Mike & Helen live in Cleveland, so I didn’t have a chance to meet them until their engagement session. We had spoken on the phone several times,
and not only is Helen really sweet, but she is from England & has the most beautiful accent.
I can see why she got Mike’s attention when they happened to meet backpacking in New Zealand.
Isn’t that an amazing sentence? “We just happened to meet hiking in New Zealand.”
Their story is unique & the kind of thing that inspires writers. Or photographers.
They’ve traveled around the world & always end up taking pictures of each other, not together.
It was such a gift to give them their very own collection of images that include both of them.
There is another part of this story. I had decided to meet my parents at my Grandparents’ home in Columbus before heading over to meet Mike & Helen. Everything was wonderful (I had plenty of extra time to get there) until I went a little too fast over some train tracks & broke the oil pan in my car. It started to smoke immediately & I pulled over. It was very fortunate that a van full of three Army Reservists was behind me & pulled over with me. It was such a relief to see their familiar uniforms. They looked at the car & told me about the damage I did and NOT to drive it. At all. I was mortified. I didn’t want to cancel their session, but I had no idea what to do. My parents came to my rescue & let me borrow their car while they took care of getting mine towed & sent to a repair shop.
Helen & Mike were so understanding and their session went off without a hitch.
I quickly learned my lesson and how to drive a Prius. â™¥
My car is back & better than ever. I’m thankful I didn’t drive it and incur more damages. Here is a bonus photograph of a little friend we met along the way…