One of my favorite parts of my job is photographing engagement and bridal portraits. I love getting to know my clients more, and the family members they bring along. It was during Shelly's bridal portraits that I got to meet her mom, Angie, and her sister, Lindsay. Because of the strong relationship built during this shoot, the wedding was a breeze, and I was able to capture authentic smiles, real laughter, and images that truly tell the story of their family. I have fallen deeply in love with Shelly's family, and it's a privilege to share these images with you.
I watched Jason and Gentry pull into the parking lot of where we were going to take photos. As she stepped out of the car, I was mesmerized by how beautiful she looked. Then Jason came out in all smiles, wearing a tux similar to the one he was married in. Gentry looked at me and asked, “Am I crazy for doing this?”. It was in that moment that I was hit by the glorious weight of what this shoot meant to their family. This wasn’t just a vain, “I want pretty pics of me and Jason in our wedding outfits”. This was a, “I want memories and pictures that show our love, to pass down to our kids, and their kids.” I knew then that I was photographing their legacy…I knew this shoot was huge, and it was a dream that had been hidden in Gentry’s heart for 8 years.
As you browse through these images, you'll think..."Awww, look at how happy these newly weds are". But the truth is, Jason and Gentry just celebrated their 8th wedding anniversary on April 1st. But, there’s one thing that has been gnawing at Gentry since her wedding. She didn’t hire a professional wedding photographer, and the images from her day have been a huge regret ever since. At her core, she wants her daughters to be able to have beautiful images of their mom and dad for them to cherish and pass down to their kids. So, instead of living the rest of their lives with the regret of their wedding photos, Gentry decided to have professional photos of her and Jason in their wedding attire. I was reminded again of the power of what I do. What I capture is moments in time that we’ll never have again, and my clients will look back on these images and remember their love, and their children will look at these images when they are preparing to get married, and they will say, "Wow, I want a love like my mom and dad's." Gosh….I love what I do