El Dorado, AR Engagement Session: Chris+Bethany

I’ve know known Bethany a long time. We met when we were involved in the same church. But I hadn’t seen her in a while because of life. We all know how that goes. But thanks to the power of social media, I kind of got to keep up with her family. But recently I saw her again at another wedding I was shooting and found out she was going to be needing a wedding photographer also. So of course, I had to ask! Not long after she messaged me about my wedding packages and yada yada yada (inside joke for you Seinfeld fans) I get the pleasure of shooting her wedding. I met Chris for the first time at their contract meeting. Super nice guy and a perfect match for Bethany! And their little boy, Ezekiel, is absolutely the cutest!

Chris and Bethany, I had so much fun shooting you guys and I can’t wait until your wedding day!2018-10-15_0001.jpg
2018-10-14_0002.jpg
2018-10-15_0006.jpg
2018-10-14_0001.jpg
2018-10-15_0012.jpg
2018-10-15_0007.jpg
2018-10-15_0008.jpg
2018-10-15_0013.jpg
2018-10-15_0003.jpg
2018-10-15_0004.jpg
2018-10-15_0005.jpg
2018-10-15_0009.jpg
2018-10-15_0011.jpg

Til Next Time

Do Well and Do Good

J

Advertisements

Hermitage, AR Engagement Session: Chase+Brandy

You know what I love?? A good photo session out in the country down some gravel road or in a field. That’s exactly what Chase and Brandy wanted.  I loved this session! It was laid back. It was easy. And it was quiet. I haven’t known Chase or Brandy very long, in fact I met Chase for the first time at the session. But I can tell they love one another very much.

Chase and Brandy, thank you for letting me photograph you guys!2018-10-29_0001.jpg
2018-10-29_0002.jpg
2018-10-29_0003.jpg
2018-10-29_0004.jpg
2018-10-29_0005.jpg
2018-10-29_0006.jpg
2018-10-29_0007.jpg

Til Next time

Do Well and Do Good

J

Hayes Maternity

Miracle. That’s the word that comes to mind with this blog post. Why? Because that’s exactly what baby Holden Silas is. He’s a miracle. Let me start a little farther back. Tracie and T.J. have been married around 14 years. Tracie is my best friend. A few years ago, I did a shoot with her and I called it “Twelve Years a Bride”. At the time she and T.J. didn’t have any children. It wasn’t because they didn’t want any. They have wanted children for 11 years. But there have been none. They, like many other couples in this world, have struggled with infertility. They have tried fertility drugs, IVF, and a couple of other options to help, but nothing ever did. It has been a long and heart breaking journey.
But there’s something that makes this post so much more special than anything I’ve ever posted. Earlier this year she and I were talking and she was telling me she felt bad. She started naming off the symptoms and in the back of my mind, I somehow knew. But I didn’t say anything because I didn’t want to get her hopes up. In the meantime, she had been to the doctor to get a few tests run to make sure everything was okay. The doctor’s office called and let her know everything was normal. But God!!!
She got another call from the lab a little while later. They asked if she was driving and told her to pull over. She did and sure enough they ran a pregnancy test and it came back POSITIVE! Yep, you read that right. She found out that day that she and T.J. were expecting! When she called me and let me know, I may have cried as much as she was.
It was an honor to be asked to do this shoot and I CANNOT wait to hold Holden Silas. He doesn’t know how long we’ve all been waiting for him. He’s already so loved!
2018-09-23_0001.jpg
2018-09-23_0002.jpg
2018-09-23_0003.jpg
2018-09-23_0004.jpg
2018-09-23_0005.jpg
2018-09-23_0006.jpg
2018-09-23_0007.jpg
2018-09-23_0008.jpg
2018-09-23_0009.jpg
2018-09-23_0010.jpg
2018-09-23_0011.jpg
2018-09-23_0012.jpg
2018-09-23_0013.jpg
2018-09-23_0014.jpg
2018-09-23_0015.jpg
2018-09-23_0016.jpg
2018-09-23_0017.jpg
2018-09-23_0018.jpg
2018-09-23_0019.jpg
2018-09-23_0020.jpg
2018-09-23_0021.jpg
2018-09-23_0022.jpg
2018-09-23_0023.jpg

Til next time.

Do Well and Do Good

J

Monticello, AR Wedding: Chris+Tabitha

If there were ever two people meant for each other, it’s these two. No, I’m not saying that to be cliche’. I’m saying it because it’s the truth. They really are meant for each other. I can tell from the outside looking in that they make the other a better person. They both love Jesus and they love the other’s children as their own. It’s a rare quality you find in a couple. I can tell they put each other first.
Their wedding was so laid back with no stress! That, also, is a rare quality on a wedding day. Tabitha even talked about how she just felt so relaxed. I’d work with them again in a heartbeat!
2018-09-11_0001.jpg
2018-09-11_0003.jpg
2018-09-11_0005.jpg
2018-09-11_0019.jpg
2018-09-11_0002.jpg
2018-09-11_0004.jpg
2018-09-11_0006.jpg
2018-09-11_0015.jpg
2018-09-11_0016.jpg
2018-09-11_0017.jpg
2018-09-11_0018.jpg
2018-09-11_0007.jpg
2018-09-11_0008.jpg
2018-09-11_0009.jpg
2018-09-11_0010.jpg
2018-09-11_0011.jpg
2018-09-11_0012.jpg
2018-09-11_0013.jpg
2018-09-11_0014.jpg
2018-09-11_0020.jpg

Can we just talk about the tears in Tabitha’s dad’s eye here??
2018-09-11_0021.jpg

When a wedding ceremony has a worship song, and the bride and groom ask the congregation to join them in worship…I have no words. It was probably my favorite part of the whole day.
2018-09-11_0022.jpg
2018-09-11_0023.jpg
2018-09-11_0024.jpg
2018-09-11_0025.jpg
2018-09-11_0026.jpg

Chris and Tabitha, keep Jesus as the center of your marriage. Love each other unconditionally and be each other’s best friend.

Til next time

Do Well and Do Good,

J

El Dorado, AR Wedding: Jacob+Jade

I think I need to warn you before you get to far into this post. This, is going to be a lengthy one. There were too many good images and I had a very hard time narrowing them down. I always do with weddings. Maybe it’s because weddings are my favorite event to photograph. Reguardless, there are a lot of images that you are going to get to see as you scroll. The venue for this wedding is beautiful! The Granite Club, also known as the McKinney-O’Conner House, is a 7500 square foot mansion that was built in the 1920’s oil boom. It’s got a plantation like feel and a victorian vibe. One of my top favorite venues for sure!

The day started like any other wedding day. I got there as Jade was getting her hair and make up finished. A few people from the wedding party were on the grounds. You could feel the excitement. Her colors were navy and pink they complimented each other very well. The air smelled of fresh flowers and Summer. Slowly the wedding party arrived and things really got going. There were boutonnieres of lavender and bouquets of roses and peonies. It was lovely . The atmosphere was laid back and relaxed.
2018-06-09_0001.jpg
2018-06-09_0002.jpg
2018-06-09_0003.jpg
2018-06-09_0004.jpg
2018-06-09_0005.jpg
2018-06-09_0006.jpg
2018-06-09_0007.jpg
2018-06-09_0008.jpg
2018-06-09_0009.jpg
2018-06-09_0010.jpg
2018-06-09_0011.jpg
2018-06-09_0012.jpg
2018-06-09_0013.jpg
2018-06-09_0014.jpg
2018-06-09_0015.jpg
2018-06-09_0036.jpg
2018-06-09_0037.jpg
2018-06-09_0040.jpg

I love the look on Mom’s face as her oldest daughter was being buttoned into her wedding gown.
2018-06-09_0016.jpg
2018-06-09_0017.jpg

This flower girl was so much fun.
2018-06-09_0018.jpg
2018-06-09_0019.jpg
2018-06-09_0020.jpg

Per usual, the groomsmen showed up ready to have a good time. It was a little rowdy, but all in fun and you could tell they were having a good time.
2018-06-09_0021.jpg
2018-06-09_0022.jpg
2018-06-09_0038.jpg
2018-06-09_0039.jpg

As the morning passed and everyone got closer to being completely ready, it was soon time for Jacob and Jade’s first look. One of my favorite parts of the day.
2018-06-09_0023.jpg
2018-06-09_0024.jpg
2018-06-09_0025.jpg
2018-06-09_0026.jpg
2018-06-09_0027.jpg
2018-06-09_0028.jpg
2018-06-09_0029.jpg
2018-06-09_0030.jpg
2018-06-09_0031.jpg
2018-06-09_0032.jpg
2018-06-09_0033.jpg
2018-06-09_0034.jpg
2018-06-09_0035.jpg

And then finally, ceremony time.
2018-06-09_0041.jpg
2018-06-09_0042.jpg
2018-06-09_0043.jpg
2018-06-09_0044.jpg
2018-06-09_0045.jpg
2018-06-09_0046.jpg
2018-06-09_0047.jpg
2018-06-09_0048.jpg
2018-06-09_0049.jpg

The reception was a blast. Great people and amazing food!
2018-06-09_0050.jpg
2018-06-09_0051.jpg
2018-06-09_0052.jpg
2018-06-09_0053.jpg
2018-06-09_0054.jpg
2018-06-09_0055.jpg
2018-06-09_0056.jpg
2018-06-09_0057.jpg
2018-06-09_0058.jpg
2018-06-09_0059.jpg
2018-06-09_0060.jpg
2018-06-09_0061.jpg

Jacob and Jade, I can’t say thank you enough for letting me be apart of your day! It was beautiful just like you!

Til next time,

Do Well and Do Good,

J

Hair & Make up:  Jordan Carter
Flowers:  Jason Roberson
Venue:  The Granite Club
Dress:  Low’s Bridal
Bridesmaid’s Dresses:  David’s Bridal
Catering:  Woods Catfish

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!
2018-05-29_0001.jpg
2018-05-29_0002.jpg
2018-05-29_0003.jpg
2018-05-29_0004.jpg
2018-05-29_0005.jpg
2018-05-29_0006.jpg
2018-05-29_0007.jpg
2018-05-29_0008.jpg
2018-05-29_0009.jpg
2018-05-29_0010.jpg
2018-05-29_0011.jpg
2018-05-29_0012.jpg
2018-05-29_0013.jpg

I absolutely love the look on Josh’s face when he saw Becca for the first time.
2018-05-29_0014.jpg
2018-05-29_0015.jpg
2018-05-29_0016.jpg
2018-05-29_0017.jpg
2018-05-29_0018.jpg
2018-05-29_0019.jpg
2018-05-29_0020.jpg
2018-05-29_0021.jpg
2018-05-29_0022.jpg
2018-05-29_0023.jpg
2018-05-29_0026.jpg
2018-05-29_0025.jpg
2018-05-29_0027.jpg
2018-05-29_0028.jpg
2018-05-29_0029.jpg
2018-05-29_0030.jpg

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!!
2018-05-20_0001.jpg
2018-05-20_0002.jpg

This greenery was breath taking!
2018-05-20_0003.jpg
2018-05-20_0004.jpg
2018-05-20_0005.jpg
2018-05-20_0006.jpg
2018-05-20_0007.jpg
2018-05-20_0008.jpg

Til next time

Do Well and Do Good

J

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.
2017-11-06_0001.jpg
2017-11-06_0005.jpg
2017-11-06_0006.jpg
2017-11-06_0007.jpg
2017-11-06_0002.jpg
2017-11-06_0008.jpg

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!
2017-11-06_0010.jpg
2017-11-06_0009.jpg

The ceremony went like most do. With no problems. It was perfect!
2017-11-06_0011.jpg
They even added a confetti cannon for the kiss.
2017-11-06_0012.jpg
2017-11-06_0013.jpg

The rest of the evening went very well and everyone had a full belly and good time.
2017-11-06_0003.jpg
2017-11-06_0004.jpg
2017-11-06_0018.jpg
2017-11-06_0017.jpg
2017-11-06_0014.jpg
2017-11-06_0015.jpg
2017-11-06_0016.jpg

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

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!
2017-10-02_0001.jpg
2017-10-02_0004.jpg
2017-10-02_0007.jpg
2017-10-02_0011.jpg
2017-10-02_0002.jpg
2017-10-02_0005.jpg
2017-10-02_0008.jpg
2017-10-02_0012.jpg
2017-10-02_0003.jpg
2017-10-02_0009.jpg
2017-10-02_0006.jpg
2017-10-02_0010.jpg

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!
2017-08-07_0001.jpg
2017-08-07_0002.jpg
2017-08-08_0002.jpg
2017-08-08_0003.jpg
2017-08-08_0001.jpg
2017-08-08_0005.jpg
2017-08-08_0006.jpg
2017-08-08_0004.jpg
2017-08-08_0008.jpg

Til next time!

Do Well and Do Good

J