Our conversations began back in late September, when Alessia emailed me about taking pictures at a summer camp in Central Massachusetts where her and Ethan met. Between being campers, counselors and administrators, they spent 14 summers at the camp which closed suddenly in 2008. Every inch of that place was filled with their memories. Boys and girls cabins, the yurts where they slept, ropes courses and a climbing wall, the meeting spot where camp would congregate every morning (complete with log benches), the sports-field overlooking a pond and, of course, the field where they had their first kiss.
Not in my wildest photography dreams (yes, I do dream about photo-shoots) could I have created a place so beautiful and meaningful. But, not to be outdone by their location, Ethan and Alessia showed up with hiking boots on and a backpack containing climbing gear and a 6-pack of beer! Major bonus points on all levels!
This was our first stop – absolutely gorgeous!!
Next we headed to Adventure Base, where Ethan and Alessia first met while he was her counselor!!! Sounds worse than it really is since they’re just two years apart and didn’t start dating until a few years later :-).
This rope course was called the Wild Woozy and let me tell you, they make this look easy!! Jared and I only made it about three steps!
The rock climbing wall was in perfect condition and begging to be used. Good thing they came prepared!
This area was called Celebration, where camp began every morning with everyone gathered around on the log benches. The light was amazing and clearly Ethan and Alessia can not be any more adorable or gorgeous. It’s impossible!!
Hanging at the camp store!
A quick stop in front of the shelter…
And our final stop was the “first kiss field.”
*Swoon* I could stare at this picture for days…
And that ladies and gentleman, was Jared and Debbie Photography’s first engagement session. We drove home thinking that if we could romp through the woods and take pictures of happy people for a living, we’d have a pretty great life. And so the journey begins…