When we arrived at the Bristol Renaissance Faire, I asked Chuck if he would pose for a picture with me. "Another selfie?" His face fell. "Don't we have enough of those? Can't you just use one of our other ones?" He always says that. This is an ongoing conversation for us. And the short answer is no; no, I can't.
|Opening day of the faire with the man I love, even if he hates selfies.|
Sigh. I love this man more than life itself, and I will never have too many pictures of him with me. He is my person. It took so long for me to find him, and I cherish all of the memories I have with him that are stored on my phone. I want to remember all of our days together. One day my memory will fade, but I will still have these pictures to trigger old memories.
|Photo credit: Denise's amazing iPhone|
Chuck takes plenty of pictures of ME, but what I love are the pictures of us. I think it drives him a little crazy that we have professional quality photography equipment, and I resort to using my cell phone for so many pictures. In my defense, my iPhone camera doesn't do a bad job, even with the secondary camera for selfies. It wasn't a cheap piece of equipment, either, I remind him! My favorite lens is superb at close-up portraits taken at a distance, but not for shots like the one above.
Fast forward to day two. We were already beginning to sweat in the sun standing outside the gates of Bristol, and Chuck said, "Aren't you going to take a selfie of us?"
Be still, my heart.
So here we are, squinting in the bright sunlight with a cluttered background of strangers and cars because I wanted to remember he took me to the Bristol Renaissance Faire, and offered to take a selfie with me.
My sweetheart usually complains a little; he likes to think he's a curmudgeon, but he always acquiesces and indulges me in my silliness because that's who he really is. That he offered to pose for the picture without being asked made me so happy.
At this particular moment in time, there were thousands of dollars worth of photo equipment, around our necks and the necks of nearby friends. And there I was, holding up my cell phone to capture this moment in time.
Unbeknownst to me, our friend Brian had us in his own viewfinder, and took a photo of us taking a selfie. So now I have a professional-looking picture of what I love doing; taking selfies of myself with this amazing husband of mine.
|Photo Credit: Brian Schultz. (Thank you so much!)|
While Chuck encouraged me to take this shot, I don't think he'll be snapping selfies of us any time soon. It's okay; I'll take enough for the both of us. I'm seriously looking forward to the rest of our lives, and capturing our special days together, even if it makes my husband wince just a bit before I snap the pic. I'm so glad he loves me enough to pose with me!