I met Janelle and David two years ago when they graciously modeled for my first styled shoot! They are the sweetest couple ever and working with them felt like we’d been longtime friends. So, when they found out they were expecting their first baby and contacted me, I was thrilled! Adele was the most precious little girl and I could not get over her “Hello” nursery, which was curated before the “other” Adele’s song had been released! 

Baby Adele, Tampa Newborn

Families

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WHAT THE 5 YEARS BATMAN?! I just can’t believe it, yet he’s been here for just about as long as I can remember, and every year I just grow more and more grateful. 

Needless to say, this was a special #lfpcelebratinglove year because 5 years feels special! We’ve shared our story over the past few years as we’ve done this giveaway and continue to be blown away by the #storieslovewrites that you share with us in return. It’s just amazing, really, where love takes us and there always is surprise, heartache, determination, and adventure mixed in! 

Celebrating Love, Year FIVE!

Behind the Lens

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I met my now dear friend Rachel Tenny through the magical land of Instagram over a year ago and since they, we’ve had the chance to become in-person friends and I am so grateful. This lady is incredible– her heart for people, gifts that are being lived out at the intersection of counseling and art, and of course, her love of wine, all lend to the authentic life she lives. So when she shared her vision behind the My Body is Enough Project, I held back tears thinking about the lives that would be impacted. 

Rachel Tenny’s My Body Is Enough Project

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On of the best parts of this last year has been having the opportunity to attend and speak at conferences like Pursuit, The Cultivate Retreat, and Around the Table KC! When I decided to leave my higher ed role this year, I knew that teaching, speaking, and mentoring were all things I wanted to actively […]

Creative Tribe Conference Countdown!!

Learning

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Graham and Shay are dear friends and I’m so grateful Tampa brought us together. Shay runs The SC Stockshop and Graham runs The Recording Revolution, but I know they would tell you that their businesses are small priorities in the light of their marriage, ministry, and family.  When Shay reached out to me about documenting a […]

Graham + Shay, Fort Desoto Wedding Anniversary

Couples

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Oh friends. It is a sweet, amazing, tear-filled, happy dance, OMG kind of day for my dear friend Emily Ley. You might know her because of The Simplified Planner but today, she is officially a published AUTHOR and her book, Grace Not Perfection, is available nationwide! WHAT! 

It was so amazing to work with Em and her Harper Collins/Thomas Nelson publisher teams on this shoot. Never before had they tried a lifestyle photography attempt at commercial book imagery and we had so much fun bringing the heart behind this book to life! I remember Emily saying “It’s for all women; not just young women, or married women, or women who are balancing a million things. What about the women who wish they were married or who long to have many things to manage? This is for them too”.

Emily Ley’s ‘Grace Not Perfection’

Branding

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These two are clients that I prayed for. They brought hope, joy and grace to my business and their day was not one I will soon forget. From the sprawling estate of Quinney Oaks Plantation, the gorgeous florals from Moss & Magnolia, Ashley’s gorgeous J’adore Bridal gown and their KM cake, placed under a gorgeous crystal chandelier, not a detail of this 300 person soiree was left untouched! More importantly, the reverence these two have for their friends, family, and Lord, made for a day of heart-filled laughter, tears, hugs, and hand squeezes. 

Ashley + Alex, Millen GA Plantation Wedding

Weddings

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Ashley and Alex stole my heart last spring when I was introduced to them by my girls at Laurel Avenue. Their young, but mature beyond their years love, fervor for the Lord, and sweet, southern souls had me like “let’s be best friends… yesterday!”. I am so thankful that they trusted me for both a destination engagement session in Savannah, Georgia, and their wedding in Millen, Georgia! 
 

Ashley + Alex, Savannah GA Southern Engagement

Couples

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While we didn’t know each other there, it was so fun to receive an email from her this summer after Cortez surprised her on their old high school football field with a proposal! Yep, these two are high school sweethearts (just like J and I!) and have managed to grow up, handle long distance during college and now working/wedding planning life! 

This summer our SKYPE consultation felt like hanging out with old friends. We laughed about awkward high school pictures, they met K (who says their relationship is “goals”- ha!), and I had J hop on the call when I found out that Cortez is a Pokemon Go master (seriously, if only we could be as good as him!). They are just those kind of people that you want to spend time with! So, you can imagine how much fun we had during their engagement session in Manhattan when I was back in Kansas last week. 

They started with their Junction City High School letterman jackets (I can’t) and then changed while we ventured from Annenberg Park  to Poyntz Avenue. Lizzi’s sweet momma came along, Cortez endured the outfits Lizzi had picked for him, and it was just the best. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention Lizzi’s ring! I’ve never had a bride wear a 5 generation diamond but that’s how old Lizzi’s is! And the neatest part? Every woman in the family has had it removed from their band to give to the next couple when the time comes. So, her mom is currently wearing a glass diamond in her setting because she had it pulled this summer for Cortez to make Lizzi’s ring! So amazing! 

Lizzi + Cortez, Manhattan KS Engagement

Couples

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The La Brisa Aspiring Photography Workshop was started by Chris Hsieh and I have been a member for 6-7 years. Chris has been building community and offering educational opportunities since long before it was trendy in the industry and I respect him so much for that! Also, he was our wedding photographer so I’m a bit biased 🙂 

As part of the education within the group, Chris has been asking different photographers to host 30 minute “ask me anything” sessions on Facebook Live. Group members can ask questions ahead of time, or, ask while the live streaming is happening! Facebook live is only allowed from tablets/phones, so, the video quality is not amazing, but I thought some of you might want to listen to some of what we chatted about today! 

La Brisa Aspiring Photography Workshop- Ask Me Anything!

Behind the Lens

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