I remember the first time I ever met Alex Zeller. It was early in September 2008. Another semester was beginning at BYU-Idaho and Alex and his cousin were moving into my apartment as roommates. They talked among themselves as they unpacked, but it didn’t stay that way for long. Soon I heard music coming from their room and I couldn’t believe it, they were listening to “Def Leppard” one of my all time favorite 80’s bands! I raced in there and began to sing the song at the top of my lungs, they turned in stunned surprise then quickly joined me in singing the song. We knew it was going to be a good semester from that point on.
Alex has remained a good friend over the past couple of years and I have been greatly enriched by our friendship. He always had some crazy historical fact to bring up in a conversation, or more frequently he would say something completely out of the ordinary just to get a reaction. We shared a common love for 80’s music, Frisbee, Starwars, Lord of the Rings, The Wheel of Time, and Settlers of Catan among many other things. Of all the things one would remember Alex by it is his jovial laughter. It wasn’t the simple chuckle one would expect at a good joke but a burst of boisterous enjoyment, or sinister snickering depending on what had just happened. Alex was full laughter and a love for other people. Now Alex is getting married and he asked me to do a photography shoot for him and his soon to be wife Jasmyn.
Jasmyn is a perfect match for Alex. From what I know of her she can out trivia Alex in Lord of the Rings knowledge, and seems to be a calm side when he needs it and spontaneous excitement when he needs it. Jasmyn is not as photogenic as Alex, but she was willing to do it for the shoot. Though she was a little photo cold at first I think she warmed up to it, regardless of the snow on the ground.
This whole shoot was among the first with my new camera, but it was the very first with my new 50mm lens. I had bought it that morning and was excited for the chance to shoot with it. As we went out into the cold Alex and Jaz were awesome! They were willing to climb on anything I wanted them to, go places most people wouldn’t and were willing to brave the cold. Though the sun was shining it was cold outside, typical Rexburg. I don’t want to ramble on much more so I will let the photos speak for themselves. One last thing. If I remember correctly the ring Jaz has on her hand is a ring custom-made to be like one of the Elven rings of power from Lord of the Rings. It really is a beautiful ring, I regret not getting a closer picture of it.