Erin + JP’s wedding was memorable in many ways… when we arrived at Erin’s friend’s home for her getting ready shots, we just knew it was going to be a good day. As soon as we walked in the doors, we were greeted by her friend, Eric, who was absolutely hospitable. When we walked in, we felt like we entered a magazine… everything was perfectly and beautifully decorated!
If you know us, we are crazy about Disney! And, we do believe that it's the happiest place on Earth just like they advertise. :) We have been there many times with our kids, but honestly, I think we enjoy it more than our children. :) Well, our next couple, Maggie + Kody, feel the same way about this magical place, so we knew that we were a great match! When you have something especially a hobby in common, you can't help but bond and relate.
We have patiently waited for Leah + Jack's wedding because we KNEW that it was going to be a beautiful day. We've been to Big Canoe before, but never shot a wedding there, so we were excited about that as well. As the rumors have it, it really was a gorgeous venue. The view is magnificent! It made me feel like I was not in Georgia; rather, a place where you get away to just breathe and take all the beauty of life in.
Ok so... we broke a new record at Ashley + Bobby's wedding. We broke the "we cried the most at this wedding" record. We are not just saying it either... really, there were so many emotions... beautiful emotions that is. Life brings all sorts of joys and difficulties and all those things build our emotions.
When you share such a special journey with someone, you really get to bond with them and share memories that you'll forever remember. We are so privileged to be able to do that with our clients. I mean... isn't your wedding day the MOST special day of anyone's life? When we greet our bride and groom the morning of their wedding when we arrive, we are welcomed with the most bright smiles.
I was born in South Korea and grew up there until I was eight years old. Even as a child, I was fascinated with foreigners. It was rare that I saw an American person, but when I did, I thought it was the coolest thing. Through my dad (step-dad who was the only father I ever knew and called, "Dad") who was stationed in South Korea, I got to see so many Americans at the military base.
So, we have a weird tradition that we had no intention of starting. Every time we go on vacation, on the way there, we get an inquiry for a wedding via email or a phone call and book it! Last year, we did that with Katie, and she made our long drive so enjoyable!
When September comes around, it's exciting because we know that we get to see some families that we haven't all year. Sure enough, Brittany emailed us to do their annual family portraits... we immediately wondered how much their son has grown over the year. We shot this couple's wedding and now this is their, I believe, second family shoot with us.
My personal trainer's motto is "You have to take care of yourself first before you can take care of anyone else." She says this to me all the time.... to stop feeling guilty for treating yourself. She doesn't mean to be "full of yourself", but she's trying to make the point that making sure you're taken care of is a very healthy thing that affects everyone around you.
So many photographers ask us if we attend bridal shows and if it's worth it. Um.... YES! It's always a YES for us. You may notice that we begin many blogs by saying, "We met so and so from a bridal show earlier this year...". And, we begin this blog by saying the same thing!
Family... it's the greatest gift. At times, we forget that and take it for granted, but in the end.... we love our family and that's what life is all about. As human beings, we can't help but to long for it, desire it and cherish it. There's no family that is perfect, but through struggles and through triumphs, we forgive and celebrate one another over and over again.
One of the things that we love doing with our clients is coordinating their outfits for their engagement session. Our brides send photos of their ideas to us and go back and forth with suggestions and more ideas. Ashley wanted an all out glamorous shoot for her session, so when she sent us a photo of her red dress, we were in LOVE!
Well, we were so happy when their wedding date finally arrived and as expected, it was one incredible day. From the beginning to the end, everything went well.... like everything. "How could it be?" is what we wondered all day. It was so relaxing that we thought we were in a wedding dream. :) Ah Hyun and her bridesmaids were so nice and respectful and helpful.
Inge inquired about our new line of photography called, #COKids Themed Portraits, and we were stoked when she told us about what her two girls were into. She mentioned swimming for both of the girls and then fashion/art for her younger daughter, science/chemistry for her older one. What GREAT themes! As soon as she told us, our brains went wild!
Thx to Google, we met this beautiful couple... Benny googled, "Photographers who shot at the Atrium" one day and found some images taken by us. So, he contact us through our website and we connected. He said, "Your photos intrigued me." (Benny, do you remember writing that email?) When we found out that he was a designer at Coca Cola, we knew that he has an appreciation of art, of creativity and of photography.
We met Erica at a bridal show, and I clearly remember the joy that she carried with her when she came to our booth. She too has a lot of experience with weddings. Because she knows the industry and understands how to run a wedding, we clicked right away.
If you're in the south, I'm sure you'll agree with me that it's been one long, hot summer... Just when we expected it to cool down by the end of Sept, the heat wave continued throughout Oct. We originally had Kelsey + Ryan's e-session scheduled more than a month ago, but we decided that the weather would be much better in Oct.
At the end of a wedding day, the most memorable part that we take home with us are all the emotions that we experienced with our couple. When we first begin the day, we meet our bride first as she starts getting ready and anticipates what's to come.
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.