Erica and Chris chose Valentine's Day for their engagement photos, and I found the day appropriate to share the pictures of their love. Wisconsin winters are unpredictable, and 2015 has been no exception. After 2 months of a wonderfully mild winter with soft fluffy snow, February 14, 2015 turned out to be one of the coldest days of the season. Whipping winds of 20-30 mph brought the temperatures down to -15 to -25 degrees.
We were brave souls and visited the places they had in mind. Every Pinterest photo idea that had been in any of our minds headed for a warmer climate. There could be no picnics in the snow, no snowball fights, snow angels, or throwing snow in the air as the photo is taken to make it look like a gentle snowfall. No carefully posed kisses with a perfect sunburst between them, no laying in the snow looking at the camera....but the magic was there nonetheless.
In the middle of -20 degrees, true love was shining through. Tender looks. Whispered words of "I love you so much." and "I know, I love you too," followed by the snap of the shutter and the sprint back to the car. Tender touches, glances warm enough to melt each other's hearts, and a steaming hot cup of coffee.
You can be a photographer for a long time, and still learn something new from the people who turn their smiles to your camera. And on Valentine's Day, 2015 I learned...it's not always the pose, the props, or even the photographer that makes it a wonderful picture. It's their love. <3