Sometimes people come into your life, not by choice, but just by pure circumstance. That is how Hannah and I met. When I was an English Teacher and Assistant Varsity Lacrosse Coach at James I. O'Neill High School, Hannah ended up in my Social Criticism class and I coached her at the same time. Even though Hannah is 10 years younger than me, she was my person back in high school. We would have deep conversations about life and she is well beyond her years. She was one of those students that had an impact on my life and I was so ecstatic that she asked me to capture one of the most important moments in her life.
I flew down to Orlando to take their engagement photos. Hannah and Jered are the ideal couple. They are laid back and go with the flow. I have always wanted to do a beach sunrise session, and I asked them if they would be willing to do it. So they woke up at 5:30 am and went down to New Smyrna Beach to take their first set of pictures. I am so glad they agreed to do it, because I love these pictures! Here are some of my favorites from the beach:
Later in the day, we went to Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens in Port Orange, Florida. This is a botanical garden that features a 19th-century sugar factory; part of the former Dunlawton Plantation. We were eaten alive by mosquitoes, but it was all worth it for the pictures! I am so excited for their wedding next year and thankful that they allowed me to capture these moments for them. Here are my favorites from Sugar Mill Gardens: #Shewentwithjered