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3 Biggest Time Suckers on Wedding Days & how to avoid them     You are dreaming of all the special moments on your wedding day; trying to plan the best you know how to make them all happen! While “Pinterest-ing” timelines can help, there are always a few moments of the day that tend to take […]

Wedding Planning

  Sparkler exits have been all the rage & for good reason – they add beautiful light to your photos!   But, there’s a new trend in town that I think is an upgrade from Sparkler Exits!!   The PROBLEM with Sparkler Exits   There are a lot of good reasons to do sparkler exits, but there are […]

Wedding Planning

Wedding Planning     Every bride dreams of her wedding day to go perfectly planned. By the time your wedding arrives, you will have put your heart & soul into planning this day – which means your photos should reflect how special this day is!   While I recommend EVERY bride book a professional photographer for their wedding day, there are […]

Wedding Planning

255 Milledge Hardeman-Sams | Athens, GA | Wedding Day   Christine & Ridge are MARRIED! I love how unique every wedding, couple and family can be. This couple was relaxed all day long and their families were clearly so joyful about these two coming together in marriage. It’s obvious this couple is dearly loved and […]

Couple's Stories

State Botanical Gardens | Athens, GA | Engagement Session   I said this to Courtney & John so many times, they’re probably tired of hearing it, but they are so adorable! They are high school sweethearts; it was obvious they are super comfortable with each other.   I knew they were best friends after I asked John […]

Couple's Stories

Chota Falls | Clayton, GA | Wedding Day   Oh my gosh – a white wedding!! Despite the weather forecast, Dani and Kevin remained as calm (and excited!) as ever. As guests entered the gorgeous White Chapel for the ceremony, the snow came down hard. Guests couldn’t help stopping on the porch outside just to […]

Couple's Stories

Why Doing a First Look is the New Traditional   “We’re not going to do a first look, we’re just really traditional”. This is such a common phrase I hear, but I think it’s faulty & here’s why:   Meaningful > Traditional   I believe for most people who say they are “traditional” when it comes to […]

Wedding Planning

Tough Questions Series #ToughWeddingQuestions: How can you limit your bridesmaid number without hurting feelings? If you’ve been keeping up on my Instagram, this is my second tough wedding question I’ve answered. Click here if you want to read my post: How do you handle family photos with divorced parents? Today, we’re continuing the series with an […]

Wedding Planning

Camp Mikell | Toccoa Falls, Georgia | Wedding Day   Allie and Brett are MARRIED!! This wedding day was so much fun for many reasons – the forecast was 100% chance of rain all day and they weren’t lying this time! While many brides fear rain on their wedding day, it actually ends up being […]

Couple's Stories

I remember before I started dating my husband that I thought comparison hit hardest on single girls. We’re scrolling through our social medias, seeing all of our friends getting engaged or having babies and we’re attempting not to get jealous. At best, we’re wishing our lives were like theirs, at worst, we’re judging them in […]


Botanical Gardens | Athens, GA | Engagement Session   After weeks of rainy, cold days, we got a gorgeous sunny day for an engagement session! We had to work around holiday schedules and happened to plan the session on Ashley’s birthday! The fall colors mixed with their great outfit choices made these some of my […]

Couple's Stories

Engagement Session | Athens, GA | Memorial Park   This session makes me want to snuggle up next to a fire with my hot chocolate. I think it’s safe to say fall has officially graced us with it’s presence!   These two are getting married in ONE month from today at the gorgeous Chota Falls! […]

Couple's Stories

Courtney & Richard | Engagement Session | Downtown Athens, GA   Today’s session was so fun! We started with a little “pose training” on UGA North Campus. After what seems to be the longest prolonged warm weather, we finally got gorgeous fall trees & that nice November breeze!   On our walk through downtown, we […]

Couple's Stories

Brooke & Makale | Wedding Day | Yarborough Mills | Fairmount, GA   As I look back through these wedding photos, I find myself smiling, laughing and tearing up as I remember all the emotions of this weekend. This particular wedding day is one that’s dear to my heart as one of my best friends […]

Couple's Stories

By this point, you probably realize that planning a wedding is a lot of work! As soon as you get the hang of planning, it’s over and you’re married!   As someone who has been there and felt that struggle (and as a photographer who has seen the good, bad and ugly), I want to […]

Wedding Inspo

As someone who’s just barely stepping out of being considered a “newlywed”, I want to give you some advice from my experience, so you can prepare for what marriage is really like that first year. 01 – Yes, your fights will follow you. This is bad news AND good news. It’s bad news for the […]


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