Experiencing Hynlee's first few hours "earthside" with the Rafferty family filled my heart to the brim. When I got to Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center to meet Katie and Austin, their 2 year old, Nolan, had not met his brand new sister yet! One of my favorite things about being a family photographer is telling stories through my images. During this lifestyle hospital newborn session, I was able to photograph and document this family's transition from a family of three to a family of four and how beautiful it was!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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
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
Bridal Wrap: BHLDN
Blazer & Hat: Amazon
Makeup: Caitlin Collier Makeup Artistry
Cake: Tosha's Sweet Shoppe
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!
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.
When I arrived at the McCoy family's home early on a Saturday, little Tate was still sleeping! His mommy, Andrea, went upstairs to gently wake him while I was there to capture all the sweet morning snuggles. This is one of the unique things about Legacy Sessions, being in a family's own home- a photographer would otherwise never be able to document this moment! Tate was a sweetheart and my presence was mostly gone un-noticed while he soaked up all of his momma's lovin'. Andrea made the family french toast while Derek and the kids watched tv and snuggled. Teeth were brushed and then the remainder of the morning was spent reading books, cuddling, playing Monopoly, wrestling with daddy, and playing outside.
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!
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.
6 month old Isla June without a doubt makes the Reed family's world turn. I love the way that Sam lights up when he holds her. The way that Amy smiles when she looks at her. It was such a delight to be there with them during Isla's first Christmas season, beginning a new tradition of baking cookies together!
After I arrived, Sam gave Isla her bottle while Amy began preparing for cookie making. When we came into the kitchen Isla was babbling in excitement, seeming to know that something fun was about to happen! She dug her little fingers into the dough while kicking her arms and legs and she loved her first bite of icing. Sam and Amy watched lovingly (while making sure she didn't eat a can of icing and pour out all of the sprinkles!) and I watched them with so much joy in my heart it could burst!
Seeing families love each other the way that this family does, while creating new memories in front of my camera is an amazing thing. I am so thankful for the time that I was able to spend with the Reeds during this Legacy Session and always!
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!
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the Casey home! Legacy sessions are without a doubt one of my favorite things to photograph. I love being able to come into a home where a family makes their most important and special memories, and photograph those things. The relaxed environment and freedom to "just be" is so unique and really allows the Client to let out their true selves. It was so much fun to see Easton make a gingerbread house with his mom and dad and run around and play in his Christmas pjs. These will definitely be memories that both Easton, Bethany, and Wes will cherish for years to come.
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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!
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.
I think the thing that makes my imagery unique is that I seek out what's real. It's important to me that you feel comfortable being that when we're together. Real, vulnerable, open. I appreciate that willingness so much and it is very humbling that my clients trust me in this way. I want you to know that I will be just as real, vulnerable, and open with you as you are with me.
I have been brought to tears during sessions listening to your stories. I love talking about our families, our struggles, and what makes us laugh! It's incredible the kind of bond that I have formed with clients during the few hours I spend talking with them and seeing them interact with the ones they love most.
Until we can meet face to face and share this wonderful thing together, I wanted to scratch the surface and let you know a bit about me!
What are some of your goals for the next year? I want to be published in print, book more weddings and Legacy Sessions, live more intentionally, and honestly just grow as a person and a photographer. That's the short list.
Nikon or Canon? Nikon. It's what I started with, learned with, and now can't live without.
How do you balance photography, family, friends, hobbies, taking time for yourself, etc.? I do this best when I wake up earlier than my kids, which honestly isn't very often but I'm working on it! I think the thing that makes the biggest difference is using my time well. Deciding what's most important and what needs to be focused on that day/week/month and creating priorities based on that.
How did you get started with business and clients when you knew you wanted to do photography professionally? When I first started out I just began photographing people and putting my work out there. I grew, my work grew, and eventually was ready to start my business. It took so much time, so much learning, and so much intentionality to get to that point. It still takes time, intentionality, and I hope to be always learning- but eventually the right clients began to find me and book me and that is an amazing feeling!
Were you on any other paths before you began photography? In college, I was working toward a degree in Art Education with a focus in 2D. When my daughter was born I knew I wanted to soak all of her up, and with that came documenting her and our lives with my first DSLR. I fell in love with my camera and began to dream about pursuing photography professionally.
What inspires you? Lots of things. I'm very inspired by my own kids and family. Knowing how important and fleeting each moment is, seeing my girls' uniqueness, the little things that make each of them their own person. They are very precious to me, and it helps me to see those kinds of things in other families and couples that I photograph. Music with symbolism, works of art, other photographers, light, my couples' and families' personalities, beautiful places.
What quirks do you have? This could get embarrassing. I sit in funny positions a lot. I have a really silly sense of humor. There are more, trust me, but I'll leave it at that.
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.
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!
I was so excited to photograph this session! Gorgeous location, beautiful people, and surprise bonus- it was perfect weather and the light was amazing. I can not believe that this scenery is basically in my backyard and I have never been over the mountain to see it. Pine Mountain, just wow!
I met Carrie when she was a co-worker with my husband at the Hindman Settlement School and just had an immediate connection with her. It was wonderful to watch her blossom into motherhood and to see baby Ophelia grow and change. Matt is a sweetheart and as you can see, a loving husband and daddy to all of his girls! Teagun is just a ball of personality and kept me laughing the entire time. Add to the love, Carrie and Matt are also super talented artists and musicians so it was fun to photograph them in their element as well. Just an honor all around to be able to capture and tell this family's story through images!