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!

Aubree

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Aubree

Senior Portraits

Aubree is so enchanting! She's been modeling for a little while now, and working with her was a breeze. She knows how to work a camera for sure! You can see for yourself. We had originally planned for  a dirt lot shoot with orange tones, but it had rained for a week straight and we were not facing red dirt in white pants. Since it was a rainy week, we switched to an urban vibe and I AM SO GLAD. Aubree's look screams fashion, and the locations we found look like they were built for her. I still couldn't help myself though and we found an accessible waterfall! She looks just a beautiful in front of a waterfall as she does in an abandon lot in Sheffield. 

Katie

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Katie

maternity // 1.16.2018

Yesterday, I woke up to snowfall and a tag from a friend (thanks, Tera!) in Katie's Facebook post. Katie wanted to take maternity photos in the snow, but couldn't make it out to the countryside for her scheduled shoot with a different photographer. She needed a photographer close to downtown. Thankfully, I live in North Florence which is just a hop away. Katie and I braved the snowy, Alabama cold around noon while the snow was still falling. We walked down Mobile St and took a little time in the quiet corners of Downtown Florence. Wilson Park was a bit of a walk, so we hopped in Katie's minivan for a short drive/warm-up. The snow-covered, old Regions building made such a beautiful backdrop. We drove down to the University of North Alabama where we met a cute pup and some sweet students on campus that helped toss snow for one of our portraits. Who knew my snow day would turn into such a great, little adventure.

Lane Asbury's Baby Shower

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Cleary + Kevin + Lane

Lane Asbury's Baby Shower // 01.07.2018

One of my dearest friends is pregnant! Cleary and Kevin are expecting Lane Asbury to arrive near the end of March. I couldn't be happier to pack up and get to Gadsden for Lane's baby shower. After the shower, I visited Lane's nursery to help unpack and organize. His nursery is precious. They've got mountains painted on the walls and so much meaningful wall decor from family and friends. I got to feel baby Lane kick; granted, it took playing him a little Zeppelin to get him moving.This little boy is already so loved and cherished. I cannot wait for the day he arrives.

Anna + Daniel

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Anna + Daniel

Engagement // 12.18.2017

Anna and Daniel had called me early the morning of the  18th.  They were in town and they wanted to know if I was available for a last minute engagement shoot.  We had talked briefly the weekend before, and I was ecstatic to shoot for them!  I grabbed my camera and met them two hours later.  These two love the outdoors, so  our location was perfect. As we shot, they told me stories about one another. Fun fact: Anna carried her engagement ring around in an unopened package for MONTHS!  Dan is from Ohio, and Anna is from Alabama. They decided to meet halfway for their wedding  in the hills of Kentucky.  I am SO EXCITED for their venue, her dress, and (most of all) their love. I can't wait for November 17th, y'all. 

Neal Family

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The Neal Family

THIS LITTLE FAMILY! They are so precious. Rachel and Adam adopted little Chandler officially on June 1st last year. When she asked me to do this shoot, I was ecstatic! Rachel knew the perfect spot to shoot. I rode with she, Adam, and Chandler up the mountain in Colbert County to the waterfront. We talked photography and Friends on the ride up. This spot was AWESOME! I loved Chandler and Rachel's brilliant red hair against the pine trees and water. I am so happy for their cute little family. Thank you for letting me capture your love for a day. 

Abby + Isaiah

Abby + Isaiah

Winter 2017

Abby and Scotty are expecting! Abby dawned her jewels and kimono, and we set out into the cold for her maternity shoot. Granted, she said she wasn't cold at all-- Isaiah keeps her from ever getting too chilly. This shoot means a lot to me, because it's a huge collaboration of my favorite people. My dear friend Ethan Nobles did Abby's makeup at MAC. Piper Natalia, of Noble Sparrow Tattoo, did the henna design on Abby's belly. My personal vintage shop, Southern Trash, provided the gold moon necklace from TheGypsyFawn. Abby is an independent, free spirit. She is a true light. Abby is going to make the best momma. I cannot wait to meet baby Isaiah in February.  

Makeup by Ethan Nobles
Henna by Piper Natalia
Moon necklace by TheGypsyFawn from Southern Trash

Shannon + Justin

Shannon + Justin

11/11/2017

Shannon and Justin are the most laid-back, funniest people I have ever had the pleasure to be around. Their wedding was a blast. While everyone was getting ready, one of the bridesmaids opened the front door of the beautiful farmhouse we were in and a bird flew into the house. The dogs went crazy trying to catch it and the bird chased Shannon into the bathroom. Thankfully, everyone had a great sense of humor. We finally got it out the door; but, WOW, what a way to start a wedding. I packed into the trunk of the SUV with the officiant and the bridesmaids and we were off to the ceremony! The wedding was an adult-only, outdoor, nighttime shindig with a hell of a menu-- CHICKEN and WAFFLES ft. honey sriracha and maple buttermilk syrup (RED CLAY EPICUREAN). Y'all, it was literally a foodie's dream (aka my dream). Shannon and Justin's friends were a laugh riot. I have never seen any wedding party dance or laugh so hard. It was a party if I have ever seen one. Thanks for letting me join in on the fun, Shannon and Justin. May your days be filled with love and laughter.