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2015 Best of Weddings // Bridal Portraits Collection

I love it when brides choose to do bridal portraits.  They’re so southern, so iconic, and a tradition that I’m head over heels in love with.  Not only do we get to produce beautiful images but it’s also a great time for brides to break in those wedding shoes, see their bouquet before the big day and do a trial run of hair and makeup.  It’s also a great way to spend time with mom and make some great memories. Here’s just a look at a few of our favorite bridal portraits this year.  ... read more

Best of Weddings 2015 // Bride + Groom Collection

Part two of The Best of Weddings 2015 is here with the Bride and Groom Collection!  I have so enjoyed getting to know each one of these amazing couples.  I’m always sad when the wedding day is over but thankfully, our friendship usually doesn’t stop there.  I’m so thankful I still get to run into my couples every now and again and keep in touch!  I am so very thankful for each and every one of you! Thank you so much for making my year one of the best yet!  Love you long time . Here’s a few of my favorite Bride and Groom shots from 2015! PS- if you missed yesterday’s post, Part I – go see The Best of Weddings 2015 / Real Moments... read more
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Tillie + Phillip – Winter Engagement Session

Tillie + Phillip – Winter Engagement Session

I love winter engagement photos.  As odd as that sounds, there’s something about the texture and the light coming through leaf-less tress that I just love.  Tillie and Phillip’s engagement session was no exception!  They braved the cold with me and rocked their session! I’ve known Tillie since high school, so it was so great to get to see her again and to meet her man, Phillip!  These two have a sweet spirit about them and I can’t wait to spend more time with them!  I hope you enjoy their sneak... read more
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5 Steps to Stress Free Family Formals

5 Steps to Stress Free Family Formals

Family formals are hard.  Grandma Watson can’t get her corsage to stay on, Uncle Bob is on the phone and Mom’s disappeared Probably making sure that arrangement at the front entrance is JUST right.  And that’s just the bride’s side of the family. Family formals is one of the most stressful parts of a wedding day. Why? Because locking 50 people who are related or about to be related into one room is like locking all the zoo animals into one stall.  Everyone wants to visit, someone wants to micro-manage, and someone thinks sneaking out to the bathroom right before their portrait time is a good idea. It can all be a little overwhelming IF there’s not a set plan. After doing this for quite some time and simply dealing with the madness, I sat down one day and thought, surely. Surely there is a better way to do this.  And there is.  A few years ago, we started implementing systems into our business.  One of those systems in the pre-wedding work is to determine family formals and educate our brides. With these steps, every wedding can have stress-free family formals. Communication : Communication is the most key element to stress free family formals.  Without it, they will take forever, people will get lost and frustrated, photos will be forgotten and at the end, you’ll be disappointed. We only have one shot to make this work. Communication ahead of time is the make or break it key ingredient. Here are some ways in which you can communicate to help smooth out your family formals. Brides, communicate with your Momma AND... read more
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For Photographers / The Social Media Recipe // 5 Steps to Reach More People Through Social Media

For Photographers / The Social Media Recipe // 5 Steps to Reach More People Through Social Media

I can’t tell you how many fiascos I’ve had in my kitchen.  My cook top is no stranger to messes (just last week I tried to make home-made white cheese dip.  The kitchen, myself and at least one of the kids were covered. in. cheese.) And then I figured out that my beloved cheese dip I eat at the mexican restaurant is basically cheese flavored gravy.  And my arteries screamed a little inside. But it’s okay. They’re southern.  They tough.  Like little artery gangsters.  I hope. A few weeks ago though I was making cookies.  I like to make things from scratch because I’m southern and we all have someone with the sacred cookie recipe.  My mother-in-loves cookies are where it’s at.  So here I go, dumping in all the things when I realize, I’ve done it all in the wrong order.  Like, really you would think you should be able to dump all the things into the mixer, mix them, and cookies just pop out perfectly.  And be all June Cleaver with your pearls and apron when guests come to the door. No.  Apparently, science has something to do with cooking and you can’t merely mix all the things together and pop out perfect cookies.  They tasted like cardboard and didn’t rise.  So I had to start over.  Apparently my inner June Cleaver was cooling her heels on a remote beach in the Caribbean. I pretty much feel that’s how my social media recipe was born.  By doing all the things wrong before I figured out the right order that worked.  There’s a science to these posts and... read more
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