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I am SO excited to share these festive photos from my Christmas Mini event in the studio this year.

As most of you know, we live on a little slice of country heaven just east of Columbus. When we bought the property there was a barn about 600 feet from the house. It was nothing special, brown, wooden, 2 large garage doors. The previous owners stored equipment here… But when we viewed the property over three years ago I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. 3 years later I have an amazing natural light studio. I’m actually sitting in it right now, and sometimes I still don’t think it’s sunk in that it’s mine. I want to put a post together of before and afters, and all it took to make the project come to life, but for now I want to share some of the first images I took in the space!

The response to the studio has been incredible. I had so many of my clients and friends say “how will YOU shoot in a studio? That’s not your “style.” I think there was a fear (dare I say) that there was a possibility the images could look like Sears? Or that really awkward photo your parents had taken of you on a backdrop when you were a kid? (Not knocking backdrops, actually looking into getting some soon!) But it was REALLY important to me to keep the integrity of my work even if we moved it in doors. I wanted a clean, white space that was modern and naturally lit. I wanted it big enough so that kids could still be kids and run around freely. I was so excited at this opportunity, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t also nervous to try something new. Nerves are good though, right!? Could mean you’re onto something great. No risk, no reward, am I right!?

Well the Christmas Mini’s were some of the first shoots I did in the barn, and I have to say I am SO happy with the way they turned out!! It’s a really crazy/beautiful thing to see your visions and dreams come to life — and this event was just that! Take a look at my 2018 Christmas Mini shoots. Maybe you can draw some inspiration for your upcoming shoot with me! I’m having so much fun in this space! I have several more shoots coming up this Winter that I am already excited to share. And I think I might plan some “Winter Love Shoots” for January if I have enough interest! Valentines Day, hot chocolate, cozy blankets, ahhh I can just see it now!

But back to it! Enjoy these joyful photos that are all things Christmas and bring me the most nostalgic feelings in the world!

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This is my BFF and her beautiful family!! I’ve taken their photos probably a good 25 times over the years, but I’m thinking this might be my favorite shoot of all. (Although they are always adorable!) Maybe its the pumpkins? Or that Kate was SO happy. I will also probably never forget this shoot because I was pregnant with Porter and had him 8 days later. You try chasing a toddler around 38 weeks pregnant, whew!

My BFF in these photos is currently 38 weeks pregnant herself now! She got pregnant with baby #2 not long after these photos were taken. The next shoot I do of them they will be a family of four. I am so excited for their new addition. Fun to share these photos in their last week of being a family of three. <3

I love love love these images of my favorite family. And sharing these today has me ITCHING for fall. Its been 90+ degrees and 100% humidity this week and I’m just ready for the weather to turn.

Don’t you just love this pumpkin farm!? Lets do your family photos there this year!! I am hoping to book a shoot here because it is just the most adorable location. Send me an email:)

 

Enjoy!!

 

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Jill & Adam’s day was so sweet and genuine. So many happy tears! When I asked Jill for a favorite part of the day she said, “Oh gosh – highlight of the day….the first look, the speeches, the ceremony, the music, the food!… can I say everything?”

It truly was perfect in every way! Scroll down to see this events amazing vendors!

Happy One Year Anniversary (a couple weeks ago!) to these two!

 

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Venue: Vue Columbus
Florist: Flowerman Columbus
Dress: Allure – bought while living in Texas
DJ: The Class Act by Bob Norris
Invites/Calligraphy: Katie Kassel
Day of Coordinator: Auburn and Ivory
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Heather + Arman — Married 10 months and I am finally sharing! A beautiful couple, beautiful locations, a truly gorgeous day. It was amazing to share in their joy and I am so excited to share this event with you! Incredible vendors down below!

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Venue:Taylor Mansion (ceremony)  Due Amici (reception)
Florist: Jill Stember
Dress: Lian Carlo   Bridal Store:  La Jeune Marie
Bridesmaid dresses: Lulus (Online)
DJ:Jim Sanders
Invites/Calligraphy: DIY by me (Printable Template) from Etsy shop: Pretty Little Papers
Planner: Bride
Rentals: Groomsmen attire from online theblacktux.com
Hair: Shannon Goode
Makeup: Mary Moore
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