ONE OF MY FAVORITE things is getting hired to be the wedding photographer of one of my former students. As teachers, we want the best for our students. We enjoy watching them grow out of those high school drama years into fine young adults. We want to see them grow up to be happy. The bonus for me is that I get to capture and share with friends and family those images of loveliness and happiness that occur at the wedding.
HANA AND MIKE
In addition to taking my photography class, Hana ran 4 years of track for me at Apollo High School. Her ability as a distance runner grew year after year. Her running abilities were crucial in helping Apollo win our region and earn a 2nd place finish at State her junior year.
Out of my many memories of Hana’s career, the one that I remember the most is her competition with a runner from Prescott. This girl consistently had better times than Hana all year. Except when she raced against Hana. Every time Hana and this young lady ran head to head, Hana won convincingly. Those races were truly remarkable to watch. Lots of high fives all around.
I also fondly, I think, remember how many times in those 4 years Hana came up to me and said “Coach, you spelled my name wrong…again!”
Hana completed a successful 4 year career at Apollo and went on to attend NAU, where she eventually met her future intended, Mike. They both graduated from NAU. She now works as a K-8 art teacher and he works for the State of Arizona in the area of environmental quality.
Hana and Mike were freshmen at NAU when they were introduced to each other by mutual friends. They became close friends before they finally decided they were the right person for each other.
Hana describes Mike as a chef, a true gentleman, and tells me that Mike is “all things outdoors, like a lumberjack.”
Mike says that Hana always has an elegant look to her. He loves to listen to her play the guitar, and describes Hana as “a tomboy and a pretty princess all at the same time.”
Together they enjoy cooking, “artsy stuff” outdoor activities, and of course their two dogs.
On Sunday the 20th, the three of us got together to shoot their engagement session. I first met Mike at Katie and Jason’s wedding . Hana was one of the bridesmaids. Since I was a bit busy that evening, I didn’t get a chance to do much conversing with the two of them. I found it nice to finally sit down, talk with them, and get to know more about Hana and Mike as a couple. It was even better to go out and shoot the session and watch Hana and Mike interact with each other as they express their affection for one another in front of my lens.
You now know a bit about the princess and the lumberjack. Here are a few of the wonderful, lovely moments from Hana and Mike’s engagement session.