Two Thousand & Seventeen

With Love,
Your Kentucky Wedding Photographer

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 knot 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. 

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 quick little video and some of my favorite portraits of 2017 to follow. 

2017 in a GIF


Favorite moments of 2017

 This was a great wedding. Renee gifted her husband-to-be a motorcycle and at the end of the night I asked the DJ to help me out with the lights and this was the last shot I took. I love this opportunity and I loved how happy they were to stand there under sheer material despite having no idea what I was doing.&nbsp;

This was a great wedding. Renee gifted her husband-to-be a motorcycle and at the end of the night I asked the DJ to help me out with the lights and this was the last shot I took. I love this opportunity and I loved how happy they were to stand there under sheer material despite having no idea what I was doing. 

 These two ladies contacted me to shoot their wedding. We met at a pizza shop and we were all so excited about the supreme court ruling. And then they were given an opportunity to move back home to the Chicago area and had to cancel their booking with me. As you know, the deposit is non-refundable, but I love to re-cycle that credit for sessions. These two decided to have their pregnancy announcement photographed and I could not be more honored to do it.&nbsp;

These two ladies contacted me to shoot their wedding. We met at a pizza shop and we were all so excited about the supreme court ruling. And then they were given an opportunity to move back home to the Chicago area and had to cancel their booking with me. As you know, the deposit is non-refundable, but I love to re-cycle that credit for sessions. These two decided to have their pregnancy announcement photographed and I could not be more honored to do it. 

 These two have melted my heart since the day I met them. And side note: they didn't even book me, the Mother of the Bride did! Anyways, I have been so enamored with their romance, their spirit and their their presence, especially in front of the camera. They made a chilly day barely noticeable, and a long day seem too quick.&nbsp;

These two have melted my heart since the day I met them. And side note: they didn't even book me, the Mother of the Bride did! Anyways, I have been so enamored with their romance, their spirit and their their presence, especially in front of the camera. They made a chilly day barely noticeable, and a long day seem too quick. 

 These two were another one of those couples that as soon as we met at an ice cream parlor, and got to dream about a red river gorge wedding, I was convinced we should be friends. These two are so sweet, humble and know each other inside and out. They radiate complete support for each other. She tried to tell me she wasn't photogenic. Girl doesn't know how beautiful she is, but he knew. He couldn't keep his eyes off her.&nbsp;

These two were another one of those couples that as soon as we met at an ice cream parlor, and got to dream about a red river gorge wedding, I was convinced we should be friends. These two are so sweet, humble and know each other inside and out. They radiate complete support for each other. She tried to tell me she wasn't photogenic. Girl doesn't know how beautiful she is, but he knew. He couldn't keep his eyes off her. 

 These two had a destination wedding at Buffalo Trace Distillery, and while visiting family in eastern kentucky, they arranged an engagement session in the Red River Gorge, per my suggestion. This photo was a moment of 'ah, ha!' I have photographed a half dozen weddings at the distillery and every time I'm there I try to make my shots unique. Im in love with the fact that I can still see the same places in different lights when I'm with a new couple.&nbsp;

These two had a destination wedding at Buffalo Trace Distillery, and while visiting family in eastern kentucky, they arranged an engagement session in the Red River Gorge, per my suggestion. This photo was a moment of 'ah, ha!' I have photographed a half dozen weddings at the distillery and every time I'm there I try to make my shots unique. Im in love with the fact that I can still see the same places in different lights when I'm with a new couple. 

 I had the absolute pleasure of traveling with my husband to Colorado to photograph some close friends. Brittany of Blessed Bee Photography has been such a pivotal part in my career. Through her support and assistance she doesn't know how much I owe to her. Anyways, this was a fun trip, however too short I may have thought it was. And it really doesn't get much better than an intimate elopement in the Rocky Mountain National Forest.&nbsp;

I had the absolute pleasure of traveling with my husband to Colorado to photograph some close friends. Brittany of Blessed Bee Photography has been such a pivotal part in my career. Through her support and assistance she doesn't know how much I owe to her. Anyways, this was a fun trip, however too short I may have thought it was. And it really doesn't get much better than an intimate elopement in the Rocky Mountain National Forest. 

 This elegant couple really stuck out to me this year. They came all the way from New York State to plan their wedding at the Henry Clay House. They accepted my traditional, and classic style with enthusiasm and let me do some off the wall portraits as well. They were so wonderful to their vendors. Their understanding and appreciation did not go unnoticed.&nbsp;

This elegant couple really stuck out to me this year. They came all the way from New York State to plan their wedding at the Henry Clay House. They accepted my traditional, and classic style with enthusiasm and let me do some off the wall portraits as well. They were so wonderful to their vendors. Their understanding and appreciation did not go unnoticed. 

 Oh I was so excited to shoot a wedding at the Louisville 21C Museum rooftop, and it did not disappoint. I love art and rooftops and cityscapes and these two lovebirds. We found ourselves waiting a couple minutes for something so I cleared out the patio furniture and asked them to lay on the ground. They didn't hesitate and just like that, I got one of my favorite portraits. Now once you meet me, you'll learn I typically hate shots of people laying on the ground or in grass. It's just not natural and doesn't seem "photo-journalistic." But occasionally I make an exception in my head.&nbsp;

Oh I was so excited to shoot a wedding at the Louisville 21C Museum rooftop, and it did not disappoint. I love art and rooftops and cityscapes and these two lovebirds. We found ourselves waiting a couple minutes for something so I cleared out the patio furniture and asked them to lay on the ground. They didn't hesitate and just like that, I got one of my favorite portraits. Now once you meet me, you'll learn I typically hate shots of people laying on the ground or in grass. It's just not natural and doesn't seem "photo-journalistic." But occasionally I make an exception in my head. 

 I had two couples this year that honestly only hired me to capture candid moments. They got some quick portraits squeezed in between larger moments of the wedding day and then rushed off to spend time with each other and their guests. It was so eye-opening for me to realize my real purpose was to let them be. This was one of those couples. And outside of being a knock out couple (that dress!) they were so excited to just be in love and celebrating each other.&nbsp;

I had two couples this year that honestly only hired me to capture candid moments. They got some quick portraits squeezed in between larger moments of the wedding day and then rushed off to spend time with each other and their guests. It was so eye-opening for me to realize my real purpose was to let them be. This was one of those couples. And outside of being a knock out couple (that dress!) they were so excited to just be in love and celebrating each other. 

 Side note: I smoke. I love smoking. But I choose to not smoke at weddings or in front of clients because stigmas and professionalism and all that. But when I see a bride or groom smoke their first cigarette despite cameras and family and hoorahs, I just connect with them. Like soul sisters. Anyways, I got to spend a fair amount of time with this couple for their engagement and they trusted me to take them to a remote cave across the train tracks. I really enjoyed being around them and loved the honesty of this photo.&nbsp;

Side note: I smoke. I love smoking. But I choose to not smoke at weddings or in front of clients because stigmas and professionalism and all that. But when I see a bride or groom smoke their first cigarette despite cameras and family and hoorahs, I just connect with them. Like soul sisters. Anyways, I got to spend a fair amount of time with this couple for their engagement and they trusted me to take them to a remote cave across the train tracks. I really enjoyed being around them and loved the honesty of this photo. 

 Yet again another example of a rare-occasion where I got to spend time with a couple outside and in between engagement portraits. These two invited me to photograph an intimate dinner at the restaurant where he worked. I was excited just for the change of scenery and was even more excited when they also treated me to some of the best food I've ever had.&nbsp;

Yet again another example of a rare-occasion where I got to spend time with a couple outside and in between engagement portraits. These two invited me to photograph an intimate dinner at the restaurant where he worked. I was excited just for the change of scenery and was even more excited when they also treated me to some of the best food I've ever had. 

 I offer an engagement session for couples that doesn't have a time limit. I encourage multiple outfits or locations. And if the couple is willing, I throw out some ideas for long-distance locations that I've always wanted to shoot. Well these two picked my brain and shared an equal love and interest in the urban and rural abandoned scenery. We packed ourselves in a car for a couple hours and headed to a few places I loved in Hazard. If you can stand spending a day with me, it really is a great opportunity to get to know one another and get portraits unlike any other.&nbsp;

I offer an engagement session for couples that doesn't have a time limit. I encourage multiple outfits or locations. And if the couple is willing, I throw out some ideas for long-distance locations that I've always wanted to shoot. Well these two picked my brain and shared an equal love and interest in the urban and rural abandoned scenery. We packed ourselves in a car for a couple hours and headed to a few places I loved in Hazard. If you can stand spending a day with me, it really is a great opportunity to get to know one another and get portraits unlike any other. 

 We had the misfortune of bad weather, cold weather and the holidays post-pone this engagement session at least 3 times. By the time we finally got great weather and a free weekend, we had planned a handful of my favorite locations. So many that we lost light and I was still turning gears. They were so kind to entertain my thoughts for this last portrait that I can't explain why I love so much.&nbsp;

We had the misfortune of bad weather, cold weather and the holidays post-pone this engagement session at least 3 times. By the time we finally got great weather and a free weekend, we had planned a handful of my favorite locations. So many that we lost light and I was still turning gears. They were so kind to entertain my thoughts for this last portrait that I can't explain why I love so much.