Kristin+Kyle | Cleveland, TN

Okay, STOP. Because I know what you’re about to do. You’re about to scroll past all this text and go straight to the pictures, but you CAN’T this time! You have to read this story! Because if you’re anything like me when you’re looking at a photographer’s blog, you read the first few sentences before getting bored and then you bypass the story and go straight for the goods!

So please. Do me the honor of reading the story first. This one is different. It’s special because this story is my little brother’s story, so it’s that much more important…

When I moved to Tennessee for the wrong guy back in 2004, what I didn’t know was that Tennessee would still be the right place. So many right things have been the product of me moving here. I finished my BA, I started my photography business, and I met George. But I never—never, ever, ever—thought I’d end up finding the right girl for my brother.

Our last visit to Seattle was in March over spring break. When we got back, I posted several pictures from our trip to Facebook, which included pictures of family members. Kristin, a friend from work (at Starbucks) saw the pictures and later told me she thought my brother was “hot.” Of course, I knew she said it for several reasons: 1) To annoy me, 2) Because she meant it and 3) To annoy me.

My brother and I have always been close and knowing him, I thought he’d appreciate the knowledge that a pretty girl across the country thought he was attractive. So I told him. Kyle chuckled and said, “Really? That’s funny…”

A few months went by and Kyle created a Twitter account. Of course, it was only a matter of time before Kristin, an avid Twitter user, recognized my brother whenever we interacted via the social network. So she started “following” him and then he started “following” her and over time, via direct messages, then direct texts, then actual phone conversations…

Well. I think you get the picture.

Pretty awesome how things happen, huh?! I mean, if I had never moved to Tennessee, not only would I have never met George but my brother would have never met Kristin and then where would we be?!

Okay. So thank you for doing me the big, fat favor of reading all of that! Now on to what you’ve really been wanting to see! Kristin and Kyle’s engagement photos! Kyle was here for a mere two days so we had to squeeze in these pictures. Of course, just our luck, the morning we chose to take them, it started raining. BUT! We did get a block of no rain and the clouds even acted as a giant diffuser over the sun, so the lighting ended up being perfect!

These are definitely some of my favorite photos that I’ve taken to date. Probably because it was my brother so I had no problem telling him to do stuff where normally I’d be concerned about making someone uncomfortable. In fact, I enjoyed making Kristin&Kyle feel as awkward as possible. In the future, if you’d like your pictures to be as fun as these, please let me know if you’re comfortable being uncomfortable and I’ll make sure to push it to the limit!

Kristin&Kyle :: Engagement

Kristin&Kyle :: Engagement

Kristin&Kyle :: Engagement

Kristin&Kyle :: Engagement

Kristin&Kyle :: Engagement

Kristin&Kyle :: Engagement

Kristin&Kyle :: Engagement

Kristin&Kyle :: Engagement

Kristin&Kyle :: Engagement

Kristin&Kyle :: Engagement

Kristin&Kyle :: Engagement

Kristin&Kyle :: Engagement

Kristin&Kyle :: Engagement

Kristin&Kyle :: Engagement

Kristin&Kyle :: Engagement

Kristin&Kyle :: Engagement

Kristin&Kyle :: Engagement

Kristin&Kyle :: Engagement

Kristin&Kyle actually requested the “sky-kiss” shot. I’ve never received a request for a specific pose before! So I was super flattered! And I think I’ve discovered my “signature” shot!

Kristin&Kyle :: Engagement

Kristin&Kyle :: Engagement

Okay, this next one, I need to give credit where credit is due. The following photo concept was totally not mine. Bobbi&Mike did it a few weeks ago and when I saw this empty parking lot with the arrows (and coincidentally, my brother, a graphic designer by profession, loves the arrow shape for some reason), I knew I had to do it. We also decided to take it a step further and did a neato animated version as well.

Kristin&Kyle :: Engagement

Kristin&Kyle :: Engagement

Alright and here’s proof to the limits I take to get the shot! Here I am climbing a tree that was very slippery. I could’ve died. That’s all I’m sayin.

Risking my life for the sake of the shot!

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10 Comments

  • Stephanie Goodrich says:

    CARLY!!!! These are beyond amazing!!! I am so happy for them and you have gained one AMAZING sister-in-law!

  • Carly, these are stinkin’ AMAZING! Also my favorites of yours to date. Wonderful posing and composition, love the locker shots, love the street shot and animation, love the expressions, love the colors…. so well done all around!

  • hillary says:

    I love these so much Carly! I bet they were super easy to shoot…Kristin is always so smiley and happy! I love too many of these to list favorites πŸ™‚

  • Hahaha!! I have that same kissy sky shot on my blog! πŸ˜‰ Love that! My favorite favvy is the one of them where you were up in the sky shooting down and the ground was covered in yellow leaves!!! PERFECTION!!! I love them. And I am happy you got his crazy faces too!! SO GOOD!!

  • love the arrow shot! You and your brother look so much alike!! Great pics!!!

  • Carly, i don’t know you personally, but i know kyle… your photos are so detailed! as a photographer myself, i enjoyed your photos. PLUS, the story is soooooo beautiful! ahhhh!!!

    ok, i’m going to stop goo-ing and gaa-ing!

    Carly – you are really cool.

    <3 colleen gilfoy

  • Kristin Devereaux says:

    Oh my goodness!! Carly these are soooo amazing!!!!!! Thank you so much for capturing the awesomeness of our love!! You are so freakin talented! I love you! And your brother πŸ˜‰

  • These are so beautiful, Carly! My favorite is also the one from above with the ground covered in yellow leaves. And their story is so cute. πŸ™‚

  • Otto Rascon says:

    These photos are SO MUCH FUN. Way to make them feel “uncomfortable,” it really paid off. That animated .gif is so brilliant. And you have to love social media. Who knew people would actually get to really know each other via twitter. Fab stuff. Rock on!

  • Holly says:

    Dear Miss “Saving Pennies to buy a horse.” That’s my code name for you because I’ll never forget you telling me that when you were about 5 years old. I thought, sure kid! And dang it all, if you didn’t move to Woodinville and get the horse. Well, I can see that setting you mind to something defines you. I haven’t seen you since we came to yours and George’s wedding and now it’s little brother’s turn. Kyle looks as much like your Dad and Ron’s son still looks like him. Norma sent me your pics and they are sooooooooo good. I bet your Grandpa is very interested in your work. Carly, you are a great big sis. Kyle is fortunate to have such an energetic, determined and creative sister. My favorite picture is the first black and white under the large black and white of Kyle and Kristen at the base of the tree. Kyle looks so protective and Kristen is so in love with the guy.
    I was waiting to see a couple of motorcycle shots, leather jacket and all gives the pic that European look. I also like the second color pic and the one of them looking up and the one of them…….Excellent work. Love, Aunt Holly

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