i always am so amazed at how quickly time passes...i feel like it was just a week ago that i had my first session with charlie when he was 6 months! its so much fun getting to watch so many children and families grow!
any time i get to photograph little anne claire i just get so excited! you never know what you are gonna get into with this tiny ball of energy...the last session she was showing me all her new animals...like her kittens, for instance, she named them nobody and somebody, and the puppies are cassidy and sundance, but the cows don't have name...because "there are too many to name"!
i don't even know where to begin with this post...and i may or may not have teared up several times while writing this post...[i definitely did]...i have talked about my grandfather before on my site, but long story short, he is the reason i became a photographer...camera always in hand, capturing all these moments for our family and others to cherish...his images are all over our house and he and grandmother have helped cultivate this passion!
well today my grandmother and grandfather are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary! SEVENTY YEARS FOLKS! i have had two of the most amazing people to look up to in life and in love...after 70 years they are still very much in love and still have so much fun together! he still makes her laugh and she still has him completely smitten with her..
my grandfather is a natural storyteller, but honestly whose grandfather isn't? haha...but my favorite story he tells is how it purchased grandmother's engagement ring...now i won't be able to tell it like grandfather, but i'll try!
when he was in the navy and stationed in california, him and grandmother had been writing everyday...he was going to be shipped out any day and didn't want to leave without making it official...so after watching the guards on duty and timing them for a bit he knew the best time to run out and jump the fence so he could get into town...that's right he went awol to get this ring! on the way down from jumping the barbwire fence, his pants got ripped on one side from his hip all the way to his feet...he climbed on the bus anyway and while there a lady next to him offered him several safety pins to "fix" his pant leg...he graciously accepted...haha...on to the jewelry store where he ran in and said he had two hundred dollars and needed an engagement ring! and wouldn't you know it the salesman had "just the ring and it was two hundred dollars"...haha grandfather always laughs at that part...after all that he made it back to the base undetected and mailed the ring off to grandmother...when grandmother received it she was so nervous she had a friend open it! she of course said yes and here we are seventy years, four children, ten grandchildren, and six great grandchildren later with happy hearts celebrating these two incredible people! i can not wait for tonight party to celebrate the love between these two with all our family and friends!
oh...and her bracelet she is wearing? it was grandfather's gift to her while they were on their honeymoon...precious, right?!
grandfather loves telling us about when he first met grandmother...it was in the fall and she and her friends were having a party...he came over early and he saw this tiny girl craving a huge pumpkin...he said he knew then that she was the one...i could listen to him tell these stories over and over...so we decided to throw a couple in some photos...
photos taken at ashland henry clay estate
meet newborn grayson and talk about a bundle of joy! wide awake for almost the whole session and showing off his kung fu moves! haha karly and christopher invited me into their home with their precious new family...
seeing little clients grow up is so much fun! i feel like hunter's newborn photos were just last year...but hey were THREE years ago! uhh what?! watching them grow up and turn into tiny people has been so much fun...i'm so excited to be able to continue watching them grow...
if you are a creative entrepreneur you are probably already familiar with the rising tide society [if you aren't then go check them out now! and by "now" i mean after you read this haha] just to give you a quick overview, the rising tide society is an amazing group of people who focus on cultivating community over competition among creative entrepreneurs and small business ceos...
while i was in south carolina the myrtle beach chapter invited me to be a part of their styled shoot they had at the market commons, and it was gorgeous! the planners did such a fantastic job putting everything together for this elopement styled shoot, and working along side of the other photographers was so much fun!
styling/decor :: 22 Events Brittany Andrena Butler , Blue Palm Events, LLC, @events by santana
cake/Dessert :: Pink Pineapple European Style Bakery
linen/Chairs :: Corina Silva Studios
hair :: Jessica Brantley J. Leigh Stylist & Boutique
makeup :: You.Only Better
calligraphy/paper goodies/signs :: Brooke Holden Calligraphy
florals :: Little Shop of Flowers
grooms bowtie :: Formal Wear of Myrtle Beach
bride's dress :: Coastal Knot Bridal Boutique
bride's shoes :: Centro Shoes
models :: lauren myers & eddie gnip jr.
oh my goodness...these two! so much personality packed in these two tiny humans...i don't think i have ever laughed so much during a session than i did with them...not to mentioned we would have gotten completely lost on the trails at mcconnell springs if it wasn't for liv+foxx's amazing tracking skills! haha
The Henry Clay Estates is one of my favorite places to shoot in Lexington. There is literally no place on the grounds where there is a bad background. So when you combined the beautiful landscapes with a cute family...its hard not to get some great shots!