I knew from the moment Christi walked through my studio door that we would be longtime friends. She and I share a similar alpha-like spirit. We both say it like it is, rarely take no for an answer, and we love to do things our own way…aka, we’re stubborn. So it was no surprise that she was single-handedly organizing every little detail of her intimate wedding at the Japanese Friendship Garden and she was ready to book a photographer that day.
When I met her husband Matt, I knew they would be one of those, “forever” couples. They are perfectly balanced for each other, her the fire, he the water. They compliment each others weaknesses like the most expert of couples, filling in where the other leaves off.
I remember our first session for their engagement where I stayed with them through the early evening, long after the natural light had faded. I put the camera down and I shared drinks at their house. It was the kind of session I didn’t want to end since we were having way too much fun. Just before I left, I snapped a final shot in their hot tub with their faces floating half way under the water. They were about to take the plunge into matrimony and this image summed it up.
Since meeting them in 2007, I’ve witnessed all their major milestones through my lens…engagement, wedding, pregnancy, birth (all natural!), baptism, 3 month photos, 6 month photos, second baby, birth (the second rarely gets the maternity session), 3 month and 6 month, 1 year. After having been witness to it all, I can still say that Christi is one of the most amazing women I have ever met and I’m so grateful that she walked through my studio door 6 years ago looking for a photographer and also finding a friend.
Love you Gonshorowskis!