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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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These two, possibly in a matter of days, are about to become parents! I first met Samantha & Keaton during their engagement session and later got to work with them for a second time on their wedding day. Getting to work with them a third time AND have it be their maternity session – well THAT’S my dream!!! And these two – they’re going to be the very best parents to sweet Baby Piper! I cannot wait for them to enter this new season!!!
It’s not very common that an engaged couple changes from their formal outfit, after the first half of their engagement session, into a second formal outfit… usually we shoot in one formal outfit and one casual outfit but when it happens I’m giddy! After all, I view the engagement session as something that we don’t do every day and therefore, it’s a formal situation for which you should dress up a tad more than usual. And Maegan & DJ knocked it out of the park with their outfits!!
Maegan & DJ met at Western Kentucky University. She was working the desk in their residential hall when DJ came in with a few mutual friends and they were introduced. DJ claims that she was interested in him first, but Maegan is sure it was the other way around. That little fact didn’t seem to matter because they quickly became an item and 8 yeas later, we shot their engagement session!
WHY do I include a Day After Session for all of my destination weddings? More often than not, the typical destination wedding either costs more money (for obvious reasons) OR you spend the same as a local wedding or less but you have less in attendance. Both reasons lend to the bride & groom wanting to spend more time with their guests because their guests made the journey (and spent the money) for a reason. I want my couples to get everything and more out of their destination wedding experience so instead of keeping them from their guests to capture all of those gorgeous beach portraits – because, face it, that’s one of the main reasons couples want a beach wedding! – I don’t take on more bride & groom portrait time on the wedding day. I include the Day After Session!
For Taylor & Shawn, that meant we got together the evening after their wedding day, chose a beach that was secluded and wide open, and took our time doing portraits. Of course, we took bride & groom portraits on their wedding day but we didn’t want to steal too much time from their guests. AND it was raining during portrait time – even better reason to designate MORE portrait time in their wedding down and suit!
I could not love these images more! Sure, it was a tad more overcast than I prefer and the water was a little brown from all the rain we’d had the day before but despite all that, their portraits turned out beautiful and romantic and THAT’S exactly what you want for this type of session!
Taylor first contacted me mid October of 2017. She was planning a destination wedding in Destin Florida for summer of 2018 and was initially interested in engagement portraits local to Paducah but as a side note, asked if I travel for weddings and what that might look like. UH YEA I DO! And then I proceeded to go into detail about what The Destination Wedding Experience looks like with me.
Fast forward to June 2018. We’d shot their fall and winter engagement session and it was finally wedding time! Neil and I arrived in Destin the day before to get settled in, find the venue, and primarily, make sure that we would be on time by not flying in the morning of the wedding (what would we have done had our flight been delayed??).
This sweet baby boy’s in-home newborn session was much like rest – I photographed all the normal things: nursery details, baby with parents in different settings, and in some cases, baby alone (depending on the type/length of session purchased). But Baby Kason’s newborn session was a special one for a couple of reasons…
I LOVE dogs and Kendra & Kerry’s was allowed in a few – gosh I just love those images! And simply Kendra & Kerry. They’re so special to me! To be the one to photograph them for years and have it lead to photographing the birth and newborn portraits of their firstborn… it’s such an honor. Baby Kason being such a great sleeper and therefore, easy to pose baby was just icing on the cake!
Another two part engagement session – what’s the deal? Well, there are three reasons why an engagement session may be split in two: 1) Weather may force the second portion of the engagement session to be rescheduled, 2) Schedules may require two one hour sessions instead of one two hour session, and 3) A couple may desire two seasons for their session. In Taylor & Shawn’s case, they loved the beautiful fall foliage AND soft cold snow. They wanted both and so, that’s what we did!