When I was in high school I did a lot of extra-curriculars – like a lot. On top of being a member to a quite a few clubs, I ran a couple as well and I really did enjoy it most of the time. My high school had this really great idea of creating a group for all the presidents and leaders of the various clubs. It sounds a little silly at first, a club for all the club leaders, but it really helped all of us know what was going on so we didn’t accidentally conflict when it came to events we were each running. This group was called the Energizers (presumably because the people in it seemed to have endless energy reserves – myself excluded). Every year we would go away to a camp right as the school year started for a couple days to go over the events and whatnot of that year and we always went to the same place – Camp IAWAH. I have such fond memories of this place and the time I spent there with my friends. But to be honest, I had no idea where it was. I just got on a bus, and a little while later, we were there – it was like magic. So when Erica + Ryan requested we do their engagement session in Westport I didn’t really put two and two together.
Erica listed a few different spots they wanted to go to for photos: Foley Mountain, Spy Rock, and Camp IAWAH. Not even the name of the camp was jogging my memory. It wasn’t until I was standing on the porch of one of the buildings, waiting for Erica + Ryan to switch outfits that I looked across the field and saw the big bell, that I started to remember those camp days. I thought, ‘oh they have a bell too…wait a minute…’, that is when I figured it out, after Googling the location at least a dozen times, writing the name in emails multiple time and about an hour an a half into the session.
It didn’t matter that I didn’t remember the place, it is really just a funny moment I had during the session. But to be honest, there were so many great moments with these two. From the very start of their shoot, these two were just nailing every shot. And even when it rained (and by rained I mean absolutely poured) these two looked like freaking rock stars!! Thankfully we were able to take advantage of their unbelievable skills in front of our lenses by running into the local ice cream shop so we didn’t have to stop shooting.
We met Erica + Ryan at the Perth Wedding Show and boy oh boy, am I ever glad we did!! That was Sunday, and by the next Saturday we were driving out to Westport to meet up with these two for their engagement session. We may have encouraged my brother and sister-in-law push a few key moments of our niece’s birthday party forward so we wouldn’t miss them before heading out for the shoot, but I think even they would agree that this session was oh so worth it!
I seriously cannot wait until Erica + Ryan’s wedding day because I just know it is going to be just gorgeous! Thankfully it is our first 2016 wedding, so I don’t have to wait too long.