I was super thrilled when I got to finally meet Ashleigh & Nick! They have been booked for awhile but it was great to put an actual face with a Facebook conversation! I instantly loved them, how sweet they were with one another and how well they photograph! We had a blast exploring a little spot literally off the side of the road, and they were up for whatever I asked of them! Can’t wait until your big day you guys!
Sometimes a friend asks a photographer to shoot their wedding and we cringe internally. Friends sometimes means higher expectations and the opportunity for mistakes just somehow seems greater than with a stranger. Because, well, you just don’t want to disappoint your friends. & then Tiffany told me years ago that when the day came I would shoot her wedding, no doubts about it. & that day came and I was incredibly blessed to use my talents to shoot the most love filled, easy going day from start to finish. There is nothing more stunning in a photograph than real love and easy laughter and Tiffany and Kavon have both.
I have never laughed so hard editing pictures. Mainly because I can remember every time I would say something goofy to make Tiffany laugh, and have time to catch it before her term of endearment, “Jessica, I love you.” Seriously, I felt like I was totally rocking my job when I would hear that. Because hearing that meant Tiff was having fun, taking it easy and making my job gravy by just being gorgeous.
& Kavon, the way he held her, told corny one-liners that made her laugh (or whatever else he was whispering in her ear? Who am I to care, because it totally worked!) They just looked so in love. Like one of those couples you know are truly more than man and wife, but best friends as well. At least that’s my assessment…
My point being…
You take such a good looking couple, pair it with incredible friends and family, a killer venue (the Hilton Hotel-Marietta Conference Center) and a Persian flair and you have this. One spectacular wedding day.
& I am so glad I was there, to laugh with you, love with you and capture it all for you, to have forever! Love you both!
Right now is good.
Right now I am sitting here with the knowledge that yesterday is over, today is nearing an end and tomorrow new and big things will happen. Tomorrow I pack my two under three in the car at 5am and head to watch their Daddy compete as part of his job’s lineman rodeo, his first. We are proud, so very proud.
& right now both kids are sleeping and I smell like bleach. I just got done cleaning the kitchen, the dishwasher is going, and if someone who didn’t know me walked in they would think I have it all together. & by the Grace of God I am starting to.
I didn’t though. Lately I had been robbed of the joy that I had so grown to love as a mother. I was content, fully and irrevocaly content in my job as a mother and wife. My domain was this little 3 bedroom/2 bath of ours and my reward was two miniatures of my husband that I call my very own, always in tow. However, I recently was brought face to face with a sin of mine, a good friend actually as we have spent many years together, and that friend is laziness. The way I keep my house was called into question and rightfully so. I am not the kind of woman who can have company at the drop of a hat. I welcome it, but it also means about half an hour of manic cleaning to present my home as a pretty packaged place we live. & many a day my husband would come home from work and I would present him with a plan of how I would start a “cleaning schedule”.
I would detail when I would do laundry and which day I would wash the linens but somewhere in the shuffle of living the list would get tossed and things would go on. Don’t mistake my banter for lack of commitment to my problem. I hate cleaning. I hate it. It doesn’t come naturally to me. I don’t clean when I am angry, or sad, or bored, or lonely. When I am those things I find comfort in my two biggest gifts, my husband and children. I find solace in rocking my baby on the front porch or playing bubbles with my oldest or lying in the arms of my husband and letting the world crumble around us.
But it’s true, I entered a covenant with my husband before God and promised to take care of him and I was neglecting do so. A home cooked meal? No problem. A healthy relationship with God? A daily treat. But keeping my home orderly? No bueno. Not my thing.
& then the hands and feet of Jesus Christ showed up with a cleaning caddy and a loving heart. A friend, and a sister who out of the kindness of her heart wanted to help me get things organized for an event I was having.
It broke me. That and some other forces just wiped me out.
When that wonderful woman of God walked in with that huge smile on her face and cleaning rag in hand, it broke me into a million pieces and joy flooded out of my heart and embarrassment and pride took it’s place. But at the same time I was overwhelmed by the lack of judgement and pure kindness she offered.
& so we cleaned, and we laughed and we enjoyed fellowship with one another while we mothered each other’s babies and I healed a little. And over the week that followed I healed a little more.
I found this.
“Let us therefore come bold unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
I let that soak in. I bathed in grace and when self-pity was gone I was happy again. Not because the problem was solved, because it isn’t. I have to work hard to be the kind of woman who scrubs the baseboards, but I was able to enjoy the hard work I have done in my 4 years of marriage.
I have been able to become the kind of mother I always wanted to be. The kind that spends intentional time teaching her kids. Teaching them their letters, their numbers, or my favorite song from being a kid. Teaching them about bugs, and the weather and how Jesus lives in their hearts and that being kind still matters. The kind of mother that would turn the tv off and go play in the rain, or show them how to plant strawberries. The kind of mother who would take them shopping for Daddy’s favorite cake ingredients and let them make it even if it meant shells in the batter and starting all over (sorry Daddy).
& sure, now I have some other skills too. I know I can’t be overcome with laziness. When the time is right I do have to shoulder the responsibility I took as a wife and now because of that good friend I can do so joyfully and full of the spirit of love and not of obligation.
I have some cabinets to sort and some towels to fold, but then, when it’s that time of day and everyone is awake again and ready for momma… then I have some babies to snuggle. & for that I count myself the luckiest woman in the world.
I woke up the morning of March 22nd broken hearted. Not for myself but for Mandy. Mandy who had planned with the help of her parents a wedding from out of state, who was now going to experience her wedding day in a torrential downpour. I prepped and worried for her, and arrived an hour early to the venue “just in case”. Just in case ended up being a fabulous group who didn’t stress about the rain, not even a little bit. They gathered and rearranged furniture with me to make the best of the incredible front porch at Naylor Hall and we just did it! It was great. The staff was incredible and I was truly blessed by the entire family, party, and vendor list! Mandy, I wish you and Daren the best! May you always handle stormy weather with such grace!
Kimi, Drew, and Lannah. I don’t have enough incredible things to say about this family. Kimi was incredible in all of her details, and planning, and then her ability to just be calm and collected as things unfolded the day of her wedding. Drew was tender, fun-loving, and a ball on the dance floor. Their parents, wedding party, and vendors were all fantastic. I felt like I was enjoying a good friends wedding! These two held nothing back in planning their gorgeous celebration of love, and I know that’s a reflection of the incredible way they love one another. I know you two see one another, and are happy resting in what you find. Here’s to happy ever after you two!
Venue: The Farm
Caterer: Harvest Moon
Ceremony Musicians & DJ: The TC Show
Frozen Yogurt Bar: Sweet Frogs
Hair & Makeup: Vigilante Cosmetics
I was very honored to have second shot another gorgeous Rose Hall Wedding with Liz Williams of Liz Williams Photography! My first “winter” wedding, and it was a dream! Congrats Alisan & Michael!
From watching Amber’s nervous excitement as she waited to wed the man of her dreams, again, to watching her grandparents dance to their wedding song; every detail was comfortable, timeless and a pure expression of love. Amber & Rod, I hope that every anniversary finds you as much in love as you clearly were on this special day!
As the busy season is coming to an end and the new year approaches I can’t help but reflect on this incredible year. My personal and professional lives have both been incredibly blessed. I was lucky to be the busiest I have ever been, and because of that I have pushed myself to great lengths this year to learn and perfect my craft. I have such a long way to go but I pour so much of my time, energy and heart into learning this business and ganging the knowledge it takes to keep producing products that you guys will cherish forever. I am so proud to have been present for each of these moments I am about to post. It doesn’t escape me that I witnessed some of the most raw & incredible emotions. I have done it all this year, from births and weddings to the smaller milestones and I am grateful for each one. You guys help me grow, help me learn and keep reminding me why I do what I do. So here are a few (okay, not a few, a lot) of my favorite shots from this year. Thanks again for all of your support, I cherish each and every one of my clients. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
It’s that time of year again! There are ads everywhere for some amazing black friday specials and some not so amazing specials but I am here to add myself to that former category!
The new year is going to bring a ton of changes to my business, and those include new prices, but until January 1st if your retainer is paid on any portrait or newborn session, your price will stay the same!
Friday November 28th mini sessions with be buy one get one (limit to 3 per family) & sessions will be $25 off if retainer is paid immediately.
&& last but not least is the wedding special! Any wedding booked between midnight November 27th and midnight December 1st with retainer paid will receive $100 off their balance & a $25 print credit!
The mini session line up this year is as follows:
Easter Mini’s- March
Momma & Me- May
Just Because- June
Boys Will be Boys- August
Fall Family Mini’s-October
Christmas Mini’s- November
Stay Tuned for more info on all of these great opporotunities!