Sam, Brent & Bear
Sam and Brent definitely have to be one of the sweetest couples I have ever met. You may recognize them from a previous blog that I have written in the past from their wedding, which if you haven't read you definitely should! Click here to read their blog! Sam & Brent are actually from Michigan but currently reside in the sunny state of California, so when they reached out to me I was so happy to reconnect. Sam and Brent expressed that they wanted me to come to California to capture their sweet little family, them two and their sweet dog Bear. At the time, Bear was at an age where his health was deteriorating and Sam and Brent both knew that he didn't have much time left. This photoshoot was to be a tribute to their family and to honor him, so of course I flew out to CA immediately to help give that to them.
Half moon bay california adventure session
I arrived in Mountain View, CA and met up with Sam & Brent. They were so kind and even let me crash on their couch the night before and after their session - they seriously are the best people. Of course the most important thing to them was making sure that they honored Bear to the fullest. We decided to head over to Half Moon Bay in order to enjoy the beautiful weather and views of California. Since Bear had some trouble walking their were moments where Sam/Brent had to carry him around which honestly brought tears to my eyes. The main focus for Sam and Brent was to be there for Bear and to honor him, so taking solo portraits of them were the last thing on their mind. We took some time to sit down and reminisce and talk about their favorite memories with Bear. It was such a touching moment and you could just see how loved Bear truly was and how lucky he was to have Sam & Brent as his family.
We spent every minute of the session making sure that Bear felt completely comfortable and was enjoying every last minute. This was definitely a one of a kind session and was one I had never done before, but I loved every second. Once I left CA and headed back to Michigan I was eager to edit their gallery for Sam & Brent to look back on these special memories. Once I delivered the gallery however, I was told that Bear had passed away just the night before. While I was saddened by this news, I know that Sam & Brent looked back on these photos and knew that they loved Bear with all of their heart.
If you loved this Half Moon Bay California Adventure Session, then you're going to love this Couples Session at the Yaquina Head Lighthouse!
Photos By Gayle does more than just take photos of people. Rather, it is capturing moments of LOVE and HAPPINESS. Singing to the skies, dancing in a field, smiles that hurt because they’re so big. There is nothing else I would rather be doing than photographing these unique details that make you and your significant other a couple. If Sam, Brent & Bear's photoshoot puts a spark in you, you know where to click <——— right there!
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