Next month I will have the honor and privilege of photographing Emily and Greg's Wedding. How I met this awesome couple is quite the story…
In 2007, Theatre Under the Stars in Houston was putting on a production of Swing! I was able to snag a ticket and had such wonderful time! All of the dancing was incredible, but after the show all I could talk about was the powerhouse lead singer, Emily Drennan. Emily had many stand out numbers in the show, including the show stopping Blues in the Night. Her rendition of the classic I'll Be Seeing You left me mesmerized.
Later that week I was waiting outside my dance studio before a class and I struck up a conversation with the new girl, Makenzie. Turned out she had seen Swing as well and we instantly bonded over our love for Emily Drennan's voice. That conversation was the start of our life changing friendship. I'll Be Seeing You was "our song." We would sing it to each other all the time and play the audio clip on Emily's website. After Kenzie passed away, "I'll Be Seeing You" brought on a whole new meaning for me.
Years went on and I continued to cyber stalk Emily, checking in on her website that desperately needed to be redesigned, seeing what shows she was doing, and watching her Youtube clips over and over. Her voice is the perfect mix of classic and modern. I could listen to her for days.
And then flash forward to 2012 I started dating my husband! We both met while working under the roof of the Hobby Center. I was now grown up and performing professionally on the very stage Kenzie and I had seen Ms. Drennan on. As Josh and I got to know one another, we discussed shows we had both seen over the years at the Hobby Center. I mentioned to him that one of my favorites was Swing to which he replied, "Oh I know one of the singers that was in that." I can still remember the way my heart jumped! "Who?!" "Emily Drennan." Josh and Emily had struck up a friendship during Swing's run and had kept in touch on Facebook ever since. I couldn't believe it!!!
Soon into Josh and I's relationship he visited me in NYC and set up a surprise dinner for me to meet Emily. (Major brownie points!) Emily was so sweet, kind, giving, funny, professional, everything I'd always imagined her being. Her "friend" Greg joined us for dinner and it didn't take us long to realize that they obviously were a couple and just didn't know it yet!
All the sudden I was friends with Emily. We were grabbing frozen yogurt, double dating, and I was photographing her for her debut album. My photos were on on the revamped website that I had been saying needed an update for years. Josh and I went out to her hometown in Oklahoma for her album release and during her concert, all to my surprise, she and Josh put together a touching tribute of Makenzie. The story just gets better… Emily sang at our wedding and now I'm photographing hers. Teenage Caitlin can't help but to freak out on the inside. I so wish I could tell sweet Kenzie all about. In a way though, I think she had a talk with the big guy upstairs and made it all happen.
Emily and Greg are some of the nicest people I know and I'm so very blessed by their friendship. When we made the big move up here almost a year ago (has it really been a YEAR?!) their Engagement Portraits were my first session! I am overjoyed for them as they prepare for marriage and I'm tickled pink that I get to photograph the most special day of their lives.
Caitlin Cannon Photography provides photo services in NYC and NJ. Houston native. I specialize in natural light custom portraits which include dance, family, headshots, maternity, seniors, baby, and children. If you feel that my style is a good fit for you and your photography needs, please don't hesitate to contact me via email, email@example.com. I look forward to meeting you!
Loves: my husband, golden age movie musicals, red lipstick, fall leaves, rainy mornings, dressing up, jazz music, yellow tulips, tap dancing, and taking your photos (yes YOU!)