What a lovely early spring day to be in the Creek! We always love shooting at our alma mater in the beautiful Butler Chapel. Sarah and CJ might not currently live in the south, but Sarah’s heart is here as this is where she grew up and went to school. Their wedding was a melding of a southern bride’s family and a northern groom’s family – and it all came together beautifully. The ceremony was so sweetly lead by Sarah’s Dad, brother-in-law and their campus ministers. The reception to follow at the Preston Woodall House was full of good food and celebration, as always. They do it up right at the Preston Woodall House Sarah and CJ have a sweet love for one another. Their families are rooted in deep love for each other that is so evident in how Sarah and CJ love and respect each other. What a sweet wedding to have witnessed and documented!
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This is the third or fourth year in a row that spring has inspired me to pick up my camera and wander into our yard (you can see other years here and here). I looked out the window into our back yard and saw the way the setting sun was lighting up these blooms on a tree. Before I started shooting professionally I always chased sun sets to shoot at the best color time and ran to grab my camera (usually it was already weighing down my purse) as soon as I saw something cool to macro shoot in our yard. I used to do this all the time, allowing light and colors and shapes in nature to inspire me. I love photographing people and am so inspired by how they relate to each other… but I have realized that I need to follow my urge to pick up my camera and wander around in the yard. It mellows me out… relaxes me and reminds me to pay attention to the small details in everything I shoot.
So the Tatum family is in the running to become the most photographed and blogged family for Story Photographers, which is awesome because they also happen to be our close friends. You can look at their last shoot here, where I linked up the other five or so times they’ve been on the blog. I’ve had a camera in both of their kids faces since they were born and so when you add that to the fact that the kids know me so well it means that sometimes they are easier to photograph… but then sometimes it’s harder because they want me to be in the pictures too. Which is an honor and is adorable and makes me want to just eat these kids up. I LOVE being in my friend’s kids worlds!! This time around the Tatum’s decided to do the shoot in two places that are a big part of their every day lives – church and home. This is the church that Lydia works at and where the kids go to preschool. They are in this building almost every day! Then we headed home to make Lydia’s famous chocolate chip cookies and to play on the neighborhood playground with their new puppy. You might have seen the post on Facebook, but this is the family with the super smart five year old that told me he wanted a picture of just his parents together so he can remember them when he is old. He gets it. He totally gets it.