We were on the streets of San Francisco, in colorful, interesting North Beach. Specifically, we were in an ally by City Light Books, up against a multi-media mural of wine labels and paint. And Earl was like a cardboard cutout. (It’s okay, he knows he’s awkward in front of a camera.)
From behind my camera I said, “Okay, so you guys met online. Earl, what was the first thing you thought when you saw her for the first time in person?”
“I dunno…” He was definitely shy.
“Tell them!” Lesley said, smacking him on the arm. “Tell them what you told me!”
He laughed and I took a frame.
“Tell them!” she urged. “You said … come on! You said as soon as you saw me, you knew you loved me.”
His face lit up, we all grinned, and I got some fab photos of these two lovebirds. From that moment on, we were rollin’.
This couple has something special – a perfect match, a blend of humor, sweetness, devotion, love, and friendship. It’s amazing to photograph such a couple. I get to peek into their relationship.
How did he propose? Technically, he didn’t. Personally, I think he knew she was the one, and claimed her as his before someone could steal her, because she’s pretty awesome. After two months of dating, Earl started showing Lesley photos of rings for what he said was “future reference.” At one point she gave in and told him which one was her style. But when he showed up at her house (January, 2012) and put the box in her hands, it was still a bit of a happy shock. He said it was her “promise ring.”
In March of 2012 they were talking, and he said, “Well you already have a ring on your finger, so we should just get engaged, and you’re going to marry me.” (That’s confidence, ha? I love it!) On Easter they showed up at Earl’s sister Amanda’s house and he referred to Lesley as his fiancé. Being the generous guy he is, he wanted to buy an engagement ring, so they picked one out together. That new ring went on her finger on May 18, 2012, which they consider their official engagement date.
That story cracked me up when Lesley told me. “Yup, that’s my cowboy,” she said. I love it. Only a couple that has a deep friendship and solidity to their relationship rolls along so effortlessly. They’re going to grow old together and buy matching rocking chairs. I just know it.
We had a blast on this shoot – how could we not with the use of strip club doors and the inside of the Condor (the oldest strip club on the West Coast, which is now a jazz club). The day was full of shenanigans. I assure you, you want to know everything that went wrong, so check out the behind-the-scenes blog HERE.
Thank you, Lesley and Earl, for letting me in on such a personal and special photo shoot, and for choosing me for your wedding. Here are my fave photos from the day. Enjoy!