Braxton is such a special boy! From the day he came into the Bell's home in Hindman Kentucky, everyone who met him fell in love. Over the last three years he has grown into a fun and sweet boy with an irresistible mischievous smile. He loves his scooper, tools, construction, his toy weed-eater, and made a perfect addition to the Bell family. To everyone who knows them, Braxton was already a Bell. This just made it official. I would not have missed his Gotcha Day celebration for the world! Photographing it made it even more special. Congratulations friends!
Michelle and Jason were wed on a family farm on the outskirts of Lexington Kentucky. It was such a special place as Michelle told me that she remembered running through the fields as a child and stealing tomatoes out of the garden. She was able to get ready in a home that she was very familiar with and right on the property as Jason and his guys took their time at a nearby hotel.
They had a small backyard wedding spent with their closest family and friends.
Welcome sweet baby Noah! I love in home sessions, especially for newborns! The whole family can relax and what better place to document first memories than in the home?
Noah was an absolute little angel and barely made a peep the whole session. His big brother and sister are smitten and he is adored by his momma and daddy. He is going to grow up surrounded by SO much love.
I'm so thankful to have been there to photograph this precious and fleeting season for the Cornett family!
From my very first meeting with Donna and Garrett I knew they were a super special couple. I was counting down the days to their wedding right along with them because I knew it was going to be incredible. I was right, but I wasn't even close to the level of wonderful that this wedding actually was.
The wedding took place at this beautiful and quaint little property- Asbury Meadow Bed and Breakfast in Augusta Kentucky. All of their wedding details were so well thought out and just SO very them. One of my favorite moments of the day was when Donna walked out of the house out onto the ceremony site and Garrett saw his bride for the first time.
I'm not sure there was a dry eye on the property during the reading of their letters to one another. I loved how personal, and drenched in love the ceremony was. Looking around, all of their family members and friends were smiling and just SO happy for the couple of the day.
When it was time to say their I do's Donna lovingly and confidently said she did, and Garrett said that he "absolutely did". The joy on their faces as they were announced and Mr. and Mrs. was unmistakeable.
They finished the night dancing and having an absolutely great time full of energy all the way to the end. Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Brown!
When Chelsea and Heather of Unbridled Beauty asked me to shoot a film for the launch of their new business, I jumped on board! They put together an absolutely stunning styled shoot at the Red River Gorge Wedding Barn and Event Venue in Campton Kentucky. The White Dress of Lexington provided the wedding dress and bridesmaids' gowns while Whitney Irene Designs put together all of the stunning boho style floral pieces. Myself and Amy Wallen Photography documented the day with photo and video footage and I am just in LOVE with the turnout.
Jessica and Jason were SUCH a joy to work with at their maternity portrait session in Knott County Kentucky! If there were ever a glowing expecting momma, Jessica is it. How stunning is she in this beautiful lace dress?! Jason kept me laughing the entire session even as I was being attacked by mosquitos and deer flies. Oh my goodness. Their love for each other is just precious and it’s going to overflow so beautifully onto this baby girl when she makes her arrival soon.
Jimmy and Morgan were wed in what I'm convinced has to be the most beautiful church in Salyersville. Their family and friends had such a big part of their day. I was blown away by all the thoughtful details that the bride's family put into the decorating to make their wedding absolutely beautiful and special.
Jimmy and Morgan wanted to go the traditional route of not seeing each other before the ceremony but decided to have a prayer together right before. She did however have a first look with her dad which was so sweet and emotional (and you HAVE to just see the father-daughter dance for yourself).
Jimmy was beside himself to see his bride walk down the isle for the first time. The whole day went beautifully and was filled to the brim with love and faith. Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Meade!
Venue | Salyersville First Baptist Church
Hair | April Younce
Makeup | Kaitlin Bailey
Cake | Jeff Arnett
Cupcakes | Michelle Hall
Catering | Angie's Cast Iron Grill, Crace's Grocery
I always enjoy meeting new families, and this was no exception. I'm so glad that I was able to connect with Mara and Leyton and meet to photograph a Celebrating Motherhood session for them! Hearing the story of how they had waited and waited for these sweet baby boys (and then were blessed doubly!) made this session such a special one! Motherhood is such a precious treasure and I loved watching Mara soaking up this season with Kainen and Krew.
Hair by Tish Owens
This is the second year in a row that I've photographed this precious family for a Celebrating Motherhood session and it was so sweet to see how the boys had grown and how they had grown as a family. Again- just as last year- I left their session with such a full and happy heart from seeing how deeply and fully this momma loves and cherishes her children. The way she gently speaks with them, looks at them, and laughs at them. Nikki's motherhood is one to be celebrated!
Hair & Makeup by: Lanah Gibson
What a beautiful milestone! Bill and Nancy were surprised by their family and friends with an anniversary party celebrating their 50 years of marriage. It took place at the Appalachian Artisan Center in downtown Hindman, Kentucky. I was blown away by the amount of love and care that their family and friends put into this party to make it a special day for the couple of the evening.
Bill and Nancy renewed the vows that they made to each other 50 years ago and spent the evening reminiscing and celebrating the life they have had together.
Venue: Appalachian Artisan Center
Cake: Trisha Sloane
Catering: Shelia Sloane
Floral: Hindman Floral
If you've looked at my work a lot, you've probably noticed that I really like pretty light. We chose to have Kara's maternity session on top of the mountain close to sunset time so that I could get that beautiful golden glow that I knew would pair so well with a beautiful glowing momma. When I saw the flowering bushes, I knew we were in the right place!
I am so excited for this family to welcome another addition to their family. I can't wait to meet you Allie Reese!
Red River Gorge is one of my absolute favorite places to photograph. It was so quiet and nice the day that I met Ethan and Maleaha after their private elopement in Lexington to photograph some "just married" portraits of them! Maleaha started out in a short, fun wedding dress and then changed into her mother's wedding dress- which I thought was SO special! Maleaha has such a classic, vintage kind of beauty and I thought this vintage dress suited her perfectly. Beyond being vulnerable in front of a camera, I think hiking a trail bonds people together. We hiked Rock Bridge Trail all the way around the loop and we definitely had to make a few hand holding trains to keep each other's balance! I've only hiked a few trails at the Gorge, but Rock Bridge Trail is definitely my favorite so far! If you're planning your own elopement in Kentucky, I highly recommend checking out the Gorge!
Let me just say, I've been waiting on this shoot to take place for months. When Gabby and Michael suggested that we photograph their engagement session at Joe Ley Antiques in Louisville, Kentucky I KNEW it was going to be so unique. We browsed the shop taking in all of the cool items and just had such a great time!
We finished the shoot at Cherokee Park with a more fun and colorful look and some bright orange smoke bombs. This whole shoot is just FULL of their personality and vibe and I love it so much.
When Lenora contacted me about photographing a Celebrating Motherhood session with her two foster (soon to be adopted!) children and grandchild around her childhood home, I knew right away that it would be VERY special. I was right. Lenora talked with me a bit about her story and how fostering has been a light in the dark for her and it shows through her warmth and love toward her sweet boys. All three of her little ones adore her and I can see why! She is such a strong, caring, and amazing person. Our short time together was such a memorable one!
The time we spent re-visitng memories made in this place will live on through these photos and I'm sure she will have lots of stories to tell her babies and grand babies when they look back at these images together.
It was such a warm and sunny Spring evening the night that I photographed this session. Absolutely beautiful and a perfect evening to celebrate motherhood with Beth and her girls! Anyone that knows Beth even a little bit knows what a fantastic momma she is. The friendship between her and Callie is the stuff of movies (real life Gilmore Girls here) and the way she lovingly cares for Cora is so special. Beth is such a kind woman with the biggest heart and I'm so honored to have captured this sweet season of motherhood for her. I know that when her girls look back on these images they will remember just how much they are and have always been loved.
This session is featured on Southern Motherhood.
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.