The longer I’m in the photography business, the more I realize what a tight knit community it is. One week ago today, five of us met up at the amazing Axum Coffee, swapped stories, & set out to shoot just for the fun of it. But not just anywhere…we set out for the most amazing abandon house in the history of FOREVER. Im talkin’ a photog’s dream location that the one & only, Shipra so graciously shared with us! There is something so crazy fabulous that happens when you’re around other creatives – it brings inspiration from all angles! Not to mention squeals, laughs, & lots of fresh ideas. Tiffani, Lori, Lucy, & Shipra I feel so blessed to have been apart. I have always look up to each of you (yep! before I ever even metcha!) for the amazing art that you produce, but now I look up to each of you for the beautiful people you truly are. I learned something new from each of you on this shoot & let’s just be honest here, I serrrrriously can’t wait for our next play date! Enjoy.
Eek, Im so giddy to share this session with y’all. So after after shooting this beauties wedding (if you missed the amazing farm wedding, you can find it here!) I just knew we had to do a “just for the heck of it” session. Not only is she a blast to be around & obviously gorgeous, but she’s down for my crazy photog experiments. So on a whim I emailed her with my crazy idea of meeting in Savannah, GA & just a couple weekends later – there we were! Making janky flower crowns in my car (really, you should see the bobby pin rig job in the back!), flaunting a pair of fabulous Dora Mae earrings, galavanting around the streets of Savannah on a fabulously cloudy day, chasing pretty light & fabulous backdrops! & Here my friends, is what came of it:
I am absolutely in love with this couple. They are the type that radiate Jesus both individually & even more so when they’re together. When I sat down with them at Stardust last September there was just an instant connection & when Jake told me he was sure they would have a reception dance party of epic proportions… lets just say the anticipation for their wedding day grew with each passing month. So on January 25th, My sweet (& wildly talented) friend Lucy & I made the trip to Lakeland, FL in with high hopes of a gorgeous day & lots of jittery (compliments of the iced coffees) excitement for the epic dance party at night.
When we walked into the Towers Hair Salon, we were greeted with hugs & smiles & it took all of 60 seconds to fall in love with each of Allison’s bridesmaids. I may be crazy but it kinda felt like we were all old friends. Maybe its because they reminded me of my own friends on my wedding day – they were from all different stages of the brides life, they told funny stories, made sure Allison had just what she needed, & were not shy to hamm it up for the camera – AMEN SISTERS. I love those kinda girls. ;] No but really, nothing speaks more to the character of someone than the type of friends they attract. Allison, you are truly a gem.
To make things better, all the same can be said for the groom & his groomsmen. Lucy & I split up between the boys & girls before the ceremony to capture the last bit of pre wedding excitement & both came back teary because of the way the parties prayed over the couple. They each took turns asking God to protect their romance & to sanctify them through the covenant of marriage as the good times & hard times come. It was absolutely amazing.
Okay goodness I could go on & on about the amazing venue & all the lovely details but you’ll see all of that in the photos below. Im just going to cut this short & end my piece by saying this: Jake, the dance party most DEFINITELY did NOT disappoint. :]
When Kelly told me she wanted to shoot at the beach I got so stinkin’ excited…not only did it mean I’d be “forced” to take a beach day (yes its true, in Florida we get to lay out in January!) but also that Id get to shoot in a location I had been dreaming about for quite some time – the New Smyrna Beach Jetties. The humongous rocks & crashing waves made for the most romantic of scenes, absolutely perfect for an engagement session. Then this couple has one of those infectious kinda loves that makes me squeal behind the camera [I think you'll quickly see what I mean]. To top it off, I felt like these two were old friends by the end of the session & it just doesn’t get any better than that, folks! So without further ado I present to you, Kelly & Trey!
2013 was one heck of a year! Personally, I lived in DC, moved to Orlando, planned a wedding, married my best friend, traveled all over America, celebrated the engagements of some of my closest friends, all sorts of exciting things! 2013 was also my first official full year of being a professional photographer, & whoowee what a journey that has been! Im left speechless. As I look over the thousands & thousands of photos I’ve taken this past year, trying desperately to narrow down a handful of favorites is pretty much impossible. (lets be honest, narrowing down images is not my strong suit to begin with…;) ) My reoccurring thought was, “Wow, I can’t believe how many amazing people I met this year.” Not only that, I can’t believe all these people let me in – they let me into their homes; they let me into their most intimate & sacred moments. If that isn’t enough, all these people trusted me to creatively yet accurately capture who they are. Really guys, that has left me speechless. As much as I love this job because it allows me to stretch myself artistically, what really makes it such a passion for me is the people it allows me to surround myself with. So to all of you who’ve shared your smiles, your tears, your laughter, your first kiss as husband & wife, your newborn baby, your senior year, your family, your chaos, your calm, your engagement, your home… goodness the list really could go on & on. To all of you who’ve entrusted me to document bits & pieces of your ever so unique story…THANK YOU from the deepest parts of me. You guys have made 2013 one of the most unforgettable years of my life & I’ll tell ya, taking the time to reflect back is just getting me all the more jazzed up for what 2014 holds. BRING IT ON.