Just when I thought being in law school and having a long distance relationship during the school hear was hard, I meet Olivia & Adam who are totally rocking the engaged life, getting married in a little under two months, and BOTH in medical school! They definitely seem to be winning in life, and I had the best time dancing on top of a parking garage with them for this session. Anyone who knows me knows I'm the farthest thing from a morning person, but when you have absolute MODELS in front of your camera, waking up for sunrise is totally amazing! Not to mention the light! Morning light is seriously so dreamy, and that combined with Downtown Greenville made for the perfect location for Olivia and Adam's portrait session. I couldn't be more thrilled for their upcoming wedding and to share these images with you!
Maine, you were so good to us! As much travel as I do, I rarely find a place I'd want to stay for more than a couple weeks, but, gosh, Camden, Maine was one of those places I could stay for a while! Christa and I joked about how we'd like to retire here, but there is not joke about it. Just a couple of days in Camden stole my heart, and I was hooked! Here's a little about my trip and why Camden, ME should be next on your list of places to travel to!
Christa asked me to shoot a wedding with her in this little town, so I was thrilled to tag along! The bride and groom put us up in the fabulous bed & breakfast where the wedding dinner would take place. Since it was an intimate gathering, this place was perfect and just screamed Gilmore Girls. The Hartstone Inn & Hideaway was honestly the real life version of Lorelai's Stars Hollow Inn! It was incredible. Breakfast each morning was unreal, and each day from 3-5 pm, they served homemade cookies in the parlor. It was a yummy, beautiful dream, and it didn't even matter that every other guest there was a couple on their anniversary trip except for me and Christa! :)
After taking a walk around the cozy downtown, we found out about a local lavender farm and had to make a trip! Glendarragh Lavender Farm was so beautiful and the best kept secret. Not many people were there, so it made it extra fun to explore. The drive was beautiful as well! And we stopped by Hazel's Takeout for a classic lobster roll (you have to try this!!!) on the way to our next stop, the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse. Fun fact: Rockland, ME is the neighboring city of Camden and where the movie The Proposal was filmed!
Probably my favorite thing about the entire trip was the sailing excursion we went on. There was a sailboat race in the Camden Harbor the weekend we were there! They had some fun events going on like fireworks and a sea animal touch pool next to the harbor where we got to hold crabs and starfish. But getting to sail was the best! We were able to ride on the Schooner Lazy Jack II for a couple hours. The captain (who also built the ship!!) said that the day we decided to go was the only clear blue day they'd had in weeks! Plus, we got to see porpoises in the water along with some other wildlife. It was an amazing and unforgettable experience. Make sure to bring sunglasses!
Mount Battie was an incredible view and a must-see stop in Camden, ME. We ended our time here atop this mountain before moving on to the Nubble Lighthouse located south of Camden in York, ME. Sea Dog Brewing Co. is also a great stop in Camden for some eats before hitting the road!
Can't wait to share more travel posts about the cool adventures I had this summer. Putting together one for NYC and also Ireland next, so stay tuned!! :)
With the start of my Fall semester tomorrow (!!!), I've been doing some thinking. This summer has been incredible! I was able to throw myself into photography full time, and between weddings and portrait sessions, I traveled to 5 countries, 10 states, and rode on 16 flights to get me everywhere. I saw Prince William, Jimmy Fallon, Taylor Swift, Def Leppard, and Journey with my own eyes, and I've done everything from sailing off the coast of Maine to riding around in a double-decker sightseeing bus in the busy streets of London. It's so easy for me to look back on all the fun and amazing experiences I've been blessed to have this summer and be a little bummed about going back to school. After all, law school is anything but easy. And with family and friends back home, it can seem a little daunting to be going back to a place where I won't be able to see them as much. There is so much new happening, and while it is exciting, it's going to be a lot of work, and I know I can't possibly be alone when I say I'm a little overwhelmed at the thought of the start of another school year. So I thought I'd share a little of my heart and hopefully some encouragement with you today along with Sam's senior graduation photos. You might remember his senior portraits from this past year. He was a pleasure to work with, so I was excited to capture his actual post-graduation photos this past week!
God doesn't call the equipped, He equips the called.
Whatever mountain you're facing, whether it's back to school or something else, God hasn't called you to it because you are perfect or self-sufficient in your own right. Did you get that? He hasn't called you because you're the best or even good at what he's called you to. Instead he promises to equip you for what he has called you to. He is able to equip you for whatever road lies ahead, but that means full dependence on his strength and not your own. It's happened before in your life right? He is willing and able to do it again!
The only thing that's required is faithfulness.
It's nice to have things all figured out. Trust me, I am the planning queen. Having my ducks in a row helps me feel safe, but it's a false sense of security. Ultimately, we don't know what the future will bring. We never can approach anything in this world with 100% certainty apart from God's love for us and His word. While that seems a little scary and more reason to be anxious, it's actually so freeing! We don't have to get it all perfect. There is so much room for mistakes and grace. The only thing we must do is be faithful. We must follow what his word has revealed to us to do, and the rest requires faithfulness. A day-by-day surrendering to his will and an open hand to follow where he leads. Living like that might be unnerving for someone who loves control and thrives off it (like me :)), but it also sounds incredibly unique. No two days will be the same when you follow the Lord's leading.
In light of eternity, this matters because...
My favorite teacher in elementary school used to respond to us in class when we brought a pointless issue up to her by posing this question: "In the light of eternity, this matters because?" She was teasing us mostly but with a little bit of truth. And it's always stuck with me. And whenever I feel overwhelmed by my circumstances or I make a big deal of something in my mind and cause unnecessary or irrational grief, this saying always comes back to me. My law school GPA isn't going to matter in heaven. The amount of times I was able to give an amazing answer when cold-called in class won't matter either. The Netflix show I binged watched to take the stress away also won't matter. What will matter is how I use my talents to further God's kingdom here on earth and how I've impacted others for Him as well. Doing my best, taking care of myself because I am His, and reaching out to others is what truly matters. And keeping eternity in the front of my mind helps put that into perspective.
So, whatever it is. Whether you're off to your first day of high school, college, grad school, law school, med school, or a new job, I wish you the best! It's going to be a great year. You've got this!!
When I attended the Katelyn James workshop last summer, I had one of the most amazing experiences of my photography educational career. It was something I had been dreaming of doing ever since I started my business, so I saved up and attended a workshop last summer. My friend Christi (of Kingsbridge Photography) and I road tripped up to Richmond, VA, and we had the greatest time! I posted about the workshop experience with BTS photos last year (if you missed that post, view it here), but I haven't shared the images from the amazing styled shoot we got to be a part of during the workshop yet. This shoot was phenomenally styled by Kat from Dear Sweetheart Events and hosted at Katelyn's home! Every detail was so stunning, and even though it took me a year to finally edit these images, I'm kind of glad I waited because this post is bringing back so many good memories. I hope you enjoy this beautiful, delicate "French chateau-esque" styled shoot!
It was raining on this wedding day, but you would not have guessed it with Leslie and Austin's sunny personalities. The clouds moved aside for portrait time, the venue had plenty of natural light inside, and it ended up working out perfectly! I loved shooting with Kingsbridge Photography for this wedding. And my favorite part of the night was when the Clemson Tiger came out to surprise the groom on the dance floor for a bit. Being a Clemson grad, Austin was floored and so was I. The Tiger added so much fun and life to the party that I wished we could have him at every wedding! Keep scrolling for more from this whimsical, lavender wedding at the Loom at Cotton Mill Place.
I love travel and adventure. I love seeing things from new perspectives. I love to find good food in exciting places. And I love making moments last for as long as possible.
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