Sunday, July 20, 2014

"My" Wallace Family

I shot Denna & Cam's engagement session over 6 years ago. That seems impossible to me and not because it felt like it was just yesterday, but because I can't believe that Denna and I have been friends for ONLY 6 years. She is one of the most loyal and devoted friends that I have ever had. I love her to pieces and I adore her family. So of course, I was tickled pink to get the chance once again to get to work with her and Cam and their sweet precious babies. We shot only in my own yard and spend less than an hour but I feel like when you know a family the way that I know the Wallace's you can allow yourself to spend only an hour and feel like you have walked away with a gold mine. Watching this beautiful family grow is what makes my job so rewarding and amazing. I am so blessed to have these people as not only my clients, but two of my most beloved friends.

These are my friends and their gorgeous children.

The Giles family

My cousin Joey was my best friend in the whole world when I was a kid. We were joined at the hip and so close that our parents were told that they actually needed to put us in different class rooms in elementary school because we weren't making other friends :-) Now we are both all grown up and he has a precious little fella of his own. I had always hoped our kids would be as close as we were but I got a head start on that whole having babies bandwagon. That doesn't mean that I gush any less over my chunky little, gorgeous baby cousin, Ryder and Joey's gorgeous and awesome wife, Sheri.

It was raining the day of our session. It actually began raining the moment we pulled into the park. This has been the story of my spring and summer seasons. All I need to do to make it rain buckets is to book an outside family session. Here is a little taste of what little we were able to get though.

The Alexander & Ward Families

What a treat to get to work with this beautiful family! I have known Hannah and her little lady, Louisa for a while and this was the first time that I had the pleasure of working with her sweet boy, Major. What a ham! I love him to pieces! In addition to Hannah's little man and her hubby, I also got to meet her parents, brother & sister-in-law, and her two nieces, who were all lovely! All in all, a beautiful session with such beautiful people, inside and out! I love my job :-)

Isn't Hannah just gorgeous?

I could squeeze her to pieces!!!

Ok, I will stop now. I really loved this family!

The Bradley Family

It's hard to believe that it has been over 4 years since I first met this family. Little miss Annabelle was just a couple of months old at the time and since then I have worked with them many times and they now they have changed homes and had another kiddo. Miss Savannah is now as old as Annabelle was when I first met them and is every bit as delightful. I was able to meet up with them at their new home a few weeks ago on a beautiful summer day.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Chris & Nancy Mize

This wedding was absolutely spectacular. Seth and I have known Nancy Mize & her family for years, since before we even had kids. It was such a great honor to photograph this wedding and to witness this beautiful union along side so many wonderful old friends.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Another Wonderful Wedding Weekend

Just had to share this breathtaking spot where this evening's wedding will be taking place. This will be my third outside wedding in a row and I am super excited about it. My middle kid, Simon, is actually in the wedding so the whole family will be there and we just love this bride to bits! More to come tomorrow, I am sure!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Throw back what? TBT:

Obviously, I am wasting time and trying to fill the space between posted sessions. Typical. But its ok. Enjoy a TBT post of my kids in their history of crazy curly hair!!!! It was glorious!

Liam with curly hair

Simon with his curly hair(I miss it SO much!)

Cate being Cate with Cate hair

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The 10 Most Ridiculous Editing Requests I Have Ever Received

While working myself cross eyed on editing a few BEAUTIFUL sessions from a few WONDERFUL clients today, I was suddenly feeling very sentimental and thankful for the amazing people that I have had the good fortune to work with over the past couple of years. I started thinking, "It's been so long since I got a weirdo request about editing, it's nice!" I then began thinking about some very odd and funny requests that I had gotten in my first 3 or 4 years of photography and I couldn't help but type them out. So consider this a little treat to my precious, laid back, trusting, beautiful, and wonderful clients while you wait on your pictures. To all of you, thank you for not asking me to do anything like this!

Top 10 most ridiculous(and hilarious) editing requests that I have ever received:

10: "Can you make me look skinnier in Photoshop?"- - This is the MOST common editing request that I cannot oblige. If I COULD do this, I would be charging much more than I do and I would be the most popular photographer in the area. Sadly, I can't. I wish I could. I would be so skinny in all of my pictures. If any of you find a photographer who CAN do this, please pass their number onto me, because I want to book them ASAP.

9: "Can you take my hair from that picture and put it on this picture?" No.

8."Can you just make sure when you are working on the pictures that you take out my muffin top in any pictures with me in them?" I said that was 99.9% sure that I couldn't and she never called me back.

7. "I like the way the back ground of this picture looked like little circles. Can you make that the background for all of the pictures?" This is technical thing because the "little circles" are called bokeh and it's created in camera at the time the photo is taken. It's easily understandable that this client didn't realize that the "circles" were light and leaves in the background(boy, she must have briefly thought that I was much better at editing than I really am!) But no, I can't do that for every picture. I have had a lot of people ask me how I did that, but only one who asked me to "make it the background for all the pictures" It was actually kind of cute, and finally a crazy request that wasn't annoying.

6. "Can you photoshop in a different background behind us? Like…could you make it look like this picture(attached) was where we were?" It was a beach picture, I photographed the family at a local park in a neighboring town. The beach photo was taken with an iPhone. No. I…I…Can't do that, and I would't do it if I could.

5. "Can you photoshop out an arm cast? No? Oh ok, we'll just schedule for when he gets his cast off then." They never called back, either. I guess if you can't photoshop out an arm cast you are not the photographer for that family.

4. "Is there anyway to switch the outfit she had on earlier for the one she has on in these pictures? She was smiling in the later ones, but there aren't many of her smiling in the first outfit." No.

3. "Can you photoshop in falling snow?" Because the dead of winter with no snow on the ground in Georgia would look better with photoshopped falling snow, apparently. They never called back either.

2. "Can you photoshop my face into my sons eye like his eye is showing a reflection of me?"(legit, I had someone ask me this about 5 years ago and I laughed out loud and said …"Oh honey…no. No, no…I'm just not…I'm...I'm not doing that.")

1. "How much would you charge me to have you photoshop my ex out of all of our family pictures that you took a few months ago?" My response? "It would be cheaper to do another session with just you and your baby." and her reply to that was "Oh, I didn't think of that."

Happy Hump Day Everyone! Be careful of the crazy photoshop requests you make because one day they might end up in a post just like this!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Lindsey & Joseph

I got to photograph a GORGEOUS wedding(and gorgeous wedding party) yesterday in Aragon, Ga. With the threat of afternoon storms looming in the back of everyone's mind, we spent as much time outside while the weather was still great. Although Lindsey & Joseph didn't get the have their nuptials outside of the protection of the tent, as originally planned, it was a fantastic. The rain certainly didn't dampen anyone's spirits :-) It was a great day! Here are a few of my favorites so far:

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Brittney & Terry

I just wanted to get a few pictures up for Brittney & Terry on their wedding day at their gorgeous cabin beside the creek.  Will have more soon of this wonderful couple :-) I apologize for some of these being out of order. Posting and running, I'll fix it later ;-)

Meet April

Meet April

Hi, my name is April.

I am short and have hair that hasn't yet figured out what it wants to be when it grows up(currently it's majoring in wavy with a minor in curly). I love red wine, hot hot summers, nail polish, words that end in -urple, high heels, my mother-in-law's cooking, spending the night with my mom & daddy, repurposing old things that I don't use anymore, cooking Mexican food on Monday's, making new friends, blogging, pretending I can't hear "Maaaamaaaa!" and banging on the bathroom door when I am the shower, sleeping late, Standing on the hearth with my back to the fire, waking up an hour before the alarm goes off, getting any mail that isn't a bill or an offer from a credit card company, looking through old family photo's, wearing my husbands sweaters, road trips without the kids, Christmas shopping with my mom and sister-in-law, wine and whine sessions with my other sister-in-law, hour long phone conversations with my best friend, painting rooms a new color, ball-point pens, Mass, taking time off, playing in dirt, flouncy skirts and flip flops..ect..