Nancy Russell Overlook Wedding: Lindsay + Matt

When I initially sat down with Lindsay and Matt for their consultation, we had an instant connection. We talked about sunglasses and career moves and family life and pretty much everything except wedding details. ;)  I was like, “Oh yeah- we have a wedding to figure out here!” I just like these people.

Needless to say, the details did come together, but in the most natural and relaxing way possible (at least from our end ;). In keeping with their love of natural beauty, Matt and Lindsay planned to say their vows in front of the breathe-taking vista at Nancy Russell Overlook.

Surrounded by the dearest of family and friends, you could feel the tangible love and support of those gathered to witness. Matt’s fiddle carried a celebratory melody on the breeze as Lindsay arm in arm with her Dad walked down the path to meet him. Tears streamed down Lindsay’s cheeks as she vowed her heart and soul to her beloved. Matt’s smile echoed her own and they didn’t stop smiling for the rest of the night! They smiled so big it was like they became one joyous ball of happiness.

Matt and Lindsay (and Kathleen and Paul) it was such an incredible privilege to be a part of this day. I am so honored that you entrusted your memories to my care. I wish you all the dearest and all the best, marriage is so worth the work! Lots of love,Christa

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Why the iPhone Has Made Photos More Valuable

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5 years ago people used to tote around a digital camera on their vacations and actually capture memories in decent quality. Now, the vast majority skip the extra 2 lb of shoulder luggage and just use their all-too-convenient iPhone.

While few will actually take the time to read this article, this trend is vastly important. Staggering numbers are now documenting the entirety of their life on their iPhone. Remember the days when we used to actually “record” (yes as in a videocamera) significant events or portions of our kids lives? Now we have a 10 second grainy clips that get catalogued into the thousands of other photos stored on our devices. These devices then get out-dated, upgraded or even discarded.  Who actually prints or compiles iPhone selfies? Yeah. No one.

What happens when todays 2 year old is walking down the aisle at his graduation? Will there be any photos or video to remember his story? Or will they all still be on mom’s iPhone that got lost when it fell in the bathtub? Iphone photos are cheap. Cheap in quality and in the value we put on them. A little instant gratification, a few Facebook likes and that’s about it.

Call me crazy, but I predict that sooner or later (maybe 5 years) parents will realize  that professional photos, actual recorded, fine art documentation of our lives is priceless. I don’t want to be that mom that has no video of my baby walking for the first time or laughing in the high-chair. I for one, will carry around my real camera, and record real moments, and print real photos. Because relationships of love are the building blocks of reality and I want to celebrate that on my walls, in albums of family memories and in my heart.

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McMenamins Edgefield Engagement: Kate and Casey

Thanks to Whitney and her beautiful Zenith Vineyard wedding, I had the incredible privilege of meeting and capturing these two really. awesome. people.

Like. really awesome.

Meet Kate and Casey.

It was a beautiful September afternoon and the wind was sending out signs that Fall was right around the corner. While Kate got  beautified by our ever talented Blossom and Beauty, Casey relaxed at the nook of a bar down the hall, (such a patient guy).

Kate and Casey met when Kate joined the hospital where Casey worked as a physical therapist. I’m pretty sure it was her auburn locks that first caught his attention- but then again, maybe it was those star eyes of hers that keep changing between green, blue and grey. Either way, he knew he wanted to get to know this beauty. He waited a bit, biding his time and when she softened a bit- out came the invitation. It was an instant connection, and soon they were inseparable. Casey brings the best out of her and she him. They are very real, down-to-earth people, without pretense or affectation- just the kind that would make sincere, life-long friends. It’s couples like these that get me excited, maybe because I have such a fun time capturing them. Or maybe because they’re up for anything, even when I ask them to “run like a gazelle” lol. Seriously, I laughed so hard I almost peed my pants during this shoot.

I know they will work through the conflicts and upheavals that always accompany any relationship that’s worth fighting for. I know that when June rolls around and they vow to love and respect till “death do us part” that it will be an epic celebration that you don’t want to miss.

Thank Kate and Casey for being real with me, for making my job so effortless and being so happily in love. You both make me smile sitting here and June can’t get here soon enough :)

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