Veronica was the only person who came to my fifth birthday party. I was only allowed to have one person over and she was who I chose. We met in preschool and were together almost every day through eighth grade. I didn't see her for several years between high school and college since I moved away and she lived in Boston but the minute we sat down with each other at Fiesta restaurant in Great Barrington we were right back where we left off years back.
Yesterday I had the honor of photographing her engagement session with her fiancé Austin in Sheffield. We knew it was going to be cold but we didn't know how cold. It was 27 degrees fahrenheit to be exact. The sun helped warm us up and our commitment to the session never wavered! Veronica just had to take her gloves and jacket off a zillion times within the hour. It was worth every minute.
I met Austin after he had been dating Veronica for a while and knew immediately that there was no better person for her than him. They both grew up in the Berkshires but didn't meet until Veronica was in college when they were set up by a mutual friend at a party. Sometimes I just have to shake my head at how good of a match these two are and I know it because Austin is also a good friend now.
It is so much fun to photograph people who like to have fun with it. This is a girl who studied fashion and textiles at Mass Art so she always has thoughtful and creative outfits that I love. This is a guy who not only participates in the photo session but has ideas like the one above which makes me smile every time!
These two are creative, healthy, driven and hilarious. My favorite thing about them as a couple is how they make each other laugh. Thank goodness it happens often and blesses those of us who are around them. Speaking of which, you must meet Jasper. Adorable rescue and beloved dog of the soon-to-be-Banachs.
This dynamic duo is inspiring for all the things manage to do in their lives. Veronica is a full time teacher who has an online craft business called Every Daisy Creations and yet still has a spotless house, cooks and works out and gets to bed on time. Amazing! Austin is a chef and catering manager as well as a fitness coach who regularly meditates and still cooks at home without running out of passion for preparing food. It's no joke either, I've shared meals with them and it's better than a restaurant!
I tell you these things because when it's easy to say "there are no good role models in healthy relationships" or "I don't have time to live a healthy life" yet their story is different. Health and relationships are two of the major challenges in our human lives yet we waste precious time thinking about what isn't working instead of looking at what is. These two are a great example of focusing on what you love.
After six years of dating, Austin proposed on the top of Flag Rock in Housatonic, a spot that is special to their family. They are engaged to be married next fall and I am so excited to be their photographer.
From being set up at a party years ago to wedding their love together in marriage, Austin and Veronica are a fabulous pair. One might say they were set up for success ;)