When kids begin school again and you notice the word, “pumpkin”, on the Starbucks menu, we know that fall is coming… Fall changes the pace of our daily lives a little, doesn’t it? The fresh, cooler air makes us stop and just breathe it in…
Senior portraits get so personal for us because we know this special time will soon be coming for our family too. All we hear is that time will fly by faster and faster and that statement just can't get anymore real more and more.
The best day of your life.... Everyone knows that this happens on your wedding day. It's so cool to witness this happen to many couples weekend after weekend and yet, it never gets old. We get teary at every wedding... every wedding moves us and is a reminder that love never fails and that it's the greatest gift we all have the freedom to receive.
As I grow older and older, I realize more and more that life for anyone and everyone is full of joys and challenges. There are days that are the best, but there are days that fall short. But, there's this thing called hope that allows us to cling and to hold onto something much greater called love. We have faith that love is what gives us any reason to live this life and to live it fully and abundantly.
We met Loren + Richard at the GA Bridal Show and as soon as they approached our booth and viewed our slideshow, I just knew that there was something different about them. Richard's first question was, "What lenses do you guys use?" Aha!
This one gets personal for us because guess what we didn't do on our wedding day? Yup, first look... That's the mistake we made. We didn't listen to our photographer nor anyone else and yup... that is our #1 regret of our wedding day. Why are we writing this blog? So that you won't have the same regret as us and learn from our mistake. We got married almost 12 years ago and when we think about this, we still say, "ouch". Our photographer had 10 minutes max to take portraits of the two of us.... We only got 4-5 photos of just us.
Stories are powerful... the story of someone makes you understand that person more and deeper. It allows you to have more compassion and feelings towards that person. One privilege we get to have in this job is to to hear our couples' stories... how our couples met is one story that I love hearing.
I believe that every encounter and every relationship that you have in your life is for a divine reason. I believe that everything happens for a reason... reasons that's beyond our comprehension sometimes, but I have faith that it's all for my own good and that it's for the Lord to complete His story in me.
The first time I heard those words, I thought, "REALLY?? You really read it? So, you're saying that you took time out of your day to actually read what we had to say?" Although we started because we wanted people to read it of course, we began blogging without ANY expectations. We did it with the sole desire to share our photos and the knowledge/experience we have gained over the years as professional wedding photographers. We thought that if it helps just one person, it would be worth it. But, the more we blogged, the more we realized that it was doing a lot more than just that.
The "first" of anything is worthy of documentation and is always memorable. Like when a mom sees her baby doing anything for the first time, it warms her heart and it's forever engraved in her mind. Well, we had this special "first" moment with Nina + Frank.
Friends... We all want them and need them. Without them, what is life? Even with your future spouse, isn't it all about finding your best friend? We all desire a companion... someone we can go to, someone we can talk to, someone we can cry with and most importantly, someone we can trust.
Many photographers have asked us if it’s worth attending a bridal show. Our answer is always, “YES!” I mean, why wouldn’t you? Hundreds of brides come TO YOU! We have met countless brides and couples there and it provides 25% of our annual income.
Our previous client referred us to Ashton and Victor and we were so grateful that they did. Totally remember meeting Ashton at Cafe Intermezzo with my wife and learning about her and the plans that she had for her wedding. One thing we learned about her was that she is someone who makes decisions well and executes her plans. She came with just a few questions and after answering them, she simply booked us 13 months before her wedding date.
We couldn't believe it when Kelly inquired us about her daughter's senior portraits. We totally remember her baby Hannah when we used to attend the same church years ago. We were like, "wait... Hannah? She's a senior in high school??!" Wow... it's unbelievable to me how fast time is flying.
As parents, don’t you want to freeze time sometimes? Don’t you ever look at your child and wonder, “Wow…. I wish she could stay like this forever.” or “I really love the stage that he’s in right now.” As parents ourselves, we too have felt that way many times and still do…. and you know as well as I that kids grow up fast and you want to do whatever you can to remember every stage and what they liked or were into during that time.
Style... That word is what comes to my mind when we think of Tanekka + Robert. They know what style is and they have it! They were our first couple to shoot at the Swan House couple of years ago and it was the most epic engagement portraits we have ever done!
We got to partake in not just one, but TWO days in Noren + Arsalaan's wedding festivities... It was held in North Carolina, so it was fun to do something out of norm and travel a little. It was our first time getting to know Charlotte, but it was more exciting getting to know our couple!
There are many reasons why we enjoy engagement portraits that are beyond taking the photographs of our couples. During these sessions, we really learn a lot about our couple’s personalities, the chemistry between the couple, how comfortable they are in front of the camera, how they interact with one another.
Rain... we've been getting a lot more of it than we would have liked this summer. It's as if Georgia has become Florida... hot and humid during the day and then afternoon thunderstorms in the afternoon... Well, because Fraderica + TJ didn't have first look on their wedding day, they decided to do a post wedding session. We were stoked when they told us that it was going to be at the Swan House!
Don't get me wrong... I love weddings. Of course I do! But, one thing that makes a portrait session better than a wedding day is that we can talk to our clients and really have a down to earth, stress free conversation as we shoot with them.
You know it's an amazing wedding when my wife comes to me and says, "If we ever get married to each other again, I'd do it just like this...". Yes, it was that beautiful. The venue, the style, the colors, the bridal party, the guests, and of course the dapper groom and his gorgeous bride. And can we talk about her dress please?
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.
We met online. :) Yes, that is the way we met Fraderica and TJ. They found us thx to Google more than a year ago! I'm so happy to finally be blogging their wedding day for you all to see. Everything about this wedding was grande... From Fraderica's fabulous dress, to TJ's change of jacket, to the venue, the wedding party and all the decor.
Sometimes we can't believe that in the nine years that we've been in business that there are still venues that we have never even heard of in the Atlanta area! Well, we were extra stoked to shoot Mary-Alice + Dylan's wedding because it was our first time shooting at their venue, Little River Farms.
We first met Jon at a wedding that I was shooting about three years ago. I was the photographer and he was the videographer! We had the best time shooting together and he really made it easy to work as a team at that wedding. We just clicked! We got to know each other in the little time that we had to chat, and he soon told me that he will be getting married in the next couple of years.
Words are powerful. It can literally make or break someone. God himself created this world through the power of His words and taught us that there’s power in what we say to ourselves and to each other, and I fully believe that. We begin this blog with this statement because meeting Daphnee and Keniel was nothing less than powerful to us.
Family... sometimes the word says it all. When it's family, you understand and love no matter what. When a baby is born, isn't it amazing how you feel such an immense love for that child as soon as you see them? As soon as you touch them?
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.
There were so many unique things about Winona + Gavin's wedding that will make it so memorable. If you know us, we love and appreciate culture very much, so one thing that we had in common with this couple was that! We are a mixed culture couple as they are so we were able to relate in many ways.