Keya & Robert Engagement

posted on: March 24, 2009

Keya & Robert Engagement
One of the things that happens to me when I photograph people is that I start to "fall in love" with them. It's a platonic love like you would have for your best friend, but that love makes me want to do anything and everything I can for them. I don't know if there's something romantic about looking through a lens, afterall it can be quite cinematic when the only thing in front of you is viewed through a black tube, or if it's the process of getting to know people in a way that just isn't possible on a wedding day. I'm pretty sure it's the getting to know people- that's always my favorite part.

Keya & Robert Engagement

I love learning all of the little things that make up a couple's world. Like the new home they just moved into, or seeing the neighborhood where they spend most of their time.

Keya & Robert Engagement

Keya & Robert Engagement

Keya & Robert Engagement

Keya & Robert Engagement

As we were exploring the neighborhood, there were a bunch of kids drawing with chalk on a pillar, so we took advantage of the lovely art work and made a little of our own too.
Keya & Robert Engagement

What I really love about Keya & Robert is that they have so much fun together. They haven't lost the kid inside and it keeps their laughter strong.
Keya & Robert Engagement

Keya & Robert Engagement

Keya & Robert Engagement

The trains have been a big part of their life and relationship in Chicago, so it only seemed fitting to really explore their relationship and the part that the trains have played in their lives.

Keya & Robert Engagement

They say the sign of a great couple is when they have certain "love touches" - this is one of Robert's for Keya...
Keya & Robert Engagement

Keya & Robert Engagement

How adorable are these shoes?!
Keya & Robert Engagement

I just love their smirks. ;)
Keya & Robert Engagement

This image reminds me so much of Slumdog Millionaire, even though this was taken way before I had seen the movie - just the feeling of the rushing train and her kind of looking over her shoulder with a smile...
Keya & Robert Engagement

Keya used to wait for Robert to get home each day by hanging out in this spot, reading the newspaper until he came home. How sweet is that?
Keya & Robert Engagement

I'm a pretty big believer that everyone needs to have a big fight before they get married. Not because you need to suffer through the anger and the fear, but because you need to know how each other handles anger when it relates to something you really care about. Does your partner fight fair? Do they throw verbal insults? Do they bottle up? Do they run away? A couple that never fights worries me because it means that someone isn't standing up for what they believe in, and a relationship needs to give both people an opportunity to have their say. A great argument should lead to some compromise on the part of both people in the relationship, based on hearing each other out, no matter how long it takes.

When Keya & Robert told me that this location was where they had one of their biggest fights, I knew right then that this is a couple that will grow old together because they aren't afraid to share their feelings with each other. To help make it a place of healing, we took some time to make sweeter images and memories of that spot- because really, there will be many more things in their future that they'll have to work on in their marriage, and this is the reminder that they can get through anything together.
Keya & Robert Engagement

Keya & Robert Engagement

What a better way to end a long day than with a huge ice cream Sunday?! Yummmmmmayyyyy...
Keya & Robert Engagement

Keya & Robert Engagement

Robert had us cracking up the entire time. I can't wait for this wedding!! I can already tell it's going to be so much fun!!!
Keya & Robert Engagement

12 comments, to add [click here]:

  1. Stunning Anne! I especially love the ones in the ice cream shoppe. What a wonderful glimpse into their live - one I'm sure they'll look back on with very fond memories with the help of your lovely photos!

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  2. Love this shoot! You're right, the ones by the train definitely have a 'Slumdog' feel to them.

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  3. These pics are SO MUCH FUN Anne, great, wonderful work...you so totally rock!

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  4. These are really fantastic, Anne! I just love the images and the story you put together.

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  5. Beautiful pictures, not to mention a wonderful couple! :)

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  6. This was seriously the best blog entry I have read anywhere in a long time. Thanks for posting this short story of the lives of two people who obviously are hopelessly in love with each other. I can only hope to capture something similar as I start my own business!

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  7. These are just priceless!! That first one is just perfect! It touches your heart as soon as you see it and so does the one of her laying on his lap and he's kissing her head and the one of him kissing her on the stairs..perfect! These are so fun too with the kissing in the ice cream sign!!! Priceless!! Awesome job on these! Very inspiring..

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  8. I absolutely love love love these, but more so because of the story behind each... they have meaning. And they're all beautifully captured!

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  9. wow gorgeous! I love every single picture!

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  10. i adore these entire session! every single image has a buttery, delicious mood to it. :) & that ice cream sundae has got me hungry!!! ;)

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  11. mark davidson9:54 AM

    the third images is my favorite. love the framing!

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  12. Great photos! I can't stop admiring your work and your endless creativity. You've always been an inspiration to me. Keep it up!

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