Project 52 – Ordinary Everyday (June-October)| Kingsport lifestyle photographer

2015-10-20_0005This is MY family!  Did you catch my last post about this project 52?  If not, you can find it here.   That post explains all about how this project came to be.  And it’s been so neat capturing all these special moments with my family!  We drove cross country this year (30 hours each way) to visit our extended families.  As much as I tried to keep on top of things during the trip, I got behind and still haven’t quite caught up.  Good thing I’m the total opposite of the “type A” personality.  I’m having a great time doing what I can to document these days of childhood that seem so fleeting.

The prompts for these photos were:  sunshine (which is perfect for playing in the water with your cousin), bedroom, and bedtime (our nightly dog-walking ritual).  The photos above?  The top photo was the prompt “Water” and was taken at Millennium Park in Chicago. Totally worth the trip when you have littles. The prompt for the other one was “nearby.”  This was at a park near my parents house.  Guess who we ran into while we were there?  Our friends from Tennessee, who were also visiting family!  Crazy, huh?2015-10-20_0002

These next photos were what really held me back.  I had such a hard time finding inspiration for these prompts!  What were my assignments?  Me and them, dirty (which shouldn’t have been difficult, but by some miracle it was), technology, and mine.  While the “mine” photo may not seem like much, it’s really great when my husband finally pulls up to our home after work.  Everyone goes out to great him while shouting “dad!  daddy!”  Obviously, this photo was on their run back up the hill, but I’m never quite fast enough to grab the camera when I see him pulling up.  Does anyone else’s child have a minecraft addiction? My son has discovered pixel art on the YouTube Kids channel and has had so much fun creating things he thinks everyone in the family will enjoy. 2015-10-20_0003

The family table: perfect for carving pumpkins.  Exterior of home (after a rainstorm is particularly fun at our house).  The prompt for the last photo was “feet.”  My fearless 3-year-old was happy as a clam with her nose pressed up against the glass way up at the top of the gateway arch in St. Louis.  I can’t believe there are just a few weeks left of this project!  I have so enjoyed it!


Lindsy & Austin {@The Charles} | Kingsport wedding photographer

You may remember Lindsy and Austin from their awesome snowy engagement session (that you can see here).  Now you get to see their awesome wedding at The Charles in Johnson City!  When Lindsy first told me that she was having a Disney princess themed wedding, I’ve got to admit that I didn’t quite catch her vision.  But then she showed me her pinterest board and I started being able to see what she did.  Or so I thought.  Nothing could have prepared me for the stunning detail that went into this amazing celebration.  Just look at this RING!2015-10-07_0019


Lindsy made all of the boutonniere’s for the groomsmen and bouquets for the bridesmaids.  She handmade every flower out of fabric.  She even made the flower girl’s dress.   2015-10-07_0017


The ceremony was really beautiful.  She walked down the aisle with harp music playing Disney theme songs.  It was so elegant and so romantic.  2015-10-07_0014



No fear, though.  Austin got to express himself, too, with these superhero cufflinks and an awesome batman grooms cake.  2015-10-07_0011

For some reason, I can’t seem to get these photos in order.  Computers aren’t really my thing.  So here are some more of these awesome centerpieces.  Any guess which movie these are from?  Each table had a theme from a different movie.  2015-10-07_0010



The Cake Gallery did an amazing job on this cake.  It was so pretty and Lindsy just beamed when she saw it.  2015-10-07_0007





So here’s to Austin and Lindsy and all the many happy years together they will share!  Their happily ever after is just beginning!            2015-10-07_0001

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Mike and Leigh Ann – Allandale Mansion | Kingsport Wedding Photographer

If you have been following me for a while, you know that I used to teach Spanish at University School in Johnson City. One of the first weddings I photographed was for a former student of mine. You can see her photos here. When Leigh Ann and I first met, she told me that Marie AND Jessica (another former student) were going to be her bridesmaids! So fun. Leigh Ann was actually a student at University School, too. But she took French. I remember her bridesmaids talking about her a lot, actually. They would always start their sentences with, “Leigh Ann, she takes french, said…” As it turns out, her mom works there, too. So this wedding was extra fun for me as I already knew a lot of the people. When we met, Leigh Ann told me that they really wanted more candid shots than posed shots. I like to think I delivered on that.
The wedding day started out a little stressfully. It seemed as if a LOT was going wrong. We were planning to do groomsmen photos first, but the tuxedo company FORGOT to put PANTS in the bestman’s bag. You can see him on the phone with them here trying to get that all figured out. Personally, I thought it was rather humorous and made for a very memorable wedding moment.
Leigh Ann’s dress was absolutely stunning. It fit her perfectly and was so beautiful. It was really hard to button up, though, and her mom brought crochet hooks to make sure she could get it on quickly.
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They chose to not see each other before the wedding. Instead, they spoke to each other briefly before the ceremony. It was pure agony for Mike and it took some convincing to get him away from her. Then her dad came up the stairs and got to see her for the first time, too. Amazing!
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Leigh Ann’s uncle drove her to the end of the aisle. Just as she got in the car, there were several LOUD claps of thunder. Thankfully, it all ended quickly and everything was able to continue as planned. I LOVE the expressions on the groom’s face when he saw her. He was totally in awe.
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The toasts were some of the most thoughtful I have ever heard. Leigh Ann had already been so emotional throughout the whole day, but I think everyone was touched by what her loved ones had to say about them.
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They threw an amazing party and everyone had so much fun. It was so obvious to me how much they adore each other. So here is to wishing them a long and happy life together!
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