Happy 6th of July!

The 6th of July is a great day to celebrate our independence, right?!? I think so! It's as good a day as any to thank God and our brave heroes for the freedom and opportunities we are afforded as citizens of this great nation. So go ahead and set off a few more fireworks tonight (I'm sure my neighbors will) and check out this sweet family living the American dream!

Celebrating 1 year with Derrick & Kameron, part 2

Last month, Derrick & Kameron celebrated one year of wedded bliss! Kameron shared a reflection on her wedding day and first year with us. Now, I get to share a few images from their anniversary shoot. Kameron was an absolute trooper walking through the woods and weeds in heels!

Celebrating 1 year with Derrick & Kameron!

Derrick and Kameron were married on May 16, 2016. I had the pleasure of capturing their big day, filled with nervous butterflies, love, excitement and gorgeous TN rolling hills. I caught up with Kameron to give you her reflection on her wedding day and first year of marriage. Enjoy!

How did you meet?

Derrick and I met on a mission trip to Grand Isle, Louisiana. This was the end of our freshman year of college (December 2013).  It sounds crazy, but before the trip, I had read a book about not chasing after guys and surrendering to the Lord and His plans.  And long story short, on the way to Grand Isle, (the only way I can describe it is), I basically had a thought that wasn’t mine, almost like God saying, “there is he is,” as I looked up at Derrick, sitting two rows in front of me.  It wasn’t an immediate thing between us.  It was a long process, actually.  We grew close on the trip, only because Derrick had been robbed in the middle of New Orleans by a shoe shiner, and I found it to be the funniest thing ever-I still do.  That is where it all started and our relationship grew from there…well, long friendship at first.

What is your fondest wedding memory?

My fondest memory from our wedding day would be, after the ceremony, because it was done then. All the stress was over and I really got to enjoy that moment as we exited our ceremony location. There was a very brief moment, where it was just Derrick and I afterwards, and that was a special moment.


Did your wedding go as planned? 

(Laughing) Ummm sort of.  I am a bit of a perfectionist, and wanted all of my pinterest ideas to work out, but most of them didn’t.  I’ll admit, I was a bit of bridezilla that weekend leading up to the wedding, because it seemed like nothing was going as planned.  But that’s okay. Our wedding day was the best day ever and now I just look back and laugh.  I got to marry my best friend that day, so looking back, everything else didn’t really matter.


What was your experience with Tara D Photos like? 

I was extremely pleased with our pictures from Tara D Photos.  Tara is an amazing woman to work with and she helped make the day go smooth, and took some stress away from me.  I didn’t have to think about what was next and keep checking the clock to make sure we stayed on schedule, she took care of all of that.  She was very organized and I just loved her style of work.  She offers, crisp, clean, and bright images, and that was exactly what I was looking for in a photographer! I was honestly so worried about our pre-wedding pictures, not because of Tara, but because during that time, I just felt like it was all over my face how stressed out I was and I was afraid that that would show in our images.  However, when we received our pictures back and I looked at those images of us getting ready, I was overjoyed.  She did so amazing capturing those pictures and I would’ve never believed that I was even stressed out then.  It was nothing but joy and excitement.  I couldn’t believe it!

Tell me about your first year of marriage.

Our first year of marriage has been the best year yet!  There is just something about doing life with your best friend and husband, that is so special. I’ll admit that it is challenging at times, but every second is so worth it, because I get to spend the rest of my life with my best friend.  We have had to face a lot this year, but I think it has only grown us closer to each other and closer to God.  Our fights have mainly consisted of house hold chores, which is something so small, and we end up just forgetting why we are even fighting! Our first fight as a married couple, was because I wanted to tuck our sheets in and he wanted to have them untucked- he just could not stand having them tucked in.  But if that is our biggest arguments, then I say we are going to be just fine! But seriously, it has been amazing.  He has made so many of my dreams come true and I thank God every day for bringing him into my life and giving me someone who is so selfless, hardworking, and caring.  I look forward to more years to come!

Beautiful Kentucky Countryside with Jamie & Casey

Around 5 years ago, a group of girls showed up for their first college volleyball practice as freshman. Among those was Casey. My husband Jason and I had the pleasure of coaching her for two years. From long road trips to zumba and bible study to an embarrassing lip-syncing contest, I enjoyed seeing Casey mature as a volleyball player and person.

Casey, I am so happy for you and Jamie. I pray you will continue to follow God's plan for your life and have a long, happy marriage!

6 Things to Consider When Choosing a Wedding Photographer

You have found the one you want to spend the rest of your life with and now it’s time to start planning your wedding...the bridal party, the dress, the photographer, the invitations, the food, the honeymoon destination…so many choices to make!

Where do you even start? How about here, with these 6 Things You Should Consider When Choosing a Wedding Photographer

1.     Do you like their style?

Any professional wedding photographer should have a portfolio or a web site where you can view their work.  It shouldn’t take you long to figure out if you like their style.  They may have a formal, more traditional style with a lot of posed shots.  Or, they may have a more natural, relaxed style with lots of candid shots.  There are even different editing styles.  Some wedding photographers can adapt their style to meet the needs of their customers.  There is no right or wrong style, as long as it makes you happy. To see if my style makes you happy, check out some of my recent work.

2.     Do you want to be around this person on one of the most important days of your life?

This may seem like a given, but you should make sure that you like the person before you hire them. No matter how much planning you do, and you will do A LOT of planning, you will more than likely be a little stressed on your wedding day.  In those moments, do you want to interact with someone who has a friendly, calm presence?  Or do you prefer to have someone with a bubbly, outgoing personality around?  You will be sharing some pretty intimate moments with your photographer.  From getting dressed, to time spent with parents, to the lovie dovie newlywed pics after the ceremony.  Make sure that you will be comfortable spending so much time with this person.

3.     What is their timeframe for getting your photos to you?

Every customer has different expectations and tastes (think restaurants….drive thru vs. five star restaurant), but everyone wants to see their wedding photos as soon as possible.  Ask your potential photographer what their turnaround time is.  Ask them if they can send you a few images within a couple of days so you can put them out on social media.  Obviously, some wedding photographers are extremely busy and their editing may be backed up for several months.  If you would rather not wait that long, you'll want to consider someone else.  On the other hand, you don’t want someone who will have all the editing done in a few days.  Most people will want someone in the middle.  Someone who will spend enough time ensuring that every image is perfect, but also not make you wait until your 1 year anniversary to let you see your first glimpse of his "first look.”

4.     Are they in your budget?

Only you (and maybe your parents) can decide what you should budget for your wedding photographer.  Remember that your photos will be one of the only things left once your wedding day is over.  While you don’t want to overspend, it’s also important not to compromise and regret your decision the moment you see your wedding photos the first time.  You do not want to experience that sinking feeling.  On the other hand, don’t spend $4,000 if you are happy with a photographer who charges $2,000.  It is important to do your homework.  Ask to see a complete wedding so you aren’t fooled by the few best images they pulled out for their web site.  Also, understand what your money gets you.  Does your package come with all of the images, a limited number, or none?  Do your digital images come with a print release or are they just low resolution proofs for viewing only?  Will you receive an album or prints? For details on what I offer, contact me so I can give you all the information.

5.    Are they available on your wedding day?

If your date is set, this should be one of the first questions you ask.  If you don’t ask first, the photographer should.  There’s no need to waste your time or theirs if they already have your date booked.

6.     Do they have an emergency plan in place?

If your potential photographer had an emergency come up, how would they handle it?  Do they have other photographers they could call to take their place on your wedding day?  Do they have back up equipment?  While no one expects any problems to arise, emergencies happen.  Make sure your potential photographer is prepared to deal with the unexpected.