Daniel & Hayley
It is really astounding how many memories even thirty minutes of life can hold. We lucked out with a euphoric seventy-degrees-and-light-breeze afternoon, but even perfect weather couldn’t have created the connection I got to photograph between Daniel and Hayley. Vivacious laughter and sweet smiles. Walks around the beautiful Kennesaw Mountain State Park. Oftentimes we don’t realize how precious the small moments are–the things we get to do so regularly (laughing, smiling, walking together)–until we see them frozen in time through a photograph.
I was so excited when I found Xanna’s email in my inbox. Although I haven’t known her personally, I’ve always been so drawn to the light and emphasis on the simplicity of life in both her instagram feed and website.
It is such a treat to work with clients who cast a vision I can easily catch (or even who easily catch a vision I cast). When it works both ways, I feel the most alive as an artist and the most at peace with myself. Xanna is undoubtedly one of those clients. From the initial email to the mood board, to her choice of this beautiful silk artist smock from Elizabeth Suzann.
For this session, the simplicity of the setting (and the end-goal in mind), I chose to focus on movement and light. I wanted the photos to feel tender and personal, but full of life. We were fortunate to have a light-filled space and a fun Spotify playlist to move to.
I’ll be completely honest, it is currently 2:00 a.m. in my time zone and I am finding myself truly unable to step away from my desk.
This spring wedding season has been the busiest of my career, totaling six weddings in the month of April alone. When asked “How are you doing?” I’ve responded again and again with the expected “Busy, but good.” And while those things couldn’t be truer, I don’t think I realized just how busy or how good I am right now. Over the past few
weeks (who am I kidding? months.), I’ve realized the busyness. With eight weddings under my belt in what was a little over a month, I began feeling the weight of having thousands upon thousands of images waiting in the side curtain for their debut. However, tonight–while I’ve been sitting in front of this computer over the past several hours–tonight I realized how truly good I feel. Perhaps the most good I’ve felt in my entire career, and certainly the most grateful.
I’ll give the disclaimer that I am more than likely the most sentimental person you will ever meet, but even so I have never been so touched by your stories. I am pouring through the past ten weddings I have photographed and can’t believe that with less than half the year under my belt, I have had the privilege of capturing all of these moments. Sitting in front of these memories flashing across my computer screen, I am so incredibly moved by these very photographs that will be cherished by couples in the weeks ahead (as I ship off many of the weddings in the “side curtain”), and even more than that, how much these photos will be cherished in the years to come. I am stopped in my tracks at the way these husbands are looking at their newly-become wives. In awe of the beauty of these blushing brides–seriously radiant women that could not make my job as a photographer an ounce easier. I am touched by the pride pouring from these grandparents and parents (you can just see it on their faces). There are countless moments of laughter, of the kind of romance that makes you believe in fairy tales and of real memories that happened before my eyes (and my camera) spilling across my screen right now and I am wiping away more and more [happy] tears from my face as they unfold.
As elated as I am to share these photos with my dear internet followers (I do treasure you!), I am bursting with excitement for my dear couples to receive these memories. I can hardly believe that their hands will be holding moments–otherwise fleeting–that I had the honor of being present for.
This year marks year five of my becoming a full-time wedding photographer, and I feel like I have never felt as alive as I do today.
All of that to say, thank you. Thank you for asking me. For trusting me. For believing that photography is something to be treasured and for placing that treasure in my hands. I am better for it. Better thanks to you.
Creative Direction / Florals / Styling: Mary McLeod for Amy Osaba
Hair & Makeup: Jennifer Nieman
Dress: Houghton from The Dress Theory
Model: Kelly Lane
Plant-Dyed Fabric & Ribbon: Silk & Willow
Invitation Suite / Menu Booklets: Brown Linen Design
Assistant / Co-Photographer: Cadence Kennedy
This year seemed to unfold at a faster rate than any years prior. Looking back over 2014, it is a beautiful blur of the most wonderful moments of my career, the most difficult obstacles – those of which I know in hind-sight made me both stronger and wiser – and Justin and I truly finding our place in this new city. It was a year of celebration, a year of family and a year filled to the brim with gratitude.
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All of that to say, I cannot wait to see what 2015 has in store.
Happiest of New Years, friends!