The biggest question all my clients ask me is what they should wear to their session?! When I first started photography I honestly thought anything you wanted was fine. Over the years I learned that it DOES MATTER for both people! When you really think about it, when do you get to be in front of a camera and not behind it or taking a selfie?? So it may seem a little silly but when you are planning your engagement, anniversary or just updated professional pictures, I really say get into "going all out!" Buy that dress that you want your soon to be hubby to see you in or dress up for that 5 year anniversary session!! When I first started recommending having hair and makeup done I thought my clients would look at me like I was crazy! What I found out though is that everyone ended up WAY happier with their portraits and felt more confident during their shoot! As for the fellas, they ended up having a great time spinning their loved one around and bringing her in real close which made for AMAZING and UNPOSED images! So when you plan your next professional photo session with your photographer just take a minute and spice things up! You'll be HAPPY that you did!
Traveling is something I have always been big on. I don't share my dreams to much but defiantly have them. It started out I wanted to do photography a few years back but was really scared. Then finally I took the courses with my little bridge camera (I upgraded thank the lord haha). I begged my friends and sister and anyone who was in front of me to PLEASE be my models (memories for sure!) Before I realized it, I was photographing families, dogs, couples until I did my first wedding. After that I knew a few things, I had to stop using my aunt's canon rebel and buy my own. At that time I was working as a full time server at Fatz while working full time at the dermatologist office. I went out and bought MY VERY OWN Canon 60D and a new lens and a Apple desktop. Y'all when I say I was excited that's an understatement!! After that I really put myself out there and taught myself how to run a website, again saved up money to hire a graphic designer to make my brand, made my own business cards, second shot with other photographers, received positive and negative feedback (that's the hard part but it helped me grow as a person) and then FINALLLLYYYYY bought my new Canon Mark iii 5D with a brand new lens. It only took me so many years but I always look my old camera and think back how far I have come. So with that being said I started a bucket list of GOALS & DREAMS when I first started my business.
Travel outside of Lexington, South Carolina for a wedding (checked off!!)
Photograph a wedding at the Biltmore (PRAISE, IT HAPPENED!!)
Keep my business alive for more than one year (check! going 4 years strong!!)
Now I would love to travel and photograph a wedding or anniversary session in these locations:
- Savannah, GA
- Austin, Tx
Y'all, I can keep going and going. I would not be where I am though if it wasn't for everyone! This would be A DREAM come true! If you're a bride planning a wedding that goes with these dreams, please reach out!! There could be a discount or incentive with your name on it!
When I asked Nikki to describe their relationship she said "My fiance is super goofy and I need someone who makes me come out of shell." Nikki & JohnMichael absolutely are made for one another! When I've mentioned this couple to others, everyone would say "Ahh I love them! OR JM is so silly and Nikki is full of laughter!" Well clearly everybody nailed it on the head there! From sweet whispers to dancing, they made this session one for the books. Thank you for letting me be apart of such a special time in your lives
I met Lauren back in the spring when she asked me to do her USC graduation pictures! When we were walking around the horseshoe I asked her if she was dating anyone and she went all out telling me about this guy Matt. She said "I know he is the one for me and when we end up getting engaged I definitely want you to be our photographer." Well guys here I am shooting her engagement session in D.C.! She wanted to started out with causal "family pictures" with their funny and cute dogs!
After flying in on Saturday and meeting Matt and doing their first session, we put the pups up and headed to Alexandria,VA. When we pulled up it was the one of the cutest little areas and even better I spotted this docking area and went straight to it! What you don't see in the picture is that their were these ducks around us and all Matt could talk about was duck hunting. He told me all about how Lauren had set up a duck hunt with friends for his birthday and instantly he was hooked. As they were walking towards me, Lauren and Matt and myself was laughing at how excited he was, as you can see and that made these pictures even more amazing!!
After finishing up with the cozy pictures we went into the romantic part of the session. Between the outfit changes and walking around I was able to see all the small details of this little town and learning about the fun things these two do. I learned so much in such a small time, saw so many people around and laughed the whole time. I pretty much watched the love and care these two have for one another and learned how they both ended up in D.C. together. After we finished with their shoot, they took me out to dinner at Matchbox which SO good and then we went to see the monuments at night time and finished off the next morning with a tour of the tomb of the unknown solider! I left D.C. with not only a newly engaged couple but new friends and tons of memories! Now I can not wait for their wedding at the Biltmore in May!