Before & After

Another reason to do engagement photos! I love how wonderfully this idea turned out and can't wait to try it again with another bride and groom. Happy Monday!


Regarding Engagement Shoots

I got inspired to write this post after seeing this one while browsing Green Wedding Shoes this morning. Two very frequent questions I get from future brides are why engagement photos are necessary and if I have any ideas regarding location or theme. 

Engagement photos aren't necessary. But they are a ton of fun. Most people don't spend much time being photographed by a professional. Everyone is more or less used to being photographed, sure, but with cell phones, small point-and-shoots, heck, even iPads. So I find that engagement shoots are an excellent way for a couple to get used to being in front of a somewhat intimidating-looking piece of machinery. On your big day, the last thing you want to be jittery about is being photographed. Do an engagement shoot with your wedding photographer and by the time your wedding rolls around you'll feel comfortable with them and how they work, comfortable getting photographed with your future spouse, and you'll be able to relax and have fun! Plus, the photos are fun to have so you can shout your love from the social media rooftops and use them for Save the Dates! The possibilities are endless. 

So now you've made the smart decision to get engagement photos done. Excellent. And you'd like to know if your photographer has any ideas about location or theme of the shoot. Personally, I don't mind coming up with ideas for locations -- if I pick what we're doing and where we're going, at least I know I'll enjoy my surroundings. But will you? Trust me when I say that the more you put into the shoot, the more you'll get out of it. Which is why the blog post I linked at the beginning is such a great read. Have a mutual hobby? Great. Incorporate that into your photos. Do you have a location that's really meaningful to you? Go back there with your photographer! Getting married in the country? Do your shoot in an urban location! Bring props, an outfit change, your dog, balloons, costumes, whatever! The more you go wild, the better and more interesting the photos will be. And, most importantly, they will truly speak to the nature of your relationship.

So go give that post a read, and have a great time being photographed with your sweetheart! 



Ariel and Chris

This wedding was a mystery for about 6 months. I was contacted by the father of the groom, rather than the bride, and didn't meet Ariel until a few months before the wedding due to the fact that she's a PhD student at The University of Virginia. So I had no idea what to expect when I finally met up with her and her mother, Sarah. During that hour in Greenberry's, I quickly realized that this wedding was going to rock.

And when I finally got to meet Chris during their engagement session, back home from being stationed overseas, I was even more excited. I maintain that discussions about Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, steampunk (mixed with swing dancing!), and the like, really are the best sort.

So, without further ado, here's the wedding I looked forward to with such enthusiasm. I loved every detail from Ariel's dress to the bracelets Chris and his groomsmen were wearing to commemorate a dear friend. And the dancing! Amazing.

Road Trip so far via my iPhone

I've totally become that person that's always taking pictures with my phone, and I've completely embraced it. Mobile phones really do take remarkably high quality photos and when I don't want to lug my 5D somewhere, it's perfect for documentation. I'm already a complete VSCOphile and use their app, VSCO Cam, pretty regularly, but for this trip I've also been using 360 panorama like it's my job. The interface is really easy to use and the stitching is great. Panorama apps and camera settings are usually pretty finicky if you don't have the steadiest hand, but I haven't had a problem with 360 at all.

So, without further ado, here are the photos I've taken so far with my phone, all edited with VSCO Cam.


This last one was only taken about 30 minutes ago. Gotta love technology when it functions properly.


It really has been an amazing trip so far. I know when I think of "traveling" I imagine adventures in Thailand, France, Australia, New Zealand, Greece, and the like, but the United States has more than its share of incredibly beautiful locations to visit. And when compared with the scenery in Virginia, this might as well be a world away. I can't wait to share more.

A few favorites..

First post on the new site! Very fitting that the first post should be a few favorites from Shannon and Johnny's wedding in Corolla, North Carolina. This one goes down as one of the best weddings I've ever attended. The ceremony took place right on the beach and most of the details were done by Shannon, Johnny, and their families. It was laid back and carefree, but also emotional and extremely romantic. And I can't get over the photos.

The whole weekend was amazing and I had such a blast hanging out with their families. A big thank you to you guys for letting me stay in beach house! I'll be doing a more comprehensive post in a couple of weeks but in the meantime, I wanted to share these. I really can't stop looking at them.