Hey guys! Last weekend I had the honor of shooting Ashleigh and David’s wedding with my friend Amy, and it was a blast! Ashleigh was so enthusiastic and excited to get married, and David was her perfect mate. 🙂 They had the sweetest wedding!
I’m not sure how I end up with so many sweet, fun couples. John and Jessica were certainly no exception! From the start, this couple was enthusiastic, adventuresome, joyful, and all-in-all, people you genuinely enjoy being with.
John and Jessica are originally from Arizona where they met in MIDDLE SCHOOL! They were friends all through school (they have a picture of them together at John’s prom!) but only started dating a year ago! Now they live here in North Carolina.
Every time I photograph my cousins, they get a little easier. I get a few more smiles, more faces looking at the camera. Perhaps it’s because they’re getting older. Could be they’re getting used to me. Whatever it is, this is definitely our best shoot yet!
I’ve been taking pictures of this family for maybe five years – longer than I’ve been in business! I’m amazed my aunt even keeps the old pictures on account of how awful they are, but it’s cool to see how they and I have improved. And grown! Definitely grown. Over the past five years, they’ve grown from a family of seven to a family of ten.
Meet Hannah and Michael: possibly the cutest newlywed couple ever.
My heart smiled when I heard their story – they met over fifteen years ago as kids in Hannah’s mom’s homeschool choir. “Even then, I noticed him,” said Hannah. They started dating when she was sixteen. A few years passed. Everyone held their breaths, waiting. And then, last summer, Michael popped the question.
Someone once told me that he never realized growing up that his mom worked two jobs; she’d go to work and then come home, get dinner, do laundry, and clean. I didn’t realize it either, but you didn’t work two jobs.
It was more like six.
It’s been a little over a year since we became best friends, and I’m still a little overwhelmed and perplexed as to why God would give me such a wonderful person as a best friend.
I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone quite like you. You are such an amazing person. You’re always encouraging me, through all my hare-brained ideas. You’re so talented, but you always strive to grow your gifts. You read long emails of all my rambles and crazy dreams. You listen over the phone at the end of the day, comforting me when life gets too hard.
About a month ago, I had the privilege to meet up with Amy Fullam from Wonder Love Weddings. We met for cupcakes and got to talk shop. It was lovely! I really enjoyed meeting Amy and getting to know her, finding out how she got into photography and such.
Amy’s a real traveler, and has been to Italy several times. How cool is that? It was so neat to hear about this lady and the places she’s been. We decided to meet up later when the weather was nicer to do headshots together, and I’m so glad we did!
It was the day of the long-awaited styled shoot. It was going to be perfect. Blue tulle skirt? Check. Flower crown? You got it. Floral bouquet? Yes ma’am. And my model, Cecelia couldn’t wait. But my heart sank to bottomless depths when I woke up that morning. Instead of bright sunny skies like I was hoping for, I saw dense, dark clouds. I fretted most of the morning, finally resigning myself to a shoot without glowy backlighting. It’s okay, I told myself. I can manage.
Today my great-grandmother turns 90! We celebrated her birthday last week with a party my mom and I had planned for many weeks in advance. We spent so much time and effort in making a special party for her and she loved it. In fact, she cried the first half hour! I’m so excited to show y’all the pictures – it was really lovely, and I think we all have a special memory of Grandma and her 90th birthday party.
A couple weekends ago, my dear friend Allison came and stayed with me at my house! It was wonderful since I’ve been to her farm – so I got to be hostess and show her my farm! We stuffed our faces with food and relaxed (went to my favorite restaurant Fig in Biltmore Village) and it was lovely getting to see each other again.