Gosh guys. I truly do not even know where to start with this wedding. Starting with an amazing venue + team of vendors, a bride who doesn't stop smiling, a groom who is equally as outgoing and happy as his wife (!!!), grandmas as flower girls and cardboard cut outs of their dog, and Megg asking me to dance with her before the end of the night, it was truly an amazing day. A day that was 10 years in the making and let me tell you what.. EVERYONE was SO EXCITED that the day was finally here and they did not hold back their excitement and happiness.
Megg + James, I can't thank you enough for giving us the opportunity to be a part of your wedding. Jessie and I have not stopped talking about how wonderful it was to worth the the both of you, your amazing friends and your sweet sweet family. Your wedding was so refreshing for us and was such a great booster to get us through the next 2 crazy months full of weddings! Your love and happiness, super fun personalities, and kind hearts are an inspiration to everyone around you. I hope we can have more pizza and beer dates!! Lol! Seriously though, you guys are amazing and I am so so happy for you <3
This day was just spectacular. It was my first Historic Shady Lane wedding ever, and they were calling for 60% chance of rain! To say I was stressing is an understatement! Mike and I have known Jesse + Erin for some time, and I think it's safe to say everyone who knows them has been waiting for this wedding for a long time! Thankfully, the photography Gods were on my side, and we had 0 rain all day!! Woot woot! I'd be lying if I said I didn't get a little teary eyed editing the photos! I'm so thankful to have been able to capture this special day for them!
Big shout out to Olivia Rehman for 2nd shooting and taking over at the reception so I could enjoy the wedding with our friends!
There are no words for this wedding. Everything was classically beautiful... Timeless.
So timeless that I think I'm returning more black and white images from this Greek Orthodox Church wedding than any wedding before. It truly felt like we flew overseas for this wedding!!! Pete + Alyssa are such wonderful people, and it was such a pleasure to meet their families. I would especially like to give a shout out to Amanda, the bride's sister and Maid of Honor. Girl made sure I got a slice of pizza, and if you've been following along on Instagram, you know I [l o v e] pizza!! (more…)
I will never forget the first time I met Hannah + Spencer for coffee at Starbucks. They were sweet, gentle souls, telling me all about their time together. We talked the details of the day, asked and answered some questions, and we were on our way. A few months later, Hannah came to my house and we finalized everything, and even though it was work, it felt more like hanging out. When their wedding day arrived, I felt 0 nerves! I knew I was working with one of the sweetest bride + grooms ever! It was the first time they were ever in front of my camera and they were pros!!!
I've seen the topic of social media and professional photos pop up a lot lately, and I wanted to take a second to nip it in the butt. This will be short and sweet and was written with the best intentions :)
1. Instagramming your professional photos: please, do not add Insta filters over your professional photos. We have worked tirelessly, for years, crafting our "style" of photography, and when filters get slapped over an image, it no longer is a true representation of our work. Every photographer dies a little inside when we see filters slapped over our photos. (more…)
My sweet Adelynn,
I love you more than words can say. I dreamed many nights about you throughout my whole life. When your daddy and I decided to make you, every negative test was a punch in the gut. I have endometriosis, so we didn't know if having you would even be possible. After a few months, finally the positive pregnancy test happened and "holy shit" were the first words out of my mouth. I couldn't believe it. You where there, already growing. I prayed for a little boy. I was so so so scared of having a little girl. You see, my mom and I had a rocky relationship all my life. We constantly were butting heads, and I was scared that if I had a little girl, I would do the same to you. Your Mammaw and I are closer now than we've ever been, and I owe that all to you, Adelynn. She loves you so much, and it makes my heart so happy to see the joy you bring her, and all your grandparents, for that matter. (more…)
I feel like I start every blog post the same: "I can't say enough about so and so"...
Well, this one is no different. I first met Brianne about a year ago when she contacted me about mentoring classes to learn how to use her camera. I've been following along with her and her husband's journey ever since. Bri started her own photography business (https://www.facebook.com/BrianneLeighPhoto/) to help raise money for IVF treatments. Since then, her and Dave have opened their hearts and their home to a few foster care children, and it's been amazing to watch them transform into the new rolls they play.
Bri emailed me just a few weeks ago about wanting an anniversary session for their 4th anniversary. I was thrilled and so excited that she asked me!! Her and Dave deserved these photos after all the love the give to their foster babies. So we talked about location ideas and outfits and set a date.
Welp. This session went of without a hitch. Minus the 40 people that we also at King and Queen's seat on Sunday! Jenn + Don got a few whistles and hollers from the crowd and it was hilarious. Actually, it was just one punk kid and it was kind of annoying!!! Everyone else was very, "oh that's so cute!".. I think one gal even snapped a photo on her phone!
We hung out, snapping photos at the park for about an hour or so. It wasn't till we were on our way home when we passed this GORGEOUS field that hadn't been plowed yet. It's common for those purple weeds/flowers to grow in fields, but this field was COVERED!! Jenn and I "oooh'd and ahhh'd" as we drove by, and Don, bless his heart said, "I'll turn this car around right now!"
These two are troopers. Not like cop troopers, but up-early-for-a-sunrise-session kind of troopers.
Meet Madea + Alex.
At 7am on Saturday we met at Chickie's Rock for their engagement session. I knew it was going to be a good session before we started. Madea, from day one, has been very "you tell me what to do and we'll do it". I was surprised at how ok she was when I said, "if you want to shoot there in the morning, we have to do a sunrise session because that's when the light will be best." I cannot thank her enough for trusting me! (more…)
Ah, this engagement session!!! When I saw on Facebook that Tanner and Kelsey were engaged, I immediately texted my best friend Harmony and said, "if Kelsey asks me to be her photographer, will you road trip to Vermont with me for their engagement session?!" Kelsey and Harmony are friends and so that's mainly how I know Kelsey!! Harmony said yes, so we loaded up the car at 5:30pm on a Thursday and started our 8 hour journey!