Jordan + Hayley | Engaged | Panama City Beach Engagement Session

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Jordan + Hayley | Engaged | Panama City Beach Engagement Session

Jordan and Hayley 

Gosh I seriously just love these two I could go on and on about them forever.. but to cut it short I edited their session and ended up with 300 images I couldn't narrow down. I normally deliver 25-40 images but I just loved every single photo of these two! They were so much fun to work with from day one. 

Jordan and Hayley flew me out to Panama City Beach for their engagement photos just a couple weeks ago. Hayley came to pick me up at the airport and we instantly hit it off! We went to Starbucks and talked life, photography, Africa, relationships..etc. It was like I'd known her forever and that is my favorite thing when meeting brides because that means I get to become friends with them along the way! 

For their session we wanted a few different looks so found some beautifully forest areas, we went on the Airforce base where Jordan works and took some photos there and then we got to use the base's beach which was basically our own private area with no one for miles. It was gorgeous and beautiful and I couldn't have asked for a better day with these two! 

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How Could That Mom Let it Happen?!

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How Could That Mom Let it Happen?!

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Maybe she was sleep deprived, Maybe she was on her phone, Maybe she was taking a much needed potty break without little eyes watching her. Maybe she was grabbing a drink of water or packing school bags. She could have been making dinner and she could have been RIGHT THERE. 

But why does the even matter? 

I'm so sick of all the mom guilt. I'm so sick of all the mom judgement. Of the disapproving glances when my kid stands up in her shopping cart like I'm sure every kid in the history of shopping carts has stood up before. I'm sick of walking around getting judged because my kid climbs things or goes barefoot or that she may or may not have said the "S***" word when she fell at the doctors office. 

But more than anything I am so sick of hearing that horrible little phrase every time some thing bad happens to a child. "How could that mom let it happen?" 

Can we just be real for a minute? Yesterday my kid fell off the top of the couch she was climbing and hit hard on the wooden floor. Today my moms seemingly gentle dog came at my daughter and bit her for no reason. And you want to know what, both times I was RIGHT THERE. Sure, she's fine but both events in just two days could have been life threatening. I was sitting right next to my kid watching her when something happened that could have changed her life. These things happen in the blink of an eye. Maybe because us moms are sleep deprived, or distracted. Maybe its because we juggle ten million thoughts and burdens and to do lists at all times. Or maybe its just because our kids are just that, KIDS and they are going to do some dangerous things while learning about the world. Today, one of my best friends kids fell in a pool, she's okay.

But what if all these incidents led to something much worse? There could be a blog post circulating about my kid and there would be people, mothers included, all over the globe judging a mom who just had something horrible happen to her kid. 

I guess what I'm trying to say here is that it could be you, or your sister or brother or cousin. It could be your kid or someone you deeply care about when that happens. And the next time you hear about a tragic accident happening, can you hold the judgement for a second? Can you imagine being in that mother's shoes and think about what she must be going through? Can you offer that mom some comfort or support instead of judgement? 

Can you get off your high horse for a minute and realize it could just as easily happen to you, and if it was how would you want other people to react? 

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Spencer + Kelly | Married

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Spencer + Kelly | Married

Spencer and Kelly. 

I think the word that most comes to mind when I think of this amazing couple is JOY. Throughout most sessions and weddings I like to capture the real raw feelings of the day; which usually includes a little bit of nerves, fear, excitement, sadness, joy, love.. etc... But to be honest when it came to Spencer and Kelly Im pretty sure the singular emotion of the day was JOY and of course a lot of love. We spent the entire day cracking up and laughing the whole way through, it was perfect!

Spencer and Kelly were high school sweethearts, their venue was lined with pictures from their time together. From homecoming to prom, graduations and first days of college. It was the sweetest thing to walk through the venue and be able to see the story of their lives unfold as it led to the location where they would become one. All their closest friends and family came to witness this sweet intimate wedding and it couldn't have been more perfect. 

Spencer, Kelly... Thank you for the honor of allowing me to capture this special day! 

 

Vendor Credits

Photography: Photography by Adele (www.photographybyadele.com)

Videographer: Ancre Film (Ancrefilm.com

Florist: Ena Fowler Floral Design (https://www.facebook.com/enafowlerfloraldesign/)

Venue: The Cumberland House (http://thecumberlandhouse.info)

 

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Photography by Adele Intern Search!

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Photography by Adele Intern Search!

Content Marketing & Social Media Intern

Are you passionate about photography? Do you have a secret talent for crafting engaging content? Or maybe you're just a social media marketing wizard? Well, you're in luck. Photography by Adele is a photography company based in Lexington, Kentucky and we are looking for someone to join the team! 

The ideal candidate would be a self starter. We are looking for someone who is excellent with time management and someone who is familiar with online communities, social media platforms and blogs is essential. This position would require about 5-10 hours a week with the possibility of advancement. 

Please read carefully below to see if you would be a good fit. 

What You Will Learn & Responsibilities: 

CONTENT STRATEGY

  • Create compelling content that will be shared by influencers. 
  • Editorial Content Planning and Execution 
  • Newsletter content creation and planning 
  • Provide support on project planning and events. 
  • Research assignments for blog subjects

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Create content for social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest
  • Create and manage social media marketing campaigns
  • Create an engaging environment with followers and influencers
  • Establish strong brand awareness across all platforms
  • Graphic creation for blog posts
  • Relationship building with online community

What we require: 

Applicants should be eager and excited for their careers and what they can learn through the internship. The applicant should be creative and a hard worker. They should be quick to respond to communication and be able to meet deadlines. 

  • Strong communication skills
  • Great grammar and writing skills with a strong attention to detail
  • Organized, Creative and Flexible
  • Familiar with social media networking sites 
  • Tech savvy with a strong interest in digital media 

Details:

  • This position is ideally an 8-month internship beginning in September of 2017, applicants interested in a 4-month internship will also be considered. 
  • You are expected to work 5-10 hours per week non-paid.
  • Applicants do not need to live in Lexington, Kentucky though it is preferred 
  • Out of state applicants must be able to make regular phone calls and video chat meetings. 

 

We are so excited about our 2017 Internship program! If you think this is the right position for you please send us your resume (does not need to be anything fancy) and we would love to get to know you better! 

All resumes can be sent to info@photographybyadele.com 

 

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Jacob + Erin | Married | Lexington Kentucky Wedding Photographer

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Jacob + Erin | Married | Lexington Kentucky Wedding Photographer

Jacob + Erin 

This past fall I had the pleasure of having coffee one afternoon with this lovely bride and her closest family. She had just picked out her gorgeous dress from Maggie Louise Bridal and was excitedly planning the details of her wedding day. This sweet southern gal was the type of person you meet and instantly fall in love with, thinking you've known her your whole life! We were so excited to book her for her wedding and we couldn't wait to meet Jacob! 

Over the course of a few months we met Jacob and did their engagement session, as well as a gorgeous Castle Hill Bridal Session of Erin in Oxford, MS. We loved getting to know them over the months of wedding planning. 

The weekend of their wedding, Jeremy and I drove out to New Albany, MS. The sweetest most adorable southern small town for their wedding. Its the kind of town where the wedding is announced in the newspaper and everyone is invited. They even had a congratulations banner on the local movie theater, it was the cutest! We captured their rehearsal dinner and stayed for their wedding the next day. 

This wedding was everything we could have dreamed of and more! Every single detail was perfection, from the lace on her dress to the gorgeous florals. The sweet church chapel where Jacob and Erin both went as little kids, to the gorgeous backyard reception Erin's father so lovingly put together. Every piece of the wedding was a labor of love that friends and family came together to make perfect for this perfect couple. It was an honor to be chosen to capture this day and Im still in tears thinking about how amazing it was! 

Congratulations Jacob and Erin! We love you! 

Vendors Included

Photography: Photography by Adele (www.photographybyadele.com) , Second shooter: Photos by Kenzie

Videographer: Ancre Film (www.ancrefilm.com

Dress: Maggie Louise Bridal 

Florals : MODA design by Emily Foreman 

Band: Memphis Soul Revue 

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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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