In Home Session// Hailes+ Tay

Laurken Kendall in home couples photography

I will never EVER stop loving in home couples sessions. Like ever. My creative soul cries for them when I go to long without shooting one.They are the thing I love photographing most. I feel like I’m constantly saying this but I LOVE THESE PEOPLE. Generous is a word I am fortunate enough to use with a lot of my couples, but Hailey would literally give the shirt off of her back to anyone who needed it. I also photographed their wedding, and the kindness and magnanimity she exuded to the people in her life, even on HER day, touched me to my soul. She is a literal angel on earth. Like most of my couples, Hailes and Tay reside states away and therefore we were never going to get to physically be together until their wedding day. Then Hailey decided to come mentor with me (she’s an incredible storyteller in her own right) which allowed us a quick in home session.   While I normally advocate to shoot these types of couples sessions in people’s ACTUAL homes- the places where all the love and fighting occur- a small corner of this airbnb worked out fine. The room was the blank page, the words were their chemistry and comfort together. The story was beautiful. The background really doesn’t matter, in the end. I also have to say-  Tay is such an emotionally available human- he walks around with his heart bared for all to see and cries freely when something ignites his soul, which Hailey does frequently. I loved loved loved getting to be with these two. Photographing them was not even something that can be called work. It was a pleasure and an honor. I love you H+T. Black is white is life rn.        

Spokane In-Home Couples // Katie+TJ

Katie and tj rolling on bed during in-home couples session

Part of what I do with my in-home couples (and all my couples)  is have them have fill out a detailed couples session questionnaire (NEW to the shop! You can get the one I’ve created and use for my own couples here. ) prior to their  sessions. This helps me gather information about personalities, past experiences with photography and how they love each other. Photography in itself is a labor of love and  photographing couples is the literal personification of that idea. I perform my best when I have a deep understanding of the souls I’m working with, who they are together and what they’re like separately.   I was at a wedding when I picked these two up. The dance floor is one of my favorite places to meet couples and this sentence sounds sexual in nature.   Katie and TJ were tearing it up in a 10 sq. foot space, working every inch, so into each other that I couldn’t tear my eyes away from them. The air between them was alive and I couldn’t get enough. I had to have them, so I walked up, laid on my best lines and a few months later, here we were.   Katie and TJ filled out their in-home couples questionnaire and I saw that one of the things they always do together is fold the laundry on their bed together. I loved this concept and built their shoot around it. We truly had the best morning together. This shoot was also part of an in-person mentorship with a wonderful woman/photographer named Ruthie Crofts who came from Utah to spend some time learning about business and about how I work with my couples. Thank you Katie and TJ for your vulnerability.  I adore you two. L Your Narrative blog will appear here, click preview to see it live. For any issues click here

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