Hi! My name's Daniel Solomon Jackson, and it's great to have you here. Whether you're here to look at some beautiful images or just to get some encouragement, I hope I can be a provider for both. So kick up your feet and stay a while.
When I started talking with Caitlin and Elliot about doing an anniversary session for them, I was ecstatic. What a great idea!!! Here was a chance to hang out once again with one of my couples. A team that I watched go from two people to one. And I am happy to say that the experience was even better than I imagined it might be. We had to run through my posing system again (a year does wonders to memory), but these two were just as fun to work with as the first times around.
Working in the wedding industry, I have witnessed some truly phenomenal couples built by selfless individuals who demonstrate extreme character in both their love and lives. Whether it be the immense value found in unashamed cuddling or the impact of a gently placed word, from each I have learned something. Yet, there is one concept that none of my engagement couples have ever really been able to help me understand.
The art of a successful marriage.
For obvious reasons, although I’ve seen wonderful examples of the superb fiancé, I sometimes yearn to work with couples who have not only gone through the stages of dating, wooing, and asking, but have taken it to that final stage of 100% commitment. So, spending a couple hours with Nathalie + Drew a couple weekends ago was an absolute treat! As both a couple and parents of an adorable little person, they were exactly what I needed.
I still remember that first text that started it all. I was sitting in the main office at Triple R Ranch (a FANTASTIC kid’s camp in southern VA), and I felt my phone give a little buzz. “Hey Daniel. My fiancé and I just got engaged, and we were wondering if you would do our engagement pictures? How much do you charge?” I froze. “How much do I charge?” How much do I charge?! Luckily I was quickly able to come up with some arbitrary amount, and they ended up hiring me.
I used to think that cold weather was the worst thing that could happen to a sweetheart session. I mean, who wants to go outside when it’s below thirty degrees?! Your fingers stop operating. Your nose goes numb. And all of a sudden being in the shade becomes extremely unpleasant! But now I see that I’ve been looking at it all wrong!!! Last week I met up with Shelby and her husband out in Harrisonburg, Virginia for a sweetheart session downtown. =D And as you probably can guess… it was below thirty degrees! Just in between walking the fifty yards from where I was sleeping to our meeting spot, I almost texted them to call it off. [not really… but maybe I considered it for a moment] Now though, I have a newfound appreciation for cold weather! After all, my mission is to bring couples closer together. What better way to do that than to put them in a situation where they CAN’T WAIT to snuggle? I won’t lie. Standing out in that weather isn’t my FAVORITE, but the images it creates are stunning! In fact, I think I PREFER wintery sessions now.
It is a commonly known that men, for the simple fact of gender obligation, are taught to never smile for photographs. It has yet to actually be discovered where this teaching began. Maybe it was formed during the original days of the camera when people had to stand still for fifteen minutes. Thus, men and women alike were forced to stand straight faced, or risk their faces permanently being stuck in a happy complexion. When cameras got more advanced, men just couldn’t break the stone-faced mold! Women mature at a much faster rate than men and simply left them behind.