Taylor & Mike | Virginia Beach, VA

There’s always something special about working with people that you have known for a long time. Like so many of my Virginia connections, I know Taylor through the place I call home, Triple R Ranch. A camp that both of us worked at throughout our younger years.

So, when Taylor approached me about photographing her wedding, I was of course very much on board to the idea! But as we planned the engagement, we hit a special kind of snag: Mike works for the military. Undoubtedly, Mike has one of those craziest work schedules I have ever seen. On for two days from 7am to 3pm, then going back in for the night shift from 11pm to 7am, followed by one day of rest before going back at 3pm. This of course meant a couple things.

  1. Simply planning to do their engagement on a weekend was not an option.
  2. Simply planning to do their engagement during a weekday was also not an option.

Obviously, with those two restrictions in place, finding a time when all three of us were free proved quite a challenge. But luckily, this past weekend the weather cleared up and we found ourselves at First Landing State Park, where the weather was just cold enough to help Taylor feel extra motivated to stay close to her man. ;D On the eve of Spring, trees have already begun showing fresh leaves, and the day was more or less perfect.

As for the couple themselves, Taylor and Mike really do make a great team. Despite the slight chill and periodic gusts, not a single discouraging word was ever spoken between these two. In fact, no matter the circumstance, they seemed to constantly draw closer, a quality I believe every couple would do well to develop. They were courteous, kind, and all around fun to spend a couple hours with.

Bottom line: I like these two a lot, and in one month (plus a few days), I will proudly stand by them as they become a Mr. and Mrs.

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To God be the glory,

daniel jackson

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