Katie emailed me with enthusiasm on booking one of my fall mini sessions. It was for her, her boyfriend Kody, and their corgi, Leo. I love doing fall sessions no matter what, but couples and their dogs are ones that I don’t get to do very often and I thoroughly enjoy it. This session with Kody, Katie, and Leo was no exception. We had such a great time together and Leo was such a good pup! He even smiled for us a few times! While our mini session was…well…..mini, I always try to get to know who I’m working with a little bit even if it’s just for a short period of time. Kody & Katie moved here from Illinois and have been together since 2016. Their chemistry together was so natural and made my job SO easy. I look forward to more sessions with y’all 😛
Here are some my faves from their session (and I seriously could’ve just posted the whole thing, but alas…I can’t do that, lol). 🙂
Thank you to Kody & Katie (& Leo!) for allowing me to photograph y’all! You guys are so cute together and I look forward to possibly working with y’all in the future! 🙂
I love elopements, have I said that before? Pretty sure. I was contacted by Kelsey sort of last minute to photograph their small ceremony at our local courthouse. They had big plans on throwing a wedding for all of their family and friends, but y’all, and I felt this deep in my core, Kelsey said that they’ve decided to “Just get married and stop stressing about it”. She already had her dress bought, so they just went right along with it.
I met them very quickly before we began with their first look, which I ALWAYS advocate for. It was super sweet and perfect and Greg had the biggest smile on his face the whole day. Afterwards, while waiting for the official ceremony, we took some formals inside the building and right outside in their courtyard. They were called in began their lives together with the cutest ceremony and afterwards we done just a touch more formal portraits. I had only met Greg & Kelsey that day, but it was such an honor to have been their wedding photographer.
Here are some of favorites of Greg & Kelsey’s big day 🙂
Stunning couple, right? RIGHT. Thank you Greg & Kelsey for having me on your special day. I am so happy that I was able to capture these special moments for you all and wish you the absolute best in your lives together 🙂
So…you just got engaged. Congratulations! You’ve just said “Yes” to the love of your life and have finally settled down to start planning the big day. So many big decisions have to be made, like choosing the perfect date to get married on, and all of the vendors that will help make your day even better. It can be very frustrating or stressful, but once you pick out the best people to join you for the biggest day of your lives, things start to fall into place.
Once you’ve found the photographer of your dreams (wink, wink), maybe you’ve already had some engagement photos done. Maybe it was a family or friend that has an interest in photography, or a professional that you just wanted to work with before you found your current wedding day photographer. And that’s okay! But you noticed that the package or collection you chose includes an engagement session. Now, some photographers are flexible if you choose not to use the engagement session or may want to substitute it for a bridal session or some print credit. We all understand. BUT! I am here to tell you to USE. THAT. ENGAGEMENT. SESSION. And here are the reasons why.
I include engagement sessions into ALL of my wedding collections. Why? Many reasons. First, I want to know you better. To me, it’s important to form a bond between myself and my couples. You love my work? Awesome! You want to be friends? YES, let’s! You don’t want a stranger documenting your wedding day, you want someone you can trust that will capture everything around your perfectly. Think about it though, your wedding photographer will be spending the entire day with you. So, getting that engagement session with your wedding photographer gets rid of those “I’m kind of nervous in front of the camera” jitters. And you don’t want those on your wedding day…promise.
You’ll also get a good idea of how I am behind the camera. To me, it’s really important that you are comfortable working with me.
Doing an engagement session with your wedding photographer is crucial. The engagement session not only helps break that barrier, but we also get to know you better. What makes you laugh, what prompts work best for you as a couple, are you a “Blinky Bill” (sorry to anyone named Bill, lol) and to easy any anxieties you may have during our session. I also get to deliver images that are unique to your relationship and personalities.
I hear it a lot, “We are really awkward in front of the camera”, “My fiance really hates taking pictures”, or “I don’t know what to do”. Y’ALL, this is where I come in. I have some tricks up my sleeve that make you feel not so posed and give your photos natural emotion and movement, so you’re not just standing there all stiff like mannequins, haha.
Most importantly, take it easy! Think of this as a break from wedding planning. I know that’s easier said than done, but during your engagement session, you don’t need to think about anything other than being with the one that you love and just having fun. Other reasons to have engagements done? Save the Dates, cute new outfit, possibly do makeup/hair trial runs, make it into a date night later, and “Y’ALL, we’re getting married!” pictures 🙂
I didn’t meet Adam & Angela before their engagements, it was a phone call with Angela and she booked right away ❤ So, we went ahead and sent over each others schedules for their engagement session. Everything was perfect until the day of, and it was, of course, pouring the rain all day long. Adam & Angela had some engagement photos done prior to booking with me, and wanted some sunlight and nice weather for these, so we rescheduled, understandably. So we did just that….and then again….IT RAINED. We met up in Greenville and it ended up raining on the way and was really cloudy. The radar was just all over the place, haha. Y’ALL, we thought that we were never gonna be able to get them done. It was very important for them to have their engagements done at Falls Park as it was where they had their first date and where Adam proposed. So, it was vital to find a time that was perfect. We finally picked another date and it ended up being great!…for about 45 minutes.
Before it really started, we saw this incredibly bright rainbow peeking in between buildings and trees, so we just HAD to capture it in a photo. It also had great meaning for Adam & Angela as well from their recent bible study in church. It was just meant to be 🙂 It ended up pouring the rain and we somehow managed to run under a bridge for about 15 minutes. We met a fun little family doing a scavenger hunt as well, and I volunteered to take a photo like I was zombie hunting with a giant stick. So, I’m forever in a random family’s scavenger hunt photo somewhere, haha!
We caught a break in the last few minutes to get some in front of the famous downtown Greenville bridge before it came an absolute DOWNPOUR. I mean, I don’t think I’ve ran so fast to cover up my gear in my life, haha. Luckily, Adam & Angela had park in a lot nearby, so we didn’t get too soaked. But, even though their engagement session was cut short, I feel like we got to know one another well enough that day and captured some wonderful images celebrating their engagement 🙂
Right after this last photo, it started pouring, and I do mean POURING. We were going to walk on the bridge itself, but we didn’t even get that chance. The rain was like, “NAHH, not today” lol. I’m so excited to be photographing Adam & Angela getting married next Saturday on October 6th, 2018. Their day is going to be beautiful and I can’t wait to be a part of it 🙂
Oh, hey there. I walked outside today go to pick up my daughter from the school bus stop and thought to myself, why is it so hot? IT IS SEPTEMBER. It should immediately drop to 75 degrees once we get into this month, lol. But alas, it’s still 90 degrees and the humidity is too dang high. Thanks South Carolina! But what does this have to do with Blake & Hannah’s anniversary session? Well, when we shot these, back in May, BUDDY, it was HOT. But so was this session, some would say, it was LIT (forgive me for being lame, lol) 😀
I shot Blake & Hannah’s adorable outdoor wedding back in May of 2016. You can see that post HERE. You can also view their engagement photos HERE as well 🙂 They were adorable then, and nothing has changed. They may have grown a little as a couple, but my interaction with them was exactly the same and even more fun than any time before. I was running a model call for couples to fill out my summer a little bit and Hannah volunteered her and Blake. Immediate excitement on my part, haha. We just treated it as an anniversary session and went with it. Not only was it great getting to see them again, but it was just a great time shooting with them again. We laughed a ton, witnessed a duck murder (more on that below) unfortunately, and overall had a great time.
I could easily just share all of their photos from this session because I loved all of them so much! But I tried to keep it chill and only share a handful with you guys. So here are my faves 🙂
^^^Okay, so…..we were being all peaceful, just shooting away. I had Blake & Hannah sitting on this rock by the pond. Meanwhile, some ducks start swimming by. A few white ducks and then some random black duck. All of a sudden this black duck darts after one of the white ducks and literally held it under water until it died 😥 A straight up duck murder! It was awful! Blake tried throwing sticks and rocks at the duck so maybe it would let go and leave the other duck alone, but it didn’t work. RIP white ducky
I will forever encourage each couple of mine to take time for yourselves and celebrate your anniversary by getting photos made. I know once you get married you may not have as much time for things like that and sometimes it’s just nice to set this time aside and enjoy yourselves. Just have someone photograph you while doing it 😉
Thank you Blake & Hannah as always for being such wonderful models and clients for this shoot! I welcome you both forever and always to come and model for me 🙂