Ann Springs Close Greenway is a great location I have shot at many times over the years. A sprawling area of trails, fields, barn buildings, and forests. So when Trevor and Alana asked for suggestions on the location for their engagement shoot, Ann Springs fit what they were looking for perfectly. I remember meeting Trevor when he was 13 years old when him and I were both on the same skateboard ministry team. He was one of the wildest people I had ever met and had an insatiable thirst for Coca Cola and skateboarding, to the point where both were wrecking his body. Soon afterwards I met Alana as her and Trevor began dating. The skateboard team has since dissolved, Trevor has slowed down on the soda intake before it dissolved him, and both Trevor and Alana have been together through it all. I am blessed to know both of them and see them grow together.
For those of you who didn’t know, Rachel and I had a little boy at the beginning of February. He is a little over a month old now and we are happy as can be to have him here and in our arms. We were able to make it out to take some maternity photos before he arrived though. I always love to photograph my family and is one of the reasons I almost always have a camera with me. It is an absolute joy to be able to document our family and keep a record, if not make art, of our daily lives. We chose one of my favorite locations, Westminster Park, in Rock Hill, SC.
The Chapmans are some of our closest friends. We met them six years ago when they hired us to shoot their wedding sight unseen and have since become a family that we cherish as confidants and have grown with. Richard, their son, is a great friend and playmate to our daughter Cassia, Erin is practically a sister to my wife Rachel (and one of the most talented makeup artists I have ever met: Erin Ashley) and Shurn is well, Shurn, one of the hardest working beard sporting individuals I have met who truly enjoys and loves his family. I am always honored to photograph people that I love as I aim to capture their spirit in the photos I take and having a close relationship with them allows me greater access. We chose to do their family photos in Westminster Park in Rock Hill as it is a picturesque wooded area that is serene and offers plenty of awesome locations to shoot.