I have been sitting here now for about fifteen minutes trying to think of the best way to begin… You’re looking at two of my best friends in the world and one of my best girlfriends.
These two know sadness, these two know heartbreak, these two know friendship but most of all they know love.
Most people I meet have had their fair share of each of the above statements but for some reason Beck and Mick just take each of them by the horns and don’t do it by halves. Mind you neither do I which is possibly why we get along so well.
I met Beck whilst we were job sharing at a design company. She was the other receptionist whom I left letters in a communications book each time I worked with numerous ‘sorry I didn’t get to finish…’ notes. Eventually we left jokes for each other and slowly the book became almost a gossip book for how we were going. I initially thought Beck was about 35 (sorry!) and when we finally met we just hit it off. She’s AWESOME.
Anyway… Beck and Mick met in high school and have been together ever since. That’s something that is quite rare these days, but I, like them, know the benifits of growing up with and marrying your best friend.
I have NEVER actually gotten to photograph these two gorgeous people because someone decided to be 40 weeks pregnant when they got married… Sorry guys!
So when I was coming to Canberra I crossed everything I could and asked Beck if she would be up for a Beloved Session. It took a little persuasion and nagging on my behalf but she agreed and the date was set. The afternoon rolled around and with a few external factors going on including an abscess in Becks’ tooth that went into her jawbone we decided that afternoon tea was a better idea…
During afternoon tea we got to talking about all thing creative as we do and onto Beloved. Beck has a beautiful eye for photography too- whether she admits it or not… so I told her to eat up and get in the car. She rang Mick on the way back home and we picked him up on our way to the back of a paddock. It was close to 5pm and the sun was setting quickly.
Normally Mick is a joke around and annoy Beck as much as possible during photographs sort of guy, but I think working with them both left us all laughing hysterically and forgetting we were there to take photographs.
My husband called mid shoot on Mick’s phone because I wasn’t answering and after persuading him the car was really over the other side of the paddock we got into some warmer invitations. These get into the bricks and mortar of a relationship and can often be laughed or joked off by partners. These guys excelled and really let the other know how important they are to each other.
I asked them what they were initially attracted to in their partner and for Mick it was Beck’s gorgeous blue eyes. According to Beck ‘I was 16 and he was gorgeous‘ haha So romantic! haha
For Beck she fell in love with Micks capacity to love her, ‘he was smitten and just adored me. I couldn’t believe that someone as gorgeous and funny and amazing as Mick could love me. He was so fun to be around and just felt so safe around him. I wasn’t used to feeling safe around others…”
I decided to ask one more question of Beck and that was, being together so long, what makes you love him still today? Hold onto yourselves ladies… he’s taken.
“Over the last 12 years, I have gotten to know Mick more and more and I keep falling more and more in love with him. He is so kind, sweet and gentle. Watching him with animals or kids is the most gorgeous thing to me. He has a great sense of humor, he can be so funny (although sometimes he is the only one laughing, he has an amazing collection of dad jokes). He makes me feel so safe and comfortable and just so loved! I love him so much and would do anything for him, I couldn’t imagine loving anyone as much as I love him. I wouldn’t want to spend the rest of my life with anyone else.”
Normally I would have shortened the answer for the blog but it just sums Mick up perfectly. He’s that guy who teaches your kids to do things you have tried for their early years to avoid… like saying ‘Cheers’ everytime you take a drink at the dinner table… But he would also give up his weekend to come over with Beck and take care of the same child when the mum is dying of gastro. They both will never realise how important, loved and cherished they truly both are.
The rest of the session gets left in the field and at home between these two. I’m thrilled you like your photos and even loved a couple! Photographing friends is like nothing harder in the photography world. I was really happy that how I see you, and your quirks were captured and reflected back to you both. I think my all time favourite thing I got to relive whilst editing was Beck’s smiling happy face change to utter disgust next frame, then just as quickly evolving into laughter.
I’ll cherish this shoot with you both for a long time to come… Until I get another fill of Beck and Mick laughter xxx