wisteria bridals | kailagh

One of the many things I love about the south (vs. my SoCali upbringing): the seasons. They exist here! In full, glorious dimension!

The reds, yellows and oranges of fall are straight out of a Nicholas Sparks movie (movies I watched in high school and thought the settings were just “movie magic”). The brilliant white of snow in the winter visit my own front yard (I don’t have to drive deep into the Grapevine to go sledding). And spring…

Spring is a botanical rainbow!

The peach blossoms in late March (something we opted to miss this year with a new baby in our arms)… the azaleas of early April… the rose gardens of May… they are all stunning and make gorgeous backdrops for our summer brides’ portrait sessions.

But the wisteria! This was something we had yet to take advantage of. It’s so hard to plan around, because there aren’t exactly wisteria gardens or fields we could book. Wisteria grows on the sides of highways! It’s so hard to find a spot that will work well for a bride’s one and only bridal portrait session, before which she will invest heavily in professional hair and makeup, making sure her gown alterations are done, and taking time off of work. It’s a risky move!

So, we decided to find a spot we thought might work, and do a little “test shoot.” Brian’s sister, Kailagh, graciously agreed to be our model, and wear her wedding dress and full hair and makeup in the deserted corner of a Rock Hill parking lot so that we could snap these shots to show future brides what their own bridals might look like if they’re willing to do the same.

And they turned out: awesome.

We’re so excited to share these gorgeous photos of our gorgeous sister with the world. Enjoy Kailagh’s wisteria bridal session!

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charlotte newborn session | baby aubrey

Oh what a blessing it is to have the privilege of documenting all kinds of precious milestones in a couple’s life. I recall my very first meeting with Chris and Kelsey, at a Starbucks in the University area of Charlotte! Chris had driven all the way from work in Greensboro to meet Kelsey and I for coffee to discuss the possibility of me and Brian capturing their wedding day. Needless to say, we did (and you can view their engagements, bridal portraits and wedding images all on our blog). And we were blushing with expectancy of our first baby Avonlea as we shot their wedding!

And now here we are, just over two years later, capturing the next major milestone in Chris and Kelsey’s journey together! Their first child, sweet Baby Aubrey Denise. She is the spitting image of her Daddy, and shares her father’s adoration of her mother.

When Kelsey contacted me soon after Aubrey’s birth, it was actually to ask if I knew of any newborn photographers in the Greensboro, NC area! When I mentioned that we offer lifestyle newborn/ family sessions, she quickly responded asking to set a date! As we wrapped up their session, Chris gave us an incredible compliment: he said that as soon as Kelsey had informed him that we offered a newborn session and could capture their sweet new family of three, his response was, “Let’s do it! We already know the photos will be great.”

What an honor it was to be invited into their home… into the sweet, precious little moments of snuggles, coos, face-making and hand-holding. And what an honor it was to see their walls covered end to end with our previous work! Frames of every size held engagement, bridal and wedding photos on every wall, and it was such a sweet reminder of how much we love what we do!

Enjoy some of our favorites from Chris and Kelsey’s lifestyle newborn session with their precious Aubrey. There is nothing quite like the newness of parenthood, and getting to know the soul that brought it about in your life.

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