HUDSON

Our sweet angel of a son is now four years old.  To say that I am handling this beautifully would be a lie.  There are moments when I am very relaxed about how quickly he is growing and changing.  There are some other moments when I am fast-forwarding in my mind to when he will leave our home to forge his own path.  Most of time, I am constantly reminiscing about when he was smaller, about when he learned some new skill or discovered something new, about when he became more independent.  Every day, he is becoming his own person.

 Our grown-up little boy, captured by David while playing after work one day.  This shows his personality so much.

Our grown-up little boy, captured by David while playing after work one day.  This shows his personality so much.

Becoming a mother - Hudson's mother - has changed me in ways I could have never anticipated.   I am extremely guarded person, someone who has trouble sharing their vulnerable core.  I have been this way for most of my life, only showing my tender side to those who have earned that trust. From the moment that I knew he existed, I felt my hard shell soften.  My love and admiration for my son is completely unguarded.  I show that to whomever will listen,  I shower him with affection and attention, I live for his happiness and well-being.  Unlike most parts of myself, the emotion and truth of my feelings about Hudson are unfiltered and unwavering.  And it comes easily.  It surprises me constantly.

Walk with me down memory lane and humor this embarrassingly sentimental mother for a moment.  I could attempt to share the thousands of pictures we have taken of Hudson, but I selected just a few (I promise).  Looking back on his first year of life gives me perspective on my journey as a mother and human being.  Each year with Hudson is important, and each results in growth.  But nothing broke me out of my comfort zone more than the first year.

 The first real picture David took of Hudson.  This was in our hospital room after we got settled for the evening.  Things were quiet, Hudson had just eaten, and I was just staring at him (like most mothers do).  The sweetest bundle as soon as he arrived.  My heart grew three sizes that day.

The first real picture David took of Hudson.  This was in our hospital room after we got settled for the evening.  Things were quiet, Hudson had just eaten, and I was just staring at him (like most mothers do).  The sweetest bundle as soon as he arrived.  My heart grew three sizes that day.

 Visiting Daddy at the studio while I was still on maternity leave.  He was so alert, even though he was only about a month old here.  I miss these days.  He was new every day, taught me more every day.  It was a primal, intimate, quiet, challenging, rewarding time. 

Visiting Daddy at the studio while I was still on maternity leave.  He was so alert, even though he was only about a month old here.  I miss these days.  He was new every day, taught me more every day.  It was a primal, intimate, quiet, challenging, rewarding time. 

 One of the things that I love most about Hudson is his face.  I know that sounds dumb.  But he has the most wonderful, pensive expressions.  Here, he was happily playing and then, all of a sudden, he looked toward the window in the living room.  He looked over at it as if he was just figuring out all of the pieces.  He still gets this face when he is working on something.

One of the things that I love most about Hudson is his face.  I know that sounds dumb.  But he has the most wonderful, pensive expressions.  Here, he was happily playing and then, all of a sudden, he looked toward the window in the living room.  He looked over at it as if he was just figuring out all of the pieces.  He still gets this face when he is working on something.

 Hudson's first Halloween.  We arrived at his daycare to see their costume parade, and Hudson was holding court (as he tends to do).  David and I decided not to dress him in a costume, so he has on a little monster onesie and a skeleton hat.  Clearly a new parenting decision moment.  I love that even so early, he had swagger. 

Hudson's first Halloween.  We arrived at his daycare to see their costume parade, and Hudson was holding court (as he tends to do).  David and I decided not to dress him in a costume, so he has on a little monster onesie and a skeleton hat.  Clearly a new parenting decision moment.  I love that even so early, he had swagger. 

 Hudson's first Christmas tree.  He was so mesmerized by the lights, the same way I am every Christmas.  I remember feeling as though we were making memories, though I am sure he will not remember this.  Still so special to me.  I had hopes that I would hit all of the marks as a parent with his first Christmas.  Long story short, it was another example of how I needed to let go of my expectations and simply be in the moment.

Hudson's first Christmas tree.  He was so mesmerized by the lights, the same way I am every Christmas.  I remember feeling as though we were making memories, though I am sure he will not remember this.  Still so special to me.  I had hopes that I would hit all of the marks as a parent with his first Christmas.  Long story short, it was another example of how I needed to let go of my expectations and simply be in the moment.

 Hudson's first Braves game.  And look at this face.  Hudson had - and still has - so much joy. Hudson really soaked in the atmosphere as we wandered through most of the public areas of Turner Field.  I love watching David and Hudson spend time together, but seeing the two of them share this experience made this a day that I will always cherish.

Hudson's first Braves game.  And look at this face.  Hudson had - and still has - so much joy. Hudson really soaked in the atmosphere as we wandered through most of the public areas of Turner Field.  I love watching David and Hudson spend time together, but seeing the two of them share this experience made this a day that I will always cherish.

 The two most important people in my life on Hudson's first birthday.  We took Hudson to the zoo for the first time.  Hudson loves animals, and that love started early.  I felt like we had the whole place to ourselves.  Hudson was showing more and more personality and he communicated so much.  It was one of the first times we were out in a public place with Hudson and I felt like I knew what I was doing.  I now know that this feeling is fleeting and not true at all.  LOL

The two most important people in my life on Hudson's first birthday.  We took Hudson to the zoo for the first time.  Hudson loves animals, and that love started early.  I felt like we had the whole place to ourselves.  Hudson was showing more and more personality and he communicated so much.  It was one of the first times we were out in a public place with Hudson and I felt like I knew what I was doing.  I now know that this feeling is fleeting and not true at all.  LOL

Some advice from Hudson, in his fourth year:  Sounds effects are important and need to be used.  One more hug and kiss, always.  Chocolate milk is king.  Say no when you mean it.  Tell people they are the best and they will prove you right.

SYDNEY + ANNA: A NASHVILLE ENGAGEMENT PREVIEW

We love environmental portraiture.  We feed off of the location when shaping portraits, allowing us to consider what poses and moments we can create within the shape of a setting. When our friend Sydney and her partner asked us to photograph their engagement in Nashville, we were so excited.  We have never done a session in Nashville, and the prospect of exploring in a historically cool city really got our gears turning.

Even though the weather was not on our side (rain + cold + wind), we could not pass up the opportunity.  Sydney and Anna just snuggled together every moment they could (not that they really needed an excuse).  They powered through it, and we could not be more pleased with the results.  The rain pushed through to reveal fleeting bursts of sunshine in between moody, cloudy skies.  It turned out to be perfect for their style.  It just goes to show that having "ideal" conditions for portraits isn't really a requirement.   We did things our way.

LESSONS LEARNED

We recently had the pleasure of being invited to speak at a middle school career day.  Speaking with these ambitious and inquisitive kids really made us reflect upon how we got where we are today.  Clearly, a natural result of being interrogated by enthusiastic young people.  Here are some lessons that we have learned throughout our careers as creative people and entrepreneurs. 

1.  Follow your intuition.  It will reveal your purpose.

Believe it or not, David and I did not arrive in this world with the knowledge that we wanted to be when we grew up.  Honestly, most people don't.  We both arrived at photography from very different trajectories, with different motivations. 

David always recounts his decision to pursue photography as being two-fold:

Part One: His mother, in her ever-present wisdom, gave him an ultimatum.  He had to go to college or move out.

Part Two: If he HAD to go to school, he was going to pick something that wouldn't need require a four-year degree and not be "too hard".  

Strategic, right?  Little did he know that he would latch onto photography as a career, and love it as a medium of expression.

I always wanted to express myself in some way, but it took me some time to figure out what would work best for me.  I have always had a creative mind and considered myself an artist.  However, I was somewhat discouraged from pursuing art as a career, so I ended up attending a four-year university to become a sociologist.  I never abandoned artful expression, and was always looking for new elements to introduce into my work. 

After I got my bachelor's degree, I started working at a photography studio to learn how to work a camera.  I never thought that I would love it so much as its own medium.  It all clicked.  Expressing my vision through a camera came so easily to me that I knew that I had to go for it.  Fast forward to the present - I do not regret forgoing graduate school to become a photographer.  It fulfills and challenges me in ways that nothing else can.

2. Trust the process.

I don't know about you, but when I get excited about something, I start to obsess a bit.  I immerse myself in information, my research-oriented brain running wild.  I try to become an expert as quickly as I can.  Enthusiasm is a trait that cannot be taught - and it can serve you well in pursuing your goals.  With that being said, patience is a virtue.  Let's talk.

It is very easy to pick up a (insert tool of trade here) and instantly declare yourself a (insert profession here).  Honestly, is it really that easy?  Thinking that any creative skill is simple to attain is insulting.  Proficiency comes with time, practice, and commitment to the craft - and that requires PATIENCE.  Don't expect to be as good as someone who has been doing it longer than you, and don't expect that someday you will know everything you need to know.  Trust in the process of learning the ins and outs of a profession before your start calling yourself a professional.  If you try to fast forward through the learning curve, you are going to miss the tools that build into longevity.

3. Comparison leads to anxiety.  Anxiety leads to self-loathing. Self-loathing is the killer of creativity - and self-esteem. (Read this in Yoda's voice for best results)

I believe in inspiration.  All artists have that something that lights a spark, urging them to create.  Inspiration can come from anywhere.  For example: Lately, I have been inspired by some hip-hop and rap videos - not the most traditional source of inspiration for a portrait photographer.  I also think that you can gain a lot from relationships with other artists - ideas, support, new perspective.  However, if you are not mindful in your creative journey, you can fall into a trap: the spiral of comparison and self-loathing.

Every artist is different.  Please accept this.  It is a hard thing to grasp onto, especially when you are young in your creative life.  You see amazing work from someone on social media, a website, in someone's house, in a gallery.  You think to yourself, "So and So is really amazing.  Look at how they conceptualized that piece.  They know how to do so many things.  Look at all the attention they are getting.  I am not getting any of that attention.  It's been a struggle for me to create the piece that I see in my head.  People aren't responding to my work they way that I thought they would.  I suck."  The spiral. 

The comparison spiral is guaranteed to rob you of the energy you need to create something meaningful.  You just dig yourself deeper into a place where no real growth can occur.  If you admire someone's art, celebrate their success and learn from them.  Artists want to see other artists succeed. Trust me on this.  No one wants their craft to die.  Speaking personally, we enjoy working with photographers that are early in their development.  We love showing them new skills, giving them encouragement, helping them move forward.  In turn, we are rejuvenated by their fresh approaches and raw creativity.  Community.

4. Stay in your lane.

There was a moment in my creative life where I carried a lot of uncertainty and self-doubt.  We were in the early stages of our company, just taking every freelance job we could find, hustling so hard to pay our bills, dedicated to this idea that we could make a living doing this thing that we love.  I was riddled with questions and anxiety.  I felt like I was being pulled in so many directions and not giving anything 100%.  Even after our company gained a solid footing, I had this sinking rock in my stomach, dread that we would be back at that place if I made the slightest mistake.  I needed to get real.

It was at that point where I discovered Sue Bryce.  I watched a video on YouTube from her series on creating a portrait photography business, and I was mesmerized.  I was struck by her honesty, her notorious accent, her confidence.  She explained that she used to torture herself with what others were doing and how it sucked the life right out of her.  I had never heard it explained that way before and it just clicked.  Why expend energy obsessing over what another photographer may be doing when you can spend that energy on your own gig?  A total epiphany for me.

Fast forward to now, and I view our business and creative process through a completely different lens.  I spend the majority of my energy running towards my goals and towards what lights my creative fire.  Tunnel vision, somewhat.  I occasionally resurface to get inspiration from other amazing creative people and their work - not just photographers.  I value the work of other people because it gives me perspective, gives me ideas of new angles or poses to try, gives me encouragement.  As creative people, we have to appreciate that we are all different.  If we were all the same, we wouldn't really be that creative - would we?

5. Mistakes do not equal failure.

Imperfections.  Mistakes.  Misunderstandings.  All of these things are inevitable.  Learning how to manage them is a foundational skill.  Early in our business life, I ripped myself apart if I made a mistake.  I tortured myself if someone didn't like a picture.  I cut myself down if someone chose to work with another photographer over me.  Maintaining your self-worth as a creative person is really hard.  Creative people are sensitive!

The reality is that it is mistakes are the best teachers.  This is as cliche as it gets, but TRUE.  I try to learn from every mistake so that I don't make it again.  I have also learned how to address mistakes with clients and coworkers so that molehills don't become mountains and my authority is intact.  Mistakes have made me a better business owner and a better photographer.

I also have learned what ISN'T a mistake - a key distinction.  For example, people often enter a portrait session with a lot of baggage - Maybe they don't like how they have aged. Maybe they feel like they look fat in every piece of clothing they own.  Maybe they have acne and they feel like it ruins their whole face.   Maybe they had a horrible experience with another photographer.  Sometimes they simply hate getting their portrait taken and would rather jump into traffic than do it again, but their employer, family member, or significant other is requiring it.  As photographers, we want people to feel great about their experience and about the product they receive from us.  We try to make them feel comfortable, soothe their concerns, find solutions.  We try to show them the best version of themselves.

You show them the portraits you take of them, and they are not pleased.  They list off all of the reasons - reasons that communicate the baggage they brought to the session.  Some concerns can be fixed with the almighty Photoshop.  But some concerns are so entrenched that they cannot be alleviated - even a great session experience, all the Photoshop in the world, and endless retakes.  At that point, I feel that I have not made a mistake. Though I would like to think that every picture I take can solve the world's self-esteem issues, I know I am not that powerful.

I sure try, though.

6. Don't turn what you love into a chore.

There is an old saying that goes something like this: "Do what you love, and you will never work a day in your life."  While I agree that this is a very idealistic view of one's journey into a career, there is some truth to it.  I love photography.  It has become a major vehicle for expressing myself, a frame for my world view, a place for me to disconnect and also reconnect (depending on what is necessary).  However, this does not mean that there are not challenges or annoyances to overcome.  

One of the major struggles of making a living as a creative person is finding a balance between unbridled artistic expression and having your art consumed as a product for money.  Owning a small business - creative or not creative - is not for the faint of heart.  Sometimes you can really lose yourself in it.  You lose your joy, the "why" that made you take the plunge in the first place.  I have met so many photographers that end up not wanting to shoot anymore after grinding and trying to make a living.  It is hard to have your art on display and scrutinized, especially if that is how you are playing your bills.

I am constantly reminding myself why I love doing what we do.  I circle back to it when I am feeling a little worn, and it brings me back to that balance.  When I am feeling pressed and at a breaking point, I push through the negativity to find: Regardless of any difficulty, we are making a living and supporting our family doing what we love to do.  We get to create things every day.  That is a truly special opportunity.

7. Success is about longevity.

As you get older, you start to understand why older people tell a lot of stories.  Both personally and professionally, we have been through a lot and there are lessons to be learned from that.  I find that I want others to not have to make the same mistakes that we did, or see warning signs that we didn't, or even take risks that we did to see the payoff.  You get better and better at see the long game as you age.

Every year, we meet young creative professionals that have an expectation of their career taking off like a rocket as soon as they graduate.  Every year, we meet creative professionals that have a crisis in perspective because a new trend has arisen and they feel like they are missing something.  Every year, we meet creative professionals that feel like they know everything and refuse to evolve.  All three of these approaches places the focus where it shouldn't be.Success as a creative professional requires commitment to your point of view.  Trends come and go (remember spot color?).  Creative success does not happen overnight.  Going the distance requires flexibility.

If I can impart anything on those reading, it needs to be this:  Find your voice and commit to it.  Embrace the slow burn of building your brand.  Don't panic when things don't explode on contact.  Observe reactions and figure out what works.  Cultivate your skill set.  All of these things take time.

EVERYDAY VALENTINES: A LOVE NOTE TO OUR MODERN MARRIAGE

Confession: My husband and I don't really celebrate Valentine's Day.   I have to warn you, this is about to get personal.  But I feel like this little glimpse into our lives as entrepreneurs, as husband and wife, and as parents intersect in ways that are inescapable.

Some people may find that weird that we don't make a big deal out of the big "V-Day", but it's not because we are against commercial holidays or lack any sentimentality.  Our lives are crazy busy the vast majority of the time.  Photography doesn't always happen during the 9am-5pm window and February is a particularly deadline-heavy period for us.  We always get each other a card, always say "Happy Valentine's Day", but going out usually isn't an option for us during this time of year.  I am simply thankful for the little things that we can do for each other each day - our everyday valentines.

My husband David is the master of making someone feel special.  He has an uncanny memory when it comes to the accomplishments of others, he celebrates your successes even if you barely know him, he is genuinely interested in what you have to say - regardless of how trivial.  This tendency doesn't end with our clients.  If you have ever been to our home or even been in my office at the studio, there is one thing that you will always see:  love notes. 

David has always been a prolific note writer.  Our schedules often do not line up. He leaves earlier than me, works later than I do.  We are constantly crossing paths during the day or hardly see each other at all.  He is out and about for 70-80 hours over 6 (sometimes 7) days a week.  He jokes that he spends more time with the families of others more than his own.  He takes on that role so that I can be home with our son as much as our work schedule can allow. I cannot begin to tell you how grateful I am and how selfless he is. 

Our ebb and flow results in me waking up to little notes on the kitchen counter, finding post-it notes on my desk when I arrive at work, coming home to a note along with flowers or my favorite candy (or both).  I ask myself constantly what I do that makes me so lucky to have him as my partner in life.

More often than not, the notes he leaves for me at work are words of encouragement.  Words to lift me up when I am feeling overwhelmed or I am having a rough day.  Like so many creative professionals, I have moments where I doubt myself and my abilities.  Doubt my relevance.  Doubt whether the work I am doing means anything to anyone but me.  David knows about my inner monologue, as he is one of the few that has seen me at my worst.  And when I put up a wall of strength in the presence of others, I can show what is going on inside to David.  He knows how to get me back on track when I need an extra push.

All blubbering aside, couples that work together know how hard it can be.  It is hard to separate the business from the personal.  But I am thankful that we share everything in real time with each other.  We are together for each victory and hardship - we are going through it at the same time!  He is my favorite collaborator, my honest critic, my sounding board, my therapist, my work husband AND home husband.  He is the best partner in every scenario.

So basically, I don't feel like I am missing anything by not doing the whole Valentine's Day schtick.  I get Valentine's Day every day because of my forever Valentine.  I love you, David McGregor.  I am so thankful for you.  

I'm not crying.  You're crying,  ;)

BEST OF 2017

1039 portrait sessions, 9 weddings, and over 400 events.  I think that we all can agree that 2017 was a year like no other.  When looking back the mountain of work that we did over those 12 months, it so hard to select such a small portion to highlight.  What isn't hard is the amount of gratitude that we feel that we are able to make a living doing what we love and be a part of such close-knit communities.  Big things are coming in 2018 and we are excited to share them with you!

Here are the stories behind each of our selections for our Best of 2017.  We hope you enjoy the details as much as we do!

 We are HUGE sports fans, and sports photography is one of the hallmarks of our business.  Even though we typically are photographing high school sports, we had the opportunity to photograph Georgia vs. Appalachian State.  This would be a special experience for any photographer, but for us it was more than just the game.  Several people we photographed were part of the game - cheerleaders, players, and even a member of the Georgia coaching staff.  Being able to get a photograph of Nick Chubb's signature celebration was icing on the cake.

We are HUGE sports fans, and sports photography is one of the hallmarks of our business.  Even though we typically are photographing high school sports, we had the opportunity to photograph Georgia vs. Appalachian State.  This would be a special experience for any photographer, but for us it was more than just the game.  Several people we photographed were part of the game - cheerleaders, players, and even a member of the Georgia coaching staff.  Being able to get a photograph of Nick Chubb's signature celebration was icing on the cake.

 The fall season is an extremely popular time to have your family photographed, and we look forward to this season every year.  However, when the fabulous Pagel family came for their annual family portrait, something was different.  Their session was first thing in the morning.  The air was cool, and there was still some fog lingering from the rain the night before.  The result was a dreamy, almost painterly effect on the whole scene.

The fall season is an extremely popular time to have your family photographed, and we look forward to this season every year.  However, when the fabulous Pagel family came for their annual family portrait, something was different.  Their session was first thing in the morning.  The air was cool, and there was still some fog lingering from the rain the night before.  The result was a dreamy, almost painterly effect on the whole scene.

 The caption on this is simple: Game-winning shot at the buzzer during state playoffs.  What an unforgettable moment.

The caption on this is simple: Game-winning shot at the buzzer during state playoffs.  What an unforgettable moment.

 This portrait was unlike any bridal portrait we had taken during 2017.  Liz (the bride) encompassed both modern and classic glamour all in one image.  The shadows provide the perfect about of drama and accentuate each curve and line. 

This portrait was unlike any bridal portrait we had taken during 2017.  Liz (the bride) encompassed both modern and classic glamour all in one image.  The shadows provide the perfect about of drama and accentuate each curve and line. 

 Senior portraits is something in which we specialize.  When things come together as perfectly as they did in this shoot, we have to admire it.  Anthony's athleticism, drive, and steely eyes make this a once-in-a-lifetime senior portrait.

Senior portraits is something in which we specialize.  When things come together as perfectly as they did in this shoot, we have to admire it.  Anthony's athleticism, drive, and steely eyes make this a once-in-a-lifetime senior portrait.

 One of the things that makes wrestling such a unique sport is that it is all up to you.  It is just you and your opponent on the mat.  You live and die by your choices.  This environment can be a pressure cooker of emotion, particularly when you get to the state championship level.  However, when the hard work pays off, you see raw, unbridled jubilation - just like Mason showed us at the GHSA State Duals.

One of the things that makes wrestling such a unique sport is that it is all up to you.  It is just you and your opponent on the mat.  You live and die by your choices.  This environment can be a pressure cooker of emotion, particularly when you get to the state championship level.  However, when the hard work pays off, you see raw, unbridled jubilation - just like Mason showed us at the GHSA State Duals.

 The fact that we can build lasting relationships with families is so special to us.  We have been photographing the Portmann family for several years now, and seeing their daughters grow up has been awesome.  The lines in this portrait just draw you into this sweet family.  They always just relax and blossom in front of our lens.  Such a pleasure to work with them.

The fact that we can build lasting relationships with families is so special to us.  We have been photographing the Portmann family for several years now, and seeing their daughters grow up has been awesome.  The lines in this portrait just draw you into this sweet family.  They always just relax and blossom in front of our lens.  Such a pleasure to work with them.

 Lauryn was one of our senior portrait models of the Class of 2018.  We photographed her session in the spring of 2017, selecting Little Five Points as our backdrop.  Lauryn has such a calm, kind, relaxed demeanor and she couples that with a clever sense of feminine style.  We loved how she just popped against the colorful murals behind her.

Lauryn was one of our senior portrait models of the Class of 2018.  We photographed her session in the spring of 2017, selecting Little Five Points as our backdrop.  Lauryn has such a calm, kind, relaxed demeanor and she couples that with a clever sense of feminine style.  We loved how she just popped against the colorful murals behind her.

 Everyone should want their wedding to be like Don and Linda's.  This couple is crazy about each other - you can see it in their smiles.  When we say that they danced all night, they really did.  Love this portrait of them.

Everyone should want their wedding to be like Don and Linda's.  This couple is crazy about each other - you can see it in their smiles.  When we say that they danced all night, they really did.  Love this portrait of them.

 One of my secret passions in food photography, which is why our relationship with Private Chefs of Atlanta is so great..  I typically do not eat while I am working at a shoot, but the chef insisted and he made a portion of each course for me.  Each dish was beautiful and delicious, as you can see from this garnishing shot of his pork dish.

One of my secret passions in food photography, which is why our relationship with Private Chefs of Atlanta is so great..  I typically do not eat while I am working at a shoot, but the chef insisted and he made a portion of each course for me.  Each dish was beautiful and delicious, as you can see from this garnishing shot of his pork dish.

 Swimming is an intense sport.  Swimmers push their bodies to the limit and they are highly competitive people.  Jack is no exception.  This celebration was after one of his many victories at the 2017 GHSA State Championships.  And he is now being coached by Michael Phelps, as if he needed any more accolades to add to his resume.

Swimming is an intense sport.  Swimmers push their bodies to the limit and they are highly competitive people.  Jack is no exception.  This celebration was after one of his many victories at the 2017 GHSA State Championships.  And he is now being coached by Michael Phelps, as if he needed any more accolades to add to his resume.

 There is something about a bride and groom that is open to any suggestion that you make during their wedding portraits.  Lourie and Royal were madly in love and they were all about having their portraits taken together.  Their enthusiasm made this portrait come out exactly how I saw it in my head - something that is not as easy as it sounds.

There is something about a bride and groom that is open to any suggestion that you make during their wedding portraits.  Lourie and Royal were madly in love and they were all about having their portraits taken together.  Their enthusiasm made this portrait come out exactly how I saw it in my head - something that is not as easy as it sounds.

 You look at this portrait and you think, "Wow, she looks really at home in that water."  Guess again.  In order to get an epic portrait, sometimes you have to be a little uncomfortable.  Bella loves the water, so we opted to visit Lake Lanier  for her senior portrait session.  At the end, I suggested that she step into the water.  She immediately exclaimed "It is so cold!  Hurry up!"  You would never know how cold she was by the smile on her face.

You look at this portrait and you think, "Wow, she looks really at home in that water."  Guess again.  In order to get an epic portrait, sometimes you have to be a little uncomfortable.  Bella loves the water, so we opted to visit Lake Lanier  for her senior portrait session.  At the end, I suggested that she step into the water.  She immediately exclaimed "It is so cold!  Hurry up!"  You would never know how cold she was by the smile on her face.

 In a typical family portrait session, we will photograph both posed and candid portraits.  When it comes to photographing children, sometimes the best moments are when kids are just being kids.  We let these girls run through a Christmas tree farm in November and the result is a beautiful representation of sisterhood.

In a typical family portrait session, we will photograph both posed and candid portraits.  When it comes to photographing children, sometimes the best moments are when kids are just being kids.  We let these girls run through a Christmas tree farm in November and the result is a beautiful representation of sisterhood.

 Environmental portraits are a keystone in our business.  We love going to a location and finding beautiful spots in which to immerse our clients.  Jasmin looked like a goddess during her senior portrait session.  We went to Lenox Park in Atlanta to take in the old trees, water, bridges, and urban architecture.  No matter where we put Jasmin, she was the light in every portrait.  In this one,  the golden afternoon light was gleaming through the trees and Jasmin was simply glowing.

Environmental portraits are a keystone in our business.  We love going to a location and finding beautiful spots in which to immerse our clients.  Jasmin looked like a goddess during her senior portrait session.  We went to Lenox Park in Atlanta to take in the old trees, water, bridges, and urban architecture.  No matter where we put Jasmin, she was the light in every portrait.  In this one,  the golden afternoon light was gleaming through the trees and Jasmin was simply glowing.

 If I am being honest, bride and groom portraits are one of my favorite parts of photographing weddings.  The quiet, intimate moments between two people that are in love and committing their lives to each other.  The Starlings are a memorable couple, not just because their wedding was elegant.  This portrait was taken following their ceremony, and it shows the care and admiration that they have for each other.  The kind of love that lasts forever.

If I am being honest, bride and groom portraits are one of my favorite parts of photographing weddings.  The quiet, intimate moments between two people that are in love and committing their lives to each other.  The Starlings are a memorable couple, not just because their wedding was elegant.  This portrait was taken following their ceremony, and it shows the care and admiration that they have for each other.  The kind of love that lasts forever.

 This celebration was following the state semi-final match.  Even though the finals didn't go as planned, the happiness and comradery show here is exactly why we love sports.  Teams are families, winning and losing together.  In fact, when we posted this picture on Instagram as part of our series, the team members were still building each other up.

This celebration was following the state semi-final match.  Even though the finals didn't go as planned, the happiness and comradery show here is exactly why we love sports.  Teams are families, winning and losing together.  In fact, when we posted this picture on Instagram as part of our series, the team members were still building each other up.