I am SO excited to announce this! I have a brand new session that I am offering, starting this month – Re-Engaged – Colorado Couples Photography!
This is something that I have been working on for several months, it all started back in March. Someone told me that they would love to have their photos done but they weren’t engaged, and had been married for several years. To me, it was a no-brainer – ummm you can still have photos done, they can be done anytime! But she had never seen anything like that, and wasn’t quite sure what I meant. A photo session, without the kids? That’s just craziness. But we’re already married. But we never have photos with just us. But… but… but… For all of the reasons that you can list that this type of session has never occurred to you, I have another question for you – why NOT?
My first anniversary to My Love is on Monday, it has been a whirlwind year. I have been reading more and more, and involved in mom’s groups and photography groups with other women, and I think that there is a huge problem that I’m seeing across the board. The realities of marriage and long term relationships are being glazed over into this amazing love story, a fairytale.
Anyone that knows me really well is reading that last sentence like WHAT?!?! Brooke, you are THE princess that believes in fairytales! And yes, yes I do. I believe in true love, in the partnership and awesome moments that come with marriage and relationships. I am the girl that cries when my husband does something awesome for me because of the warm fuzzy feelings. But I am also realistic, and here’s the bottom line that no one really talks about:
Relationships have fairytale moments, but in the end, it’s a LOT OF WORK.
Living your life committed wholly to another person that you didn’t give birth to is challenging! Tom and I have grown a lot in this past year. We have fought, a LOT. Not major fights, but we are learning to live together, learning to be ONE. And people can I just say – it’s definitely a challenge. Sometimes there is an idea that marriage is amazing and things just fall into place. And I am here to tell you that life doesn’t usually work that way. Shit happens. Ooh bad word, sorry mom. But it does. Bad things happen, stress happens, and those things can take their toll on a relationship. These statements all sound pretty depressing right? But that’s the awesome news – it’s not a bad thing. Stressful things happen to everyone, it is a part of life. When you have that commitment with another person, you have someone to stick with you through those things! It takes strength, a heck of a lot of work, and endurance to really make it through the crap, but when you do, you come out on the other side – stronger, closer, and even more in love.
THAT, my friends, is the good news. This is not a depressing post or announcement, but one of redemption and love. A celebration of connection and commitment.
This is where my new Re-Engaged Couples sessions come in. Whew. Think of me what you will, but I have tears in my eyes as I write this. I have been through quite a bit in my life when it comes to relationships, and I know the power that photos can hold. Sometimes it can seem like just a picture, but sometimes that picture is a reminder of so much more. Re-Engaged sessions will be couples sessions, no kids. These sessions are not about age, or whether you have kids. They’re not about how long you’ve been married, there is no magic number that you have to reach to have a Re-Engaged session. These sessions have nothing to do with weddings, and there are no rules about in studio, outside, the perfect sunset, etc. These sessions are 100% about the story. YOUR story. The two of you, the foundation for your family and your home. Human babies or fur babies or no babies – the couple is the foundation for the home, and that connection is priceless. With long term relationships, this connection is a part of the love that you build your life with.
These sessions can take many forms, one in particular will be a date night! Details on this will be announced soon – but this particular package will include a canvas for your home. WHY a canvas, instead of just prints or a book? For one very important reason – when shit happens, as it will, because we live in an imperfect world, I want both of you to see that photo on the wall. To remind you that even though right now kinda sucks because you’re going through some hard times, things weren’t always like that. There is a love there, a happiness, that will come back. I want the photo to remind you of the love that you have for each other, and to remind your kids that committing your life to someone means more than just saying “I Do.” It means sticking together through the hard times, to come back to that beautiful moment, captured in the photo, and smile and love again.
Re-Engaged is about connection. Love. Hard Work. Most of all, it’s about your story, the good and the bad.
I hope that you all can join me in celebrating this love. So many things are crumbling in our world. Let’s hold onto the foundation of our homes, and celebrate that connection. Several people that have heard about these sessions before today have expressed interest and excitement, and I hope to spread that excitement. Please share this post with friends and family. Sessions are available now, and for holiday fulfillment need to be completed by October 31. Gifts are available as well, more details on that to come.