I hadn’t seen Warren, one of my first cousins, in YEARS. The last that I saw of him, he was young, anti-conversation and very not affectionate.
He joined the Army, served time in Iraq and is now a state trooper for the Nebraska State Highway Patrol. So when I saw him at my wedding in June, my jaw dropped. He no longer is that punk cousin. He’s a man. Or close to it.
While we were dancing at my wedding, he asked me about shooting his wedding (a great time to talk business, right? haha) Soon after I got back from our honeymoon, we confirmed the details for his BIG day, which will be in November in Aurora, Nebraska. When I mentioned it being hard to squeeze in an engagement session since I won’t be able to make it up that way until October for a wedding I’m shooting in Omaha, he volunteered to drive EIGHT hours (from North Platte, Nebraska) so he and his fiance could get engagement pictures here in Columbia, Mo.
I was pumped. And even more so when I met his fiance, Jana. She is such a doll.
What I really liked about Warren and Jana is that they are so playful together. He’s ornery. She’s sassy. Together they are darling.
We headed to downtown in Columbia, searching for some color. And that we found.
She looks like a cover girl here. Oh yeah, and Warren is cute, too.
Ok, so… he being my cousin…and a man of the law… I had to ask his advice on something. There is this LARGE LARGE mound of dirt up the street from where I live. And when I say “mound” it’s more like a hill. Manmade. I drive by it every day…and my heart and eyes have craved using it in a shoot somehow.
Here are two I got from that series. There are definitely more…but I randomly picked two.
Right after this, we went back to my place to change. Me included. We were so soaking wet. My eyes were buring from the sweat dripping into them.