Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks [and smiles]. Luke 6:45
[I added the smiling part.]
My heart is still buzzing about this session. Not because all their images were endearingly flawless, or that they look like models, or that the light was pretty much perfect the entire afternoon. I walked away from Amber and Mitch's session knowing I had just seen God's holy design for marriage in a tangible form. That feeling you get when you just heard a hard-hitting sermon, or your favorite worship song, or you read some Scripture you know He intended just for you. It was like that, only better, because they're people and the love of Christ is always best displayed in His image.
Once I got over the intimidation factor of photographing such gorgeous people (and she's a photographer, too, so basically I need to stop wearing light gray shirts to photos sessions because I sweat like an animal with nerves), I stopped to listen. To hear their story of knowing each other, of knowing God separately and together, of reeling losses and being miles apart. But I am glad I met them when I did - freshly married, overflowing with joy, and with cups clearly running over. I know their hearts are full because the words that come out of their mouths are so filled with grace and quiet love for Christ. They're contagious. They make me grateful.
They are so genuine - in kindness, in humility, in caring for each other so tenderly. When we first started shooting, I couldn't believe how relaxed Mitch seemed. I told him he was a natural and he just shrugged and said, "She loves photos, and if it's important to her then it's important to me." That's how you do it. That's what it's all about. And I suppose it's easy to get on board when your wife is positively adorable with the slightest twang in her voice (North Carolina, come on and raise up!). More than that, Amber is supportive and gracious and sweet, it's impossible not to like her. Don't even try to resist, she will just charm you into submission.
I always pray on my way to shoot a session - that my clients would be blessed and enjoy the experience. So how delightful that I was the one who left feeling blessed. There is so much evidence of God's goodness in their lives and I'm grateful I got to see it for a little while on a Saturday afternoon.
I love you guys! Enjoy your sneak peak. Oh, and your children will be gorgeous.