After shooting hundreds of weddings over the years, there is one thing that’s for sure and it’s the fact that every wedding is different. Every wedding has its pros and cons, joys and challenges just like life itself. Wedding planning is one of the most stressful things that a couple has to go through together, and it’s unique in that this must be done before they are actually married!
You know, there are some really smart people out there… the ideas that people have fascinate me! Like Uber… Airbnb… what an amazing business concept, right? Like, I would have never even thought of something like that! Well, Shanae said that she got an Airbnb to get ready with her bridal party, so I was curious as to what this place that she chose was going to look like!
Savannah, GA... the only memory I have of this place was when I was in high school, my mom and her friends wanted to go spontaneously from August, GA to get some fresh seafood. So, we got there at night, had dinner and drove back! So, I never got to see anything in daylight..
You're engaged. AWESOME! Now what? Wedding planning! How do you do that, you ask? Where do you start? There are books after books and blogs after blogs on how to do this correctly. We've been there... we know!
Some people have the gift of making you feel like family... To be able to make a total stranger feel like you've known them for years is something that you can't really teach. It just comes naturally... That is something that Grace + Russell have - I call it magical. So, how do we know them?
So, is the world big or small? Because there's a saying, "It's a big world out there" and then people say, "It's a small world..." So, which is it? ;) Well, for this story, it's a small world. We got referred to Gabby + Phanna from one of other brides and then when they came to the shoot, they told us another crazy story!
If you're a parent reading this blog, I think we can all agree that we need our own little quiet space sometimes. You know, from humans called children? ;) I grew up as an only child and I'm still not used to all the "noise". As a mother of three, silence is all I need and want.
So... we booked Darby + Cody's wedding months ago and knew that our trip to West Virginia was coming for awhile. When we have destination weddings, we try to drive it because we just don't like to take any risk with our equipment getting lost or damaged if at all possible. Plus, we like road trips especially Craig... we love the scenery and sometimes we so wish we had a couple to take photos of when we see some magical places as we drive by them.
Perfection. What does that really mean? If it doesn't exist as people claim, then how does the definition of it exist? In my opinion, perfection is real.... it's just about perspective. Looking through these photos once again, I remember this day so clearly because it was perfect.
We got to spend not one, but three days with Zehra + Mohsin! Just as culture is different, it's fascinating to see how every culture has their own way of doing weddings. Where did these traditions come from? How did they implement the traditions?
For Mimi + John's session, we got to see them not once, but twice! They had a special engagement ceremony in Augusta back in May and so we did some portraits for them there, and then this month, they came up to Atlanta to get some city shots here.
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!
One of the most common questions we get is, "How do you get your clients?" We meet them through many different ways, but one of the ways is at weddings! We meet at least one engaged couple who is very interested in our photography and we book them! And yes, this is how I met Kyle for the first time!
How many of you have a room in your home that you don't really use? For us, it was our dining room... We put dining furniture there because that's just what you do. For many years, I looked into that room and wondered why we even have it when for us, all we did was eat there once a year on Thanksgiving Day. Since last year, God has been stirring in me a need to pray more and to create a space for this purpose in our home.
As human beings, what matters to us most is the experience. As consumers, we think that we are purchasing something, but in the end, we are purchasing an experience. We choose certain stores or brands because we want the experience that they give us.
There's something special and unique we remember from every wedding we have shot, but I must say that Stephanie + Sydney's tops them all! At that very moment, it was stressful and many decisions had to be made quickly, but you know what? Everything worked out... in fact, it worked out so great that I think every wedding should be like this!!
I believe that everything happens for a reason. That nothing is just a coincidence. Even with our clients, I know that it's more than "just business". There's more of a reason than just because they booked us. I know because I believe in a God who is far bigger than that, and I believe that he has everything under control.
You know, we really live in a big, beautiful country… There’s just so much to see and explore! I’ve lived in Georgia the majority of my life, and I can’t believe that I still haven’t seen every part of it. It’s funny because when you live here, we sometimes can’t help but take it for granted.
As many of you know, I didn't get to shoot with Craig until my mom moved in with us about two years ago. Before then, my role in our business was mostly all back end things, but thanks to my mom, I've been able to experience some 'front end' things of the business.
Every shoot is special to us, but we got to do something very rare with Sara + Corey, and actually, this is the first time we've ever done this with a couple. CAR POOL! We picked them up from their place and drove a little over 2 hours to Lindale Mill in Rome, GA.
It's so cool how we have a unique story to tell for every shoot that we do. Through these stories, we remember all of our couples. We shoot about 40 weddings a year (give or take about 5) and about 50 portraits sessions and other gigs. That's a lot!
Got up early this morning because I know it's going to be a good day. Why? Because it's Stephanie + Sydney's wedding day! We are throwing it back to their engagement session from last fall and just reminiscing on how fun that day was. You see that cute photo above? Yeah.... they're as cute as the pic; actually, they're even cuter. :)
I'll be able to remember Katie + Goose's wedding for many, many reasons for years and years to come. First, it was on Cinco de Mayo. It was a beautiful Spring day, and Katie's dress was gorgeous! Well, let me clarify that... her dresses were beautiful. Yes, she had two! How about that, ladies?!
How do we know Christine + Eugene, you ask? She's the sister of a friend of a friend of a brother and sister's husband. LOL Just kidding... but really, she's my friend's sister-in-law. :) Our friend referred Christine to us, and it meant so much... Getting new clients through a referral is still the most fulfilling way of growing our business.
To say that Erica was the happiest bride we've ever seen is an understatement. As soon as we walked into the hotel room where she was getting ready, it was already party time! Music was blasting and the our bride and all of her bridesmaids were singing along to all of their fav songs together. It wasn't just singing, this was a broadway performance!
It's still kinda crazy to me that some of our clients either fly here or fly us to their location for shoots. This October marks 10 years of our business which is just crazy wild to believe. I look back and sometimes it's all a blur because everything happened so fast, but then again, I remember every detail of the journey.
Where do I even begin with Stephanie + Bryan? How about... we go way back. Well, with Stephanie anyways. Back to when she was a little girl. We all used to all attend the same church, a church that we still like to call home, Victory World Church.
You guys may think that we hold modeling auditions before booking our clients, right? I mean, aren't our clients seriously some beautiful people or what? They look like they've been modeling for years and are very comfortable in front of the camera. Sade + Mandela definitely acted like this which made our job super duper easy peasy. :)