So, before engagement shoots, one of the things that Craig gets to do with our couples is meet them in person at the consultation meeting and really get to know one another. One of the things I get to do is plan the engagement shoot with them. The most fun part of that is discussing their outfit choices! So, I texted Melvin to see what they had so far, and he said, "I'm wearing 1800 colonial american clothes.. and tori is wearing the swim suit from borat." (exact words).
It’s interesting how laughter is contagious... have you ever felt frustrated or just wasn’t in a good mood, but you hear someone laugh over and over and you can’t help but laugh or at least smile? It makes you realize that whatever you’re going through isn’t as bad as it seems. I’m blessed to have a husband who brings so much laughter into my life and our home.
Stories are what makes each one of us unique because we all have a story that's none like anyone else's. When Craig met Tawny + Neil for their wedding consultation, they shared Neil's love for trains. As soon as Craig heard, he knew that the Duluth Train Museum would be the most perfect place for their engagement session.
As I'm writing this, I'm in a state of shock that it's already March. Aren't you? I know everyone says it all the time, but one thing that I can't keep thinking about lately is how fast life is flying by. Our youngest turned 5, and I'm in denial of that... How can that be? There's never been such an urgency in my heart to really not waste time, but ironically, I've been realizing that 'slowing down' is what makes us appreciate time more and spend it with quality especially with those whom we adore.
When people feel comfortable, they act differently. It's no wonder that for the majority of us, when we are at home, we are comfortable... therefore, we tend to (or not) do things that we won't usually do in public. Well, as professional photographers, one of our jobs is to make our clients feel "at home" and comfortable with us and in front of the camera.
It's so interesting to see what's important to someone. I truly believe that everyone has time and money for what's valuable to them. I don't believe the words, "I can't afford it" or "It's out of my budget.". I translate those words into "It's not important to me." I have seen the lowest income people travel world, and I have seen the most wealthy struggle with basic needs. It's all about where you put value in your life.
I love it when couples choose their engagement portraits location because it means something to them. Diana asked for a waterfall, but I just thought that that's simply what she wanted. But on the day of the shoot, as we were walking through the VERY muddy path to get to this waterfall, we learned that Diana LOVES waterfalls.
Over the years, we have began many traditions, but taking family portraits is by far my fav. A "side tradition" that comes from that is me crying from looking at them. :) I just can't help it... I look at these photos, and my heart is filled with so many emotions. I mean, I just don't know whether to just sob and cry my eyeballs out or laugh because I'm so happy, so I just do both.
2017 was filled with the most stunning weddings that we've shot to date. This year has been even more special because we got to shoot more as husband and wife. Experiencing these weddings together has made our life more adventurous and fun and bonded us in ways we never had a chance to.
The first and the last of anything is so important and memorable... Laura + David's wedding was our last wedding of 2017. Our 37th... Every year on our last wedding, we can't help but feel fulfilled and overwhelmed at what the year brought us. We want to give it our extra best so that we can finish strong and well. This was our first wedding at Four Season Hotel and my gosh was it beautiful or what?
Our next bride, Stephanie, is quite special to us in many ways... Can't believe that we're saying this, but we have been knowing her since she was little. Like really little! Through our church, we got to know her amazing family.... and to this day, we admire them so much. Well, one day, Stephanie was all grown up and started working at the same church that we used to.
Because I'm such a homebody, people who travel a lot seem so brave and adventurous to me. Just thinking about going to the airport is overwhelming for me... and honesty, scary. It's so neat that they can just pack up and go to another country, adapt to what they have to offer and experience a totally different culture. When I came to America as a child, I had no choice, but to do it out of your own will is just awesome.
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.
As you can imagine, what we do is heavily dependent upon the weather... One of our morning rituals is to check the hourly, daily and the weekly forecast. If there's any chance of rain or other bad weather that could affect our portrait sessions, we contact our clients with our concern immediately to communicate what other options can be. But, how many of you know that Mr. Weatherman can be wrong sometimes?
"One day, if I ever make this much money, then I will give it to such and such...." was a thought we used to have. But, we realized that giving doesn't happen under certain circumstances, it happens when you decide to. With money, no matter where you're at, it's never enough because contentment comes from a sense of gratitude... in fact, they say, "More money, more problems", and that is so true.
We experienced two very different seasons with Nancy + Paul. Their engagement shoot was on a very hot, summer day and their wedding day was brrrrrrrrr cold! But, the skies were so clear and beautiful and sunny... We all pushed through it and still went outside for a few shots. We were so happy that they chose a beautiful hotel to get ready in, so we were able to do portraits inside as well. Loved meeting all of their friends and family and learning about the Egyptian culture.
One of the perks of being a wedding photographer is that you get to meet people from all over the world... Shin Ae + Dennis had guests who came from Korea just for their wedding, and it was so special to speak to them especially their grandmother who was the sweetest lady we've ever met.
Augusta, Georgia is a very special place for us... so many memories, and we love the fact that we now have memories with one of our fav clients, Elizabeth + Andrew! We have been seeing this family every year since we shot their wedding. This year, instead of them coming to Atlanta, we got to go to their town in Augusta!
Can you guess what Amanda + Geoffrey's wedding and ours had in common? Yes, PINK! :) Since I was a little girl, my fav movie was "Steel Magnolias", and when Julia Roberts in that movie had a "blush and bashful" wedding, I knew that I wanted my wedding to be a world of pink. Well, when Amanda told us that she was going to have a pink wedding, we just knew that we were meant to be! Her wedding day made us reminisce on our day so much....
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!
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!