I wish I could remember the first time I met Brooke, but at five years old, there are already so many firsts happening, that sometimes they don't all stick. I believe it had something to do with a Spice Girls or a Britney Spears song, standing on chairs, and preforming in front of the whole class, of kindergartners that is. And that was where we got our big start. Just joking. But when I think back to my childhood memories, almost all of them include Brooke. From riding bikes in the neighborhood, up hill both ways, at least that's how it always felt, to singing karaoke in the basement, there was never a dull moment when we were together. I would get off the bus at Brooke's stop almost every day. We would play on the trampoline where Brooke would use her awesome cheerleading skills to flip and twist and I would make sure the trampoline was in place. We played with chalk until it got dark out and that is when the real fun started. The neighborhood kids would all dress head to toe in black, put on our black football makeup and for the next two hours it was an intense game of Man Hunt. We spent our childhood watching horror movies and creating dances to awesome 90's hip hop. And even when we had to face the fact that we had all grown up, Brooke was there for so many firsts. First boyfriends, first day of high school and first heartbreaks.
When Brooke asked me to photograph her wedding, I was over joyed! Brooke was with me for so many of my firsts, and now I will be there to capture hers. I get to be by Brookes side during her first kiss, first dance, and first baby.
Kevin, the way you look at Brooke, I know that this is going to be a marriage that your grandkids will admire one day. The first time I met Kevin, all I could think of was what a genuinely nice and good person he was. Then to see him interact with Brooke during their engagement session, I knew that he would jump mountains for that girl. That is the love that shows on camera and that is why I love working with couples.
Brooke and Kevin, congratulations on your engagement and on your baby boy. Although writing this blog has brought back so many happy memories, I wanted to cry thinking about the amazing childhood you helped me build. In just a few short weeks, I will watch you not only become husband and wife, but also a mommy and daddy, and I know from experience that your baby boy will have a life filled with joy, laughter and happiness.