Katie emailed me with enthusiasm on booking one of my fall mini sessions. It was for her, her boyfriend Kody, and their corgi, Leo. I love doing fall sessions no matter what, but couples and their dogs are ones that I don’t get to do very often and I thoroughly enjoy it. This session with Kody, Katie, and Leo was no exception. We had such a great time together and Leo was such a good pup! He even smiled for us a few times! While our mini session was…well…..mini, I always try to get to know who I’m working with a little bit even if it’s just for a short period of time. Kody & Katie moved here from Illinois and have been together since 2016. Their chemistry together was so natural and made my job SO easy. I look forward to more sessions with y’all 😛
Here are some my faves from their session (and I seriously could’ve just posted the whole thing, but alas…I can’t do that, lol). 🙂
Thank you to Kody & Katie (& Leo!) for allowing me to photograph y’all! You guys are so cute together and I look forward to possibly working with y’all in the future! 🙂
Adam & Angela’s wedding was a day I’m so thankful that I was a part of. From the song that Angela’s father sang during the reception to the moment when Adam saw Angela walk down the aisle, no moment was spared with joy and love.
I met Adam & Angela at their engagement session in the lovely downtown Greenville, which was a journey in itself, haha. You can view their photos and that story HERE. We had a wonderful time getting to know one another even if we got rained out a couple of times, lol! Also had a wonderful time getting Angela’s bridal portraits as well at the gorgeous Rock Quarry Garden, you can view those images HERE.
I spent the whole day with Adam & Angela, before they ever started getting ready until they were leaving the church. The day was full of surprises, and this dang southern heat (who knew it was gonna be 80+ degrees in OCTOBER?), but we pulled through and everything went beautifully. We started the day with everyone getting ready, taking their time and enjoying the day. Once we got to that, Angela wanted to have a first look with her dad in the sanctuary. I love all first looks and usually ones with the bride and her father are always a treat. This one was no exception. We continued the day with a beautiful and emotional ceremony that I will never forget. No dry eyes in the house, here!
Once Adam & Angela said their “I do”‘s, I just followed their day as I would any other wedding. Let them enjoy this joyous occasion with their friends, family, and church members all while documenting every moment 🙂 I’m not able to put into words how wonderful this wedding was, so I’ll let some photos from the big day do the talking.
Thank you Adam & Angela for choosing me as your wedding photographer. I am more than honored to have been documenting this beautiful day and the journey leading up to it. You two were absolutely wonderful and I wish you the absolute best in your lives together.
So…you just got engaged. Congratulations! You’ve just said “Yes” to the love of your life and have finally settled down to start planning the big day. So many big decisions have to be made, like choosing the perfect date to get married on, and all of the vendors that will help make your day even better. It can be very frustrating or stressful, but once you pick out the best people to join you for the biggest day of your lives, things start to fall into place.
Once you’ve found the photographer of your dreams (wink, wink), maybe you’ve already had some engagement photos done. Maybe it was a family or friend that has an interest in photography, or a professional that you just wanted to work with before you found your current wedding day photographer. And that’s okay! But you noticed that the package or collection you chose includes an engagement session. Now, some photographers are flexible if you choose not to use the engagement session or may want to substitute it for a bridal session or some print credit. We all understand. BUT! I am here to tell you to USE. THAT. ENGAGEMENT. SESSION. And here are the reasons why.
I include engagement sessions into ALL of my wedding collections. Why? Many reasons. First, I want to know you better. To me, it’s important to form a bond between myself and my couples. You love my work? Awesome! You want to be friends? YES, let’s! You don’t want a stranger documenting your wedding day, you want someone you can trust that will capture everything around your perfectly. Think about it though, your wedding photographer will be spending the entire day with you. So, getting that engagement session with your wedding photographer gets rid of those “I’m kind of nervous in front of the camera” jitters. And you don’t want those on your wedding day…promise.
You’ll also get a good idea of how I am behind the camera. To me, it’s really important that you are comfortable working with me.
Doing an engagement session with your wedding photographer is crucial. The engagement session not only helps break that barrier, but we also get to know you better. What makes you laugh, what prompts work best for you as a couple, are you a “Blinky Bill” (sorry to anyone named Bill, lol) and to easy any anxieties you may have during our session. I also get to deliver images that are unique to your relationship and personalities.
I hear it a lot, “We are really awkward in front of the camera”, “My fiance really hates taking pictures”, or “I don’t know what to do”. Y’ALL, this is where I come in. I have some tricks up my sleeve that make you feel not so posed and give your photos natural emotion and movement, so you’re not just standing there all stiff like mannequins, haha.
Most importantly, take it easy! Think of this as a break from wedding planning. I know that’s easier said than done, but during your engagement session, you don’t need to think about anything other than being with the one that you love and just having fun. Other reasons to have engagements done? Save the Dates, cute new outfit, possibly do makeup/hair trial runs, make it into a date night later, and “Y’ALL, we’re getting married!” pictures 🙂
I let Angela take her time on choosing the best spot for her bridals. She wanted something in the Greenville area, but still beautiful for her portraits. She texted me one day saying that she wanted the Rock Quarry Garden. Why I haven’t shot here before is BEYOND me, this is just a cute hidden gem! I literally passed it up on the way there, lol. If you don’t know it’s off on the side of the road by some houses, but it’s technically a Greenville, SC park. Lots of people have small wedding ceremonies there, many people go to have family portraits made, and even bridals. It’s actually quite beautiful.
If you haven’t already seen them, Adam & Angela’s engagement session was a DOOZY, lol. We battled the rain many times and struggled to get their session booked because it literally rained every single time we tried to schedule a day. You can view their engagement post HERE. And since Adam & Angela are FINALLY married, I can post these beauties!
We started scheduling for Angela’s bridals. The day was beautiful, the weather was warm/humid, but we were in the shade so it wasn’t that bad. As with all of my bridals, we were scheduled for two full hours of shooting, but that came to a close after one hour because Angela got too hot and started to feel like she was going to faint. This woman is a TROOPER though. She finished up a few photos at the last bit of that hour and you couldn’t even tell that she was struggling to stand. She’s amazing. 🙂
Here are just a handful of my faves from Angela’s bridal session!
Thank you Angela for allowing me to be the photographer for all of these moments! Can’t wait to post up the wedding blog post here soon 🙂
I didn’t meet Adam & Angela before their engagements, it was a phone call with Angela and she booked right away ❤ So, we went ahead and sent over each others schedules for their engagement session. Everything was perfect until the day of, and it was, of course, pouring the rain all day long. Adam & Angela had some engagement photos done prior to booking with me, and wanted some sunlight and nice weather for these, so we rescheduled, understandably. So we did just that….and then again….IT RAINED. We met up in Greenville and it ended up raining on the way and was really cloudy. The radar was just all over the place, haha. Y’ALL, we thought that we were never gonna be able to get them done. It was very important for them to have their engagements done at Falls Park as it was where they had their first date and where Adam proposed. So, it was vital to find a time that was perfect. We finally picked another date and it ended up being great!…for about 45 minutes.
Before it really started, we saw this incredibly bright rainbow peeking in between buildings and trees, so we just HAD to capture it in a photo. It also had great meaning for Adam & Angela as well from their recent bible study in church. It was just meant to be 🙂 It ended up pouring the rain and we somehow managed to run under a bridge for about 15 minutes. We met a fun little family doing a scavenger hunt as well, and I volunteered to take a photo like I was zombie hunting with a giant stick. So, I’m forever in a random family’s scavenger hunt photo somewhere, haha!
We caught a break in the last few minutes to get some in front of the famous downtown Greenville bridge before it came an absolute DOWNPOUR. I mean, I don’t think I’ve ran so fast to cover up my gear in my life, haha. Luckily, Adam & Angela had park in a lot nearby, so we didn’t get too soaked. But, even though their engagement session was cut short, I feel like we got to know one another well enough that day and captured some wonderful images celebrating their engagement 🙂
Right after this last photo, it started pouring, and I do mean POURING. We were going to walk on the bridge itself, but we didn’t even get that chance. The rain was like, “NAHH, not today” lol. I’m so excited to be photographing Adam & Angela getting married next Saturday on October 6th, 2018. Their day is going to be beautiful and I can’t wait to be a part of it 🙂