Romantic Kentucky Engagement Session | Lexington Wedding Photographer

Jimmy and Morgan met through a mutual friend and hit it off immediately. It was so wonderful to hear their story and meet them in Prestonsburg, Kentucky to celebrate their engagement. Their connection and love for each other was so evident and it was so sweet to see how they so naturally interacted with each other in front of the camera. They are planning a beautiful church wedding in Salyersville Kentucky in June and I can't wait to be there to document it for them!

A Classic Garden Bride | The Keene Place at Keeneland, Lexington KY

The third in the set of three beautifully styled brides, A Classic Garden Bride! I was so inspired by all three sets that I photographed at The Intentional Workshop with Kentucky Bride Magazine. Everyone that worked together to pull these off are talented artists and it was a pleasure to work with them! Be sure to check out An Elegant Modern Bride, and A Timeless Southern Bride for more wedding inspiration!


Vendors:

Model: Paige Immegar

Host: Kentucky Bride Magazine

Venue: The Keene Place at Keeneland

Floral & Design: Blooms 'n Blossoms

Hair & Makeup: Shelbi Lawhorn

Dresses & Accessories: Twirl Boutique

Rentals: Bryan's Rent AllCanvas Event Furniture

Paper: Haley Michelle Designs


A Timeless Southern Bride | The Keene Place at Keeneland, Lexington KY

The second in a three part series, A Timeless Southern Bride. Taken at The Intentional Workshop with Kentucky Bride Magazine in Lexington Kentucky, all three of these sets are a great place to look for inspiration and great vendors! Be sure to check out An Elegant Modern Bride, and A Classic Garden Bride


Vendors:

Model: Samantha Cook

Host: Kentucky Bride Magazine

Venue: The Keene Place at Keeneland

Floral & Design: Zachary Brady Designs

Hair & Makeup: Shelbi Lawhorn

Dresses & Accessories: Twirl Boutique

Rentals: Bryan's Rent AllCanvas Event Furniture

Paper: Haley Michelle Designs


An Elegant Modern Bride | The Keene Place at Keeneland, Lexington KY

This week Kentucky Bride Magazine hosted a workshop called, The Intentional Workshop. It took place at The Keene Place at Keeneland in Lexington Kentucky. I am SO glad that I signed up to attend because it was absolutely incredible. Callie Manion of Callie Manion Photography, as well as Stephen Wood of Photovision Prints, were the guest speakers. They blew me away with their instruction. Kate and Sandy Daugherty- the publishers of the magazine- were also there to help guide conversation and talk about the publication process at Kentucky Bride. It was also wonderful to meet other Lexington wedding photographers and other wedding professionals in the area!

There were three styled bridal shoots put together by various (amazing) vendors in the area. I would begin describing how beautiful they were, but I'll let you see for yourself! Each bride and set had their own "story" or vibe. The first set is "An Elegant Modern Bride". Be sure to check out the other two sets, A Timeless Southern Bride and A Classic Garden Bride.


Vendors:

Model: Karrie Beth Bourne

Host: Kentucky Bride Magazine

Venue: The Keene Place at Keeneland

Floral & Design: Lovely Leaves

Hair & Makeup: Shelbi Lawhorn

Dresses & Accessories: Twirl Boutique

Rentals: Bryan's Rent All, Canvas Event Furniture

Paper: Haley Michelle Designs


Ashlee's Celebrating Motherhood Session | Hindman Kentucky Family Photographer

Celebrating Motherhood Sessions are now available for booking! I had such a blast last year connecting with different moms and their babies and hearing your stories! Motherhood is such a dear part of my life. Leading up to Mother's Day, I want to give my clients- both current and future- a way to celebrate this beautiful gift we have been given! Click here for more information!

I simply could not love this family more! Ashlee is such an amazing mom (and friend!) and it was so special for me to be able to photograph them. Enjoy this sweet gallery!

Hair & Makeup: Ayrielle Capps

Art Inspired Styled Elopement | Kentucky Wedding Photographer

When I began dreaming up this shoot, I wanted to choose an artwork that inspired me so that I would be able to draw upon the concept and pull out ideas. I came upon a painting called The Lady of Shalott, by William Waterhouse (google it!). As I learned more about the painting I came to find out that it was based on a poem by the same name.

In short, the Lady of Shalott was cursed to live in a tower and never leave or view the outside world except through the reflection in a mirror. A man comes riding by on his horse and when she catches his reflection, she falls in love with him. Even though she knows a curse will fall on her, she must leave and find this man. On her way to him in a boat, she dies from the curse. Her boat floats to his palace and he finds her very beautiful. However, they never get to meet each other. 

I was inspired by the tragically beautiful poem, time period, and beautiful tones and colors of the painting which the color scheme is based off of. The tone and mood of the painting and poem are reflected in the shoot, however the couple has a happy ending in this story!

I had a fantastic group of vendors and support to bring this shoot together and could not have done it without the help of each and every one of them!

Models: Zachary Davis & Briana Davis

Dress: ASOS

Bridal Wrap: BHLDN

Jewelry: Wander and Lust Jewelry, Sara's Boutique

Blazer & Hat: Amazon

Hair: Nicole Dotson at Forever Young Hair Studio

Makeup: Caitlin Collier Makeup Artistry

Cake: Tosha's Sweet Shoppe

Floral: Hindman Floral & Gift, Blooms by the Box

Table Cloth: blushLULA

Invitation Templates: Fabled Weddings

Special thanks to: Dena Davis for providing several of the table elements. Whitney Irene Designs for the candle taper holders. Catrina Anderson for being my second set of hands and HUGE help on the day of my shoot!

Green Meadows Country Club Winter Wedding | Pikeville Kentucky

Wedding days are SO full of love and emotion. Not only between the bride and groom, but friends and family as well. It was so obvious how much Whitney and Tyler were loved. Their bridesmaids, groomsmen, family, and friends all gathered around them showering them with love and support.

At this particular wedding- I was a second shooter for one of my very best friends, Amy Reed of Amy Wallen Photography. One of my jobs for the day was to photograph the groom and groomsmen getting ready while Amy spent a good portion of the morning with the bride and bridesmaids allowing us to get maximum coverage of the day. The bride and her girls got ready at the Hilton Garden Inn, while the groomsmen were getting ready at the venue- Green Meadows Country Club (Pikeville, KY). Amy and I got some shots of the girls together, some of the details, and then I made my way to the venue to meet the guys and spend some time with them getting ready while she finished the bridals.

What a fun bunch! Tyler and the guys kept me laughing all morning and they were such good sports about being out in the cold to get some formals. 

The ceremony and reception were absolutely beautiful. Both in the decor and the events. I was blown away to find out that Whitney had designed and put together the floral and decoration (with the help of friends and family of course!) on her own! As you'll see, it was absolutely breathtaking.

I was blinking back tears as the father of the bride made his toast. With the warmest welcome of Tyler into their family, he also offered wine from his very own wedding with the mother of the bride, to the new couple and family. Such a special moment, and I know they will cherish the events of this day for the rest of their lives! I certainly left with a full heart.

Lester Family Winter Maternity Session | Hazard Kentucky Family Photographer

I LOVE connecting with new people and meeting new families. It is absolutely one of my favorite things about being a family photographer. Amy and I had connected several times online through my private Facebook group, so I really kind of felt like I knew her already before our session even began. What a pleasure it was to meet Amy in person as well as the rest of her beautiful and sweet family this weekend! I mean, come on check out that teeny little man bun! The cutest. When Amy booked her maternity session we were really hoping that we would get some snow, and our wish came true on this beautiful wintry day! I know Bentley and Thane are going to be amazing big brothers to their little sister on the way, and what a gift and precious addition she will be!

Linzi and Wes's Christmas Inspired Mount Sterling Wedding | Lexington Kentucky Wedding Photographer

A wedding day is without a doubt one of the best and most magical days that a couple will experience together. The wintry Christmas details of this Mount Sterling wedding certainly added to the magic.

We began the day with Linzi and the girls in a quaint little air BNB called Hazel's House. We then moved to their wedding venue where we photographed Wes and the guys. We took some time for Linzi and Wes to have some time alone for a "first look" before their ceremony outside their venue in a lovely open field. This beautiful December day was warm and sunny bathing the to-be-weds and wedding party in golden sun. Their ceremony was perfectly sweet and after the "I do's", the celebration lasted throughout the night lit by twinkling Christmas trees.

This wedding was photographed while second shooting with Amy Wallen Photography.

 

Best of 2017 and Year in Review | Lexington Kentucky Wedding and Family Photographer

2017, what a year! I made some work that I'm proud of and accomplished lots of big goals that I didn't even know were possible going into this year. I made lots of new friends, both fellow photographers and new clients. I attended several local photographer meet-ups and a wedding photography workshop. I was published in Kentucky Bride Magazine's online blog as well as Lemonade and Lenses' online blog. I became a Click Pro photographer.

My favorite thing was moving many clients to happy tears upon receiving their images. THE reason that I do this is to bring more joy to your lives by giving you a way to treasure your relationships through photography. When I make your heart a little fuller, I have done my job.

THANK YOU to each one of you who has supported me in some way this year. Whether it has been a word of encouragement, a share, like, or comment on social media, a referral, or trusting me to document a part of your story. I truly can't tell you how much you mean to me! 

Here are just a few of my favorite images from this year. Here's to a fresh start and new beginnings in 2018! 

 

Adair Fall Family Session | Prestonsburg Kentucky Family Photographer

I'm so glad that the Fall foliage hung on just a bit longer for the Adair family's photo session! We explored a new area of Jenny Wiley State Resort Park and found the perfect little trail that led out to a view over the lake. I loved the closeness between Ellie, Abbie, and Levi. Also, Levi thought that all of my silliness was hilarious so that was super cute and fun. Jason and Mandy are so obviously in love and I adore seeing that in parents. Mimi was such a big piece of this family's heart and nothing makes MY heart warmer than to see a loving grandparent have such a big part in a family. I hope you enjoy their sweet story just as much as I did!

Lee and Gena's Red River Gorge Elopement | Lexington Kentucky Elopement Photographer

Recently I assisted my friend, Brandi Potter, to photograph an elopement in Red River Gorge. Every time I visit the Gorge I am in awe all over again of the natural beauty all around. It is a beautiful place to share wedding vows, and this elopement was a perfect example of that. However, the beauty of the Gorge paled in comparison to the beautiful and genuine people that I had the privilege to photograph. Gena has the most infectious and kind smile, and there was a lot of it on this special day! Lee's love for Gena was so evident and it was sweet to watch him wait for her at the overlook in happy anticipation. 

We started the day in a little cabin off of Rock Bridge Road, and then made our way to Chimney Rock Trail where we hiked an easy trail to end at a beautiful overlook of the hills below. Gena and Lee were surround by their family and closest friends as they shared a relaxed, yet beautiful and intimate ceremony.

 

Knapp Family Fall Fun Session | Hazard Kentucky Family Photographer

I have been wanting to do a campfire session for such a long time! Sitting around the fire with friends and family is one of the most bonding experiences and I have longed to capture that. I was so excited when the Knapp family jumped on board with planning a fun evening. My goal during a session is to capture real moments, a memory, an experience. I love when a family takes time to create that atmosphere and I can be there to photograph all the real goodness.

Reed Family Session | Paintsville Kentucky Family Photographer

This family has such a special place in my heart! Amy is an amazing photographer and really just an all around wonderful person. I'm so thankful for her friendship! She and Sam really have a one-of-a- kind love and anyone who has seen them together probably already knows this. I loved seeing them giggle and laugh and share in their love for Isla. I had been waiting to meet Miss Isla and oh my goodness, I'm sure I fell in love. They're all three just sweet sweet sweeties and I'm honored to have captured this piece of their story!