Being a geek and someone who loves to research, I have always loved learning more about photography. There is the technical side, the business/marketing side and artistry. As a creative the technical side isn’t always the most fun but it helps to learn it because it is important. In 2006 I became a member of Professional Photographers of America. The local affiliate chapters are often my favorite way to see the business side from many wonderful speakers. Imaging USA is the annual large convention and was hosted in Atlanta this year. Although I have competed at the local and regional level this was my first year competing at their International Print Competition. So the first day the trade show opened I headed to see my images on display. All four of the images received a merit (which was a big goal) meaning I received the bronze recognition. My images were one wedding image, a portrait image and two event (wedding) albums. It was so fun to see my photos come up on the screen! On the last evening there was a big award ceremony full of industry peers for the The Grand Imaging Awards (GIA’s). The 100 finalists’ images were recognized as being the best of the 2018 PPA International Photographic Competition. The finalists, 10 each in 10 categories, were selected from 5,200 entries judged by a panel of 32 jurors. It was an honor to stand on the stage for having one of the top 10 event albums in the competition. A big thank you to our couples for inspiring me to create unique images and allowing me to submit. The biggest reward is always seeing the smiles from our couples as they relive their day, but being recognized by our industry’s top photographers and peers is also really great!




The beginning of Spring is often a little rainy but it brings the hope of more blooms ahead. The cheerful colors of the wedding matched the stained glass in the church perfectly. With all of the work that Toni and her mother put into the day I figured they had planned it that way. But they said it was a happy accident. Including the architecture of the church into their photos was very important to the couple. Toni’s parents and grandparents were married there – what a great tradition to continue. One of my favorite moments was seeing Dustin smile at Toni just after they stepped up to the altar. He was beaming and I don’t think that smile left his face all day! After a few formal photos we headed to the front steps of the church. It was drizzling a little bit but we kept them covered under the arches (don’t worry I didn’t melt). Then we headed to a local brewery for a few minutes and some fun photos with the wedding party. The rain was coming down pretty hard but as we followed the couple I heard the couple say they were going to make a run for it together – and there were like let’s go – this is so perfect for how they are going to be a team at  life. And I am sorry if I sound sappy but those little moments add up to meaning the most. And I think this perfectly captures their sweet relationship and how well they work together! My favorite part of the reception – wow there are so many to pick! Just before the cake cutting I see Toni begging Dustin not to stuff the cake in her face! You couldn’t help but laugh! Or there is the fact that the bride iced the wedding party! Add in the sister of the bride catching the bouquet, cute flower girls and doughnuts for dessert! Toni and Dustin, we are so excited for you two to start your next chapter together. A big thank to their wonderful families and wedding party. To say that it was a great day is an understatement!

Wedding Wine Tumbler Gift

Category: Favorites | March 13th, 2019

One of the best parts of being included in the wedding party is being a part of a great group to celebrate. And a little swag never hurt anyone! This custom wine tumbler is so cute to give to bridesmaids as a thank you. Pair it with some snacks while you are getting ready on the big day and you will never get anyone’s cup mixed up. Thank you to Bride Bop for giving us this great personalized gift to review.  They also run a great groomsmen gift site too! And if you are looking for more bridal party gift ideas be sure to check out their pinterest boards for bridesmaids and groomsmen!