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Deanna + Jacob / An Arkansas Mountain Lodge Wedding
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Elegant Fountain South Inn Garden Wedding // Paige + Cameron
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Stone Chapel at Matt Lane Farm Arkansas Engagement Session / Caitlin + Rylie
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MARRIED

Deanna + Jacob / An Arkansas Mountain Lodge Wedding

Jacob and Deanna were married at the Degray Lake Resort Lodge and though the ceremony got moved inside because of all the rain (and flooding – yikes!) we still got to do all their portraits outside! (Which made us all incredibly happy!) The Lodge was absolutely gorgeous and the perfect place for Jacob and Deanna and all their family and friends to celebrate their love and future together. Jacob and Deanna, it was an absolute joy to get to know you both! Thank you so much for allowing Rusty and I to share in your special day! Here’s just a few of my... read more

Elegant Fountain South Inn Garden Wedding // Paige + Cameron

Paige and Cameron were married this weekend at the beautiful Fountain South Inn located in Olive Branch, Mississippi.  It was an absolute joy to be there as their friends and family celebrated the love of two wonderful people!  Paige and Cameron, I hope your marriage is full of so much happiness.  Love you guys! xoxo,... read more
ENGAGED

Stone Chapel at Matt Lane Farm Arkansas Engagement Session / Caitlin + Rylie

Stone Chapel at Matt Lane Farm Arkansas Engagement Session / Caitlin + Rylie

I was absolutely thrilled when I found out Caitlin and Rylie’s wedding was going to be at this beautiful chapel – and even more excited that we would get to shoot their engagement session there! Caitlin and Rylie were joined by their families and sweet dogs for a gorgeous engagement session!  I had a great time meeting everyone! Stone Chapel at Matt Lane Farm is a stunning Northwest Arkansas Wedding Venue.  Thank you so much to the sweet folks at the chapel for showing me around and helping make Saturday’s engagement session a gorgeous... read more
FOR BRIDES

How to Create a Wedding Day Family Formals Checklist

In a recent blog, 5 Steps to Stress Free Family Formals on Wedding Day, I explained the importance of having a plan for family formals.  They’re hard, and can often be the most stressful part of wedding day for my brides and grooms. Having a plan makes your family formals go SO. MUCH. SMOOTHER.  On wedding days where we have a dedicated shot list for family formals, we typically keep our shooting time for family to 30 minutes or less.  That’s half an hour people.  And when we’re finished, you’ll see me jump around a little with all my gear attached and do my photographer happy dance.  I take serious pride in orchestrating family time to be quick, pain free and super enjoyable. Having a dedicated shot list is a HUGE help.  Here are a few tips in creating your family formals checklist. Communicate: Like I said in this previous post, communication is key to having things run smoothly on wedding days.  It’s also a huge key point in family formals.  Before you make your list, you can talk to all the moms about what they want- that way, there are no surprises or “Can we just add this one…” on wedding day. The Flow: thinking about a flow to your list can really help save time.  Jumping around from family to family or from group to group can cause a lot of confusion.  Start small, and work your way up.  I always create a flow like this:  Bride’s Side, Groom’s Side with Bride, then Groom’s side.  That way, the bride can be finished in time to go do... read more
FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

The Most Important Thing Anyone Can Do For Their Business

The Most Important Thing Anyone Can Do For Their Business

It’s taken me a while to write this post, probably because it’s half admitting I struggle with this very thing. For us photographers, it’s what we call “slow season”.  The term pretty much explains itself.  It’s a season of time (the dead of winter) where there’s nothing much going on except our businesses are still up and running at full swing.  It’s when we’re not shooting, but most of us are still working just as much (if not more) on in the back of our businesses (website designs, promotional planning, blogging, special projects). We’re as busy as ever but there’s no shooting going on. In business, it’s well known that activity breeds activity and while we’re not shooting, it’s difficult to feel as if we’re moving forward. During the winter is when most of our brides are shopping for a photographer.  So if we’re not posting new shoots, we fear they’re not seeing us.  Many photographers are looking at their calendars and seeing a slow year and some are seeing boosts.  But it’s easy to be fearful of the future year this time of year. It’s when, usually we worry – “will we have enough bookings to make it?” It doesn’t matter if I have 25 weddings on the calendar or 3 when January hits, I’m always worried about the coming year.  Inquiries seem to come in waves.  Sometimes, I’ll have 7 in one day and then go a full week without one inquiry.  Until I get my goal number of weddings on the books, I’m uneasy.  It’s also easy  to feel a twinge of jealousy when other photographers... read more
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