Sometimes love comes early. When we are just starting to understand what life means. When we are learning to give and take, to share and to let go. It comes when we question why we are here and who we were meant to be with. Then sometimes loves comes later, when we are seasoned with joys, with ups and some downs. Love comes in fast, like a Camero at the speed of 8 cylinders. Then other times, it comes later. Slower more cautiously, guarding us from future pain and protecting us from our past. To say that Jon & Shirley are living the later part of love is to say they waited just at the right time. Jon is such a nurturing man. I can see it when he holds her. The way he cups her hands. Its almost like he has a loving secret, that he wants to keep all to himself.
Shirley is a sweet bubbly person, I don’t think I caught one image where she is not smiling ear to ear. That beautiful smile the kind that says, “I am so happy, so blessed to have him in my life.” I don’t think neither one of them has ever expressed a negative emotion the whole day. It was really hot, about 100 degrees, Jon insisted that his portraits be in a three piece suit, but true to Shirley’s nature she said, the jacket can stay off, and because of Jon’s nature, he said he could go either way. I would take a few images and position them in as much shady spots as I could find, it was high noon, the sun was blazzing hot. But Jon and Shirley were true troopers. Going in every so often to cool off and drink water.
After we finished with the formal images, we were ready to start photographing this beautiful patient couple in what they love….baseball attire. (I wont lie, they made this baseball fan a happy photographer) They both had their favorite team jersey they brought from home, but forgot the away jerseys. We made due. We even were able to get a beautiful outdoor family portrait with Jon’s parents. This was their house, Jon grew up here, he remembers climbing that tree he and Shirley were kissing under, and he remembers walking those same rock walkways his father laid down and where he and Shirley walked hand in hand. Yes, love comes fast, it hits hard but some times when its real….really real, it comes to two people who were waiting but not expecting. Enjoy your loved ones…these two most certainly do.