Normally when I go to write the forward to an engagement session I have only had a few months to really get to know a couple, but that is not the case here. I have known Janis and Brandon from the time they started dating, roughly 12 years ago when they both were just starting college, and have been two my sister's closest and fiercest friends ever since.
I think being able to reflect back on the amazing journey Janis and Brandon have been on is amazing. Through trials and tribulations, both good times and bad they have been able to support each other amazingly well. It has been very re-assuring for me on a personal level, knowing that they have been the best of friends to my younger sister, Brandon's easy going humor and Janis's fiery passion have been prominent features for most of my adult life.
It was entirely unexpected then that we would work together for their engagement and upcoming wedding when I found out that they go engaged, and when it came to planning the session I immediately knew one thing would be very prominent: The Miami Dolphins. For anyone who knows Brandon, you know you just laughed. For those who do not know him, if there is a bigger Miami Dolphins fan out there, I will need to see it to believe it. While it may have been unexpected, it remains one of the biggest honors to help create some amazing images, and beautiful memories for them. Something like is one of Brandon's biggest dreams as such a huge fan of the team.
It didn't hit me that we were shooting in the Miami Dolphins stadium until we were standing in the locker room planning our shots and looking at the giant Dolphins logo on the locker room floor.
When we set out to plan the session we didn't know exactly how The Dolphins would be incorporated, whether it was a few shots in a Jersey, or something in the background. After a meeting, a bunch of phone calls and a few emails, Brandon was able to get us access to the Hard Rock Stadium on an off day while they were finalizing the renovations of the club suites. This was more than I had thought possible, not only were we getting access to shoot in the stadium, but we had access to the locker room, stands, field, as well as a few of the lounges throughout the stadium. It didn't hit me that we were shooting in the Miami Dolphins stadium until we were standing in the locker room planning our shots and looking at the giant Dolphins logo on the locker room floor.
It was such an honor to be able to make some really unique photos for these two, I hope you enjoy them!