Karrie & Justin |Winter Engagement Session | Terri Gillis Photography

Winter engagement sessions in Michigan are tricky.  You can’t plan for anything more than 20 minutes in advance. It could be too cold, too breezy, too snowy, to sunny (blinding your subjects with the white snow)…. You could have ice, too much snow or heaven forbid… no snow. I can’t tell you how many I’ve had to schedule and reschedule due to one/all of the above.    I have people make requests…. “We want our session to be in the winter after a fresh snowfall”…. so the snow falls on Sunday night and then they’re not available on Monday and it’s melted come the next weekend.    Do you see where I’m going here it’s unpredictable… you just never know what’s going to happen with our crazy weather.  BTW, my kids were NOT happy this morning when there was no snow day (FIST PUMP for all the Mom’s out there saved from a snow day!).

Last weekend we had our family Christmas party and this is my beautiful cousin Karrie and her fiance Justin.  I seriously called them as they were driving in from Illinois and said…. “I’ll probably just try and take a few photos of you two today just, just for fun!”  (How do you like that, no warning whatsoever! )   When I left my house in Rockford it was sunshine, blue skies and zero snow.  But when we arrived out in Holland it was positively a  winter wonderland.  So as the afternoon went on I saw the snow lighten up a little and told them to fetch their coats and out we went…..and this is what we got, in about 15 minutes.  Glorious…. couldn’t have even dreamed or wished for it.  If I had hoped or planned for this it wouldn’t have been…. it was so perfect I could cry.  I don’ t think we spend more than 15 minutes outside (Brrrrr…..) but these sweet photos warm my heart.

I love the song the Simple things by Jim Brickman and I keep thinking of that as I look through these images….

Hey, time won’t wait, life goes by
Every day’s a brand new sky
Every tear comes to dry
All that really matters in this crazy world
Is you and I together baby, just remember

The first leaves off the tree, the way you look at me
A thousand chiming church bells ring, the simple things are free
The sun, the moon, the stars, the beating of two hearts
How I love the simple things, the simple things just are….

Karrie & Justin –  Congratulations on your engagement – SO incredibly happy for you both!


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