Friday, May 27, 2011

Meghan & Buddy :: Engaged

She walks in a room, and everyone instantly smiles. He walks in a room, and it's hard not to laugh. Meghan and Buddy are a dynamic duo, and during our engagement session a few weeks ago, I walked away with sore face muscles from smiling and laughing so much!
Meghan and I work together, and I felt honored to be asked to photograph her engagement portraits. As you'll see below, Meghan is a natural beauty with a contagious smile. It was awesome spending the evening downtown with her and Buddy!
They're getting married this November in St. Simons Island, and I'm so excited to be a part of it! They already have a wedding photographer booked, but with my experience shooting wedding for the past few years and having to be the unofficial director, they're trusting me with the coordination of the day. Same hard work, similar structure, but totally different at the same time. I'm looking forward to the challenge!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Thomas & Teresa :: Engaged

Thomas and Teresa are getting married next January, and I'm SO excited to be their photographer. Thomas and my husband are best friends, and I've known him for over 10 years. Thomas is a wonderful person -- I consider him to be one of my best friends too -- and I'm ecstatic that he's found another wonderful person to spend the rest of his life with. Teresa is beautiful. Inside and out. She's out-going. And funny.
Here are my favorites from their engagement session. I cannot WAIT for their wedding.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Colten :: Child Portraits

Colten and I had SUCH a fun time in his backyard a few weeks ago. I was invited to his backyard playground for our session, and it was awesome seeing him explore around, and hilarious hearing him laugh. :)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

I'm Alive... and why edited images are better.

I'm alive. I promise. I'm just swamped.
I've got great stuff to share, and I know that I'm behind on sharing, but it will be worth the wait. :) I've just finished up with the final images of
Tina & Mike's wedding... so I can now focus on getting up some favorites of spring sessions I've done in the past few weeks.

Before scooting out of here and back to being a slave to Photoshop, I wanted to share a quick image with you. It's one from Leslie & Ike's 10 year wedding re-do portrait session. A before and after, showing why edited images are better.
Some clients ask if I provide a CD of all of the images that I take at a session. My answer is no. While I do show almost all of my images in a client's gallery, I take several out (i.e. no one wants pictures of themselves mid-blink or with a funky look on their face) and pare the images down a bit (i.e. it's often overwhelming to see so many pictures and many of them being multiple images of the same pose). While a client choosing images gets to see the "raw" footage that I take, they don't ever have the option of buying them. Why? Because edited images are better. I promise. And really, that's why you're paying me for my time and effort. You really don't think the only time I spend on your images is just the hour I'm photographing your family, do you? :) You're paying me for the whole package. When you go to a baseball game, you don't expect the umpire to call the game in the 8th inning. You came to see all 9.
Here is the proof... see the difference? Very little editing was done on this image (I strive to get my work good in camera so that I don't butcher them up in post-processing) but it makes such a big impact.

See? A little love goes a long way.