A couple of weeks ago, I turned up towards the end of E's photoshoot for work, to give them a hand with guarding their stuff while they shot around the Southbank area. E had told me that the photographer was not only fantastic, but also very lovely and friendly, so I thought that there might be a chance that if we asked nicely, he would take a couple of shots of us together after they'd wrapped up. Of course, he was extremely generous and took a few snaps after a long day with E, and I was in awe of the beautiful images he captured in the blink of an eye! No preparation, just casual, spontaneous shots, taken just after the sun had set.
The photographer in question is Luca Sage, and his usual subjects are much more interesting than us, including the likes of Kate Mosse (the author, not a typo) and Sir John Eliot Gardiner, and his main passion is to photograph scenes and people in Africa. These are some of my favourites, but if you scroll through his site, you'll see that he has a unique and special eye that captures moments and expressions that draw you in. I'm no photography expert, but I have strong opinions about what I like and what I don't, and Luca's images truly excite me.
On a personal note, I love these photos of me and E, because the last time we had photos taken by a professional was on our wedding day, and I feel like these are us a little older, a little more grown up, and a little happier. Not that we weren't happy when we got married, but going into your late twenties, things just start to settle down and we're standing on ground more solid than it was three years ago. Not only in the more practical aspects of life, but our relationship, too - it feels almost impossible to know each other better than we do now, but I know that there's more where all his funny, infuriating and endearing surprises came from, and I suppose that's one of the best things about being with each other every day.
I was having a chat with two of my girlfriends a few months ago, and one of them asked, how did I know that E was the right one? And my answer was, "He makes me laugh. A lot." ("Friends" fans - are you thinking what I'm thinking? "You got pregnant for funny??" Name that episode.)
It may sound trivial, and no, of course it's not the only reason. But there is a lot of truth in it. There have been some incredibly tough obstacles that we've had to navigate through together, and we wouldn't have survived if he didn't bring light to any situation like he does. He has had to be my biggest cheerleader, unyielding rock and comic relief while he took on these challenges with me, and I can't imagine that there is anyone else in the world I could have battled through with.
I didn't quite mean to get so up close and personal with this post, but maybe all this is on my mind since we saw two of our closest friends get married a few days ago. It was the most beautiful wedding, I cried after pretty much every speech, and it was an incredibly special day. And witnessing such love always reminds me to keep working on and nurturing my own, and that miracles do happen.
So, thank you to Luca for being so kind and taking a snapshot of this time in our lives, and I couldn't recommend him more!