Denise & Josh’s Colorful and Animated “Geek Love” E-session


geek love e-session

Today we have a self-professed geeky couple who cleverly interspersed their brightly-hued SUPER COOL engagement session with homages to comics, literary works, and movies that they love with a passion — from Iron Man and Captain America to Star Wars and Harry Potter! The shoot was made even more special by the fact that the settings they chose hold a lot of meaning for them.

We have Julia Beckman of Amore Vita Photography to thank for the beautiful images and here she is with a few words about the session:

Denise and Josh are the perfect ‘geek love’ couple. The are hilarious and both have an undying love for comics, Star Wars, and each other. These two met in college at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and are now living in Georgia. They traveled back to Charlotte for their engagement session. We roamed the streets of NoDa before heading to a very special spot. ‘Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find’ is a comic book store in Charlotte that Josh has been going to since he was 12 years old. Denise thought of the idea to have some engagement pictures done there! I thought it was a great idea and an awesome way to make the session a little bit more personal to them and their love story.

geek love e-session

geek love e-session

geek love e-session

geek love e-session

Let’s meet the lovely couple — from this point on I will let Josh tell you all about him and Denise, their comic book & literary obsessions and their engagement shoot:

I’m originally from Charlotte, NC (where the shoot took place.) I work in Insurance Claims. Denise is originally from Miami, FL and is an English Teacher (though we recently moved from Charlotte to Atlanta for my job and she’s not found a new HS job so she’s working at a Goddard School teaching 2 year olds.)
Denise and I are both self professed nerds. I’ve been collecting comic books since I was in the 5th grade, and been going to the same comic book shop almost as long. Denise is also into comics, but her true nerd passion is English lit; with an academic love and focus on Shakespeare and Southern Gothic literature – but her personal love is Harry Potter; no joke, she has a Harry Potter tattoo and there is a tasteful shrine in one corner of our living room to JK Rowling’s creation.  Her English lit and comic book passion combined is best embodied by a specific comic she loves called Kill Shakespeare, which is the one she’s reading in our shoot.

geek love e-session

geek love e-session

geek love e-session

We’ve actually met the creators of Kill Shakespeare on two occasions now.  The first time was at the New York Comic Con.  Denise went up to see her family and go to the Con, but I stayed home because I had to work.  However unbeknownst to Denise I bribed a co-worker to take my shift and I caught a flight to NYC to surprise her.  When I got there I called and figured out where she was so I could meet up with her. We totally had a moment out of the movies, where we ran down the sidewalk towards each other in Times Square and she jumped into my arms. Then at the con we met the guys from Kill Shakespeare.  Denise nerded out with them about Shakespeare for a bit and they took a picture of her Shakespeare tattoo and put it on their blog.

geek love e-session

geek love e-session

geek love e-session

geek love e-session

geek love e-session

Then this past weekend, at HeroesCon in Charlotte (put on by Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find, which you’ll see in a minute is important) we spent about a half hour or so talking to the writer of KS, Conor McCreery.  See, I’ve been shopping for comics at Heroes for a long time; so when I asked the owner Shelton Drum if he’d mind opening the store up early for us so we could get some time for a photoshoot before the customers start coming in, he said yes like I suspected he would.  What I didn’t expect was that he would notice that Denise was reading Kill Shakespeare and get in touch with McCreery to let him know about it.  A few emails later and McCreery was writing a blog post about us on their website and telling Shelton to let us know that he expected to see us at HeroesCon.  So this weekend we saw McCreery and we talked about marriage (he just celebrated his 1 year anniversary) and parenthood (his wife is expecting in July) and of course Denise and he geeked out about Shakespeare.  He also signed a handful of books for us with really special personal inscriptions in each one.
And just because the shoot has a couple references, we’re both big time Star Wars fans.  We’re constantly on the lookout for an opportunity to “Solo” the other.  The reference is to the scene in Empire Strikes Back when Princess Leia confesses to Han Solo that she loves him and his answer is a simple, “I know”.

geek love e-session

geek love e-session

geek love e-session

geek love e-session

geek love e-session

We had 3 locations during the shoot.

1) The outdoor shots are all in a neighborhood of Charlotte, NC called NoDa, that’s an art’s and entertainment district.  Denise was living in the area when we met, and we’ve spent a lot of time around there and it’s just a special area to us because we have so many memories there.

2) The comic book store we’re at in the second part of the shoot is Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find, which is the comic book store I’ve been shopping at for almost 20 years. I feel like Heroes is an integral part of who I grew up to be if only because I discovered so much of the nerdy stuff I love there.  But really, more importantly, the staff there helped illustrate to me that you can be a nerd and still be cool, long before geek culture became trendy.

3) The final stop on the shoot was at a giant used bookstore to pay homage to Denise’s Lit background.  We’d both shopped there before, but it’s significance is more subtle – it occupies the space that Heroes was in back when I first started shopping there.

geek love e-session

geek love e-session

geek love e-session

And now here’s how they met and got together:

We met on a double date; but it wasn’t with each other.  I’d been set up with a girl by a couple of friends and she brought her friend that was on a date along with her to meet me.  Denise was that friend.  The date went ok, but nothing really came of it, except that Denise and I stayed in touch and became friends.  After having my advances rebuffed by Denise a few times due to concern about me having dated her friend, I began thinking that I should just give up. So I did.  But then Denise came back to Charlotte from spending a couple months in NYC taking care of her newborn nephew and gave me a call to see a movie (Batman: The Dark Knight Rises, continuing the comic book theme) – I of course agreed, we went, she kissed me and told me she’d missed having me around all summer, and we’ve been together ever since.

geek love e-session

Photographer: Julia Beckman of Amore Vita Photography
Locations: NoDa, Heroes Aren’t That Hard To Find Charlotte NC

Image submission via Two Bright Lights

 

 

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  1. Geeky love-fest! That is so super cute. x

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