Her Style: What to Wear to Shoot a Wedding 01.

July 17, 2017

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What Do I Wear?
It's hard to figure out sometimes, amirite? Wedding photographers, are you with me? You have a unique brand, and a unique style, and somehow you want to combine those things with professionalism. But what does that look like? I'll be starting a little mini series here on the blog sharing some of my favorite outfits for shooting weddings. Hopefully you can gain a little inspiration and maybe even find some great pieces to add to your closet.

I picked up this jumpsuit pretty recently and LOVE it. Target for the win, right? The material is super light and comfy, which is perfect for shooting super toasty outdoor weddings. It lends the right amount of professionalism, while still being fun and subtly colorful. I try to dress is outfits that can blend in with the crowd, that way if you accidentally photobomb a videographer or a family member, you look like just another guest at the wedding. Another must for long days on your feet are comfy shoes. These sandals from Walmart have been a favorite of mine all summer. I picked them up for $10 and they are super duper comfortable. Wearing sandals for Summer weddings is a great way to avoid sweaty, hot misery.
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Jumpsuit: Target
Shoes: Walmart
Necklace: c/o Onecklace

Our Apartment Tour 01.

July 9, 2017

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It's been a good few weeks since the wedding, and Jon and I have had some time to spend arranging the apartment. It's super fun to finally display the pieces I've been collecting from antique and thrift stores all up the East Coast! The space I'm sharing with you today is our coffee bar, and my personal favorite corner of the apartment. Jonathan built this beautiful wood bar for me - he's building custom furniture as a business now, so if you're local and want a unique piece, hit him up! ;)

June was a ca-rayy-zay month. Jon and I were shooting weddings every weekend, some weekends on both Saturday and Sunday, and driving to MN, PA, NY, MD and MA. Most memorable event? Our GPS failed in New York and I got stuck driving through the Bronx and Harlem late at night with Jon navigating via map. Those peeps drive like crazy people!
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This month, life has calmed down a bit. I mostly have a lot of smaller shoots like engagements, which has been a relaxing and needed break from June. Most days Jon and I escape to one of the local Lynchburg coffee shops to do work - rough right? If there's no work to do, one of our favorite pass times has been thrift shopping together.

Speaking of which... we got our wedding pictures back! Which means I'll be starting a wedding planning series super soon! Keep an eye out ;)
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Top: c.o Romwe
Pants: Target
Necklace: Pan and Tea

Alpine Lovers

April 30, 2017

Somewhere off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville NC, is Rough Ridge. It's about a mile hike to the top with some major view payoff. Ashley of Photography Anthology captured these gorgeous engagement shots for Jonathan and I a few weeks ago, and we couldn't be happier with the result. Jonathan and I met hiking. It's an activity that has played a central role in our relationship since day one. Jon proposed to me at the top of a cliff after a hike, so it was only fitting that we found such a place for Ashley to capture our love. 

We are five weeks out until the wedding, and I can hardly believe it. After over a year long engagement, the planning is finally coming together, and it's getting real. Girls, I seriously can't wait to marry this man. He is such a blessing in my life - he makes me laugh daily, and he's my best friend in the whole world. His heart for God moves me - he prays over me and encourages me. Everyday with him is a precious gift.

Without further ado, here is our engagement session! For some extra experience, you can listen to the clip below while you scroll ;). This is a song that really represents Jon and I's relationship for me. It's one that I listened to often when we first started dating.
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Let's Get Inked

April 21, 2017

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Let's talk about Inkbox! Lately, it seems like everyone and their mother is getting tatted. It's growing as a mainstream trend from the real thing, to stick and poke, to two week tattoos. The difference? Stick and poke last 1-2 years, whereas two week tattoos last for anywhere from 5 days to 2 weeks, which is the beauty of them. If you're a girl who loves the look of a tattoo, but doesn't want to commit for life or even for a few years, these are amazing options. The ink is plant based, just like henna, so it's natural and safe to use on the skin. Don't worry, it's NOT black henna! You can pick up pre-made designs and apply them using inkbox kits, or you can purchase freehand ink and do some designs of your own. They are currently beginning beta testing for custom pre-made tattoos as well, in case you want a one of a kind design, but aren't exactly artistic.
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So what's the process? Really pretty simple. You pull the wrapping off of the inkbox and stick it to your skin. You use the enclosed alcohol wipe to wet the ink pad. Then you heat the towel, and press down on the inkbox as hard as you can for 30 seconds, then firmly for 15 minutes. After that, you can peel of the inkbox, and you'll see a faint hint of your design on the skin. It takes 24 hours to fully develop, and once it does, these look just like the real thing.
The freehand ink is especially fun to work with. It is a gel ink that you squeeze from a little bottle with a "needle" tip. The best way to describe the process is like frosting a cake! Below are some of the freehand designs I've done for girls on my University campus. The top right photo shows what the ink looks like when it first goes on. It sits on the skin for an hour before you wash it off. Then it develops in 24 hours, just like the pre-made designs.

Killin' It

April 5, 2017

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Okay, yeah - that's kind of a lie. It's more like the semester is killing me - slowly and painfully. Maybe I'm exaggerating slightly, but heavens, this has been a rough few months. Being a full time student and a full time business owner really takes a toll sometimes. This semester in particular is heavy ridden with large creative projects that take up a lot of time. Let's just say I'm counting down the days until May. On the bright side, Jonathan and I got the keys to our apartment on Monday! We're already busy coming up with plans for the layout, and the latest news is that Jonathan has the know-how to build furniture (cue Pinterest scrolling).

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Sweater: thrifted
Bracelet: Wanderer Bracelets
Necklace: Charming Charlie
Pants: Target
Boots: Teva

Local Lynchburg: White Hart

March 12, 2017

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White Hart
White Hart was one of the first places I heard about when I moved to Lynchburg in 2015. It's the local go-to for a cup of third wave coffee. The atmosphere is super authentic. If it's not on a busy day, I love stopping in here to do some photo editing on my laptop, or for a latte when I'm working a wedding downtown. Recommendations? The White Hart Snow or a chai tea latte. 
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Life has been insane lately. Somehow running a business, being a full time student, apartment hunting and wedding planning all are meshing together. My day planner is spilling over with scribbled plans for each week. I do enjoy being busy, but I think it's time to dial back where I can. The problem? Not really too sure where I can dial back at the moment - ha! It's hard not to wish away Spring when reprieve from school and our wedding is around the corner. I will say, it's so much harder to live in the moment when you don't give yourself a chance to breathe.
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Shirt: c/o Romwe
Necklace: c/o Romwe
Jeans: Target

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