Damaris | Preview

Matt & Stephanie live on a gorgeous, serene, and secluded farm about an hour from Athens, Georgia. It was lovely to be able to visit their home, and photograph them in such a beautiful setting that also holds a special place in their hearts. Damaris was almost two weeks old, and I could not have asked for a more perfect model. She slept peacefully almost the entirety of her session, and we had a fun, relaxing time photographing and visiting. Here is a preview from our session together! Full session to come.

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3 Porch Farm Plant Sale

photo (5)   Every Saturday during the Farmer’s Market season (which starts next Saturday), we shop at the Athens Farmer’s Market, where all of our favorite things are in one spot: good music, excellent coffee from 1000 faces, fresh local produce, tasty baked goods and treats, and friends. But, there is no doubt one of our favorite Farmer’s Market stops is at 3 Porch Farm’s tent, where Dmitri and Damon (and I’m sure Eleanor too this year!) get strawberry honeypops- popsicles made from strawberries and honey straight from 3 Porch Farm. Today, we went to the 3 Porch Farm annual plant sale, where we saw some of our favorite friends and local businesses, and we picked up seedlings for our summer garden. To the sound of bluegrass music, we relished the first honeypops and homemade chai of the year.

There was food from Home.Made Catering – and I finally got to try one of their famous cheese straws. I don’t even like cheese straws, but these were divine. I look forward to visiting Home.Made sometime soon. I heard an internet rumor that they might consider opening for dinner…mmm. Also present, Double Dutch Press had lovely printed items and Treehouse Kid and Craft set up a flower crown-making station. Dmitri and Damon love the craft classes at Treehouse (um, and the beautiful and cool toys!)

It was immensely encouraging to be surrounded by local businesses who base their business models on their own ethics, passion, and desire to make the world a better place- which might be a cliché, but a rare one in the business world. Steve and Mandy of 3 Porch Farm discussed on their farm tour how they have based their farm on interdependence, not competition, building community, and not just profit (of course, that has it’s own place in a business too!). How frequently do you hear someone say, “Oh, Farmer so-and-so is growing this tomato which is doing so well! We won’t grow that then, we will find something else.”

I cannot even tell you how this speaks to my heart and my own vision as a small business, an Athenian, and a human being.

I’ll stop gushing now. We love Steve and Mandy and what they are doing at 3 Porch Farm and Moonflower Designs (even if they are sickeningly cute.) And I will be photographing a wedding in June that Mandy will be designing the flowers for- yet another reason to look forward to the wedding! It’s going to be beautiful.

We love Athens.

And I am excited to get my little plants into the garden! Sunny and 70 tomorrow, how lovely is that?

 

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Faith + Andy | Chateau Élan Wedding Sneak Peak

Faith and Andy’s wedding day was a beautiful and intimate occasion at the gorgeous Chateau Élan in Braselton, Georgia, just north of Atlanta. I feel honored to have been able to photograph their lovely day. It’s incredibly enjoyable to work with a bride & groom who are so fun, sincere, and in love. I do not expect to tear up at a client’s wedding, but the love that was so evident at their ceremony reached me behind the lens. Congratulations Faith & Andy! Here is a preview of their day:

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Spring Daffodil Mini Sessions

Photographing lively, beautiful, and funny children is an invigorating way to start the weekend. The daffodils at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens are in full bloom, and despite forecasted chilly temperatures- the weather was perfect. There are a lot of variables that must align for a successful photography shoot with children – the weather, the child’s mood (or children’s moods!), the light, and of course, having my gear in line. There is nothing more satisfying than when I work hard for a successful shoot, and all that is out of my control orchestrates itself beautifully.

My favorite word at the moment is “catastrophist” – I generally plan for the worst, and hope for the best. It’s really lovely and encouraging when the best, happens.

Spring is absolutely here…!

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Molly & Nick | An Engagement Session at the State Botanical Garden

I cannot even begin to tell you how much fun Molly & Nick were to photograph. Their genuine happiness and love was evident throughout my engagement session with them. We laughed a lot. I have known Molly & Nick for a few years now, but one of the best parts of an engagement session is getting to know a couple even better before photographing their wedding. An engagement session is a part of my wedding package-regardless. I feel like photographing my clients is an intimate experience, capturing their beauty, their raw feelings, and allowing them to bare their soul. So, let’s not be strangers.

I seriously cannot wait for their wedding this summer.

I dare you to try not to smile when you look at these…and Molly lifting her foot up in the last photo? I didn’t even notice until I got home. I don’t know if it was on purpose, but either way, I don’t think they could be any cuter.

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