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Mr & Mrs Hammond

Jacob receiving his gift moments before he sees his wife for the very first time!

Jacob receiving his gift moments before he sees his wife for the very first time!

I won’t pretend to ever have the words to truly tell the Love Stories that we are so lucky to capture, but I truly hope that the images we deliver emote above all else. I can’t tell you how Brittany and Jacob met but I can tell you how we met one another and how that led to the beautiful union of these two incredible people.

Jacob had planned to ask Brittany for her hand, and had every detail planned to do so. He invited both sides of there familie's to attend, had props specifically for the moment and had a photographer hired and ready to capture what turned into a perfect moment in time. The story gets interesting here. Only a few days from the planned proposal, the photographer came down with the flu! So they took a deep breath and messaged a dear friend of mine, and talented photographer Amy Brown. Amy was quick to send them my information. Brittany’s mom sent me a message via Facebook asking my availability. I had plans! I also wasn’t going to let that stand in my way of capturing this moment for them, so I agreed. The time was set, the place was determined, and we have never met. I quickly warned Penny that I would be there, but would be the heavily tattooed guy, with the bald head, and the camera in the air. Jump forward to the day and everything went flawlessly and was worthy of the big screen. I was quick to introduce myself after the initial shock and went straight to work. We took photos of the newly engaged couple as well as them with their families. I was so pumped at how the images turned out. The sky from that day was, well……

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It wasn’t long after they had the final gallery of the images I captured that they asked about my availability to also capture the wedding. I was speechless. I honestly assumed that the original photographer would have the honor, but I was quick to check my calendar and lock the date down. I am so glad I did. Spending the day dancing through the details they spent so much time in perfecting, and engulfing myself into their family and friends was effortless as they treated me like family. I had the extreme pleasure of having Katy help and second shoot the day with me, and truly couldn’t have succeeded without her.

The venue at Chateau Selah, in Blountville, TN is truly from a fairy tale, and everyone we encountered made being on site such a pleasure. Every detail from start to finish was incredible. The food, the views, the dress, I mean everything fell perfectly in to place for their wedding day. Ok, enough words

I would like to end this entry by saying, Thank You to Brittany, Jacob and their families. I hope they experience the love that Brittany’s parents still clearly share as they danced the night away. Jacob I hope she forgave you for dropping her mid sparkler exit LOL.

Grayson Highlands Senior Session

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Today is the first day of April, and we are BOOMING. We are out of town and shooting every single weekend of April, and booked 2 more weddings in the last 7 days but so far, my favorite session is the one I’m about to share with you all. This one is special because the young man we are writing is family. Don’t get me wrong, anyone that chooses to let us capture moments in the life for them, well your family as well but Austin is literally family. We have only known him a short almost 3 years but that doesn’t change the fact that hes one of my sons. Not biologically but who cares about that crap. He is quick to remind me how smart, witty, and unique he is. SInce he has been here, he has grown so much. Both in height, and confidence but also in this new family of his.

We have been talking about options for his senior portraits for months, but as most guys, hates having his picture taken. He has stalled and stalled until that was no longer an option. So we decided it was time, and our location of choice was Grayson Highlands Park in Virginia. Our family took a day trip here last summer and immediately fell for the place. The views are spectacular and anytime you can roam with wild ponies, well that’s just special now isn’t it. It was a rare occasion where he and I had the entire afternoon/ evening to ourselves. The lack of cell service also provided for some interesting conversation as well. I honestly couldn’t have planned a better day to spend with Austin. As per usual, here are the photos.

This is what life is all about, spending time with those you care for, and to capture those moments to enjoy for a lifetime.