We can totes play in the mud. Fo’ sho!
But first, Will and Jessica. The stars of the show.
I first met Jessica when she worked as a barista at my home away from home. To this day, she remains one of the few and the proud who knows how to make my caramel and irish cream latte properly (hint: it should taste more like coffee than sugar).
Will works at an organic grocery store that my girlfriend and I have been known to haunt.
Both are tall. I mean really tall. At 6′ 1″ I feel like I’m barely keeping up with these two.
At first, they weren’t sure they wanted an engagement session. Even though it was included in the package, they flip-flopped a bit about maybe crediting the session to products or other services.
In the end, they decided on the session.
Then they asked if we could shoot it at a farm their friend owns.
Who am I to say no to that?
There’s only one problem when you want to shoot on a farm in Nebraska in June. There’s still a good chance you’re getting a lot of rain. We hadn’t just gotten a lot of rain. We had been getting rain like someone turned on the spigot and then left for vacation.
We got to the farm and it didn’t seem like it was going to be too bad. A little humid, to be sure. Mosquitoes the size of attack helicopters. You know, typical Nebraska stuff. Manageable.
Then we decided to walk across the field to get some shots on top of a hill.
Ever detasseled? Then you knows the recipe: a well-watered field, a lot of rain. Let’s just say, if your shoes aren’t stapled and duct taped to your feet, there’s a good chance you’re losing them.
Jessica did the smart thing and took hers off. She only sank half way up her shins in the mud. Will had sandals that didn’t seem like they were going anywhere. I hoped the lacing job I did on my Merrills was up to the task.
In the end, we slogged through the mud, braved the heat and humidity, did battle with a few ticks, annoyed some chickens, survived an impromptu thumb war, and got some great, fun shots.
It was a pretty awesome day. Playing in the mud. And no shoes were lost.