Guys!! It has been a minute since I blogged....over 2 years to be exact. My last blog post was in October 2017. It was from a beautiful wedding that I wanted to remember forever. I had just delivered the gallery and was working on the album when I got a call that the groom has tragically passed away. How could this be? How could life be so unfair? They had only just finally gotten married! After the dust settled, and life started to go on as it always does, I tried to blog again. I wanted to showcase my other weddings for my beautiful couples-I just couldn't. I couldn't write. I would pick up my computer and was stuck, my mind would go completely blank. So I took a break...."it will just be for a few months" I said, "just until it feels right", "things will get easier soon". But it didn't.
Today is January 2, 2020 and I am ready....are you ready for me?
Today I am sitting in my studio (which is something that I have never thought would happen) planning my year out. I am picturing all of the babies I will meet and children I will photograph here, brides and grooms I will meet with, and help fill their walls with memories- and could not be more happy or excited.
In the last 2 years I have felt ridiculous amounts of stress- having gone through an extensive structural home renovation (the least fun kind!) worried about where my business was headed, worried about my kids (I know mamas get me). I have lived and witnessed loss, stress, fear, pain, and disappointment, but I have also witnessed hope, pride, MIRACLES, LOVE and new beginnings.
Every baby that comes in the studio is a fresh start. A blank slate. A new life.
This year I want to meet all of the babies.
Don't panic brides...I'm still here for you!! I will probably never give up weddings.....they are where my heart is. I truly love-love, and sharing your special day with you means so much to me.
I have a few projects in the works for this year...Stay tuned, and I you are engaged or expecting....call, text, email, dm, smoke signal me-let's save the most special moments of your life together!
Ps. Take a minute to check out my last blog from 2017. I'll never get tired of seeing some of my favorite images of all time, and remembering the absolute feeling of LOVE all day.
A glimpse at Jill and TJ's beautiful wedding!!
Everyone cried a lot, all day. Including myself.
Now, I typically cry at least once at a wedding, but this wedding was different. I (and about everyone else) cried most of the day!! It truly was an honor to be a part of this wedding. I cried again while picking my sneaks, and I'm sure I will cry again while I finish the editing process.
Grab your tissues. Here's a sneak peek.
When they forecast called for downpours at the exact time of the outdoor ceremony. The bride and groom decided to push up the wedding, and even though it was threatening rain, it held off.
When the bride is not worried about the weather, because she knows she will marry the love of her life come rain or shine.
When the couples beloved dog followed the bride down the aisle and then made himself comfy on the train of her dress.
When there is not a dry eye in the house during their vows.
When minutes after we finished up formals the skies opened up.
When the rain stopped just as they arrived at the reception venue, and we were able to hop outside and shoot some more.
Those are just a couple definitions of what I consider photographic magic, and they all happened for Kayla and Josh.
Here is just a snippet of this magic.
If you've ever spoken to me about weddings, you know I LOVE first looks.
I think back on this particular first look and it makes me happy.
This was a cold, sunny but muddy day in April.
Don't get me started on the wind.
This was one of the only dry, shaded, not dirty places on all of Blue Mountain.
It was magic. As soon as T saw his bride, his smile outshone the sun.
Can't wait to finish up their gallery!
Congrats guys! Much ❤️
Samantha and Alex got married at the beautiful Shawnee Resort. I have so many favorite moments from this wedding I couldn't possibly share them all. Here is just a small look into this picture perfect day! Thank you for allowing us to share this with you.