I was the third (non-medical) person to meet sweet Lucy. She was only an hour into this world and had already wrapped her parents around her little fingers... and may have made my uterus ache a little. Her perfect little face and tiny little fingers... just makes you melt. I was so honored that Haley and Thomas wanted me to capture those first few moments as a family of three. It's an incredible and fleeting time and I'm just so glad Lucy made her arrival before I had a wedding to shoot so I could be there. Once these three were settled in at home, I was able to capture all the newborn sleepy, squishy-ness. Thomas and Haley are still in the "what are we supposed to be doing now?!" phase but they are already so comfortable in their roles as Mom and Dad. Lucy girl, you are in such good hands and Mila is all ready to show you the way (for better or worse). I cannot wait to watch you grow up and grow into your own little personality. Thomas and Haley - YOU'VE GOT THIS! And when you think you don't, you have an entire support system ready to help... I for one volunteer as tribute for baby snuggles when you need a break. LOVE YOU GUYS!
Only Annie and Graham could totally make you forget about getting a ticket on the way to a shoot. With their big smiles, easy laughs and a shared love of bourbon, we became fast friends and I had so much fun with them exploring Ponce City Market inside and out! Annie mentioned that she saw pictures of our dog Molly and noticed how similar she looks to their dog! Once I knew they had a pup that was getting left out of their engagement session and he was just up the road at doggie daycare, we made a plan for his jailbreak for a few pictures before sunset. However we first had to go up to the rooftop for bourbon old fashioneds and an amazing view! Although next time we are going down the slides guys!! I absolutely cannot wait for their wedding at the Estate next spring! Annie and Graham - thanks for getting all dressed up, braving the unseasonably warm weather (95 in October, WHAT?!) and making my night totally turn around! Love you guys!
I first met Grace when she was a student at Georgia Tech and I was working in the admission office. Even then you could tell that this girl was fierce and she was going to do whatever she set her mind to do. As anyone who worked on this wedding could tell you, she is also quite the planner. However the one thing she couldn't plan was how and when Jack would propose. Although in the short time that I've known Jack, even I could tell that he was going to do it in his own time and it would be super intentional. He is definitely a man with a plan and when he sets out to do something, he is all in. Just like when he went foraging for flowers and plants on his bachelor party and dehydrated them in the oven so he could fly them home for the rehearsal dinner decor! That is quite the dedication to a vision, don't you think? I was able to photograph their rehearsal dinner as well as their wedding day and it was so sweet to hear the [many] toasts and kind words about this couple. Jack and Grace seemed to be surrounded by the most amazing support system all weekend and I was so thankful to be a part of it right until the very last sparkler-lit kiss!
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.