Little Rock, AR Wedding: Tyler+Brittany

Last year I was asked to shoot a wedding for a couple in Star City, Rick and Kara. I had a great time and they treated me like a true friend. During that time, I met Tyler and Brittany, who happens to be the bride’s sister. I didn’t get to talk personally with them much because I was so busy, but I could tell they were good people. Earlier this year, I received a text from Janie, Kara and Brittany’s mother. Tyler and Brittany were getting married in April and they wanted to hire me to shoot the wedding. Of course I accepted. I love this family!

The location was at The Old Mill in Little Rock. It’s historic and absolutely beautiful! So many shoots take place every year. Lots of weddings, prom shoots, and even school photos. It’s not a bad backdrop at all.
Tyler and Brittany, it was an honor to be apart of your day and I wish you guys nothing but the best.

The Old Mill in Little Rock is gorgeous!  A true landmark!
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Can we just talk about Brittany’s hair for a second??
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I absolutely love the emotion here.  Janie decided to give Brittany her promise ring that she had received from Brittany’s dad 30 years ago.  This was her “something old”.
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Till next time

Do Well and Do Good

J

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Tracie Hayes, 12 Years a Bride

When I was around 14 years old my dad became the pastor of a tiny little church in the middle of nowhere. It was home to the sweetest and most loving group of people that you could ask for. Among those was a girl who was close to my age. Her name was Tracie. She and I became fast friends. Fast forward many years and we are still good friends. I consider her my best friend. One of the many things we have in common is photography. She has been shooting a lot longer than I have though. She started out with film. I consider her a true artist. She has taken my family photos before and given lots of advice and even talked me out of putting down my camera. And for that, I am truly grateful.
The reason this post is titled “12 Years a Bride” is because Tracie has been married to her husband, T.J., for twelve years. But unfortunately she didn’t get any bridal photos and her wedding day was so crazy and she was very rushed. I was more than happy to give her what she missed out on all those years ago. And to top it off, she still fits in her dress. A dress that I consider beautiful, timeless, and classic.
Tracie, thank you for letting me photograph you. I hope that T.J. is surprised and blown away by your beauty. Thank you for always answering my questions and for your honesty! You are a treasure!
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This is the reaction that you get when you show your beautiful friend, (who doesn’t know how beautiful she is) her photo and she is overcome with emotion instantly. I cried too.
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I truly can’t wait to hear what T.J. thinks.

Til next time.

Do Well and Do Good.

J

Hermitage, AR Bridal Shoot: Cindy Ferrell

When you find good help, it’s important to hang on to it. That’s exactly what I found with Cindy about three years ago. We’ve worked together a few times and I am never disappointed with the results. She even helped me get my first commercial job. She is always a pleasure to work with and I don’t know if I’ve ever seen her not smiling. So when I wanted to get some more experience in the bridal area, I knew she was the person to call. Sure enough she was more than happy to help.

Cindy, thanks for being my model again. You know I’ll be calling you again in the future. 🙂
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Til next time.

Do Well and Do Good

J

Little Rock, AR Wedding: Nathan and Ashleigh

Ashleigh and I were introduced through a text from her aunt who happens to be married to my uncle. It let me know that Ashleigh was getting married and I should contact her and give her my wedding package information. I am usually hesitant to put myself out there in hopes of being hired. But this time, I decided to go for it. It was a text after all and the worst that could happen was getting a ‘No thank you’ back. Thankfully that didn’t happen. After texting back and forth for a few days, Nathan and Ashleigh decided to hire me to capture their big day. When I met them in person not to long after that, I knew that we were going to be a great fit. Their engagement session went very smoothly, in spite of rain. Umbrellas can make for a cute accessory.
The location for the wedding was beautiful. It was surrounded by flowers, green vines, and a stunning pergola. I wanted to bring the pergola home with me. The wedding was originally set to be outside, but because of forcasted rain, again, it was moved to a large room inside of the hall. The decorations were lovely. When I got there, it was sprinkling on and off and overcast. I was wondering where in the world I would take photos. But by the time Ashleigh was done getting ready, the clouds had parted and it was perfect. Photos went on without any problems. Once again, I got to witness the love and happiness between this couple. It was in their eyes and the way they looked at one another.

Nathan and Ashleigh, I am greatful that I’ve gotten to know both of you and thankful that I got to be apart of your day. Cheers!
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Till next time.

Do Well and Do Good

J

An After-the-Wedding Photo shoot-Jacob and Kasey

A couple of months ago, I put out a call on Facebook for a couple who had recently gotten married, to put their wedding wardrobe back on and redo hair and make up and pose for me.  Mainly, for the reason, that I wanted to add this kind of shoot to my portfolio.  I’ve done this sort of thing plenty of times before, but never without a time constraint. I received a few messages and a text or two. I went over each one, and ultimately picked Kasey and Jacob Johnston. I had never met either one of them in person, but I had seen them here and there. After all, my town and the next one over aren’t that big. I did, however, run into them at the Pink Tomato Festival and they were some of the sweetest people. I knew our session was going to be great. And I was right.

They arrived right on time, looking fantastic! They were easy to talk to and very relaxed. Both Kasey and Jacob were into the shoot. I didn’t get anything but cooperation from either one. It was a dream shoot. I couldn’t have asked for anything better.

Jacob and Kasey, you guys were amazing and I am more than pleased with the results of your shoot. Thank you so much for volunteering! I would be pleased to take your photos in the future anytime! I could go on and on and on, but I won’t. I’ll post a few of your photos now. 🙂

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Til next time!

Do Well and Do Good

J

My life, my business, and re-branding

So, I’ve started a sentence about 3 or 4 times for this particular post and I keep erasing it. I just can’t decide really how to start it. This post won’t include photos or a cute story of how a couple met or how I know someone or how cute a baby is. But let’s face it, babies are cute. And sometimes ridiculously cute. Okay, not to get off subject. I want to share a little about myself with you.

By now, you’ve guessed I’m a photographer and an entrepreneur. I live with my husband, four children, and two spoiled dogs. My husband and I have been married for 13 years and are more madly in love now, than when we got married. We have three boys and a girl. They keep us busy and laughing. There’s never a dull moment in our lives.

My journey to becoming a photographer didn’t start when I was younger. I didn’t think to myself as a teenager, ‘Hey, this is what I want to do with my life’. No. My journey started out of necessity. While on vacation one year, my little Kodak point and shoot was stolen. At the time, I was heart broken, because I had photos of my then, three children on an SD card inside the camera. I had to resort to using my phone, which had a 2.5 MP camera on it. That’s when I made the decision to invest in a “good” camera. It’s been one of the best investments I’ve ever made. Jesus took something bad and turned it into something amazing. From there, it has snowballed into what I have now. A business I love.

For a while now, I’ve been considering moving into mostly wedding and wedding related event photography. And what I mean by that is engagement photography, bridal photography, boudoir photography, and weddings. These areas are my absolute favorite. When I think of photographing a wedding, I get the most amazing feeling of excitement. The thought of getting to capture the day that a bride has planned since she was a little girl, gives me the best feeling. The day that she turned into a game when she was 10 as she walked down an “aisle” made of the chairs in her parents dining room which seated her stuffed animals and dolls. The day that she turned into a notebook of clippings from ten different magazines. Clippings of engagement rings with diamonds so large, they should be kept under the tightest of security. Cut outs of dresses so exquisite, that her father might have to take out a second mortgage to pay for it. And bridesmaids dresses so beautiful, that her best friends would want to wear them over and over again. The day where all of her planning has finally come together and her wedding dreams are realized. Her day. This, is what I want to do with the rest of my photographic career.

I understand that this may take some time, but I’m willing to wait for what I want. I’m constantly learning more and always trying to further my education. I have decided to work towards certification also. It’s a new area of my life and I look forward to discovering it. Til next time.

Do Well and Do Good

J