Snowy Biltmore Engagement Session

Sammi and I looked for a long time for the perfect spot for her engagement photos with Rob….but sometimes you just can’t escape the magic of Biltmore! I met up with them in mid December for their Snowy Biltmore Engagement Session. I realized very quickly that these were two people who I could have fun with!

When I am shooting all I truly need for people to do is be willing to have fun together and trust me to capture it! Sammi and Rob were more than willing to do that. They even laughed at my cheesy jokes AND trust me…my sense of humor is like that of a 5th grade boy and I’m ok with that. Sammi has the most contagious laugh and my favorite part of their session was seeing how easily Rob could make her break out in laughter.

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Taylor Ranch Maternity Session

So I had ever intention of posting the photos from Nisha’s Taylor Ranch Maternity Session much sooner, but as you can see that just didn’t happen. When you are the photographers sister, your maternity photos may not get edited until the craziness of Fall wedding/engagement session season is over. And you may have already had said baby by the time the photos are posted 😉 But regardless of me being behind schedule I think we can appreciate the glow of this pregnant momma! When we were kids one of our favorite things to do was dress up (she would do my hair and nails) and either take pictures of each other, put on a play and sing along to a musical cd, or make a home video (our best home video was titled “Just an Average American Family)!” Now that we are grown up and married what we love to do together hasn’t changed all that much….with the exception of we put our home video careers on hold for a while. We had so much fun going out in the fields at Taylor Ranch and thankfully that day had just enough warmth left in the fall air for Nisha not to freeze! The human body is so remarkable and I am always in awe of pregnancy and our bodies ability to grow a human. Nisha has amazed me with her strength through all four of her pregnancies and she truly makes pregnancy look beautiful.

Hair Stylist >>> Heidi Rebekah Beauty 

Makeup Artist >>> Jessica Britt Makeup 

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Best of 2017 Hadley and Cliff at Their Overlook Barn Wedding

2017! What a year you have been!! The Best of 2017 was a blogpost that I was so excited to write. Every year I love the opportunity to look back on all that happened. 2017 was a very big year for my business! I feel like a broken record for saying this because I say it ever year, but I have nothing but gratitude in my heart for the people who support my business. I love what I do and I hope that it always shows through in the photos I take. There was a point in the beginning of the year when Stephen and I had moved back from California where I thought about throwing in the towel. Business was slow and I was feeling low spirited and like maybe people no longer loved the photos I take. But instead of quitting, I dug my heels in deep, fought hard to find my style and voice and breathe fresh life in the business I have grown to love so much. I am so proud of myself that I didn’t give up and grateful to the people around me who encouraged me to keep going. I will be doing another post with my goals for 2018, but today I wanted to celebrate 2017 and the accomplishments I made both personally and professionally.

1.) Stephen and I bought out first house! We closed on our home at the end of June and moved in at the end of September. Stephen has been renovating our house and has poured so much love and sweat into it. It feels amazing to be a homeowner now.

2.) I went through a massive rebrand. In February I began working with the most amazing designer, Leslie Vega, and in July of this year I launched my new brand. I can’t say enough about how priceless working with an amazing designer like Leslie was. She brought my dream brand to life.

3.) I changed my editing style and instead of trying to edit the way I thought I needed too (bright & airy), I decided to take my editing in the direction that felt most authentic to who I am and what I find beautiful.

4.) I honed in more on the style of engagement sessions and weddings I truly love to shoot.

5.) I read 20 books….my goal for 2017 was 30, but I am happy to have gotten two thirds of the way there.

6.) I shot my first proposal in the spring at Looking Glass Rock and since then I’ve shot 4 other proposals. Proposals have quickly became one of my favorite things to shoot.

7.) I became a preferred vendor at the beautiful Chestnut Ridge!

And now some of my favorite moments from the weddings, proposals, and engagements I shot in 2017.

 

 

 

 

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Swannanoa Couples Session

It isn’t very often that we get a big snow in Western North Carolina, so when we did a couple weeks ago I knew it was an amazing time do Indya and Josh’s Swannanoa Couples Session! This time of year is already so magical, but add in snow and a head over heels in love couple and you are golden. The last big snow we had in Western North Carolina was in December 2009….the year and month I met Stephen. I guess you could say I am partial to big snows and this time of year because it’s when I met my best friend 😉 Indya and Josh were absolutely amazing at their session…they are incredibly in love and it’s not hard to tell. I always love it when couples are down to snuggle because if you are having fun with someone you love it completely shows in the photos. We froze our butts (and toes) off at their session, but snow like this only comes around a couple times a year, so when it happens you make the best of it.

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Biltmore Estate Engagement Session

By now you guys know that I shoot at Biltmore all the time, but Alysha and Gavin’s Biltmore Estate Engagement Session is extra special! You see, Gavin and Alysha are both Canadians. If you’ve been around here for a while, I am sure you know I have a soft spot for Canadians (cough cough my hubby is from Canada). Gavin works in North Carolina and Alysha works in Toronto (where they are both from). Imagine how special I felt when they decided to have me do their engagements and come up to Asheville 🙂 I hadn’t met Gavin and Alysha prior to the session AT ALL…we had only communicated through email. It’s always interesting when I don’t know people prior to their session, but I love to talk and get to know everyone I meet, so it always works out. We quickly built up a rapport and had a great time joking about just how silly some of the “romantic,” engagement session type poses are 😉 I loved hanging out with these Canadians and I think it will be easy to see why.

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