destination wedding

A & T Anniversary Session

As T & A make a quick stop in Nashville after a 20 hour car ride from RI (eclipse traffic!) and we were able to do a really quick session before the rain really started coming down! Literally, as we were leaving it started to pour, we were able to make it to the cars and I was able to make it home, which was about 3 minutes away! I'm happy we didn't do the 25 minute drive to the location we were originally wanting to shoot at because we would have never made it! 

Working on such a short time frame wasn't a problem with these two as interacting with one another came so incredibly easily and the jokes flowed like honey. I would start a pose and they would completely make it there own, which is what every photographer wants in a couple! These two were celebrating 15 years of marriage and I was informed at their wedding they actually ran in jumped in the ocean after the ceremony so this was a bit of a cake walk for them! The session is short and for now the blog is short as we are in the process of helping my brother move!!!

The wonderful woman in the photos is also the owner of SweetSouthernBabies and makes the cutest outfits!!! https://www.etsy.com/shop/SweetSouthernBabies?ref=l2-shopheader-name

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Landon & Laura Stylized Wedding Session

After shooting Jess & Wes I've been itching to shoot as many stylized sessions as possible, I've even tied them into most my wedding packages! Over the last few months I've been working with vendors & couples/models piecing together multiple sessions over the next year however all of that seemed so far away. I'm an incredibly impatient woman so I decided to quickly piece together a little shoot for myself! I wanted to try something a little different this time, style wise at least, & picked a few of my favorite locations & a few of my favorite people to shoot!

I knew right off the bat I wanted to have Laura be my lady model. She's always such a pleasure to be around & of course work with. Her personality & beauty are just something you really want to hate her for but I put all that resentment aside long enough to spend a morning working with her. I also had to use barely any fabric for our session because Laura weighs a whole 10 pounds. Picking out the male model was much harder. I planned for the longest time on using Blake but than I was torn on him being a reoccurring model & having clients confused seeing photos of us together than photos of him with another girl. I mean, I could tell them I was a home wrecker & took him from her but that would be hard to believe ;) ! So, in my selfishness, I decided to venture out & find someone else! Landon M is an incredibly awesome musician & fellow that I went to high school with & was a knock out than & still is. I've been trying to work with Landon for ages but he is incredibly allusive so I was over the moon when I finally got confirmation from him & he did not disappoint!!! We of course shot on an incredibly chilly morning & got started much earlier than any of us were accustom to. You know when you plan on waking up early & being productive but than the time comes & your bed is so comfy & it's so cold out? Well, that as def the case here but the pay off was so worth it!

Laura was of course late & put us behind schedule so there was no time for warm & fuzzy introductions. This was the first time the two had met & I'm sure it was incredibly awkward pretending they were a couple but they were able to fake it just enough to be semi convincing!!! It was great watching Landon try & squat down to be semi close to Laura's level, there was such a height difference it was rather funny putting the two next to each other! Landon's awesome & beautiful girlfriend was a real life savor though, she accompanied us on the shoot & kept telling him to stand up straight & was incredibly supportive of him & making everyone comfortable!

Anyone that has ever worked with me knows I've got a long list of knee slappers I love to share to get some of those genuine laughing photos. Laura couldn't stop laughing but thankfully she's just as cute with a big smile on her face!!!

After we left the SB center we made the awful decision to go deeper into downtown Nashville to the pedestrian bridge. We spent a few good minutes in the cold trying to decide if we wanted to pay the $15 to park for a whole 5 minutes or if we wanted to risk it & rush. Landon informed us a parking ticket was only about $15 so we took our chances & ran up the stairs, around the people, & started shooting. It was colder on the bridge than it was by the SB & I still don't know how these two managed to look so good in such harsh conditions.

Our third location welcomed warmer weather at on of my favorite wedding venues, Barn in the Bend. The owners are always so incredibly hospitable & quick to reply I was absolutely thrilled when they allowed me to once again work on their grounds on such short notice!

After seeing that video of that wild horse biting that guy I've had a mild fear of horses & their 'giant people teeth' as I like to call them. The few times I have gotten to work with them though every time their stomach growls or their tail starts to flick I panic a little bit. However working with the horses at Barn in the Bend was an exceptionally relaxing experience & the horses were incredibly friendly (especially since we had lots of yummy carrots & apples to offer). Just a little tip, if you're ever working with horses, don't give them an apple when you still have carrots to offer because they won't want the carrots anymore! I guess it's like giving a kid cake & then asking them to finish their salad. 

Laura was understandably afraid of horses as well, due to a childhood experience a horse trying to eat her hair, so she tapped out for a portion of the shoot which gave Landon some one on one time with them! Who knew he was such a horse whisperer!?! Landon managed to work with them in ways I could have only hoped! He was able to maneuver her to almost every stance & pose I wanted & even managed to find her hot spot! If you've never seen a horse making a face of pure Ecstasy it's definitely something to see (it's an awful lot of teeth so if you're already afraid of those things it's not a great sight to see). The few times Laura was able to participate in the session she a

The few times Laura was able to participate in the session she accidentally spooked the horse with the fabric of her dress. The horse would crane his neck around Landon to see what she was doing & eventually ran off for a good minute afterwards.

Jessie & Wes Destination Wedding

As the year comes to an end & I try & catch up with all my blogs I can't help but first share the first of many stylized sessions with one of my old models & her handsome husband! As I say a bit too much, it isn't often that I get the opportunity to shoot for myself, the last time I did was Halloween & the itch hasn't left (thanks for the itch Maya ;D), so when I saw Mrs. Jess was getting married I definitely made some calls & made sure she knew she would be working with me soon! I spent months watching J & W prepare for their wedding online & share sneak peeks of their decorations, attire, etc, & immediately feel in love. I knew I wanted to shoot them before I even knew what I wanted to do.

After weeks of planning & another week of me changing those plans the day finally came for our session! I've never been a morning person but due to sheer excitement I spent the night before waking up every 30 minutes anxiously awaiting the moment I could take the 2 hour car ride to one of the most stunning locations I've ever visited with one of the most amazing couples to shoot some of my best work to date.

I'm notoriously picking days where it's absolutely freezing outside to shoot very important shoots & this day was no exception. Being right by the water, in the shade, & catching every breeze that went by this was by far one of the chillest shoots I've ever done however J & W still managed to look like professional models throughout it all! You can tell just how deeply these two know each other simply by their movement. Every pose & little movement came so naturally to them & they knew what I wanted them to do before I even said it!

Despite all the parkouring we had to do over chilly waters & all the paths we had to navigate this location remains one of the easiest to navigate! (MUCH better than Cummins Falls). I thought Blake & I had it bad carrying camera gear but Jess had it worst wearing flats and having to carry he beautiful dress in between every location. Wes was such a gentleman & helped her every step of the way & they never once complained about being cold (I was doing enough of that!) There was no ledge too steep or no cliff too sketchy for these two!!!

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After two hours we finally decided to wrap it up & head home. Jess & Wes having very little sleep themselves fell asleep almost immediately in the back seat & I felt like such a proud parent with her children all snuggled up in the back of the car. I saw in these two beautiful people a young more cool version of Blake & myself. Working with these two was like working with someone you've known all your life & I can't thank them enough for giving us the opportunity to create such magical photos with us!!!

I also want to give a special thanks to my most excellent assistant/dude Blake Smith! I couldn't have done it without you!

 

 

This is what I love most about photography. Working with amazing people in a relaxing environment & turning them into the works of art that they are! As many beautiful locations & people as there are in Tennessee there is so much opportunity to capture so much that I'm extending my destination wedding packages to all my wedding clients, old & new! Relive your special day & dress up in your wedding attire, joining me & Blakein a relaxing environment (minus all the hassle & pressure of your big day!) as we frolic through beautiful fields, muddy trails, steep rocks, whatever & where ever it takes to get the perfect location & photos you always dreamed of having!