Saturday, September 1, 2012

Rx Luh-ove

A Crossfit Engagement. 
Kim+Ryan=Love   Kim+Ryan+Crossfit??  Forgetaboutit.
Two weeks ago I shared some engagement photos of Kim and Ryan (you can see them here if you missed it!). And not to toot my own horn or anything.. but.. I kind of LOVE those photos. But they weren't the only pics we took that day. From the second Kim and Ryan hired me, I knew that crossfit would play a part in the engagement shoot. Not only is crossfit the reason Kim and Ryan met, its also what Kim and Ryan do for a living. So from their place, we drove over to Crossfit Intersect in Signal Hill where Ryan is a coach.
I had asked them to put a workout together that they would be able to do side by side. And I really wanted them to be in beast mode, and not be thinking about the camera (or even about one another). However, I want to point out that even in beast mode, both Kim and Ryan still made efforts to encourage one another during the workout. I loved that!
We started off outside the gym for some cuddly tractor tire shots..    :)
And as I mentioned in the previous Kim/Ryan post, there was hardly any need to direct this couple. They connect very naturally with one another.. so it makes capturing precious pictures like these uber-easy for me!
Crossfit Engagement Couple
The gym opened up for some open gym time, and it filled up pretty quickly. Here are a few classic crossfit gym details (except for the PR bell.. hadn't seen that before and I think its awesome!) and the Kim + Ryan Engagement WOD (workout of the day).
Crossfit Engagement

So as is customary before a wod, there was a fun warmup. Just some rope climbing and handstands.. no biggie!
Crossfit Engagement Couple
Kim and Ryan were able to make it up the ropes like pros.. but they needed a bit of help from gym buddies to get this next shot.
Crossfit Engagement Couple
It took us a couple of tries to get these shots. Won't call anyone out (ahem, Ryan) but it was totally worth the effort! Love looks so great upside down doesn't it?!
Crossfit Engagement Couple
One last warm up activity (other than the smoochin of course) was some sweet wedding date announcement ideas. Shout out to the Intersect gym family for their support and creativity. Probably one of my favorite shots of the day...
Crossfit Engagement Couple

Now that they were good and warmed up.. it was on to the workout. They started off with sled work and then ran into the gym for clean and jerks, slam balls and pullups. And then ended it with some more sled work.  3, 2, 1... Go!
Crossfit Engagement Couple
Crossfit Engagement Couple
Crossfit Engagement Couple
At this point, I'd like for you to scroll back up and then back down FIVE times.. because that's how many rounds Kim and Ryan did. Gnarly awesome. And as always.. at the end of a great crossfit workout.. bodies on the floor and sweat angels. :)
Crossfit Engagement
Before I forget.. huge thanks to CF Intersect for letting us use the gym space and for the CFers that day for givin us some floorspace. Much appreciated!
--Kim and Ryan.. this shoot was exactly what I hoped it would be! Just two crossfitters workin out together.. who just happen to be all in love and stuff. No studio lights. No spray bottles for fake sweat. Nothing fancy. Truth be told ya'll.. we saved the fanciness for later that day. Yup, that's right.. you're gonna get more Kim and Ryan pretty soon.. and they're gonna be all cleaned up and dressed up. Get excited!
Meanwhile.. Kim and Ryan.. hope you like these as much as I do. They were taken and worked on with much love!


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