Hello friends! I know it has been pretty quiet over here on my little slice of the internet lately but that is changing pretty soon! I will be catching up on nearly 9 months worth of blogs! HOLY COW right??
It’s been a while since I have gotten to find the time to blog my sessions. Between picking up a job in webdesign and attempting to maintain my crazy crew here— I just haven’t had the time or energy to get to sit down and share my wonderful experiences I have had lately & I hate that so I am coming back stronger than ever!
I couldn’t think of a better session to jump back into blogging with than the Storm Family’s fall mini-session! We faced many rain checks to get to this beautiful fall day but I couldn’t have asked for anything to have been better.
As I sit here in the Chicago Midway Airport waiting for my flight after a fast paced and emotion filled weekend, I am left thinking about my time here as I watched my life-long best friend marry the man that will be her new life-long best friend.
My emotions and thoughts are going in a hundred different directions as I remember the events that brought Marcy and I together, the joys and struggles we have faced together throughout our lives, and watching her embracing her new found life with Anton.
Marcy and I met sometime around 1999-2000. One of my very first memories of her was at our home church in Okeechobee, Florida …. READ MORE…
I met Justin and Samantha via a publication that they saw my work in this time last year in Dade City, Florida. We initially met over Skype and the goal was to discuss their wedding photography needs. We did that, but, we also connected on a personal level and I love that I now can claim these two as not only clients but dear friends of mine.
Daniella & Michael | Engagement | Lower Peach Tree, Alabama
March 17th, 2018
Daniella and Michael chose to have their engagement shoot on Michael's family property in Lower Peach Tree, Alabama. Perhaps you have heard of the King-Criswell Plantation house in Uriah, Alabama? Well, Michael is a direct descendant of the King lineage. When we arrived at the property, Daniella began sharing with me a lot of the history that went into the land. It was a working plantation at one point in time, and held it's own community on the property, equipped with a post office & corner store which are still standing today.
Brittany & Trey decided to get married at the beautiful & historic Bragg-Mitchell Mansion in Mobile, Alabama. The Greek Revival home is donned with white washed wood, large windows with natural light pouring in, huge old oaks surrounding the property, and a gorgeous driveway lined with azaleas, roses, and crepe myrtles.
Brittany and her bridesmaids arrived the afternoon of the 23rd of February and began putting the final touches of their hair and make up in place and helped Brittany prepare for her first look with her soon-to-be husband, Trey.
Brittany's mother and sister, Jessica, helped Brittany step into her gown. Brittany, in her gown standing in the beautiful white light pouring into the upper room at the Bragg, was nothing short of radiant.
Your Brand is Your Reputation
You might be thinking, “I’m a small business - why do I need a brand?” Well, what about your reputation? Do you need to worry about your reputation as a small business? Of course you do! Your brand is your business’ reputation, it’s the impression you make on potential clients. And a successful brand will tell those clients what’s special about you in a positive light.
I feel like this post should begin with a drum-roll, so, just do me a favor and do a little drum-roll on your keyboard before you keep reading... (*insert wink emoji here)
I have already shared a little bit about my heart and planning experience regarding this workshop but now it's time to actually dig deep into the day itself. It's also a chance for me to brag shamelessly on my incredible attendees and vendors who were absolutely amazing.
"The reason they believe that they can find someone cheaper is BECAUSE THEY CAN. Clients CAN find someone at a lesser cost because this is a saturated industry filled with people trying to operate a business with little to no business education what-so-ever. They have no idea that by devaluing themselves and their time, they are also devaluing the entire industry and causing a loss of income for most photographers across the board.
It was then that I remembered that I too started off this way. Inexperienced and uneducated on all things business, pricing for profitability, as well as lacking the technical skill to charge an amount that I would need to survive off of. " ... read more
This year has not started off on the best foot for me. From day 1 (literally, not figuratively) I have experienced trial after trial. It seems as though everything I had carefully and perfectly and intentionally planned is one by one falling apart. This is the place in my life that I am known to run. My whole life, I have been a "runner" (now that on IS figurative! ha!). As soon as a trial faces my way, I fight until I am weak and then I run.
I can't tell you how many people have said that to me. This has cost me many cherished relationships in the past...
Recently, someone reached out to me regarding my process of finding self-forgiveness during my time of becoming an unwed mother.... (read more)
Bailey + Nick | December 16th, 2017
I walked into the Lee House in Downtown Pensacola with my second shooter and gear in hand and expected to find a house full of hustle and bustle. When we entered we were greeted by the sweetest staff and directed to a room upstairs where we would find Bailey with her mom and bridesmaids JAMMING out to an early 2000's station on Pandora and getting their hair and make up done. Bailey was so incredibly calm and you could tell instantly that this day was going to be one for the books.
When Devon proposed to Haley, they had already been dating for quite a few years and knew that they wanted to do something different from the norm. They decided to book a cruise with some of their closest family and friends and say “I Do” while touring the Caribbean! Because of this, they were limited on their options for photography and decided that they would find a gorgeous venue back home, book a special day to dress back up in their wedding attire, and have their wedding portraits taken separately from their Cruise Wedding...(read more)
I have had the pleasure of photographing this family ever since I was even just slightly interested in photography. They have had to stand in front of my lens out of obligation many times before, though they will tell you they wanted to, they weren't forced to. (It's totally because they were forced to!) You see, Aaron is ... (read more)
I am not sure if words can describe the love and excitement I have for this precious family. I have not had the pleasure of knowing them for a long time, but the short time I have has been a blessing. They are the type of people that make you feel like you have been best friends for life and you can't help but want to spend more time with them... (read more)
Faith Without Works Is Dead
"14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead."
Bailey & her mom, Cynthia, contacted me a few months ago looking for a photographer for her December wedding. We decided to meet for coffee and talk through details and get to know one another and there was that instant "click". Bailey and I joke that we are essentially the same person... (although her make up skill are WAY better than mine!) We connected over the mutual experience of being a "Preacher's Kid" (PK) and our love for 90's alt. music and Michael Buble. More importantly though, we discussed the wedding and her relationship with Nick. ...
It's almost been two years to the date since I first met Carlen & Andrew. I happened to meet someone from 5 Rivers today and it made me think back to this incredible engagement session on the Delta River. I met up with Carlen and Andrew early in the morning, we loaded up in two canoes, and we paddled out to these gorgeous fields of Lotus flowers. Carlen had just lost her father and the Lotus flowers became a symbol of hope- as they are one of the only species of flowers to be able to grow in the muck.
I was recently talking with a potential client about her wedding vendors and I said something to her that I think a lot of brides can benefit from. We were discussing "How To Find The PERFECT Vendors For You" and so I am going to share with you all some of my advice on this topic.
First, in order to find the BEST vendors FOR YOU, you have to know what you want from them. Because my specialty is in Photography, I will use 'looking for a photographer' as my example- but know that this applies to most wedding vendors across the board.