I've known Matt Barto for almost three years, and in that time I've also come to know Jess a little bit as well. When Matt mentioned wanting to get some photos done of them as a couple, I knew we'd have a blast. They both have a great sense of humor, and get along with each other incredibly well. It was an opportunity to get together with a couple of friends as well as check out a new location.
For example, this was right after I joked with Matt and asked him if he had remembered the ring. There wasn't supposed to be a ring, but his reaction was sure genuine...
Whipple Damn State Park is on the smaller side as far as land mass and water features, but it is long on scenery and beauty. There are plenty of trails, different types of terrain, and facilities to create as many different backdrops as you can think of. We missed the best colors of fall, but it seemed like there was plenty there to choose from, despite the recent rains and biting cold.
I managed to get to the park a little bit early, and took a drive through the surrounding areas, where I stumbled upon what I'll loosely refer to as a road. With the forest backdrop, the sun setting behind us, and plenty of texture and color, I'd found my favorite spot. While Matt, Jess and I were shooting away in the park, I was also paying attention to the time. I definitely wanted to get them back there for more.
Matt apparently has a thing about being in stock photos, and I'm pretty sure that some of these qualify. If I ever decide to try my hand at selling stock photos, I definitely know the first people I'm going to call for models. Thanks again Matt and Jess for choosing me to capture this chapter of your adventure together.
As for me? I hung around and shot a few landscape photos after all was said and done. How could I let a sunset like that go to waste?