2018 weddings, Bridals, Engaged, Missouri Weddings, Outdoors, Photography, Wedding Photography

Why I love bridal portraits.

I love doing bridal sessions. It is a great way for the bride to have a run through with her hair, makeup, flowers and… me.  It gives me an opportunity to get to know the bride a little better, to see where her comfort level is in front of the camera when in full dress. Sadly, it seems the tradition of bridal portraits is fading away, and I think that’s a shame.

As a photographer, I spend a lot of time studying old photos, looking at them not just for “how pretty” they are, but for the historical significance the portraits hold. You can see the similarities between great-grandma’s features and her great-granddaughter. Regardless of how the trends may change, the dresses may differ, the gaze off to nowhere has been replaced by an open mouth laugh with the brides head thrown back, I cannot escape seeing the relationship between them.  Not doing them… in my mind… robs future generations from being able to do the same.

So I’m offering 50% off bridal portrait sessions when added to new wedding packages for the next five wedding contracts. Or, if you’ve recently booked your date with me, I’ll extend that offer to you.  I think they’re THAT important. Here are a few photos from the past several years.  Just a tiny sampling of the bridals I’ve shot…. but the truth is… school starts tomorrow and my time on the computer is short today, so I didn’t find as many as I should have.  Enjoy!

 

Missouri Weddings, Outdoors, Photography, Wedding Photography

Quincie & Skyler.. a June farm wedding

You never know what a wedding day will have in store for you. There are a few things you can count on… it will be hectic… most things don’t happen exactly at the planned time… and most importantly, two people who are in love will get married.  (I’ve actually had one where they weren’t legally married until the next Monday because they forgot a marriage license)  This wedding, however, pretty much ran on schedule, nobody was really keyed up … and of course, two people, madly in love, got married.

Quincie and Skyler were married on her family’s land in Southern Missouri, under an old oak tree. Personally, I think it was the perfect setting. Gorgeous blue skies and HOT temps set in as the clouds and sprinkles cleared out.  The result… I was soaked in sweat for the rest of the day.  Pretty typical for a summer wedding in the south. Quincie, on the other hand, looked absolutely radiant for the entire day. This girl is as beautiful on the outside as she is on the inside.  What a joy to photograph.

Skyler and his groomsmen handled the heat like champs.  They were all dressed to the nines and in my memory, I don’t recall any of them complaining too much about the heat. What I do recall, vividly, is the friendship and love they were not afraid to display as they stood by Skyler’s side.  That was pretty awesome.

Then there’s the barn.  The barn made the perfect backdrop for the reception.  Lights strung, decorations placed and the natural aged appearance of the barn gave me plenty of opportunities to find great shots. This is a photographer’s dream.

Anyway, I posted their wedding on my Facebook page right after it took place, but wanted to make sure that while catching up on the backlog of weddings for the blog, everyone got a chance to have a glimpse of their wedding day.

Enjoy!

Outdoors, Photography, Senior Portraits

Shelby, MHHS Class of 2019

Photographing high school seniors is one of my favorite things on this planet. I love hearing about their plans and dreams. I think it helps keep me young.

Yesterday Shelby and I met up to do a quick shoot and to say the weather was not cooperating is an understatement.  Heavy cloud cover obscured any sunlight, so we had to make our own light with some portable studio equipment, and it worked out just like we wanted.

She kept telling me that she didn’t really dig having her photos made, but I might be biased, but as hard as she tried to believe she doesn’t like pictures, she sure does photograph well.  She has one of the most amazing smiles.

There are plenty of spots open at this time for fall senior photo sessions, so give me a call and let’s get you on the calendar.

Congratulations, Shelby, and I hope you have an amazing senior year!  Class of 2019!

Photography, Wedding Photography

Becca and Matt… an afternoon in June.

Becca and her family hold a special place in the hearts of the Blair family.  Becca’s mom has played a role in my daughter-in-law’s life that I don’t think I’ll ever be able to adequately appreciate.  Needless to say, she’s an angel… and so is Becca.  Oh, and we had my son’s wedding at Becca’s family’s home. So there are plenty of reasons for me to love this couple and this wedding.

Matt and Becca are both HUGE fans of Disney, which you will see in their photos. Beyond that, they are unique, quirky, funny, smart and loving people who had the perfect wedding on a lovely Tuesday afternoon in Northwest Arkansas.

In my career as a wedding photographer I’ve had a couple of .. coming back down the aisle shots… that are truly memorable. This is one of those. I love when my couples are not afraid to have fun.

Enjoy!

2018 weddings, Photography, Wedding Photography

Mr. & Mrs. Roberts, the unabridged version.

Often times I  worry that I post too many photos… or that I’m too wordy. Actually, that’s a lie. I don’t worry too much about it, because I’m just that kind of person.  I’m wordy and I’m proud of it.  So I hope you enjoy this look at Bryan’s and Makalya’s wedding day.

I’ve already posted a sneak preview of the wedding, but felt their beautiful day was worthy of more. I don’t photograph a lot of weddings here in Mountain Home, but always love it when the chance is presented. Getting to work with people I know is special.

This wedding was one where I really felt as if I’d been given a seat of honor where I could be part of their most intimate lives. I was witness to their love, their faith and their happiness. …. oh, and the guy’s cool socks.

I cannot wait to show Bryan, Makayla and their families the entire collection of photos.

Enjoy!  BTW, the kids in this wedding … may have stolen the show.  They were so adorable.

Engaged, Engagement Photos, Outdoors, Photography, Wedding Photography

Melissa & Luke… engaged in Conway

I’ve known Melissa for a big part of her life, growing up here in Mountain Home, so when I got the call, asking about being her wedding photographer, I was happy, to say the least.  She is one of those people who makes others around her happy.  She’s genuinely happy and loves to spread that happiness.  Meeting Luke for the first time when I arrived to do their engagement photos, I could tell that they were a good match for one another.  So since I’ve just restarted the blog, I wanted to share some of their photos… especially for those who haven’t followed my Facebook page.

The day started out in a pretty classic, “grandma will like these pictures”, kind of way and then it turned.  Not a bad turn, but rather an incredibly fun turn. So enjoy the madness that was their engagement photos.

Photography, Wedding Photography

A June wedding with Jillian & Eric

I’m still catching up, and I am so excited to introduce you all to Jillian and Eric. When I met them in Springfield, at Sequiota Park in Springfield, MO to shoot their engagement session, they both seemed so shy and quiet.  Well, maybe reserved is a better descriptor for what they appeared to be.  Ladies and Gentlemen, I was wrong.  These two have personalities that are HUGE! Their energy level is insane and their love of one another is obvious. I honestly had no idea how much fun was in store for their wedding day.

One of the great things about photographing weddings in the Springfield area is working with Stephanie Weiss, of Ella Weiss Wedding Design.  She is one of my favorite wedding planners on the planet.  If you’re in the area, I’d recommend looking into Ella Weiss Wedding Design for gowns and all your needs.

So let’s get to Jillian and Eric… their taste and style are on point. They are not afraid of the camera. They are open and loving. They welcomed me into their day with unfiltered access to their lives. In short, they are a dream couple who values great photos and know that being themselves allows me to put together a complete story of their wedding day.

The reception was jumping from start to finish. Guests were greeted with a cocktail hour outside the main ballroom, and entertained with live music while they mingled about.  Once inside, the decorations … from table settings, impressive cake, amazing lighting to the huge dance floor… made this a spectacular event to be part of.

Earlier I mentioned the energy level and the reception is where their energy level was unleashed. Members Only, an 80s tribute band was on stage and kept the entire group jumping. Favorite song of the night????  When they sang “Centerfold”, by the J. Geils Band, and Jillian joined them on stage.  Absolutely killed it.

Enjoy a few of their photos!