They say opposites attract and in many ways that’s exactly why Crystal and Aaron work so well together.
“I have an adventurous, spontaneous spirit and he is the calm laid back gamer that grounds me,” says Crystal.
Crystal and Aaron met 23 years ago, in high school and have been married for seven of those years. Together they have three children and three crazy dogs.
“He’ll tell you it was love at first sight, but he would be referring to my ass! I didn’t notice him at first – he was playing video games in the corner of the pool hall. We were there with mutual friends so when our paths finally crossed that night and we first talked we became inseparable,” says Crystal.
Because she’s gotten to know her husband so well over the years she decided to keep the couples boudoir session a surprise until she’d already booked it.
“This was all my idea,” Crystal says, laughing. “My husband had no clue I set this up until after the appointment was set. I knew he wouldn’t go for it if I gave him a choice! This is totally out of his comfort zone but totally my kinda thing.”
Crystal first discovered Allebach Photography when she was considering doing a solo boudoir session for Aaron as a surprise gift for his birthday.
“I just never had the nerve to go through with it. About a year or two ago I came across Allebach Photography on Facebook, joined the group and just loved everything, the photos, the reactions of everyone after their sessions. It all just kinda put me at ease – I knew I found the right place,” she explained.
Just as she was about to schedule her solo boudoir session, the world shut down due to Covid so her plan was unfortunately put on hold for a little until, Crystal says “one day I saw a post for the model call on Facebook, but even better for me the model call was for couples. So I sent the email to Allebach Photography and a few days later I had an email back and an appointment set up for my session to be on my birthday! I was so excited!”
When the day of the session finally came, Aaron was very nervous on the drive over to the studio but admitted that, “once we arrived Mike welcomed us, made us very comfortable and eased our nerves before we got started.”
Crystal went right into hair and makeup with Katherine (what girl doesn’t love that?) and the couple continued to relax.
“She made me look and feel absolutely amazing and my husband definitely loved it! Once we were ready for Mike time just seemed to fly by. We started off a little nervous but that slowly faded away and before you knew it we were just having fun and being ourselves. Mike was pretty awesome, he made the whole experience from start to finish comfortable and fun, it really exceeded all my expectations,” says Crystal.
Aaron agreed, adding, “He had some great ideas for the shots and to be honest I was unsure of how some of them would come out, but he works some kind of magic so you fall in love with every shot he takes.”
Since the session landed on Crystal’s birthday she decided to make the session even more fun by bringing a birthday cake.
“It was probably the best idea I have ever had! So glad Mike was up for the idea because he made it even better then I imagined.”
When the couple got to see their big reveal, Crystal nearly bawled.
“Can I just tell you though, when sitting down watching the slideshow, I almost cried! The first couple photos were of us in our jeans and shirts just sitting and laughing together. I love how Mike captured those moments, it felt like the first time I saw us…it was amazing.”
Some of the couple’s favorite photos are from the “red room,” the birthday cake shots, and the photos the couple took in the stairwell. They took their favorites and designed an album.
“The memories we got from our session will be in my to 10 greatest moments, forever. I mean honestly, what better why to spend your birthday!” Crystal said.
“Even after 23 years together, this whole experience has helped bring us even closer together,” Aaron said.
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