Weddings are coming…

It’s happened. The snow is finally melting. You can go outside without looking like you’ve suited up for an arctic expedition. I think I even heard a bird chirp the other day. You know what all this means don’t you? That’s right. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. No not Christmas! WEDDING SEASON!

In light of the longer light and impending flurry of tulle, I thought I’d share some wedding day tips from photographer to soon-to-be blissful couple!

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Beautiful People

A picture is worth a thousand words.

What a cliche. But while you may roll your eyes at this well-worn statement, there’s a reason cliches become cliches. It’s because they’re true.

I absolutely love taking pictures of people, and the pictures I get the most excited about are the ones that tell a story. I’m not talking about the posed family portrait that, while lovely, does little more than document a family inevitably wearing matching outfits, smiling artificial smiles with dad willing this moment to end, the kids thinking about the ice cream they’ve been promised if they just sit still for one more photo, and mom desperately smiling in an attempt to will her unwilling family into embracing this moment. Ok. That’s a bit harsh. Some of those family portraits are indeed lovely and glow with a heartwarming sense of love and happy memories. But let’s be real. Most have a distinct please-let-this-turn-out-so-we-can-be-done vibe oozing out of every pixel.

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The photos I love capturing are those moments that occur organically and give a sense of everyday life in the most surprising, laugh-until-you-cry, smile-so-big-it-hurts, hit-you-in-your-face sort of way. The hidden moments. The funny moments. The beautifully crazy moments. The true story of your life, frozen in time so that years later it will send you back to that exact spot and give you so many warm fuzzies you’ll think you’ve time traveled to Narnia. That’s what I live for. And that’s why photography is my happy place.

“A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.”
Annie Leibovitz

Here we go again…

Well hello! It’s been awhile. And by awhile I mean over a year because I fell off the blogging wagon HARD! But I’m back! Did you miss me? I missed you.

You may be looking at this whole fancy refreshed page and saying hold up. This is not the blog I was looking for. This was a blog about a dog. Now it’s all fancy and weird and has a new name and WHAT IS HAPPENING?! Well guess what? Things change. This is still a blog about a dog…but now it’s SO MUCH MORE! Are you excited? You should be. Are you confused? I do have that effect on people.

I’ve decided to use this platform to not only keep you up to date on Chesney’s antics, but also as a way for you all to get to know all of me. You see, a lot has changed in the course of a year and I want to share all the various facets of my super fascinating life with you dear reader, and whether you find them fascinating or not is entirely up to you. So here it goes: life update in five points!

  1. I got married. Whaaaaaaaat. I know. I have a HUSBAND. And he’s amazing.
  2. We bought a house. It’s so pretty. Now we have a mortgage. It’s awesome.
  3. We GOT ANOTHER DOG. Her name’s Paisley. She’s ridiculous. I love her to pieces.
  4. Acorn Photographs. I started a business taking pictures of wonderful people. It just keeps growing and I LOVE IT!
  5. I discovered essential oils. They will change your life. Seriously.

There. You’re all caught up! You’re welcome.

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Miss Paisley ❤