From the Kira & Matt (www.kiraandmatt.com):
Matt and I started a little tradition on our first wedding anniversary; taking photos together. I’m a wedding photographer and I love having pretty photos of me and my husband. I think it’s so important that couples have really beautiful photos throughout their relationship, not just on their wedding day or their 25th anniversary. Usually Matt and I find a cool location and set up our tripod, so it was really awesome having Bunn shoot for us last fall. It was even more special because we did the shoot at my Aunt and Uncle’s farm where we tied the knot five years ago. I will always cherish these amazing photos Bunn captured of us!
How did you two meet? Tell us your story!
Kira: It’s actually a funny story. Matt dated my best friend in high school. (!!!!) Then a few years later, after high school, they were no longer together and our friendship turned into something more. Matt was the first and only guy I’ve ever dated and we were each other’s first kiss. We dated for two years and got married on a Sunday at my uncle’s farm, where we did the anniversary shoot with Bunn. (And just in case you were wondering, my best friend is still my best friend. In fact, she was my maid of honor.)
What do you love the most about each other?
Kira: I love that Matt is my safe place. He’s so incredibly kind-hearted that I always feel safe and at peace when I’m around him. He’s a man of integrity through and through.
Matt: Kira is the most beautiful woman. She is kind, sweet, gentle and wise. She challenges me to be a better man and she is my best friend.
What have you learned over your years of marriage?
We’ve learned a lot in 5 years. One of the most important things we’ve learned is to prioritize our time together. Matt’s really busy as a second year med student and I run our wedding photography business. So in the midst of that craziness we’ve set aside Saturday mornings as a weekly date. We usually grab coffee and go for a walk. No computers, or phones, just quality time together. Even if it’s jus for an hour, it makes a huge differencs in how connected we are emotionally and spiritually.
From the Photographer re: Double Exposure:
I’ve always loved a good double exposure so I was super excited to try my first roll on Kira and Matt. They were up for anything which is awesome for us photographers to allow creative freedom. I tell you, I didn’t know what I was doing other than I knew to 1.) shoot the entire roll on my Canon EOS3 (35mm), then 2.) reload the same roll exactly how I did the first time. That was the only trick I knew! What I learned later is that I should have used more negative space — actually, a ton more negative space! — because when double-exposed you’d want to marry the two layers not overlay the images as seen in some of my shots. But, I’m still happy with my first batch double exposures. With the new Canon 5DM3 that has a double exposure feature, this style has become more popular with digital shooters. Shooting double exposures on film, though, is a different experience because you really won’t know how your images will turn out until after the roll is processed. Once I get scans back from the lab, it’s like Christmas morning when I see what I’ve created on film!