There’s just something about New Year’s Eve… sometimes I don’t know how to think of it. It’s so bitter sweet, you know? It’s exciting that a brand new year is coming, but then again it’s sad that another year has passed. There’s so much hope in the new year and then there are regrets from the old.
appreciate our job more and more as I get older. The flexibility is priceless and the adventure is indescribable. I have to constantly remind myself to not take it for granted. Through our business, we get to see many places and experience all sorts of things, but meeting great people is what we love the most.
Over the last decade through our business, we have really been blessed to meet many new people through weddings, meetings and all sorts of gatherings. When you shoot one wedding, it’s like a chain reaction of people that you get to encounter and shoot their weddings too!
When I don’t get to go to a wedding with Craig, I’m nervous all day for him. I wonder if he’s ok, if he’s hungry, if there’s any problem, if things are running late, if the weather is cooperating, etc…. When I’m there as his wife, he can at least sometimes vent to me when things get stressful or whatnot.
Did you know that for the first few years of our business, I wrote all of our blogs “as Craig”. If you know our business story, I began helping Craig with our business out of pity. He started our blog since the very beginning and I used to proof read a blog here and there for him.
I will remember Alexandra + Robert’s wedding as the most elegant wedding we’ve ever shot. Everything that Alexandra picked out for her wedding was simply elegant in every way. From her hair style, to her jewelry, her stunning dress, makeup, EVERYTHING! She defined “classic bridal beauty”, and she was remarkably exquisite.
Many people ask us how we get our clients… they ask how much we invest in social media ads and any other marketing tools. Yes, we are active on social media, yes, we sometimes run ads, and yes, sometimes we make the right connections. Marketing is crucial in any business; however, we have found that no advertisement beats a satisfied customer.
They say, “the third time’s the charm.” But, how many of you know that that’s not true? It’s actually, the fourth time. ;) I applaud Meredith + Patrick’s patience because we had to reschedule their engagement session FOUR times! I know…. crazy, right?
Working in the wedding business, we have seen all sorts of wedding stories… Really, we could write a book. We’ve seen all sorts of personalities as well, and let me tell you…. Chloe + Zach’s are our fav type. Why? Yes, you got it… they’re so laid back and simply happy.
So… this is one of those projects around the house that got dragged on and on. Craig shiplapped a wall of this room and painted the rest like a year ago. Yikes! Somehow, life just passed by us so fast and every time I went to design it, something just didn’t feel right. It didn’t look right.
From the beginning, we knew that Cristabel + Curtis’s wedding was going to be special. Craig has met this couple before, but for me, even though I’ve never met them, I felt that we already had a connection. We shot Curtis’s sister’s wedding as well, so there’s that!
Do you guys remember one of our fav couples, Rhandi + Jon? We shot their wedding at Callanwolde less than 2 years ago… it was featured in a couple of magazines and even on the cover of a magazine as well. We had magazine reps fighting over exclusivity of their wedding… it was crazy!
We’ve been waiting for Audy + Corderell’s wedding to happen for awhile now! We couldn’t wait to be able to shoot at the Walnut Street Bridge in Chattanooga. We went a couple of times during the summer and knew exactly where we wanted to do their portraits.
How do I even describe this engagement shoot? Epic? Fabulous? Stellar? If you have a better adjective, please do share because I think any word would be an understatement of how these images turned out. Daniela + Paul rented out the Ventanas for their shoot and wow, it was so worth it.
Gosh… seriously ya’ll… We have the most gorgeous brides. It’s as if we have a modeling audition before we book our couples or something. Some people even ask if our clients are models! No, but when you scroll through these images, I know you will think that Olivia + Erik are.
Ok… so, let me begin this blog post with a little disclaimer. Everything we write on our blog is true. Now, honestly, I may not share negative experiences bluntly, but all the positive experiences really happened and are honest and true. With that being said, I’m going to be totally honest about something.
Home sweet home… what does that mean? I don’t know in words what the definition of that may be, but I sure can tell you how I feel when I’m home. No matter how nice a vacation can get, there’s just no place like home.
From these photos, there’s no doubt that Victoria was stunning in her dress, that Melvin was completely dapper and that every detail of this wedding was beautiful. Yes, all those things are true, but I will remember Tori + Melvin’s wedding by the key emotional moments that will always stand out to me.
How many of you guys are ‘planners’? I am and not at the same time… As I live this life, I realize more and more that balance is key to all aspects of life. Even if I was one of those extreme planners, the truth is that there’s only so much you can plan.
There’s a sweet bride and then there’s Gabby. She has the sweetest smile, the sweetest voice tone with sweet words flowing through… She’s always calm, patient and gentle. When I meet someone like Gabby, it always inspires me to become more like that. Yes, I do need more sweetness, gentleness and patience in my life!
Working with Craig 24/7 as his wife, I get to hear and see things that no social media post could ever cover. I can read him and know what he’s thinking before anyone. Sometimes, even him! I think that’s one of the beauties of marriage…. you just really know each other.
When I received our next couple’s inquiry, this is what was going on in my mind… The form that came in our email said, “Bride: Cherise Washington” and I read the rest of the form. Then, I went back to the email and read it again. I said to myself, “Cherise” then said, “Wait. OMG, Cherise Washington?!”
Oh, Sound of Music… Julie Andrews… Growing up, these were a few of my favorite things. :) (You see what I did there? hehe) I remember watching Sound of Music and Mary Poppins over and over and over again. My mom got me both of the movies on VHS (I hope you know what those are.) and I probably watched those two movies more than a thousand times.
If anyone asks me for suggestions about weddings, my response is always to keep it timeless and classy. If anyone needs an example of that from now on, I will definitely show them Tawny + Neil’s wedding blog post.
If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram, I think by now you know that Craig and I returned from our anniversary trip to Austria! I'm still processing everything that we experienced there together. It's still surreal to me that I was in Europe.
Gosh… some people are just adorable. Some people just have the gift of making you feel “at home” the moment you encounter them. It’s truly a gift, and Leah + Kevin have it! I just love people that make you feel comfortable… being a wedding photographer, I feel that photography in itself is actually a very small part of the business.
So, I remember at the very beginning of our business, someone told us that when you become photographers’ photographer, you know you made it. If that’s true, we are super duper happy and grateful! You see, Jenny is a spectacular photographer herself and quite an artist. Every time we are hired by a colleague, it’s really an honor and means that much more.
We met Christina + Peter through his brother, Paul’s wedding last year. It’s always very special when we get to be someone’s ‘family photographer’. We have clients that have been with us for at least 8-9 years. Wow!
I’m sure that we’ve all heard, “opposites attract”, right? From my experience, that’s very true, but at the same time, you gotta have a lot in common too. I love that Shayla + Gregory incorporated something that they love into their engagement shoot.