For those of you who are nursing the fourth of July blues back at work, we’ve got a wedding that is sure to cheer you up! So happy to be sharing Katie+Daniel’s wedding photos this morning! Katie and Daniel planned their wedding at her parents home in Cassatt SC. They built a stage in the middle of the woods were Katie played as a child to set up the perfect spot for Katie and Daniel to exchange their vows. With literary details, confetti exits, LOTS of homemade sweets and a fireworks show sendoff- Wes and I had an amazing time documenting their wedding day and hope you all enjoy reliving it just as much as we enjoyed being a part of it!
A few months ago we hosted a giveaway for some Maternity Sessions and lucky for us, one of our previous clients entered and won! You may remember Jessi + Haddon’s SUPER SWEET video from just about a year ago and now they’re expecting their first child in just a few weeks! Miss Laura Polly “Lolli” Childs is already SO loved by these two and I’m just as excited to meet her as they are! Jessi did a fabulous job with their wardrobe and Courtney Ghoens at Shear Perfection in Hartsville did an AMAZING job styling her hair! Also, can we just talk about how amazing her headband is? Now, on to the good stuff!
Melissa + Tim were absolute DREAM clients. From our first meeting I knew that working with these two would be fabulous. Melissa knew exactly what she wanted but more than anything she wanted great photos, and she trusted me 100% throughout her planning process and the day of. That is a HUGE relief to photographers. When someone comes in knowing from the get go that you’re the one they want to work with and they’ll do whatever it takes to make it happen, I know we’re in for something BEAUTIFUL. We started the day at The Studio where Melissa works and her boss Tara Smith went to work making sure that she and all her bridesmaids looked their best! (And she did a fabulous job!) and their Ceremony and Reception took place at Oakdale Country Club. The day was laced in laughter and smiles and I couldn’t be more excited to share their photos with you!Oakdale Country Club Reception | Oakdale Country Club Florists | A&B Florist Dress | David’s Bridal Bridesmaids | David’s Bridal Groomsmen | JoS A Bank Coordinator | Family Member Hair | The Studio (Tara Smith) Makeup | The Studio (Tara Smith) Cake | Sweet ( a cupcake company) Catering | NY Butcher Shoppe
Taylor+Devin are just one of those couples who are honestly down for anything! I had SUCH a great time with these two during their engagement session a few weeks ago! They’re both so in love and it just radiates through them both whenever they are together. It was SUCH a breath of fresh air when Taylor nervously walked out of the business she and Devin changed into their second outfit on. She looked at me and said “is this too much?” NO GIRL. NO. It’s JUST RIGHT! I love a dressy dress for engagement photos SO stinkin much so I was super excited when Taylor walked out in that little black dress! We had a great time all over Hartsville! Hanging out downtown right outside of the shop that Taylor works at, taking some photos under some gorgeous Oak trees in town, and eventually making our way out to Kalmia Garden’s where their ceremony will be taking place! Everything about our time together was just right. Devin was happy that taking engagement photos were easier than he originally thought and Taylor brought fabulous and fierce to every frame!
I think it’s something we all struggle with, but so few of us are actually capable of admitting that we struggle with it. Somewhere in the age of technology and social media we’ve become obsessed with the idea of making our life seem as perfect and busy as possible from the outside. But that’s the thing about “from the outside” it’s not the inside. Not at all. Sometimes I feel like I have to be super woman, and when I fail to do so I feel beat up, let down, and all around BAD about myself.
How do you do it? Be a great photographer (or whatever your job title may be), the perfect wife, and the best friend you can be to those who you surround yourself with. And it’s extra tough for us. Most people work their way through the week and when Friday comes they’re doing the “Friday Dance” but the Friday dance doesn’t happen over here. It’s more like the “Check the equipment, make sure all the cards are transferred and did you charge all the batteries” dance because come Saturday morning it’s back to work for us. Again. And don’t get me wrong, we LOVE what we do- more than ANYTHING we love this crazy ride we’re on, but that’s the thing about crazy rides, you can’t stay on them without getting sick.
So many things are happening around us, sometimes we neglect to see what life is trying to show us at that moment because we’re so consumed by a busy lifestyle. So this summer I’m making a promise to myself. I’m promising to clock out early every now and then to go get coffee with a friend, to take a day off once in a while to go to the beach and soak up some sun. I’m promising myself to RSVP yes to backyard barbeques and pool parties that I have been saying no to because the last thing I want is for my busy-ness to get in the way of those precious moments that surround me EVERY SINGLE DAY. I’m saying yes to adventure, and excitement, and challenges and trusting that those blips of time away from emails, editing, and all that work stuff will leave me feeling inspired, recharged, and ready to do so much better for each of my clients because I’m doing a good job of taking care of myself.