When time photographing God’s people is quiet encouragement to my soul. When being with a father and mother who love their children deeply, well and to the glory of God is a balm to my feeble motherhood. That’s what this image helps me to remember.
For Jill, may it be the joy she has found in her call. An encouragement for the days when loving and leading 5 souls well, must certainly be tiresome. May we all learn where her joy comes from.
On one of the first crisp fall days, Tracy and Adam were married under an old shade tree at the beautiful Hermitage Farm in Goshen, Ky. Such a fun and gorgeous location where everyone was able to prepare in the historic home before. There was even a beautiful white horse and cart that drove Tracy up to the end of the aisle. So sweet.
After their personal ceremony filled to the brim with sweet friends and gracious family, we made some portraits around the farm. The guests were busy playing corn hole, enjoying various southern hors d’oeuvres and listening to the strings play on the porch. Once we wrapped up with a few funny images to celebrate Adam’s love of disc golf, they joined their guests for dinner in the tent.
We all enjoyed a beautiful sunset followed up by some excellent dancing entertainment. Tracy’s dance with her father included their whole bridal party and involved a little snippet of thriller. Quite a thrill! Such a jot to spend a beautiful Saturday on a gorgeous farm celebrating two folks who have waited for this day with great anticipation over quite a long while. Enjoy!
This fall has been good to me. I’ve gotten to work with some of my most favorite people on earth, the Meurers included. Ashley was a college roommate who has grown to be one of my best friends – and much of that thanks to our little people – we got to be pregnant at the same time and she and Will were of the first to meet our sweet Truman at the hospital.
Since their births, her boy has grown and grown, catching up in size with Truman and they are the funniest, same-sized playmates. Shooting these was the funniest mess. Truman wanted to ride G’s tractor, then he wanted to push it – they were running all over talking about the cats and cows. Will was busy throwing leaves to keep the giggles coming, while Ashley and I were just trying to keep curious kids away from the street.
I love most about these images that they are just like hanging out with these sweet people. Full of joyful moments, real living and just easy-being. If you know them or have ever interacted with Will and his farm, you know what I mean. Love that I get to tag along through the seasons and make images for friends and new friends. So good.
So much love for this sweet little family and double the excitement as her milestones are always just a bit behind our own son’s. So fun to do life alongside friends who were married near us, pregnant about the same time and celebrating babies together.
Little Rose is such a sweet one. She’s busy blowing kisses, sharing giggles and being just sassy enough. I’m still so impressed with the pumpkin her Dad carved for her photo opp and I LOVE the chalkboard with her details on it. So wish I had done this and so glad they’ve got all the info alongside her images. Enjoy!
For some time I’ve offered a garden wedding that covers just a few hours for weddings with a handful of guests and this day is exactly why. So much fun to celebrate in a quiet and gentle – yet no less exciting and gorgeous – manner.
Ben and Kristin were wed on a misty afternoon, in a garden at their newly purchased farm in Simpsonville, Ky. They were married by a friend, celebrated by family and spent some time making portraits with me and the chickens. Ben’s daughter was the flower girl and their grandparents watched from the window, staying out of the cold. The kiddos played around the bonfire and even found a teeny snake. Others climbed into the tree house and looked over the front pasture’s rolling hill.
Every bit was marked by an easy simplicity and a simple joy. Loved meeting their people and super LOVED Kristin’s braid. Enjoy!
Shane and Leigh chose to travel from their Los Angeles home to be married and celebrate at Shane’s childhood, Kentucky home. Enjoyed so many pieces of their early fall wedding, but it was easiest to love the way they bring joy to one another. I overheard a guest thanking them later in the evening for not just having a fun wedding, but one where love and the joy of their relationship was palpable. Really, really was spot on.
I started the day off by photographing the tail end of the ladies being prepare by Dawn Phillips Makeup Artist and crew. As soon as the ladies were ready, we headed out for the sweetest first look. Shane was beside himself seeing Leigh in her gown. So sweet to see a few tears shed by a groom over his stunning bride.
Married by their friend, Shane and Leigh wrote their own vows and literally laughed and lived deeply through the whole ceremony. No nervous faces or super-seriousness here – just a lighthearted tone set by bluegrass music, joyful friends and truthful words. Even a secret shared during those vows.
They ended the night with fireworks, cupcakes and lots of laughter during toasts and tons of dancing with their friends. Shane and Leigh, thanks for kicking off my fall lineup so well. Thanks for being a joy to your friends and for valuing your family so well amongst your celebration. Enjoy!
It’s been a little quiet around here as October is a month for making many, many pictures. Excited to share so many wonderful moments from Shane and Leigh’s wedding very soon.
These sweet friends: Melissa is a wonderful mother and kind friend while Josh is one joy of a guy. And I love most that their boys are little reflections of both their personalities – both so busy and full of life but each tender and sincere.
Through our seasons of friendship I’ve gleaned much from their patience in parenting, generosity in friendship and general faithfulness. So fun to watch them parent boy babies, all grown up into kiddos. May it be known Josh was one champ of an entertaining and imaginative Dad to get kiddos where I needed them amongst an open field. Hope these images exude the warmth and joy that the the Settles, themselves, are overflowing with. Enjoy!
If you’ve been around long, you know I so treasure clients who invite me into their lives over the span of time. Such a gift to me to be able to photograph family moments as life turns.
LOVED walking into Jennifer and Jon’s new home and feeling a sweet peace there. Surely some of that is part of expecting a babe and the rest that comes with getting settled into a new house – but it was such a gift to see and feel the ease and warmth that’s grown over the years of visiting with them. Doesn’t Jen just look like she walked out of a Better Homes & Garden’s maternity session?
Favorite part of the whole session was making images of the cutest pregnant lady in Tripp’s nursery when Jon walked in and instantly told his sweet bride that she looked SO beautiful. And she really did. Gorgeous, peaceful and expectant. Looking forward to photographing baby Tripp as he spends his early days at home with his family in their light-flooded home. Excited to see Jen and Jon with two boys, soon. Enjoy!
Best Monday morning I’ve had in a while started at Mulberry Orchard with beautiful Maggie Ann and her sweet Momma. Maggie was so cheery the whole time, despite cooler temperatures and wet grass.
LOVED that this wooden horse was included – Maggie Ann’s late maternal grandpa made it for her mother. Heirlooms certainly make my heart sing. And 6-months is really my most favorite baby-age to photograph. Everything is funny, they’re so giggly and proud of their limited mobility skills, yet not moving too quickly to be disinterested. Enjoy!
Last week, I got to meet up with Gretchen and her baby Jax at the park. A sweet and generous friend gifted her a mini at a baby shower (love this idea!) and we got to make use of it at Red Orchard. Love the leaves and the fall colors with Jax’s little man outfit. He was such a sweet, easy baby. A little skeptical of me from time to time, but always smiling for his Momma. Enjoy!
A couple years ago I got to photography Brody’s family before he arrived and I’m so, very excited to photograph him next month with his brothers and family. He’s a sweet, teeny, cuddly joy to Livia and Brad. Such a good baby, just sleeping in his swing when I arrive and kept happy through the very end. So fun to photograph these teeny babes in their first two weeks. Enjoy!
In two and a half weeks, it’s been 6 years since Lizzie Loo opened our office on Sixth Street. We blocked off the street, served local wine and desserts underneath string lights. Lewis Mathis was there. He entertained our guests and was awesome at setting the scene for a fun night of celebration. He even opted to be paid in pictures, which was such a help to me after renovating this old place.
Since then, he and Noelle’s two oldest sons have graduated and moved out into the real world, if ya will, but these three beauties are still at home, so we got together to make some portraits. Better late than never! First things, first – can we just talk about how every single person in these images has vivid blue or blue-green eyes. Color me jealous. I’m sure you’ll agree that their girls are gorgeous and all that light blond hair paired with the sweet backlight in our neighborhood was just perfect. The Mathis’ live just around the corner and I’ve been envisioning porch pictures for quite while. Enjoy!
We met up on one of those first-almost-fall evenings and got to wander around Blackacre nature preserve, making sweet images of Alex and Maggie. Love what a joy he Alex is to her and how he really kept us both laughing. Also SO in love with these plaids and the way they make these images feel extra cozy. These feel like a still cross between the end of summer and the promise of cozy. A little foreshadowing to their winter wedding, but you’ll have to hang around a few months to see that in its fullness.
Excited for Maggie, who I’ve known much longer than Alex – only met him right before the first click of my camera – to have found a sweet fella to join her in her adventuring. Looking forward to a sweet time of rejoicing with these two, this winter. Enjoy!
Oh, I so LOVE one-year sessions after a maternity photo start and documenting the steps in between. I feel like little Jackson is my pal and it’s a triple bonus that I so enjoy his parents and he reminds me of my own boy. Has been fun to do a little life alongside Jona and Josh and this cake smash session was so fun.
Jackson was so sweet and a good measure shy. We made these images at the park and despite there being a giant cupcake in front of him, he was deeply involved in watching the lawnmowers buzz around us. It took a little coaxing, but he was soon happily covered in icing. Love that Jona rolled with my cake suggestion – I always forget how fun these are. Enjoy!
Little Whitley and her family met me on a beautiful night in Finchville. We employed some bubbles in an effort to get smiles out of a skeptical babe and she even brought her favorite birthday gift along – a balloon! Oh, the simple life of littles.
The sun was glowing and enveloping and as you’ll see, we got a stellar sky at the end. So fun to meet Heather and Dewayne’s little girl. She’s such a joy to her people and I’m just obsessed with her little lady clothes – sweet leggings, teeny jean jackets and headbands. Love these!
Wild and free, is this little Vann. He just passed his second birthday and is running right through life. They Lancasters were in for the weekend from the windy city, to visit their family and I’m glad we could get our schedules aligned to make these images.
Sweet and quite giggly, Vann was easily enticed by running and playing with his Dad, getting flipped over by his Momma and the freedom of an open field. I met up with Tory and Mallori to a closed Blackacre and they gladly location changed – I’m SO glad we found an overgrown field just near Beckley Station. The grass was too tall for the busy little guy to stand, so he quickly reverted to cuddles, giggles and giving love. Such a joyful session that will surely give you the wise fuzzies. Lancasters – thanks for braving the heat and the mosquitoes!
Fall is just as busy a season around here as you’d assume – but so many beautiful images of sweet moments being made. If only I had all the extra minutes in the world to post each little treasure here, I so would! This little peek for your Monday afternoon. Now that I’m a Momma to one sweet little guy, a great motivation for my work is making images that are little bits of energy and joy to look back on when the mothering is hard and the whining is never-ending. This certainly is one that can bring any Momma back to a level place amidst busy toddler wildness. Enjoy!
Summertime means senior time and while my schedule doesn’t allow as much space for seniors as it once did, I so enjoy each that I get to photograph. Even more so when the senior is someone I’ve gotten to know and watch grow a bit. Hadley may look familiar to you, as I’ve photographed both her older sister and cousin’s wedding in recent times – but I love, love this girl’s spunk.
Hadley is obviously a beautiful, little model-girl, but so warm and fun to be around. We had a sweet little Saturday morning hopping all around downtown Shelbyville making images, changing clothes in the car and sharing stories. Hope these images speak to Hadley’s spirit and kindness. Enjoy!
Such an honor to squeeze in one last Keeneland session with William and Marielos before the Breeder’s Cup completely consumes the racecourse grounds. One recent Friday afternoon they arrive to Lexington from DC, where they live and will celebrate being married this very weekend. Such a fun time getting to know them, meeting their sweet dog, Violet and daughter, Gaby. Fun to include them, too, in images at one of William’s most favorite places on Earth.
Early this spring William reached out after seeing a few past client’s images from Keeneland and we chatted about his affections for this grand place, I often take for granted – here in our own backyard. He certainly knows far more of the history of the grounds and grandstand, but that doesn’t keep us all from appreciating its grandeur. Love these sweet moments and gorgeous images that both William and Marielos will surely cherish as they walk into their marriage! Enjoy!
Sweet Rachel and Wes were married earlier this year at First Baptist Church in Shelbyville, Ky. I adored that she chose to get ready in her family’s funeral home. Before you get skeptical about that, just check out these images. Shannon’s has been in their family for 150 years and the front of the home is just a beautiful, old house. So sweet to make portraits in a place where there family has so faithfully served our community and it was gorgeous, to boot.
I really enjoyed the joy of their day. The sweet event of marrying off the first of your daughters, rejoicing amongst friends and being married by someone close to the family. I also quite enjoyed getting to know Wes and Rachel’s friends more throughout the day. She’s been a dear friend to me for a few years, but I missed out on her dating days – so seeing Wes’s encouraging ease with Rachel and her people was refreshing. He was always near to lend a hand, got a bit quiet and nervous before their first look and shed a few tears when he saw his bride. Loved that.
As for Rachel, she was ever the picture of poise. Always greeting folks with a smile and an interested word about each person, as is her family’s way. She looked amazing and so classic in her gown. This was definitely a wedding where I needed my tissues to keep photographing after her walk down the aisle and had to trust my skills to make images when I was too teary to see clearly.
Their reception at Gallrein Farm’s really transformed the space and made it into an elegant, yet comfortable gathering for all their family and friendly. Was certainly a great transformation for the pavillion to get all dolled up. I also just adore the farm’s options for making portraits. So many great spaces and that glowly, early spring light. Worth checking out, future brides!
Josh and Haley are sweet friends to us. You may recognize Haley from these portraits back in the day. She’s what I like to call, Leila’s other mother. Really! She’s spent many an hour hanging in my office and homes and so graciously caring for my Leila-dog while I was away at various times. And on one of those evenings in the office there may have been a little meandering through twitter when she found Josh’s twitter account. At the time, he was on a study abroad in Australia, but he seemed to fit Haley’s husband wishlist and he lived just a few miles across the county. So we can go ahead and give the Lizzie Loo office a little credit for this one. Haha!
After watching our friends be married for a year that included a move to Florida for Josh to attend physical therapy school it’s been a joy to look back on these images. Their wedding day was perfect and just what Haley wished for. A small family ceremony back amongst the trees and a celebration under the big, Bagdad sky on Josh’s family farm. So sweet to see their grandparents and parents witness their nuptials and even sweeter to watch Haley’s grandfather marry them. So fun for us to witness their marriage on their marriage license and generally be around to make images and be a help: my favorite!
Josh and Haley, we really love y’all and are so proud of the brave things you’ve already done in your married days. You’re such an encouragement to us, have been fun friends to just enjoy life alongside and we are SO looking forward to you living in KY again. You’ve even been very tolerant of my competitive, board game-playing, pregnant days. Ha! Even Truman is pumped, because he quite likes hanging with his Auntie Hay-Hay and Uncle Josh. Love y’all. Enjoy!
Running through some blog re-organization and realized I’ve got a few posts that somehow stayed in drafts, so will be posting some past work in this season of catching up from vacation for me. Love these images of sweet Cruz that we shot at Red Orchard Park. Funny to look back on how little and sweet he was now that he’s a big, walking guy. Enjoy these images from his mini!
That little Gertrude, “Gertie” for short was a bright busybody for our early morning Keeneland session. She started things off with her spunk and quiet corgi attitude – which had us all laughing a bit- thank goodness! Because flirting and pictures at 7:30 on a weekday are a lot to ask of people. But Josh and Ivy really rocked it.
As a wee child, Ivy and I grew up riding the same sort of horses, so it was fun to make these images for she and Josh at another classic Kentucky equine highlight. Lots of connections and familiarly. You really can’t beat the classic look this racecourse has to offer and I really enjoyed their outfit choices that worked well with the overall iconic green scheme of the track.
Also super excited for this wedding this winter, which comes with a promise of more green. Hopefully just as much personality, at their nuptials, as Josh’s corgi cufflink’s and Ivy’s engagement ring that includes an heirloom family diamond. Love that. Loved, too, how easy these two are together. Josh is a quiet encourager who puts Ivy at ease and brings out her laughter and compliments her gentle, yet spunky nature.
Also extremely flattered that they thought of me for this occasion as Ivy is currently doing really neat things while she’s earning a fine arts degree in Michigan. Such a blessing to get to create with other creatives who also appreciate beautiful work…a quality I can recognize because Ivy is a fellow Wes Anderson fan. Flattered all the more. Enjoy!
Loved getting to walk around wonderful Western Kentucky University with two folks who share my appreciation for this sweet place. Like Luke and I, Kelsi and Andy met during their college days on the hill. We need to coin a nickname for couples whose relationships got started under that red towel.
What makes these images so much more fun for me, is before there was any mention of Andy or WKU or college at all, I was friends with Kelsi. Many evenings of having her kick my butt as we ran around (literally) town. Fun times in my office and hanging with other friends in the loft. This, however, was my first time actually meeting Andy for myself and not just through the sweet stories Kelsi’s shared with me. And let me tell ya – it was so fun to hang out with them on a balmy, Kentucky summer evening.
Andy is a sweet encouragement for Kelsi. He’s a little saucy, so as to keep up with her spunk, very kind and talented in her same arena of music. He jokes right along with her while slowing her down a bit. So good for this busy little lady. Loved how much they had one another – myself included – laughing. Getting super excited for their wedding next summer. It’s always joy, doubled, for me to get to make images for friends as they find their love and take a walk down the aisle. Fun, too, to wander around my alma mater and remember life there, while hearing about their life on campus together. Sweet times that hopefully translated in these joy-filled images. Enjoy!
Guys. This was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. Really. You don’t even need to read this post to feel the sincerity in these images we made on the Langley’s Kentucky farm.
Bruce and Karol are just so easy to be with. She’s constantly coaxing a laugh out of Bruce or just being a sweet encouragement to him. Their pup, Chief, just runs about, soliciting laughs as he goes neck deep in the creek or waits for a stick to be thrown. As for Bruce – it all just seems easy going, like he’s at home with Karol. And he’s so in love. I don’t usually have much to say on this….but really, Bruce is smitten with his lady and it’s so apparent time and time again in these images.
The first night we met up to shoot, the sun never peeked out of the clouds, so I mentioned trying for a better day? No problem. Creek had been flooded and was a bit washed out? No problem. Sunflowers weren’t all blooming yet? No problem. Everything’s just easy going and sweet with these two. Hope these images communicate the authenticity of the sweet and simple life they’ve got going.
This sweet lady is dear to me, as she made the cakes for my wedding, from my family’s recipes. Though she’d never say so, she’s got that baking craft down to a refined art. Walks barefoot down the street, doesn’t flinch when the dog comes close to shake and checked on her garden when we walked by. She’s also made of the same sentimental-loving pieces that I am. Which I love. She longs for a fall wedding with zinnias and sunflowers from the farm, an outdoor wedding with a celebration held in a family barn. When we threw around ideas for this session, one of the first things she mentioned was how she and Bruce go play in the creek – so we headed on a walk down the road while she talked Bruce into wading in his bare feet. She could probably talk Bruce into doing just about anything with a smile. As for Chief, he talked us all into wading a little deeper.
Karol’s said she always knew that she’d marry a farmer, and after a couple evenings wandering the farm and wading through tobacco fields with she and Bruce – she couldn’t have picked a better one.
A few years ago – sixth grade, in fact – was where Andi and Christian’s love story begins, that makes a stop – here, at Northeast Christian Church and the Gheen Foundation Lodge for their wedding. It wasn’t until later in high school, that the spark of a relationship took off, but their wedding sure had the fullness that so many long-lived relationships, dp.
So many guests who greeted one another and couldn’t get enough chatting in when it was time to retire to the reception. Their families mesh together so well, as did their friends. They were quick to party, busy and social, family very invested in lots of family portraits. So fun to see folks who have such high regard for their people.
Loved the sunny flowers, the Qboda burrito cake Andi planned for Christian and her commitment to simplicity. Good people, great joy and much recognition of the good God who brought them together. Enjoy this sweet little batch of images – they were so easy to make and so fun to celebrate with!
Spending this Friday morning working in a coffee shop, while my boys are out chasing trains. Just mining for beautiful images amongst Bruce and Karol’s Kentucky farm engagement photos. Y’all. They’re so wonderful. Also. So pumped to have two engagement sessions on my calendar for next week. Because really, the joyful, playfullness and general ease that engagement sessions are – well they’re really such a delight to my creative heart. Enjoy!
This year Kennedy hit the ripe old age of three, so we met up at Lake Shelby and had snacks on a picnic table together. I had the joy of meeting this babe when she was still living in her Momma’s tummy, so seeing year three with her is extra fun. Her sweet little personality keeps bubbling to the top and she’s so interested in twirling in her pretty dresses, snacking on some Pez and hanging out with Daddy. So fun to get to watch the ponytails grow and curl while the conversations become more easy and hilarious. Enjoy!
Sweet Cruz has grown up into a chubby, handsome one-year-old and we had such a sweet time at the park, one early morning. He’s a bit chatty, but more focused on walking. Interested in rocks and looks so much like my own boy that I called him Truman at least 3 times. Sweet, joyful and busy little beauty.
Sweet Lula Ruth is the cuddly, little daughter of one of my longest, bestest friends and I got to spend some time at home with them in Huntsville, Alabama, making family pictures. So fun to be with them at home for a couple days, while Lula’s still little and checking out the world. So fun to also see your bestie become a Mom and walk through this crazy deal at right about the same time. Also. Truman certainly has an excellent wife cantidate in Lula; not that I have any opinions on that at all…
Matthew and Merritt were wed nearly one week ago before their family and close friends at the historic Emmet Logan House in Anchorage, Kentucky.
The wedding fit them so perfectly. Full of family and friends and a joyful ease of celebration, which is a nod to Matthew’s personality. Lots of pink and gold, with bold and bright, southern touches; all of Merritt’s likes on display. All of the children in their families were included, the younger girls even had a choreographed song made up about their ‘Mimi’.
Thankfully this isn’t my first (nor last!) experience with Merritt’s family. If there’s anything I have to say about the Swishers it’s that they love people well and everyone is family. The bonds amongst them were palpable in this day. It can certainly get a bit boisterous and wild at times, but they’re the most enjoyable folks to work with.
Ellie, Merritt’s cousin and maid of honor gifted a book full of hand-written letters from each of the Swisher women. We had a little first look for the young Swisher girls, which didn’t seem to curb the tears they shed during the ceremony. At two separate times, I took a peek at the bridal party during the ceremony and two of her junior bridesmaids were sobbing. So sweet. Merritt’s brother, Marky, was the best man to Matthew and had the most lovely thing to say about marrying his sister off to his best friend. So much joy and history amongst their people.
At a few points throughout the day, we were reminded that this southern wedding was over 7 years in the works. These two high-school sweethearts were a joy to celebrate with, despite the hot and steamy July temps.
Matthew and Merritt, hope ya’ll have had the best honeymoon and that I’ll get to be an honorary Swisher, if only by photographic abilities for many years to come. Will be such a joy to watch your family grow.
Photography: Lizzie Loo Photography
Rentals: Events, LLC
Videography: Daniel Bradshaw
Catering: Upper Crust
Ice Cream Cart: Comfy Cow
Trolley Service: Louisville Trolley Rentals
Typical Wednesday: mining picture-treasures out of the weekend’s mess of moments and beauty. So fun.
Their guests got to dance underneath the stars, taste a variety of southern-themed food, enjoy a bit of small-town city life and soak in the warmth of their Old Kentucky home. Ernest and Elizabeth, both Kentucky natives and University of Louisville grads, met at an Alumni event in New York City where they both live. Their big-city life made Copper & Kings the perfect urban environment for celebrating their wedding.
Elizabeth’s gown and attire choices were fit for a fun, yet classic wedding at Louisville’s Calvary Episcopal Church. So much history and sanctuary-beauty in that church which made her gorgeous veil, fit with a blusher, shine. Her bridesmaids wore various shades of blush, each in their own style – one of my most favorite ideas. And the flower girls were to-die-for in their sequined and gold coordinating dresses.
This wedding was so full of family and friends, from Ernest’s 103-year-old grandmother to the Louisville Cardinal bird making a surprise visit, the event had a deep mark from many facets of their personalities and interests. Love that. Also love that they chose an easy afternoon of getting ready at the Seelbach Hilton followed by a quick trolley ride to the church with all their friends. Made the day so easy for their bridal party and so fun for them to be amongst friends. Enjoy!