It's the last day of Thanksgiving Break and one week until finals start. I'm only low-key stressed, but I keep reminding myself it's almost Christmas break, and the Christmas tunes I was listening to while I edited this session were the perfect reminder of that. I LOVE this time of year. Something about the holiday season makes sessions just a little sweeter and cozier. I met Corrine and Patrick back in September at the Fall Wedding Festival, and I immediately liked them! They seemed so easy-going and fun to be around from the start, so obviously I was thrilled when they contacted me. Corrine had such creative ideas for the session and planned everything from outfits to props so well. And it was so easy to capture her and Pat's true-to-life love story because they were so adorable together! I sure am eating up all these sessions with the fall leaves while they last, and it's been so wonderful to have sessions in various stages of Fall this year. So excited for you to see these!
Happy Thanksgiving! I'm gearing up for my third dinner of the night (no shame :)) and recounting all the things I am thankful for this year. One of the things that comes to mind is the amount of weddings I have been able to photograph. God has provided me with an unbelievable amount of opportunities with some very amazing couples and photographers. I am so excited with how much I have been able to learn and how quickly I've been able to grow my business. It could not have been possible without the Lord's blessing and direction, and I am so humbled and thankful for that. Photography is my passion. I get so much pure joy out of making new friends and telling their stories in a way that generations to come can cherish. I truly hope that we take the time to be thankful today and each day. There is so much going on in the world that is disheartening and downright discouraging, but each new day is a gift, and it holds insurmountable opportunities just waiting to be seized. We can live a life full of thankfulness if we decide to dwell on the positive and believe the best. So enjoy this day with friends and family, and don't forget to give thanks!
I'm a big sucker for sweet daddy-daughter moments, and these two were no exception. Just wait till you see this dad and daughter during their dance together!
How cute is this idea? Guests could write their well wishes or advice on little paper leaves and hang them from this tree stand. I thought that was so creative and so perfect to go with Victoria & Landon's Fall themed wedding and reception!!
Alright, I already gave you fair warning for the next one... bring the tissues! :)
Corrie was one of my 2016 seniors, so it was so exciting to hear from her when she asked about engagement pictures. And it just got better when she told me her vision for her session...CLEMSON STYLE. I just knew she and Joseph would be so fun to photograph, and I certainly was not disappointed. We gallivanted across campus and eventually made our way to Death Valley where a very kind friend got us in through the locked gates on a Sunday! We ended the session perfectly in the middle of some gorgeous ORANGE fall leaves in keeping with our theme. This has got to be one of my all-time favorite sessions to date, and I think you can see why it was extremely hard picking my favorite images for this blog post! Go Tigers!!
Christmas music is finally playing on the radio!! And I am about to head out for my first round of Christmas shopping after I get some work done. I just LOVE this season, and I thought today would be the perfect time to ring in the season by sharing a holiday family session with you! I have really enjoyed getting to know the Borleis family a little better this past year. It all started with Maddie signing up for my high school senior rep program, so after her senior session last month, I was so excited for another opportunity to work with this family! They wanted a unique location, and I thought this Christmas tree farm would be just perfect! I'm so excited with how their portraits turned out, and I hope you enjoy them too!
When I was getting ready for the Fall Wedding Festival (at the TD Convention Center) a couple months ago, I scoured the internet for a guide, a helping hand on what to expect for my first bridal show. I came up with very little inside information, and the ideas I did find weren't plausible for my situation. Looking back, I thought it might be helpful to share my experiences for the benefit of another photographer out there who might be in the same shoes as I was. I'm cheering you on! And please reach out if you have any other questions about how the bridal show went!
PRINT MATERIALS. The first thing I set out to design was a brochure to be able to give to prospective brides when they stopped by my booth. What you create is really up to you. Personally, I decided to create a simple wedding packages pricing guide. I felt it would be any easy way to communicate my packages. I used some of my favorite images and crafted my packages in a bi-fold brochure using Adobe Illustrator. I think I passed out a little less than one hundred of these brochures just so you have an idea of at least how many to bring! And VistaPrint was my go-to for the business cards. I designed them myself and had them printed on their glossy cardstock. They rates are SUPER reasonable for buying in bulk!
THE TABLETOP GALLERY. I really wanted to make sure I participated in the Tabletop Gallery even though I had no clue what in the heck it actually was. I just knew it was free, and my images could be displayed in yet another format for potential brides to see. I really didn't know what to expect at all. Someone suggested bringing a canvas and a small stand for the high top table. But that sounded a little bulky to me. Instead, I bought a tri-fold mini display board at my local craft store and spray painted it in a pink that matches my branding. From there, I cut out foam board with my favorite printed images and pasted them to the display board. I LOVE how it turned out, and it was super easy to transport and no setup required!!
MY BOOTH. My booth was was very simple. It had to be something I could set up and tear down by myself and items that would also would be able to fit into my cute little Toyota Camry. I rented a table and an electrical hookup for my booth. So here's what I pakced in my car:
It's no secret I LOVE puppies!! Oslo, my puppy, has been with me for a little over half a year, and he has quickly become my best furry friend and fluffiest business partner. So I was literally so ecstatic when Katie came to me and asked what I thought about doing a session with her and her little pup, Roscoe, who she adopted from the Greenville Humane Society a couple months after I took adopted Oslo! We met for a sunrise session at a local park, and it couldn't have been sweeter. Roscoe was super playful, but we got him to settle down for some cute cuddly shots too! Pretty convinced dogs are woman's best friend too, and after seeing this portrait session, I think you will be convinced too!
Rachel and Chris's downtown wedding could not have been more beautiful! I loved the blush and navy colors, and all their details were stunning. I mean, how cute are the sugar cookies with their initials on them?! I had so much fun photographing this wedding day with Captured by Kaitlin Rose, and Zen downtown was the perfect venue! This is the first time that I have shot there, and I must say that it was great! Everything from the getting ready shots to the ceremony to the reception happened at the same location, and some awesome backdrops for portraits are only a few blocks away. Talk about a wedding photographer's dream!
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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