Summer’s End

Summer is winding down, and while the warm temperatures will stay for a while longer, my mind is shifting to the changing season. I have loved the sunshine and all of the water play with my water babies. Summertime is a laid-back kind of busy for me-the days are full, but fun. I enjoy the freedom of going here and there, playing with friends, and ignoring the to-do list a bit. But after a while, I need a more steady pace, a routine,  a rhythm. I feel tired, and a little out of control. It’s time for a new schedule, for starting the homeschool year with my kindergartner (!) and for fall weddings and family photo sessions!

I wanted to get a few recent photos of my own three little ones, specifically to capture my newly five year old before the start of school year. My three littles are not especially cooperative when it comes to being photographed and it’s a bit of challenge to play the role of parent and photographer simultaneously. But nonetheless, I think this session really captures Dmitri, Damon, and Eleanor and their respective personalities. And we had fun. At the very least, peanut butter cup cookies were involved.

A photographer’s note: I shot this entire session with my 85 mm f/1.4, which was new for me. I usually shoot children with my 50 mm f/1.4. I challenged myself to try something new, and I really love the results. I think I’ll be doing this more!

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Molly & Nick | 6.20.14 |Married

Molly & Nick got married at the State Botanical Gardens of Georgia in Athens with a lovely, locally-inspired wedding. Their day consisted of their favorite things and people they loved; I don’t think anyone could ask for a more perfect wedding day. Molly & Nick did a “first look” before the wedding ceremony, which is a special time to connect and let off a little steam (not to mention, a wonderful photo opportunity). But a unique touch that Molly added was to do a “first look” with her dad before going to see Nick. Molly’s mom gave her the bouquet at this time as well, which is a special tradition of Moonflower Designs.

Oh, and those donuts? I have been dreaming of them ever since. I will be driving to Decatur just to get one.

A beautiful couple, a gorgeous day, filled with special, meaningful moments- I am thankful for the privilege of being their photographer and sharing it with them.

Wedding Venue: State Botanical Gardens of Georgia Day Chapel and Reception Hall
Flowers: Moonflower Designs (a florist who specializes in locally grown flowers)
Catering: Home.Made
Cake: Cecilia’s
Donuts: Revolution Doughnuts
Band: Grassland String Band

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Graydon | Newborn

I had a relaxed, lifestyle session with baby Graydon and his lovely family. I loved the little interactions between Graydon and his proud, big brother, Birch. There is just something about brothers that pulls at my heart. I think Graydon and Birch are going to be buddies, and it reminded me a lot of my own two boys who are the best of friends now at 3 and (almost) 5.

This session really exemplifies what a lifestyle newborn session is about – photographing a family and capturing their life, beautifully, but also keeping it real. I love photographing all of the little awkward faces and poses that newborns assume on their own, the rambunctious toddler who wants to finish his work in the sandbox, and all of the love that is wrapped up in the simple moments. There is a place for photography studios, poses and props, but what really moves me and what I am passionate about is this right here:

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Wendell | 6 months

Wendell is back, and cuter than ever. This is probably my favorite shoot with him yet – I just love watching him grow and change through our photo sessions. 6 months old! What a fun age…exploring, happy, playful, and ready to go! I think he is going to keep his parents very busy. Thank you for being such a fun and happy model, Wendell!

Want to see more Wendell:
3 Months
Maternity

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Sharon + Andrew | Engaged

Where do I even begin with this engagement shoot? Two people that I love, a lovely beach, throwing things at each other…it just doesn’t get much better than that. Most of my sessions are in the Athens or Atlanta area, but for this session I got to photograph my sister-in-law and her fiance at Sunset Beach in North Carolina (which is a lovely, quiet island). I have had this shoot scheduled for a year, and it just couldn’t get here soon enough! I think it was definitely worth the wait…

The session started off sweet and classic. And then we headed to the beach for some fun with Holli Powder. Sharon had a friend bring her the powder from India for the session. I had to really clean my camera, but luckily their were no people or equipment casualties during our shoot. We had so much fun…I think the pictures make that evident. Congratulations Sharon and Andrew! I am so happy for you and cannot wait for your wedding.

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