After living in Hampton Roads for seven years I shouldn't be surprised anymore by what a small world it is. But this was less like six degrees of separation and more like two. When Katie first reached out to me I recognized her area code. Having grown up just outside of Pittsburgh and attended college there, that 412 rings home. It turns out she and her fiance are both from the Steel town. They grew up just minutes from one another but never crossed paths until life led them to Norfolk as adults. If that's not enough, the moment I laid eyes on Will I just knew I had met him before. I couldn't place where or when but there are times you simply don't forget a face. That evening, after an AMAZING session, I started editing and stalking Will and Katie on Facebook. Then it hit me, Carnegie Mellon. Will had been in a ROTC program through CMU while going to UPitt at the same time I studied architecture at CMU. Our paths had crossed once or twice through mutual friends!! What are the chances that these two hire the one Pittsburgh transplant, out of all the fabulous photographers in this area?!
But enough about what brought us here. Let's talk about this night and how unbelievably perfect it was. You know how there are just some people you click with? That was me and these two. It's like we were old friends who hadn't seen each other in ages. Picking right up where we had left off. There were no awkward moments that are so common when you're meeting someone for the first time. There were no pregnant pauses that inevitably come from having run out of things to talk about. There was no politely pretending I hadn't just seen Will wipe out while walking down the hill. We were open and honest with each other from that first moment and it made for one killer session. The light and private access to an old fort didn't hurt either. Oh and a genuine and deep love for one another? That may have had something to do with it too.