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The old idiom of “salt of the earth” is used present-day to describe a person or persons of great kindness, reliability or honesty. Kyle is truly the salt of the earth. We were at a social event when he mentioned to me that he was preparing to propose to his girlfriend, Lauren, at the Missouri Botanical Gardens. I felt this was a perfect opportunity to truly capture a moment. Photographers talk about “capturing moments” all the time, but those moments are rarely as monumental as a proposal…. in a public place, no less! So the first thing Kyle and I did was take a lunch break to go scout the park, and make our plans.

Kyle scouting the location
Kyle scouting the location

On the agreed upon afternoon, I bought a ticket to the Botanical Garden, and got into position. I might have taken a few pictures along the way, as I got to my destination.

My ticket to Missouri Botanical Garden that day
My ticket to Missouri Botanical Garden that day

Some flowers along the way
Some flowers along the way

A wilted leaf
A wilted leaf

When they appeared on the bridge, I got all giddy, and realized that my Sigma 50-500 zoom lens does not produce high quality images at the long end. Which means that I had to bring it down to about 400MM for a better image. It worked out better than expected.

Kyle on one knee
Kyle on one knee

Lauren overwhelmed
Lauren overwhelmed

Accepted!
Proposal accepted

After the proposal, it was easy to do an engagement session. They were totally enamoured with each other. I’m not entirely sure they realized I was there taking pictures at that point.

Kyle & Lauren
Kyle & Lauren

Lauren & Kyle

Kyle & Lauren

Kyle & Lauren

Kyle & Lauren

Lauren & Kyle

Lauren & Kyle

Lauren & Kyle

Kyle & Lauren

Kyle & Lauren

Lauren & Kyle

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I had a great honor that can be bestowed on a wedding photographer. A local couple (who happen to be good friends) asked me to shoot their location wedding on the tropical island of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. I have seen a handful of weddings in my time, but this was one of the most elegant I have seen. Not because they rented the greatest grand hall for their reception, but because the location was simply perfect for them. They rented Villa Rapture for the week, and let me stay in one of the rooms there. Here are some highlights from their big day.

 

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