A Spring Anniversary Session :: Darlene & Dusty at Columbus Botanical Gardens
Lately I have been getting a lot of requests for anniversary sessions, and I am not mad about it AT ALL. I think that once people get married, the majority of photo sessions become all about your family (kids or pets) and the foundation of the family gets a little bit forgotten. I am not discounting family portrait sessions by any means - I love them - but I do think it’s important to remember and value who you and your partner are as a couple!
Anniversary sessions allow for celebrating the couple. Celebrating the two people who made this family, to photograph their love and their partnership. Weddings are so amazing because it’s the start of something new and you’re so excited, but with anniversary sessions there is a sense of familiarity with one another. You know your partners quirks and how to push their buttons and what makes them belly laugh until their cheeks hurt. You’ve watched your partner grow and change and adapt, and you love them more than you did on your wedding day because now you’re parents or dog parents, or crazy cat people, or adventurists, or home owners.
This beautiful intimacy is what I live to photograph with my couples. And it’s exactly what Darlene and Dusty brought to their anniversary photo session.
I have known these two for a while, I’ve photographed them as a family, their daughter when she was a senior, and Darlene and I are on the same triathlon team! I was beyond excited when Darlene asked me to take some photos of them for their 20 year wedding anniversary and even more excited when I found out that she bought herself a wedding dress because they never had wedding photos done (cue all the happy tears).
We decided on one of my favorite Columbus portrait locations - Columbus Botanical Gardens. You guys. If you haven’t been there, you need to get off the computer/phone and go. There is a walking path, tons of blooming flowers everywhere and some unique and exotic plant life that you don’t find growing just about anywhere. There is a sweet little barn, old gin house, and a great historic home too (it’s my dream to photograph a vintage-y wedding here - hem hem, Columbus brides, let’s hang out and have a wedding!). It also helps that they have some amazing staff members: shout-out to my girl Emily Miller!
The weather was absolutely perfect for Dusty and Darlene’s photo session. The sun was low and gave off my favorite warm and glowing look in all the photos. We adventured to the camila gardens where everything was in bloom and the trees allowed just enough sunlight to peek through to give all of their photographs a hint of magic. I could not be happier with how this anniversary session came out and I am looking forward to more of these fun photo shoots in my future!
Darlene looked so beautiful in her tea-length wedding dress. Her hair was pulled off her face with soft curls falling down her back. Her make up was done lightly, just to accentuate her natural beauty, and Dusty looked so unbelievably dapper in his tux! I’m going to be totally honest- I did NOT expect to see him in a tux. I was blown away by how fantastic they looked all dressed up. (Please remember I triathlon train a lot with Darlene and the last time I saw her we were covered in sweat, salt and pond-water).
I want to take a second to thank these two fantastic people for not only being loyal clients, but for also being good people and great friends! I feel so lucky that so many of my clients have become my friends and so many of my friends have trusted me enough to be clients! I can’t wait to hear all about how these two spend their anniversary (it’s not until September - we did the session early because Torin and I are moving at the end of May). I look forward to watching them love on each other as a couple and support each other as athletes.