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latvia, with love.

DESTINATION: RIGA . LATVIA

… Sometimes life just sends you to all the right people! … The ones with the most beautiful hearts and the most beautiful souls! …

Last week I was so privileged to give this destination photoshoot for this super sweet and adorably perfect couple, Viktorija & Tadas.

We had never met before. Only short brief messages via email. And the first time we would be meeting in person would be in Riga, Latvia.

They drove 2.5 hours from Lithuania to Latvia … just to meet me for their photoshoot. I thought they were staying the weekend in Riga, only to discover that they were driving 2.5 hours back home, straight after the photoshoot! Whaaaat? …

Let me just say how deeply touched I was that they would go through all that trouble for this shoot! To go the extra mile for a stranger says a lot about ones’ character!

We didn’t have any time to get to know each other, just jumped right into the photo session, wandering through a foreign place together. Needless to say I was delighted to see them oh-so-natural, relaxed, and having a really fun time with it. It was endless laughs with these two!

 

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I got Viktorija to do so many active things that she impressed me with what pregnant women could do! She got down to lie on the summery grass, climb up steps, climb down stairs, walk over bridges, and under tunnels, and walk all across town. She walked through hidden alleys and across the main squares, and mini squares, and back and forth, and up and down, and sideways …

I kept asking if she was ok or needed a break or to please let me know if she feels uncomfortable. She had the most amazing attitude. She was wearing this permanent smile and said, “No. It’s really ok! Not a problem.” I could tell from her beautiful smile that she was enjoying herself … Which is the most important thing to me!

Then, there was this magical moment that happened just after we were passing through Dome Square, near Pils Street. A soft gust of wind blew over us and I felt this sudden urge to break into dance!

On the spot, instead of me, dancing, I blurted out: “Hey! I have this idea! … Do you two want to dance?”

They are such troopers! They both immediately smiled and started twirling! I think Viktorija went around and around and around about 10 times for me! I couldn’t believe how willing they were to do things on a whim! And always with so much enthusiasm! …

 

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I always feel like I learn so much about life and love from the couples I shoot …

How can you know for sure when two people are so truly in love? It radiates from them. It comes off as this non-forced, comforting, and peaceful joy. And that kind of love just naturally touches everyone around them.

Whenever you meet the right people, this is what it feels like: The entire day is filled with so many good down-to-earth feelings: love, happiness, laughter, adventure …

In so many ways, I can honestly say that this experience, and these two individuals, will go down in my memory as unforgettable! Even though we were creating photography, simultaneously we were creating memories … Love you both!

With Love, from Latvia …

 

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>> Find out what this lovely couple had to say about their destination photo experience: >> ” Sweet words, from Latvia.”