Capri and Logan | Engagement Session | University of Tampa

I tried to find some witty saying about how people react to each other when they're in love.  None were appropriate, so... I made one up.  Maybe someday people will quote me.  "No one can light up a person's face like the one they love.".  Hmm, a little corny, but, it works.  Oh, this is better, "You can always tell when a couple is truly in love by the way they react to each other's silliness.".  Better, still not there.  Hmm... here's some photos while I think: Okay... so, what am I talking about?  Well, every Engagement Session, or, most of them anyway, has a time when it's awkward.  There I said it.  It's awkward for us, for you, for all of us.  Why?  Well, no one really truly loves being told what to do by some guy with a camera and having those images out there for the world to see.  Not at first anyway.  Those first few frames and moments are that intermediary time when you're not sure about us, and we don't know you that well yet.  Stick with me here, it gets better. We see it, the confused glances between you, the sudden loss of all ability to follow basic instruction, we know.  And you know what?  It's okay.  That simply tells me you don't know us well enough to feel comfortable in front of us, and it's pretty routine. Then, after a few minutes, something changes, it's nearly palpable.  Usually it's the groom first.  Up until that day, we've probably communicated with the bride the most, so it only makes sense the groom would need the most "convincing" that we're not just some crazy people with a camera.  It shows up in subtle ways sometimes... a genuine smile, a smirk, or joking back with me rather than just doing the "friendly laugh" at my corny jokes. Capri and Logan were great to work with, and yes, we even had that awkward moment in the beginning.  I always joke with people that they can get nervous when I get nervous.  I rarely look nervous, even if I am, which is also rare.  On this day though... well, let's just say that I275 was not our friend and neither was the Courtney Campbell Causeway!  We plan our sessions for about an hour before sunset, and that gives plenty of time for a bit of chatting, strolling, and even dare I say it... for people to not exactly be on time.  Well... as I said, traffic was not our friend that day, and Capri kept us up to date on their progress.  They arrived with about 15 minutes of daylight left. I was -almost- nervous at this point. We could have rescheduled, but, everyone has busy lives, and we're all here, so... why not go for it? I'm glad we did.  Within minutes, I could see Logan's playful side coming through, and he and Capri seemed about as natural together as I could ask for.  We ended up creating our light rather than using that big yellow ball in the sky, but hey, that's why you hire a professional, right?  All in all, it was a great session, and we got (in my opinion) some awesome shots that we might not have gotten had it been early enough to be fully light out. Moral of the story?  When Logan started showing his playful side, Capri's face lit up.  That.. that is the moments we're there to capture.  Watching that kind of reaction evolve during a session is an honor and a privilege that as a photographer, is pretty much the greatest thing. -Brian  

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