Wedding at Hampton Terrace // North Augusta // Avonlea & Michael Denney

Wedding at Hampton Terrace // North Augusta // Avonlea & Michael Denney

On October 7, 2017 we spent the day documenting Avonlea and Michael as they tied the knot. Thankfully it only rained in the morning, and the rest of the day was perfect! We had the best time with the bride, groom, their awesome wedding party and we are thrilled that their pictures are ready to be shared! 
 

Dress was handmade for Avonlea by Diana Gay. 
Hair: Keirsten Tarpley
Make-up: Emilee Carpenter
Catering: Tastefully Done Catering
Venue: Hampton Terrace, North Augusta, SC
Cake: Erin Mills
Floral Arrangements: Flowers on Broad
Rentals: Quip Events of Augusta
Videography: Michael David Productions
Second Shooter: Jared Tau

Augusta, Georgia Bridal Session // Avonlea

Augusta, Georgia Bridal Session // Avonlea

I am so glad Avonlea and I were able to work out a time for her bridal portraits! I've known this girl since she was 5 years old and the cutest little kid. Now she's so grown, beautiful, and lovely. She's fun, outgoing, hardworking and has the prettiest brown eyes. 

Wedding photos aren't ready to be shared, but these beautiful bridal portraits can speak for themselves. Can't wait to share the Denney wedding in the upcoming months! 

Dress was handmade for Avonlea by Diana Gay. 
Hair: Keirsten Tarpley
Make-up: Emilee Carpenter

Lights, Camera, Break!

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Lights, Camera, Break!

Lately I have been reading and researching off camera lighting. I used to hate the look of flash photography. Now I love it. But that doesn't mean I will always use flash photography. 

I think it's true that photographers develop a certain  "look" to their images. They may use a certain editing style, similar camera & background settings, the same types of models ...all of those things add to the photographer's style. But even when said photographers obtain the look they are going for, there is ALWAYS room for improvement, room for trying new techniques, room to challenge yourself.

And that, I think, is what makes photography CREATIVE and wonderful. Room for growth and room for variety. It's never tiring. Well, physically tiring, yes. But the options for variety are never tired. 

The hard part for full-time photographers is exhaustion. They get so tired of shooting the things they truly love to shoot, but they don't always get a break. They don't always have extra time to find new things to capture. It's all about TIME. To be creative you need time. Finding time can be difficult. We have families. We still have to do things like laundry and yard work. Or maybe we would just like to spend time with our kids or go kayaking, without a camera in hand.  

It's been such a good year for me - I've learned to say no to certain sessions. I've contemplated types of sessions I love to do. I've thought about techniques I want to try. And I've started to form ideas for subjects I would like to photograph. 

These off-camera lighting portraits are some of those things I've been wanting to attempt. So here's to taking breaks, learning new things and not missing the beautiful parts of life happening around you.

For you amazing photographer friends out there. Take a break! Shoot what you love. Don't take on too much at one time. Only accept sessions you ENJOY. Spend time with your family. Don't be scared to try something new. 

A special thanks to Meagan for being so awesome. 

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Scott & Meagan Proposal

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Scott & Meagan Proposal

It's been a little over a year and a half since I photographed my last proposal (you can view that proposal of some amazing people here). So when Scott asked me to capture their proposal, of course I jumped at the opportunity.

I arrived a little early to scope out the area. Then it was just a matter of waiting for them to appear. A dark afternoon led to thoughts of "Please don't rain!", but the sunlight couldn't have been more perfect. 

After a reminiscent date night, including a walk on the greenway, Scott popped the question and with the biggest smile Meagan said, "Yes!"  

So Scott & Meagan, congrats again! Enjoy every minute of your engagement. You guys are the coolest and I'm really glad you found each other! 

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