Each time I visit the Ways, I so enjoy seeing their little boys and working in their beautiful home. This visit was no exception and was even a bit more fun as both boys are busy and have plans of their own. Such a sweet challenge to get little smiles and conversations out amidst their busyness. Never a challenge to work in their home, that overflows with intention and beauty. They even sent me home with a bursting bag of jalapeños from their garden. Love it! Enjoy!
Let me introduce you to some of our dearest friends: Tony, Lindsey and Brynn. First time I met them was at their wedding. Yep. Not a word spoken before I walked in to see Lindsey get dressed. Pretty fitting, as I think about it, because they’re the friends we’ve done real life with. We’ve showed up with candygrams left for Linds when Tony was deployed, we’ve watched COPS for way too many hours on a annual Veteran’s Day DC trip, plotted for our kids to marry and talked through a bucketful of high times and low periods.
When they said they’d be in Kentucky – all 3- and want to make some pictures, I was jazzed to give a little back of what they’ve given us: sweet memories. Then, as the Lord had it, Lindsey’s sister would be passing through with her boys as they headed to meet up with her love in their new Colorado home and could we also add in the grandparents before all the grandkids were spread further across the country? Absolutely! Pair all that with a little rain and we ended up hanging out in a sweet tobacco barn to document how life feels, with who was near. I love the sweet simplicity of these documents of a sassy toddler and fall togetherness. Enjoy!
If you’re a Momma, you know that wrangling more than zero children into doing what you’d like, at the appointed time you’ve chosen is essentially nuts. Sweet Jenna and Gabe have a quiver full of littles and they were such a joy to coax into mingling with the help of our dear friends: gummy and bear. Really. I quite enjoy the challenge of finding the right balance of hug your sister and don’t choke your brother too much.
I’ll also never tire of hearing little hearts answer my questions about their people. I loved hearing little Eleanor say that the best parts about her parents are the time they spend playing with her, together. Busy Teddy John was chatting it up about the tractors and construction equipment across the field while cuddly Finn was just glad to be full and rolling around in some grass with family. Hope these sweet images are a dear and real reminder of this often intense, yet rich season. Enjoy!
We met up on an overcast evening just before the light dropped. Little Whitley and I had a few chats, she poked at some crickets and shared her little heart with the wind while rocking in her little, white seat. Love that these feel like hanging out with her. Love this sweet age of confusing conversations, smiles that feel like they come straight from her heart and the way those baby hairs twist around. Winsome Whitley.
Fall weddings are some of my favorites, because visually, the nature can’t be beat. SO much color, but add in a blush gown, one ginger fella and a crew of folks who danced for a solid 3 hours? Amazing!
Emily was such a delight to work with. From our first meeting, she’s been so content and chill, yet super peppy about the parts of their wedding that cared for others like awesome cake and a donut tree – so good, y’all. Once I met Jeff at their engagement, my already excited heart got triple pumped because they just have this deep, steadfast joy together. They’re the first to hop on the dance floor for a song, were constantly cracking jokes with one another and were always including more and more folks in their fun.
We started the day with the girls getting ready at Emily’s Uncle’s gorgeous house. Soon, the boys arrived to wrap up getting ready and we all wandered down the lane to a sweet tree line for their first look. I just love doing first looks somewhere the couple can revisit – Luke and I often reminisce when we pass the place we saw one another; a little gift that keeps giving.
From there, we headed to the ceremony and reception site which was just beyond. The light, the trees, the soybean field – all of it – was glorious. Their sweet ceremony had the most gorgeous light flooding a beautiful arbor covered in flowers. In true Franklin fashion, these two joyfully bounded down the aisle as husband and wife, pausing to dance a little, which was a foretaste of the evening to come.
After some Somorset BBQ, a full moon photo or few and a handful of hellos, they cut the cake and then got to cutting a rug for three. whole. hours. And the dance floor had no less than 10 people on it at ALL times. I so enjoyed their willingness to celebrate. Once everyone was good and glistening from all that dancing, the guests gathered up and sent the couple off with sparklers. I love that these images have a bold warmth about them. They’re rich with the connection and joy that are the trademark of Jeff and Emily’s friendships. Love y’all, love these. Enjoy!
Love these sweet updates for Katherine and Claire. So much fun to get to see these little girls growing and to see how pretty and big Claire is growing to be since I saw her in her first couple weeks of life. Enjoy!
LOVED seeing these two hilarious brothers with beautiful Maggie Ann. Owen is such a spunky guy with personality for miles while older brother, Chase is cool, calm and easy going. That little Maggie is a curly-headed spitfire in her own right – but not without a heavy dose of charming joy. Enjoy!
On one of the first cool evenings I met up with Seth and his sweet Momma in LaGrange. They picked the awesome City Place to do photos and I’m so glad they did. Such a fun and modern addition to LaGrange, Ky. that I always forget about. I think we knocked out a bunch of sweet images in a that short amount of time. I’m really loving minis for seniors, especially guys, these days. We can get so much done!
Kelsi and Andy’s wedding day started off with amazing weather for July. This year’s July 4th weekend was all but a washout, except for a beautifully cool and bright, overcast Saturday. Kelsi and her ladies started the day preparing at Shelby Hills Farm. I just loved her shoes and her gown, from Twirl Boutique.
Before things got to going, we were able to make some portraits of both the ladies and the gentlemen up in the gorgeous open field Shelby Hills boasts. After everyone was tucked away and ceremony ready, their pastor prayed for everyone via phone so all could participate without the groom seeing his bride. The flower girls and ring bearer were ready to march down the aisle, followed by the bridal party and family – all in a quiet build for Kelsi to walk down the aisle, arm-in-arm with her father. Andy’s ear-to-ear grin was a joy to see and how about Kelsi’s sweet glances in his direction all ceremony long? Love it.
After the two were wed, we enjoyed a good bit of time for portraits and headed into the reception. Guests enjoyed the meal and prepared for all the yummy flavors of cake. If I’ve said it once, I’ll say it one zillion times: I love when brides choose to do a cutting cake and a variety of other desserts or cakes. But you must also know my love language is probably cake and their chocolate rendition fit the bill.
Being July 4th weekend, the couple’s sparkler exit was fitting and even was highlighted by fireworks the neighboring folks were setting off. Kelsi and Andy, can’t wait to see you grow as you love one another and give your lives in service to our children through the school systems. You are both such special folks. Thankful for your friendship, thankful Andy has just enough sass to compete with you, my sweet friend. Enjoy!
Biggest thanks, too, to Whitney of Whitney Lee Photography who was so much more than just a help to my very pregnant self at this wedding. Many of these great images are hers, too, and she joyfully completed all crawling, squatting and rolling around in the grass required to serve these folks well.
First things first: I love this session! We got the most gorgeous weather to photograph the Evans family at Old Blue Ribbon Farm in Eminence, Ky. This lifestyle session was a combo pack of lots and all of it wonderful. Jill has this sweet Dodge Dart and Shasta trailer that she rents (!!) and from the minute she told me about this combo and her quilt collection that she’d be bringing along, I knew we were a perfect match.
You’ll see a bunch of family images, a handful of images that include Jill’s parents (her father manages the farm and a handful of connected properties! BONUS: they are a gorgeous venue for weddings, so check that out, brides) and many photos of her oldest, son, who is a senior. Aside from loving the venue, I loved all the different avenues and things to photograph. Her son, Clay, is a fisherman so we incorporated his boat and fishing stuff near to the pond, too. We worked in both of the gorgeous white barns and around the main house. So much whitewash made my heart so glad!
When it came to Jill’s immediate family photos with the Shasta and Dart, I LOVED all the quilts she brought along. You may have noticed her sewing studio, Stash, on Bardstown Road. My most favorite quilt of all was the one she sits next to when we made portraits of her inside the renovated trailer. Each square is a little trailer – so great! And did I mention that she restored and decorated that gem of a camper by herself? Love it!
Today is a dreary Thursday. A Thursday filled with busy hustling as I work to complete the last of my work before we welcome our baby home some time this month. My list includes a lot of normal editing tasks and one: ‘Quire 2011 photos’. To be honest, I’ve put off the request for a few months, because it involved grabbing hard drives that are stored away and poking around on them to find images – much easier than the giant task that my brain makes it out to be.
In 2011, Rural King asked for some local farmer photos. I didn’t have any from our area so I called up some client-friends and asked if I could chase them around a handful of fields. They obliged and I ran around with a stuffy nose the rest of the week because I wasn’t prepared for the dust. Nothing came of the images, mostly because the king’s budget was ‘free’ and well….they couldn’t even toss in some popcorn, so that ended that. The images have sat on my harddrive for 5 years. Untouched. I had sent the farming family an image or two afterwards to thank them for the trouble. Thought about it, well….never again.
Until last summer when I photographed Karol and Bruce’s engagement. While we waited for Bruce to change clothes she asked about them. Because her Daddy was ill and it was, indeed, his family that welcomed me out to their dusty fields. A few months later, he passed away. A few months after that Karol married her own farmer and mentioned the pictures again. On this quiet, overcast Thursday, I pulled them back out, expecting to just send over the one I remember printing, but there were a basketful of them.
So this morning, when I’m tempted to find my job trivial, I’m reminded of all the images I passed along this year. Some to a little boy whose father passed away suddenly, the 3 children who lost their mother to suicide who I photographed 9 years ago, too – and for free, as they were newly adopted and that’s my quiet gig. It has always blessed me so much more than I could plan for to give images that help kiddos solidify their place in their forever family. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are my quiet favorites, too: because I get to hop on social media and read all the tales you post about the folks who raised you – and I get to review treasure after treasure in the images of your weddings and portraits we made together. All sweet reminders in this tired season that there is purpose here past the showing up at the park, all the emails, the laziness that tells me pulling hard drives and being organized it too much work.
There is sweet joy in life, remembered. May I remember that when I feel too tired to walk to the closet for my film camera to photograph my own people. To my sweet clients of the past 11 years – thank you for letting me stand nearby when life is whirring about. It continually blesses and forms me. Looking forward, filled with joy, to the list of folks I get to spend time with this year and in years to come.
These two sweet people were wed one Friday evening this spring. I LOVE so much the blush and light blue tones as well as Ellie’s fantastic hair. Such a treat to shoot and as you know, I love the Swishers and so enjoy being around their families. You’ll recognize Ellie’s matron of honor, from her wedding last summer and a bunch of their guests, too!
The afternoon got started when Ellie slipped on her dress in the gorgeous tobacco barn at Red Orchard Park. Mackenzie arrived with his groomsmen, adjusting bow ties and greeting family up until he and Ellie shared their first look. We followed that up with a slew of sweet family photos and the children got tidied for the ceremony. I cannot say enough good things about this venue. I love how open the field is and how wild the tall grass feels, but also how tidy the property is. Those white tobacco barns are such simple and gorgeous spaces to use for portraits and don’t get me started on the tree lined drive.
Mackenzie and Ellie’s ceremony was so sweet and full of family. I loved watching Ellie walk down the aisle with her Dad and little brother. The relationship Mackenzie shares with her family and father is also such a treat. From handing the bride off to the toasts, it’s so easy to be joyful for these two ambitious folks. To tie up the whole family affair, their guests enjoyed an evening of desserts made mostly by Mackenzie’s mother and others. She even made their gorgeous, dotted wedding cake. The kiddos enjoyed the candy bar while everyone passed around water to keep cool and Ale 8’s to keep Kentucky.
Thanks, sweet Swisher friends, for having me tag along to another Swisher wedding. I so enjoyed spending time with your crew and the Morris’. Such a blessing to have not just strong family and marriages all around you to, Mackenzie and Ellie, but also a tight-nit and affirming body of friends. Can hardly wait to see how the Lord uses your work and marriage to bring glory to himself. Enjoy!
…as I whip through a lot of editing, I find that the odd ones are the photos I’m drawn to. The off-beat, out of focus, almost-moments. Something about the way they feel, feels like more of the real story to me. Enjoy!
Rain makes corn, corn makes whiskey….and a beautiful farm wedding on the farm that grows the corn for the whiskey after the rain has passsed. Bruce and Karol’s wedding weekend was sweet, sweet, sweet. So much goodness to come, soon!
Met up with this sweet, old friend from my high school days to get acquainted with her crew one misty morning. We had a sweet time together, catching up and talking about their future plans. For the past little while Carrie and her husband, Chris, have been renovating their sweet home together all the while pursuing a family to share their home with. The long and short of it is after a bittersweet season of infertility and the loss of a daughter they’re eager to announce their paper pregnancy for a sweet babe through domestic adoption. I literally could not be more excited for them nor more encouraged in the Lord from Carrie’s faithfulness throughout these seasons. So excited to join up with them and make images they’ll be able to use in the process of sharing their life with the expectant Momma.
Many, many of you who tag along here also have big hearts for adoption and may be interested in a couple things the Shains are up to. A gracious family member set up a GoFundMe account to help offset some of the costs the Shains will be facing and you can read a bit more about their journey here. They’re also hosting a pretty hefty yard sale this Saturday morning, 8am-2pm on Whipp’s Mill Road, right behind the UofL Shelby campus. It’ll be an easy find on that short bit of road. They’ll be doing a drawing, too, for a $250 Walmart card – and at $5/chance who couldn’t give that a whirl? And beyond that, I know they would be grateful for your prayers for a perfect placement, wisdom, peace and patience in the in-between as well as prayer for the birth mother of their baby, as she learns of the Shains and their hearts to provide a forever home to a sweet little one. Thankful for the plans and direction the Shains are on and the opportunity to help and serve them in this season. Enjoy!
From the first time I sat down over coffee, I knew Emily was my kinda gal. Hard working doesn’t begin to describe her busy life as a nurse. She’s the best kind, too, because she’s so easy going and full of laughter. Enter Jeff: excellent match.
This particular Friday night that we met up at the Falls of Ohio was the first time I’d met him and he’s such a jovial match for Emily. There was constant laughter, a relaxed comfort about these two that made me so excited to join with their family and friends this October in Somerset to document and celebrate their nuptials. Can’t wait to see more navy and rivers with y’all and over-the-top excited that we’ll be celebrating under the fall bluegrass skies. Enjoy!
Last fall I stopped in for a quick evening with Katherine and her family to announce the exciting news of a little sister on the way, this spring. Loved Katherine’s little pigtails and bubbly joy. Was so fun to make beautiful images at their new home, in the rooms they will fill with lots of family love. Enjoy!
Love this little feature that brought an oldie-but-goodie photo to mind. In the first couple rows you’ll see a photo of Kyle and Elizabeth Nichols from when they were expecting their first baby girl. We met up and made pictures on a snowy morning in Finchville, Ky. with a vintage baby buggy. Enjoy!
Love these airy and light photos of Elizabeth in her last few days of pregnancy with baby Rosie. I love how serene, yet expectant they feel, but love most the sweet excitement and hugs Reese gave her Momma when we headed outside. Enjoy!
Love this sweet little mini at the park with Brody. So fun to see how big and cuddly he is now when compared with his newborn photos. He was pretty inquisitive and needed some encouragement from his Border Collie, Allie and sweet Momma, but we managed a few smiles and sweet portraits of his chubbiness. Enjoy!
Sweet little Jack Henry was a joy to photograph. My most favorite part was seeing him with his big and proud sister, Nora. Such a joy to watch a little one sleep and a joy, doubled when they’re all smiley and sweet in their dreams. Enjoy!
Sweet baby Hayes was such a gem to hang around with. I got to photograph him once he was all cuddly and aware, around 2-months-old. We wore him out pretty quickly with our golf photo dreams, but the sweet photos of him sleeping are just so dear. Enjoy! y H
Oh, winter, there’s something magical about you, even without the snow. When Maggie tossed in a heap of plaid, tree stumps and that beautiful lace gown on top of the cold, there’s something an added cuddly for this wedding. These images are cozy to me. Nearly as cozy, I hope, as spending the day amongst Alex and Maggie’s people.
We started out with the guys at their hotel and the ladies getting prepared at the lodge. Family and friends abounded as they put the finishing touches on the reception space. So many little details and projects that they gladly tied together. Love the way family can set up that strong, sweet community at a wedding.
Before Maggie pulled on her gown the lady crew was easygoing and joyful. After? Those ladies were encouraging, prayerful and just a delight on a windy, winter afternoon. Before the ceremony, we did a quick note exchange between Alex and Maggie and before you know it, she was heading down the aisle on her Daddy’s arm. They included family, young and old, in their ceremony. The couple assembled a cross in the spirit of the typical unity candle, received a blessing and a dip with the kiss before they headed down the aisle, arm in arm – grins warm enough to warm the whole place up.
I so enjoyed the time we had to make portraits outside. It was certainly chilly, but those bare, winter trees fit in perfectly with their theme, accenting Maggie’s plaid coat perfectly. The evening wrapped up with a pie-cut, dozens on mini-pies and a wonderful BBQ spread enjoyed by all. Their crew danced and rejoiced alongside them, just as they should. My hope is that these images are as easygoing and cozy as the wedding day, itself, was. So excited for you, Maggie, after living similar lives in our little town – that the Lord brought you a sweet, encouraging man who desires to love and protect you as he’s commanded to. Many years of shared pie to you both. Enjoy!
Any father-of-the-bride’s welcome speech that generally begins with ‘When our daughter was born I had wished for a son, and once I laid eyes on her perfect self, I was wrapped around her little finger’ and ends with a version of ‘I still often longed for a son to learn sports from and talk about man things with and 26 years later, as Ivy marries Josh, I now have my son.’ Listen. It was good. I could barely see to make pictures when Ivy’s father put his hand on his tearful wife’s shoulder mid-speech. The love was palpable and the party commenced with joyful celebrating to match.
Listen. If you’re planning a wedding where you anticipate real moments and deep love as more important than your florals, please call me. Photographing these folks both during their engagement and at their wedding was like a sweet hug for my heart. Back on task.
As you’ll soon see, everything was so beautiful and so meaningfully orchestrated. I so enjoyed that Ivy and Josh were both interested in encouraging and blessing their guests, thanking so many people constantly. Their love for corgi-dogs was pervasive in the sweet details. From Josh’s cuff links and socks to the hundreds of handmade doggie place card holders, corgis were all over – even in the flower girl, ring bearer lineup. A corgi in oversized pearls paving the way for the bride is something you need to experience. Hilarious.
And the party? Oh the party was great! The toasts were meaningful and rich, the bacon wrapped dates left a mark on my heart (foodie heart, ya’ll) and their guests jumped and bumped and danced til the very end. At the end of the night, they sent their guests home with a favor. Normal wedding fare, right? Wrong. Ivy, Josh and their folks do things in such a thorough and personal way that I really appreciate. Their mothers handcrafted candies which included the. best. bourbon balls I’ve ever tasted with pecans from family farms and family-harvested honey – honey that they sent each guest home with a bottle of their own. Just so extravagant and serving of the folks they’d invited to share an evening with.
Really hope you enjoy these images, that you can see the little details they crafted with care. This wedding feels like a warm hug on a snowy day with a dose of very deeply connected family. Enjoy! We really, really did!
If you’ve ever considered a New Years Eve wedding, let me get started on persuading you to both have one and invite me along. One of my longest-loved besties, Allie, married the love of her life, Brandon, on the last day of 2015 and it was a blast. So many noisemakers, confetti, hats and loads of sparkle topped off with guests who were ready to ring in the new year together made for a sweet celebration.
Also a blast, because this most-loyal friend of mine had a wedding that perfectly fit her friendly, dramatic (in the theater sense), fun personality. Her gown was stunning with a bit of sparkle and a touch of fur for outdoor portraits. The guys were decked out in black ties, including our little Truman who served as ring bearer. The sweetest flower girls wore sequins and tulle while her bridesmaids looked stunning in black gowns of their choosing. She filled a photo booth full with metallic props, oversized gold “2016” balloons and a whole bunch of fun people. If you’re borderline on adding a Photo Booth, DO IT – one of my most favorite additions for remembering our guests and seeing more of the wedding, after.
What I loved most about this sweet affair wasn’t the awesome photo booth (so good!), or the way metallics tied everything together, but it really was getting to see my bestie enjoy her first evening as wife. Just the best to watch her first look with Brandon and the excitement on both of their faces, as well as the awe and admiration he holds for his bride. Neat, too, to see how he perfectly compliments, calms and betters my dear friend.
All in all, a great success and so many fun memories of buckets of people, I too, have grown to love over the years of our sweet friendship. Enjoy!
We Sharretts have so enjoyed getting to know the Seays in the past year. We attend church together and have littles right around the same age. So fun to see little Kate giggling with her parents, giving kisses to her Momma and scooping up hugs with her Daddy in this mini. Enjoy!
Erika and Pete were so fun and easy going. I loved documenting their Friday afternoon wedding with their family at Duncan Memorial Chapel in Crestwood, Ky. Erika was gorgeous and I loved the lace top of her gown. You’ll see, too, that all the little glances Pete sent Erika’s way during portraits are just the best.
After the ceremony was complete, we made family photos and sent their guests on their way to start enjoying pizza