Monticello, AR Wedding: Brandon+Brittany

The sky was clear with the exception of a few clouds on Brandon and Brittany’s wedding day. The was a continuous breeze and the temperature was a little chilly. But that wasn’t going to stop this small, intimate ceremony outside of their family church. The chairs and haybales were set up, waiting for the guests to arrive. Brandon and Brittany were beginning the day that was going to start their lives together, forever.
The reception hall was almost ready and so were the girls. Finishing touches were being put in place. I could feel the excitement as the bridesmaids helped Brittany into her gown. She was more than ready to make Brandon hers.
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The guys were a little more rowdy, but very cooperative, which is always a good thing. It was easy to laugh while hanging around this bunch. I could tell it was going to be a great day!
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The ceremony went like most do. With no problems. It was perfect!
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They even added a confetti cannon for the kiss.
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The rest of the evening went very well and everyone had a full belly and good time.
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Brandon and Brittany, I am honored to have met both of you and I’m excited to see where life is going to take you. I wish you nothing but the best!

Til next time.

Do Well and Do Good.

J

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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

After the Wedding: Sheldon+Lauren

A few months ago, I put a model call out on Facebook. I had been learning a few new techniques and I wanted to put them to the test. I wanted to work with a couple that hadn’t been married that long and was willing to put their wedding wardrobe back on. I got a message on Facebook from Lauren letting me know that a friend had tagged her in my original post. I learned that she and Sheldon, her husband, were a couple after my own heart. They love Jesus and they love to go on mission trips. Due to schedule conflicts we weren’t able to set a date for the session until last week. But it was well worth the wait. I am absolutely loving the results from this session and I would work with them any time.

Sheldon and Lauren, thank you so much for answering my call and letting me capture you guys!
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Til next time.

Do Well and Do Good

J

Monticello, AR Maternity Session: Ross and Jammie

The weather was really nice the day I met Ross and Jammie for the first time. It was a bit overcast and not really hot. I had never met either one of them before, so I was just a little nervous.  But, I soon found out that we were going to get along great. They both seem to have the same sense of humor that I have and It was easy to make them laugh. And after the first Seinfeld reference was made, I definitely knew we were going to get along just fine. We were all cracking up by the time their session was over. They were very easy to work with and I feel like I got some amazing photos.

Ross and Jammie, thank you for letting me capture one of life’s milestones for you!
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Til next time!

Do Well and Do Good

J

Hermitage, AR Maternity Session: Kasey and Jacob

Taking photos of these two is always fun and there are plenty of laughs to go around. That was the case last night when we met for their maternity session.   I know some of you will remember about two years ago when I put out a model call for a couple that hadn’t been married long. Kasey responded and I first got to know them then. I was excited for the both of them when I found out that they were going to have a baby.

The weather wasn’t bad, especially in the shade.  One might even call it pleasant.  Where I live there are plenty of fields so I suggested that first.  After, we headed to the lake.  I knew I wanted to get some sunset shots so let me say, that trying to get to the lake and making sure we didn’t miss it was more stressful than a wedding.  Seriously.  But in the end we got them!  And I love them!

Jacob and Kasey your baby boy is so blessed to have you as parents and  you are going to be fantastic parents.  Congrats you guys!
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When I can bring natural light and laughs together, it’s always going to be a great combination.
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Pure sweetness.  I didn’t even Jacob any instruction here.  I looked up and this was happening.  It’s absolutely true love!
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I love images that are not posed.
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Seriously!  I looooove Baby Toms!!
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The view at Lake Monticello was breath taking!
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They are so ready and excited for their baby boy, Sailor James to be here.  Only a few weeks left.
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Isn’t Kasey an absolutely gorgeous momma?
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Til next time

Do Well and Do Good

J

Warren, AR Wedding: Marquis+Ashley

Rain. That seemed to be the theme of the day. Rain. I wasn’t happy about it, but there was really nothing I could do. But when I went inside the church for the first time, you couldn’t tell that there was any disappointment due to rain. All of Ashley’s girl and Ashely herself, were in good spirits. The atmosphere was laid back. The girls were, of course, in the process of hair and make up. Ashley’s colors included rose gold and white and it was beautiful! The bridesmaids dresses, in rose gold, were sparkly and glamourous. Something you’d see right out of The Great Gastby. In fact that was the theme of this wedding. I could tell, when I met Ashely that this wedding was going to be great. She has fantastic style.

When I went to photograph the guys, there were plenty of laughs there as well. While getting ready, the guys laughed and joked, and there may have even been a little dancing. There was excitement in the air. Ashley and Marquis were hours away from promising to love each other forever.

Ashley and Marquis, you are perfect for each other! You make others want to be around you. Thank you for the honor of letting me document your first day as husband and wife.

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Til next time

Do Well and Do Good

J

Warren, AR Delivery: Baby Jax

I think it may be an understatement to say that I love babies. I mean, I have four. I really, REALLY love babies! They are sweet, they smell good, and every one is a miracle. I don’t say that to be cliche’. I actually mean it. To get to see a baby come into this world is breath taking. So when Shelby asked me to be there the day Jax was born, I didn’t hesitate. This one was going to be different than the last one though. This one was a scheduled C-Section. I got there around 6:30 that morning and baby Jax made his entrance not to long after that. Weighing in at 6 pounds, he was beautiful! My exact thoughts when I was snapping a few images, were ‘He looks like a baby doll’. Every feature was perfect. When I first went to Shelby’s room, everyone was calm and waiting. The atmosphere was nice. Little brother, Javen, got there not to long after I did. Along the way he was letting everyone know he was going to get a baby that day. I enjoyed every minute I was there and I’m so grateful that I got to witness love come into the world.

Justin, Shelby, and Javen, I wanna give the biggest congrats on your new addition and I can’t wait to see the fun that Javen and Jax are going to have as they grow as brothers and friends!

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There are a lot of images in this post because I couldn’t help myself.
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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

Star City, AR Wedding: Rick+Kara

The weather was beautiful and the day seemed perfect for a wedding. It’s a good thing too, cause this was the day that Rick and Kara were going to promise to love each other forever. A pond and a rustic setting is what I saw when I drove up to the venue. There were still many people working tirelessly to put the finishing touches on the decorations. They wanted to make it perfect for the bride and groom. And from what I saw they were doing a fantastic job. Not only were finishing touches being put on outside, but inside as well. Kara was putting on her dress. She was making sure her make up was perfect and every hair was in place. She was surrounded by loved ones. And she couldn’t wait to walk down the aisle to meet her groom. A man that she loves unconditionally and without question. They changed each other’s lives and it was an honor to be able to be apart of it, if even for only one day.

Rick and Kara, thank you! Thank you for letting me be me. Thank you for letting me capture the love between the two of you. It was absolutely my pleasure and I look forward to seeing your lives grow as one.
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I think I posted a few more in this entry than in most, but I had a hard time deciding.

Til next time.

Do Well and Do Good,

J

Crossett, AR Wedding: Parker+Kassie

Lots of trees and rustic buildings. That was the first thing that was seen as I drove down the long drive way. What greeted me was the cutest little cabin where the bridal party would be getting ready. If Kassie was at all nervous, you couldn’t tell. In fact, she was probably the calmest bride I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. The whole bridal party was pretty laid back. All of the normal things that happen on a wedding day were in motion. Hair, make up, and everything else that takes place when girls are getting ready to be apart of a wedding. The sounds coming from the bridal suite were everything you’d expect.
This was the day Parker and Kassie pleged to love each other forever. This was the time that they promised to stick together through thick and thin. Laughs, love, and fullness is what the future promised and today was when it all started.

Parker and Kassie, thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me the opportunity to be apart of the milestone in your lives. I know big things are going to happen for you and your family and I can’t wait to see them happen!

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This was a very special set of jewelery. Kassie’s mom wore the same earrings and necklace on her wedding day and passed them on the Kassie so that she could wear them.
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Kassie also decided to take her mom’s dress and have it altered so that she could wear it to walk down the aisle.
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Parker and Kassie opted to see each other before the wedding so that left lots of time for photos.
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Right before the ceremony it started to pour. I mean thunder and lightening. I think we were all praying that it would leave quickly. Thankfully God answers prayers and it did just that, but the family had decided to put up a few tents to make sure the bride and groom were still able to have it outside. 2016-09-15_0019.jpg
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This has to be the best “bride and groom walking back down he aisle” photo set I’ve ever gotten. Pure excitement!
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Afterwards,the reception took place with close friends and family.
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Til next time.

Do Well and Do Good

J