I have found myself falling in love lately...with weddings. Don't get me wrong, I have always had a fondness of them. But lately, I just adore them. Getting to know the couple, seeing how pieces of their personality end up in the day, watching all the moments come together, and celebrating in their happiness. This wedding is another that I fell hard for. Nate was a groomsmen in Elijah and Tatum's wedding. Amanda actually spoke with my husband at their wedding about having us capture their day. And when he told me later that night, I wish I had knew earlier so I could have spoke with them. But finally the day came that Amanda emailed me. After hearing what they had planned, I knew it was a wedding I didn't want to miss. I have never had to seek out weddings. They always just come to me. And I stand firmly in my belief that God brings each couple to me. I was MEANT to be at this wedding.
Amanda is from Pennsylvania and Nate from North Carolina. It would seem almost unlikely that their paths would ever cross. But by serving others, they found each other. They both served with Encounter Rivival Ministries. Traveling and sharing their faith with others. I don't think either of them expected to find Love during their work, but they did. Naturally, they chose a travel theme for their wedding day and it couldn't have fit them more perfectly. The details they chose were a dream to photograph. I spent way too much time with them probably, but I loved them all so much!
Amanda and Nate are very passionate people. Passionate about life and each other but mostly about their Faith. While Amanda was getting ready for her wedding, she was signing the words to one of her favorite Christian songs. The entire day they celebrated in the joy of love and of faith. And if amazing details and a passionate couple was enough, their wedding party was just so much fun too! We captured more fun portraits than ever before I think! This is going to be a long post, so be prepared for lots of fun photos!
The wanted to pray together but not see each other before the ceremony. Such a sweet moment!
Instead of a unity candle, they burnt a boat. During their marriage counseling they talked about how marriage is like sailing two boats to a deserted island and then setting your boat on fire...how you can never truly leave that island the way you came. Such a different and fun moment for their wedding!
Portraits round one. I can't say enough about how AWESOME these two are together! I found myself loving all of their photos!
back for the reception..
Then a round of sunset portraits...give me a field of weeds and a sunset and I am in HEAVEN!
There are two things you need to know about Ashton.
1. The kids LOVES LOVES LOVES mexican food. Ask him what he wants to eat, the answer is almost always tacos.
2. He loves parties! He loves scouring pinterest with me. He loves making decorations. He loves a good party!
So when we started his birthday planning, we originally were going to do a peter pan party. We had some cute ideas and then he asked me... "Can we have tacos at my party?" And I said, well, what if we did a taco bar and changed your theme to a mexican party? He was all for it! So we started the pinterest hunt for all things fiesta! One night while pinning away, I typed in cinco de mayo and the idea was born! "CINCO NO MO!" Since Ashton was turning six, he would be five no more....so his theme became Cinco NO MO!
We really did go simple on this party. I have so many sessions and weddings that I knew I wouldn't have a lot of time to commit to things. So we did centerpeices, a taco bar and called it done. And he loved it. Take a peek....
We have another party next month! Finn will be ONE! Time flies!
Ah this session! Ever since I shot the Greene Family at this waterfall, I couldn't get the spot out of my head! I had to shoot there again. And I love combining baby bumps and nature, so naturally a maternity session was in order. I mentioned the idea to Lauren who found me Chelsea! Chelsea was so perfect for this session. She is so naturally beautiful and made this session easy. She joked about how she wasn't naturally good at posing, but I think she totally IS! Chelsea, you are a stunning and glowing! I had a lot of favorites! This spot is just so beautiful!
Thank you Chelsea (and Jack!) for being so awesome! Best of luck with your new addition!
It the time of year for family sessions! The Porter family was super sweet. Although the kids took a little work to get to know me and warm up/wind down we had a blast. Little Ruby was at that shy stage. But she loved her dolly and toys and it made for some sweet photos at that stage! Will was a total boy...running, jumping, didn't stay put for long and he had the cutest giggle! We ran and played! Here are a few peeks at their session!
Thanks guys for a fun session! Back with more Monday!
Most people that have followed my work know Izzy quite well! She is probably more documented by me than my own children! haha! We met up last month for a super quick birthday session in my backyard.
And we had to snap a few of her new little sister who slept through part of it all. Ila is 2 months old here!
Back with another session Friday! :)
The days leading up to Emily and Brandon's wedding, the weather forecast got progressively worse. Not only were they calling for rain, but rain all day and LOTS of it! I was worried about light. I was worried about having to do all the portraits inside. I was worried about delivering my best work with all these limitations! I had already went by the church and picked out spots to do the portraits, but all that was thrown out the window. So with a panic, we arrived early and my heart BEAMED when I saw that the covered area in front of the church was MUCH bigger than I remembered! All the stress melted away!
I remember finding Emily all smiles getting ready for her big day. I reassured her that I had a plan despite the weather and we were going to get some AWESOME portraits! During the before wedding portraits, we stuck them under the covering with the rain POURING all around us. You couldn't tell at all. And I even went out under the umbrella (thank you Travis for playing umbrella holder) and captured some shots of the group. Thank goodness for BIG umbrellas and a change of shoes!
Then a magical thing happened. After the wedding (or actually sometime during) the rain magically stopped, despite the radar that assured me it wouldn't. And we shot the remaining portraits without a concern for that rain! The entire week before and day of, I had prayed for just enough non-rain time to do couples portraits and GOD PROVIDED! Bonus that I had big puffy clouds producing a soft even light. We stuck in front of the church as to not make her dress a mud puddle, but we had so many more options aside from in front of the front door!
So without further ado...Emily and Brandon's wedding!
Thank you guys for a stress-free raining wedding day! You handled it like pros! We were honored to have captured your special day! Stay tuned for LOTS of weddings! We are in admist the busiest wedding time right now! :)
My little man Ashton turned six on Tuesday. I still can't believe it! But I also can't believe that I never shared his party from LAST YEAR! Actually I can because I was 9 months preggo at the time and barely got that party pulled together at all! Since we are throwing another fun party this weekend, I thought it would be the perfect time to share his party from last year! :) I had hoped to put this post up on his birthday, but we had a busy week! So here it is today!
Let me start by saying that Ashton LOVES planning parties. He gets into it. We had LOTS of ideas for decorations, but didn't quite get it all done. Here are a few peeks of what we did do!
This year's party theme is really fun too! And I went a little simpler but still fun! :) Can't wait to share it....hopefully before another year goes by! ha!
I met Hayley back in 2010 in Jamaica. She was one of the many guests for Megan and Chance's destination wedding! She was also a part of Daniel and Brooklyn's wedding in 2011! So when she emailed to ask me to photograph her wedding, I was super excited! I love when we get to see a lot of the same families over and over! And the Moore family is just super sweet!
We had a great time capturing their engagement sessions on her family land. In fact, a little too good of a time as we literally ran out of light. There were so many spots and so much fun to be had! Here are a few peeks at their session!
I can't get enough of this light! :)
Aand I can't resist a tire swing!
He proposed right there, so naturally we had to incorporate it! :)
I wish we would have seen this spot earlier in the session, because I was in LOVE with it!! A big field, a fallen down tree, and lots of green weeds! It just screams me! The light was getting super low by this point though so we only stayed a minute.
Thanks guys for a fun session! I can't wait for your wedding!
I still have a few things from the last round of sneek peeks to do a full blog post on, but I wanted to go ahead and share more of what I have been up to! It has been a BUSY few weeks and I couldn't be happier! Here are some of the blog posts coming soon!
Izzy's birthday shoot...
Hayley and Jeremy's Engagement session...
The Porter Kiddos....
Chelsea's Maternity Session...
Nate and Amanda's Wedding...
Back with another share tomorrow!
Yesterday we hit a pretty big milestone! It was the 10 year anniversary of the first ever wedding I shot! Back then, I was so in love with photography. I was shooting my first kid's pictures everyday. I was still film and I went through a roll of film almost daily. My husband is glad I switched to digital! ha! My passion for capturing life was running wild through me. My dear friend was getting married and she asked me to photograph her wedding. I am pretty sure I fought the idea somewhat because I was intimidated and clueless. But, I did it. Several rolls of film later, my first wedding was under my belt and I was in love. It was still another year or so before I officially began my business, but I remember that first wedding with such a grateful heart for that beginning. You would totally laugh if you saw those photos. They are not at all like my current work, way more traditional in style, but that was before I found my "voice" in photography.
I had hoped to spend the day yesterday gathering a bunch of wedding favorites from the past ten years, but the lightning storms cut my work time completely. SO instead, I give you a small tribute but a HUGE THANK YOU to every single person that has trusted me to capture their wedding the last 10 years. I loved learning and growing my way through each and every one of them. We all start somewhere and you guys truly gave me the building blocks to make this business what it is today and I can't thank you enough!
And in Honor of my little 10 anniversary, we are offering 10% off ANY wedding package booked this month. SO if you are looking at booking for next year, just email me and we will get you set up!
Hope you have a great weekend! We will be capturing a beautiful wedding this weekend and I couldn't be more excited!
Addie is another one of those girls that I have known since she was in elementary school. It just doesn't seem possible that she is all grown up! And she is just a STUNNING young lady now! We had fun at her session. We waded through the creek to get to some awesome rocks, walked through fields of crops, and stood on the back of Gators to get awesome shots. Here are some favorites of her!
any other Law and Order SVU fans see the resemblance to Benson in that shot above?
Thanks Addie for a fun session! I am heading to photograph something I have been dreaming about for weeks today! I can't wait to share it!! :) Check Facebook for a sneek peek tomorrow! And I will be back here Friday with another full post!
Recently a friend and fellow photographer and I were chatting about her decision to leave the photography industry. It is rather sad as she is very talented, but she was tired of chasing down work in a flooded market. If you look on facebook you see another photographer start up a business almost daily. We live in a photo filled world and so many people want to make money taking photos. I remember when I first started my business I had some great advice given to me. I was told to shoot for me, but run my business for others. The reality of this business is that it is about 10% taking photos and 90% business. But that is another post.
I share this because, despite the challenges I face as a business owner, I will never walk away. You have to want this and love this to keep on going. Not all parts of the job are amazing (a lot are though!). But one thing that continues to drive me is finding art in a new way. It always surprises me what turn I take next. Lately, I have been loving maternity sessions. Recently while we were at the coast, we had a crazy trip and while we were all ready to pull our hair out, I discovered something amazing. We weren't even supposed to be in that spot. We ended up there after a long night of changed plans and finally I knew why we were there. I look across the coastline and I found the most breathtaking spot. Most people probably didn't see the same thing, but I squeeled and said, "I HAVE TO SHOOT THERE!" and the more I pondered that spot, the more I wanted to do a maternity shoot there. You see, few things are more beautiful in life than pregnancy and mother nature. And together they are an amazing combo. So, I came home with a new beach trip date and a mission to find a maternity model. I posted it online and I had a TON of people inquire and then FIVE people line up that ended up falling through for a reason or another. I had almost given up after that fifth person's session got cancelled due to rain. I started to just let it go. And then I thought, just one more try. I went back to the post on facebook and started messaging people that nominated someone else and told them to message me ASAP if they wanted to spot and along came Katelyn. I knew the moment I saw her that she was the person I was MEANT to shoot at this spot. She totally rocked her session, she was up for anything and she makes pregnancy look graceful and effortless!
Thank you Katelyn for allowing me to capture your baby bump. I am so incredibly happy that I stuck to my passion and made this session come to life. I have a few more of my dream sessions lined up this year and I love to watch them unfold! SO stay tuned for that!
I was back at my favorite creek for another session! Nate and Amanda are getting married in less then 2 weeks!!! We met up for a mini engagement session before the big day. I am super excited about their wedding as their plans sound awesome! And these two are just naturals together! I didn't have to direct them hardly any. Here are some peeks...
Looking forward to your wedding!! And speaking of weddings, I have one coming to the blog Friday! Stay tuned!
I shot one of my very first natural maternity sessions at this same creek several years ago. I had wanted to take maternity sessions up to a new level beyond just photos of a baby bump in everyday life. For me, two of the most beautiful and natural things in the world are pregnancy and God's green earth! Combining the two just makes sense. Lindsay is just stunning so I knew she would be easy to work with. We dodged rain showers and summer heat to capture a mini session of her bump! Here are a few favorites!
Thank you Lindsay for allowing me to capture your pregnancy! Back with another post on Wednesday!
Well, the first week of school is coming to an end for our household and I feel like I should throw a party for surviving! ha! Although, the rest of my life didn't get much done this week! But my kids have transitioned well and I am getting used to early wake up times (and bedtimes) and packing lunches and signing agendas and laying out clothes, etc. It was quite a shock going from vacation to full blown school mode! :) But I think we are finally getting the hang of it! I missed blogging wednesday, but I was determined to get today's post up! So enjoy!
Every Senior I have shot this year I have known for a long time and I keep saying the same thing about each one "I can't believe they are a senior!!" But seriously! Bayley is such a beautiful girl and her laugh is just contagious. I had a lot of fun with her! Enjoy a few peeks at her session!
Have a happy weekend everyone! I will be back monday! I have a fun maternity, a wedding, and more to share next week!
Things have been super busy around here! First of all, my kids started back to school today. I have mixed emotions on that one. Because my Ashton started Kindergarden! *Sigh* But I am anxious of the routine that school forces us back into. And I need routine to knock out all the editing I have! My camera has been working like crazy! Here are some sneek peeks of what is to come!
Bayley's Senior Session....
The William's girls and their special announcement....
Addie's Senior Session...
Lindsay's Maternity session...
Emily and Brandon's Wedding...
Katelyn's Maternity Session...
Nate and Amanda's engagement session...
Cierra's senior session...
Be back with a full post Wednesday!
Sweet Emma was a pleasure to photograph! She just slept like a champ and rocked out her session!! It wasn't too awful long ago that I was capturing her mom and dad's wedding...
And now they are a family of 3...
Here are more favorites of her!
Congrats again guys! And thank you for sharing her with me! She is just beautiful!
I think evey person that has followed my work for a while has asked me if the famous Izzy was going to be a sister anytime. Well, I am proud to tell you all that she is! Her little sister Ila Beth is just precious as can be. Izzy was one of the first babies I photographed. And MY how my work has changed since then!!!! Ila Beth's session was quite the opposite of Izzy's! Here are some favorites:
Mom works at the YMCA...this next series was my little tribute to the Y!
I cut down these branches the morning of her session just for this...
Some shots with big sister!
Then we met up again later in the week to do some more outdoor shots...It was full sun with clouds that kept rolling over, so the light was splotchy but we made it work!
Congrats Fleming Family! She is BEAUTIFUL! Can't wait to watch her grow!
I have had a lot of senior sessions lately. Lauren was the first of them! I still can't believe that she is a senior! I watched her and her sisters grow up in church and I just can't believe that time has went so quickly! Lauren is beautiful and fun to be around. Her session was a pleasure to shoot! She brought lots of fun props and we just had a good time despite the hot temps! :) Here are some favorites!
Thank you for a fun session! I hope your senior year is AWESOME!
Emily reserved a spot at the beautiful Duke Gardens for her bridal portrait. Always such a treat to shoot there! So many beautiful spots that I adore. She is a STUNNING bride too! The entire time I was editing, I kept saying this one is my favorite, no this one. Seriously. She looks amazing! I will be sharing her wedding day soon as today is the big day, but for now enjoy her Bridals!
Congrats to Emily and Brandon! I will be back sharing their wedding soon! :)
Jordan and Michael tied the knot at the ever beautiful Walnut Lane in late June. After shooting their engagement session, I knew they would be a fun couple to work with. And after her bridal session, I knew that we were going to get some stunning photos of the two of them as husband and wife, which happens to be my favorite part.
From the time we arrived at the venue, there was an overwhelming sense of joy throughout the day. No stress, no worries, just overflowing happiness. Jordan and Michael planned a beautiful day to share with their family and friends. The day was filled with smiles and happy tears from start to finish! Here are a few peeks...
Isleway of wooden logs..YES!
Check out the ring bearer in the kiss pics below. SO FUNNY!
LOVE LOVE LOVE the cake!
the cute ring bearer and flower girl...
and some quick sunset portraits in my favorite spot!
Thank you guys for letting us capture your wedding! Wishing you many many years of happiness!
My little guy is 9 months (for a few more days atleast)! We dodged the rain a bit and captured a few shots of him at this stage. Of course the day we picked he was teething and running a fever so he wasn't as smiley as he usually is. People who know him well can tell you that this kid smiles all the time. But this day, not nearly as much. Teething is rough! But he still managed to pull out a few for me!
this year is flying by so quickly with him. Before you know it we will have a one year old. *sigh*
I had the pleasure of shooting this adorable family again! They have grew by one since our last family session and this little girl needed to be documented!! It is always a pleasure shooting them as their kids are well trained. I would seriously be scared of families this big normally, but these kids just interact with the camera so well! I have so many favorites of them! And the location...THIS LOCATION! It was quite a hike to get there but oh my goodness was it worth it!!! Just breathtaking!
If this was a photo of my hubby and I, I would print it big on canvas and hang it in our bedroom...LOVE it so!
And then they decided to get in! And have a water fight!
And then Sid got brave! and the session ended with a SPLASH! :)
Thank you guys for letting me capture your family again! It was so much fun!
This past week in addition to editing a lot of sessions and weddings, I had a little side project! Many of you know that there is a beautiful wedding venue practically in my back yard. The Harvest House is minutes from us and it is a stunning backdrop for your wedding day! The Owner Teresa and I have chatted for over a year about putting together a website that would show off her property! We finally got it done this week! Go take a peek! If you are a past Harvest House Bride of mine, you might just see a photo or two from your wedding too! :)
I am excited to see the Harvest House continue to grow! As usual, we do offer a discount on OUR photography services for brides that book us for that venue! Inquire for details!
Ava Graham was a sleepy little girl for her 3 month session! 3 months are hard anyway because they can't do a whole lot on their own besides just look cute! She was having nothing of it for most of the session, but she was still cute none the less. See for yourself...
and just like that...she was done! But oh so cute with that yawn! Looking forward to seeing her in a few months! :)