June 13th, 2014
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
June 6th, 2014
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!
February 14th, 2014
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!
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This one is my favorite!
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January 15th, 2014
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!
January 14th, 2014
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!
Amazing under water maternity session!
St Paul and the Broken Bones!
January 11th, 2014
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
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+Elizabeth 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!