Sara & Dustin are a helplessly classy pair and a pure delight to be around – but you’ve heard me rattle on about that when I posted their engagement session. Their wedding naturally didn’t disappoint as First Baptist Church of Clinton and the Union Station in downtown Jackson were swept up in the romance and bliss of this delightful pair. The e-mail I received from Sara a few days ago after they received their wedding photos only made me love them more as Sara shared some of the highest praise anyone has ever given about my work. Clearly, I couldn’t have been happier to be a part of this wedding.

Up first are a few of Sara’s bridals, followed by a selection of my favorite photos from the wedding.

Now on to the wedding day photos:

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Jana & Justin are sweet, sweet people – humble, down to earth, all of those things. It was obvious when photographing them, but also obvious from their interactions with their family and friends at their wedding. They got married in the small town of Morton, MS. There’s just something about small town weddings that I really appreciate. There’s always a sense of genuineness from the couple and all of the people they have surrounding them. Genuineness always makes for good photos. Enjoy!

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If you follow me on Instagram, you know this little girl really well… Eleanor is one of Meg’s best friends and their carefree, honest, expressive interaction together is something that keeps us (their parents) smiling and I just can’t help but want to document.  This photo alone has made me laugh more than any I’ve ever taken and might just be my very favorite:

So, naturally, I couldn’t wait to spend a couple of hours photographing Eleanor and her parents. And I truly couldn’t be more proud of these photos. In fact, this session along with a few others that have happened over the last few months are starting to redirect how we’re handling the family sessions I photograph. Basically, no more of the multi-outift/forced-smile/meaningless locations in family sessions. And we’re even changing our product offerings for families and soon introducing a new book specifically designed for our family session clients. A bit more of the thoughts that have been churning in my head landed in this Instagram post (captioning the top photo).

Now, back to Adam, Carrie, & Eleanor – we love these three. We’re not letting them go anywhere, so I have a feeling this isn’t the last you’ll seen of them. Oh, and if you have any home improvement needs, you’ve got to give Adam a call – I can’t recommend his work highly enough. He painted our new house for us before we moved in and he and his crew blew us away. Check out some of his work HERE.

Now, on to the photos… I triple dog dare you to try to go through these without smiling…

And just because I’m changing my “approach” a bit, I need you families to know that I’m not totally abandoning the “standard family portrait”–but that I’ll be shooting even fewer of these in hopes of spending more time documenting a story, emotions, and interactions.

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  • Cindi BrownSeptember 4, 2014 - 1:43 am

    Precious family…great photos

  • Brendyn Chesser ThéSeptember 4, 2014 - 4:17 am

    Looove these! What a giggler Miss Eleanor is!

If there’s a girl that keeps it real and tells it like it is, but somehow does so in the most hilarious and endearing way, it’s Rachael. And I would know, ’cause Rachael and I go way back… all the way to 10th grade when I moved to Mississippi and ended up in the same Meridian High School class. She’s a delight to be around and always has been. John is a a smooth kind of a guy with a easy-to-talk-to personality and a real sensitive spot for his bride. The wedding day happened at Central United Methodist Church in Meridian and the Riley Center (pictured above) – one of the most beautiful interiors imaginable. All in all, I couldn’t have hoped for a better wedding to photograph.

As you’ll see, I had an absolute blast with Rachael, John, and all their friends (a particularly crazy group of folks). I haven’t had this much fun at a reception in a while… I loved it, you two. Hoping you guys are having a blast up in Nashville – hope to see you again soon!

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Kristina & Will will always have a special place in my mind when I think about the couples I’ve shot for. And that’s mainly because I’ve almost died both times I’ve shot for them. Okay, maybe not died. During their engagement session I was leisurely walking to set up a shot next to a lake when, out of nowhere, the earth gave way and my leg went down into a hole that was about knee-deep. I dusted myself off and finished the rest of the shoot soaking wet. Then at their wedding I slipped in a puddle while shooting the wedding party, cut my finger open, and broke one of my lenses. Evidence of this can been seen on my Instagram. But! Here I am alive and well and able to bring you photos that document how great this day really was. It started off a little rainy, but everything ended up working out perfectly in the end. Kristina & Will are some of the nicest and kindest people I’ve ever met both with wonderful families. Thanks for letting me be a part of this guys, and next time we meet, I’ll make sure to have a life insurance policy!

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