If there was ever a visual representation of the phrase “teamwork makes the dream work,” this is it.
When you work with a couple that have all 4 of their feet planted firmly on the ground, it’s easy to give direction and help an engagement session move along in the direction you want it to. That all goes out the window when said couple wraps themselves in a piece of fabric, climbs 20 feet off the ground and lets the laws of gravity, momentum and modern physics take control of their bodies as they fight it with every muscle.
I was awestruck as I Jean and Nick moved with such fluidity, up and down the silks, around the room and with each other. I witnessed them anticipate each other’s movements and when they were finished with each routine, congratulate each other on a job well done. It was like nothing I’d ever seen before.
I spent 2 hours with these 2 and hardly any words were spoken among us. Everything they did was as natural as breathing.
After the initial warmup and some routines in the silks, Jean and Nick went into some harness work. I asked what it was like and Jean said being in a harness was as close to being weightless and floating as someone could get.
What I love most about this engagement session is that it’s not about being on some mountaintop or Icelandic glacier. It wasn’t about perfect sunlight or shadow play. This was about two people, doing something that is mentally and physically challenging…something they love and love doing it together. In a world where we’re glued to our iPhones I think we can all be inspired from Jean and Nick’s aerial engagement session.
If you’re in Austin and want to give this a try, you can contact the studio where this was shot: Blue Lapis Light.