Posts tagged Wedding photographer in Augusta GA
about us series, volume 1

I hate the "About Us" portion of website work, entrepreneurship, promotion, whatever you would like to call it because I basically don't like to talk about myself, hence one of the reasons I like to "hide" behind the camera. Which, when you are a transplant to a community and trying to build a business, brand, and reputation, can cause you some issues. 

So, as we are currently working on a website revamp (I totally realize how bloated and convoluted the site has become, and I am sorry) and I have come to that period in time where I have to formulate the About Us section in a way that is clear and concise (not my strong suit as you will find out), why not use the blog as a way to explore our photography, ourselves, our philosophies, and use it as a tool to tell you a bit more about us and how we view and do what we do. Then, maybe I will be able to condense something down into a quick tidbit suitable for all the website developers that constantly contact me about my "web presence."

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it's not always going to be perfect...

...and that's ok.  Sometimes Rachel get's a bee in her bonnet to shoot a non-commissioned session.  She got a new bit of makeup, a new hairstyle she wants to try out, a new dress she found, or maybe someone from church who's hair she's been eyeballin' or face she want's to try that new makeup on.  This photo session with Susannah would nicely fit into several of those categories.  But as you may know from the previous blog post, I often don't like to repeat myself when it comes to a session, so what do I do when I have my pick of locations for a session with a client who is along for the ride?  Well duh, how about behind the Big Lots and Home Depot parking lot?  Isn't that what you were thinking?!?

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Evans GA Portrait Photography: In full swing

There are only two days of March left, and wedding season is in full swing. 

Formal hairstyling isn't for everyone, and I used to be terrified of it. Seven and a half years ago I worked in a large spa/salon in the Augusta area, where many a girl would schedule her whole wedding preparations. Unknowingly, 4 of those formal styles would end up on my book. The impending doom of such a Saturday would beat upon me all week long. I woke up with severe anxiety on said morning, stuffing bites of chicken biscuit into a stomach filled to the brim with butterflies. I would stand behind a girl with a comb, bobby pins and a prayer, struggling to knot up loose tendrils into some sort of configuration. Standing back from my creation, I scrutinized: "it's up." 

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Augusta GA Wedding Photographer: Michelle and Seth

Prior to these moments, I treasured two crumpled images.

Michelle and I were raised in an age without cell phones, and especially selfies. We weren't able to daily afflict the world with traffic light snapshots of our flannel, Docs, and acne (and this is a good thing). We slathered glitter over every inch of our exposed body, donned baby barrettes in our freshly bleached hair, and pored over the new Delia's catalog as we listened to both parent-approved and unapproved music. We shared each other's closets, and took each other's brothers to prom. We gave each other both wise and horrible advice as we navigated boys, school, and church. We were good friends for nearly a decade.

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Augusta GA Wedding Photographer: Sharon and John

Sharon and John receive the award for the most laid back couple ever. Their wedding was void of pretension, as the couple had every guest laughing at some of the most solemn of times. They even viewed the rain as a way of cooling down what could have been a sweltering July Saturday.  We are grateful for Sharon and John, and are inspired by a love that just seems easy. 

We hope you enjoy a look through their special day, as much as we enjoyed being a part of it. Love and best success to the happy couple!

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Augusta GA Wedding Photographer: Tim and Jen Throwback

I am grateful.

I have two brothers I love. We get along brilliantly, care deeply for each other, and encourage each other in our successes and failures. One is kind, and somehow never traded in his boyish giggle for a real laugh. He is the kind of man to whom small children and puppies flock. His words are sincere, and his heart is fleshy. He lives far away, but it feels like he lives next door. Always available- that is my Frankie. 

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Rosemary Inn Wedding: Sandy & John Part 2

Here is the second installment of Sandy and John's beautiful wedding. Again, the wedding was held at The Rosemary Inn, and the cake you see below is from my friend at Beyond Usual Cakes in Appling, GA. The officiant was Brent Garrard from In Focus Church. Rachel was not responsible for hair and makeup this time, but we agree that Sandy looked brilliant. 

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Rosemary Inn Wedding: Sandy and John Part 1

It is so easy to force a wedding celebration. Don't get us wrong, we understand that love rules in the vast majority of weddings; and that the end result is always the same- "happily ever after." But so many wedding venues start as blank canvases. Every weekend craft-happy girls, curators of vintage furniture, florists, and anxious brides-to-be bring in truck loads of treasures, tchotchkes, and finds. Every bride hopes that in the end their themes will ring true; that blank walls will brag of pin-worthy vignettes, and that in the end they can relax and have a wedding. 

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Evans GA Wedding Photographer: Melissa and Matt Part 2

And here we are for part 2 of Melissa and Matt's wedding. As she sits in my salon chair this week for the inevitable post-wedding whack, it will great to reminisce about recent history. 

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Evans GA Wedding Photographer: Melissa and Matt

A few weeks ago we introduced you to the delightful Melissa. Full-time friend, encourager, mentor, leader, and softball coach; Melissa married Matt on a stormy Saturday afternoon earlier this month. 

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Augusta GA Wedding Photographer: Melissa's Bridals

In the case that you don't know her, let us assure you. To know her is to deeply admire her, and to have just met her is to like her a whole, whole lot. She is instantly warm, impassioned, and entirely hopeful. 

So in the case that you are not literally joining us right now as we honor this woman and her groom, celebrate her as you look this afternoon or after. And know there is not a soul more worthy of your well-wishing.

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Augusta GA Wedding Photographer: Kellie and Will Part Two

As promised, here is the second installment of Kellie and Will's wedding images. Enjoy!

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Evans GA Wedding Photographer: Kellie and Will Part One

Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Collins...

We traveled to Blairsville, Georgia for Kellie and Will's wedding. Clouds hung over mountain vistas as rain threatened the event, but the skies were generous and held back their downpour long enough for us to have a party. 

We invite you to journey through that indelible December day as we celebrate the marriage of two of the most lovely people one could ever meet. Here is part one.

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Engagement session in North Augusta: Will and Kellie

There was not an afternoon sillier than this...

What we received earlier this month from Kellie and Will was an education. Did you know there is a song about checking someone for ticks? Like, for real? It is a country song, of course.

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Augusta GA Wedding Photographer: Calye & Spencer

The indomitable passion of Calye and Spencer was something to behold, something that Rachel and I will always remember and smile about when thinking of this wedding.  It simply was beautiful.  From the engagement session at Enterprise Mill to the wedding here at The Barn at Perry's Landing, we had the chance to be a part these passion filled events and consider ourselves blessed.   And it is with that passion that we share these particular photos today, the ones that show us how much fun a wedding can be when you just simply let your love run the day.

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Augusta GA Wedding Photographer: Steven and Stephanie

And they are off... husband and wife, on their way to Cancun or some other exotic destination. Putting a wedding together is such a journey, and for most the research, crafting, and prepping is so much that inevitably at some point during the day a bride and groom long for this moment of completion. 

And one would think that on this day when the rain was almost relentless, Stephanie and Steven would be no exception. We started at 9:00am at a friend's house, and despite the deluge I never heard a negative word from Stephanie's mouth. Today she was not longing for the resolution, but she was going to enjoy every minute until the last second passed.  

So here are Steven and Stephanie, and their party of twenty. Enjoy these images as these two partied all day long.  

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Evans GA Wedding photographer: Chris and Elethia

I have a Saturday morning routine. After waking up and having breakfast (oatmeal with fresh cherries and maple syrup these days), I take a moment to think. I think about my day, and how it might be pretty normal. I think of how I will drive to work, cut some hair, and eat a lunch fresh from the microwave. After work I might head to the gym, or give up and go home to comfy pants, a husband and a cuddle bug. We would talk a bit, watch some TV, and... well- you get the picture. 

And then, over the same breakfast I think about how for some girls, this Saturday will be anything but mundane.  

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Simple knotted updo: Formal hair in Augusta GA

Good morning, everyone! It has been a long, busy week, but I hope you will find these tutorials useful either today or in the future!

This last tutorial is a full-on updo. First, I set my hair with a 1" barrel curling iron. This one, curling away from my face...

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A bit about blush... wedding makeup in augusta, ga

'Tis true, I have a thing for makeup. I wouldn't call it an "obsession;" but as I have chosen it for a profession, I do have more than the average girl. 

Perhaps people imagine me with makeup coming out of everywhere: individual pots of shimmer and sheen that travel with me always. Although I am bogged down with more blue eye shadow than a girl could ever need, I really don't care to bring much with me when I go to a gig. For instance, I know that the likelihood of a bride wanting a heavy swipe of my Nars Arabian Nights Trio is slim at best, so I don't bother to bring it. 

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Portrait Studio in Augusta, GA: On Beauty

But how much does all of this have to do with beauty? When I surveyed some of my friends, very few of them mentioned anything about physicality. Most of them, in fact, responded with more ambient qualities such as “contentment,” “strength,” “poise,” or “the way a run makes me feel.” If these answers are honest, then what is going on in my chair? How are we supporting our family with this “beauty” profession? 

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