Brenda and Derek love nature and adventure. They are just as at home with zip-lining through a national forest or white water rafting as they are taking a leisurely stroll through the park. They could be camping in the mountains, hiking toward a waterfall, or simply taking their adorable dog, Nica, for a walk around the neighborhood. Their first choice is always outdoors, but they’re not afraid of tackling projects at home either, especially if it involves a hammer, nails, and paint. They’re up for anything, as long as they’re facing it head-on together, as a team.
When Megan told me that they would like to incorporate bow fishing into their engagement, I got so excited! Not only because it was unique and something we’ve never done before, but because I was thinking about all the cool video clips we could get with it! Fusion video is all about bringing the photos to life and adding motion to the story, so I knew this would be the perfect way to accomplish that.
Megan and Anthony were the winners of our free engagement shoot, so we were so excited to finally meet them! We had already rescheduled the shoot once because of rain, and this day was threatening to rain, too, but we decided to go ahead and give it a chance. I’m so glad we did! The skies were cloudy, but it never did rain, and I just LOVE the way Megan’s dress colors popped against the clouds toward the end of the shoot! It turned out perfectly!
I promised to show more of our own personal albums, so today I’m sharing the LA travel album I made of the trip Jessie and I took to California. This was a very special trip for me, since it was just her and me (and a lot of dancers!), and I wanted to be sure to document the week’s worth of fun that we had! My hope is that one day, this album will be as special to her as it is to me. She loves looking through it now, of course (my kids love looking at themselves!), but later it will be even more important to her when she looks back at it and remembers the mother-daughter time we spent together.
There’s one every year. One wedding where the weather is PERFECT. The sun is out, there’s not a cloud in the sky, and the temperature is a few degrees warmer than chilly. Anne and Alex got lucky and picked that perfect day this year for their Memphis Brooks Museum wedding. We could not have mail ordered a more gorgeous day! But what truly made the day beautiful were the bride and groom themselves. Anne and Alex share such a special love, and we were honored to spend the day with them!
Helen had her 17th birthday almost 2 weeks ago. We had a fun outdoor movie party for her the week before, but it was dark when everything was set up, so I didn’t get any photos. Instead, I made sure to grab her for 5 minutes on the date of her actual birth to document her special day.
A wedding is about more than just the joining of two people. It’s the moment when a new family is made, the coming together of two families who were separate before that day. It’s the fork in the road where two paths come together and continue on as one road. It’s about love. Romantic love between the bride and the groom. Love of friends who are not joined by blood, but by their joy and support of a union. And perhaps greatest of all, the love of a family that just doubled in size.
As a photographer, I used to be deathly afraid of rain on a wedding day. A wedding is something you can’t reschedule due to weather! I would panic about finding dry locations and not having those glowy sun shots. Luckily, now I know better. I know that there’s nothing a little rain can do that a few umbrellas and an awesome couple won’t fix!
I said it yesterday, but I’ll say it again: it’s so important to print your photos and have physical books of your memories to look through! I’m so lucky that as a photographer, I have a workflow and applications that make downloading, organizing, and printing photos a breeze and designing albums quick and fun. One of my favorite things to do is to put together small albums of our travels. Weekend trips and longer vacations are sometimes the only way to get us all together at once, and I take TONS of photos to document these occasions. Our Spring Break travel album is one of my favorite albums!
We kind of really love photos around here. You might think that’s a given, since we’re photographers, but I don’t think that’s true. I know too many photographers who tend to neglect personal photos. I even used to be one of them. But over the last few years, I made taking, and even more importantly, PRINTING, personal photos a top priority.