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C + J | Ponce City Market Engagement Session | Atlanta Wedding Photographer

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Ponce City Market Engagement Session

This is C & J.

I’ve recently spent a lot of time at Ponce City Market – photographing weddings (Chelsea and Walt) – headshots… and about 78 other engagement sessions. (Like this one.) And the thing is this – THEY’RE ALL AWESOME. Sure there’s always the very high chance that you’re going to get kicked out (especially now – because you know – we photographers RUIN EVERYTHING) – but Ponce City Market really isn’t like any other development in town. (And I’m not just saying that to kiss up to them because we all know they don’t care and yeah yeah yeah.) There’s just a lot to work with AND it also connects to the Atlanta Beltline – so you can stroll along that and get more shots as well.

But really – the trick is to know what shot you’re trying to make, work fast, and then get the f*ck out of there. Well – I haven’t had any real problems but mostly because I’m really damn fast (at photography okay. Not like,†everything. Okay?… nevermind.)

See. Engagement sessions at Ponce City Market right now – are still ridiculously awesome.

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Every year is different in this business – and this year (really this Fall) I’ve had more engagement sessions than the last three years combined. SO. Here’s the thing with “engagement sessions” – they don’t have to be that. They don’t have to be super cheesy we’re in love generic photos. Actually – I dare say that most engagement sessions aren’t that at all. An engagement session is really just a regular portrait session – except adult couples don’t get professional portraits so it might seem a little weird/strange/different. And you’re right. It IS.

But it’s always an easy way to get good photos of the two of you – not in wedding clothes. (By good photos I mean professional photos not taken with a cell phone camera.)

Right. So. Engagement Sessions at Ponce City Market. Where was I?

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Oh yeah. Something I’ve really, really, really been enjoying lately is COLOR. You may have noticed it from the photos I’ve been posting lately – it’s a literal color explosion. Bright Bright Bright colors! Everywhere! At least whenever I can you know.

So hey. I’m an Atlanta Wedding Photographer and one of the things that I’m supposed to know – is where the best locations are for engagement sessions. And people come to me for engagement sessions – I ask them what kind of session do they want. Basically – do you want something in the city, or in a park, or further out and wild nature? or river? Or mountain? Or OR OR Or in your home and then other places? Yeah. All that. And then I go and just MAKE AMAZING. Right?

No matter the location. Sometimes I have a little bit of say – and sometimes I don’t have any – but I’m ALWAYS supposed to bring the Awesome. It’s kind of my job.

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H + J | Red Top Mountain State Park | Atlanta Wedding Photographer

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Red Top Mountain Engagement Session

This is H & J and they wanted something a little different for their engagement session – and you KNOW that I’m generally sometimes almost always usually forever interested in making some new photos. The tricky part with engagement sessions is that you want them to be YOU. I know that’s a simple sentence and it seems like DUH. But if you look around – and I’m sure you have – you’ll find a lot of people… trying a little too hard. Too hard as in†what the fuck is this/that?!†Who ARE THOSE PEOPLE? Oh you know what I’m talking about.

But how do you show your personalities during your engagement session and avoid being inauthentic or fake or†not you guys? I don’t know. I don’t have any good advice. That’s not really why you’re here. You’re here for the photos and photos and well alright – some advice. Okay. Basically – just show what you’re interested in. Your hobbies or your favorite things your likes – basically WHAT YOU DO when you’re not being in front of everyone else. Okay maybe not†that – but the things you†love. Like really LOVE. Because your engagement session is a portrait session of you and your partner (I’m going to assume you love them) – and you should do what you can to incorporate other things you love. Things that you both love. Whatever that might be. Seriously – because I’m not judging.

Your engagement session documents your love right? RIGHT FUCKERS THAT’S WHAT IT DOES. Now look at some photos.

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Red Top Mountain State Park Engagement Session

Alright maybe I was a little harsh earlier. Or strangely aggressive. I mean – we’re talking about engagement sessions right? And weddings and fancy things like flowers and dresses or simply – love. Here’s the thing – your engagement session can be whatever you want it to be. You just have to be the one to make it happen. I’m not saying that your photographer can’t or won’t help you… ah nevermind – I was about to go on and on about you being you and #LiveAuthentic and #HashtagSomethingCool but whatever.

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The point is that your engagement session doesn’t have to be an ‘ENGAGEMENT SESSION!’ – it doesn’t necessarily have to be cheesy or uncool or generic or something unrelated to you and who you both are and what you both mean to each other. It’s about YOU TWO PEOPLE. So show that. Really show that. Do you like to drink? GET DRINKING. Do you like to watch TV? Incorporate that. Seriously – I once had a couple start their engagement session in their living room, in PJs, reading a newspaper and drinking coffee – like it was a regular Saturday morning because THEY LOVE DOING THAT. See how easy it is? What do the two of you love to do together – and maybe do THAT for your engagement session.

Well – um – maybe not THAT – but you know what I mean. Do you? Nevermind it’s all good.

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Lauren + Dean | Engagement Session

Engagement Sessions!

Honesty – I don’t do the hard sell on engagement sessions. Some people want them. Some people don’t want them. Whatevs man.

Truth is though – you don’t have to look at it as an ENGAGEMENT SESSION. I tell everyone that you should just think of it as… a portrait session with just the two of you. The thing is that other than your thousands of professional photos on your wedding day – you won’t have any other professional photos of the two of you. They’ll all be selfies. Or from photobooths at other people’s weddings. You know it’s true.

So since you’re already hiring a wedding photographer – it’s a really simple thing to throw in an engagement session and get more photos of the two of you looking good. Because come on – it’s kind of weird for couples to be like… let’s get some professional photos of us for no reason.

Of course – you don’t need a reason. Other photographers will tell you that you should do it for you and how much your love yourself or… whatever.

This is Lauren and Dean. They’re engaged to get married. So we took some photos. We went all over the place. Grant Park. Jackson St. Bridge. and then Ponce City Market. Lots and lots of photos and lots of me bossing them around. Hold hands. Kiss. Makeout. Actively kiss. Stand there. Hipster hand hold. Etc.

Hey Lauren and Dean – thanks.

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This is an Engagement Session at the Cumberland Gap, TN.

You might have noticed that up until literally 2 weeks ago – I was traveling. A lot. Everywhere. Moved out of Atlanta back in February†and left everything.

But I’m back. House. Studio. Partnerships.

Which also means that I’m photographing engagement sessions again. And family portraits. But not newborn baby portraits. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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Okay. Engagement sessions. Here’s one. We shot this at the Cumberland Gap, TN. Just like in the song. Me and Krisandra drove 5 hours up from Atlanta for this session – and you know – it’s beautiful up there. So we made beautiful photos. For these beautiful people. It’s like we’re professional photographers or something – because you know we don’t scout locations. Who has time for that? Not us. So what do we do? We just F*cken rock the photos no matter where we are. Duh.

Engagement sessions are fun. Or they can be. Or they should be.

This one was fun. Can you tell? Because I can. LOOK AT THOSE PHOTOS. LOOK AT THAT SKY. LOOK AT THESE TWO PEOPLE IN LOVE. (That’s not just my photography.)

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ZOMBIE Proposal | Vivian + Mike

This is Mike & Vivian. We’ll be photographing their wedding later this year but a few weeks ago we photographed their engagement session.

Below is video of Mike’s 2nd attempt at proposing to Vivian. What’s even cooler is that he setup a couple of iphones to film the whole thing! Check it out – it just might be the most heartfelt and sweet and caring proposal you’ve ever seen.

The Sweetest Proposal Ever! from LeahAndMark.com on Vimeo.

 

 

 

 

 

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Trash The Dress | by +Krista

Last Saturday, on perhaps the most perfectly beautiful Saturday of 2013 thus far, my lovely client Arley and I trashed her wedding dress. Abandoned houses. Countryside. Muddy (freezing) rivers. And a century-old cotton mill! Because rivers and muddy wedding dresses are awesome and everything, but theyíre not quite enough to satisfy me (and my badass clients) on shoots like this. We need MORE. So we go get it.

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Trash-the-dress shoots (or rock-the-frock or fearless bridal or whatever sassy/ Suessical name you want to call it) are controversial still. The very idea elicits impassioned responses from both sides, so much so that it can start to feel like election-month Facebook. Really. It gets people going. Maybe you loved your dress and want to preserve it forever and ever. Thatís awesome. But maybe you only sorta loved it and love the idea of doing something crazy and artistic and ridiculous with it MORE. Or maybe you really loved your dress- that beautiful dress that fell serendipitously into your life at the perfect moment and it was just youÖ AND†maybe you want to symbolize moving on to the next great adventure. Arley said the best thing to me during our shoot: ďItís a dress. Itís not my hopes and dreams. My marriage is a whole lot more than this dress.Ē BOOM. YES. What she said.

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I†didn’t†love my wedding dress. It just†wasn’t†meÖ AT ALL. It was given to me for free, and my parents were already paying for our entire [amazing] wedding and when youíre offered a free dress under circumstances like that, what you do is, you take it. And itís okay. Weíre in our ninth year now of post-wedding life and Iíd rather have the marriage. I do still have the dress too- itís lived in the back of our closet ever since our wedding- but not for long. I practice what I preach, and Iím trashing my own dress this year too. My grandma will probably think Iím crazy, my husband will tell me to go have fun, and Iíll come home with amazing pictures + more memories + more room in my closet. The definition of winning.

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2013 | by +Krista

Well hello there! It’s been about a hundred years since I’ve blogged- really. My husband’s grown a beard in the time I’ve taken off from regular blogging, and that’s saying something. Christmas shopping and family gatherings and messy living rooms and school breaks and a million things later, and now? It’s time to get back to work!

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This past year has unfolded in ways beyond anything I could’ve ever imagined. It’s been more challenging than I expected, more exhausting than I’d prepared for, and more fun than I’d hoped for. Iíve had some recent years where, honestly, I was glad to leave things behind. End chapters, move on. Swift, clean, tidy. Some things just belong in 2009 or wherever they came fromÖ and there they stay (I hope). Other things stay behind too, but really, theyíre just a preamble to something even greater. 2012 was the best preamble yet.

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One year ago, I applied for an internship with LeahAndMark.com. I’d been working as a photographer for a few years already but needed a push and decided the challenge sounded good to me. I poured my heart into that application- and then did it again when I made it past the first round of cuts. I still have my acceptance email saved in my inbox. Iíd devoured every review and blog posting I could get my hands on, but I still didnít really have a clue as to what I was about to experience.

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Applying for the internship was the single best thing I have ever done for my photography… and one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself. There’s no such thing as being “above” an internship. Sure, I was already a photographer- I had clients and weddings and fancy things like print releases under my belt. But I wasn’t done learning. I’m still not done learning. Life is about pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, because right over that line is where the good stuff actually happens. You could stay where it’s comfortable, and that’s totally okay (I guess). But adventure is out there! It’s just that adventure, like opportunity, is often dressed in overalls and looks like work. I was craving adventure and adventure I got: first in the form of flinging myself into a brand new environment with a bunch of insanely talented strangers (who turned into mentors, colleagues, friends) and then again, after the internship was over: in the form of a little + sign next to my name. And now a new gaggle of slightly crazy Interns are about to embark on their own adventure as another season begins. Slightly crazy in the bravest, most adventurous way. Itís a little like Groundhogís Day, but itís also really amazing to watch.

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Now, itís January. The beginning of every new year has always appealed to me immensely because I love the idea of a fresh start- a clean(ish) slate, and another year full of moments and challenges and adventures that you HAVE NO IDEA ARE GOING TO HAPPEN TO YOU YET. Thatís AWESOME. And a little terrifying.

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But mostly, itís awesome. Sixteen days into the new year and Iíve already booked more weddings than any year before. Iím traveling more this year. Iím hustling more. Shooting more. (And editing more.) I feel like Iím finally settling into the best rhythm for myself and my family, too. More vacations. (Because more weddings allows that now, for which Iím forever thankful.) More books. More parks. More swimming. More walks. Less junk and more slowing down to watch my daughters as they grow into their own skins, with hopes and dreams and crushes. And most of all, setting more of an example to them that adventure waits for them too. They just have to go after it.

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MacKenzie & Ryan | by +Krista

Through my journey with everything I’ve done and everywhere I’ve been this year, Iíve met a lot of people. A LOT OF PEOPLE. A LOT OF REALLY AWESOME PEOPLE. Amazingly talented, artistic, funny, kind people- honestly, the gaggle of people that have come into my life this year are unlike any others Iíve ever known. Clients. Brides. Grooms. Families. Friends. Children. Performers. Artists. And most of all, fellow photographers from every far-flung corner imaginableÖ and some that went to high school right down the street from me.

Paralee is kind of a legend. She was the very first Intern- ever- and everyone who knows her thinks sheís the sweetest thing in existence. And so, when I got an email out of the blue from this Very Famous Paralee, asking if Iíd like to partner up with her on a wedding in Savannah, I felt like I was entering this new level of being a photographer. My internship may be a thing of the past, but the challenge of what Iím doing never ends- and itís never going to– and the idea of doing something OTHER than either second-shooting or lead-shooting, but instead, truly building a partnership for a wedding, almost literally split right down the middle, well, I was intrigued- Iíd never photographed a wedding that way before. That, and I was thrilled and honored to work with Paralee.

The wedding was lovely. The weekend was lovely. The bride and her family, whom we stayed with in an incredible house right on the beach on Tybee Island, were lovely. The groom and the families and the friends and the beach and the entire three daysÖ just lovely. Really. There was a lot of loveliness going on. The bride’s sister walked her down the aisle. There were fabulous yellow cardigans involved. From a First Look on the beachÖ ON THE BEACHÖ to a dock-side ceremony right on the bayouÖ to the envitable shrimp and grits as synonymous to Savannah as the Spanish moss that I miss again alreadyÖ it was all just perfect. And fun. And romantic. AndÖ lovely. Itís weddings like these that make me want to get married all over again- to my husband again of course- he humors the shrimp and grits thing so I think Iíll keep him.

Thank you to MacKenzie and Ryan and your families for everything- for opening your home to us and welcoming us so warmly into your family for the weekend. And I made a new friend out of the weekend- Paralee, thank you for everything and Iíll see you at the next one!

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My Kind of Town | by +Krista

In case you havenít noticed, Iíve been sort of busy: and the best kind of busy at that: busy traveling! When I started the LeahAndMark internship a million years ago- and even more so when I officially joined the LeahAndMark family a few months later- I knew Iíd probably stay busy. (Which is awesome and kind of my thing- I just prefer to stay busy. Also. I prefer having an excuse as to why Iím always behind on laundry.) Busy, yes. Traveling, I only hoped. (Because guess what? Traveling is kind of my other thing.) And this summer, I checked off two cities Iíd always hoped Iíd get to see: Boston and Chicago. And Iíve even been able to see places I hadnít necessarily thought to include on my list- places like Iowa. Because guess what again? Iowa is surprisingly beautiful. Says the city girl who prefers crowds to clouds.

Iíd always pictured Iowa as huge farmland, stretching as far as you could see in all directions. Yellow fields. Blue skies. Barns and farmhouses and horses. And corn. Lots and lots of corn.

So after Mark and I landed in Chicago, zipped into downtown, and Instagrammed atop the Sears/ Willis Tower (because weíre photographers and we Instagram- true artists of our craft), we drove across Illinois and into Iowa.

Driving,†I realized that what Iíd imagined Iowa to look like was, in fact, completely true. Really. Farmland for miles and miles, in every direction around you. Blue skies. Yellow fields. (Soybeans!) And yes- thereís a lot of corn. But itís beautiful and actually took my breath away. Easily in the top five of the most beautiful places my eyes have ever seen.

 

 

 

Itís funny. As a photographer, you know youíre going to learn something new every single day. Sometimes itís a new lighting technique. A shortcut in your editing maybe. Sometimes you learn about the perks of flying first class. (Twice! Thanks, Mark!) Or sometimes, you learn that, as much as you may love one thing (a place, a city, a favorite bench in the park), beauty is unexpectedly hiding in places and things youíd never really thought about before. And adventure is hiding too. You just have to be open to discovering/ seeing/ experiencing new things. New places. New moments. New adventures.

If I kept myself closed off, Iíd miss so much. SO MUCH. Life. Family. Marriage and babies an houses and vacations. Traveling. Adventure. Lessons and mistakes. Places. Cities. Fields of yellow soybeans pressed against perfect blue skies. Mimosas in first class. And shooting these amazing, beautiful weddings that continue to take my breath away.

Atlanta. Wedding. Photographer. Chicago. Iowa. Travel.

Connecting | by +Krista

A few years ago, I came across this really awesome (and very poignant) quote- I found it (or it found me) at a time when my life was essentially flipped upside down. I was questioning things a lot: where I was, where I was going, and who Iíd chosen to surround myself with. And then, I found it. Iíd like to say it was scrawled someplace significant but it was probably doodled on the inside of a college textbook or somethingÖ but it basically slapped me in the face: ďPeople come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. When you figure out which it is, you know exactly what to do.Ē And wow. It was exactly the lightbulb moment I needed. And while Iíve stumbled and backslid a few times since, that saying is now always in the back of my mind, like the good advice I donít always follow but do always remember- eventually. Because life is about connections. Like photography.

Itís easy to snap a picture of something pretty. Thereís pretty stuff all around us- a sunset, a bunch of flowers, whatever. But the challenge of creating lies in making something a little bit (okay, a LOT) better than something thatíd hang on the wall in a hotel room- and the best challenge of all is connecting. With a face: eyes locked, betraying the mind. With a moment: head thrown back in mid-laugh, shoes kicking up in the air. Or with a place: connecting so well that youíd swear you could pull a Mary Poppins and be inside that place in an instant. The connection is what I love most about photography- connecting with the camera, with another person, anything.

I find myself, especially at weddings, dropping my camera down from my face for just a moment during the first dance- because I love watching that connection between people in love. I sometimes hide around the corner of my living room hallway, watching my daughters and their own little connection: sisterly, fiery, loyal and loving- I stifle my laughter when my Little One fights back against her big sisterís bossiness with a bite. The connections in life- no matter how meaningful or superficial- are what make us.

And Iíve had lots of connections. I still wonder about some- as in, what the HELL was I thinking?- and I miss some. Regret some. Hold onto some. Let go of others. (Sometimes multiple times.) Every single connection really can be divided neatly into a category: season, reason, lifetime. I literally have a photographic memory- a blessing and a curse- and forever have those connections, no matter who they were or why they were, ingrained into my mind. And into my photography too. And that. is. awesome.