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Inspiration shoots are my all time fav. Its my time to think of things in my head and experiment. I use to do it all the time but work and building my business started to take over. Rim (the gorgeous model below) had contacted me early last year and asked about doing a shoot together. I said I would LOVE to because I was in the midst of wedding season and needed something a little different to keep the creativity going. I told her to let me think up an idea. I wanted to do something with a flower crown and a green field, but I wanted the crown to be grand. I wanted the hair and makeup (it was perfect) to be whimsical and the accessories to be as well. So I went to Hobby Lobby and bought all the flowers to make the crown. I had no idea what I was doing…all I knew was the crown kept getting bigger and bigger, hah. (but that was the point…to be grand). I found a metallic skirt and asked Rim to wear a light colored t-shirt. She brought some gold bracelets that went beautifully with my butterfly necklace (it was my 104 year old great great aunts…so its like an antique), and we paired it with my white fur  stole (also my great great aunts, that lady had some awesome things). So we set out to make some magic. The sunlight was just perfect for what I was wanting. Rim did an amazing job being my model! That girl can pose and work the camera! I had an amazing time getting to do something I love and out of the norm. Its always good to go out on a limb and just let your mind run. I have so many ideas in my head and its sometimes hard to get going and make it happen. I have another shoot that I have been thinking in my head for 3 years now and I finally think I can make it happen. But right now its top secret…you will just to wait and see :)

Here are some of my favs. I also want to add, the photo of her laying by the tree. The tree is no longer there, it was struck by lightening I believe and was destroyed so they had to cut it down. I will forever be grateful I shot by that tree because it was so big and beautiful.

 

My best friend’s wedding…sounds like a movie title to me, hehe. My best friend of 23 years married her soul mate last March (yes, I know it only took me almost a year to blog it, I’m workin on that….new years resolution). Ryan and I traveled down to “da boot” (Louisiana) to capture it all. We got there a few days before the wedding to help with all details and setting up. We made the candy bar all ourselves, she purchased her flower’s from Sam’s Club (which were gorgeous), poofed white tissue paper balls for the tent, her family made the food (cajun inspired), the guys set up the big white tent, and her friends mom made her cakes. Amanda is such a DIY kind of girl, and she blew me away with all her creative ideas. She has never ceased to amaze me. That is probably why we are best friends. Well first I was her maid of honor, so I did not photograph the getting ready photos, the ceremony, and the bridal party pics so we left that up to Ryan but I did the details, her and her husband’s photos, and her bridals of course. It was just a little task for him….hehe. He is my second shooter and always does an outstanding job. So giving him the lead did not worry me a bit. He did an amazing job! I’m so happy that he agreed to do it….because the minute Amanda walked down the aisle, I about lost it. I was so overwhelmed with joy for her and remembering back when we were little girls saying we were going to be in each others weddings, hit me (and now its hitting me again…I’m trying not to cry, haha). Meeting when were just 5 years old we became best friends and inseparable. Her father received a job transfer to Louisiana and she had to move when we were just 10. I don’t think I was ever that heartbroken. My sister was moving. We called and visited each other and always somehow made a way to see each other or talk on the phone all these years. Now here we are almost 28 years old, married and she has the cutest little boy. We will always be the bestest of friends. SO back to the wedding. It was beautiful! After the ceremony Adrian her husband came up to me and said, “you about lost it didn’t you?”  I said, “how could you tell?” (sarcastically) “Because your eyes were full of tears, hahahah”!  I just laughed. My best friend is getting married and I couldn’t be happier! So needless to say I couldn’t have been more honored to be a part of their day and even more excited that Ryan and I captured it. Adrian is the sweetest guy and I’m so happy they found each other. They are the prefect match. The photos I’m sharing are from the rehearsal dinner and the day of…..get ready there is a lot =) Also, this is how we are true best friends. Her and I wore the same dress on our wedding days =) It was so funny when she texted me and said, “I found my dress, its everything I wanted, its perfect!” I laughed and said, “Well duh, thats the dress I wore when I got married!” Yep, great minds think alike. I love that girl so much.

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This might be a first…..bride cleaning the kitchen in her wedding dress. Priceless.

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Morning after…

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23 years later =)