an afternoon at the beach : Shelly & Shawn

Mary Dougherty

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ss01She asked for them for her birthday. They had been together since 16, married for over five years, and like most couples, without many good pictures to prove it. Yes there was the wedding day, but that is such a specific time in life. She thought about images that showed their relationship and love for each other… as well as their sense of adventure. Travel was one of their favorite pastimes, after all: there was Morocco, their destination wedding in Jamaica, and their anniversary trip to Turks + Caicos just to name a few. So Shelly and I started planning a session for her and Shawn… just because.

Strangely enough, Shelly and I share the same birthday, so it was fun to hear from her and be a part of the present. I can’t imagine a better reason for photos, but honestly sometimes you don’t need a reason at all. We met at Ontario Beach Park on a windy April day and had a few fun things planned besides enjoying one of the first warm days of spring. Shelly and Shawn brought along their dog Jack, another important member of the family, and planned an evening picnic of sushi on the beach. Although in the end we skipped the sushi and decided to get out of the wind, I loved being able to document such a fun and relaxed session at the beach. Shelly and Shawn kept me entertained with stories as we spent time together and I hope they enjoy telling the story behind these photos in years to come.
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