LINDA + DON

As wedding photographers, we see a lot of scenarios play out.  Each bride, groom, wedding party, family is different.  Being flexible and adaptable is an absolute requirement of a photographer, and if you can embrace it, beautiful images are the result.

Linda and Don's fall wedding was unique in that it was a public affirmation of their marriage from the previous year, but it was also the type of reunion of family and friends that only happens after many years have past.  Being a photojournalist at heart, these factors made this wedding prime for special moments.

I arrived at Linda and Don's house to find everyone so relaxed and enjoying each other's company.  We took the opportunity to take some portraits at their home, which made these portraits more personal. 

Have I mentioned how awesome everyone was in this wedding party?  Everyone - bride and groom included - were friendly, go-with-the-flow type of people. There was joking, laughing, lounging, reminiscing all day.  Once we got to The Wheeler House and got settled, we took a few more portraits and waited for the guests to arrive.

The ceremony was full of laughter and sweet moments, as well as some unconventional touches.  Linda and Don's daughter, Olive, would not let go of her daddy for most of the afternoon, so she joined them at the altar!  Song choices were fun and sentimental (i.e. Parents walked down to "We Are Family" by Sister Sledge, Linda walked down the aisle to and acoustic rendition of "Everlong" by Foo Fighters).  The officiant's message rhymed.

The reception was an absolute party.  Both Linda and Don's first dance and the mother-son dance were fun, upbeat songs.  They even had a joint dance with Linda dancing with her father and Don dancing with Olive!  The TC Show did an incredible job keeping the guests on the dance floor.  It was clear that everyone was in a celebratory mood, and their eagerness to dance and have fun was infectious.  Oh, and there were s'mores.  And glow sticks and glow necklaces.  And a perfect sparkler exit.  I had multiple people comment about my Ramones shirt.  It was really perfect.

Really, this whole day was such a pleasure to be a part of.  You can see the love between Linda and Don, the kind that is going to last.  Congratulations and thank you for an awesome day!

LOURIE + ROYAL

Our fall wedding season has been off to a running start and it is definitely our favorite season for weddings.  After several weddings already in September, Lourie and Royal's romantic wedding at Dawsonville's Cold Creek Farm was a particularly special experience.  Weddings are a celebration of two people deciding to share their lives together, and Lourie and Royal's nuptials felt like a love letter witnessed by family and friends. 

We arrived at Cold Creek Farm to find the bridal suite upbeat, with dance music playing and everyone in high spirits.  The details were being put into place and while each were important, Lourie was at ease and happy.  Royal and his groomsmen were more than entertaining as they prepared, showing their excitement and support.  When it came time for the first look, Lourie and Royal had endless smiles.  It was a tender moment between them before the wedding day rush began.

The ceremony was short and sweet.  Lourie had the most adorable expressions throughout the ceremony, while Royal looked on with complete admiration. 

The reception felt like the best reunion among family, with so much socializing and smiles.  We never could have anticipated some of the details of the reception, but they were so fitting to this classy couple.  A feast that could feed a small city, two amazing outfit changes for the bride, the absolute best bridal party announcements that we have ever seen, toasts that would make you cry.  It was perfection.

MARY BETH + CHANDLER

Our fall wedding season started off with the union of Mary Beth and Chandler, and oh what a beautiful beginning.  In a time where it seems that everyone is trying to out-clever each other with wedding details, sometimes we forget how stunning and romantic a classic church wedding can be.  The day was marked with thoughtful details, sweet dispositions, and the type of chivalry that you can only dream about.  This wedding was both traditional and personal.  The marriage of two people in love with each other in the sanctuary of their church, witnessed by their families and friends.  Timeless.

The elegance was there, even before the bridal party started to get ready.  The ladies were dressed in matching floral robes, preparing in the room where Mary Beth's parents were married years prior.  The gentleman were sequestered in the room next door.  The couple chose not to see each other prior to the ceremony, which is a romantic tradition that I wish more couples embraced.

The ceremony began exactly as you would want: The bride proceeding down the aisle toward her groom, his eyes holding back tears.  The officiant had watched Mary Beth grow up, and his personal connection to her was apparent in his heartfelt message to the couple.  The families prayed together.  A unity candle was lit.  The kiss was perfection.  

The reception was at Chestatee Golf Club, a venue that offers an intimate view of the lush grounds and a clubhouse that feels like your family's vacation home. The wrap around porch was decorated simply and allowed for guest to enjoy each other's company.  Family and friends drank, ate, and danced together - it was clearly a celebration of the couple and their new life together.

Mary Beth and Chandler, thank you so much for letting us capture one of the best days of your life!  We wish you all of the happiness life can bring!

KATELYNN | CLASS OF 2018

This year has flown by without warning and before we have been able to catch our breath, it is already time for the Class of 2018!  Our first 2018 senior to be photographed is Katelynn, a rising senior from Buford High School.  We have had the pleasure of knowing Katelynn and her family for the last three years, and the fact that she is about to be a senior is blowing our minds.

Katelynn is the type of young woman you want to know.  She is super intelligent, funny, talented, and absolutely gorgeous.  When it came to photographing her portraits, she could not have made it easier.  She was quick to smile and laugh, open and agreeable to all ideas, and she even came prepared with a bag of supplies just in she needed it! 

We started our session at Atlanta's Piedmont Park.  It was a beautiful morning, with soft golden sunlight and slight breeze.  After talking to Katelynn about how much she loves being in downtown Atlanta, we finished our session at the infamous Jackson Street bridge.  Katelynn remained easy-going and enthusiastic throughout the session - a real dream for any photographer. 

 

REMEMBERING FLORIDA IN JANUARY & REVIEWING SLEEKLENS WORKFLOWS

As artists and photographers, we are constantly grappling with the balance of photographic integrity and the endless editing options that technology offers.  Each photographer approaches this tug of war with their own methodology and perspective - and this position often evolves over the course of their career.  

Before I ever picked up a camera, I was an editor.  While some may assume that this means that I take every opportunity of Photoshop the crap out of my images, I prefer most often to use Photoshop to simply tweak what I cannot achieve in the camera.  I also offer alternative edits of images when the mood strikes me - usually only applying effects that evoke certain feelings (i.e. film or matte overlays) or enhance the timeless nature of a photograph (i.e. black and white conversion).  My goal is to never let that extra something get in the way of the message that the image is supposed to deliver.

As technology has advanced, there are many options for photographers and graphic artists to perfect images or to add additional elements to a photograph.  The intention of these workflow systems is to make the editing process easier, more efficient, and accessible to artists of all levels.  I have found that as my editing process has evolved, I try to achieve my end result in the fewest steps possible - and workflow systems can certainly help.

Today, I got the opportunity to work with a new workflow system: The Landscape Adventure Collection by Sleeklens.  While I am not a landscape photographer, this collection proved flexible enough to use in environmental portraits as well.  To demonstrate, I revisited our personal vacation to Jupiter, Florida in January of last year.

Our vacation was prompted by the wedding of one of our family members and we were ready to get out of the gloomy, cold weather in Georgia and head toward the sun.  My husband David grew up in Jupiter, so it was a trip down memory lane as well.  The first image I edited using the Sleeklens system was taken at a park where where David used to play as a child. 

Any photographer will tell you that shooting during "the golden hour" can result in some beautiful, dreamy images that are difficult to replicate otherwise.  What they don't tell you is how much tweaking that can be involved in the editing process.  I found that the layering multiple actions in this workflow system was simple and easy to customize.  Ultimately, I was able to retain the dreamy, golden color and enhance some the elements that tend to get hazy in those conditions.

During our time in Florida, we stayed only a short walk away from an inlet that overlooked The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse.  Taking our son to look at the lighthouse was a tender moment between David and Hudson, as David has many memories that include that lighthouse somewhere in the background.  

This workflow system had a excellent mix of subtle adjustments and full actions to utilize.  This gives you full flexibility to keep your image looking natural or more artistic.

One of the sweetest memories of our trip was taking Hudson to the beach for the first time.  He was hesitant at first, but eventually warmed up to the sand.  We never did get him near the water though!

Overall, I thought the the Sleeklens workflow system was versatile and easy to use.  Each adjustment and action is simply labeled and includes prompts that guide you to the best application.  My only criticism of this workflow system is the black and white actions do not allow for enough manipulation of the black and white conversion.  However, the specific workflow collection that I was working with was created for landscapes and not portraiture, which could explain why this was set up the way that it was.  At the end of the day, I was able to quickly edit some images that helped me remember was warm weather feels like and also fawn over our sweet and little our son was only a year ago.  

Check out Sleeklens' Landscape Adventure Collection, as well as their editing service and the many other workflow solutions they are offering photographers and graphic artists!