Ica & Tim were delightful to photograph. Ica, being the fabulous photographer she is, found this gorgeous spot. I seriously didn't want to leave or stop shooting them. There's about a million pictures here, but I just couldn't narrow it down.
Funny story. Before I ever met Ica I felt like she was a friend. For years I admired her work and followed her blog. I even entered a contest on her blog and won a lovely headband and poster. The blogging world is kind of funny like that. It's actually possible to really develop friendships. She's an amazing photographer; I've always admired her eye and how well she captures emotion. And I must confess I've even considered signing up for her mentoring sessions! (And I should note that when you have a mentor session with her she also bakes you cupcakes. How sweet is that.)It happened that I booked a wedding out in DC area where she lives, so when I heard she was engaged (yay!) I contacted her about an engagement session. When we got to talking she asked if she could second shoot for that wedding. (I was stunned because here I was admiring her and she wanted to second shoot for me???! Crazy.) I already had a second shooter, but he eventually backed out. So on one very busy day, I shot Ica and Tim's engagement session in the morning, and Ica second shot for me that afternoon. :)
My favorite part of photography is being a witness to love. The day I photographed Ica & Tim was the very first day I had met either of them. But I felt like I was in the company of old friends. That's what I imagine Ica & Tim do with everyone. They're such a relaxed couple. It's hard not to see how much they not only love each other but how much they care for each other.
Later that day, when Ica & I were alone, she told me a bit about her relationship with Tim. The highs, the lows. The struggles, the blessings. With how the engagement session work out, Ica mentioned that she saw it as a sign. And it occurred to me how sometimes I just think I'm doing my own thing like this engagement session. But really, God used me to bless this couple. I know that can come off as pompous, but I say it as merely you never know how great an impact you can have on someone's life, until you think of yourself as a tool in God's overall plan.