In the south, it seems everyone claims any kind of relative as a "cousin." Somehow, we're all cousins of some sort, whether it be actual cousins, or we-have-the-same-last-name-and-its-a-small-town-so-we-must-be cousins. Since the term is so general, I hesitate to use it when I tell folks of my first cousins, Drew & Tyler. There aren't many of us first cousins, and for the most part, we've all grown up together right here on the farm, celebrating every holiday, birthday, and many a Sunday lunch all in my Granny's kitchen. So this past year, when Tyler announced that he'd be joining the Air Force, we were all simultaneously very proud to see him make such a huge step in life and a little sad to know he'd be moving away from us. So a few days before he left for basic training, I went over to his house to take pictures of him with his parents and girlfriend and brother. I love this session, not just because it's my own sweet family, but because I think it's important for families to keep having portraits made together, even when the kids are adults too. By the way, I'm happy to report that, since arriving on base, Tyler has excelled at every task he's been given, and is at the top of his class.
I have such a love/hate relationship with the winter. On the one hand, it's something I look forward to...a time to slow down for a bit, work on some projects I've been putting aside, and catch up on some napping. On the other hand, it's cold outside, and everything is dead and brown. So when I'm missing the greens of spring and summer, I'll just have to revisit some of my sessions, like this one here. Isn't the farm gorgeous in the summer?
Hello, October. Here we are again. That wonderful time of year when the leaves are changing, the air is crisp, and I'm up to my eyeballs in sessions and editing! There are so many lovely weddings to share, plus lots and lots of fun families. Until I have them ready, here's just a few of my own family, when Joshy took Clark for a ride on the lawn mower sometime this summer. Isn't he the cutest?
Sometimes, when it comes to weddings, people will pick my brain for inspiration. They want to know: What makes a great wedding? What they're trying to do is make sure they have all their bases covered when it comes to the details. It's not easy to plan a wedding, and people like to hear about them from someone who's experienced a lot of weddings. But really, a great wedding is all about the people. The best weddings are the ones where the bride and groom are just excited to finally be married, and to tie that knot while surrounded by all their favorite family and friends. Ben & Tiara's wedding was one of those great weddings. They just wanted to celebrate, and while they did have some awesome yellow and gray details, they still kept the focus on family, friends, and fun. Take a look at some of my favorite images from their rustic spring wedding at Samary Plantation in Eagleville.