Emily & Tony gave me a little gift on their wedding day in the form of absolutely gorgeous environments, beautiful people and a super chill wedding day. Watercolor definitely stole a little piece of my heart and I’m so thankful to have been introduced to this area. These are just a few I had to share!
What was only days ago, but feel like months, the darling Abby assisted me in shooting a Watercolor, Florida wedding. As a couple of girls who love to eat and have a shopping problem, we happily used our free time to visit great restaurants and buy a few things we probably didn’t need. We also sat in the sand a lot and I put her in my photos. I find I really enjoy taking photos of people, especially women. There’s always a charm about a girl who allows herself to just be free spirited and light. Abby is that. Abby is all that.
I wanted to get a few of J + J’s big day posted before lights out. Laid back & sweet, with the ceremony taking place at Jenny’s home-church in Danville, the day was relaxed and joy filled. A big thanks to all the people to contributed to the wonderfulness: Brandan, planner extraordinaire. Allison, hair goddess. Amelia, make-up master. Jaron, awesome second shooter FTW. Jenny & Jeramie, congratulations on your marriage, thank you so much for having me!
just a few drops of fun with the wonderful people i got to hang out with over the last week. more to follow.
jenna + tim
emily + luke
rachel + chad
As the sun was setting, my husband and I went for a run at the park. A run I’ve needed for the last 3 months, so it was quite the event in itself. We acknowledged that the sky was especially beautiful with the moonrise and twilight of the setting sun. We also noticed an incredibly bright star next to the moon, which in my out of breath state, I wasn’t too concerned with. Upon surviving the run and returning home, I learned it wasn’t a star, but the space station and I geeked out a little. How did I not know this?! I’ve always been fascinated with stars, planets and the vast enormity of the universe and having JUST watched Gravity, I wanted a photo of it! At this point, it’s completely dark and my iPhone totally failed me. As a photographer, you’d think the first camera I’d always grab is my big girl camera, but it’s not so. This time I had to though. As I attempted a few shots and failed to capture it as I saw it (frustrating), I stopped to let out a breath of annoyance and looked up. Above me, I saw stars that have always been there but tonight they felt different. The longer I stared, the more clear they became. I live in the country with only 2 lights along my street so it’s virtually pitch black and completely silent, aside from a dog in the distance. I stared at that sky for a long time. It’s a type of beauty that is nearly unexplainable. I wanted a photo. I knew I’d never capture it as I saw it, but I wanted to try. I laid my camera on it’s back, pointing to the sky, hoping it would stay steady.
This shot is blurry. It’s a 30 second exposure, f/3.2, ISO 1250 and I really tried my hardest to keep it steady. Those dragging shutters are a tricky thing. After a 45 second wait, I checked out the LCD and I was right– it wasn’t captured as I saw it…. there were even MORE layers of galaxies that had shown through. You know they’re up there, it’s just a trip to “see” them. So although this technically isn’t a perfect photo, it was a perfect moment for me.
When you take some time to meditate on how small we actually are, it’s a fine line between feeling insignificant in the world and feeling completely grateful and aware. Tonight I was grateful, tonight I was aware. This life is a blessing and it’s so easy to forget that. I forget a LOT in the middle of my busy season, when I get stuck in monotony. I needed those few minutes out on the deck tonight. This world and everything beyond is so cussing beautiful. Look up sometimes.