Ashley + Antwan / The Biltmore Ballroom Atlanta Wedding

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In all the 10 years that we've been in business, we've always had at least one wedding per month. We shoot 40 weddings a year (give or take 2 or 3), and they have always been pretty spread apart within the year.  But, not in 2018!  We didn't have a wedding for 3 months.  It was WEIRD! We really felt like something was missing... that something just wasn't right. Now, we of course had portrait sessions and all the business routines and beginning of the year things going on like updating your site, bridal show, new visions and idea, etc.... but, no weddings.  (Oh yeah, taxes... how can I forget about that?!) We didn't know what to do!  It was actually great to have a little breather and focus on our kids more and pay some attention to our house. But, we sure did miss it!  After a good break, Ashley + Antwan's wedding was coming up, and we were SUPER pumped.  More than ever before!  We were extra prepared and so well rested mentally and physically that we were ready to just give it our best and make the beginning of 2018 excellent!  Weddings have always had a special place in our hearts, but this break affirmed our love for it and that we enjoy it.  We don't see weddings as a job, we see it as a calling, and we are blessed to absolutely love and enjoy what we do!

Ashley + Antwan looked spectacular.  I mean, see for yourself... They're not just good looking folks, they're both so intelligent too!  Both are doctors, so let me tell you... we felt VERY safe around them.  If anything happened to us, I knew that they'll be there.  :)  It was wonderful to see both of their families come together to celebrate their union.  Their parents were so proud of them and rightly so.  I, as a parent, would too be so proud!  Their ballroom themed wedding was nothing short of amazing.  Ashley's dress was unique yet timeless, and I really loved Antwan's suit!  And oh!  Ashley had TWO dresses!  Now, that is one lucky gal, right?  They were both beautiful on her and these two just couldn't take a bad photo even if they tried.  Antwan, his brothers and groomsmen were so fun to be around.  We all laughed so much during portraits that it didn't even feel like work to us.  Ashley + Antwan, thank you, thank you, thank you!  Thank you for making our #1 wedding of 2018 wonderful.  We enjoyed every minute with you guys, and we only wish you both the best as you journey on with your marriage.  We hope you fall in love with your wedding photos!

With much love,

Craig + Unchong

Victoria + Melvin / Paris Baguette Cafe & Downtown Duluth Engagement

Victoria + Melvin / Paris Baguette Cafe & Downtown Duluth Engagement

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).

Eunice + Clement / Swan House & Atlanta History Center Engagement Portraits

Eunice + Clement / Swan House & Atlanta History Center Engagement Portraits

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.

Tawny + Neil / Southeastern Railway Museum & Lake Lanier Engagement

Tawny + Neil / Southeastern Railway Museum & Lake Lanier Engagement

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.  

2018 Birthday // I did NOTHING!

2018 Birthday // I did NOTHING!

“I know you’re busy, but….”

“Wow, your business seems to be doing well.  You guys are staying busy, huh?" 

“Being busy is a good problem to have!”

‘BUSY’ is the word that I’m still trying to figure out the definition of.  What does that really mean?  I feel that whether we want to admit it or not, we feel valued when we are busy. 

Olivia + Erik / Montaluce Winery Engagement Portraits

Olivia + Erik / Montaluce Winery Engagement Portraits

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. 

Darby + Cody / Ponce City Market Engagement

Darby + Cody / Ponce City Market Engagement

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.  

Emma's 10th Birthday // The Reason for it All

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.  

Diana + Marcus / Roswell Mill Waterfall Engagement Portraits

Diana + Marcus / Roswell Mill Waterfall Engagement Portraits

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.  

Obrist Family / Portraits In The City & a Surprise Lamborghini

Obrist Family / Portraits In The City & a Surprise Lamborghini

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.