Chris & Janae's Surprise Wedding | Lexington Kentucky Wedding Photographer

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Chris & Janae's Surprise Wedding | Lexington Kentucky Wedding Photographer

JaNae & Chris

 

About 6 months ago JaNae contacted me for the first time to shoot her June wedding. I had captured the wedding of her close friends back in November and she wanted a similar experience. We talked back and forth a bit and she booked me then and there.

Just a few weeks later she notified me that there were some circumstances that came up and they had to change the date two months earlier, thankfully I was still available but I was worried about her thinking someone was sick.. etc. So we met for coffee to discuss the date change. We hit it off immediately and I could just tell right away I wanted to work with these sweet soul.

She told me that she would be putting on a SURPRISE wedding, yep you read that right. Backtracking a little bit it's important to know a little bit about JaNae and Chris. Chris is a simple guy, a hopeless romantic who would do anything for JaNae, he could wear a t shirt and jeans every day and really would do just about anything to make her happy. JaNae is quite the opposite, in her words they "go together like whiskey and wine." JaNae can be seen overdressed to any occasion, always looking her best fabulous self, she's laid back but also loves a great time.

So when they started planning their wedding, their simple small wedding quickly got out of hand with fancy decor and a large guest list, Chris was happy to plan the wedding JaNae wanted but with the wedding budget getting out of hand she decided to do the most selfless thing. Janae quickly canceled all their plans and began organizing a sweet, simple wedding. An intimate gathering with only family and their few closest friends. The wedding was held on the property they bought together, the same property that would one day be their family home. Upon arriving to the property, Chris received a note that said "Meet me at our tree." Their tree would be the place their family gathered, the place JaNae walked down the aisle to meet him, and the place they dedicated their lives forever to each other.

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John + Rebekah | San Dimas Engagement Session | Destination Wedding Photographer

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John + Rebekah | San Dimas Engagement Session | Destination Wedding Photographer

John and Rebekah, 

These two are one of a kind. Kind, genuine, caring, goofy, loving.. and oh so sweet. I had the best time with this sweet couple on our trip to California. When Rebekah asked me to shoot their wedding in January, I instantly jumped at the chance to get them in front of the camera on our trip to California. We attempted a sunset session but ran out of light within 20 minutes, we decided to meet up again the next day at sunrise to finish up their session and boy was it worth it! 

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Castro Family Sunset Session | Destination Lifestyle Photographer

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Castro Family Sunset Session | Destination Lifestyle Photographer

A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of spending a couple days with our beautiful friends in Arizona. We spent most of our short time together watching our kids play and catching up on the craziness of motherhood and married life. It was our first time meeting each others daughters and their first time meeting each other. The girls loved playing with each other and each moment watching them made my heart burst with joy. We always dreamed of raising our girls together, our kids being best friends for life. It was the absolute best thing ever getting to make that happen for a weekend. 

We ended our time together with a short photo shoot as we always do. I love getting to document my friends lives! These photos are far from perfect but definitely document real life and thats what I love!

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Chris & Carli | Panama City Beach Wedding

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Chris & Carli | Panama City Beach Wedding

Oh man, there are no words to describe my love for Chris and Carli, they are two of the most special people you'll ever meet but Ill go back a bit... 

Around June of last year, Carli contacted me through a mutual friend and asked me to capture their wedding, we discussed all the details and it was set! We would be going down to Florida to capture their wedding! In September, Chris and Carli made a trip up to Memphis to have their engagement session done with us. 

The day before the session Carli and I hopped in the car and drove to downtown Memphis gathering ideas for location and stopping for some Memphis eats, fried mac n cheese balls at a food truck if I remember correctly. We had my daughter with us who fell in love with Carli instantly and of course we all had the best time together. We walked away from their weekend visit feeling like we had just made friends for life, and boy were we right!

Driving in the Panama City Beach was like a breath of fresh air, we got to stay at their apartment the first night and went out for seafood, which was amazing! The day before their wedding we hung out at the venue and helped set up and then the day of we followed their day from start to finish, capturing everything from brunch to send off and it was the most incredible day!

The love that Chris and Carli share is one for the books, and Im so honored I get to partner with them on this journey! 

Skip to the bottom to see their wedding video by Ancre Film

 

 

 

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Carolina + Dylan | Bonne Terre Romantic Evening Wedding | Mississippi Wedding Photographer

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Carolina + Dylan | Bonne Terre Romantic Evening Wedding | Mississippi Wedding Photographer

Carolina and Dylan, 

Walking away from this wedding the word that came to both of our minds was joy. We can't remember a time where we have captured a wedding with such completed overwhelming joy. From the time they locked eyes as she walked down the aisle they were both complete smiles the entire evening. It was such a joy to capture such beautiful, joyful union of this lovely couple! 

PS. Skip to the end to watch their Ceremony and Reception Highlight films by Ancre Film 

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Hallmark Family | Cozy in home lifestyle session | Shreveport Louisiana

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Hallmark Family | Cozy in home lifestyle session | Shreveport Louisiana

About a year ago Jeremy and I were living briefly in Shreveport, Louisiana, During our time there we met the most amazing friends. The kind of friends where from the first time you meet you talk about anything from theology to politics, to giving birth and laughing over quotes from the office. They are the kind of friends that are REAL, they will put you in your place when you are wrong, rejoice with you in the good times and be there for you every of the hard times. A year ago tomorrow was one of the hardest, if not the hardest day of our entire lives and this sweet family was there to pick us up. They brought us into their home night after night and were the biggest comfort to us in that season.

The worst part about moving to Tennessee was leaving these beautiful souls, but thankfully we got to visit them a few weeks back and it was so much fun getting to capture their family is the most REAL way. Love these friends to pieces. 

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Brandy + Mitch | Engaged | Memphis Wedding Photographer

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Brandy + Mitch | Engaged | Memphis Wedding Photographer

A couple weeks back I had the pleasure of capturing this gorgeous couple for a sunrise session. I left my house somewhere around 4am so excited to meet them and the exceeded my expectations! These two were so in love, so kind and loving I had such a blast capturing their session and getting to know them, September can't come soon enough for their wedding! 

 

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Its Not Always Rainbows and Butterflies

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Its Not Always Rainbows and Butterflies

 

 

I remember she was about a week old, I had just finished feeding her and was ready to put her down for a nap when it hit me like a brick wall. My heart started pounding and the tears came in full stream. 

 

Overwhelming.

 

Thats the best way I can describe motherhood. Overwhelming love for this little being that you created. Overwhelming joy at being mommy to the most beautiful thing you've ever seen. Overwhelming fear of having to take care of a child that now depends solely on you. Everything is overwhelming, in good ways and bad. 

No one ever warns you about it. They warn you about the pregnancy struggles, the warn you about their birth horror stories. They warn you about the pain and the sleepless nights. They warn you about the horrible dirty diapers and the spit up and the crying. 

 

But what they don't warn you about is postpartum depression and anxiety. 

 

I was prepared as I could be for the daily life of a mother. But what I was not prepared for what the depression, "baby blues" as some would call it. And I definitely wasn't prepared for the anxiety, feeling like I couldn't breathe, like I was exploding from the inside every time I had to feed my daughter, or every time people were around or my daughter cried and no one could take her besides me. 

For some, if you're lucky, it ends after a few months and you go back to being your normal self. Others are not that lucky. If you're like me you're 8 months post delivery and its only getting worse. You can't sleep because you're anxiety is so bad, you're heart is pounding and your mind is racing a million miles per second. The house is a wreck and you can't seem to get anything done, because you're depression has taken every ounce of motivation away from you. 

 

What I'm here to tell you is that it is okay. 

 

our struggles do not make you any less of an amazing mother. Your depression and anxiety does not make you less of a mother. You are not a failure for the way your body has reacted to the hormones that come with carrying, delivering and for some breastfeeding your child. The moment you conceived your baby, you gave up control over your emotions and gave into the emotions of a mother. Overwhelming emotions. 

Im writing this because I feel like its not talked about enough, its a taboo subject because moms are so afraid of being judged that they don't want to open up to their friends and families about their struggles. But the worst part is that so many mothers go through it and they don't even have anyone to talk to about it because no one will open up. 

Im lucky enough to have two AMAZING mom friends, friends who have both struggled with postpartum depression and anxiety. And you know what, I would not have known and had someone to talk to if one of us hadn't taken the leap and opened up about the hard stuff. 

 

The Motherhood is real ya'll!

 

Its time for moms to stick together and open up to each other. If you're a seasoned mama, take an expecting mom out to coffee and let her know the real stuff and make sure she knows you're there for her. Be real and open and allow others to be open with you. Motherhood is not for the weak, and you need people to come alongside you and help be your strength.And lastly, pray with and for each other, you have no idea how much another mom might struggling but isn't willing to open up. Motherhood can't be done alone! 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mr. & Mrs. Addison | Southaven MS Wedding | Midsouth Wedding Photography

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Mr. & Mrs. Addison | Southaven MS Wedding | Midsouth Wedding Photography

A few months ago I got to meet this lovely bride in Southaven, MS as we took a run-through of the venue they were using for their wedding and they decided to book me for their wedding! About a month ago I had the pleasure of getting to capture this gorgeous wedding for such a beautiful, caring, deserving couple. I have never seen such beautiful, classy decor and florals created by Ena Fowler Floral Design, you have to check her out if you're planning a wedding in the Midsouth! 

 

Enjoy!

 

 

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Erin & Jacob. Engaged | Memphis Wedding Photographer | Shelby Farms Engagement

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Erin & Jacob. Engaged | Memphis Wedding Photographer | Shelby Farms Engagement

Erin & Jacob

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of meeting Erin and some of her closest friends and family. I instantly felt like I knew her and was comfortable with her right away. I was so excited when she decided to book us for her wedding, and then at the same meeting over coffee she decided she wanted engagement photos right away!

So we met 5 days later at Shelby Farms to take photos of Erin and her fiance Jacob. These two share such a special bond and the love that they have for each other radiates off of their faces and is evident in everything they do. 

I had such a blast getting to know these two and capturing their engagement photos! May 2017 can't come soon enough! 

PS. Make sure you get all the way to the bottom to see a their engagement video! 

 

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Cory & Tiffany | "Photographer" Styled Bridal Session

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Cory & Tiffany | "Photographer" Styled Bridal Session

Cory & Tiffany

A couple weeks back I had the pleasure of meeting Tiffany and Cory an adorable husband and wife team that does exactly what we do. They hired me to take new photos of them for their website, but they wanted to put a spin on things and dress as a bride and groom but wear they're photo and video gear on them throughout the photo shoot. I had so much fun getting to know them and capturing their portraits! 

Enjoy 

 

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Sweet little Anni | Memphis Newborn Photography

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Sweet little Anni | Memphis Newborn Photography

A couple months back I had the privilege of taking maternity photos for the sweetest mom to be. I loved meeting her and her family and was overjoyed to be asked to capture her little newborn Anni when she arrived. 

(For photos from her maternity session click here)

 

Anni is the sweetest, daintiest little baby and I just adore her. I absolutely loved capturing these moments for this special family!

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Chris & Carli. Engaged | Memphis Engagement Photography

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Chris & Carli. Engaged | Memphis Engagement Photography

Chris & Carli,

These two complete each other in a way that is weird and adorable the cutest thing ever all in one. I literally cannot say enough about them! Chris and Carli got engaged a few months back and found me when they were looking for a wedding photographer. There wedding will be in Panama City Beach, Florida which I am super excited about! But Chris is from the area and wanted to show Carli around so they decided to come up for engagement photos. I got to spend the day before their engagement session hanging out with them which was perfect because I really feel like I got to know their personalities, which makes an engagement session that much better. 

The day before the session Carli and I explored Memphis together looking for cool locations for the shoot. We drove around, got lost and found some amazing locations, drove around in circles looking for parking and then scavenged my car for change to buy fried mac n cheese from a local food truck in the city. Needless to say, I had an absolute blast getting to know Carli that day and even more fun with both of them during their session. 

There is nothing like walking away from an engagement session feeling like you've made some friends for life. 

 

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Mr. & Mrs. Beasley | Los Angeles Wedding | Kellogg House Pomona Wedding

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Mr. & Mrs. Beasley | Los Angeles Wedding | Kellogg House Pomona Wedding

Jeff & Sara

Every once in a while you meet the kind of person that lights up a room, the kind of person that is so beautiful not only on the outside but also on the inside that they literally can make any persons day better now matter how terrible. The kind of person everyone wants in their life.

That is exactly the type of person Sara is. I met Sara almost two years ago, I was her cousins wedding photographer and in the process I was able to go on a bachelorette weekend with Sara and the other girls. From the moment I met Sara I literally loved her to pieces, she has such a beautiful soul!

When I met her she and Jeff were going through a little bit of a rough patch and they were working some things out, but I knew in my heart that they would end up getting married one day. This girl spent every waking minute of our trip talking about how much she loved him, talking about how amazing he treated her and talking about how she felt like they were meant to be. So of course when she announced their engagement I was absolutely thrilled! And even more thrilled when she asked if she could fly me to LA to capture it. 

Upon meeting Jeff on the wedding day, I could tell he was the type of beautiful person that lights up a room as well and that the two of them are going to do amazing things together. I couldn't be happier for them, and I was absolutely honored to capture their day! 

When we fount out that they hadn't hired a videographer, Jeremy (Hubby) and I decided to surprise them and take some videos as well as photos and make a little highlight reel of their wedding day and I absolutely love how it turned!

Photography by: Photography by Adele (Jeremy and Adele Clare-Talbot) 

Videography by: Jeremy Clare-Talbot

Hair: Michelle Hair (Michelle Stevenes)  

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Mr. & Mrs. Kendrick | Shreveport Louisiana Wedding | Destination Wedding Photographer

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Mr. & Mrs. Kendrick | Shreveport Louisiana Wedding | Destination Wedding Photographer

Joe and Hannah

Wow, I can't say enough about how much I adore this amazing couple!! Back in the spring we spent a few months working at a church in Shreveport, Louisiana where we met this lovely couple who at the time were not a couple. But they were both absolutely the sweetest most welcoming people you've ever met. The kind of people that go out of their way to show love and kindness to even a stranger and the kind of people that just radiate joy. 

Hannah was born in Okinawa, Japan and Joe was born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia... and yet somehow they crossed paths in Shreveport, Louisiana and fell in love. Here's is a little snippet of their beautiful story. 

Joe and Hannah met 12 years ago while playing a competitive game of hide and seek with their families in Shreveport, Louisiana and while Hannah had her sights on Joe for the better part of 12 years as they connected in homeschooling programs in middle school and high school. Joe, however didn't pursue Hannah until after college when they ended up in the same church ministry together.... The most amazing thing about their relationship is that they spent 8 months apart, broken up between dating and that fateful day in April when Joe proposed to Hannah. All throughout the time if you asked anyone if they would end up together everyone knew it would happen but no one quite expected it happen the way it so beautifully did. 

Here are some of the highlights from their wedding day! 

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Kara Smith | Downtown Memphis Senior Portrait Session

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Kara Smith | Downtown Memphis Senior Portrait Session

A couple weeks back I got to spend a beautiful afternoon with this lovely lady. She'll be graduating from high school this year and decided to have me take some senior portraits for her. We had such a blast walking around Downtown Memphis taking photos and getting to know each other better! I absolutely adore this beautiful lady and I hope you enjoy these photos! 

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