For the past year I have had a desire to give back using photography weighing on my heart. My schedule always seemed to fill before I could make plans, but this year I made it a priority. I came up with a way to combine several things I love - my couples and families, helping animals, and photography. So I hosted a day-long mini session marathon for my past brides and families. Together with these amazing people (and their fur-kids), I am THRILLED to announce we raised $2,000. This money will go towards helping the Atlanta Humane Society do what they do best - rescue those that need help the most. The incredible people that work and volunteer at AHS were very generous in allowing me to come and visit and meet some of the animals we helped (Christine is the best!). They do hard work - emotionally and physically and I am so thankful for them! If you would like to donate to AHS or volunteer, I promise you won't regret it! ...and if you would like me to send you pictures of dogs that are available for adoption each week - let me know, I can do that too! They have several ways to help - monetary donations, purchasing items on their wish list, sponsoring a dog or cat, or even fostering. If you have room in your heart and home, I encourage you to go visit one of their campuses and fall in love with these sweet babies yourself!
When you've been in business long enough, your brides start having babies and I LOVE IT! I'm so thrilled the JDP family is growing by one sweet bundle of joy just in time for the holidays! I was so excited to meet up with Whitney and Scott for their maternity session at Amerson River Park in Macon, Georgia where they live. Even though their wedding was over a year and a half ago, it felt like hanging out with old friends. Whitney and Scott are so sweet together and I loved seeing them in this new phase of life. The light was gorgeous, Whitney's bump was adorable and now I cannot WAIT to meet Greer! Whitney and Scott - thank you for letting me share in this exciting time. I am thrilled for you two!!
Last week I had the pleasure of hanging with Jackie, Alex and Fin not once, but TWICE!! I think wine and burritos at Ponce City Market should be a weekly tradition. While we were hoping for a gorgeous fall day for their session, it was HOT. Thankfully these two were troopers and we captured some fun and beautiful portraits. Alex arranged for a photographer to capture their actual engagement so I was exited to work with pros! These two are obviously best friends, but Jackie and Alex are also so smitten with each other. They had a hard time NOT smiling which made my job a breeze. I am SO excited for their wedding next spring and although I don't give up my Cinco de Mayo plans lightly, these two are worth it! Jackie and Alex - thank you so much for taking time out of your busy week to capture these images! I hope you love them as much as I do!
Oh Blue Ridge, you've been a home away from home the past two weeks! I met Holly and Ray at Aska Farms in Blue Ridge for their maternity session. It was SUCH a beautiful venue and the perfect place to capture these images. These two are absolutely hilarious together and so full of life. Holly and Ray left their two golden retrievers at home for their babymoon in Blue Ridge and took a night away from their vacation to capture this sweet time in their lives. They have a baby girl on the way due in December... and in a few days Ray will deploy to Afghanistan.Their sacrifice seems unimaginable and I am just so honored to have been a part of this. Holly and Ray- you guys are amazing. Thank you so much for spending a night to hang with me and for your service. Your attitude about it all is incredible... but next time we include the pups.
For this session we went OTP, I'm talking REAL OTP, and I loved every minute of the beautiful drive up to Helen to see Alston and Chris (and sweet Rosie!) for their engagement session! They hike this trail almost every weekend so they wanted to capture images in this cherished spot. The trip was EXTRA worthwhile when sweet Alston gave us a bag of her delicious rainbow/Easter themed rice krispie treats to enjoy on the ride home... or right then (I think I had two before we actually started shooting). The trail was absolutely gorgeous and Alston and Chris' GSP pup, Rosie, was extra excited to be in the mountains! Although I think Morgan was more excited than Rosie because he got to test out a few drone shots while we were there; still need some practice but it was fun!! [I promise I won't share the video - it will make you a little (or a lot) nauseous from the spinning.] It seemed like we were quite literally going to go "over the river and through the woods" but then we also went through the river as it was the quickest way to get back to the car to head to our next stop on the trail. I absolutely loved exploring North Georgia with these two; they were such troopers - especially Alston navigating the trail in a dress at the end!! I'd say it was all worth it, wouldn't you? Alston and Chris - thank you so much for being up for anything. Rosie - thank you for the endless kisses. Can't wait for the big day!!!