Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Rustic Elegant Louisiana Wedding of Kayla and Colby

Hey everybody!

It's time to share some sweet moments from Kayla and Colby's Louisiana wedding with y'all!  I love when sweet couples have sweet weddings, and Kayla and Colby are DEFINITELY sweethearts!

LOVE those shoes!

Here we go with a really touching first meeting. I love Colby's face as he first hears his bride's voice.

Then we went off to do some portraits (those are coming tomorrow!).
How cute is this little babe?!?! I think she wanted me to try on her boots. I would've, if they were only my size.

After I shot that last image, I looked out and Colby was having a special moment with his dad. I framed it up and shot one of my very favorites from the day.

We had a few extra minutes before the ceremony started. So... what did we do? Selfie of course!

This girl was ALL smiles!  That NEVER happens!

Kayla was showing a different kind of joy.  What a special moment!

After the ceremony the couple went in to their first dance.  Very sweet!

Colby stole away from the party for a sec to light his wedding cigar (remember that from yesterday?)

Meanwhile, these antics were going on! I love a good dancing crowd!

Don't ask.

I took this one for Cece. She (and I) loves Brobee from Yo Gabba Gabba. The folks who ran the photo booth had no idea who that was, but said I could use him for a quick pic.

Okay... back to the party!

And then... time to slow it down.  How sweet is this couple... seriously.

What a fun night!

Talk to you soon,

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Rustic Wedding Details of Kayla and Colby

Hey everybody!

Kayla and Colby's wedding was a rustic charmer! Colby brewed up an amazing coffee stout (I know because he made sure I took two bottles home with me!) called an "I do brew" and Kayla had lots of feminine and classy touches to make the day both rustic and elegant!

Is this flower girl not the most precious thing?!

This was such a neat idea... for her wedding gift to him, she got him cigars labeled with their future life events... love that!

Tomorrow I'm sharing their story with y'all!

Talk to you soon,

Monday, April 21, 2014

Kayla and Colby's Wedding... Teaser.

Hey everybody!

I'm so excited to share this really gorgeous couple's wedding with y'all! Kayla and Colby are not models... repeat are NOT models... but they look like it! I love easy days like this! More from this crazy-fun wedding coming up this week! Yay!

Talk to you soon,

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Ellie + Cece Easter Portraits

Hey everybody!

Happy Easter! I love Easter, and try to play it up as big as Christmas around our house because of it's meaning (even though it's pretty tough to do). I love that we have a creator who conquered death and as a result delivers hope that lives within us (thanks to FBC Joplin Pastor Jamie for the great message today!). While we place our hope in the eternal God, I also place my hopes in my two sweet girls, Ellie and Cece. I want them to see me as a good spiritual leader (though I often end up sucking at this), as a fair and loving dad, and as someone who adores them deeply. The latter is by far the easiest for me. I constantly feel so blessed to have two amazing daughters, both incredible and unique. Both are God's divine creation.  I pray that you, my loyal readers, have similar feelings of being blessed this Easter!

Ellie got this adorable hat from Riffraff! She showed everyone she knew this weekend.

Peace and love!

Talk to you soon,

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Why I'll Never Lose A Wedding... A Cautionary Tale

Hey everybody!

Y'all might remember this Riverside, CA wedding from a few weeks back...

What you don't know is that behind the scenes there was some discipline and dedication paying off. You see, after EVERY wedding I shoot, I don't go to bed until all the images are downloaded and backed up, even if that means staying up all night. When we're doing a destination wedding, as in this case, I don't rest until everything is backed up ONLINE as well, just in case (Heaven forbid...) the plane goes down or bags/gear gets stolen, etc.

In this case, I'm so glad I'm freakish about this rule because when we landed in Fayetteville that Monday we noticed that my backpack got through security with a Redbull in it (wtf, security?!) and it blew up on the flight, drenching my macbook pro to the point where it needed a new, well, everything. It came back as a new computer... all data on it... gone.

What could have been a devastating and terrible situation for me, but more importantly for our Bride who flew us out to California on top of spending thousands on a wedding photography package... has a really happy ending! She received her wedding images back the THURSDAY after her Saturday wedding (even though I just got my macbook back last week) and loved her wedding images (and how quickly she received them).

This is a true story. I tell it as a cautionary tale to warn photographers who don't have their systems in place to get their act together (I've heard stories that do NOT have happy endings!), and for those parents who shoot gazillions of images of their kiddos, please please please back your images up online! Your hard drives will fail, but you always hear "the internet is forever." You don't have to use my favorite online image backup company, Zenfolio, but I think they're the best. Use "dalesazenny" to get a discount. Again, even if you don't use them, use someone!

Especially if you travel with Redbull.

Talk to you soon,

Friday, April 18, 2014

"Ceester Bunny" Portraits

Hey everybody!

This kid. I can't get enough of her. Mere always has great ideas of what we should do for our next Cece-session, and Cece always goes right along with it. Our latest venture involved bunny ears and carrots. Pretty stinkin' cute. Agree?

Talk to you soon,

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Outdoor Fayetteville Engagement Portraits of Christine and Chris

Hey everybody!

When it comes to blood and guts, I'm pretty tough. I'm one of those {annoying} men who won't go to the hospital if I'm sick or hurt, and if Christine and Chris didn't know that before our engagement they did after. You see, for some reason I took my shoes off when I helped put the boat into the lake, and later when I helped put Dixie (their sweet dog) into the boat I stepped off the dock and jabbed my foot on something (still don't know what), and it started gushing.  I mean GUSHING. But again, I'm not one to draw attention to myself so off we went to location number two, and then three. You know what? It was totally worth it! The weather and sky were beautiful, and we found amazing light. Anyway, enough of my blabbing, let's look at pretty pictures!

Talk to you soon,

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