Wedding Photography

Quinn + Hayden : A Preview

The perfect way to describe the Grizzle wedding? A whole lotta love. (Thank you to Led Zeppelin for providing such a clever caption.)

The day was sweet and intimate. Full of close friends and family the Grizzle wedding was a wonderful blend of classic southern and a little bit of whimsy.

We shot Quinn and Hayden’s engagement photos back in January of this year and then in November we were honored to be able to capture their wedding day. It’s always neat to see how a couple grows together during a season of engagement. From being newly engaged to just days until the wedding, until they promise each other forever, it’s almost like it’s own little storybook.

A favorite moment? Most definitely the first look with the bride and her father. It was tender and sweet and perfect. We love capturing moments like these.

The bridesmaids were nothing but fun. You could see the tight bond they had with Quinn, especially when they saw Quinn for the first reveal!

The space for the ceremony was stunning with the colors of fall in full effect. It made for the perfect backdrop to such a sweet ceremony. Quinn was all smiles too, you could tell she was excited to spend the rest of her life with her most favorite person.

There was a sign behind the dessert bar with a quote, “You have my whole heart for my whole life.” And we just love that. It just really speaks to what Quinn and Hayden were feeling that day. And so, Mr. and Mrs. Grizzle it was truly a joy to be a part of your day, we offer our congratulations once more and wish you a lifetime of happiness!

Miranda + Ben : A Preview

Miranda and Ben’s day was such a dream. We have been so excited about sharing it, and though we wish we could share the whole day with you, we have yet to finish all of the photos! With so many beautiful elements to this day we just could not wait any longer.

As one of our last weddings of the year we can say with confidence that the wedding of Miranda and Ben was well worth the wait.

To start, we were super excited to work with our favorite coordinator and designer, Ms. Kecia Wilson of Three Little Birds weddings, so we knew immediately this wedding was going to be a showstopper.  Every detail from the bouquets to the sparkler exit was beautifully executed.

The pale pink bridesmaids dresses paired perfectly with the groomsmen’s navy suits and Miranda stole the show in her stunning Hayley Paige gown.  

And the flowers? Um hello, they were wild and lovely. Full of lush greenery with accents of ruby and navy and soft touches of creamy whites and oranges.

Since it was November it was a bit chilly in the evening. So Miranda wore this gorgeous fur stole for some of the portraits and we were obsessed. The fur perfectly complimented the delicate lace of her gown and added a touch of elegance.

One of our favorite details from the wedding were the toasts at the reception. Never have we heard such memorable speeches with as much personality as these. From reminiscing on funny childhood stories to everyone knowing Miranda and Ben were instantly meant to be, capturing these moments was truly a treat.  

The whole day you could really just feel the love between not only Miranda and Ben, but every friend and family member too.  

We couldn’t have been more pleased to be a part of this beautiful day.

Congratulations again Mr. and Mrs. Foster, we wish you nothing but happiness.  

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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.

LAURA + TODD

Happy New Year, friends!  We closed out 2017 with the sweetest wedding and we are excited to share it with you!  Winter weddings provide a completely different aesthetic and feel from any other season, one that is full of holiday cheer, classic color palettes, light-filled decoration, and enhanced familial bond.  Trust me, you will see why Laura and Todd's intimate wedding was easily one of our favorites of the year.

Even before we met Laura in person, she had a way of making us feel like she already knew us.  She is gregarious, witty, and she calls everyone by a lot of pet names (it's a southern thing).  This sort of kindred sensibility was matched by both families present for the wedding - everyone was just so nice and welcoming.  They spoke to me as if I had been a part of the crew for years, joking and teasing and asking if I needed assistance.  Things got comfortable very quick.

Laura and Todd's wedding was full of both classic and unique elements.  It featured the traditional reds and greens of the holiday season with the accompanying decorative elements.  However, sprinkled throughout were little stamps of detail that made this day stand out.  For example, Laura's dress was decorated with Todd's family tartan and embroidered with the wedding dates of important family members down the back of the train.  She also wore her grandmother's fur stole, which added a touch of vintage glamour to her ensemble - even though had not originally planned on wearing it!

The importance of family echoed throughout.  We took portraits at Todd's family home, with the afternoon light shining.  Laura's mother created her bouquet of gorgeous red roses and thistles.  Family members were so gracious and fun.  Happiness.

The ceremony was simple and elegant.  Golden afternoon light shined through shutters, candles lined the seating and walkway, an absolutely stunning arbor of branches centered the space.  I found out later that the arbor was crafted the night before and was a group effort among family members.  A sign saved a place for Todd's mother.   Laura was walked down the aisle by her parents and her two sons.  Again, family taking center.

The vows were soft-spoken, meaningful, and symbolized with both rings and a binding ceremony.  The first kiss was one of the most beautiful I had photographed in some time.  The smiles as they walked down the aisle together said everything.

This couple is special.  Even in a time where people are less and less genuine, and focus on insignificant minutia and pettiness, Laura and Todd found the kind of love that lasts forever.  You can see just see it in the way they look at each other, the way they care of each other, the way they show love to others.  Congratulations Laura and Todd!