Ashley & Derek were one of the first couple’s that let me photograph them. We’ve known each other through church and Friendsgiving and game nights… very rich history, me and these folks (disengage Italian accent).
After a couple cancellations because of the rain we finally got to do this! I actually chose to photograph them where I’m going to school. Weird fun fact, it was actually one of the first psychiatric hospitals in California. And if you know me, I found that to be the most fascinating thing ever. As I walk through the buildings, you see quiet sun-filled courtyards and nostalgic, yet mysterious windows everywhere.
Strangely eerie, 100% my jam.
Anyway, between my love for these two and this beautiful campus, it was inevitable that we were going to have an amazing time! We began with just walking around campus around 10AM, getting photos in here and there and then Derek was pretty insistent that we take photos in front of this palatial (yet empty-looking) building. Derek said he liked the columns and I thought was a great choice of backdrop. We moved from one side of the porch to the other and then I had Ashley sit on a ledge, and that is when Derek popped the question. Ashley was totally surprised and I was tearing up a little bit. I said this so many times afterward, but I’M SO HAPPY FOR YOU GUYS.
Afterward, we went to Pieology and flipped through the photos as we both chowed down on our own individual pizzas. It was a pretty freaking awesome day.