Oh my goodness.
I’m not sure how to even begin to describe my session with Mel and Eerie.
I know, I know. But never have I meant such a simple statement so completely before. Mel and Eerie’s session was awesome. Mel and Eerie’s session was absolutely, positively, insanely awesome. There are a number of reasons why that I will make a feeble attempt to explain in this post, but the photos kind of speak for themselves. That’s why I’m doing something out of the norm for this post. Check out the photos first. I’ll tell my story after you have seen them.
Take a look.
I know. Awesome, right?
1. Mel and I are kindred spirits.
You know those people in your lives with whom you connect from the start and kind of feel like you have known forever? Mel is one of those people for me. I first met Mel around ten years ago. The firs time I met her, I was in awe of her red hair, combat boots, and honesty. She was (and still is) fierce, and I have always wished I had an ounce of her courage. Although my session with Mel and Eerie was the first time I had seen Mel in a few years, there has never been a moment that I have doubted that Mel would be by my side in an instant, should I call upon her for help. There are million and one things that I love about Mel, but at the top of the list is the intensity of the love she has for the people who matter to her, and I consider myself lucky to be counted among those people.
2. Mel and Eerie are rock stars.
So, Mel is a more than a rock star, actually. Mel might be the coolest chick I know. I think the photos are proof enough of that. Eerie Von is a literal rock star. Seriously. Google his name. I’ll wait.
See? Told ya. And although David and I were a tiny bit star struck (okay…a lot, actually) on the ride to the session, Eerie turned out to be one of the most humble and personable people I have ever photographed.
The best part about photographing rock stars? My job was super easy. I didn’t have to tell Mel or Eerie what to do. In every shot, they either posed perfectly without any direction or didn’t pose at all and still looked cooler than I EVER could, even if I tried.
3. The locations were amazing.
Since I am not very familiar with the Somerset area, Mel was responsible for choosing the locations, and each one was absolutely perfect for the style Mel and Eerie were after for their session. Extra special thanks to the North 27 Antique Mall for allowing us to shoot a portion of the session in the antique mall. I seriously could have spent the entire day there…and come home with a lot less money in the bank because of all the incredible items I wanted to buy in the short time I was there!
4. Mel and Eerie are perfect together.
I knew within the first five minutes that Mel and Eerie belong together. One of the great parts of photographing couples is catching the way people look at the ones they love, especially during the moments between the posed shots. Those looks always show me just how much love a couple has, and Mel and Eerie’s love is a pretty incredible thing to witness. Go back and look at those photos again. See how he looks at her in some of them? That’s what I’m talking about. Sigh.
5. This session reignited my creative spark.
I adore photographing families, cute kids, and romantic couples in cheerful, bright, happy settings. However, when shooting a session in a closed-down gas station, antique mall, cemetery, and abandoned house, I had to mix up my shooting style a bit and step outside the box I had built for myself, photography-wise. I have always tried to focus on capturing emotion in my photos, and that was still my goal with Mel and Eerie, but I had the opportunity to be as creative as I wanted with Mel and Eerie at the same time. They were up for anything I asked them to do, had a ton of ideas themselves, and trusted me completely. They were basically dream clients.
6. This session was an insane amount of fun.
I took David along for this shoot, and several of the photos you saw above were ones he took. In between shots and locations, he and Eerie chatted about music, and Mel and I got caught up on everything going on in our lives. We laughed a lot, a few snowballs were thrown, and I got to love on Mel’s dog, Woo, for the first time in years. I can’t wait for the day my kids get to meet these two. Gavin has lots of questions to ask Mel about the earring in her nose when he meets her. 😉
I hope you enjoyed Mel and Eerie’s photos. I am super pumped to shoot their
wedding THING (the “w” word is too surreal) in October! If it’s half as much fun as this session, I will be talking about it for a long, long time…just like this session.