I love any excuse for a trip and when Colleen mentioned that Kaleb proposed on Tybee Island I immediately thought about doing their engagement session there! They both live in Valdosta but are getting married in Roswell so it was a great meeting point that was actually meaningful. We started in historic downtown Savannah at Forsyth Park. I had to set a timer so I wouldn't get carried away in all the beautiful nooks and crannies of the park since we had to make the drive to Tybee for the second half of their session! Colleen's parents have a condo right along the beach so it was the perfect place to make a quick outfit change... and get fresh drinks! Despite being a windy evening (duh, it's the beach), the weather couldn't have been more perfect for Colleen and Kaleb! ...and so was the people watching. We actually witnessed a wedding on the Pavilion and likely photobombed multiple "shoots" happening on the beach. I loved how these two were nervous about being in front of the camera at first but then just found the comfort in loving on each other during the shoot! Colleen and Kaleb - thank you for making the trip for your engagement session! I had so much fun with y'all and can't wait until next year!
Normally when I show up on a wedding day I have a general idea of what to expect in terms of the overall design and aesthetics as well as the personalities of my couple. For this wedding, I showed up with way more nervous anticipation... and in my slippers. You see I was wearing an additional hat for Becca and Mark's wedding - and that hat was a full length gown with a train. Having a dual role on a wedding day as bridesmaid and photographer was daunting, and to be totally honest, it was harder than I thought it'd be. However, I think there is only one person in the world I would do this for and that's Becca. We've known each other for over half our lives and I just wanted to make sure that Becca's vision and all the fun of that day was captured in the best way possible! I would say all of the planning, flights back and forth from Philly, dress fittings and stress of pulling off a destination wedding was worth it. The day felt like Becca and Mark in every moment and detail... especially in the cocktail napkins featuring their pup, Mika.
I remember when Amy and John told us they were having a baby. I totally squealed when I saw the pink heart and ribbon emojis. When your friends (and past wedding couple!) decide to make a friend for your little girl, that's true friendship! All kidding aside, it is humbling to be a part of these moments with any client but extra special when it is for your dear friends. Little Miss Caroline has already stolen her parents' hearts, I think she's especially got John wrapped around her little fingers, and I have no doubt she will bring light and love to anyone who meets her. She was a champ through her entire session and even put up with her dad's Georgia Tech fanatic antics! However, the real star of the show was their dog Bailey. I love when families include their fur-kids (usually the firstborns!) into these moments. Bailey was so sweet with Caroline and even gave her a few kisses. I am so excited to watch Caroline grow and hope to steal a few more newborn snuggles when she lets me. Amy and John - you guys are already doing an amazing job loving on this little girl and supporting each other. We are always here if you need anything!! LOVE YOU FOUR!!
I hope one day my kid(s) are as thoughtful as Paul and Jane's kids. This year for Mother's Day they gifted her something truly timeless - a family portrait session! There's always a reason NOT to have pictures done: schedules get crazy with activities, nap times don't align... let's face it - taking pictures with young kids can be stressful and feel daunting but I promise it is worth it. Plus when you have two generations of Mom-pros, they know all the tricks! We were able to spend the morning at Cator Woolford Gardens capturing just about every combination under the sun with the grandkids and the individual families. The Little family was up first. Evan and Seth weren't too sure at first but warmed up the second they were in charge of getting their little cousin, Elliot (who happens to be Mila's favorite date at the food truck park ), to smile. Everyone got to snuggle, chase and have a little fun but most importantly we ended with a chocolate treat! To all the Schwartzes - thank you for letting me capture this sweet chapter in your familys' lives. See you at the park!