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Along side my husband of over a decade, I photograph people in love with each other and in love with their lives. We're based in Paducah Kentucky but gladly will go anywhere you want to take us!
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I first met Abbey at her sister Taylor’s wedding back in fall of 2017 when I photograph Taylor and Logan’s wedding at their parents home in Calvert City. I didn’t get to spend as much time with Abbey on that day, understandably so… So man would you believe how stoked I was when a little under a year later, Abbey and Taylor’s (and Jillian’s!) mom emailed me stating that her second daughter was now engaged and they wanted to invite me back to their home for Abbey & Colby’s wedding in the spring! I remember vividly literally jumping for joy at the thought!Fast forward to Abbey & Colby’s engagement session where I finally got to spend time getting to know of these two amazing and perfectly perfect for each other people. Abbey is smart and gorgeous and caring and Colby is so kind and hard working – the what I love the most about these two is how she melts in his arms and how he much he adores her. The way Colby looks at Abbey… he saves that gaze for only her and its a lovely thing to witness. I feel so special that I got to capture it!
It had been threatening to rain all day long but somehow held off until the ceremony started. Thank goodness Katherine & Schubert decided to have a first look or we would have never been able to grab gorgeous bride & groom portraits that were taken not even a half hour before the rain began. Whether a couple chooses to have a first look or not rarely matters to me – I’m open to whatever the couple wants – but I cannot emphasize enough how much having first look can come in handy when you’re faced with tricky Kentucky weather.Other than the weather working out for us on their wedding day back in April, everything on their day just fell into place! Hair and makeup actually ran ahead of schedule, the bridal party arrived on time, and the ceremony ended a few minutes early! Family members were so excited to be included that we finished family portraits in no time and therefore, made it to the reception early! Despite the rain!All of those things make a day run smoothly and is essential zero stress on my end but one thing in particular stuck out to me the most:Katherine’s cousin Parker walked her down the aisle. I had been told of their precious relationship but seeing it in person was another story! Parker was so honored to be that special person for Katherine – he practiced for weeks walking arm in arm with his mom to make sure he would be able to do it perfectly come the wedding day! Katherine and Parker also danced a special dance together at the reception and I’m pretty sure everyone was either tearing up or smiling ear to ear… or both while watching them! Other than when she saw Schubert for the first time during their first look, I don’t think Katherine smiled bigger than during that dance the entire day!
Today I’m blogging an early fall engagement session. It’s a nice break from all the spring engagement sessions I’ve been blogging and will continue to blog lately… Spring, like fall, is chock FULL of engagement sessions and I can’t blame my couples for wanting spring portraits (or me, since I schedule them lol) – both seasons are GORGEOUS for different reasons! In spring, the light is pure and the colors are bright and lights pinky while in fall, the light is warm and the colors are rich. But I’m blogging this fall engagement session today because, in case you hadn’t noticed (new followers may not have), I’m just now getting around the blogging again. I took a year off from blogging to focus on my new baby, my family, and myself, all the while still giving my clients the love they deserve. I wanted to revamp my website and blog (it was a loooonnnng time coming!) but more so, I just needed to regroup. I needed to figure out what life looks like with two kids and a thankfully, successful business. I needed to not burying myself in work every single moment that I wasn’t busy being a mom. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve not perfected that work-life balance yet and I’m sure I’ll hit bumps in the road but I’m entering this new season of life feeling refreshed, invigorated, and ready to show you alllll that I’ve been up to over the past 12+ months. Thanks for sticking around! You won’t be disappointed!!Now, onto THIS blog post – Katherine & Schubert’s engagement session! The first portion of their engagement session took place in Lowertown Paducah, one of my all time favorite portrait locations because there are so many different locations all within walking distance. The session got cut short due to extreme overcast skies and shortly after we stopped shooting, the rain came. Good decision on our part! We picked up with their second outfit at their second location on their back up date. I always schedule a date up date for engagement (and maternity) portraits just in case it rains us out on the first scheduled date. Doing this has saved me and my couples a lot of trouble. Otherwise, it would be a scheduling struggle – me trying to fit the session in somewhere in my already packed schedule and my couples having to find time in their busy lives. Scheduling two separate dates at the beginning just makes it easy on everyone!
Guys so many of you entered this giveaway and it honestly is a bitter sweet thing for me. On one hand I’m honored that so many of you follow along and are interested in working with me. And on the other hand, I’m sad that I can’t give each and every one of you free portrait sessions! I digress….I know you’re all more than ready to hear who won one of the three spots for FOUR portrait sessions: Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2019/2020, and Spring 2020! So without further adieu congrats to the following awesome ladies:
Allow me to introduce Sarah & Reece, one of our October 2019 couples! And also, allow me to introduce Sarah, our new nanny! It’s crazy how life brings people together, am I right???
God brings people together when we least expect it. Have you ever had someone enter your life and thought, “wow, they are just who I needed right now.” God makes that happen! God brought Sarah & Reece together at just the right time and made it so clear to each other that they were meant to be husband and wife. And now, because of their impending marriage, God brought Sarah into our lives just at the right time.
When you pay someone money (a significant amount, no less) to do something as important as capture the most special day of your life, there should be a certain amount of trust that you put into that person. After spending 2+ hours with Sarah (Reece was there too!) during their engagement session, I felt like she would be someone I could trust with me children. I’m crazy excited to spend more time with Sarah in our home, just like I’m excited to spend time with her and Reece on their wedding day!
Natalie and I hit it off in our emails before and during the wedding booking process and we learned that we have SO MUCH in common! For example, I’m Disney World (and plain Disney) obsessed – Natalie worked at Disney after college and she and Reed have been together several times already! That alone would make me love her BUT then Natalie learned that Neil and I had yet to eat at their favorite dining place (outside of Disney!), The Grind in Martin TN, she and Reed took us there for lunch before we ever even got together for their engagement session! The food was yummy but the company was amazing and I could hardly WAIT to get together with them a month later!
Speaking of hardly being able to wait to get together – Natalie & Reed have been doing most of their relationship long distance! Shortly after they started dating, Natalie began working for Disney IN Walt Disney World! Afterward, she moved to Paducah for work while Reed continued his studies in Martin TN. They go back and forth on weekends and steal short trips to Disney (and beyond!) every once in a while and not only is their relationship surviving, it’s thriving!
Spending time with them over the past couple of months has made me realize how blessed I am to be able to do what I do – After their engagement session, I am STOKED to photograph them again at their November wedding but more than that, I’m thrilled to continue spending time with them, however I get to! They are the epitome of an RHP Couple!