Brooke + Cory Utah Adventure Couples Session

Life is weird. This is a phrase I catch myself saying or thinking quite often. Life can eat you up and spit you out one day, and then leave you speechless the next. Sometimes in life, things you once hated or disliked become those things you value or treasure the most. Often, the things we feel most embarrassed about become the stories we laugh with friends about later. Sometimes life may even feel out of our control. At some point in all our lives we will have experiences that teach us how unpredictable life can be. Personally, I like to think of life as a river we are all floating down together. Some people go down the river as fast as they can, while others lay back and let the river pull them along. Some of us may even turn up-stream and try to fight the current. The river will challenge us, too. We will eventually find ourselves caught in fallen trees or other obstacles along the way. At times, the river will fork, and we may even have to part ways with friends or family. But what I love about the river is that I can enjoy it in whatever way suits me. I’ll lay back and soak it all in one day and then hit every rapid the next. The possibilities are endless, and I’m not tied to a certain way of doing things. The greatest part is having so much freedom, yet still the peace of mind that we all just end up somewhere downstream.

-Justin


Right before the New Year, Aly’s good friend, Brooke, and her husband, Cory, got in touch with us to ask if we could do a shoot for them. They moved to Texas last year and we’ve missed having them around, so we were super excited to do a session with them.

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Aly and Brooke have been friends since the teenage days of braces and posting lyrics as Facebook statuses to get boys’ attention. Brooke and Cory were visiting family for the holidays, so we were very excited to meet up. Aly had a great time telling me childhood stories about her and Brooke. One of their favorite stories to tell is how they got together with some other friends and made a dance to the song Larger Than Life by the Backstreet Boys. They called themselves the Backstreet Babes and performed it on stage at a talent show where they got a standing ovation from a room full of teenagers.

The four of us got met up for drinks one morning at Starbucks and made our way up to one of our favorite locations in American Fork Canyon. Earlier that morning, Brooke texted Aly and asked us to bring our letterboard, so of course we were curious as to why she had asked that. In the car, Brooke broke the news that she was 8 weeks pregnant and that they hadn’t told anyone but their families. Obviously we were honored and stoked for their exciting news.

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With all the congratulations aside, Aly and I got the shoot under way. When we shoot couples, Aly does the photographing and I do the… pack mule-ing. I carried the letterboard, blankets, jackets, water, and the camera bag. Aly says I’m the best assistant because I get people laughing and have a good eye for locations, but I know that half of why she likes having me as an assistant is because I lug everything around. Lucky for her, I don’t mind it too much.

Brooke and Cory’s tight schedule meant we were shooting in midday sun, which can be challenging if you’re not properly prepared. Luckily we had what we needed, the weather was great (aside from the fact that it was 7 degrees…) and we all had a blast taking pictures and catching up. We ended the shoot with some letterboard pictures, which unfortunately didn’t end up being used for their announcement because their due date is actually in July, not August like they originally thought. We didn’t mind that though because that just means baby boy Gill will be here even sooner than we thought.

Brooke and Aly were sad to part ways and gave some extended bear hugs after the session before we all left. Luckily, both Brooke and Cory’s families live in Utah, so we know it won’t be too long before we see them again.

Congratulations, Brooke and Cory, we know you’ll be the best parents and look forward to seeing the two of you bring a new baby boy into the world.

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