Y’all it is HERE! It’s finally here. I have been working hard… very hard… on something I am incredibly proud of and beyond excited to be able to offer exclusively to Project:Life Photo clients!
Over the last few years, since becoming parents, wedding photography has become a whole different ballgame. There have been more than one instance where we’ve had to reevaluate how we do business, and even if we could continue this business at all with all of the demands of raising a child with handicaps and special needs. We came to the conclusion last year that we needed to make some changes to not only streamline our communication with our clients (email templates and form responses to frequently asked questions were not cutting it on the time-saving end), but also create a better experience for them at the same time! I spent 6 months of late nights (4am bed-times and 7am alarms), writing every word, hand-selecting the perfect images, and setting every tiny detail in place on every page as I birthed the Project:Life Photography CLIENT WEDDING GUIDE.
As of the beginning of 2017, we’ve been providing this extensive Client Wedding Guide to each new client that books us for their wedding. This 70-page, coffee-table style book educates our clients on how to prepare for their engagement session and bridal portraits, how to plan their wedding day timeline for the photos of their dreams, sample timelines to maximize their photography coverage and much, MUCH more! Our 2017 brides who’ve had the opportunity to utilize the guide in preparation for their wedding or portrait session have given it the highest of praises. Brian and I are immensely proud of this Guide, not only as a quality product but as a luxury service that equips our couples with all the information necessary to plan their wedding for the best images possible.
As I mentioned previously, this guide is only available exclusively to Project:Life Photo couples! To secure your copy, reach out to us via the “contact & investment” tab above to start a dialogue with us and see if we might be the perfect fit for your wedding day. We only accept 12 wedding commissions per year, and we reserve each of those bookings for couples we feel are an excellent match for our photography style and personality. We can’t wait to hear from you and put one of these awesome Client Wedding Guides in your hands ifwe’re the perfect fit for you!
This shoot was quite a feat of accomplishment! I began planning this styled shoot in January of 2016, and planned to shoot it in February of 2016. I lined up models (former wedding clients, Joel + Kayla Bowen), and vendors and began collecting details for a late Feb. shoot at Fenland Christmas Tree Farm when our daughter, Avonlea, had to be rushed to Levine Children’s Hospital the week before we planned to shoot! She ended up staying at Levine for over a week, so we postponed the shoot and it was a good thing too, because I ended up going into labor 4 weeks early with our little Violet just 3 days after Avonlea came home from Levine! Finding an alternative date proved difficult, and the shoot kept getting pushed back and back until September! By the time the date was finalized, a couple of the vendors who had been willing to participate originally were unavailable. New Creations Flowers stepped in at the very last minute the week of the final shoot-date with gorgeous flowers! Velo Creative overnighted stationary, and final pieces of wardrobe and decor were pieced together just days before the shoot. But it all came together beautifully! We couldn’t have asked for a better outcome and we were absolutely thrilled when the shoot was published on Borrowed & Blue, a national wedding style blog, as well as Bustl’d, a wedding blog local to the Charlotte area!
Oh man. What an adventure! Brian and Karine’s destination wedding in NJ was 1 weekend, 24 combined driving hours (several of those in DC traffic lol), 1 flat tire, 1 second-shooter (my wonderful friend Julia of Amore Vita Photography), and ultimately 3 crazy but fun days of working with one of the sweetest couples on earth! Brian has been a friend of our family for many years. He moved to Louisville, KY to attend Southern Seminary, and met Karine when they were neighbors and both working in ministry. They spent many months getting to know each other as friends, unable to discuss the possibility of dating due to the obligations of Karine’s internship. But the minute her internship was over (literally, the minute), they had a relationship-defining talk and soon after, Brian proposed! We met Karine for the first time here in South Carolina, when Brian brought her to town after their engagement. A few months later, we got to take their rainy-day engagement photos while we were in Louisville 3 weeks before their wedding for Michael and Melissa’s wedding! And in July, I got to capture their sweet, backyard wedding in Karine’s hometown in New Jersey. It was blazing hot, but such a wonderful day regardless. It was beautiful to see how perfectly each of them fit in with the other’s friends and family. It was encouraging to see so many friendly faces in a brand new place. And it was an absolute blast to watch the Charleston Southern crew breaking it down HARD on the dance floor (as they do). We’re so thrilled for these two, and know they’re meant for great things. Enjoy some of our favorites from Brian and Karine’s wedding!