Morgan and Andrew Engagement

We absolutely loved doing a last minute engagement shoot with this couple the day before their wedding. I was so excited when Morgan told me she wanted to do the session. When people ask me if they should have an engagement shoot my answer is always yes. Why? There are several reasons, but I'll share two, with you, now. For starters it helps you get to know your photographer. Let's face it, having a camera around your every move can feel awkward. It takes a little time to get used to it and it's best if that time isn't the day of your wedding. The second reason is because your engagement photos will last the test a time a bit longer. I don't mean that your wedding photos won't be amazing and cherished forever. We certainly do everything we can to make sure they will be. But, they are taken in 1-2 locations while wearing the same (plus getting ready outfits) very "event obvious" clothing. What that means is that they are very time specific. In your engagement shoot, you have the opportunity to change locations and outfits to add variety and create a more diverse appearance. With all that said, Morgan and Andrew chose one location that was so meaningful to them and that created a beautiful story that we are so thankful we got to tell. Check it out!

 

Westin's Afternoon

A lot of times, as a professional photographer, I forget to stop and take high quality photos of my life and my son. I end up with a bunch of phone photos which, while phones have come a long way, just aren't the same. For some reason, about 2 years ago (when I was still teaching) I got home one day and decided to just document my son's afternoon. I always wished I had continued photographing all the way until bedtime and this year, I will because, they have turned out to be some of my favorite pictures I have ever taken. I love looking back on the curl in his hair, the way his little legs and big diapered butt still looked so funny in jeans, and remembering how he used to hide behind my easel and knock whatever canvas that was on there, off, so he could use it for his hot wheels cars. They are so honest, they show his personality so well, and they are such a wonderful capture of a time that was so fleeting. This is exactly what is so wonderful about lifestyle sessions. They give you a glimpse back into how exactly life was in that very moment. It wasn't perfect (life never is), but it was absolutely beautiful! They also tend to yield more photos simply because you're just naturally doing life and think about how much variation there is in your movements and actions just going through your day. I vowed, to myself, to do this every year and it's time to do it again. But, here are some of the photos from last year. If this is something you want for your kids, I would LOVE to help you out! Hit that contact tab, at the top of the page, and we'll get started. :)

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