I sat alone at a high table in Franks Hall. One of my classes got out early, so I had a little time to try to catch up on emails. So, there I sat, tapping away at my cell-phone, when another student sat across from me. I smiled at him.

His eyes matched his shirt which matched his book bag. Maybe it’s the artist in me, but I notice these things. He was quick to comment on my “long text”. I laughed a little and said, “no, just answering emails”. He gave me a confused expression and said, “emailing professors on the second day of classes? Over achiever”. I laughed again, mostly because I actually emailed my professors on the first day. Yep, goody-two-shoes over here. But I didn’t tell him that. I told him that I’m a photographer and that I’m emailing clients. Again, he looked confused. He asked me if I had a business (as if such a thing was impossible and crazy). I explained that I have a studio downtown and that I’ve been in business for just a little over five years. This time, he looked surprised. His eyes were big when he said, “wow”. I responded with a “thank you” that could only be described as… quiet.

Then he asked me a question that I never got to answer, but I’ve been thinking about it for the past three days: “why do you do it?”

At first, I thought he was asking why I would be in school. Right? Because why would someone question my one true love? I was thinking of an answer when his friend – who had apparently been eavesdropping – interrupted with, “probably because it’s money”. With that, they laughed, and the boy with the book bag that matched his shirt that matched his eyes walked away. I really wish I hadn’t simply watched them walk away.

He was wrong. It’s not money. Not to be blunt, but if it were “money”, I wouldn’t be in this profession. No… I wish I would’ve told him that it isn’t the money… It’s the love and eagerness I see in the eyes of a husband looking at his expecting wife. It’s the fact that I get the honor of filling out a card for a scrapbook because I was the first person to visit a client’s baby boy in the hospital. It’s the Oreos and milk I share with a couple of 1-year-old twins. It’s the way my 4-year-old client refused to smile for her preschool picture because “Taylor wasn’t behind the camera”, and the way my 5-year-old client calls me his girlfriend. It’s the late chilly winter nights spent in my warm studio… or the early mornings spent curled up in front of a computer screen. It’s the way I am trusted with something that is immeasurable: memories. Β It’s these kids, these parents, this LOVE, that I see every single day. That is why I do it.

And, now that THAT’S written and finally off of my chest, with no further adieu, I would like to introduce you to Pamela and Corrie. The love between them is contagious and I cannot wait to witness the love they have for their son. Get ready for some seriously gorgeous people, folks. πŸ™‚

xo

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  1. Pamela

    January 16th, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Taylor!!! You did an incredible job. I love these. I couldn’t decide whether to smile so hard my face hurt or cry so I think they’re winners. πŸ™‚ In other news, I say we search campus until we find the color coordinated boy. I used to have a color coordination obsession that I passed to a few friends, so to say that those comments were perfect in this post is an understatement. I CANNOT wait to see the rest!

  2. Norma Alley

    January 16th, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    These pictures are absolutely gorgeous and really reflect how much these two young people are in love and in love with the expectation of their child.

  3. Jennifer McGuire

    January 17th, 2014 at 6:44 am

    Taylor these pictures are amazing. You certainly did capture the magic these two share. This is one lucky baby boy!

  4. Laura Dietzel

    January 17th, 2014 at 8:43 am

    You perfectly captured the beauty of my two friends and their growing family. Gorgeous shots of people beautiful inside and out πŸ˜‰

  5. Amparo Atencio

    January 17th, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Not only talented photography, but beautiful prose as well. Absolultey accurate that the love shines through in these photos of this gorgeous couple. I am so happy for my colleague, Corrie, that he has such love in his life and will soon experience the treasure of holding his precious son.

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