Their story begins back in December 2021 when Drew’s sister, Kylie, reached out to me with an inquiry to purchase a photoshoot gift-card for her brother and his girlfriend as a Christmas gift. I’ve never done that before, but I was immediately excited with the idea and designed a gift card for Kylie.
Christmas passed, and I got an email from Kylie that Shelby&Drew received the gift and loved it. I emailed them and I still remember how I was a little nervous because they weren’t the ones who looked at my portfolio and decided to hire me.
After a few emails back and forth, Shelby told me that they loved the ‘Romantic Surprise Proposal in the PNW’ session from my portfolio and we decided to re-create a similar picnic styled session for them.
And… the rest, the photos can really speak to you. We sure had a lot of fun! They brought their blanket, laid out the candles, and popped the champagne (which I made a GIF out of), and later, took time to walk around the park and danced.
At first, Drew was a “I don’t like photoshoots” person, and then quickly turned into a passionate creative director of the day with full of ideas. And Shelby was an amazing model with a million dollar smile and a joyous spirit.
After our session was over, we came back to where we had the picnic set-up to pack their stuff. And I still remember how they looked for the popped champagne cork to make sure they didn’t leave anything behind and even picked up other people’s trash as they were cleaning up. Observing that, touched me the most because they were people who were beautiful inside and out.
I hope these photos can help them remember how beautiful they are, not just outwardly but also inwardly.