I mean… it’s hard to beat a gorgeous mountain sunset hike with the sweetest couple who is adorably in love. Add in their precious, well behaved pups adorned with beautiful floral wreaths made by Petal and Fern and there you have it - the perfect evening! Hannah and Nate brought a friend with them to help with the pups so they could also have some portraits with just the two of them. They danced on the mountain top together as the sun set behind them. They grew up hiking this mountain and now have beautiful moments captured in a place that’s special to them.Read more
Rachel and Anders wedding day was the definition of an intimate wedding. They had their immediate family with them as they shared their vows at Fred W. Symmes - Pretty Place Chapel at YMCA Camp Greenville. Pretty Place is known for the amazing view looking out over the blue ridge mountains. Petal and Fern adorned the cross at Pretty Place with gorgeous roses and Rachel held and equally beautiful bouquet. It was the perfect backdrop for Rachel and Anders to say “I do”. There’s something about live music in the chapel that adds even more to the experience. We all enjoyed listening to Sharon play. After a meaningful wedding ceremony and sand pouring unity, the newlyweds ventured out on the rocks to take in the view together. The family gathered for a celebration reception at Key Falls Inn in Pisgah Forest . Laughs, hugs, and tears were abound and then everyone enjoyed a delicious meal which included the bride’s favorite - macaroni and cheese!
From a mountain park family session, to a surprise proposal in Savannah, adventures with this family just keep getting better! I met their newest addition, Lena, in her beautiful home. Every room I walked in, I saw photographs displayed from our previous sessions together. From a gallery wall, canvases, framed wall art, and dainty little frames throughout the house, happy memories could be seen at all angles. You can’t help but smile when you walk in every room - I loved it! The memories all over the walls made their house feel like a home.
Big sister Vada was a huge help, and showed me how well she can cuddle sweet Lena and make her smile. Lena was the perfect little model, letting me photograph her in her element - being adored on by her family.
Their first date was fly fishing together - how fun is that? When Olivia reached out and shared her vision for her engagement session, I couldn’t wait! All suited up in their fly fishing gear, they took me to the river and I photographed them in their element. A place that brings them joy, peace, and laughter and where they have shared wonderful memories together. We hiked out of the river just in time to catch a beautiful sunset and a countless number of laughs. Aside from having gorgeous locations for our backdrops, Matthew and Olivia were so much fun to photograph because they are incredibly happy. I wish you two a lifetime of happiness!
My friend Brooke found her person and I couldn’t be happier for her. In the midst of planning her wedding, she squeezed in a day trip to the mountains to splash in the waterfall and celebrate her engagement to Chris. Standing next to a waterfall is thrilling, refreshing, and mesmerizing. There is something about the sound of the water and witnessing such a marvelous creation of nature that rejuvenates the spirit. Combine that with giddy feeling of just getting engagement and there was a whole lot of happy at this portrait session!
Congratulations, Brooke and Chris!
I have it marked on my calendar when the golden rods will bloom. I wasn't thinking that since I'm in the mountains now, plants will be blooming at different times. I squealed when I pulled into the spot for a long awaited family session and saw a field FULL of golden rods blooming "two weeks early". If that wasn't enough to make for a beautiful photography setting, we also had the perfect weather, and an invitation to board a U.S. Army helicopter! What?!
This evening was a needed reminder that when things do not work out the way you had planned, something even better is in the works. We had been planning this family session since December of last year. Our vision was to meet on a snowy day, but it never quite worked out because of icy roads and calendar clashes. I'm so thankful how all the pieces fell together and for spending the evening with this most deserving family on the mountain side. Not only are they amazing parents, they also established a non-profit organization to help veterans heal holistically so that they can lead happy and healthy lives.
Addi's smile is the biggest when we are on the edge of the mountain or she's flying through the air into her dad's arms. She's not even two yet and has already jumped out of a helicopter. ;) With her adventurous spirit, I can't wait to see where life takes her.
Spending the evening with Crystal and Greg was like hanging out with old friends. Even though we met for the first time the evening of Crystal's maternity session in Pisgah National Forest, by the end of our hike I felt like I'd always known these two.
A last minute thought just as I was leaving my house before the maternity session, I grabbed a piece of lace which had belonged to my grandmother. I had a vision of Crystal holding it wrapped around her baby bump on top of the mountain. I positioned Crystal in the perfect spot and turned to get set up for the shot. When I turned back around, a cloud had rolled through and Crystal looked like she was glowing through! The weather can change in the mountains so quickly, and this moment in the cloud made for a beautiful capture.
I wish the best of luck to Crystal and Greg on their new adventure with their first little girl!
Every corner I turned in Savannah was a glorious new sight for a photographer's eyes. Color, texture, and light peeking through the historic buildings made me so excited! White jasmine climbed over walls with the most amazing smell. I picked some jasmine and combined it with some other local florals to make my sweetest smelling flower crown to date. Beautiful mom-to-be Sarah, her precious daughter Vada, and Joey with a surprise up his sleeve joined me as we walked through downtown Savannah. Expecting their new little girl to arrive soon, Sarah wanted photographs taken in Savannah as it is a special place for them. Joey had his heart set on proposing in the park - our last stop of the evening. He stayed calm and collected, but as we neared the park, his pace grew a little bit faster. We picked an open green secluded area, with stunning Southern Oak trees framing the scene. I couldn't stop smiling waiting to hear Sarah say "yes". She was so surprised and happy! The only thing that could top this moment was when Joey then turned and gave Vada her very own ring. Best job in the world to be able to capture special memories like this one. I can't wait to meet your new little girl! She sure is lucky to have you all for her family.
Kasie and Tate are lifelong friends and now planning their Charlotte wedding for later this year. It was a pleasure to spend the evening with these two, photographing this special time - their engagement! The rain postponed a couple of our scheduled session dates, but the third time was the charm. We had the most beautiful weather and sunset on the Blue Ridge Parkway! They were up for an adventure and the views + photographing their sweet love made for a perfect evening together. From a waterfall to a mountain top, Kasie and Tate went all out hiking to the best spots to celebrate their engagement! It's the BIGGEST compliment when Charlotte friends come to visit me in the mountains and let me show them my favorite places.
Graduation deserves to be celebrated! This family picked the perfect location to reflect their love for the outdoors and adventure and document senior pictures before graduation. I wish this style of senior pictures had been a thing when I graduated high school! We hiked Black Balsam Knob just in time to catch a gorgeous sunset with phenomenal views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. After an awesome hike, they had pizza waiting for them in their car! I knew I liked this family right away and the forethought to pick up a pizza solidified it!