Happy Birthday to me!!! I will be turning 32 March 1st and I’m so excited what this year will bring for me. Last year at this time I was in Las Vegas attending WPPI, a huge photography convention! While I was there I decided to join Blue Dandelion Photography and The Salty Peanut photography for their stunning styled shootout. I love their creativity in deciding to bring trees into the desert! Their team of models were fun and fabulous… not to mention it’s always a plus when the couple is a real couple in love! It was great meeting new photog friends, not to mention seeing old friends like Julie Paisley. I had such a great time and I’m sad I’m missing it this year. I heard on the DL something very special they have in store, so keep an eye out to see their posts. Until then enjoy these warm desert photos on this wet, not so snowy, day!
While your man is watching the Super Bowl come out and be pampered by SayBre Photography! Professional hair and makeup plus champagne and chocolate are only some of the things you’ll be getting. You’ll also get a custom made little black accordion book of 14 retouched images just in time for Valentines Day! Bring a friend and you’ll each get $25 off. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your limited spot, we’re only excepting 8 girls!
2014 was truly stunning I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings!
This past year was truly an unforgettable one! My business took me places I never imagined. I photographed in France, Germany, New York, Oregon, Louisiana, Nevada, Georgia, and so many charming weddings here in Alabama. I recently learned I won WeddingWires Couples Choice Award as well as the Knot Best of Weddings 2015. It all seems sooo surreal to me. I am very lucky to be doing what I love. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for all of my amazing couples. The support from my friends and family has been endless. But most of all I couldn’t have done it without my loving husband by my sides. Running a business is really hard and he’s been there for me since day one. Believe it or not he is actually the one who came up with my name, SayBre, almost 10 years ago! It’ s actually suppose to be a pun, say cheese. Not many get it but I still love it and will never change it!. I am sooo excited to see what 2015 has in store for us. I look forward to having the honor of photographing more love stories in the coming year. I consider each couple a friend and I can’t wait to meet all my new friends this year!
I tried to gather 2 to 3 photos from each event I photographed in 2014… it was really tough to narrow down! I also realize with all my travels I put blogging on the back burner, so in the next few months I’m going to blog past weddings as well as stay on top of this years! Let’s call this a new years resolution! I hope everyone had a fantastic New Years and here’s to 2015, cheers!!!
I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Father’s Day. My dad past away when I was 16 which only made me a stronger person in the end. But every time I shoot a wedding and there are daddy daughter moments I still feel it tug at my heart. I know my father would have been sooo proud of where I am today and I wouldn’t be the person who I am if it wasn’t for his strong humor, kind heart, and the best friend that he was. I hope all of you make sure to let your dads know how special they are this weekend. I know I’ll be thinking of mine <3
So wedding season is in full gear and I am super behind on blogging! But todays post is truly stunning. I met Lacey at the January bridal show and she literally signed the contract there! It was a good thing she did too, because someone else asked about her date that same day. I love Lacey and I’m soooo glad we got to work with her and Kevin. They were such a fun laid back couple who only cared about saying I do to one another. It was my first time shooting at Douglas Manor but I have 2 more weddings there in October. I loved photographing this beautiful venue in the summer, but I’m really looking forward to seeing it in the fall with all the trees changing colors. Until then let these photos filled with pinks and greens take your breath away!
Twins and best friends! I also have the pleasure of photographing Lacey’s best friends elopement in Paris this Fall!!!!
Lacey’s mom found her a four leaf clover on her wedding day! I know she will keep that forever and remember how lucky she is!
Kevin has had this truck for years and he fixed it up himself. They have had a lot of memories in it so of course it was the car they wanted to ride off in!
I wish every wedding ended with heart shape sparklers!
Happy Valentine’s Day my lovelies! I hope you all have something special planned with your loved ones. I am sooo excited to share this post. I recently learned my friends mom collects vintage wedding cake toppers. Right away I asked if I could photograph them so she could share her special collection with the world! I wasn’t sure what to expect when picking them up. But they’re truly one of a kind. They are ceramic couples and are all hand painted. Some of them even go as far as to having little tulle dresses or veils. I also love how some of the larger ones incircle the bride and groom with vintage lace or flowers. This collection is truly unique, thank you Ms. Leah Tucker. I will keep an eye out in the future for any to add to your collection!
Also if you’re still looking for something to give your loved one today, what could be better than a dozen red roses? Getting a subscription to our flower CSA! 10 weeks of local, seasonal, sustainable bouquets! Help support our farm with something beautiful in your life. Click HERE to learn more!
Part two of all my lovelies. This post ends with a feature I had in Southern Bride in December. It was a great way to end 2013 and bring in the new year. I absolutely love all the work they publish and I’m honored to be a part of it. It’s available until spring, so if you’re newly engaged be sure to check it out!
To get ready for the new year I attended two ah-mazing workshops on the west coast. One by the beautiful Elizabeth Messina in Santa Ynez California and the other by the talented Erich McVey in Bend Oregon. These workshops really opened my eyes to my potential and have inspired me to bring new and exciting things to the new year! I definitely plan to attend at least one workshop a year to keep me on my toes. It’s important to interact with other artist and see the world from another perspective once in awhile. I’m always trying to keep things fresh in my work so I have to stay forever inspired. Weather it’s going on a date night with my hub, attending a workshop, planting flowers, trying new equipment, seeing a movie, eating something orgasmic, dancing under the stars, but most of all attending all these beautiful weddings! I looove seeing what all these creative couples put together for their special day. It’s truly inspiring and I love capturing every detail of their love story for them to have beyond their lifetime.
Last year I came soooo close to reaching 1k fans on facebook. I have never pushed for likes or done some sort of giveaway to entice fans. So I am very grateful for each and everyone one of you. I really am only a few likes away. So if you like my work and want some more eye candy in your feed, then please follow me Here. I hope everyone had a 2013 to remember, but here’s to 2014!
Ohhhh, if I could only post more of my boudoir photos!
First off let me tell you, that by far the hardest part of my job is minimizing the amount of photos I give my clients. I am such a packrat and I love all my photos so much that it’s sooo hard deciding which images see the light of day. I’ve been told several times that less is more, but it’s impossible for me. I wish I could take a class that would help me with this, but until then I will continue to go overboard! So much so that my best of 2013 has become two posts I tried to choose one or two photos from each session I did this year to share. They’re not necessarily my favorite photos from each, just the ones I felt fit with the rest. I suppose I could have broken it down to weddings, engagements, etc… But I sorta loved seeing them all together! It really shows how my style carries through all my work.
I can’t express enough how grateful I am to be doing what I love most in life and getting to know soooo many amazing people along the way. I truly wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for all of your beautiful faces! I hope to stay in touch with all of you for years to come. It was such an honor capturing these special moments in your life and I can’t wait to see what the new year holds! I have many new things in store for SayBre!!!
Gorgeous church celling!
Snowed during this cute couples engagement session!
This year I got to photograph and taste so many beautiful cakes and treats I thought I would share! I’m currently working on a best of 2013 blog post of my couples… but it is sooo hard choosing just one photo from each stunning wedding! I kept getting distracted by all the sweet treats so I figured I would do a post on them first. Warning this post may cause drooling with the end result of going out and getting your favorite desert! My hubby and I are personally addicted to original tart frozen yogurt right now. We actually had homemade pies instead of cake at our wedding. What are you planning to have at your wedding? Here’s some inspiration!
My brides always give the cutest gifts to their guest. For example here my brides made their own jams and honeys to share.
Megan & Daniel made crossword puzzles about them for their guest to be entertained while eating
So a few months ago I did something totally crazy and signed up for an ah-mazing photo workshop by the lovely Elizabeth Messina. It made sense to me because I was already going to be in sunny CA shooting a wedding the same week of the workshop where it was taking place. So I splurged for my business and inspiration and signed up. I then found out my mom was going to be visiting my sister in Portland, OR the next week. So I figured I should go as well. Before I left I learned about the Erich McVey Workshop happening in Bend, Oregon the same time. I kept going back in forth in my head if I should do both. I decided it was too much and that I couldn’t afford two big workshops in one year. But after attending the Messina Workshop it just made me want to go ten times more!!! I have absolutely no regrets! The Erich McVey Workshop was truly inspiring. I’ve attended some amazing workshops but none as moving, educational, and stunning as Erich McVeys! What I loved most was how personal him and his wife were with everyone. He wasn’t put up on a pedestal, but instead gave you the confidence that you could be sitting where he was one day. The team he put together was unforgettable as well as the other attendees and the entire experience. I would highly recommend this workshop to any photographer needing to move forward in their carrier. I’m so honored to have been a part of it and I’m still swooning over my images.
I also made friends with one attendee, Michele Beckwith who I adored! She signed up for both workshops too, so it made me feel less crazy. I also got to know Ginny and Holly from right here in Birmingham who did all the stunning styling and flowers for Erich’s Workshop. These ladies are the true dream team. They can put together stunning center pieces with just the environment around them. One really big thing about these two workshops is that both Erich and Elizabeth are film shooters. Because of them and other high end wedding photographers, shooting film seems to be a trend that’s picking up. It’s a tinny bit funny to me that I shot only film at The Brooks Institute and at UA and now that I finally own all the digital gear I need, film is moving forward. I learned the pros and cons of both and I am very inspired to at least become a hybrid shooter. At the bottom of my post I tried to put a film photo and a digital photo next to each other so everyone can compare the two. They are very different looks but I love them both!!! There is a bit less editing involved when shooting film, but you are paying for it to be processed and scanned. However, sometimes I would pay extra just to take a break from editing nonstop.
I did go on a limb with my friend last week and bought a sidewalk raffle ticket and we won 10K!!! So deciding to go to both workshops was the right choice and meant to be. Because all the money I spent on them I just won back?! WooHoo! Keep your eyes open for some new rebranding in my future So much to do, yayaya! Until then enjoy these photos from the workshop and let me know if you prefer film or digital?