Piper, 2017 senior.
Photographed in Atlanta, GA
Piper, 2017 senior.
Photographed in Atlanta, GA
Dave and Amanda. One of the sweetest days, period. Shooting my friend’s weddings is one of the greatest honors. I’d only met Dave once, briefly, before their day. It took about 7 seconds to see why he and Amanda are so perfect together. Keep up the uninhibited excitement about each other, Phillips!
I was TOTALLY FORCED to dance with this chair. Wasn’t my first time, won’t be my last. After this I said “I think I may have thrusted too much” to which my friend Tyler replied “I wouldn’t say it was too much, but it was definitely enough.”
Texas, it’s time. WE’RE MOVING HOME!
Our time in Georgia has given us a lifetime of joyful memories. Truly, it’s been the best. I’m confident that we will always look back and tell stories of days and nights with friends we wouldn’t have without this place, as some of the greatest of our lives. And at the same time, we’re so grateful that we’ll be welcomed in Houston with hugs in October from some of our best friends and family. Bittersweet, all around.
Jasper, despite it’s small town quirks and frustrations, has been the happiest home for us. SharpTop Cove has been a dream come true for Mark and a place of immense goodness for me. Atlanta has been our getaway and we’ll deeply miss the city and the people who’ve made it so rich. The Southeast, all around, has changed us in so many ways.
There’s a lot of mystery, a lot of tears, and a lot of adventure ahead. But y’all, we won’t lie: we’re real giddy to call HTX home and see where this next chapter takes us! I will still be doing photography and continuing Back Down South. I know we have a lot of Houston readers, and I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment, shoot an email, and follow the excitement on Instagram. Please, don’t be a stranger!
These two are almost too cute, if I’m being honest.
Photographed in Atlanta, GA
I’m a little biased towards this wedding since Scott is Mark’s cousin, but this was one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve been a part of in every way. We adore Scott, and there are no words for how cool we think Lisa is. We fell in love with her during our time together in France where we met for the first time and followed her (and Scott) on amazing adventures.
Sonora Resort (on Sonora Island, B.C.) can only be accessed by water taxi or sea plane, making you feel a little bit like a movie star on the trek. They got engaged there and decided it was the perfect place to bring their closest friends and family for their wedding. No complaints here. Four days of lifelong memories have us missing it quite a bit.
So, because I can, here’s a ridiculous amount of photos. We love y’all!
The dock crew put a salmon head out for a bald eagle to come snatch up. This silly eagle dropped it in front of all of his eagle friends and it was super embarrassing.
Scott and Lisa commissioned an artist to paint the canvas that they stood on for the ceremony. They plan to get it stretched and hang it in their house. Kind of awesome…
Lisa surprised Scott by singing “Maybe I’m Amazed” before their first dance to the same song. Like I said, she’s so cool.
Signs of leaving it all on the dance floor: split pants.
Scott and Lisa: we love, love, love you. Thanks for one of the best weekends of our life! Cheers to many more together.
Venue: Sonora Resort – Sonora Island, British Columbia
Event planning: Erin Bishop, Filosophi Events
Videographer: Hello Tomorrow Films
Music & DJ: Martin Acosta
Florist: Verbena Floral Design
Decor: Rock Paper Square
Hair & Makeup: Denise Elliot Makeup Company
Bride’s Attire: Anna Maier, Ulla Miaja Couture (ceremony) + Reem Acra, Romona Keveza, Prada (reception)
Groom’s Attire: Canali, Hermès
Last month I headed West to Utah to meet my Mom for yet another amazing adventure. We always have a blast together, and I love having her take me to spots that she’s crazy about. This was my first visit to Moab and, to quote a friend of mine, it’s just other worldly. I could not get over the colors, the layers, the history, how often the scenery changed, how gorgeous and mind blowing it is. I love the red rocks. I love the massive Colorado carving it’s way through. And I loved being in awe next to my Mama and, for a few of the days, some of her friends.
When Mom picked me up at the Salt Lake City airport, I knew we were heading to Park City for the night. I did not know, however, that our first stop would be at High West Distillery. They’re responsible for some of my favorite whiskeys and my favorite barrel aged Manhattan. I was geeking out the entire time as we tasted every one of their products on the menu. We also snagged a bunch of bottles to sip on for the remainder of our trip which was perfect.
And onto Moab where we remained for the rest of the week. This was the view from dinner on our first night at Red Cliffs Lodge. Kind of magical. Our room was down to the left right on the river so we had this view each night after as well. Sipping that Manhattan on our back deck and watching the cliffs light up by the sunset was too perfect.
First hike of the trip: Fisher Towers.
That first afternoon we made our first trek to Arches National Park for the short, touristy Delicate Arch hike. Despite that, it’s a must see (it’s the largest free-standing arch in the park). When I made the last turn and saw it for the first time, I forgot about everyone else there. Then the voices slowly came in and I heard a handful of languages and all the cameras snapping and instead of being annoyed, I found it kind of amazing. Hey, I’m here, too. We were all just there to see something beautiful. We truly in an incredible world worthy of exploring together!
Day 2: Negro Bill Canyon.
Morning Glory Bridge.
Before dinner at Desert Bistro.
Day 3: A full day starting in Arches National Park (Landscape Arch, Devil’s Garden, Double O and Double Arch) followed by Canyonlands and Dead Horse State Park. I’ll walk ya though. Up first, Landscape Arch.
Devil’s Garden, followed by the hike to Double O. You can also see Landscape Arch below on the right.
This was a fun little scramble to get up. Overall, the hike to Double O may have been my favorite of the entire trip.
Then on to Double Arch. This is a mere stroll to get to and is covered with tourists but it was a must see for me.
Afternoon in Canyonlands National Park. I loved crossing 2 National Parks off my list in one day. Goal? ALL OF THEM!
Mesa Arch, Mom’s favorite. Just an hour-ish before we were in Arches. Suddenly, now the landscape was drastically different and beautiful in an entirely new way. This is why Moab makes you say “wow” about 100 times a day.
Dead Horse Point State Park. That’s 2 National Parks and 1 State Park in 1 day. That’s a full day! And, much like everything seen so far, photos just don’t do any of it justice. Trying to photograph this place was like my attempts (and, really, all attempts) of photography Grand Canyon. You just can’t get it all. This is beautiful. Every attempt is beautiful, but you’ve got to see it with human eyeballs to truly take it in. It was amazing!
Day 4: Corona Arch hike.
Below is a little Instagram video of the serious 40+ winds on the edge near Corona Arch (make sure your sound is on before you play). We took this after crawling (literally on hands and knees) to a handful of spots for the dropping edge view. One of my favorite memories from the week.
“It’s a little sketchy up here!”
That’s the the screaming dialogue you can’t hear. Mom’s face says it all! So much fun.
It was just the two of us on our last full day. Mom suggested we find the Onion Creek Narrows hike which was vaguely described both in books and online. We attempted to find the “trail” via creek crossings in the truck (an estimated 27 crossings total). Though kind of a fun little drive, we finally pulled over to a spot that seemed as good as any. “Let’s just walk this way and see what happens,” Mom said. I followed her, a tad hesitant, but lo and behold she found a way down and we did a little Canyoneering. We had the whole place to ourselves which made it the perfect adventure for our last day in Moab.
We had an incredible last evening at Sorrel River Ranch, easily the coolest place in Moab.
We pulled over a handful of times on our drive back to Salt Lake City to admire million(s) of year old rocks and killer views.
The final meal before my last minute decision to take the Red Eye home. Lucky 13 in SLC gave us some killer burgers and an impressive whiskey selection.
Can’t stress enough how amazing this week was! Thanks forever to my Mama for the fun and unforgettable memories.
All photos shot with the Fuji x100T.
“I want a Nati Light,”
“That’s my girl.”
Zac and Jessica. Loud and contagious joy, all day.
That time the wind picked the veil up and wrapped around ’em during the first kiss. Not mad about it. Kind of in love about it.
Lewis is from England and came to the States for grad school at South Carolina where he met Gabbi in the same program. I just think that’s kind of sweet, and yes, it was really hard for me to not speak back to him in my own British accent. I think it’s quite good but I doubt he’d have thought the same.
Photographed in Charleston, SC
Pat + Caroline. I’ve always been a fan of girls with that name.
There are some moments that I’ll never get over capturing, regardless of how much I do it. A groom with tears in his eyes, the look on a father’s face when he sees his daughter as a bride, the moment immediately following the recessional when I’m sometimes the only person who sees the couple’s immediate “oh my gosh, we’re married!” reaction. And this one below. I don’t know know what it is, but a boy offering to carry his girl’s train gets me. It’s so simple, but it’s so romantic. I never tire of catching it in the corner of my eye and always find the times that I get the shot to be one of my favorite images from the day.