Aimee + Bryan - Lake Eden Events & Lodging, Black Mountain, NC

One of my favorite wedding couples from 2018! Aimee and Bryan, I am so glad that everything turned out so amazing for your wedding day! You had perfect weather and picturesque views during the ceremony, and the celebration lasted long into the night at the reception. AND we had time to meet up before and shoot a sweet mini-engagement session. Loved it.

You had THREE, yes three, cakes! Baked by your amazing sister if I remember correctly. Gorgeous multi colored wild flowers adorning your hair and making up your bouquet. I loved that you did a first look! It’s always such a special moment, and we got to do pictures early LOL. Your doggie was there with a felt flower necklace around her collar that you made. And duck poop on your wedding dress! You were such a trooper. The pictures we took by the lake were hopefully worth it, and I’m so glad you let me know that it successfully came out!

Happy Anniversary to you both! I wish you multitudes of joy and blissful love throughout the years. Keep laughing, keep loving, and have fun together. Crossing my fingers our photo paths will cross again; Should you ever visit Asheville again that is :) Cheers!

The Field Of Flowers That Called For A Portrait

I had been driving by a field of flowers everyday for weeks! And every time I passed it, I was planning shoots in my mind. Many times this happens to me and I never actually get to it. But THIS time, this field of flowers and I jammed together. Morgen was in town for only a weekend, and our portrait paths crossed. I was so excited to shoot with her since I had never had a full session of my own, just working with her at a fashion show in the past. And my expectations were blown right out of the water….or out of the field, LOL. She was magnificent, moving with grace and fluidity in and out of poses, coming up with great ideas all on her own, and fueling my rapid fire shooting of this momentous occasion. I filled up an entire 32G card. I also had a lot of fun editing, and combining a few different styles. Some of them I wanted crisp and clean and bright, and some I added a vintage touch (Which Morgen said she was feeling on the day with her hat and her outfit)

So thank you again Morgen, for wanting to do a fun, creative portrait session with me, capturing this field of flowers, AND the field of tall grass by my house, in their glory days. It wasn’t a week or two later that all the flowers had bloomed out, and solid green took over. It was just a brief moment in time that lent its beauty to our purpose.

Kesi + Orrin Wedding- Barn Wedding with Mountain View Ceremony

I met Kesi and Orrin in the best way, through another wedding I had photographed; From one happy day to another! They wanted a super laid back wedding in the woods, with a ceremony overlooking the mountains, and all their family and friends there to witness. A year earlier they had signed their marriage certificate, so this was really all about celebrating with everyone that was important to them. It was a gorgeous ceremony, on a giant hillside overlooking the mountains. They had a moment together just the tow of them before the ceremony began. Orrin waiting with anticipation at the bottom of the hill, where Kesi strolled down for a loving kiss and hug. Then, hand in hand, this already loving husband and wife, took their first steps as bride and groom towards the ceremony site. Under a natural wood arbor, they took their vows in front of family, friends and some nearby horses, with kids picking wildflowers on the sides.

I am so happy that Kesi and Orrin asked me to come and share this day with them as their photographer, and capture all these special memories. I loved following them into the woods for bride and groom portraits with their super cute son, Ash. After a joyous reception with roast pig, cupcakes, and dancing, their wedding night would be spent in a tent by the river with rose petals and champagne, lovingly added by the friends, with the “Just Married” sign hanging by the door.

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Jessica + Derek - Tough Love Engagement Session at South Slope CrossFit

I’ve mentioned before how much I love photographing engagement sessions. And I especially love when the couple makes it super personal and unique. Jessica and Derek met at their CrossFit gym, and they love working out together, so it became the perfect backdrop for our engagement shoot.

Jessica and Derek were rock stars. They planned the 405 pound duo dead lift, Squats with a kiss thrown in, tying the knot (literally) and then spontaneously we threw in jump rope and several funny attempts at a chalky high five.

Thank you guys for celebrating this special moment with me and letting me capture these memories for you. I can’t wait for the wedding in OCTOBER!

Please like, comment and share. Tell me about where you met your soul mate? What would have been the setting to your engagement session?

VENUE- South Slope CrossFit in Downtown Asheville, NC

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Losch Family Photos - Hot Springs, NC - Boulders, Trees, and Warm Winter Hugs

Taking family vacations is a wonderful and special time. It’s so hard to plan, and it’s usually long in the making, so when families get together it should be celebrated, treasured and DOCUMENTED! I was so delighted with the Losch family found me online and booked a family photo session during their vacation to Hot Springs.

I drove out to their vacation home on a chillier morning than I think we were all ready for. I showed up in my 20 degree winter coat and this beautiful family was, of course, dressed for a photo session (which is definitely coatless!) I taught them the fine art of jogging in place to get the blood flowing. And in between shots blankets were bundled and warm hugs kept these adorable girls from freezing. I did capture some nice cuddle shots, and some hugging the “lovies” shots. When I asked the girls to make their lovies kiss, I got giggles galore. The guys kept warm by climbing up this gigantic boulder that was on the property, which had a small tree growing out of the top. Quite spectacular. Thanks for braving the climb! :)

I encourage you to book a photo session the next time you have your family together for any reason, be it a vacation, a holiday, wedding, or just a slice of time you carved out for each other. Time flies, so capture the beauty and love while it’s flowing around you.

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Allison + Josh- Autumn Wedding with Color and Waterfalls- Laurel Falls in Fairview, NC

The leaves were bursting with color all around us, with a breathtaking view off the porch of the main house at Laurel Falls. Allison and Josh were getting ready. Well, as we all know, the bride always gets ready while the groom is hanging out waiting, LOL. Rebecca Biggers with Lola Salon & Gallery was transforming her with old Hollywood glam, with a nod to our natural surroundings by adding a little sprig of pine. It looked so feminine and gorgeous. Flora dropped off the bouquet and boutonnieres and we were all gasping with amazement. I’ve never seen a bouquet like this before. It was massive and just filled with amazing flowers and details.

It was bright and sunny at the ceremony site, but we had a fabulous view of the mountains behind us. Later, we explored the vast property and took some intimate and sweet Bride and Groom Portraits. There was no place that wasn’t gorgeous. But I think the waterfall was my favorite. Allison just popped off the backdrop of this gorgeous falls area. And then we snuck in one last kiss on the path back back to house. A perfect day!

Let me know what spot you liked the best. Please comment below and share your thoughts.

Vendors Supreme

Venue- Laurel Falls

Flowers- Flora

Hair and Makeup- Lola Salon and Gallery

Design and Art Direction- Dana Irwin

Sister Love- A Family Photo Shoot with Beatrix and Eloise Sharing Love, Baskets and Apples.

I have worked with Nana and Eloise in the past. It’s always so special and touches my heart. The last time I met baby Eloise it was her 1st birthday and she had just learned how to say potato! SO cute. Now she’s a big sister, and it perfectly suits her.

This photo shoot almost didn’t continue because Eloise came and sat on my lap right at the start and it just melted my heart. Nana, I swear I almost snuck her into my purse and made a run for it. I know that doesn’t make any sense but you know what I mean. Luckily she did sit and “smiled her big smile” as mommy put it, holding on to baby and monkey. Later on it was her fascination with the basket I brought that lent to so many other magical moments, including hide and seek, playing with her own toes, and making bunny and lamb share kisses. Note to self- Always bring a basket!

We were hoping during that time Beatrix would fall asleep but, just the same as her sister was at that age, she was WIDE AWAKE! I think it lent to some super sweet moments between the two sisters, and we got to see her amazingly large, blue eyes. Eloise came in and out of the photos as the moment struck her, and the last time she came to photo bomb, it was with a bright red apple in her hand wearing her baby sisters top. For just those brief shots, we caught a true life sister moment in the making.

Much love to you, Beatrix and Eloise. Can’t wait to watch you grow up.

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Sweet kiss for baby sister

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Now offering video as an add-on to portrait sessions!

Helping to make your moments ever lasting and ever joyful.

Watch Eloise give Beatrix True Loves Kiss. We share our love of princesses Eloise!!

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Family Video Makes Memories Sparkle- Lask Family Picnic

I’ve started offering video as part of Family Portrait Sessions. Video is unlike any other medium in that it captures movement, expressions as they change, and interactions that can’t be transferred in to still photos. I look back on old family videos that my parents got transferred to DVD from old film reels in wonder. It fascinates me to see my grandparents and watch them as they play with tiny versions of me and my brother. Moments that I have seen only in photos are now coming to life before me. They seem so real, so tangible. I feel I know them more. It’s memories like these that I am so passionate about capturing. And that’s why I LOVE the power of video. I am now bringing that power into Family Sessions.

Nothing will ever be as sweet as looking back 20-30-50 years down the road and remembering how your kids moved around on unsteady feet as they were growing as a toddler. Or the playful, silly things your 7 year old does, and the faces they make. Or the brooding, ever growing intelligence that is incubating under a teenagers skin. These are all moments that are going to fade with time…unless you capture them. And that’s what these family videos will do.

During my session with Shannon and her family, I decided to experiment with capturing some of these small moments. And I LOVED the results. I’ve been doing it with weddings for years! Seeing how photography and video can combine to create a total picture of the days events. But I had never done it with other portraits before. Now, I can capture some of those special life moments between family. And I’m so excited to share it with you!

It also serves another purpose. Rather than sending family and friends a link to an album, this is a more personal, and involved way to share your photo experience with them. At the click of a button they are transported into the session, seeing the video clips and some of the favorite shots from the session come to life.

Thank you so much to the Lask Family for allowing me into their amazing lives for one day. May these memories bring you closer together with laughter and smiles.

I’d love to work with you and your family! Contact me today!

To see the blog post with the Lask Family photos, click HERE.

Lask Family - A Family Portrait Session with a Winter Picnic Outside

This was a truly special photo session. Shannon planned a family outdoor picnic (IN THE WINTER!) with food and decor to rival Martha Stewart! It was amazing. And it celebrated her beautiful family now, as well as the year anniversary of her dearly beloved’s passing, Mike.

Luckily we planned it on a not TOO freezing day, so we were able to enjoy being outside. Darwin was running around with a very large stick, which whacked a few heads and fingers, but I got the greatest shot of him looking like a world-wise wizard, or avid hiker, take your pick. Well worth it! Elanor was so full of energy and spirit. We had a great time jumping, and posing, and her foot always wound up in the air with her tongue out. Very cute, and I love capturing the true personality of the kids in my photos. That way, when you look back on them 10-20-30 years from now, you can say “Yup, that was them, always with their tongue out!”. She showed me the locket with a picture of her daddy in it; Always close to her heart and dangling in the middle of the group photos, which was so perfect.

It was so easy to capture the spirit and loving energy between this family. Hugs passed around, bubbles being chased, Darwin stealing grapes and sushi through the shoot, and Elanor running around in her dress and tights, which had such a cute hole in the bum. I wish I had gotten a shot of that.

Thank you Shannon for asking me to be a part of your family this day! I hope these pictures bring you joy and peace throughout your lives together.

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I loved this series of Eleanor. She has so much radiant personality.

I saw her touching the locket all the time, opening and closing it, swinging it up as she jumped. I asked her what was inside, she said “My daddy.”

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How do you keep everyone’s attention throughout a family group photo? BUBBLES! Although sometimes the adults are more crazy about them than the kids :)

How do you keep everyone’s attention throughout a family group photo? BUBBLES! Although sometimes the adults are more crazy about them than the kids :)

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Rebecca + Connor - St. John in the Wilderness & Black Tie Afterparty

I would have to say that no two wedding videos are ever the same. There’s no cookie cutter recipe that I use, and from beginning to end it totally depends on the couple and the events that unfold. Nothing could be more true than this one! It was a perfect duo of sentiment and classic beauty mixed with uninhibited joy and fun. So how to tackle the video and make ONE highlight? I decided it simply had to be….both!

They had a beautiful ceremony planned at St. John in the Wilderness, with an impressive bridal party: 10 on the bride side and 13 on the grooms. Each bridesmaid held a gorgeous bouquet of flowers. These flowers were everywhere, bathing the ceremony and reception in beauty and color. Every pew was packed full of elegant wedding guests, laughing and crying along with the ceremony.

Then followed by the reception at Rebecca’s parent’s home in Flat Rock, NC. She had given me a tour of the reception site (her ) many months before her wedding date. She pointed where the white tents were gonna be set up, and described a “ladder dance” of which I had never heard before. How can there be so many people on the dance floor you would need a ladder? Post reception….it became clear. This was a rockin’ party with everyone busting a groove on the dance floor and not stopping until late into the night. Rebecca and her Dad started it off with “Who’s That Lady?”, with Connor and Mom jiving to “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)”. Not to be outdone, Rebecca and Connor’s first dance was to “Give It To Me Baby” by Rick James. The AMAZING live band, The Black and Blue Effect, was one of the most talented and spectacular bands I’ve seen at a wedding in my career. The singers, the musicians, the amount of songs they knew, their energy! and an OUTFIT CHANGE halfway through the performance! Never seen that before! Rebecca had requested NO slow songs for the reception, and they kept up the pace keeping everyone partying along with them.

So here is my highlight video for this amazing couple. Thank you for choosing me to be your wedding videographer! Rebecca wrote me after her full wedding video and said, “We quite literally laughed and cried our way through it.” That’s the greatest compliment I could ever receive. May you laugh and cry (tears of joy of course) for many more years to come. And I hope you eel the love, joy and happiness of these moments every time you watch your videos. Many happy wishes to you both!

Amazing Vendors

Ceremony Site- St. John in the Wilderness

Flowers- Bloom Room

Caterer- Colorful Palate

Cake- 50/fifty

Hair/Makeup- Lola salon

Band- Black and Blue Experience with East Coast Entertainment

Classic Event Rentals

Photographer- Jeremy Russell Photography

Event Coordinator/Planner- Katy Nevel