Devyn and Brad's Fall Adventure Session in Florence, AL

Devyn and Brad are two precious souls. They met on a dating app, because it’s the 21st century and that’s how we do things. They first set sights on each other under the Shoals Theatre sign in downtown Florence, and had an instant connection. They’ve been together ever since.

Brad enlisted the help of some dear friends to propose. Their friends Kaitlyn and Jake Curtis were having a Christmas party, and Brad had the BEST plan. Brad disappeared mid-party and Kaitlyn pretended to go look for him. Everyone followed her outside, and Devyn went along naturally. Devyn got outside and there was Brad, standing there waiting for her. Brad went into his speech about his adoration and appreciation for Devyn, then he got down on one knee and popped the question. After saying yes, Devyn realized her mom had driven up from Birmingham and was Face-timing her family back home the whole time for them to watch.

Brad and Devyn wed in one month, and I couldn’t be more excited to see what they have put together for their day. I know it’s going to be a thoughtful, emotional, beautiful day. Here’s a peek at their engagement session last year! Congratulations on finding each other, Brad and Devyn. Thank you for letting me document your love story.

Erin's Woodsy Bridal Session at TVA's Nature Loop in Sheffield, AL

Talk about MAGIC! Erin was a bridal dream-come-true. Erin asked me to shoot her wedding, but I had already booked her date with another couple. Thankfully, she still wanted bridal portraits and engagement photos with me! We went out to TVA and made these happen. She married the love of her life, Prathmesh, on July 13th at Joe Wheeler State Park.

Sarah and Mason's Wildwood Park and Downtown Florence, AL Engagement Session

Mason and Sarah are high school sweethearts. They have already been together for 9 years. They love being outdoors. You can find them kayaking or hiking in their free time, but they also never turn down a solid afternoon nap. They just moved to Lexington, KY this past fall, so that Sarah could start dental school at the University of Kentucky and Mason just started his career as a Physical Therapist Assistant. They hope to be future golden retriever parents. They want to travel more, kicking off their honeymoon in Greece. They wed NEXT SATURDAY!

We had a really rainy day for their engagement session, but we caught a break in the rain for their session. We went to Wildwood Park and played in the creek for a bit, then we went downtown to grab some coffee. See my third-wheeling adventure below.

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Rachel and Joseph's John's City Diner Engagement Session in Downtown Birmingham

Joseph and Rachel met their freshman year at UAB in the spring of 2014. They both are quite introverted, but as love goes— they clicked. They spent a lot of their beginning at John’s City Diner, where we shot a lot of their engagement photos. Joseph’s mother plays a role in Birmingham’s botanical gardens, so we popped in there too.

They never run out of things to talk about and they laugh at all the same things. Rachel and Joseph started officially dating November of 2015. Then Joseph went to grad school in DC, while Rachel started her career in social work in Birmingham. They slayed long distance. Rachel told me that long distance really strengthened their relationship, and now they’re super intentional with how they use their time together. The distance made their communication better than ever too. They love to spend their time window shopping at malls and going on long walks together. They cherish the fact that they can be 100% themselves in front of each other.

These two cuties get married in January 2020, and I CANNOT WAIT. They make such a cute couple, and I know they’re going to have the most tender day.

Susan and Justin's Botanical Greenhouse Engagement Session at Shoppe in Birmingham

Susan and Justin met last Spring. They have been madly in love ever since. They love traveling together and going to concerts. Their last endeavor was in Switzerland, where they got engaged on a freakin’ mountaintop. You can catch Susan on her podcast, #BookSquadGoals.

We brought out our inner plant lady and hit the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Shoppe, a quaint, plant shop in Birmingham, Alabama. Y’ALL this is he cutest place and Susan and Justin are the cutest couple. I had a field day. Evidence below:

Payton + Nelson's Cocoa Beach Couple's Session with Vintage Orlando Vibes

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I recently visited my grandmother (aka my Mimi) in Cocoa Beach, Florida. I planned to shoot in Florida, but I needed a couple in love. My friend Payton lived in Orlando, so I called her to see if she wanted to catch up and adventure through my uncle’s land and Cocoa Beach.

I have had the pleasure of growing up with Payton. I’ve considered her a friend since we got caught passing notes in Mrs’ Taylor’s sixth grade class. Payton moved to Orlando a couple years back to work at Universal Studios as a character actress. It was there she met Nelson. They have been madly in love ever since. These two are so fun together.

Sara + JY's Moody, 70's-Inspired, Mountaintop Wedding at Cheaha State Park

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Sara + JY

February 23, 2019

Jonathan (aka JY) and Sara have been by each other’s side for almost 8 years. They started dating three years after becoming friends. Sara and JY went to Bonaroo together a year into their friendship and came back with a new friendship. They spent the next couple of years as best friends. They would do everything together— go to concerts, watch movies, even study. They were inseparable, then fate took it’s turn and the two fell in love.

About 5 years passed, and Sara and JY went to see one of their favorite artists, Jason Isbell, at the Alabama Theatre. They love going to concerts together and it’s really a big part of the spark that is between them. At the end of the show, Jonathan pulled Sara into the aisle to dance. To her surprise, he got on one knee and asked Sara to spend her life with him. Jason congratulated the two from stage, and gave them the set list from that night. JY even arranged for all Sara’s friends to be there to celebrate.

Their wedding was nothing short of magical. The whole day was full of light and laughter. Sara is a literal ray of sunshine. One of Sara’s bridesmaids, Alexus, had a birthday on her wedding day, and Sara took the time to get her a cake and sing her happy birthday while they got ready. The ceremony was beautiful. They were married by Sara’s Uncle.

They had a smorgasbord of food to kick off the reception. I’m talking spinach and artichoke quiche, chicken fingers, chocolate fountain with waffles, mac’n’cheese, meatballs, chicken salad, sweet potato pie, shrimp, and that is probably not even half of it. Then desert came out: banana pudding, key lime pie, peach cobbler, A DONUT WALL. I am not done. After everyone had gotten a little wine in them, (in true Leslie Knope fashion) Sara planned a breakfast bar centered around waffles. Please note the sign behind the cakes that say “Treat Yo’self.”

After food everyone took to the dance floor. Mind you, this is a family of musicians. JY surprised Sara with a song he wrote for her. IT WAS PRECIOUS. Not only that— after he played his song, family and friends hopped on stage to perform Hall & Oates’ “Sara Smile” with Sara’s dad on guitar, JY’s dad on drums, and JY on bass. After that their wedding band Plato Jones, took back the stage and finished out their set. After the band had finished, the night turned into the BEST jam session. They played late into the night until Sara and JY left to hop on a plane to Antigua.

Thanks for letting us be part of your day, Sara and JY. We love you two and hope you’re living in marital bliss!


Dress: Made with Love Bridal from Village Bridal
Groom’s Jacket:
Belk
Groomsmen:
The Groomsman Suit
Bridesmaids:
Revelry
Sara’s ring:
Heidi Gibson
JY’s ring: Etsy
Shoes:
Katy Perry
Sara’s Earrings: Vintage from Sara’s Nanny
Sara’s Necklace: Vintage from Sara’s Granny

Florals: Mary Messer’s Flower Shop
Wine:
Corbin Farms Winery
Video:
J & A Film Co.
Food:
Alexander’s Great Events
Hair: Jody Self Hair Studio
Makeup: Regan Self
Band:
Plato Jones
Cake: family friend
Officiant: Rev Dr Russell Jones Levenson (Sara’s Uncle)


Kensley + Luke

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Their Start

Kensley met Luke at Auburn University. She had planned a huge party for a friend of hers and Luke showed up. They hit it off immediately. Luke’s first impression of Kensley was “HOT DAMN!” Kensley’s first impression of Luke was “He’s cute, but he’s cocky. He is really cute though.”

After that party in Auburn, Luke invited Kensley and some of her friends to Nashville, where Luke had moved after graduation. In the following weeks, they would text and talk for hours over the phone. Kensley had such a good gut feeling about Luke that she even left a beach trip early to go spend time with him one weekend. They have been together ever since.

They have made long distance work between Birmingham, AL and Nashville, TN. They frequent rooftop bars and concerts, and they travel often. They love experiencing new things and new places together.

The Proposal

Luke originally rented a rooftop and planned to propose in October. He got Kensley’s sister and two of her best friends in on it. He couldn’t wait it out though. While Kensley and Luke were on a camping trip at one of Kensley’s childhood campgrounds, weekends before his planned proposal, he popped the question. He told her that he wanted to get better at photography, and he set up his camera to take a photo of them in front of a waterfall. Little did she know, he had set the camera to record a video of his proposal. She was completely surprised and had no idea a proposal was in the near future. They got dressed up and met some friends on top of the Redmont Hotel for celebratory drinks and photos.

They plan to kick off their happily ever after on September 21st, 2019 with a carefree, fun celebration.

Allie + Langleigh

Allie and Langleigh have been head over heels since they met, and they've spent so much of their time falling in love at the skate park. Langleigh taught Allie how to skate. I had the idea to shoot an engagement session at a skate park, and I knew Allie and Langleigh were the perfect couple. I click with these two and their story so well, so I knew I had to shoot with them at the place they fell in love. They aren't engaged, but they eagerly volunteered to pretend to be when I threw the idea at them. I wanted to do something fun and out-of-the-ordinary that really inspired and challenged me. We were #blessed with a windy, moody day and some killer getup (because Langleigh and Allie are literally the best dressed people I know).

Your Adventure Session: a Guide

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Your portraits should represent every beautiful thing about your love. I've learned a few tricks to making your photos as wild and brilliant as you.

Pre-session Prep

Okay you two,

  • Drink lots of water the week before your photos. Your skin will thank you.

  • If you are cutting or dying your hair, do so a week before your shoot.

  • Find some poses or photos that move you, and show me at our next meeting. Instagram is an awesome place to find inspo.

  • If you're bringing your pup to your session, bring someone to handle your furbaby while we shoot just the two of you. Make sure the pup(s) are well-excercised and exhausted before the shoot.

  • Have a date night a couple days before the shoot to do face masks, hair masks, and a heavy dose of self-care.

  • If you have naturally oily skin, bring oil blotting paper or a light powder to mattify your complexion.

  • Avoid sunburn and heavy drinking a few days before your session.

  • Practice cuddling and kissing before your session. If you're super shy, maybe bring some liquid courage to the shoot.

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Okay now ladies,

  • Be sure your nails are painted or completely free of  polish.

  • Apply your eye makeup a little heavier than usual. You still want to look natural, but the camera needs a little extra pop. 

  • This may be a good time to trial your wedding hair and makeup.

  • Clean your ring, so it is extra sparkly for its close up.

And fellas

  • Shape up your facial hair. This is the perfect opportunity to stop by the barber's a day or two before the shoot.

  • Clean and trim your nails

But what do I wear though?

Okay, so this part can be super overwhelming for a lot of couples. It can feel like that one scene in The Grinch. I have been here time and time again though. We are going to take it slow and find the perfect outfit for you both. 

Avoid bold patterns. Busy florals, bright plaids, and bold stripes can distract from the actual focal point of the photo (you).

  • Earth tones, white, black, and grey work best in photos  in natural settings. 

  • TEXTURE! Velvet, lace, suede, embroidery, and leather (preferably faux or vintage) photograph so well.  Heavy knits also look great when in season.

  • Coordinate, but don't match your outfits. If she's wearing an olive green dress, then he could wear dark wash jeans and an off-white shirt. 

  • Accessorize!  Brimmed hats, cozy scarves, and chunky necklaces make your look more interesting without taking away from your beautiful faces. 

  • Wear nude-colored undergarments.

  • Try to avoid sneakers (unless they're Converse or VANS). Boots preferred. 

  • Dress for the season. Autumn leaves and a summer dress just don't make much sense. 

  • Layers look SO GOOD.  I love a good denim jacket or cardigan.

  • Movement can add volumes to a photo. Find a piece with flow to it. When you're trying on, spin around and jump a little to see how your outfit moves.

  • Try to avoid too-trendy outfits. They tend to date your photos quicker, than traditional pieces.

  • Where to shop: vintage clothing stores, local boutiques,  Target,  Free People, Anthropologie.

  • Your website, invitations, and save the dates will coordinate best if you keep your wedding colors in mind when choosing what to wear. 

  • Most importantly, your outfit should feel like you.  You want to wear something that makes you genuinely confident and happy

  • If you need a little inspiration, you can visit my style board on Pinterest. I am constantly pinning new outfits and new inspiration.

Kerry's Homecoming

Kerry and Kasey have been together since high school. They were married on June 24, 2016. Kerry was deployed late in the summer of 2017, and he finally returned home safely early this June. Thankfully, Kasey let me tag along to welcome Kerry home. Of course, I cried through the whole thing. To view the whole gallery, click here

The Holloways

Where do I begin with these two? Meagan and Jordan are both such kind, precious souls. When I arrived, Meagan was writing in a journal she had started for Jordan when they first became engaged. She wrote about her love for him everyday up until their wedding day where she gifted him the journal. After she finished her journal, Jordan sister Lyndsey put the finishing touches on Meagan's hair. We are going to take a moment and honor Meagan's choice of kicks because I LOVE THEM... Okay-- after throwing on her sparkly Keds, she slipped into her dress with help from her stepmother, Jaselyn. She even chose a special scent just for her wedding day, so when she wore it they could both think of their wedding day.

The First Look is probably my favorite part of any wedding day. We started with Meagan's father daughter first look, and was it sweet!? You could see how proud of her he was. After the father daughter first look, I walked Jordan to Meagan backwards. This first look was EMOTIONAL. I could feel Jordan's excitement and Meagan's anxiety. She was about two seconds from falling out when Jordan turned around. He collapsed at her beauty and I bawled like a freakin' baby. His face was total disbelief. It was beautiful. I told him to give her a kiss and his response was an excited "Can I do that!?"

We headed to the ceremony next. Now, as a tiny backstory: Their engagement session was met with an October rain storm. It poured and they rolled with it like the champs they are. It was one of my favorite shoots to date. Now back to their wedding story, the skies were gloomy from the get-go. The rain had held off most of the day, until it was time for their ceremony to start. They didn't panic, they just (you guessed it) rolled with it. It was a gorgeous, emotional ceremony. They each wrote their own vows in his and hers vow booklets. Their parents looked on so proud, and everyone took the rain with a smile. Meagan and Jordan both attempted to hold back tears as they vowed their love to each other. They finally sealed it with a smiling kiss, and they marched back up the aisle, umbrella in tow. 

Their reception was a blast. They served tacos (because Cinco De Mayo, and because tacos are always a great option) and fruit. Their cakes were beautiful. The wedding cake was simple with eucalyptus decorating each layer. The groom's cake was chocolate with peanut butter cups on top. After they cut their cake and busted open a bottle of wine, they ventured to the dance floor. Let me tell you, this family knows how to GET DOWN. I have never seen so many killer moves on one dance floor. After all the emotions, the kissing and cuddling, the cake cutting, and the dances -- it was time for the Holloway's send off. They broke out the sparklers and ran through the tunnel of light to their getaway car, then they lived Happily Ever After. 

To see their full gallery, click here

To book a session or if you have any questions about pricing, contact me

What to Wear for Your Family Portraits

Okay, so this part can be super overwhelming for a lot of people. I have been here time and time again though. We are going to take it slow and find the perfect outfits for your family.

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  • Avoid bold patterns. Busy florals, bright plaids, and bold stripes can distract from the actual focal point of the photo (you). Pinstripes, soft florals, and subtle patterns are just fine.
  • Earth tones, white, black, and grey work best in photos in natural settings. 

  • TEXTURE! Velvet, lace, suede, embroidery, and leather (preferably faux or vintage) photograph so well. Heavy knits also look great when in season.

  • Coordinate, but don't match your outfits. If she's wearing and olive green dress, then he could wear dark wash jeans and an off-white shirt. 

  • Accessorize!  Brimmed hats, cozy scarves, and chunky necklaces make your look more interesting without taking away from your beautiful faces.

  • Wear nude-colored undergarments. 

  • Shoes are important. Try to avoid sneakers (unless they're Converse or VANS). Boots are preferred, but neutral sandals or heels are nice too. 

  • Dress for the season. Autumn leaves and a summer dress just don't make much sense. 

  • Layers look SO GOOD.  I love a good denim jacket or cardigan.

  • Movement can add volumes to a photo. Find a piece with flow to it. When you're trying on, spin around and jump a little to see how your outfit moves.

  • Try to avoid too-trendy outfits. They tend to date your photos quicker, than traditional pieces.

  • Where to shop: vintage clothing stores, local boutiques,  Target,  Free People, Anthropologie, Lulus.com.

  • Most importantly, your outfit should feel like you.  You want to wear something that makes you genuinely confident and happy.

Sara + Jonathan

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Sara + Jonathan

engagement session // 3.28.2018

Sara and Jonathan were such a good time! They have known each other for 8 years. The two ended up going to Bonaroo, where they became best friends. After two years of being best friends, they became a couple. The rest is history.

Music and concerts are a huge part of their love. Jonathan introduced Sara to one of their favorite artists, Jason Isbell. January 18th, the two attended Jason Isbell's concert at the Alabama Theatre. It was there that Jonathon dropped to one knee to propose. Sara said yes, then they were congratulated by Jason, and he even gave them the setlist! 

On the day of their shoot, we carpooled to Troy, AL to this beautiful, secluded house on a hill. There we stumbled upon the most beautiful red dirt pit. I know that sounds crazy. The home-owners were renovating their backyard though, and it couldn't have come at a better time. The dirt photographed just like the desert. We got to pretend to be in Arizona for an hour, then we ventured down by a creek on the property. I love the skinny, South Alabama trees and the Southern vibes. I can't wait for these two lovebirds to tie the knot!