Some of my best friendships have come in unexpected ways. I’ve always been a shy person and initiating a conversation terrified me growing up. In 8th grade, I was forced out of my comfort zone when I was seated away from my friends in class. I found myself behind a petite, curly haired girl named Staci. Her friendly demeanor and easy-going laugh allowed me to step out of my introverted ways and approach her with a question. I didn’t know then that this girl would become one of my closest friends. So when I heard Staci and Jeff had gotten engaged, two thoughts came to mind. OMG YAY! And, it’s about frickin time! I’ve had the pleasure of watching these two grow together, relocate to a different city, explore the great outdoors, raise two puppies, and overcome obstacles. I couldn’t be happier for these two and was equally thrilled to photograph their engagment session. Big Bear Mountain was the perfect backdrop for this outdoor, nature loving duo. We headed up on a Sunday afternoon and braved some cold weather and beautiful sights.