I met with Carl and Shraya in late May to shoot engagement photos for them at the Boston Arboretum. With the lilacs in full bloom and the park draped in greenery, this session turned out to be quite the springtime session.
Before I met with them, Shraya shared a little bit of her and Carl's story with me:
"Carl and I met nine years ago when we were in the same undergraduate dorm in our freshman year. After that, we were best friends for five years, and have been dating just over four years now! We are both pretty introverted, but also pretty goofy. We like to explore new places, travel, eat, hike, read, ...and bike -- pretty much everything! We have a crazy height difference - fifteen inches! Carl recently completed a PhD in computer science, and I work as a behavior therapist for children - so, pretty different careers, but we compliment each other well."
Working with a fifteen inch height difference between these two love birds was definitely a new challenge for me. But the shoot actually went easily and smoothly, and Shraya and Carl quickly relaxed in front of the camera. Everyone is always a little uncomfortable at first - for a lot of couples, it's their first time getting professional photos taken. But these two really focused on each other. and as a result, their unique quirks - and the goofiness that Shraya mentioned - finally started to surface. Each couple I work with is so different, but Carl and Shraya are so refreshingly unafraid to be themselves. They own who they are, and love each and every part of each other. Congratulations to these two on their engagement, after nine wonderful years of friendship and love together!