A recap of 2017

2017 was very busy for me and I didn't blog nearly as much as I would have liked to!  To make up for that, I decided to do a quick recap of some of my favorite images from 2017.  There's a little bit of everything in this post and I also want to take a moment to thank all of the amazing people who invited me to capture little glimpses of their lives this year. 

First up are my friends, Ryan + Jenelle.  I had been daydreaming about doing a greenhouse shoot, so when they asked me about getting some fresh new photos, this seemed like the perfect opportunity!  Jenelle also does some amazing portrait work and you can catch up with her on her site here

I visited Minneapolis for the first time to photograph a beautiful rainy backyard ceremony for Justin + Rachel.  Justin and my husband have been friends since their teenage years, so it was really fun for all of us to be able to catch up and to have an excuse to skip town for a weekend.  I love how intimate this wedding was and how Justin + Rachel took time to hug their family and wedding party as they made their way up to the alter.  They also had perfect quirky moments sprinkled throughout their day like playing rock paper scissors to decide whose vows would be first, having their dog be their ring bearer, and riding away from the reception on a tandem bicycle. 

I had a very sweet family approach me about doing a large shoot this summer while distant members of the family were in from out of town and they also wanted a short casual session of just their boys playing at a lake to get them acquainted with the idea first.  I always love getting candid photos of kids and giving them the opportunity to really be in their element and forget about the camera.  We sat them down for just a minute to grab a few photos of them looking at the camera and then let them play the rest of the time.  These photos ended up being a perfect portrait of boyhood and I just loved it. 

Another great opportunity I had was to photograph two births this year!  Births are always one of my favorite subjects to shoot and both of these moms were so gracious to let me share a handful of these photos here with you. 

Another new favorite kind of session for me to photograph has been children meeting their younger siblings for the first time!  It's so so sweet!

And while we're on the subject of babies, my sister-in-law had a beautiful baby boy this summer!  This was a huge highlight of the year for our family.  Here's some of my favorite images from her maternity session and their newborn session at their home. 

Another super fun bit of work I hadn't done in a while but got to do again this year [and which I always really enjoy!] was blog photography. I took some photos of Kate for The Chic Series; she's incredibly photogenic and I love seeing what kind of outfits she puts together. 
(Also, I loved it so much I totally bought the Madewell shirt in this first photo within two weeks of our shoot!)

My friend Shirah also launched a blog this year, and I was more than happy to do some lifestyle photography for her as well.  Getting to collaborate as friends was a highlight of my year! 

I took some very fresh newborn photos in the hospital for Becky + Dave when they had their first baby girl, Stella, in 2016.  I was thrilled to find out they were expecting again and I got to take some very similar hospital newborn photos of their brand new baby girl, Audrey. 

I also got to take photos of two of my favorite girls, Margot + Goldie!  I took photos of Margot meeting Goldie in the hospital, and then we did a sweet little at-home newborn session a couple weeks later.  The photo of the two of them in the crib is one of my all-time favorites!  I work with their mom, Heather, and have a running joke that Goldie is my new little intern at the office.  

And I capped my year off right by doing a fun engagement shoot for my friend Katelyn and her fiancé, TJ, at a beautiful Christmas tree farm!  

If you're reading this and you need some fresh photos in 2018, shoot me a message + let's make it happen!

David + Aly

As soon as I pulled into The Providence Cotton Mill and looked around, I knew that David + Aly's wedding was going to be one of my favorites!  They picked this beautiful mill to get married in, and it was full of warm textures and made the perfect backdrop for their ceremony and reception.  They had so many beautiful details woven throughout their wedding and really created the perfect atmosphere.  David + Aly were such an amazing couple to photograph and I loved having the opportunity to document their day.  I also photographed this wedding with my friend, Jenelle Southwell, and you can check out more photos on her blog here

Justin + Torre

Last month I photographed a beautiful wedding for my dear friends, Justin + Torre, whom you will probably recognize from the engagement photos I posted.  The weather forecast predicted rain for the entire day of their wedding, so the night before their wedding and the morning of, I was frantically searching every Target in Charlotte for clear umbrellas to use for their photos.  Everyone had been praying all week that it wouldn't rain for their wedding, and the forecast suddenly changed the day of their wedding and it stopped raining by late morning just in time to have the most perfect weather for their outdoor ceremony. 

Justin is an incredibly talented photographer as well, so I was so honored that he and Torre trusted me to document such a special day in their lives.  I usually try to keep my blog posts short and concise, but I couldn't narrow down these photos any further because I have so many favorite moments and images from this wedding.  Justin + Torre had one of the largest wedding parties I have photographed, and it was so apparent throughout their wedding weekend that each and every one of those groomsmen and bridesmaids have played a huge role in their lives.  Torre wanted a first look with her dad, which I tried very hard not to cry during so that I could get photos without my hands shaking.  I did, however, cry like a baby during the father-daughter dance, as usual.  I could go on and on, but I'll just let all of these images speak for themselves.  Congratulations Justin + Torre! 

Josh + Heidi

My friend, Jenelle, and I traveled to Asheville, NC last weekend to photograph Josh + Heidi's beautiful wedding. They got married at the NC Arboretum, which has a really gorgeous greenhouse that we got to use for some of the photos, which was a real highlight for me. I could tell Heidi spent a lot of time planning all of the pretty details of this wedding and it made it so fun to photograph.  I loved having the opportunity to work with my friend Jenelle again and this was the second wedding we have photographed together (the first one is right here!).  Here's a few highlights from their day, and you can view more on Jenelle's blog as well!