{Annie and Reid are Married at Lay Lake} Antebellum Wedding

Annie and Reid

Hollywood Glam Wedding

Antebellum Weddings at Lay Lake

These two love birds met speed dating in New York City!! I just love hearing their story of how they met and fell in love. Annie is probably one of the most driven women I have ever met and she involved in teaching dance, barre classes, theater and she has toured with Cats and worked in Japan for Disney.(I’m sure that was a run on sentence or something) Lol! So pretty much…Annie is awesome! PS: She also teaches my daughter Hip Hop! Back on topic! 🙂 Reid is just as driven and from what I remember about the speeches from the Ceremony he has many, many degrees and he is a Doctor of Medicine. Not only are these two driven people, but they just enjoy life and you can really see it in their faces. When Annie and Reid visited Lay Lake while planning their wedding, they knew this is exactly where they wanted to get married. On a gorgeous, wintery day, this beautiful couple was married in front of their friends and family that traveled far and wide to be there. It was a day that was full of laughter, lots of dancing, and even more importantly special touches. Annie’s mother had passed away and used to call her bumble bee and Annie wore a bumble bee pendant on her dress in remeberence of her. Annie couldn’t have been more stunning and Reid looked very MI6 in his tuxedo. It was just an incredible honor to be a part of such an important day for these two.

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{Tessa and Logan’s Vintage Plane Engagement Session} Tuscaloosa, Al

Tessa and Logan

Tuscaloosa, Al

University of Alabama

This session definitely took me back!! I graduated about 10 years from Alabama, so when Tessa said that’s where her and her fiance met and wanted to their engagements, I was ecstatic. Not only did we peruse the campus, but we headed out to the airport and had the opportunity to take pictures with and old WWII plane. Logan is actually in the Air Force and stationed out west, so pictures with a plane like this was pretty special. It was a dream session with these two and I couldn’t be more excited to share some of my favorite images from their session.

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Pam HankinsFebruary 5, 2015 - 1:50 pm

They are great I love them all.

Marcia BlackFebruary 5, 2015 - 3:35 pm

Awesome! Congratulations

Bonnie BurkhalterFebruary 5, 2015 - 8:22 pm

Love them all!

Top Six Photography Tips for Moms

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Tip 1: Relax and Have Fun!

You have probably been planning  and coordinating your outfits and props for weeks now.  Now your worried  about the weather, will the kids behave,  and will my hair look okay, etc. If your stressed your kids will sense it and will probably not behave and feed off your mood. It’s best to think of taking pictures as a game or something fun to do as a family. It’s not torture, I promise! 🙂  Naps are great, even for adults. Lol! Plan pictures around naptime and when you child is usually the happiest. Any session or just taking pictures of your kids should be fun. I encourage tickling, singing, and jumping around to get smiles. Silly faces are always a hit.

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Things I say to kids to get good smiles!

1. Give me a silly face
2. Now a sweet face
3. Show me a Super Hero pose
4. Act like your favorite animal
5. Show me a Princess pose or smile
6. Show me your favorite pose
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Also, to make it fun, I have a small camera that I let my daughter play with and have her pose me and take my picture.
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Tip 2: Shade is your friend
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You want to look for what’s called Open Shade and that is an area that has reflective light. It’s the best area to photograph your loved ones because it is pretty, soft, even lighting. The best time to look for open shade is called the “Golden Hour,” and that is considered the time within two after sunrise and within two before sunset.
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Another way to tell if you have found open shade is to look for catch lights in the eyes of your subject and make sure their face is directed towards the light source. If you can see reflective light or a sparkle in somone’s eyes, you probably have great light.

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Tip 3: Flash isn’t always bad

Natural light is by far my favorite because it is the most flattering in my opinion, but I am by no means a natural light snob. I use flash all the time and there are even some really cool things that you can do with big lights, but that is a whole other blog post. Say you have a room with no windows and fluorescent lighting then you would definitely want to use a flash. If you have a flash than can swivel, it will be much softer to bounce the flash off the ceiling or the wall behind you. Direct flash on a subject can be harsh, blinding, and give you red eyes.

Tip 4: Window light is dreamy

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If its a rainy day and the kids are cooped up inside painting, playing, being silly and you want to grab a few shots of them, it is best to shoot from the window with the window light shining on their sweet faces. You can even get great portrait shots by positioning them close to window with great reflective light from outside.

Tip 5: Dawn of the Unposed

Time to say goodbye to the Olan Mills and JC Penney Portrait studios. I like to aim for getting real happy moments instead of the forced grin where you are probably gritting your teeth and praying your children are smiling. Here are a few ways to get your own family together.

1. Get Close
2. Love on each other
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3. Have your kids love on each other. Nothing sweeter than a toddler kissing a baby sister or brother.
4. Your going to get the best pictures playing, running around, throwing leaves, walking and holding hands, throwing your little one up in the air, etc.
5. Props are fun! Signs, banners, blankets, hats, wagons, and balloongs. It is best to use props when its towards the end of pictures or your session, because if introduced too early they can be distracting. Sometimes when you can’t get a smile, a balloon can do the trick! I take a helium tank with me to some sessions and balloons always make the grumpy kids smile and have fun.
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Tip 6: Point and Shoot vs DSLR

Sometimes all you need is a point and shoot for convenience especially if don’t want to lug around the DSLR. Also, if you know its just going to be bad lighting it’s better to just take your point and shoot. If you know there is great lighting and the opportunity to grab some good shots, bring on the DSLR.

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{Meighan and Ben’s Sonnet House Wedding}

Meighan and Ben

The Sonnet House

Leeds, Alabama

It was a crisp fall day and the sun was shining for Meighan and Ben’s Wedding day. Getting to know these two over the past year has been such a blast. It is very obvious these two are not only in love, but they know how to laugh together. Laughter is definitely my favorite! This amazing couple plus the gorgeous setting of such an incredible venue, The Sonnet House, made for stunning photo’s. I feel incredibly lucky and blessed that I got to be a part of such a fun wedding celebrating Meighan and Ben. Here are a few of my favorites! It was so many and so hard to choose. The Sunset was incredible!

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Vendor Love

Ceremony/Reception The Sonnet House
Caterer/ Florist The Sonnet House
Cakes Pastry Arts
Dress Designer Allure Bridal

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{Jamie and Abram} Alabama Theater Engagement Session

Jamie and Abram are getting hitched!!

Alabama Theater

This lovely pair is getting married this weekend! I met Jamie over two years ago in a crossfit class. Since then she has become not only a best friend, but family and it’s going to be such an honor to stand up with her as she say’s her I do’s to Abram. I just love Jamie to pieces and she is so deserving of the happiness and love that she has found with Abram. Jamie is a dance teacher at  the Alabama Dance Academy and every year they put on a recital at the Alabama Theater, so we thought it the perfect spot for some engagement pictures. Abram is known for his awesomeness at dipping Jamie and it’s probably my favorite picture out of the set.
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Got to have a little drama in front of the theater! Love it!
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