I knew this crew back when there were just two, then Megan and Josh's family grew by three kind, spunky, blonde haired blue-eyed girls. I have watched these girls grow up and taken notes as Megan and Josh have navigated this whole parenthood in the best way possible - together. We finally got together for pictures instead of play dates and I'm so glad we did. The last time I photographed the Hutchins family was when Hope was a newborn and now she's THREE! Time flies when you're having fun... and total chaos when you have three kids so scheduling photos gets tricky. We started with a few pictures at their home so we could include Gus (my requirement) and then headed to Mabry Park where the fall colors were just STUNNING! The girls skipped, tickled, giggled, twirled, tossed leaves into the air and showed off their sweet personalities. Megan and Josh - thank you guys for showing us how to raise incredibly kind, silly, sweet and fierce little women and for loving on our little woman. Now it's time to update that framed photo in the office.
Sometimes timing is just right... like when we picked THE perfect weekend for peak foliage for Sarah and Ian's engagement session. And then sometimes timing doesn't exactly work out... like when the cork prematurely pops out of the champagne bottle you planned on sabering with a custom saber. Best intentions, right? Thankfully champagne tastes just as delicious no matter how you open it and we also able to have a little fun with it! I loved exploring the park with Sarah and Ian and hearing all about their magical proposal in Paris (which is where they learned to saber a bottle of champagne!). I first met Sarah when I worked at Georgia Tech and it feels a bit like the past and present worlds colliding! It's so amazing to see what all she has accomplished and I'm so thrilled to able to be a part of this special time in this new chapter! Sarah and Ian - thank you for letting me schlepp you all over the park and an EXTRA thank you for the thoughtful gift! Can't wait for next year!
I have lived in Atlanta for almost a decade and somehow this was my FIRST TIME exploring the High Museum of Art! I'm so glad I got to have Britt and Forrest as my guides. I love when couples incorporate a setting that is comfortable and meaningful to them and the High Museum is a place Britt and Forrest enjoy together often. They showed me their favorite exhibits and paintings... and dodged a few security guards that didn't believe we had received permission to photograph inside the museum! This was actually our second attempt at their engagement session as the first try was rained out so we thought we were in the clear to shoot some inside the museum and then some outdoors. The joke was on us that when we decided we had captured everything we wanted to capture inside and head outside, it started it rain. Thankfully Britt and Forrest were troopers and just went with it. I knew I loved these two before we ever met in person, but with their relaxed nature and sense of humor it's like they were meant to be my couple! I am so excited for their big day in the spring but even more excited to have two new friends.
As I added images into the Poucher Family's past online gallery, I looked back through the past few years of their sessions. Their family has grown and changed so much, but those ear to ear grins have stayed the same. It's so fun to see how James and George have become best friends and with the newest edition (maybe my favorite Poucher baby since John's initials are JDP), their brotherly love has just grown. Just seeing them together you can tell they will have many wrestling matches but even more hugs. Life throws curve balls, schedules get crazy, little ones don't stay so little... that's why it is so important to make time for photos with your family. Allie and Kirk - thank you for being up for a last minute date and for letting me hang with your family again this year!! Love you FIVE!
I had the chance to spend time with the Brooks family again this year and once again it was unseasonably chilly! We pushed back our session start time to avoid 40 degree weather... and settled for mid 50's. Maybe it's the south Georgian in me, but mid 50's is still pretty chilly. Thankfully Hunter, Sarah and Abby weren't phased and were up to explore the park. Abby is definitely an independent little lady full of spunk and the most gorgeous eyes EVER! Now that I have my own toddler with a mind of her own, I have a WHOLE new appreciation for how hard it is to physically prepare for your family photos AND also to mentally prepare for the shoot. Sometimes capturing a little magic takes time with little ones and that's ok! That's why it helps to pack a snack, some patience... and maybe have their favorite movie or song ready to hit play on your phone. Sarah and Hunter - thank you for giving up your morning to get your steps in chasing a little one around Piedmont. I know it may have been daunting, but I think it was so worth it!