My face hurts. That's what happens when I'm editing a session I'm totally in love with. Because I sit here at my desk and smile, ear to ear. And then I realize I've been smiling (hard) for the past two hours so I consciously relax my face, and realize how much my cheeks hurt.

John and Austyn are like old friends. Really. When we left their engagement session, I nearly blurted out, "So, when are we going to see each other again??", like I expected to make a dinner date with them for the following week. They are genuine and friendly, and I enjoyed every minute of our evening together. Their wedding is scheduled for June in Nebraska (they're a couple of cornhuskers, and even though KU and Nebraska are rivals, somewhat, I'm totally endeared to the fact that they're Midwesterners and I sort of wish I were moving to Nebraska with them this summer!).

As John is just ending his time serving our country in the Infantry, and as he comes from a family of Servicemen, it was only appropriate to start our session with a more formal look with John in his Blues. webKoppinger01.jpg
Austyn had asked me early on if I'd mind if they brought their two pups. As I am very fond of dogs, I was excited and asked what kind of dogs they had. She answered, "A Great Dane and a Bull Mastiff..." Perfect!

They were a little confused at first and couldn't figure out who the crazy chick was with the black box that kept clicking........... webKoppingerDogs1.jpg
webKoppingerDogs2.jpg (One thing that has struck me as I've gone through all of their images is the way John looks at Austyn. I caught many moments like the one following, where he's looking at her, and you can absolutely feel how crazy he is for this girl.) webKoppingerDogs3.jpgwebKoppingerDogs4.jpg So after a number of unsuccessful tries at getting the dogs to give me a good attentive look, John said, "Try saying t-r-e-a-t-s. See if that works." So I did. "Hey guys! Want a treat?? Huh? Want a treat?" Worked like a charm! webKoppingerDogs5.jpg We wandered without the dogs for a little bit before hitting the beach :: webKoppingerDuo7.jpgwebRCP_2229.jpgwebKoppingerDuo6.jpgwebRCP_2286.jpgwebRCP_2290.jpgwebRCP_2294.jpgwebK_2425.jpgwebKoppingerDuo5.jpgwebKoppingerDuo3.jpgwebKoppingerDuo4.jpg And I'll end with my very favorite image of the night. Perhaps one of my top 10 favorite images ever. Can you feel the love?! webRCP_2387.jpg


My face hurts. That's what happens when I'm editing a session I'm totally in love with. Because I sit here at my desk and smile, ear to ear. And then I realize I've been smiling (hard) for the past two hours so I consciously relax my face, and realize how much my cheeks hurt.

John and Austyn are like old friends. Really. When we left their engagement session, I nearly blurted out, "So, when are we going to see each other again??", like I expected to make a dinner date with them for the following week. They are genuine and friendly, and I enjoyed every minute of our evening together. Their wedding is scheduled for June in Nebraska (they're a couple of cornhuskers, and even though KU and Nebraska are rivals, somewhat, I'm totally endeared to the fact that they're Midwesterners and I sort of wish I were moving to Nebraska with them this summer!).

As John is just ending his time serving our country in the Infantry, and as he comes from a family of Servicemen, it was only appropriate to start our session with a more formal look with John in his Blues. webKoppinger01.jpg
Austyn had asked me early on if I'd mind if they brought their two pups. As I am very fond of dogs, I was excited and asked what kind of dogs they had. She answered, "A Great Dane and a Bull Mastiff..." Perfect!

They were a little confused at first and couldn't figure out who the crazy chick was with the black box that kept clicking........... webKoppingerDogs1.jpg
webKoppingerDogs2.jpg (One thing that has struck me as I've gone through all of their images is the way John looks at Austyn. I caught many moments like the one following, where he's looking at her, and you can absolutely feel how crazy he is for this girl.) webKoppingerDogs3.jpgwebKoppingerDogs4.jpg So after a number of unsuccessful tries at getting the dogs to give me a good attentive look, John said, "Try saying t-r-e-a-t-s. See if that works." So I did. "Hey guys! Want a treat?? Huh? Want a treat?" Worked like a charm! webKoppingerDogs5.jpg We wandered without the dogs for a little bit before hitting the beach :: webKoppingerDuo7.jpgwebRCP_2229.jpgwebKoppingerDuo6.jpgwebRCP_2286.jpgwebRCP_2290.jpgwebRCP_2294.jpgwebK_2425.jpgwebKoppingerDuo5.jpgwebKoppingerDuo3.jpgwebKoppingerDuo4.jpg And I'll end with my very favorite image of the night. Perhaps one of my top 10 favorite images ever. Can you feel the love?! webRCP_2387.jpg




Comments
Lindsay Silsby says:

That last shot Rach......oh my goodness.....BEAUTIFUL!!! LOVE them all!

(02.17.11 @ 03:46 AM)
SarahInSydney says:

LOVE the photos Rachel and isn't young love a thing of beauty. Wishing this gorgeous young couple the best of married life. A great start getting you to do the engagement photos!! And that last one is divine!!

(02.17.11 @ 04:27 AM)
Heidi Fazio says:

wonderful images Rachel!! that last one is soooo beautiful.

(02.17.11 @ 08:22 AM)
Shari says:

Oh Rachel! That last one took my breath away. They are all beautiful and sweet but there are just those images that are like magic. That is definately in the magical catagory.

(02.17.11 @ 09:00 AM)
Lindsey says:

They're so cute! And yes, I can feel the love. Very nice.

(02.17.11 @ 10:14 AM)
christy says:

Oh yes! Love that last one so much :) Beautiful session Rach!

(02.18.11 @ 06:52 AM)
Jen says:

Wowza.

(02.18.11 @ 01:38 PM)
Katie says:

Rachel - breathtaking! I love the last one and the one where they are walking with the houses in the background - THAT's my favorite! A work of art!

(02.18.11 @ 07:57 PM)
dana says:

eek. gotta say the "no lifeguard on duty" shots are my fav. s t u n n i n g.

(02.18.11 @ 10:47 PM)
tara k says:

HOLY COW! my face totally hurts, too! cannot even pick a favorite, although...ok, that last one is absolutely to die for. you completely and utterly ROCK, sister! :)

(02.23.11 @ 11:23 AM)
Kathy Frederickson says:

Rachel, I agree with everyone else- the last one is great! It is like they are alone & you are far away with your camera and really good zoom in lense. It is a great picture.

(10.05.11 @ 02:22 PM)