Getting to spend time with people like Justice and Steele is an opportunity that I’ll always jump at.
You see, these two cutie pies are two of the most honest, genuine, and uplifting people I know, and having the chance to surround myself with them is such a blessing. Each interaction with them brings newfound joy and excitement for each day. I completely understand why they would choose to spend the rest of their lives together.
I love getting to shoot in the Badlands. You see, a lot of the times at National Parks there are clearly set hiking trails, with very specific things people tend to go see and a lot of structure. The Badlands are a bit different, though. We still have our pull-off and lookout spots, but for the most part, people just tend to drive around wherever, pull over where they see fit, and walk out wherever they can.
I appreciate this location for their session, because I feel like it reminds me a good bit of young love. It can be so random at times. Sometimes it feels like traveling and not knowing if the destination you are going to stop at is a mile down the road or all the way on the other side of the park. People don’t always take you too seriously. Some won’t see the beauty of the freedom you can find in setting your own path. You know what, though? It’s love, nonetheless, and it is beautiful, regardless.
These two. They dance together. They laugh together. These two even make sure to show up where the other falls short (like Justice reminding Steele that dishes need to be cleaned, or Steele reassuring Justice when she’s overwhelmed with stress). For these reasons alone, I know that this engagement is something that I am so incredibly excited for, and getting to capture this stage of their lives together, as they transition from boyfriend and girlfriend into soon being man and wife, is so incredibly sweet.
Here is to the two of you. May your life together be so full of laughter and gluten free donuts. But, here’s also to me always being able to bond with Steele over how good gluten is. Sorry, Justice.
A huge shoutout to the badlands for having such a gorgeous backdrop for us to spend the afternoon in. If you’d like to look more into this park (as well as others), feel free to check it out here.