Getting a puppy might be one of the best presents that any kid can get…and Brooklyn got it! And what better way to celebrate than to have a photoshoot with the newest member of the family. We headed down to Holcomb Gardens and was able to get the whole shoot in right before it absolutely poured down raining. Through the whole shoot, you couldn’t wipe the smile off Brooklyn’s face. I think we have a “Mom of the Year” candidate here. Also…that puppy has to be one of the cutest I’ve seen…
Katherine has been part of our wedding photography business for a while now…she hasn’t taken a picture…but her job(for us) was just as important. While we were out shooting weddings she would be watching our girls. From the first time we came back from a wedding and she had a run down of activities they had done, crafts they made and what they did at the park…we knew we had a winner! And the girls absolutely loved her! Whenever we would have a shoot, meeting or wedding, the first question the girls would ask was, “Can we have Katherine watch us?!” We were very blessed.
Fast forward a few years and here we are. We were so incredibly excited when she asked us to shoot her wedding. The whole day felt like we were part of the family. It started out at the golf course with the guys. Weddings are extremely stressful days for us guys, we need some time to unwind, relax and…yeah I can’t even fake it…it’s not stressful at all for guys. Regardless! The guys spend their morning at the course while the girls got ready. The Barn at Kennedy Farms was the perfect venue for them. The weather was beautiful and it fit their personalities perfectly. And speaking of their personalities…They have such a fun and playful energy about them. It was such a honor to spend the day with them and witness their love and commitment.
Julie has been like a sister to Amy since as long as she can remember. They have been friends all the way from elementary school through college and beyond. And believe me, they are cut from the same mold. They are both dreamers and creatives. We knew when Julie was planning her wedding it was going to be amazing. It also helps that Julie’s dad has an incredible garden around his whole house that made for the perfect backdrop for their wedding. Josh is one of the main cooks at the award winning Milktooth Indy in Fountain Square. If you haven’t been there…go…now…it’s that good! Seeing them together was such a joy. They have an energy and emotion that is infectious and it was such an honor to be a part of their day. The details were amazing, the music was awesome…the day couldn’t have been better.
I thought I would take blog post to talk about something really important to me, and something I feel that is timely in light of the way our culture views photography.
First, let me just say I love how quickly and easily images can be shared. In an instant we can share images on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter, and that’s such a good thing. I love it. But I would venture to say that 95% of the time, that’s where the images stop. And that’s what I want to talk about.
8 tracks were great in their hay-day…so were cassettes…and CD’s….you know where I’m going with this. Storage devices and their evolution have a relatively quick lifespan. Photography is no different, but there is one thing that has stayed constant from the beginning. The photography print.
I think we all have those memories of looking through old photo albums and seeing those black mail pictures of our parents or grandparents right!? Black and white pictures with stoic faces, to the green tinted film pictures of the 70’s and 80’s. They all have a story attached to them. A legacy. I remember as a kid, looking through my grandparents old photo albums and seeing pictures of my dad and mom. Hearing the stories that went with them, and all the while affirming my history and my story with theirs. The printed image is so much more important that we give it credit.
As photographers, we put our heart and soul into creating amazing images for our friends and clients, and though we love it when our images are shared around Facebook, we don’t want it to stop there. We believe that when an image is printed it means something. When you print that amazing image of your family and hang it up in your house, that says something to your kids. It says something to your partner, your friends and even yourself. It’s a reminder that this is who you are. When you get that awesome wedding album in the mail, every time you look at it is a reminder of the start of your story with your best friend. And these reminders are incredibly important. Time and jobs and hobbies and friends and about a billion other things pull for our attention and so many times we forget about our story…and we need reminded.
Amy and I have been married for almost 12 years and the one book in our house that has gotten the most use…is our wedding album. The girls absolutely love to look through the pages and hear the stories from our wedding day. They’ve heard them a hundred times but never tire to hear them again. There is something to that. Our wedding album is affirming the start of their story too and that’s something that everyone craves. So, having said all that, I hope that you print your pictures, order wedding albums and keep telling the story of you. It’s more important than you realize.
(Our photos were taken by the amazing Jessica Strickland)
You know those couples who have that deep sense of joy…all the time…and you just want to come over to their house sometime and make sure they are for real? Well, after the wedding we did(go over and hang out)…and they are(for real). Amy has known Eddie for a long time, and Eddie was the best man at one of our other weddings (JB and Colbeigh) so when they called us letting us know they were engaged…we were incredibly excited to start planning with them. We say all the time that weddings are so much easier to shoot when we shoot like friends rather than vendors. And this weddings was no different. Eddie and Sara share a love of travel and missions. They are remarkable people with dreams that will change the world around them. We were honored to capture their special day! We love them so much!