It's hard to believe I've known this sweet family for FOUR years now. What started as a work relationship after a photography meet up has turned into wonderful memories of work-cations with husbands, kids of the two legged and four legged variety, man-dates, photo session swapping, many dinners at Taqueria Tsunami, and birthday parties and showers. Now we get to walk through this next phase in our lives with Amanda and Jason holding our hands along the way as the experienced pros. I remember casually telling Amanda we were pregnant (like a DAY pregnant) while eating Sonic on our way to a wedding (our tradition). She knew about our struggles and about my fertility appointment earlier that week and I was DYING to tell her... ironically about a week later she told me that they were expecting baby number TWO! We are due 6 days apart and I can't wait for our babies to meet. ...I also wish we could get a 2-for-1 deal at the hospital. Morgan and I are so grateful to call these folks our friends, but I'm also incredibly grateful for the example they set as parents and husband and wife through this chapter in their lives. Amanda and Jason - I hope you're ready for ALL the matching onesies, weekend trips, and us harassing you with questions about what in the world we are supposed to be doing with this baby. We love you guys!!!
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.