best of 2014: weddings

where do i begin with this wedding season? while one of my most challenging, coming off the birth of hazel, it was, i feel, my most successful. again, this is all in my opinion, but i am walking away with some of my most beautiful images to date. most importantly, i feel i’ve hit an important trait in my career: consistency. i read a quote from a seasoned photographer once that said a true way to tell a experienced, professional photographer is by their consistency. do i have room for growth? ABSOLUTELY. the minute i stop growing is the minute i know i need to move on.

so this wedding season crossed a major goal off my list: shooting a wedding in bloomington. ahhhh, this day! i can’t even. along with the goal of shooting outside jasper, i also had the privilege of shooting a wedding in lexington, ky which was breathtaking and put some much-needed wind in my creative sails. that doesn’t at ALL mean i don’t love my southern indiana weddings! i’ve really hit a stride in my wedding days…i know exactly how much time i need to get my detail shots. i know the best spots for photos with best light. i know when to be where. i feel i really connected with my brides (and grooms) this year and the photos show. investing in relationships, of all kinds, always yields such great rewards.

2014 brides and grooms……i will be indebted to you for years to come. for your patience while i navigated this first year as a photo-mom and for never blinking when i whispered that i needed to go pump. i love you for always asking about hazel and for those of you who emailed, texted and dropped by presents for her. i thank you for being flexible when i ask for more and for trusting me without me having to ask. i don’t know what i did in a past life to have the best job in the world,  attracting the absolute best couples. thank you, thank you. from the depths of my heart. xo.

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so, funny story. after amanda and brian’s ceremony on campus, she had one thing on her mind: kilroys. so, to kilroys we went. it wasn’t until we were about to walk in that a groomsman said, “dude, does anyone have id?” whoopsie. sure fire way to not be carded? “so, um, mr doorman, we’re all old enough to tell you what kilroys looked like BEFORE it was called ‘kok’.” instant access.

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there couldn’t be a more perfect image for this couple. floating in mid air….when i saw this on my lcd screen i almost packed up and called it a night. how do you top that?!

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i’ve never told her, but this image of ali and her maid of honor has sparked SO many requests from my other brides. it’s hard to create moments like this and you might think i was lying if i said i didn’t stage this! ABR: always be ready.

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i ABSOLUTELY loved the colors of nicole and jordan’s day. one of my favorites of the year, for sure.

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my lord, this image. i mean. seriously. when kara opened her gift of that pendleton blanket (below), i almost wept from excitement for what i wanted to do with it after the ceremony. well played, seth, well played.

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never stop looking at her this way…it will pick her up when she’s low and keep her happy always.

 

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you have to love getting access to league stadium (aka, the league of their own stadium).

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another favorite bouquet (and dress) from the year.

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this image literally made me (and many others) gasp. brittany probably has one word for you: yoga.

 

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amber has this infectious giggle and i can almost hear it through these photos.

 

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makenzie is such a little ray of light. i shot this, on the fly, as the girls were walking and only discovered it’s perfection the next day when i was uploading photos. i’m so happy to have captured such a perfectly representative image of such a beautiful woman.

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