Sweet Venice joined me for her session at just 3 days new! She slept like a champ the entire session! We got so many cute shots! and even a SMILE!
We started with this neutral set-up that i couldn't get enough of!
We headed outside for my last outdoor shot of the year. (is it Spring yet?!) Love shooting outdoors with newborns! I will miss it for a few months!
Thank you for sharing your sweet Venice with me Gabby! She is just precious!
Gabby and I met at the creek days before she was due to have her sweet babe. The humidity was high but she was a pro!
We headed to the Harvest house for a few farm land pics.
I am going to be sharing the sweet baby from this belly session tomorrow! Stay tuned!
This session was quite a while back! I am working on blogging those lost sessions from the summer! My dear friend Shana brought her girls for a session because they had some news to share...
SO we did a fun little announcement and then we captured some sweet portaits of these BUSY girls! I think they could keep up with my crew of wild boys easily! And it is a GOOD thing since their newest little one is going to be a BOY! :)
I look forward to meeting the newest soon! :)
I had the pleasure of photographing this sweet family a few weeks ago. Their country location was a real treat to work with. Fields of beans, yellow buildings, silos, and a grapevine too! I had fun using little spots here and there.
thank you guys for choosing me to capture your sweet family! Back with lots of families this fall....it's that time of year!
It is the busy season around here. I just finished our last 2014 wedding this weekend and we went out with a bang! It was beautiful! But, I am not even close to done yet for the year. I have a PILE of editing to do (8 sessions and 4 weddings....but who's counting right?) and a LOT of scheduled sessions coming up too! For now I have some sneek peeks while I work through the edits!
Lucy at 3 months...
Megan and Jason's Wedding...
Elisabeth and Nick's engagement session...
Erin and Charlie's Wedding...
and Ava Graham at 6 months...
So many good blog posts coming soon! :)
My Sweet Finn turned ONE last weekend! I just can't believe how time has flown with him. I have been planning this party since before he was born. Gotta love pinterest! But with a name like Finn, a fish party was really just the obvious choice. Everything was pretty much pinterest inspired and just thrown together literally the day of the party. I have been so swamped with work that I didn't even do half of what I wanted and it was ok, because it was still super cute! Here are a few peeks at his party...
We gave out fish soap favors! LOVED them. From etsy.
Kids got some pet goldfish which were our table centerpieces!
my mom made the cake and cupcakes. I re-purposed the cake sticks from Ashton's circus party and just switched the red ribbons for orange ones. :)
so we decided to cut him a piece instead...
So there you have it! :) He is officially a big boy! I am already started to think about his next birthday party! :)
I still can't believe that Cierra is a high school senior! The time flies I tell you! I have watched her grow from a fussy little baby (sorry, it's true!) into a beautiful young lady. She is not only my cousin, she is babysitter to my children at times, and just an all around sweet person! Here are a few peeks at her Senior session!
Be back sharing another session soon!
Oh my...Kingston was such a cute baby!! When I first got him settled in and was posing him, he was firing off smiles like crazy. Of course when I picked up my camera, all that was left was a smirk, but it was cute still! He was a touch older than my typical newborn, but we were still able to get some cute poses. Of course he slept best when posed with mom and dad. :) I think he is going to be a loving little boy! Here are some peeks at his session...
Back with another sweet babe soon! :)
Today is the big day for Megan and Jason! I am so excited to be photographing their wedding! But even more excited that I can now share Megan's bridal session! We met at her family land again in the Country...how I love putting a beautiful bride in a rustic country setting! Here are some favorites...
This next spot. We had to WORK to use it. Her mom had to clear a path to get Megan in those weeds without tearing up her dress, we wrapped her in a sheet to be sure as she crossed, and then I had to stand on top of a 4 wheeler to shoot them, which was a miracle if you know how clumsy I am to begin with! ha! I should have gotten a behind the scenes shot of it! But I would say it was worth it by far!
Congrats to Megan and Jason! I will be back sharing their wedding day soon!
Fall is in the air! I am loving it! Although I do enjoy the warmer temps, Fall is my favorite season of all! This fall is going to be a BUSY one. We have a few Fall weddings left and lots of other sessions already lined up! I have VERY limited dates left on the calendar! All my Saturdays are FULLY BOOKED for the year! I have a select few sunday evenings and a few weekdays (weekdays are for newborn sessions here at the studio). If you want a session, now is your last chance to book it before the dates are gone!
Also, 2015 is booking quickly for weddings! I only have ONE saturday in October left! :) May and June are catching up quickly too! So if you are interested in a 2015 wedding date, it is never TOO early to book!
And while we are talking about busy times. Here are a few peeks of sessions I have coming to the blog soon!
Dusty and Alisha's wedding...
Gabby's Maternity Session...
The Lindley Family...
Some Preschool Cuties...
Shelby and Allen's Wedding...
and a few bridal portraits coming soon too! :)
I photographed Emma's family years ago...so long ago that I couldn't find their photos on any of my current hard drives, otherwise I would have HAD to show you how much she has grown from a kiddo into a beautiful young lady! She is just stunning and it was an honor shooting her Senior Portraits! We had to reschedule thanks to one of the many rain storms we had! We actually ended up shooting them right in the middle of the day which is usually the time of day I avoid sessions, but thanks to the cloud filled sky, it worked perfectly! Here are some favorites from her session!
We started at a creek...my most favorite place to do photos lately! :)
I really couldn't decide between black and white and color on this one...so you get both!
Thank you Emma for a fun session! Best of luck next year!
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!