"We want a small garden wedding with friends and family. It's going to be very relaxed, we have family flying in from Russia and we just want to be together."
I love it when family matters and the wedding day is just a great big excuse to enjoy each others company and friendship.
So many details revolved around her guests. Even down to making a special birthday cake for her nephew who was celebrating his 13th birthday that day. Everyone sang Happy Birthday, clapped and cheered while he blew out his candles. It was really sweet.
Congratulations to both of you!
What are the benefits of meeting up with your wedding photographer? Well, lets talk about that today.
I always meet with my clients before their wedding or portrait session and I do it for a number of reasons. We select a cosy place to sit and chat, maybe Cao or Panera Bread, someplace that gives us an area to talk but not be talked over. Meeting up allows us to actually set aside some of the distractions in life and focus on one topic. Planning to create the best images for you!
Have you ever had a friend tell you about someone they want you to meet? Someone they know you will LOVE but your paths haven't crossed. Well, that is how I feel about the albums, canvas wall art and enlargements that I offer. Everyone LOVES them when they see they. But it is just easier to understand fully what I'm talking about when you see them in person.
Question. We all have questions when we are learning about something new. When we sit together and chat so many questions get answered quickly as we go over everything. Things like what to wear to engagement sessions, what time to schedule an e-session, how the timeline will flow for the wedding etc. It's much easier and more efficient than doing emails back and forth, back and forth. We have all had those e-conversations and then realized, "Why didn't I just call them!?"
We all have a personality that mixes well with some people and then just clicks with others. Having that one-on-one with your photographer helps you know if you click. Because when you do, it's so rewarding! You are giving over the job and privilege to someone to be your eyes for your wedding day! It's a BIG deal. So when you click, you very often see life similarly and then their view of your wedding day is just like yours and you will LOVE your wedding images. It's win-win for everyone.
This is valuable time well spent, so call me when you begin planning your wedding or portrait session and we will sit down and chat.
Today I was going through some of my files and came acrossed this portrait session. I still LOVE it. It was a stylized for the mall when I lived in TN. We had such fun doing makeup, hair and rockin' some really cool outfits.
This is my favorite shot from the whole session. You are so beautiful my dear.
Well, this one might be my favorite. I don't know...I can't decide!!
Now, which one is your favorite? Comment below or I wont know which one you like the best!
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Today I'm going to do something a little more personal and I think some random facts are a fun way to do just that. They are in no particular order either.
~ Eating Peppermint Patties is a real treat
~ I have LOUD Snowshoe's Siamese cat named Zorro.
~ Praying is very important to me and I have developed an awesome system to record my requests. Just ask me more.
~ People watching is a hobby of mine, anywhere I go, I love watching others interact.
~ Growing up on a farm taught be about hard work, long hours and the peacefulness of rising early in the morning.
~ The library is a favorite place of mine. I LOVE reading.
~ Someday I would love to visit Ireland.
~ A Lamborghini is my all time favorite car and I have loved them since I was a kid.
~ Every vacation we take always includes finding the best Hibachi Grill.
~ Hiking is something I enjoy but the view at the top is always my favorite part.
~ I don't like the cold but I enjoy ice skating.
~ Traveling is always better with snacks. Someday I'm taking my husband back to see the Grand Canyon. My favorite place ever.
~ Listening to podcasts, audio books or the news is preferred over music.
~ I'm loyal through and through. I keep my friends close even when distance separates us.
~ High heels are part of my DNA. Even though I'm tall, I still enjoy them.
~ Pier 1 is my favorite store.
~ Cinnamon is the candle scent I enjoy the most.
~ Chocolate Chip Cookies are the best. Soft ones though, I don't like them crunchy.
~ Not all I eat is junk food though. I try and eat healthy most of the time.
~ When I was young my best friend called me Holly "Paper" Switzer because I collected pretty stationary. To this day I have a hard time passing up elegant stationary or journals.
~ It's better monogrammed.
~ I still date my husband after 11 years of marriage.
So...that is just a little bit about me. Thanks for reading!
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One Year. We learn so much about our spouse in one year. Life changes, we change and our hearts grow more entwined together. It's the working out of two hearts becoming one. I love seeing couples grow together.
Having come through boot camp with flying colors made her very proud of her husband. You can see it in her eyes. When he was finished, she wanted to do a 1 year anniversary session.
If you have read many of my blog post's you will see a theme. The great outdoors. I love being outside and even though I grew up in the country of Upstate New York, nothing was like the Mountains of the Blue Ridge. I LOVE having them as my backdrop!
Isn't this a sweet image?!?!
A sense of adventure runs deep in their veins so we had to stop traffic for this cool shoot!
May your future hold many new adventures, things that challenge you but also bring you closer and closer together. Congratulations.
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"Do I look ok? Should I stand like this? How does my hair look?"
Just like everyone who stands in front of my camera, she was voicing fears about not measuring up. But the truth is, being beautiful comes through your heart. Snuggled up to the one she loved, she just glowed and her heart shows through that smile.
The family hideaway was WAY up on top of one of the many mountains here in Amherst County. I kept driving and driving up the long dirt road and when I reached the top, the view was unbelievable. I could see for miles! Inside the log cabin it was much warmer than the winter weather outside so we did the session by the handmade rock fire place instead.
And yes, you both look great!
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Loyalty. It's why we call dogs a man's best friend. Loyalty is what carries us all through thick and thin. But loyalty in a person is harder to find. When Chelsey and Mark found each other they started with friendship then they also found one who was loyal.
If you follow Liberty Football you may remember Mark as #65 for the Liberty Flames.
That RING!! And the truth is she shows off her ring beautifully but she can also cook up a storm with her hands. Mouth watering dishes of all kinds have been created by Chelsey and that is one of the many things Mark loves about her!
I love nature, hikes and beautiful locations. This little one by the river was no exception! It provided a beautiful backdrop.
Ok, guys, it's your turn to be in the spot light! Most often when I see wedding images, lets be honest, it's all about the bride. But not in today's post. This groom and his men were all having a good time, and looked sharp while doing so, wouldn't you agree?
And just because he married into the family doesn't mean he will become a Patriots fan but he did pose for a picture.
But then this happened! Haha, sorry Kevin, I just had to take a picture.
This hand crafted, rustic wedding was filled with beautiful touches all through out. Even though I'm in Madison Heights, VA these friends of mine asked if I would be willing to do their wedding in TN. Umm, roadtrip! YES. I loved being able to be a part of their special day and captured some beautiful images in the evening during the golden hour! The light was beautiful and captured their joy just right.
These handmade pies were adorable! Each guest picked one up and had their own personal pie for dessert. It doesn't get much cuter than that!!
Janey called and asked for a photo session at Sweet Briar College before it closed. (It was rescued from closing, but we didn't know that yet.) She would soon be transferring and wanted to document her time at Sweet Briar because it had meant so much to her. She had stepped out on her own, in a whole new world and had loved every minute.
I learned, as we visiting Janey's favorite spots, how she come to Sweet Briar from China. We talked, laughed and had so much fun together.
This last one was enlarged for one of her canvas images as well as included in her beautiful album. She was so happy. Afterwards she texted and said again,"They are amazing!!! Like art work from you angles, I feel so pretty!! Beautiful, yes!"
This was one of the canvas collection options she had to choose from too.
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