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Engagement Shoots

Brandon and Kim | fall engagement shoot at Piedmont Park

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I’m still playing catch-up with posting images from last year and remembered I needed to share these beautiful images from Brandon and Kim’s engagement shoot at Piedmont Park. We were blessed with some amazing early November weather and fall colors. Brandon and Kim will be tying the knot in Miami and already have a great photographer there, but I was honored to spend some time getting to know them both while capturing these images.

For the save-the-date cards…

engagement shoot at Piedmont Park during the fall

Here is favorite viewpoint of mine at the park. The geese are a nice touch don’t ya think?

engagement shoot at Piedmont Park during the fall

engagement shoot at Piedmont Park during the fall

engagement shoot at Piedmont Park during the fall

engagement shoot at Piedmont Park during the fall

engagement shoot at Piedmont Park during the fall

Congrats Brandon and Kim!

Andy and Jane | the proposal + engagement shoot + rehearsal dinner

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I think it’s safe to say I photographed Andy and Jane more than any other couple in 2011. 🙂 I captured their proposal, engagement shoot, rehearsal dinner, and wedding! Andy is a good friend of mine who also happens to be a photographer (check out his awesome work HERE), so it was all an honor to shoot.

The Proposal: Lullwater Conservation Park

We’ll start off with the proposal. Guys, if you’re looking for good places to propose in Atlanta, then Lullwater Conservation Park is great. However, please please make sure your photographer has been there before and knows how to find you! 🙂 It was nothing shy of a miracle that I found Andy and Jane. Andy was secretly txting me google map pins that were of little to no help, and he couldn’t call without giving away his plans to Jane. By God’s good providence I managed to find them seated on a grassy hill up from the lake.

At this point I hadn’t actually met Jane, so her seeing me wasn’t so much an issue. But how do you sneak up on someone to photograph them without them noticing you pointing a 70-200mm lens at them? You awkwardly meet a random couple seated nearby and ask if you can sit by them pretending to be their friend, that’s how. Jane had zero clue I was there shooting until I came up to introduce myself. Here it is folks, exactly as it happened. Andy, you did well sir.

good places to propose in atlanta

good places to propose in atlanta

good places to propose in atlanta

good places to propose in atlanta

good places to propose in atlanta

good places to propose in atlanta

The Engagement Shoot: Reece Apple Orchards in Ellijay, GA and surrounding area.

When Andy mentioned Jane has a thing for apples and wanted to do the engagement shoot in an apple orchard, I suggested my favorite, Reece Apple Orchard. If you live in the Atlanta area, you should make it a yearly tradition (like my family) to make the trek up to Reece Apple Orchards during apple season. It’s family owned and operated by super nice people.

A quick photographer’s rant: Most everyone familiar with my work knows I steer clear of trendy fads.  You won’t see any balloons, old tandem bicycles, or any other random “put a bird on it” themes in my work. I’m sure I’ve been guilty of following some trends to a degree, but as a general rule I stay away from the here-today-gone-tomorrow trendiness that is ubiquitous in photography today. One might think that doing an engagement shoot in an apple orchard might be a bit on the trendy side, but here’s the thing; Andy and Jane actually like apple orchards. 🙂 It’s a place they would actually go to and hang out. If you’re a wedding client of mine you’ve probably heard me say, “I don’t want you to look back on your images in 20 years and think they look like they were shot in 20xx.”  I digress…on to the images…

engagement shoot in an apple orchard

engagement shoot in an apple orchard

engagement shoot in an apple orchard

for the record, this next one was Andy’s idea…

engagement shoot in an apple orchard

and a few from a nearby vineyard we found while driving…

engagement shoot in an apple orchard

engagement shoot in an apple orchard

engagement shoot in an apple orchard

The Rehearsal Dinner: Neely Farms Clubhouse in Norcross, GA

rehearsal dinner at neely farms clubhouse

rehearsal dinner at neely farms clubhouse

rehearsal dinner at neely farms clubhouse

rehearsal dinner at neely farms clubhouse

they did a slide show…

rehearsal dinner at neely farms clubhouse

rehearsal dinner at neely farms clubhouse

and of course a few toasts…

rehearsal dinner at neely farms clubhouse

rehearsal dinner at neely farms clubhouse

rehearsal dinner at neely farms clubhouse

rehearsal dinner at neely farms clubhouse

stay tuned for the wedding in the next blog post!

Matt and Lauren | Wedding at Perimeter Church | Reception at The Gardens at Great Oaks

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Ceremony: Perimeter Church (Chapel) | Johns Creek, GA
Reception: The Gardens at Great Oaks | Roswell, GA

I’ll start off with a few from Matt and Lauren’s engagement shoot. We started off with some great morning light at the Chattahoochee River and then shot some in downtown Roswell.

engagement shoot chattahoochee river

engagement shoot chattahoochee river

downtown roswell engagement shoot

downtown roswell engagement shoot

downtown roswell engagement shoot

Lauren and her girls got ready at the reception venue, The Gardens at Great Oaks.

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

wedding at perimeter church chapel

wedding at perimeter church chapel

wedding at perimeter church chapel

Perimeter Church has a beautiful bridal room.

wedding at perimeter church chapel

The Flower girl had a few issues going down the aisle. 🙂

wedding at perimeter church chapel

wedding at perimeter church chapel

wedding at perimeter church chapel

wedding at perimeter church chapel

wedding at perimeter church chapel

wedding at perimeter church chapel

wedding at perimeter church chapel

wedding at perimeter church chapel

wedding at perimeter church chapel

wedding at perimeter church chapel

on to the reception…

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

snap shot of Stuart and Brittany. 🙂

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

Nic and Molly’s Engagement Shoot :: Atlanta, GA

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Here are a few from Nic and Molly’s engagement shoot.  We started off at Piedmont Park, but decided it was waaaay too crowded and went just south of town to finish up the shoot.  I’ve been friends with Nic and his family for years.  It’s always a special honor to capture this time of life for good friends.  Molly is such an incredible fit for Nic and I’m really looking forward to shooting their wedding in Monroe, GA this Sunday!

Atlanta engagement shoot in Piedmont Park

Atlanta engagement shoot in Piedmont Park

Atlanta engagement shoot in Piedmont Park

Nic and Molly get the credit for finding this incredible Atlanta skyline view. I think I’ll be keeping this spot a secret. 🙂

Atlanta engagement pictures with skyline view

I capitalized on the gorgeous sunset for these last few. For you photographers out there, no trendy photoshop actions (nor do I ever use those) were used to get that nice warm glow. It’s simply God’s creative color. 🙂

Atlanta engagement pictures with skyline view

Atlanta engagement pictures with skyline view

Atlanta engagement pictures with skyline view

Greg and Lucille :: “what caught my eye” :: Wedding at Glendalough Manor :: + the engagement shoot!

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I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Greg and Lucille.  They are both super easy going and a joy to be around.  Here are a few images that caught my eye from their beautiful wedding in Tyrone, GA.

I love how Greg is looking at Lucille while her father gives her away.

Wedding at Glendalough Manor in Tyrone, GA

This shot is just after being pronounced husband and wife. This moment in time often provides some of my favorite images.

Wedding at Glendalough Manor in Tyrone, GA

Next up is this gorgeous back-lit portrait.

Wedding at Glendalough Manor in Tyrone, GA

and for good measure…the exit shot…

Wedding at Glendalough Manor in Tyrone, GA

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I traveled out to the countryside in Brooks, GA for the engagement shoot. We shot for a bit near “downtown” and spent the remainder of the time at Greg and Lucille’s cute little country home nearby.

Engagement Shoot, Brooks, GA

Engagement Shoot, Brooks, GA

Engagement Shoot, Brooks, GA

a couple of the barn cats wanted in on the photos…

Engagement Shoot, Brooks, GA

Greg and Lucille have the biggest oak tree I think I’ve ever seen. This shot doesn’t even do it justice.

Engagement Shoot, Brooks, GA

Their dogs came out to play for a bit…

Engagement Shoot, Brooks, GA

Engagement Shoot, Brooks, GA

loved this shot with one of the neighbor’s horses…

Engagement Shoot, Brooks, GA