This February, I shot a session with Stephanie and Caleb Brinson who run a successful local business called Bear Rug Studio.
I knew both Caleb and Stephanie previously, as we all graduated from Owen Valley High school, and I was excited to connect with them again.
We met in one of my favorite southern Indiana places: Lake Monroe near the town of Bloomington. We weren’t sure what to expect weather-wise for a mid-February shoot, but it ended up being quite chilly, grey, and so so muddy! We hiked down to the lake’s rocky shore to snag some great water background shots. We kept walking along the lake’s edge to find beautiful background scenery and awesome natural props. All this, while sinking into the mud, getting our shoes stuck, and everything we own was splattered in red soggy clay. It was a blast :D
My sister Jessie and her dog Vern came along to help be my photo assistant (Vern not so much). Although he did provide many laughs and entertainment while frolicking like a goon up and down and through the landscape.
All in all, the wintery look of the lake and surrounding nature made for a beautiful backdrop to showcase the couple’s personality and love for each other. They were so sweet, and good sports about the difficult and messy walking situation. We had fun exploring the trees and shore which was completely deserted, save for our presence. I would work with them again any day, and I am excited to show the rest of their beautiful images!