What is love? Baby don't hurt me... Just kidding... :) In all seriousness, every couple is special to us because they simply are. But, our next couple, Emily + Aaron, really hold a special place in our hearts.
When we think of destination weddings, I think most of us think of the Caribbean or somewhere near the ocean, don't you? And sometimes, when you have it and when it's near you, we tend to take it for granted.
Recently, we've been saying how our portrait sessions have been very "adventurous". From snakes to mosquitos, bees... but, our session with Leah + Jack topped it all. We drove to the mountains in Jasper, GA, for their e-session and we couldn't believe that this place was not that far from us.
One morning, I got a call from a stranger or so I thought. But, it was far from a stranger, it was Nicole! She said that our mutual friend, Ben, referred her to us and that we all went to ministry school together YEEEEARS ago.
Online, it may seem that our business is everything to us. It may seem that all we do is go to photo shoots everyday and that all we talk about are weddings and photography. Yes, we of course love it and it's our passion to be in love with photography and our clients; however, there's something else that we love more and that's each other. Without our marriage, none of what we do would even matter and it wouldn't exist. We have vowed to never make work more important than God, our marriage and family and that's a good thing. We live in a world that tries to kill, steal and destroy the very thing that we value most, so it's our goal to fight for it everyday.
We love bridal shows for many different reasons... the obvious is meeting our new couples there for course, but it also gives us a chance to meet others in our industry... our fellow photographers. We met Josh a couple of years ago in one of the bridal shows that we annually attend. We connected right away because we had a lot to talk about! I mean when a wedding photographer meets another wedding photographer, there's just not enough time to talk about everything, right? Because of our jobs, we had a lot in common and began a friendship right away.
I clearly remembered Loren and Richard come to our booth at a bridal show in January. I remembered thinking, "Wow! What a beautiful couple!" As they looked through our albums, I could tell right away that they knew how to appreciate the art of photography. The questions that they asked were different than the norm... they knew how to ask the technical and the artistic side of digital photography, and I really appreciated that about them. Craig was talking to another couple at that time, so I was happy that we were all able to connect and get their questions answered. All we knew was that we wanted this couple to become our clients!
Looking back on our wedding day, so many things went right and so many things went wrong... or I should say, "not as planned". One thing we can't forget even if we tried was that it rained. Rained "cats and dogs". Alllllllll day! The day before and the day after were perfectly fine. :) It rained so much that we couldn't even attempt to go outside. So yes, we didn't have one outdoor picture. Not even one! Can you believe that? All that to say... when it rains on any of our couple's wedding day, it hits home for me because I can totally relate to the way they're feeling. It doesn't matter how many times people tell you that "it's going to be ok", you're heart is totally broken.
No, you didn't read this blog title wrong, and no, it's not a typo either. Yes, this couple's names are Brooke and Brooks. I KNOW! What are the odds, right? So crazy cool, huh? If you know me, I'm really bad with names... I won't ever forget a face tho!
We love going to bridal shows because we get to meet couples like Laura + David! Planning her engagement was so easy because she basically just left it to us. She mentioned loving the scenery of the mountains, so we knew that Sawnee Mountains would be perfect them!
I love it when couples choose locations that is sentimental to them! Ah Hyun + Alex knew from the beginning that their portraits will be in Athens, at University of Georgia where they first met. We started off at Athens Botanical Gardens and then went to downtown Athens at UGA...
We came to a point where we had to make a decision. A decision for our health... We got tired of making excuses for ourselves. Saying things like "I just don't have the time....", "I'm too tired to workout.", "I wish I had the leisure and the money to do that.", "I have three children... are you kidding?"
Well, one thing I've learned over the years and especially in the years of running our business is that everyone has money and time for what's important to them. You will always find the time and the money for what you want the most.
It is our pleasure to introduce to you all, Noren + Arsalaan! They're such a well rounded couple. First, as you can see, they're gorgeous... Second, they're super duper intelligent. So much that I'm going to feel very safe at their wedding. :) They're both in the medical field!
One thing that I do daily is check the weather... as you can imagine, our portrait sessions are very dependent on what the weather decides to bring us that day. And, how many of you agree that the weather app or the forecast just isn't very accurate sometimes?
Almost a year ago, we met with Mona + James at our fav place to meet our clients... Cafe Intermezzo! I remember being so happy to be there because as many of you know, we have three children, so I don't get to go to all the consultations, but on this day, I had the opportunity! Getting to know our clients and what's important to them is my favorite part of my job... Hearing people's stories is what moves me and gives me meaning to what we do. Stories are so inspirational because everyone has one and there's not two that's alike.
As photographers, it's the most heart breaking thing when photos just stay in hard drives. Photographs are meant to become art in your home! One of my favorite thing to do is help our clients design the empty walls of their home and make it come alive! Seeing our clients' expressions when they receive canvases, prints or albums is absolutely priceless! Your photographs are one of a kind, unique art that you should show off!
So, let's get to the point of this blog. In the end, you're in business to make money. I mean, right? Yes, we are all in it because we are passionate about photography; however, making money is what makes us stay in business. And to make money, we need to close the deals or as we say... get the contracts signed and payments made because hey, we have bills to pay too! This blog explains how we have learned to get that done.
If my wife and I ever do a wedding renewal one day, this is the way we would do it.... In this wedding blog post, you'll notice the beauty of the simplicity that they went for. There's the sweetest little chapel in the north Georgia mountains called Juliet Chapel.
Life is full of dreams... that's something that doesn't change as you get older. You continue to dream and live your life trying to fulfill them. Well, we are so thankful because another dream came true for us!
Spring time.... although it doesn't begin til March, it gives me a sense of a "new beginning". The air seems lighter and fresher. As the flowers bloom, more colors are added into our world making it even more beautiful.
Elisa + Jaime… How do we even begin this blog? Let me just say that we go waaaaaaay back. Back to when we were all young and single. I went on a missions trip with Jaime and a group of folks to Nicaragua back in…. I believe it was 2004.