March 25th, 2017 | Mount Union, Iowa
Courtney and Travis were waiting for snow for their winter engagement session, but in true Iowa fashion, the weather refused to cooperate. We ultimately decided to just pick a date and hope for the best! They decided on an early morning session at their country home in Mount Union, Iowa. It had stormed the night before and the country roads were a hot mess of mud. Not wanting my California girl reputation to be forgotten, I made sure to get my car stuck in said mud on my way there. Leaving my car half in a ditch, we continued on with their session. These two braved the cold, wind, and the muddy fields of their land and steep ladders of their barn for some spectacular images. We then made the most of Courtney’s home decor skills and their love of coffee and got cozy indoors. All the while my car was being rescued by Travis' dad. One thing I love about Courtney and Travis is their sense of humor—these two have been together for 9 years and to me, they are the definition of best friends who just so happen to be getting married. We made sure to include their dog, Molly, who has been around for their whole relationship and was an important part of their proposal story; Travis attached a “Will you marry my daddy?” tag to her collar when he asked Courtney. I know, I know. Awhhhhh. I loved this session for so many reasons, but mostly because it was out of my norm. I rarely get to photograph my couples in their natural, home environment. It's something I treasure and hope to do so much more of. If you’re wondering if you should ever do an in-home session with your loved one…take your cue from Courtney and Travis and do it. You won’t be disappointed.
P.S. Thanks Travis and his dad for rescuing my car. You're the best.