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Images of a bride getting ready for a day she has dreamed about and planned for months, or maybe even years, are some of my favorites on a wedding day. It’s in those moments that a woman literally sees herself as a bride for the first time, often sharing that special moment with the woman she […]

This weekend, I delivered my last wedding gallery of 2015… and immediately wanted to dance around with little restraint! 2015 has been an incredibly year, full of personal and professional growth, a number of exciting changes, and so many wonderful memories of love.  I will spend the next few weeks reflecting on some of the […]

The obligatory year-end review. Eight days into the new year and I am finally checking this task off of my to-do list. Facing the chore of pulling images from weddings and portrait sessions from the ending year always feels a bit daunting. But in the end, the time is so worthwhile.  Looking back leaves me feeling all warm and fuzzy. […]

Model: Mattye, The Loving Kind // Bouquet: Christopher Lauren // Paper Suite: Jenkins Rose // Hair + Makeup: Lynsey Richardson

Feeling overwhelmed by the challenges of being a wife, a mother, and a business owner… of being the type of woman God called her to be, Karen Stott created the Pursuit 31 community for women feeling the same. Little did she know, that community would grow to almost 5,000 members in just a few short […]

If you like me on Facebook or follow me on Instagram, you already know that I spent last Saturday in Roswell, Georgia, lurking in the bushes… in the rain, capturing the moment my college classmate, Brandon, asked his beautiful girlfriend, Kelsey, to be his wife. Capturing a proposal is always romantic and lots of fun. With that one […]

After having so much fun with Artrella and Quan during their Atlanta engagement session, I was excited about the opportunity to photograph them again. We met at Ross Bridge, where they were married last Fall, and captured additional portraits of them in their wedding attire. Their classic look paired perfectly with the grand beauty of […]

It has been a month since I returned from my first trip to Las Vegas for WPPI, one of the photography industry’s biggest annual conferences.  While there, I met new friends, broke bread with individuals I admire greatly, and learned from some of the best. I also had an opportunity to participate in a Styled […]

On what truly felt like the coldest and rainiest day of 2013, two of my favorite clients held hands, looked into one another’s eyes, and said “I do.” From Danelle wearing the same shoes her mother wore on her wedding day, to the lace from her grandmother’s dress that wrapped around her bouquet, tradition and […]

Valentine’s Day is one full of love and romance. This year, I spent the special day celebrating those sentiments with twelve couples at Vulcan Park and Museum. Each couple, while overlooking the city of Birmingham, surrounded by their closest family and friends, exchanged their vows and started their lives together.  Vulcan Park hosts the event […]

I first met Emily and Josh when they modeled for the Pursuit 31 Alabama Downton Abbey-Inspired shoot last Spring.  Knowing how sweet of a couple they are, I was excited when my talented friend, Rachel Coffey, invited me to second shoot their wedding with her.  Their ceremony and reception was held at one of my favorite […]

I live in a downtown loft and I looo-oove tacos. So, when Shakeyta first emailed me and asked about shooting a portion of her engagement session at my favorite neighborhood Mexican eatery, El Barrio, I was ecstatic.  If you live in the Birmingham area and have never been to El Barrio, you’re really cheating yourself […]

So very excited to see one of my favorite couples in one of my favorite magazines! Be sure to pick up your copy of Birmingham Weddings & Celebrations to check out Kellie and Collier’s day!

Brent moved to St. Louis, Missouri from Jamaica when he was 10 years old.  Most of his family still lives on the island, so he has always maintained a connection with his home country and travels back to visit often.  On one of those visits, during Spring Break, he met a girl… April is from […]

I don’t have favorites. I don’t have favorites. I don’t have favorites… but if I did, these two would be strong contenders for the title. Which I think is natural, I think, considering they’ve been one of my couples longer than any other. We shot their engagement session more than a year before their wedding, […]

Lindsay and William will be exchanging their vows in less than thirty days. To see their Munaluchi Bridal feature, click here.

I meet with every bride before booking her wedding. Every. Single. Bride… usually over coffee (my treat!)  When an in-person meeting isn’t possible, we Skype or talk on the phone. Even if I already know the bride or groom, we still meet to discuss their vision for their wedding and my philosophy on capturing it. Here’s […]

As I am working to finish up the editing on my last wedding of 2013, I am excited about my first wedding of this year, which is now just 30 days away!! So, I always begin my wedding consultations by trying to learn a little bit about the couple sitting in front of me.. how […]

Melissa and Matt, in a lot of ways, had the type of wedding I hope to one day have for myself, small and intimate and completely reflective of their personality as a couple. As they said their vows, they were surrounded only by those people that unconditionally love them, those that will be by their […]

10.  Capturing these high school sweethearts under the bleachers | Erica + Michael    9. Danelle’s red hair | Danelle + Nick   8. Everything about this shot | Jennifer + Curtis   7. Incorporating the pups | Melissa + Matt   6.  The little gust of wind that turned her into a diva | […]

Be sure to pick up a copy of this month’s b-metro magazine and check out Maralyn and Matthew’s wedding feature!

06 APR  |  Brittany + Timi  |  Montgomery, AL   25 MAY  |  Tay + Jahmal  |  Rivera Maya, Mexico   08 JUN  |  Kelli + Jamel  |  Birmingham, AL   15 JUN  |  Maralyn + Matthew  |  Birmingham, AL   29 JUN  |  Candace + Kadarryl  |  Birmingham, AL   13 JUL  |  Carmen […]

2014 pricing starts December 1st. To schedule a consultation and book your wedding at 2013 prices, send me a message here.  I can’t wait to hear from you!

It’s always an honor to be featured on one of my favorite publications, Essence Magazine. To read more about Sara and Clifton, click here.

Tommia squealed when I told her that Essence would be featuring her engagement session, and for good reason. To read more about this sweet couple, click here.

Here’s to wishing Ashley and Chris a very happy wedding week. Saturday, I’ll be headed to the Florida Coast to capture their vow exchange.. in the meantime, head on over to Black Bride and read more about their engagement.

“I love you, not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me.  For the part of me that you bring out; I love you for putting your hand into my heaped-up heart and passing over all the foolish, weak things that you can’t help dimly see there, […]

They have known each other since they were kids, but Brittany and Willie did not start dating one another until High School. She was a cheerleader and he played football, which made them that cute athletic couple in their small town.  This Summer, ten years after they first starting “talking” (code for dating back in […]

Here is the thing about weddings… they never go the way they are planned. Schedules are disrupted, people make mistakes, and sometimes everything can go wrong does.  The most important thing for the bride and groom to remember, is that the day is about their union and the start of their life together as husband […]

Candace and Kadarryl exchanged their vows at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center on a lovely Saturday in June. With brown and creme as their colors, accented by gold, their wedding had a soft and elegant vibe.  If these two ever find themselves unemployed or in need of a career change, they could easily find work […]

To check out Natayah and Jamhal’s feature, head on over to Paper Moon Weddings!

Maralyn and Matthew married one another at the Historic Alabama Theater on a beautiful Saturday in June.  Their day was full of joy, raw emotion, and lots of appreciation and respect for family.  You may remember their engagement session, which included Maralyn’s son, Ethan, who was then 12, but is now a full-fledged teenager.  I […]

“They don’t know that without this love there is no happiness or unhappiness for us—there is no life.” —Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina 

When we met for our bridal consultation, Danelle (pronouced “Duh-nell”) and I talked for what felt like hours.She is one of those people who is genuinely interested in getting to know others and totally willing to share herself in exchange. Nick is one lucky guy, to have such a swell girl, and he knows it!! […]

Kelli and Jamel sat next to one another during their freshman year biology course, without speaking. Finally, at the end of the semester, he worked up his courage and asked to borrow a pen. Unfortunately, it would be two years before their paths would cross again… but with that crossing, their forever began. The two […]

Features are a tremendous honor! I am so excited to see Tomesha and Carlton’s engagement session featured today on Le Magnifique! Head on over to their post and leave them lost of love!

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my […]

Congratulations again Natayah and Jahmal and saying your “I do’s” and on being featured on Aisle Perfect!

Like far too many other sessions these days, Tomesha and Carlton’s original engagement session had to be rescheduled due to rain.  I was so disappointed, because I was really really excited about their session. Tomesha emailed me a few weeks prior, to share some of her ideas of locations and themes to incorporate into their […]

Less than six degrees separated these two, when a mutual friend introduced them. They were actually, more or less, in the same social circle but had never met. Monica was living in New Jersey at the time and Derrick in North Carolina, which surely factored into their paths not crossing.  Fortunately, someone saw how great […]

So honor and excited to see Brittany + Timi’s beautiful fusion wedding featured today on Munaluchi Bridal Magazine! Head on over and show them lots and lots of love! 

I kind of love these two. Their engagement session actually wasn’t the first time I photographed these them. Chris hired me to photograph his proposal to Ashley, allowing me to embrace my desires to be a secret operative… hiding in the bushes with my super zoom lens… capturing the moment he got on one knee […]

When Timi planned to attend the UAB Match Day Ceremony, to support his friends who were finding out where they would be spending their residency, he had no idea he would find his future wife. He noticed her from afar and immediately started asking her classmates about her. Later that evening, he went to the […]

These two. Agh!  Candace was referred to me by her cousin Tajmah, who was one of my very very very first wedding clients. Tajmah, her sister, her mom.. they are all gorgeous. And now, it is obvious that their family simply received an unfair share of the world’s beauty.  But what is even better, Kadarryl has a […]

This time last year, I was anxiously getting ready to shoot my second wedding of the year in Denver, Colorado.  Next week,  Andria and Eddie will celebrate their first year anniversary. I will be out of the country and may not have an opportunity to offer a proper “Happy Anniversary” so, I figured I would […]

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