Warren, AR Wedding: Steed+Kenna

Another warning!!! Long Post!!!
Okay, now that that’s out of the way, I can continue. I don’t even know where to begin with this post. I’ve known Kenna since the day she was born. Literally. I was a part of her family’s life before she was born. I think I may have spent just as much if not more time with her family as I did my own. She has two older sisters and I fall right in the middle of them age wise. So it wasn’t uncommon to see me at their house on any given day.

When I found out she was engaged, I was very excited for her and Steed. And then when they messaged and asked me to shoot the wedding, I teared up. There was no way I wasn’t doing this wedding. But this post isn’t only about Kenna.

Steed is a great guy! He loves Kenna so much that you can see it on his face when he looks at her. And she looks at him in the same exact way. He loves her children like his own and treats all of them like they were always family. It’s a fantastic love story!

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The six pence belonged to Steed’s grandma and Kenna got to wear it on their day
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The day started out like any other wedding I shoot. Everyone getting ready.
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Little girls always love days like this. The get to feel grown up and wear make up and get their hair fixed.
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And they’re always watching! I love these two images. Kylee watched mom touch up her mascara and then decided to try it for herself.
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Brides getting ready is one of my favorite times of the day to shoot.
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As we all know, there is a lot of emotion from a lot of people. Capturing that is always nice!
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Nothing like a dad seeing his daughter for the first time.
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This reception was a whole lot of fun!
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I had such a good time shooting this wedding. It didn’t feel like work because it was family. I love my job, but getting to work with family, for me, always makes it better. Kenna and Steed, I can’t say thank you enough for letting me capture the beginning of your life journey together. Love you guys!

Til next time,

Do Well and Do Good

J

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Warren, AR Wedding: Josh+Becca

I met Josh and Becca at our first meeting, which is when they signed their wedding contract. I knew right then that they were going to be a great couple to work with. They are easy going and laid back. And that’s exactly what this wedding was. Bride-zilla was no where to be found on this Saturday. Becca was the opposite. She went with the flow and even appologized if we ran 5 minutes late. I just laughed and let her know we were fine and she definitely didn’t have to appologize. Josh was funny and relaxed. Even his guys (and a couple of ladies) in his party were chilled as well. I repeat, it was so laid back.
I could tell right off the bat that they were the right fit for each other. They bring out the best in the other and their love is unconditional.
Becca and Josh, the honor was all mine. I’m grateful that you included me in your extraordinary day. I got to see your story begin. And I can’t wait to watch it grow!
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I absolutely love the look on Josh’s face when he saw Becca for the first time.
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Til next time,

Do Well and Do Good

J

 

Dress:  Low’s Bridal
Make up:  Hope Campbell, Salon Hello Beautiful
Venue:  First Baptist Church, Warren Arkansas

Little Rock Bridal Session: Becca

The one and only thing I don’t like about shooting bridal sessions is the time I have to wait to post the images. But that’s just the way it is and I tend to get over it quickly. But with these I almost couldn’t wait until Becca and Josh’s wedding was over. Only for the fact that I was ready to post. I am in love with these images. I had the privelage of shooting in Little Rock, (which I always love). Our locations were beautiful! I think these images have a classic and timeless look. Becca was an easy going bride who basically gave me control of the session. I mean, who doesn’t love that?? 😉

Becca you made a beautiful bride and Josh is one lucky guy! Congrats on your amazing day! It was laid back and gorgeous!!
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This greenery was breath taking!
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Til next time

Do Well and Do Good

J

Hot Springs Bridal Session: Brittany Brooks

I recently had the privilege of shooting a bridal session in Hot Springs a few weeks ago. Now, if you don’t know anything about Hot Springs, you should definitely do yourself a favor and Google it. It’s a beautiful city with beautiful places to shoot. The main thing it’s famous for is it’s namesake, the hot springs. At one time, people came from far and wide because they believed the springs were medicinal. The main strip has the nickname “Bath House Row” due to the fact that it’s lined with bath houses. If you decide to visit one, you’ll find out it’s like a spa. I, myself, have never been in one, so I can’t tell you exactly what happens. But every year, thousands of people come to visit Bath House Row and see the other things that Hot Springs has to offer.

When Brittany brought up the idea of Hot Springs and the destination for her Bridal shoot, I got excited. I’ve always wanted to add it to my portfolio. I knew we were going to get some great shots. I was not disappointed.

Our first stop was Garvan Garden’s. It’s a large plot of land where you can walk through and admire the plants, flowers, and the architecture.
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After we were done there, we decided to go into the city and shoot on Bath House Row. I finally got to shoot at the Arlington Hotel. Their lobby is gorgeous and includes a couple of great staircases.
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I hope to get to shoot in Hot Springs again very soon. Make sure you keep your eyes open for Brittany and Brandon’s wedding day!

Til next time.

Do Well and Do Good,

J

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

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