feel great to know that Ashley has these to keep her going.  Here are some of my favs…

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Ashley really wanted some pictures with Brandon in his uniform.  When he put it on you could really see the emotion in both of them.  It was definitely bittersweet but it was such a cool thing to be able to work with such a great couple.

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After all is said and done, this is one of the most rewarding sessions I’ve ever done.  I hope you enjoy looking at the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them…

  • Ravyn Stadick Photography - April 15, 2010 - 8:24 pm

    The 2nd to last is my favorite. :o)ReplyCancel

    • laurenwakefield - April 15, 2010 - 8:27 pm

      Thanks! I love that one too…they were so easy to shoot! So sad though 🙁ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - April 15, 2010 - 9:13 pm

    This day and these pictures is something I will never forget! You did an amazing job of capturing their day….their emotions!!! I love them all!!!! They will love them forever!ReplyCancel

    • laurenwakefield - April 15, 2010 - 9:17 pm

      I’ll never forget it either. I’m so glad she has these! Now let’s get some new Spaid family pics!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - April 16, 2010 - 12:16 am

    LOVE THEM!!! thank you! i can’t wait to send them to brandon 🙂 he loves getting picturesReplyCancel

  • Maureen - May 2, 2010 - 7:21 pm

    Such beautiful pictures! I couldn’t help but tear up just looking at them as I know exactly what Ashley was feeling. The pictures do a great job showing the love between the two of them. We’ll pray for Brandon’s fast and safe return!ReplyCancel

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