Melisa, Neil, and why I love

My love for Craigslist started a long, long time ago, when someone told me about a section called "Missed Connections." Missed Connections on Craigslist is better than anything (it's sometimes incredibly inappropriate, so read at your own risk). I have posted on Missed Connections only once; Ryan Gosling was allegedly in my town and that was definitely a connection I'm sure he didn't intend to miss, so I was trying to help him make things right.

One of my most important items on my bucket list was to find myself on Missed Connections, and there was one day where that finally happened. "You bought a wind breaker covered in horses and drove off in a red car. I have to find you." That might have been the best day of my life. I actually went on a date with the guy, which was unfortunately not the best day of my life but a pretty average date with a pretty bitter beard who didn't have his own car.

Anyway, enough about my hobbies, here is one of the good things that's come from Craigslist...

Enter Melisa and Neil: this couple found the ad on Craigslist I'd posted about photography, and shot me an e-mail to see if I could take their engagement photos. I love Craigslist, but one of the reasons I love it so much is that it's a total mixed bag; you have no idea who is on the other end of that e-mail. I was relieved when I met Melisa and Neil to see that they were a very precious, genuine, photogenic couple who obviously cared about one another a lot and who probably weren't going to murder me.

Melisa's family friend, Julie, owns a beautiful farm in Jamesville (, and was kind enough to let us explore it. They have Christmas trees, pumpkins, you-pick apples, and all the best animals. The newest addition to the farm is a baby alpaca named Jackson; he's only two days old and might actually be the cutest thing I've seen in my entire life.

One of the best parts of my job is that it's a really great opportunity to turn people you don't know into friends that you get to share these big experiences with. I love it, and the more people I meet who remind me that love is real, the more I fall in love with photographing it. I'm really excited about this next season in my life, and I'm so thankful to all of you who are going through it with me. Thanks, pals.