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I’m just not sure exactly how to start this…

Three years ago, Jess was very pregnant with Meg and I was headed into a very full fall wedding schedule and we knew that we’d need some help since Jess would be taking some time away from weddings. We decided to bring on an intern who would handle some of the day-to-day responsibilities but especially fill in for Jess as my assistant at weddings. We ended up receiving dozens of applications (to my total surprise) and after spending hours looking through them all, we knew Ashley Howard was the right fit for the job. So, I had my first real intern. As you can tell by the direction of this post, I got a whole lot more that year than some help at a few weddings – Ashley became, and still is, like the little sister I’ve always wanted. She’s spunky enough to put up with my sarcasm, and sweet enough that brides quickly felt at ease around her, and frankly she’s going to make one heck of a wedding photographer. I couldn’t be happier that I got to spend some time helping her come into her own as an artist.

And then there’s Zach. I think I told Jess at least half a dozen times between the wedding day and when I was editing this wedding how charming and delightful I think Zach is. He’s got this sweet, even-tempered vibe that makes you feel warm and welcomed. And a killer smile. So, between Ashley, who’s been to a ton of weddings and knows exactly what it takes to pull off a perfectly detailed day, matched with Zach’s winsome charm, their wedding was over-the-top amazing and a dream to photograph. Basically, I’ve smiled over and over while working through this wedding the last couple of weeks and I’m so happy to show it off.

The setting for the wedding was Ashley’s childhood home and a place rich with family history – the only setting deserving enough to showcase this bride & groom.

And lastly, all the usual props to Wendy Putt of Fresh Cut Catering & Floral, Kendall Poole Event Planning, and Davaine Lighting for bringing all the magic together.

Up first are a few of Ashley’s bridals we took a few weeks before her wedding:


Now, back to the wedding day:

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(intro by Robby)

Well, it’s been a little quiet around the blog lately. A lot of that is because of a recent move (which maybe I’ll get the time to do a post about specifically at some point) and the fact that we’ve recently brought Chase on board at followell fotography. I really can’t tell you how amazingly smooth and effortless this transition of being a studio of one photographer to becoming a studio of two photographers has felt. I know Chase belongs here. And though there are hundreds of reasons why that is proving to be true, his work is unquestionably one of them. I hope you enjoy seeing one of his recent weddings, and his first collection of work to be featured right here on the followell fotography blog. Enjoy!

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(words by Chase)

Back in college when I was getting that Chemistry degree that I may or may not ever use I had to take Organic Chemistry lab. Luckily I got to be partners with someone who made that experience more enjoyable than it could have been. And that’s where Kenzie and I became friends. Unlike me, Kenzie continued down the path to professional school and is fixing to finish up dental school. She met Ryan, a 4th year med student, during her first couple years there. Getting to hang out with them through the duration of their engagement helped me to really see how good they really are for each other. And then they put together this beautiful wedding in what is probably the coolest venue I’ve ever shot at (St. Catherine’s at Belle Gable). The whole thing was perfectly simple and enjoyable, which I think fits exactly who Kenzie is and Ryan are. Enjoy the photos!

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  • Michelle Luke WhittleJuly 29, 2014 - 1:11 am

    Beautiful! Such a precious beautiful bride and family! Never seen a happier and more proud daddy. This family is so special.

Brides find followell fotography in all sorts of ways: from a friend, Facebook, or sometimes a random Google search. Heather’s the first bride who found me after she asked my Dad to be the officiant at her wedding. So, her weekend had more than her share of Followells – bless her heart – but she seemed as happy as can be to have us around.

Heather & Nicholas have an incredible story. Their dating relationship began several years ago at exactly the same time as Heather found out she had cancer. She’s an overcomer, and he’s loyal to his core, and their fate was cemented as they walked through a journey that had more downs than ups, I’m sure, and their deep, deep connection is an obvious result. Heather’s a total planner and she made certain her wedding day was thought-out and executed to a T. And knowing her high standards, it was an honor to be the one photographing it all.

Heather, Nick, you two are inspiring and I’m so glad you brought us to Destin for this beautiful wedding day… we’ll never forget it.

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I know, I know, I know… you’re not supposed to have “favorite” clients… but when you’re as enjoyable and kind and genuine as these two, it just kind of happens. I knew I would have a blast with Mary Emily & Ro as soon as they booked me. And we certainly did. Mary Emily has always struck me as a one of the classiest young ladies I’ve come across. And Ro is a southern gentleman: kind, sensitive, and warm. They come from two very loving and gracious families so it’s totally no surprise.

I didn’t think I could get any more excited about their wedding this fall in New Orleans, but this engagement session did exactly that.

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  • Sheila Crain MathenyMay 29, 2014 - 4:49 pm

    Oh Robby! So beautiful!! You captured them so relaxed, natural, and happy. He makes her laugh, and I love that!! Can’t wait to see what you have in store next!!

This is pretty crazy. And by “pretty” I mean “absolutely totally and undoubtedly.” And by “crazy” I mean “awesomely wonderful and completely perfect.”

It’s been seven years that I’ve been photographing weddings. I’ve loved every bit of it. Along the way, I’ve learned a ton, grown personally and artistically, but one thing has remained constant: God has faithfully provided so many incredible brides who open their wedding day up to me as the one chosen to document it all. This year, for whatever reason, we’ve seen our monthly wedding inquiries nearly double from previous years and being that my calendar was full by early February, I just can’t help but want to do something so that we can reach more brides.

While I’ve thought about hiring an associate photographer for a number of years, I was always halted by the fact that this person had to be one I felt was hand-picked by God and who I knew was the right fit. In a business as small as mine, I wouldn’t just be hiring an “associate”, I’d essentially be bringing on an addition to our family. I wanted someone with technical skill, the perfect personality, and more than anything, someone I could trust with a business as deeply personal as mine.

Well, I found him. And his name is Chase Richardson. I’ve known Chase for a number of years, and while we’re incredibly similar, we’re also different enough that I think he is the most perfect choice in a business partner. Jess and I feel like we’re getting a little brother out of this deal and we truly couldn’t be more excited.

Chase has operated Chase Richardson Photography for the last couple of years and, as of today, has officially joined me as the first (and only) associate photographer of followell fotography. Chase will be shooting exclusively for us, and opening up our annual calendar to a whole new group of brides. And let me say this: I’m absolutely confident in his ability to shoot a wedding and make sure you have so much fun while he’s doing it.

Pretty soon you’ll be getting to know a whole lot more about Chase as he posts here on the blog and we get his information on our website, but we just wanted to let you know about the news and that he’s available immediately for bookings.

So, have I said I’m excited?! More to come!

Here’s Chase:

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And here’s a quick little bio from him:

I graduated college with a degree in Chemistry, which means I know a thing or two about reactions. And what’s funny is weddings are full of reactions: laughing, crying, celebration, thankfulness, joy. The whole day is a series of people and emotions colliding to form this beautiful picture of what it feels like when two people join their lives together. Yes there are the pretty flowers and the delicious cake, but those things pale in comparison to what is going on inside of you and inside of those closest to you. Those elements are what I want to capture so that you’ll always remember how this very special day felt.

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