Kristyn and I met on the first day of photography school in 2008. We became instant friends. This also means I’ve known Eric for quite a long time and have watched them grow as a couple over the past nine years … I also can’t believe it’s been nine years since we met! Our friendship is the kind that involves us chatting almost every single day, and also having the amazing opportunity to shoot side by side in Mexico at Claudia and Art’s wedding. So when they asked Jeff to be their wedding photographer, it was a pretty big deal for both him and I. And even though I’ll be attending as a guest, I won’t be able to go their entire wedding day without picking up my camera at least a few times!
When planning their engagement shoot, Jeff and I were equal parts over the moon excited and nervous. And so were Kristyn and Eric! To be documenting one of my best friends … that’s a pretty big honour! Kristyn is a very talented wedding photographer in Halifax, so there was a level of nerves based on that alone. It’s also amazing how photographers are so wonderful at posing and capturing natural moments, but when the roles are reversed and they’re in front of the camera, that all goes out the window.
We reassured them that between our guidance and their connection we’d turn their awkward giggles into magic. That, combined with an amazing “new to us” landscape to explore, and being treated to what turned out to be the most incredible sunset we’d all seen in ages … we felt like we were in a totally different country!
With all of these things rolled up into one day (plus a mid shoot stop for a diner dinner on the water and ending with a late night bon fire at their house), it added up to being one of my absolutely favourite shoots I’ve ever done. Being able to spend the day with these guys and get in some quality time was perfect … and makes Jeff and I both look forward to their wedding that much more!
Congratulations Kristyn + Eric! Your love shines through in these photos and I can’t wait to see where the next 11 years takes you!
– Written by Jenn Nauss