Another year, another awesome hour and a half with the Kinner family. In 2011, I photographed Eryka, John, and their three dogs. Last year, the kids joined in and Eryka and John were anxiously awaiting their first child together, baby Kai. This year, Kai is nearly a year old, Logan and Dylan are another year “wiser” and funnier, and I’m more grateful than ever that this crew keeps coming back. I don’t photograph families, but because Eryka and John appreciate the experience and truly CARE about their family memories, they are some of my favorite clients of all time. This year we met at one of my favorite locations, soaked in the sun, dealt with a little bit of some crazy wind, played in the leaves, and pretty much had a jolly ole’ time. By the end you’ll see why I love these people so much and enjoy hanging out with them yearly :)
secretly not-so-secretly loves having his picture taken, and Dylan is the funniest most free-spirited girl ever. I freaking adore them both.
And this little Kai monster? Absolutely delicious. What’s not to love about this squishy little human being?
Kai: “Nom. Leaves.”
Check out those zombie faces on the right. Even Kai got in on the action :)
Some of my couples might recognize Roxanne from this year. She’s my friend/fellow photographer/go-to second shooter and I think she’s awesome :) Back in August, she and her husband Trent welcome baby Jude into the picture and seeing Roxanne take on motherhood so well has been really inspiring. She’s an amazingly talented photographer and I can’t imagine running a business from home and being a mom, so I admire her a lot.
Even though I do not photograph families, I really wanted to take some pictures of her new little family around our farm because I know as a photographer, the opportunity to get on the other side of the camera like a real client is
rare non-existant. It was a little chilly so Jude was really laying on the stink eye, but that’s okay because I loved it :) Roxanne and Trent were kind enough to be patient with me while I shot a few rolls of film, too, which I really appreciated because I was pretty out of my comfort zone! I did bring my digital camera along, so while we wait for the film to come back, I figured I’d share some of my favorites from their session. Enjoy!
When Aura emailed me and she was looking for someone to photograph she and her husband and their two furbabies on their anniversary trip to Charleston, I was all in. She told me a little about the dogs and we decided Boone Hall would be a perfect spot to explore and sight-see. Well, we sure did make some memories! Turns out Aura knows her dogs super well…Hemi loves the water, and Sophie loves squirrels. Both dogs wasted no opportunity to show me exactly what Aura meant. Despite the detours we ended up taking, I love what we came away with :) These four and their little family are so fun and I really enjoyed getting to know them for a few hours last week. Enjoy my favorites!
Here’s Hemi after he went for his “adventure.”
It all started a year ago when somehow over a Twitter conversation, Brittany and I talked casually about swapping anniversary sessions the following fall. With both our anniversaries in September and having always wanted to meet, it seemed like the perfect excuse to get together. If you’re a wedding photographer you know that it’s really hard to find any spare time on the weekends, but a few months ago Brittany and I were talking again, trying to figure out if this idea was actually possible, and somehow, it magically came together! I’d be over that way for a wedding in Rome, so Brittany and Nick so graciously invited us into their home to crash for the night before the wedding, and the night of the wedding (they’d be off shooting their own wedding Saturday as well), and then Sunday morning we could have breakfast then trade sessions for each other!
It was so amazing how it all worked out…Dustin and I had the BEST time getting to know these two and their adorable little Chihuahua children and we left their home Sunday morning with full hearts and two great new friends. It was so nice hanging out with them (even until the wee hours of the night!) and we had so much fun exploring the wooded area behind their home, finding all of these great little nooks and spots that looked like nothing to the bare eye, but were pure magic to us. You should have heard Brittany and I…there was a lot of “Oh my gosh!’s” and “Ahhh this is so perfect! I can’t believe we found this!” haha. It was probably pretty entertaining :) It’s always so fun and challenging turning “nothing” into something and we could not have possibly had any more fun with these two.
Plus, look at how gorgeous they are! They are the best, most incredible looking couple, and they are even sweeter and nicer on the inside than they look on the outside. They were so natural and fun in front of the camera and such a joy to photograph. Talk about making my job easy…they were such a breeze, and it was such an honor to be on the other side of the camera for them, too. Dustin and I have a long ways to go before we are as natural and easy-going as them though haha. But, Brittany and Nick’s work is amazing…if you haven’t checked them out already, please do! Enjoy some of my favorites from their mini anniversary session, and happy 3 years and thanks a million to our new friends :)
Do you remember these two beautiful faces? I did their engagement session about a year and a half ago, and their wedding almost a year ago now. I’ve known Daniele for a long time so it’s an honor to get the chance to work with she and Brendon again. They are super laid-back people and the easiest to be around. Since they got married last year, they added a four-legged family member to the crew, so it was also awesome getting to meet and spend time with Rosie. She is literally as personable and fun as she looks in the pictures. She was so well behaved and is incredibly photogenic and expressive :) I love these three!
Although I have deep roots in Maryland where I grew up, I am absolutely in love with all things southern. I live on a farm in a small town in South Carolina with my handsome husband, my beautiful step-son, our two yellow lab fur-kids, and three spoiled horses. My blog is a journal of sorts. It’s where I can share all about the things I love so much: my family, our life together, and of course all of the amazing and wonderful people and pets whose story I get to tell.
I love collaborating with laid-back and down- to-earth couples who appreciate the value their wedding images will have for the rest of their lives, and I believe in unique weddings that are truly designed around two people and who they are together. I strive to create images that are emotional, organic, fresh, and genuine, but that will remain timeless twenty, thirty, or sixty years down the road. I believe in printed images, developing friendships with my clients, and having a completely relaxed and enjoyable wedding experience. Each and every story I get to tell is unique and I truly enjoy sharing all of the little pieces that together form this beautiful relationship.
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