Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Bethany + Johnathan l M. Rich Wedding Preview

Can't tell you how excited I am about this image! Not only are the people in it amazing local artists (and now husband and wife!), but this huge Atlanta skyline image is made up of 50 images stitched together! I love everything about it and I can't wait to share more from their big day!


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Alisha + Jeff l Atlanta Engagement

 Capturing the spirit of people through photos is what makes every session unique and exciting for us. Your photos should speak volumes about who you are at this time so that you can treasure them now and in the coming years.

These two have a quiet, beautiful love for each other. Deep in the woods, they find comfort in each others' arms. They're playful and their smiles quickly turn into laughter. 

Alisha and Jeff met us for their engagement session after completing a huge western road trip where they camped, drove through redwoods and put a countless number of miles on their car. When we met them at this mountain it was as if they were just continuing their awesome time together and we just happened to be there to document it. 

Thanks for such a great time, you guys!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

When the Storm Clouds Gather

 I was working at full speed finishing up edits on one wedding and loading images onto one of our custom flash drives for another. Then, in the same flash of time it takes lightning to strike signaling an approaching storm, everything suddenly stopped.

My work came to a screeching halt as the colorful images I had just been viewing were replaced by a bright white screen. I fell silent, but our computer filled this sound void with low whirring and a clicking noise.

Hard drive crash.

Our fear was quickly confirmed when we took our computer in to a nearby repair shop. Our hard drive had indeed crashed and was also unrecoverable. As one of our sweet brides put it, "These things happen, and they never happen at a convenient time."

Worrying and stressing over the crash wouldn't undo the damage, so we took a deep breath and slowed down. We actually have a lot to be thankful for!

We keep backups of our client work so all of the images of weddings, engagements and beautiful life happenings are safe and sound. Our clients are amazing—not only are they patient folks, they filled our inbox with notes of support and encouragement. We got a forced vacation! I don't remember the last time I sat and read and book without feeling guilty (for enjoying free time when there's always work to be done). Wow. We took our books and hammocks to the lake and didn't think twice about trying to blog or update our Facebook. What a needed and wonderful time!

So that's where we've been…in case you were wondering.

Today I'm back up and running at full speed with an even faster drive, and I'm putting together notes for a full post on easy, efficient and cost-effective ways to back up your treasured photos. Crashes will happen, but they don't have to mean more than a little extra cost, a trip to the repair shop and a getaway free from technology.

While the cord to our computer was yanked, we filled up what used to be the butter tray in our fridge with film and reminded ourselves why we love shooting. When it costs around a dollar for every time you hear that wonderful ca-chik from the shutter of an old medium format camera, you step back and really think about making your picture. Over canoe rides and campfires we've soaked in the places and people we treasure. Seems the hard drive crash was actually a sweet blessing.

"Depth over distance every time, my dear." 

Have a wonderful rest of the week, friends. And visit again soon because we've got lots of great images right around the corner!


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Featured l Swooned

So excited to share that Cambria and Jon's gorgeous New Orleans wedding is featured on Swooned today! This publication is so beautifully curated and designed. It's such an honor to have our work featured on it!

You may remember some of these images from our trip to NOLA last fall, but what you have yet to read is the sweet story of how these two met, fell in love and married under the massive 110-year-old  Tree of Life in Audubon Park. The city of New Orleans plays a huge role in their narrative, and we're so happy we got to help document a little piece of it.

{Click HERE to view their full Swooned post!}

Thanks so much to the editors of this lovely publication for featuring our work today!


Monday, June 23, 2014

Monday Motivation l John C. Maxwell

I'm just as guilty as being a creature of habit as the next person. And sometimes that's OK. I like taking the time to write handwritten thank you notes and picking out the perfect card to mail someone. This takes a little more time than writing a quick email, but it means so much more.

But when you're ignoring making an adjustment to your routine that could help you grow—or help your business grow—that can be a sad state of stasis.

Although no one enjoys being stuck or stagnant, making a change or adapting to an already occurring change, can be hard. In his writings on leadership, Maxwell lists 7 steps of successful people. Although great for leaders, they're also spot on for an artist and/or someone in a career as a creative. It helps me to think of positive, forward-moving statements like these to help healthy growth start to occur naturally in my life.

I created this little bordered little piece to tape to my bathroom mirror and thought it I would also share it with you guys in case you want to do something similar. We're all in this together!
{Click HERE for the free printable!}

I hope these steps encourage you and help get your week off to a great start too! Tape them to your dashboard or monitor and allow these thoughts to take up space in your mind to become real things you believe and begin to act on.


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Bethany + Ross l Atlanta Backyard Wedding

In just a few months, they met and married. She picked up from Amarillo and moved to Atlanta. And they fall into each others' arms, smile and take a deep breathe as if they've been here a million times.

Bethany and Ross shared sweet and simple vows on the grounds of a private residence in Atlanta. The small crowd of guests there were very special to them and there were a lot of beaming faces on this day. With the Happy Belly food truck grilling up some amazing bites, a sunset cocktail hour and evening dancing by the pool, it was a day they're sure to remember.

 Congratulations, Ross and Bethany!