November 12th, 2013
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?
Film vs Digital. Which do you prefer?
October 6th, 2013
I was so excited to get a call from the owners at Oak Island for a last minute wedding planned for a very special couple. I usually meet and get to know most of my couples before their wedding, but I met these two love birds the day they said I do. Elizabeth and Josh also decided at the last minute that they wanted to see each other before their ceremony. It was the most touching first look I’ve ever photographed. Josh looked so dapper in his uniform and when he first saw Elizabeth he was so overwhelmed he began to cry and hold her like he was never going to let her go. I felt so privileged documenting this intimate moment as well as their entire day of love. Thank you Josh+Emily for such an amazing time.
Josh and his mother were both crying during their mother/son dance that there weren’t many dry eyes watching. It made photographing them a little more challenging too!
August 6th, 2013
Jamie, aka Grace Aberdean, and I have known each other for a few years now. She owns the most amazing vintage shop in Tuscaloosa, AL. When she asked me about photographing her wedding I squealed with excitement! I knew her wedding would be filled with treasures and romantic details. She arrived pretty in pink to get ready at The Battle Friedman Home, a perfect location for this timeless bride to also have her reception at. Jamie found the most stunning 1960′s wedding dress to wear from Xtabay in Portland, OR! She looked absolutely gorgeous in it!!! I couldn’t imagine a more fitting dress on her which I believe Hunter agreed with. The two of them were like little kids giggling in love together. They were both so excited to celebrate with all of their friends and family. I really loved being a part of their wedding and getting to know so many great people! It was also a pleasure photographing along side with Kelly Lambert! Please enjoy a few photos from this special day.
Loved her programs, by Iris and Lola, with the wedding party on them!
In looooove with her glitter liner and blush kissed look!
Sweet pink 5 tiered cake from Edgars Bakery!
June 25th, 2013
Most of you don’t know, but one of my first photo jobs was being a Zap girl at University of Alabama. I would go to all of the sorority/fraternity parties and photograph what appeared to be the same photo over and over again of different girls and guys. I do think it helped a bit where I am today because I became very good at being loud and rallying drunk people into class photos at each event. Now I’m fast and to the point with family portraits and rowdy wedding parties, which you need to be on constricted wedding timelines.
Candice worked her way up to being my boss at zap and her sister Gabby worked there too. I was so excited and honored when she contacted me about Gabby and Curtis’s wedding! They were so much fun to work with and it was great seeing so many old zap buddies on their special day. Once again this year the weather was not looking so good. But it held off just long enough for the ceremony! We took a few photos after and then the skys opened up. Luckily it just passed through. Gabby wasn’t even phased by the weather or the muddy ombre effect her dress became. She was just celebrating with her new husband and all of her friends and family as they danced the night away on their farm.
Gabby had a locket with a photo of her grandmother wrapped around her flowers. Doesn’t she look like a Hollywood star!?
They also used photos from their engagement session on their program fans and water bottles.
Zap photographers who have or still do work there!
I sent Gabby to where I had my dress cleaned in Hoover and now it’s spotless!
June 18th, 2013
Ginna was a beautiful laid back bride who was barefoot most of her wedding day! She and Leighton are the type of couple you want to spend a weekend with at the lake, and I was lucky enough to do just that for their engagement session. After their session Ginna wrote to compliment me on how great it was that I was able “to get a guy to enjoy a photo session!” and that “Leighton was seriously bragging about you all afternoon.” This makes me giggle a little! We did have a lot of fun, which you can see in their photos.Their wedding took place on a stunning summer day at the Sonnet House in Leeds, AL. When we went to do their first look Ginna literally ran all the way to Leighton she was so excited! I love how they’ve known each other for most of their lives but are still giddy for one another. One of my favorite things from their wedding was the individual peach cobblers in place of the grooms cake! At the end of the night lids were placed on the cobblers and you could take one home for a midnight snack, which I surely did! Thank you G+L for such a wonderful wedding!
They had a polaroid camera for guest to make an instant scrapbook for them! Also a great way to make sure every guest was photographed
June 4th, 2013
Lauren+Tyler are an awesome couple! I loved their venu at The Ventanas. It had stunning views of Atlanta and a roof top with a helipad, which we were allowed to use for photos. Their wedding was very elegant with a hint of fun. Lauren loves Disney, and even had a job playing characters at Disney World! Now she’s attending law school. For the wedding to better represent them as a couple there were added touches of Disney for Lauren and several comic book super-heroes for Tyler! ellyB Events did an amazing job helping L+T’s dream wedding come together. Also I was in love with all the flowers! Jacki, of Stylish Stems, incorporated some awe inspiring succulents with a little blue and silver in the flowers, complementing the wedding colors beautifully. It was all around a fabulous wedding! I was honored to document such a sweet couple and such talented vendors.
Superhero cake pops and homemade jams for the guest!
Lauren and Tyler love the Disney movie UP. His boutonniere had the grape soda cap pin. For their guest sign in they did balloon thumb prints!
I love that you can tell he’s smiling in this photo!
Tyler gave all his guys superhero socks. Here they all are acting out their heros! I want to thank Trent, my second shooter for being so awesome and getting shots like this!!!
I loved when Lauren’s mom walked her down the isle half way. Then Tyler met them and then walked her the other half. It was very sweet.
May 30th, 2013
I met Jennifer and Josh over a year ago at the Atlanta Bridal Show and I was so happy when they decided to book me for their special day! They ended up having two engagement sessions in different locations with different looks. I thought this was a great idea because you can’t have too many amazing photos of just the two of you together. These two actually dated a long long time ago and things didn’t work out at the time. Years later when they both had changed careers and grown on their own they happened to fall into each others lives again and could not be separated. The love they have now is stronger than ever! I was so honored to document some of their love story. Please enjoy some of the photos from their wedding at Roswell Founders Hall. Also a special thanks to my second shooter, Trent Chau!
Confortable flip flops and a breathtaking necklace and bracelet for the Bridesmaids gift!
Jennifers gift to Josh. My mom actually gave us these books at our wedding! Here is one of the tips, “Don’t think it’s beneath you to put your husband’s slippers ready for him. On a cold evening, especially, it makes all the difference to his comfort if the soles are warmed through.” Haha Does that mean we’re suppose to wear them first to warm them up?!
Stunning Jimmy Choo Shoes and clutch to die for!
Gifts J+J got each other the day of.
Daddy daughter first look. He was laughing because he said we paid all that money for those shoes and we can’t even see them! He was just trying to get her to smile.
Jennifer+Josh chose not to see each other before the wedding but they did want a photo where they were both in it!
May 24th, 2013
Wow, the last few months have been the busiest months of my life. In all the chaos two of my high school bestest friends, Jill and Ashley, both got married. They both had beautiful outdoor weddings in the mountains and both were stunning brides. I hope to share Ashley’s wedding soon but until then here’s a sneak peek of Jills. Her venu felt like a resort. The wedding party, which I was in, stayed in big cabins throughout the property. They had a total of 15 in their wedding party and they definitely knew how to have a party! Jill and Eric were married in front of a gorgeous waterfall and guest came from all over to share this special day with them. The weather was teasing us with rain here and there, but once the ceremony was to start the sun came shining through! As soon as the wedding was over and we went to enter the reception hall it started pouring. I’m not going to say I’m a lucky charm but this has happened at the last 4 weddings I’ve shot?! So if you’re afraid of rain on your wedding day, book me to be your ray of sunshine <3
Here is a pic of me and my highschool bffs, Ashley, Becky, and Jill. Taken by my sweet husband!
Eric got all his groomsmen DC shoes!
Jill got all the girls makeup bags and an awesome scarf!
I loved their first look! It was hard not posting more photos from this!
Each year they will tie a knot on their anniversary to make their love stronger!
Jill had a giant puzzle made from one of their engagement photos for guest to sign the pieces instead of a guest book!
May 10th, 2013
Let me start off by saying even when the forecast is 100% chance of rain, there is still a possibility the sky will hold off so you can have the wedding you dreamed of. This is what happened last weekend at Jami+Grant’s wedding. We were so lucky to be able to keep everything as planned. Jami wasn’t fazed by anything negative. This was hers and Grant’s day and she was beaming with positive energy! Even when her dress got a little muddy she was like, “Who cares? I’m only going to wear it once!” She also did so many DIY projects to make her wedding extra special. I really loved getting to know her and Grant, and I now consider them friends. Please enjoy some photos from this stunning wedding!
Though Grant is an Alabama fan, ROLL TIDE, Jami is an Auburn fan. She hid this tiger on the back of his Bama grooms cake!
Engraved Jack Daniels for the groomsmen and super cute monogrammed bags for the bridesmaids!
Jami made these cute signs for her bridesmaids and we took this same photo with her phone and sent it to Grant before he saw her!
April 18th, 2013
Lights, Camera, Action! This wedding was one of a kind. I met the groom, Jason, years ago in high school on the drumline. That’s right, I played bass drum. I don’t remember ever being very good, but my old friends begged to differ last weekend which surprised me. I then went to UA and was in colorguard. Jason was one of the only people I knew when arriving in Alabama and we became best friends and then roommates! We had epic costume themed parties. For example, tin foil theme, what you want to be when you grow up theme, super hero vs villain theme! Theme parties were our forté, so it only made sense that his wedding would be the biggest theme party ever.
Jason and Rebekka gathered their all time favorite movies and incorporated them in to their special day. Jason and his best man were dressed as Dumb and Dumber and his other groomsmen were dressed like the Big Lebowski. Rebekka dressed traditionally which they explained in a homemade movie before the wedding started on the big screen! All of her bridesmaids/man dressed as Harry Potter characters, the ring bearers were dressed as the Three Amigos, and all guest were invited to dress up as well! Jason and Rebekka had been taking dance lessons months before the wedding so they could preform the actual Dirty Dancing dance. They even pulled off the lift at the end! Rebekkas sister made both of the stunning cakes from scratch! There was movie trivia, an epic ice cream bar, and movie clips playing all night. They thought of it all! This was truly a wedding to never forget. I can’t express how happy I am for these two to live happily ever after!
I took a gamble getting the kiss from this angle. It would have been perfect if I had stollen that hat
Jason is a graphic designer so he photoshopped his wedding party in to their favorite movie posters!
Each table was decorated with a different movie theme and fresh popcorn!
They had an ah-mazing ice cream bar!
Movie Trivia Quizes and door prizes were given out!
No one puts Baby in the corner!
Bryant djed the wedding! We dressed as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum! Here we are taking a break to dance to his sweet tunes!