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. :)
Spring... it's a very special season. The air feels and smells new, flowers are blooming, temperature is just right. You just get this sensation of starting anew in life. I think that's why we all feel this urge to 'spring clean', open the windows, and smell the fresh air.
We all know that weddings take a lot of planning, but did you know that engagement portraits require a lot of work too? I think one expectation that couples don't have for e-sessions is the planning that goes behind it.
One of the most exciting things that our business has brought to our lives are opportunities to connect and meet new people, business owners and companies, big and small. Over the years, there have been many collaborations, features and publications that we have been part of... so much that we can't even post everything about them anymore!
"Do you ever get tired of weddings?" is a question that we often get asked. Are you kidding me? No... We have lost count, but since our business has begun, we have shot around 300 weddings now, and we have cried at every single one at one point of the wedding or another.
When did Spring ever begin at the end of April in Georgia? We all know that we've been experiencing unusual weather this year, but it's slowly, but surely becoming Hotlanta again! I didn't ever think that I would miss the heat, but I guess I've become a true Southerner, and that heat is feeling good.
The older I get, the more I realize how small our world is. Until we met Michele + Jung, we didn't know that we had so many mutual friends! It's neat how much closer you feel to that person when you have something in common - they call that a "me too" moment, and it literally makes you feel more comfortable with that person.
Wanna hear a funny story? So, when we meet with a couple for a full consultation, we book 95% of them, and we intend to keep that stat going. But, after we met with Kelsey + Ryan, we have to be honest with you.... we totally thought that they were not going to go with us.
Christina + Ben moved to Georgia not too long ago this year and had a specific look in mind for their engagement shoot. Christina really wanted to do a shoot at a carnival, and she found out after researching that there was one going on in downtown Atlanta.