“When I first met Kristen and Alex I could tell within the first few minutes how smitten they were for each other. So, when they expressed the desire to take pictures in the downtown Tampa area, I knew that we had to choose a place by the water. The romantic and serene setting would be the perfect place to let their love really be the focal point of the session.
Whenever I look at these images of Kristen and Alex I think of the quote ‘We were together. I forget the rest.’ by Walt Whitman. One of my favorite parts of the session was how easily they were able to embrace the moments. I would give a simple direction and it was as if the rest of the world faded away and it was just the two of them celebrating their love. It was truly one of the sweetest things I have captured!”
How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of one another?
“We first met while touring our college back in 2012. We had a mutual friend group that kept us connected until we all started school in the Fall. Honestly, we didn’t think of each other as anything more than friends.”
Alex: “I immediately thought Kristen was someone that I would be friends with for a long time.”
Kristen: “I honestly thought that Alex was too cool to be friends with me, since all the others girls I knew liked him, but was surprised to find we had a lot more in common than I thought.”
What is the best thing you’ve learned from one another?
Alex: “Kristen has taught me how to really care for and love other people better. She will go out of her way to make sure those she cares about feel valued and noticed. Its something I’ve admired about her since we first became friends.”
Kristen: “Alex is so steady. He has taught me how to remain calm and look at things from a new perspective. I’ve learned not to let the little things bother me so much and that worrying doesn’t help anything. He’s also taught me that if I put my keys in the same place every day, I won’t lose them.”
What is the most honest thing you can say about love?
“Its easy to think of being in love as finding someone that makes you happy. But, if thats the extent of love, its very conditional and the other person will always fall short. True love calls us to look past ourselves and our own happiness in order to care for the other. It’s committing to each other in the everyday things and the big things. True love requires action in spite of how one person is feeling that day.”
Read more from Kristen and Alex and see more of their beautiful windswept session on The White Wren! Special thank you to Morgane of The White Wren for writing this lovely feature and to PhotoVision Prints for being the best lab around!