What’s a surrender session?
Surrender session. Say what now?
A couple session, an engagement shoot, post or pre-wedding session, an adventure day or even an elopement. Basically, anything where it’s just the two of you + me spending time together and taking photos.
It could be 1 hour, 3 hours, all day… whatever you like and suits your budget. By the sea, at the mountains, in the city, in a different country, the possibilities are endless and it’s all about you being you.
So why do I call them Surrender Sessions?
First of all, regardless of how many hours you go for or what you choose to do, I prefer to have the same name for it because it’s gets silly otherwise. Like what’s the difference between a couple session and an engagement shoot? Is it that you got engaged recently or that you’re not married yet? Does a pre-wedding session have to be in your wedding outfits?
This way is super simple: do you want some photos of just the two of you being in love? Cool, then we can talk about what you would like to do and how much time we’ll need.
The second reason is that I don’t want you to think of this as an appointment that you just show up to and then leave, like when you have a house viewing or you go to the dentist. My photos would be soulless if all I did was press the shutter and go home to edit. These sessions are about connection so I need you to be committed, I need your undivided attention to spend some quality time together and be present.
Lastly, Alan Watts said – “Well now really when we go back into falling in love. And say, it’s crazy. Falling. You see? We don’t say “rising into love”. There is in it, the idea of the fall (…) The moment that you enter into any kind of human undertaking in relationship, what an act of faith. See, you’ve given yourself up. But this is the most powerful thing that can be done: surrender. See. And love is an act of surrender to another person.Total abandonment. I give myself to you. Take me…” (Watch the video here).
Surrender sessions are about getting intimate so I can capture your essence as a couple. It takes time and work, it doesn’t just happen magically. Intimacy are those unique little gestures that two people share and go unnoticed most of the time.
I’m asking you to take a leap of faith and trust me, to surrender to one another and fall in love all over again. I’m asking you to let me in and be vulnerable, to surrender that love to me for a brief moment so I can capture it.
All this sounds terribly serious and I promise it’s not, most of the time we’re just having a laugh and having fun. But I do like to keep in mind that there’s something deep and powerful about the whole thing because I feel incredibly honoured when a couple chooses to let me into their world.
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