Kalin and I have been friends since middle school. We both played dwarves in a Willits Young Actors Theater production of The Hobbit. During production he dated my friend Amber (who played Bilbo Baggins). In high school we were both active in our school's Peer Counseling program and there were a few memorable Halloween parties in his honor (his birthday being the 1st of November). So there's a bit of history there. We have also maintained relationships with multiple mutual friends and we have stayed in touch over the years.
Separately and coincidentally, Jennifer and I met in San Francisco before these two were an item. Back when I was working the buying counter at Crossroads on Market Street, Jennifer and I had a handful of long conversations, and they were both memorable and easy. I liked this girl, I liked talking to her, and I knew I wanted to get to know her better. But it isn't so easy to just ask someone to be your friend. Lucky for me fate stepped in and these two started dating.
Fast forward and they're engaged! Congratulations again! Together, they created LoveWorks, "[a company that] serves men and women who are ready to navigate their relationships in ways that support their higher selves. Through experiential retreats LoveWorks facilitates deeper connection, growth, and love within the container of partnership."
When Kalin and Jennifer asked me to photograph the two of them for their website (and their recent engagement!) I was SO excited! Though the website is still in the works, their facebook page is awesome and provides regular reminders about how we can be better partners and lead happier, more fulfilling lives. We planned for a sunrise shoot at Rodeo Beach, and we were completely fogged in, but it was so so beautiful. It was just us and the surfers and some dog walkers, and I think you can tell we had a lot of fun.
I met this beautiful creature in the parking lot. After our shoot I decided to take the scenic route home. I felt invigorated, both from spending time with Jen and Kalin and from getting up so early and still having good light to play with. So I played, and it was fun.