We had an amazing bridal session at The Secret Garden in Sulphur, LA! Ashley looked absolutely flawless for her bridals and made a beautiful bride! I love how easy going she is and how fun we were able to have during her photo session. It was sooo hard to narrow down my favorites so be prepared to see a lot, haha! ;)
I loved hearing about how Chris proposed at the Kemah boardwalk, how the two of them both enjoy being out by the water, and how they both like going to breweries! One of my favorite things about the couples I photograph is that I feel like we could hang out anytime and have a blast. I think that's how photographer/client relationships should be! Chris and Christine were so much fun to photograph and I cannot wait for their wedding in January at Broussard Farm!
Sometimes when I’m photographing, I start to reflect on who I was in high school, even middle school, and the memories make me pause. I’ve grown, changed, and evolved, but when I think back on the things I loved years ago, I realize I was catching short glimpses of the person, of the photographer, I would become later in my life. These memories always make me smile.
When I was in middle school, one of my hobbies was exploring Photoshop. The fact that I could alter a photo with a few (or many!) clicks of my mouse fascinated me. Though I don’t spend nearly as much time in Photoshop now as a professional, I always look to my middle school days as the first moments when I realized I was inspired by moments stopped in time by the click of a shutter.
Years later, at 19, I asked for my very first camera for Valentine’s Day. My parents happily obliged (possibly because the camera was on sale!), and I still remember the first time I really started to explore with my camera in my hand. Simply put, I was hooked and grateful to have found what I thought would only ever be a hobby.
One Facebook post offering to take photos lead to another and another until I found myself capturing a baby shower followed by a newborn session. I was pursing what had become my passion, but I was also engrossed in nursing school. However, I came to a big realization while I was in the middle of my program: my heart was always more invested in developing relationships with patients and their families. It’s the very same thing I loved and still love about photography. My mom knew before I allowed myself to admit that photography was what I needed to pursue full-time, and I’m so grateful she encouraged me to change lanes.
While completing my degree in marketing, I jumped even further into photography. My ability to easily relate to others’ experiences allowed me to discover the fun of photographing lifestyle sessions. Families, kids, and high school seniors were some of my favorite subjects. And then I second shot my first wedding. Spoiler: I loved it.
I love knowing your closest family members and friends are gathering together to celebrate your marriage on your wedding day. Few things are more exciting to me than knowing I’m capturing what I sincerely hope will become some of your most treasured memories – quiet moments with your parents before you walk down the aisle, your groom laughing along with his groomsmen, your joyful expressions together as you’re introduced for the first time at your reception. I also can’t say I’m afraid to jump on the dance floor! I have been known to lead a line dance or two.
Throughout a wedding day or session, I capture exactly what I see. I want you to look at your wedding photos and see every detail exactly how it looked on your wedding day, even the color of the sky. Not only do I want your details to be captured naturally, but I want you to look natural and timeless in your photos. You’re getting married because someone loves you for exactly who you are, how you look, and what you believe.
I learned photography was captivating in middle school, and since I’ve fully realized excitement, joy, and love are contagious feelings. How lucky am I to be able to capture all of your best moments through the lens of my camera? You and your loyalty make me forever grateful I pursued an interest turned hobby turned passion. I photograph for you (and me, too).
Your details are some of the most carefully and purposefully planned pieces featured throughout your wedding day. Some of these pieces may have been used in weddings for generations, while others may be brand new and purchased just for you. Whether it’s something old or something new, these pieces should be photographed. And that’s why I’m so excited to share one of my biggest wedding tips with you!
During the days and weeks leading up to your wedding, gather your most treasured details together! I always suggest doing this because one thing you do not want to do while you’re prepping to walk down the aisle is scramble. By carefully placing each and every detail together in one place, you will know without a shadow of doubt that everything is in an easy to access place for your photographer.
To make this process even easier for you, I thought I would share a step-by-step guide with you!
Step 1: Choose a box!
This will not be photographed (unless it’s meaningful to you!), so it’s more important for your box to have lid and be large enough to store all of your details inside than it is for it to be beautiful. Make sure to keep your box in a central location in your home during the days and weeks leading up to your weding because you will feel encouraged to place things inside.
Step 2: Add your stationery!
Your save-the-dates and invitations are often some of your first photographable wedding details you receive. When working with your stationery designer or even an online shop like Minted, make sure to order enough extra pieces so you can place at least one save-the-date and one complete invitation suite inside your details box. Ideally, these pieces will not have traveled through the mail.
Step 3: Add your heirloom details!
Are you wrapping your grandfather’s handkerchief around your bouquet, or are you adding a photo of your grandma? As long as another wedding professional, such as your florist, does not need to use these pieces to complete a design, pop them into your box.
Step 4: Add the pieces you will wear!
You may want to keep your wedding veil with your wedding dress or perhaps carry any jewelry you will wear separately, but the idea is to make sure these pieces are near all of your other details while you’re getting ready. Also, don’t forget your wedding shoes, garter, and perfume!
Step 5: Add your wedding dress!
While I don’t expect you to forget to bring your wedding dress, this is a detail I always photograph. I love to capture photos of the dress hanging before you put it on just as much as I adore capturing the must-have moments of your putting on your dress. There’s nothing like combining your wedding dress with all of your other details!
Step 6: Add your wedding dress hanger!
If you plan to hang your wedding dress on a special hanger, don’t forget it! You can arrive to your getting ready location with your wedding dress on the hanger from your bridal boutique and switch it over once you’re in place for the day.
Step 7: Add your rings!
Although these may be considered pieces you may wear, they deserve their own step and category. Often, couples separate their wedding bands on their wedding day – the best man has the groom’s, while the maid of honor has the bride’s. However, the bride should keep both wedding bands with her engagement ring. I will want to make sure to photograph all three rings together.
Step 8: Flowers!
While you won’t be placing your wedding bouquet or boutonniere into your box, I do like to photograph these pieces together. Your florist will arrive with your bouquet, but I always love to borrow the groom’s boutonniere before he adds it to his wedding day look.
Step 9: Wedding Gifts to each other!
Because these will be wrapped, I won’t want to photograph them until after they are opened. I’m more than happy to chat with a groomsmen or bridesmaid about gathering both together, so don’t ever worry that I’ll miss these! I always love to combine your wedding gifts together with any cards or letters you have exchanged on your wedding day.
Step 10: Place your box in an easy to access area!
After I give you a warm welcome and an excited congrats, I always start by checking the lighting. Then I capture all of the details! So I don’t interrupt your getting ready time (or ask your bridesmaids to chase something down for me!), your best bet is to make sure all of your details are centralized. As long as they are, I’ll be able to capture everything quickly and style each piece to perfection.
What wedding detail can you not wait to wear on your wedding day? I would love to hear!