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.
It's hard to believe that it has been a week since I was running through the sand playing with this precious family. I met Stephenie and Will a few years back when visiting a friend in Panama City. At the time, they only had Brooklyn and she was about the same age Walker was here. She and I spent a few days playing on the beach and I snapped a few photos of her one evening and ever since then, Stephenie and I have always talked about doing an actual family session.
"For FOURTY YEARS these two have been a team of encouragers and a beacon of hope, love, and most importantly, Christ to all who meet them. They take on the challenge of leading hundreds of college students, teaching them, loving them, and protecting them (Mrs. Sandra is packing- y'all) and all along they find ways to only grow closer together. "...read more...
I need to start this by telling you how excited I am to finally being able to catch up with work and share this blog. I absolutely adore these photos and this couple and I know that you all will too!
A while back, in April to be exact, I had the insane pleasure of putting together a styled bridal shoot and a re-envisioned wedding shoot with some good friends, family, and a team of phenomenal vendors at one of my favorite venues to date- The Lange Farms. Those shoots were both picked up for publications by some of the best publishers in our local area (in fact- the wedding couple's images still haven't been blogged here because they are currently being prepared for publication by Gulf Coast Bride and Southern Bride!) and because of those publications, Samantha saw my work and fell in love with it.... Read More...
It's been quite a long time since I had the pleasure of documenting milestones like a couple's first pregnancy. I was definitely a bit rusty at some things but had so much fun stepping out of my comfort zone again! Jennifer is a fellow photographer (Jennifer Schiller Photography) and has been in the Mobile area for a few years now. In fact, I think we both moved here around the same time! She and her husband, Ben, are the cutest and were so kind to let me hang out with them for an afternoon.
This was going to be a post about my new office. A post with pretty photos documenting this new fun area I get to have all to myself. This space I have dreamt of for seemingly a lifetime.
Oh, don't worry- there will still be all the pretty photos of some of my new space. Duh. BUT- That is not shaping up to be the actual story within this post.
Instead, I am going to highlight that little quote in my photo up there ^...
Guys, it's here! I can't believe it! I am so excited to officially announce the inaugural #AWPWORKSHOP!
There is this whole page on my website dedicated to explaining what the workshop is, who it is for, when and where it's happening... all that jazz. However, I wanted to share a little personal backstory on how I even got to this point in business because trust me, it's been a long time coming!...read more
Joyful laughs, close friends and family, details colored in soft blues, pinks, and creams... that is what filled the First Baptist Church of Jackson, Alabama on the third of June. I love when brides have attention for detail and when your family gets to be a part of making those details pop it becomes all the more special.
You guys- I am going to go full-blown white girl on you. I seriously CAN'T EVEN with these! I am so thankful for clients who are willing to talk to me about the things that are important to them and allow me to take those visions and bring them to life.
Brittany told me right off the bat that she knew that she wanted a garden scene for her engagement photos with her soon-to-be hubby, Trey. The only problem was, we have limited locations that offer that kind of backdrop locally and she really wanted something different. So- I suggested that we try venturing out and exploring a new place and she was on board!
I had the pleasure of meeting Hannah a little over a year ago when she was a bridesmaid in a wedding I was shooting. She reached out to me a few months later and we began planning for her very own wedding! Some things that really stood out to me about Hannah and Josh's wedding day was that first and foremost- their friends are family. I work a lot of weddings and see a lot of 'friends' standing beside the bride and groom but often times they don't seem to be a close, tight knit group. That is the exact opposite of this crew! In fact, many of these folks were also bridesmaids in groomsmen in the wedding that I met Hannah at! They have all grown up together, gone off to college together, and are now getting married - together....
It's Mothers Day and this year I wanted to do something a little out of the ordinary. I called my dad a few days ago and asked him to send me a few photos of my mom and our family over the years. Of course, I have plenty of other photos of her from my adult life, but it was important to me that I use the ones from growing up. The ones dad picked out. The ones that show how life was through someone else's eyes. Of course I threw some of their favorites of me in there too... *wink wink*.
I have had the pleasure of attending CityHope since late 2013- back when it was Bay Community and we met in a small room that is now used for KidCity. (Who's with me!?) When I first moved to Spanish Fort I was pretty much alone, had just found out that we were expecting Chloe and I was desperate for community. I was desperate for friends, for women to invest in my life, for Jesus, for a miracle... desperate....
I partnered up with some members of the Tampa Tuesday’s Together group a couple of months ago with a vision to put together an incredible romantic European-inspired shoot for when I would be traveling in the area. Our vision was to do something that had a fresh approach to a classic and soft theme...
One thing I love most in life is getting to travel. I love meeting new people and exploring new places and obviously, photographing both. I have a few places I will be traveling to this year and would LOVE to meet you along the way! In honor of this, I will be taking bookings for discounted mini-sessions AND you won't have to worry with travel fees!
If you're interested in booking a session OR you want to see me come to your town click the dates below and shoot me a message through the contact form and we can get things set up!
I can't believe that it has already been an entire week since I was prepping for this incredible dream shoot at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom! I mean, what better place on Earth to celebrate your love for one another than the most magical place on Earth?!
Bethany + Tommy have been coming to Disney together since pretty much their third date and he even pushed her around after she broke BOTH feet last year! They had talked about their hopes and dreams and even discussed how they saw their engagement and marriage and when it came time for Tommy to pop the question...
MY TOP TEN SPRING DRESSES FOR ENGAGEMENTS + COUPLES
So many times I have clients who fret about what to wear for their engagement or portrait sessions. They usually spend days, even weeks, shopping for the perfect outfit to wear for the images that they hope to display for the rest of their lives. I was looking for a dress for myself the other day and when I came across this first dress I thought "Man, I wish my clients would show up in something like this for an engagement shoot. This would photograph beautifully." and then I thought- "AH! They can't know how to dress if someone doesn't TELL them!" ....
"Social media is the bomb.com at making lives look far more "perfect" than they seem. Often times my friends will make comments like "You're making us look bad..." or "You are seriously superwoman." to which I always remind them that they're only seeing the photos that make it to social media. They don't see the bags under my eyes..."