I'm not gonna sugar coat it: 2017 started off a little rocky. I had thoroughly exhausted my self in 2016 so I made the decision to cut back on advertising and not push my self so hard on social media. The consequence of that decision meant I had a slower season than expected. My initial thought was "this is great, I'll have time to devote to each client and maybe some time to start some projects!"
Well, I started lots of projects that I didn't quite finish by the end of 2017. I had big ideas. And a vision that I still hold for 2018. And even though my vision is sometimes a little bigger than my means, I am so thankful for the support from my friends and family to help me work on these projects. Not to mention the constant encouragement from my **new husband**. That's right, we tied the not at the end of the wedding season <3
But I definitely got to spend more time with clients this year. I ate dinner with clients. Our phone conversations were less business and more conversation. I really felt like I got to know them. I got to know their real desires for their wedding plans. I learned how photos fit into those goals and how I could contribute to what were great memories. Read More
My one hour sessions turned into two hour sessions. My workflow during portraits slowed down and I was able to be more conscious and controlled with each click of the shutter. I took less photos, as a result. I also got to spend more time playing around with Gifs. Since I had stepped back from social media, I would capture them and fail to show them off. So I decided to show off 2017 with all of the Gifs I captured through out the year. I hope you enjoy this slightly long video and the favorite portraits of 2017 to follow.
I was so pumped to photograph this wedding after Amber & Ryan met me last year. We laughed about the fun we could have with penguins and the views from the rooftop of 21C Museum Louisville. They were so fun and easy going, I knew I'd get much needed creative liberties with them during our portrait sessions. 21C did not disappoint.
But even more impressive is the event Amber and Ryan planned for their guests. They created their own piece of art during their ceremony in front of their guests. They even true some paint around, Amber got some on her dress and she loved how appropriate that made their wedding. (side note: Amber and Ryan met in art class!) They also had their reception, toasts, dances in the gorgeous atrium at 21C Museum. Their guests enjoyed roaming from gallery to gallery admiring the art and ambience of the venue.
It was a real treat to follow these guys around and I am forever grateful for the opportunity to know them. Read More
Tucked away in the middle of Louisville, Trent & Trang married in the afternoon at Garden Court. They shared both Vietnamese and American wedding traditions throughout the day. The weather was perfect, the venue was magical, and Trent & Trang were smiling all day. Not to mention they practically glowed throughout their wedding day. It was a pleasure to join them and a pleasure to join their selected vendors, including White Owl Weddings. Check out our "Lets Book" Page for more info on our current projects with White Owl Weddings! Read More
Aliqae & Andrew traveled to Louisville, from the rural parts of New York State, to have a downtown wedding with their friends and family. They chose the essence of elegance, the Henry Clay. The ornate mirror she got dressed in front of, was wall height, mirroring her wedding gown with a lace cover up top. He wore a cumber bun and bowtie, and the two saw each other for a first look on the sun filled and brick wall lined patio.
The ceremony was personally tweaked to include new and old traditions, carefully chosen readings and the backstory on how Aliqae and Andrew came to be Aliqae & Andrew. They kissed twice for their first kiss and spent the following cocktail hour with their guests, mingling and conversing with a group from all over the US.
As expected, dinner was exquisite, the music, lively, and a retro photobooth kept guests moseying around the ballroom in sombreros and masks. Nieces & nephews excitedly watched the cake cutting and then admired Andrew & Aliqae's first dance as the sun slowly sank below the rooftops outside. It really was an elegant event perfectly designed and executed by two classy souls. I feel very fortunate to have been apart of it. Read More
This elegant wedding day may or may not have started at a go-kart racing track outside Louisville Kentucky. We met the groom, Rashad just before he donned on his racing helmet and he competed against groomsmen, friends and family. The crew there were super helpful with giving us access to places for cool shots. The winner was still unclear at the end of their race, but obviously the real winner was Rashad: he left the go-kart track and got ready to marry a drop dead gorgeous Kirsten..... Read More
Kristin & Logan did their research. She wore a sixpence in her blue shoe. Their guests came with skeleton keys from their mailed invite and postcard reproduction of the Duncan Memorial Chapel they would marry in. Their guests would throw pennies in the wishing well, dress up in 1920s dresses, hats, suits and shoes and they would all end the night in a fantastic moon and star filled speakeasy reception. With a giant crescent moon photo prop, copious cigar boxes, a canoe "cooler," popcorn machine and silent movies playing on a projector.
Even better, Kristin & Logan did exactly what they wanted. Keeping to the true flapper nature, they defied tradition and picked out her dress and their rings together. So there wasn't a first look, and we kind of loved that... Read More
Amy & Bo, pretty much had my dream wedding. Not only did they track down the owners of Joe Ley Antiques to talk them into having the first wedding in Joe Ley's Courtyard, they had all the magical details that I personally think can not be topped. From the cakes and cake trolley to the cookie card of perfectly hand made cookies with their pets faces and Amy & Bo's caricatures decorating the icing. They also had the best wood fired pizza and bbq, photo booth vanagon, and bourbon and cactus favors for the guests to take home. And to add to the magic, they hired Happy Camper Films to capture the magic. Read More
Seriously Amy & Bo, It's like you created the Dream Wedding and you didn't even break a sweat.
Annastasia and Travis have been so fun from day one. They chose January for their engagement session and we traipsed around Floyd's Fork outside Louisville. For their wedding day, we got to explore Cherokee Park in the cold of December and it was a real winter Wonderland.
I have to give props to Anna and Travis for the best timeline at a wedding. After they got married and took some pictures, they went to the Hilltop tavern and celebrated with some friends before their reception. I think we get wrapped up in scheduling all the "traditional things" during our wedding day, and we forget to plan the celebration. Read More
Btw, this darling lady is one of our very own photographers. She volunteered her boyfriend to be a subject for our promotional video. Read More
It's getting harder and harder to keep these blogs short. I feel so blessed with my clients. Not only did Laura & Sean offer to drive around Louisville with us, they were equally enthusiastic about traveling to several beautiful places for photos. Not to mention, the first location was where Sean proposed to Laura. We ended the night with a shot under their street sign, and boy does that make it special. It's such a good feeling to be apart of these guys beautiful story, I can't brag on them enough. Sorry I'm not sorry for all the photos. Read More
Allison & Tyler contacted me a few months ago. They are the husband and wife team at Happy Camper Films. They asked if I knew of anyone with an RV they could borrow for a shoot. It just so happened that I was in the market for a vintage RV to remodel and low and behold it would make the perfect little home for these happy little campers. Allison & Tyler gave my 1978 Georgia Boy Cruise Air some much needed love and I had so much fun hanging out with them, carving pumpkins and building the most impressive campfire.
Happy First Anniversary Allison & Tyler! Read More
We met Jillian & Josh, while photographing a wedding. They were the videographers, and man were we thrilled when they contacted us about photos. These guys were celebrating their anniversary and invited us out to photograph them, meet their fur baby Niles, and use their old film cameras. We were instant friends.
You can check out their work at Equilateral Productions. Read More
Back in July, Brandi and I trucked all the way to New Ulm, Minnesota to join a few others for a Karrah Kobus Photography workshop. Karrah was wonderful and our models were gorgeous. We camped out with the mosquitoes and hiked to some areas just at the golden hour. I've included a few photos of Karrah in action. Read More
Ashlyn & Jonathan are the sweetest souls. Jonathan was in Brazil when we met Ashlyn. His family is doing missionary work in the area. Their quaint little wedding at the Hunt-Morgan House in Lexington, Ky was perfect and so fitting for this heart filled family. Read More