A couple months ago, I was affording the super fun and exciting opportunity to work with two fashion bloggers in the Columbia area. Having not worked in this realm before, I thought I'd give it a try. And boy, am I glad I did!
Let me introduce you to the awesome ladies I've been lucky enough to work with!
Amanda Walker DBA The Golden Girl Diary
Y'all. Amanda is just the sweetest thing! And she's gorgeous! She moved here with her professional baseball-playing husband just a few months ago, and is already making a name for herself.
She's been doing this blogging thing for some time, so she has a pretty hefty following on Instagram. If you aren't following her, do so now! She's got such a fun and funky sense of style that I just love!
One thing that I've enjoyed about taking on this project is discovering all the hidden gems around Columbia. Most of my photo sessions are taken at the Horseshoe or State House, so it's fun to be able to see what else our big city has to offer!
Here are some of the pictures we've taken around town!
These images were taken at the following places.
Columbia has such awesome spots! Discover your city, today!
www.clutchanddapper.comLindsay Alison DBA The Thrifty Southern Belle
(Hair by Nadia Marie/Salon Zazou | Makeup by Mia Bingenheimer/Blue Lavender Spa)
Lindsay is new to the blogging world, but has already made a big splash. She has started her own venture, Clutch and Dapper, and it focuses on selling high-end, used clothing and Lindsay's styling service. Her blog is the The Thrifty Southern Belle and I partnered with her to help get that started!
She's a master at finding steals and deals at local thrift stores and putting what she finds together with what she already has to make killer outfits! She's so talented!
Below are some of the pictures we've taken for her.
These images were taken at the following places.
Aren't these pictures fun?!
I've really enjoyed working with these girls and discovering Columbia all at the same time. I look forward to working with them further!
If you ever see me downtown with a camera in hand, there is likely one of these beautiful ladies on the other side of it. Stop by and say, "hey!"
And be sure to follow these gals!
Before Mother's Day this year, I had the pleasure of meeting with two super adorable Columbia moms to photograph them with their little ones.
I always enjoy mommy and me sessions. They are so fun to shoot and I just love letting the kids be themselves. Sometimes that's how you get the best pictures!
This year was fabulous! Columbia had been unseasonably warm a few days prior, so I was fearful that we would be sweating to death that morning. Thankfully, it had cooled down just enough to be tolerable and my full-on sweat was downgraded to a glisten (thank jesus :)) As always, the Horseshoe was gorgeous, and our only distraction was the flurry of college seniors celebrating their big accomplishment (graduation) with their own photoshoots.
In the end, we were able to avoid the cap-and-gown photobombs and capture some great shots.
First up, Allison and her baby boy, Harrison. Harrison was a complete doll! He was so fascinated with the ground, we had to pull out all the tricks to get him to look up!
We succeeded, and Allison walked away with some adorable images to share with her husband and family.
Here are a few.
Next up was Megan. I've actually photographed Megan and her sweet family a couple of times. They are all just beautiful and I've enjoyed watching her little Ellison grow! She's such a little lady!
A special bonus -- her husband joined us and we were able to snap a few family pictures, too!
Here are a few from our session.
Mommy + me sessions aren't just for Mother's Day. They are a great way to capture a moment in time and can help document exactly how your babies were at that exact date.
Also, if you're looking for a thoughtful and fun gift to give parents or grandparents, mommy + me sessions make for great images to frame. And what parent or grandparent doesn't want a beautiful picture of their family to share with all their friends?
Any who, I hope all mothers and moms-to-be had the best day. Until next year!
Newly engaged? Super excited about planning your dream wedding? Stressed about ALL the things?
I. have. been. there.
It's such an exciting time to be engaged. But it's also incredibly overwhelming. There are so many things to think about! What if you forget something???
Take a breath. No, really. Take one.
In the end, all that matters is that you and your partner are madly in love, happily married and ready to start this new chapter of your lives. Isn't that the point of getting married after all?
We make such a fuss over the littlest of things, but in 5, 10, 50+ years, the only part of that day that will matter is that you love one another.
But, look, I understand the need to have everything, "perfect." Like I said, I've been there. I was OBSESSED with perfection. And there's nothing wrong with making sure your big day is all you've ever dreamed, but I recommend prioritizing to make sure you don't lose your mind. Prioritize cost of each wedding item and importance to both you and your partner.
For me, my one thing that I was not willing to skimp on was photography. Having this time in my life memorialized in photos was number one on my list, and I was willing to pay for good ones.
Photography might not be number one on your list, and you might not be willing to pay a premium, but I suggest at least making professional photography one of your top 3 "must haves."
And if you are on the fence about whether or not you should spend the extra money (if it's not included in your wedding package) on professional engagement photos, here's my reasons for why you should.
Make It a Trial Run
In the fall of 2015, I was honored to take engagement photos of a co-worker and her fiancé. We had so much fun! They brought their adorable dog, Grace, and were just smitten with each other the entire session.
In April of the following year, they were married at one of the most incredible places in Charleston, SC. The ceremony was just gorgeous and the reception was rockin'.
A couple of weeks ago, I was chatting with the aforementioned fiancé (now husband), and he proceeded to tell me how thankful he was to have their engagement session prior to their wedding day photo session.
In fact, he said, "Taking the engagement pictures was awkward, but it really prepared me for my wedding day pictures."
After he left, I thought about that. He was right! Engagement shoots are like mini trial runs for your big day!
Most people feel uncomfortable in front of a camera. Being the sole subject of an image can really put the pressure on. Add on the "act like you're about the kiss" and the "whisper something funny in her ear" requests from us photographers, and engagement shoots can sometimes make people feel incredibly uneasy!
But that's the time for that to happen -- during your engagement photos. Although you should shoot to have just as much fun at your engagement session as your wedding session, think of your engagement photos are the pre-wedding photos, without all the fuss.
Use that time to get comfortable being the center of attention. Because on your big day, you don't want to feel awkward when the photographer gives you a command. You want to feel relaxed and natural. Relaxed, natural and candid shots make for some of the most incredible images to look back on.
Like this one from my wedding. My husband and I had just walked away from the ceremony and were giddy as school girls :). (photo cred: Landon Jacobs)
So, think about it like that. Don't think of and engagement session as just another cost. Think of it as an essential part of getting the best photos of your big day.
Take Some "Y'all" Time
In all the hustle and bustle of wedding planning, you can really start to lose the reason you said "yes" to the proposal in the first place. When you're mind is full of colors, flowers, dress styles, tie patterns, caterers, wine choices, etc. you almost start creating another world where only you and this event exists; which can sometimes leave your partner feeling...isolated or alone.
A engagement photo shoot can help. Just one hour can help you push back from all the planning, refocus on your partner and hopefully put things into perspective. A wedding is important, but the details that make it beautiful won't lay the path for your entire lives.
So think about scheduling a little "y'all" time. Heck, make a day date of it! Wake up, get ready together, dress in something that makes you feel great, have your shoot, go on a lunch date, then spend the rest of the afternoon focusing on one another.
Leave the planning for the next day. I promise, one day won't make or break whatever decisions you have waiting for you in your planner.
It's Not a Must
Taking engagement photos is not a must by any means, and if it's not in your budget, then it's not in your budget. But consider my reasons above and remember, you'll never get this time of your life back once it's gone. Why not document it? You'll be happy you did.