Once upon a time...
When Katie contacted me and said that she and Ryan were thinking of eloping at an abandoned castle a few hours away and asked if I could be the one to photograph it, I got butterflies inside. Then, when she said I could be as artistic as I wanted to be, I may or may not have squealed in delight! Sometimes work is just work, and sometimes work is pure inspiration. This wedding was the definition of inspiring.
I really fell in love with this couple, right off the bat. They are so kind and considerate of one another. They are affectionate and not afraid to show their emotions. I've said it many times before, but small intimate weddings like this are my absolute favorite things to shoot. There is no pressure, no distractions. The focus is solely on the connection, it is all about their love story. And this was a beautiful love story.
To witness not just this lovely couple becoming one, but seeing their sweet girls officially become sisters, was a true honor. The fact that it all happened at a CASTLE, well, that was just the cherry on top of a delicious sundae.
*I do want to note that this location is private property and is posted and we had permission from the owners to be there. We actually got a little lost trying to find it. Then a couple of kind good samaritans helped us out by giving us an escort up the dirt road. I didn't get their names, but shout out to them. If you're reading this, you know who you are. (And I still owe you that $5) Lol
I also want to give a big thanks to my assistant Jamie Wheatley, who comes with me to nearly every wedding. She is never seen in any of my images, but does so much behind the scenes to keep me sane. Everything from fixing hair and wardrobe issues, to wrangling all the kiddos. It is all so appreciated!
With all that said, here is a sneak peek of Katie and Ryan's absolute fairytale of a day...
Bride & Groom Portraits.
...and they lived happily ever after.
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I have had the privilege of photographing this family since the start of my career. And the privilege of calling them my friends for far longer than that. I'm so excited because we're both expecting new babies this year. It's so awesome to share that experience together. Love yas, Jackson family!
Beautiful Ella was so alert and aware of her surroundings!
She connected with the camera lens more than once.
I think she born to be photographed.
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I have been wanting to do a maternity milk bath for forever!!
Jessica finally made my dream come true.
I am absolutely in love with the creamy dreaminess
of this session, and I can't wait to meet her new little princess!
Congrats to Mommy, Daddy and big sister Juli!!
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Thirteen years ago she narrowly escaped a house fire that killed her 4 year old triplet siblings.
She sustained burns on over 42% of her body.
She saved her own life by smashing a window and crawling into the arms of a neighbor.
She was only 8 years old at the time. She's had over 60 surgeries since then.
She now volunteers her time helping other burn survivors.
And she still smiles and laughs....a lot...every day.
She is not a victim, she is a survivor.
She is beautiful.
And she is brave.
"I survived because the fire inside me
burned brighter than the fire around me." -Joshua Graham
Click HERE to hear Tamarah tell her story in her own words.
I am so excited! I was asked if I'd like to join a monthly blog circle featuring freelensed images, called the Free 52. Y'all know I've been freelensing since before freelensing was cool, lol. Anywho, here's my first month with this incredible group. These are my daughter's beta fish, Raindrop and Rexie. I did some straight freelensing, then I challenged myself and tried some freelensing while prisming. When you're done looking, be sure to follow the blog circle to the super talented Renee Barth Photography!
I have just four words for y'all...Corning Museum of Glass!!
It was such a great time!
Obviously, we were there all day and I took heaps of images,
I am just sharing a small portion here.
The first 30 minutes (the part you're about to see),
we toured a lot of the displays and art and stopped for lunch.
I highly recommend a visit.
After lunch we saw a hot glass demo,
where one of the gaffers made a blown glass bowl.
We watched a glassbreaking demo,
my daughter got called onstage and broke some glass.
They even gave her a free figurine to take home.
She was beyond thrilled!
They also had flame working and optical fiber demos.
We finished up our visit by making our own
glass tic tac toe game to bring home,
but all that is for another post...so stay tuned. :)
Continue following this month's blog circle with a visit to the incredible Sonja Stitch Fotografías in Barcelona!
It snowed...a lot! So my husband decided to take the day off of work
and build an ice castle in the backyard with our little helper girl.
(Although, she mostly just ate snow and threw snow balls at him, lol)
I'm not going to lie, this ice castle took more than 30 minutes to create.
I didn't want to cheat, so I photographed it in 5 minutes increments that added up to 30 minutes,
going inside to warm up in between shots.
I'm not a huge fan of the snow and cold, but they had a blast!
These are the kind of days and memories I know she will never forget.