Father's Day

Happy Father's to all those Dad's out there.  To be a Father is one thing but to be a Dad is an entirely different picture.  This of course is my opinion, however it takes a lot more love, care and time to be a Dad.  This "first look with Dad" is sure one to NOT miss.  In 12 years of shooting weddings this one is the BEST.  This is what photography is about.  Capturing emotion true and raw.  I realize it can't always be this raw but when it is... its huge.  Looking ahead 10-15 years I can completely say this will be Ryan and Jayla... (I'll be there sobbing as well).  Emily and Daryl thank you for allowing us to be the ones to capture this moment.   




My Boy is SEVEN

Well, here is the annual picture taken with my boy!  He's getting big but Momma can still hold him =).  He needed a hair cut but life happens and we just went with it!  At 7 years old he teaches me.  He has such a kind and loving heart.  My boy loves baseball, basketball, nerf guns, his bunny "Snickers", hunting with Daddy and all things rowdy!  My gosh doing these each year is so special but also can pull on Mom's heart.  Thankful for my sweet blue eyed boy.  Happy Birthday Jase - You are adored & loved. 


Finley James - A Birth Story

I was so excited to be able to photograph this sweet baby's birth.  His parents are also a husband/wife photography team and we have been friends for several years now.  Im so blessed and thankful for my job.  A job that documents LIFE.  Life's moments that you literally will never ever get back.  This day was beautiful.  Momma was a total rockstar! I love getting feedback like this below.  Sometimes as photographers we are much more than just there to take pictures. We are there for support and love.  

"WOW! That's awesome!! So many moments that you captured that we didn't even realize you were there. Love the tone and emotion in these.  What's even more amazing, is that I clearly remember every time I looked at you during delivery I never once saw you holding the camera up. I always just saw your eyes looking back at me and you whispering words to me."


Congratulations Misty and Ryan!  He is a doll baby. 

He is 6... crazy how fast it all goes.

We started taking these images when I was 39 weeks pregnant on to Jase being 1 week old then yearly after that.  Im late posting this year's image but it was taken a day past his 6 year birthday this year.  Its going to get interesting how this plays out the bigger he gets! I used blogstomp to create this collage so it wouldn't let me put it in the exact order so just be creative with your eyes! =) 


Precious Life. Beautiful Day.

How can I describe this experience in one blog post.  Brittany and I had been texting back and forth about how she was feeling.  Anytime I know Ive got a birth I get anxious closer to time wanting to be sure Im there when need be.  The night of baby Stella's birth I had literally just laid down and got a text from Brittany that they were headed to the birthing center.  I jumped back up and headed out within 8 mins.  The drive to the birthing center seemed short I guess because I was so excited to get there.  As I arrived the staff was super welcoming and led me to the birthing room.  This was my first water birth to document and it was a little new.  Its completely different atmosphere than a hospital in a wonderful way.  Brittany was in the birthing tub with Matt sitting next to her holding her hand for support.  The room was relaxed and quiet so Mom could focus on laboring and not lots of people, noises and machines.  Once the harder contractions came and baby Stella made her debut it was so beautiful.  The entire thing.  The entire birth.  The entire experience.  Watch Baby Stella's birth story here: 

Meredith and John : Engaged

We are super excited about spending the day with this sweet couple tomorrow!  They will get married at Chetola Resort in beautiful Blowing Rock NC.  We shot their engagement this past Spring in the Blue Ridge Mountains and even the fog makes beautiful images.  See you both tomorrow! Much Love. Ryan and Joy