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.