Countdown to Christmas in Cali

Wente Vineyards, Livermore, California

Boy it's been a whirlwind couple of weeks. 

Since I last posted way back in November I’ve been (thankfully) inundated with work and travel. I shot my second-to-last wedding in Montevallo, just an hour outside of Birmingham. Then Lance and I spent our second Thanksgiving together (and our first as a married couple) in Georgia with his family.  I convinced Lance to let me drive the sevenish hours there because he came down with a bad couple; I was so proud of myself for driving so far, having never really driven more than an hour.  We ate lots of food and spent a lot of time with family. 

After a couple of days I flew over to New York to photograph the sweetest wedding and one of my favorite families.  It was quick trip, but I managed to go to my favorite bookshop, explore Brooklyn and eat my favorite foods. (Holla, Luke’s Crabshack!) 

Since returning to the good ole Bham and reuniting with my favorite person, Lance, we embarked on a flurry of events and parties and celebrations while I squeezed in editing every chance I could. After some intense and non-stop editing sessions I shot my first Birmingham birth yesterday morning.  A precious baby girl was born to the sweetest, most loving couple.  

After all the craziness of the past few weeks, I was so overwhelmed with happiness to photograph this birth.  It put all the craziness in perspective.  This sweet couple went through so much to have this little girl, and thankfully she was born beautiful and healthy with few complications.  You can’t ask for much more, I think.  You thank God for what he’s given you and pray for the future. 

In about a week Lance and I head to California to spend time with friends and family.  I don’t know when the next time I’ll be able to visit California again, so I’m going to make the most of it.  I’m so thankful for all the gifts and opportunities God gave me this year.  He’s provide for us time and time again. Here’s to the last bits of 2015! Cheers!

 

Wente Vineyards, Livermore, CA. September 4, 2015 | Canon 5d markii 50mm 1.2L


Jessica & Kenan

 

“Contrary to what the cynics say, distance is not for the fearful, it is for the bold. It's for those who are willing to spend a lot of time alone in exchange for a little time with the one they love. It's for those knowing a good thing when they see it, even if they don't see it nearly enough.” 
― Adam Gottbetter,

 

After months of living in different states, Jessica & Kenan are finally married! I was so happy to be a part of their love story and capture their beautiful ceremony here in Alabama.

 

Wilton, AL | Canon 5d markii


On Being on a Podcast

Muir Woods

Anyone who knows me knows I love making lists. I make lists for everything.  Of course I even made a bucket list for my business.  I already crossed off get published in a book and have my work in a newspaper and a myriad of other things. Well another item on my business bucket list is be on a podcast!

Thanks to Samantha Johnson and her Tiebreakers Podcast, I'm on a podcast!  Tiebreakers features people who made a big transition between traditional jobs to more creative pursuits and discusses how they made the big switch. Samantha herself was once a lawyer when she realized she didn't like it much.  With me we talked about how I went from being an architect to photographer and pretty much how I ended up where I'm at.  It was so exciting and fun and amazing and thrilling.  I was on a high after I finished the interview.  

If you have some time, check out my interview on the Tiebreakers Podcast! (And please don't mind my awkwardness!)

 

Muir Woods National Monument, CA. July 17, 2015 | iPhone 6


Shutterfly x Our First Anniversary

Over the years I've sent holiday cards to family, friends and clients.  It was always fun to send out the cards with festive greetings or updates from my travels.  This year I wanted to celebrate Lance & my first anniversary since it's so close to Christmas.  So I partnered with Shutterfly and created these fun holiday cards to send to our friends and family.

Shutterfly makes it really easy to make these cards.  I looked through their different designs and favorited my favorites. From there I chose the Contemporary Christmas Christmas Card with scalloped edges.  It was really easy to make the template mine.  On the front all I did was add a picture from our wedding day and switch the text on the top to say "The Hands". Even after 11 months, we still haven't sent out our wedding pictures, so I thought it'd be nice to include that picture to celebrate our first anniversary as well as Christmas.

Shutterfly Christmas Cards

Because we live away from most of our friends and family, I wrote a little bit about what we'd been up to in the past year.  I also included some candid pictures from when we went pumpkin picking in the fall and hiking in Chattanooga in the spring to contrast the formality of our wedding picture on the front.  When you're designing the back of your card, Shutterfly offers a lot of different layout options. There's different combinations of text and images depending on what layout you like, how much text you want or how many images you wanted to include. I opted to do something fairly simple.  

Shutterfly Christmas Cards

Being away from loved ones and keeping in touch is hard sometimes.  But connecting over phone calls or little notes or a quick text or email really fills in the gaps when I miss them.  So I've always really loved receiving Christmas cards from our friends and family and seeing how their families have grown.  This year as the holidays are approaching I'm so happy Lance and I have this opportunity to send these Christmas cards and share how happily married we are in Birmingham.

PROMO CODE: CARD4U

 

Birmingham, AL. Winter 2015 | Fuji x100s
wedding picture by Bryan Dale of For the Love of It. 


This post was sponsored by Shutterfly. I was compensated and given a gift card that I used towards the purchase of these cards, but all the opinions are my own.

Bottle & Bone

Bottle & Bone
Bottle & Bone
Bottle & Bone

Over the weekend Lance suggested to head over to Uptown for lunch at Bottle & Bone. I’d been wanting to go there for a while, so I was elated with his suggestion.  Bottle & Bone is a sort of butchery/bodego/restaurant type place.  It’s a beautifully designed space.  When we got there Lance took a seat while I wandered around taking pictures of everything.

We opted to order the bacon flight, Daily Grind Burger with potato gratin and the Braised Pork Torta with potato salad.  The bacon flight was absolutely delicious.  It was their house bacon, maple brown sugar bacon and spicy sriracha bacon with a side of pickled watermelon.  I could have totally eaten another flight of bacon; it was just that so good.  And the pickled watermelon paired wonderfully with each of the different types of bacon. If I had to pick, I’d say the maple brown sugar bacon was my favorite.  Our meals were just as delicious.  I loved my braised pork torta sandwich, and Lance’s burger was cooked soo well. 

It was really a great meal.  Everyone was super friendly, and we watched Georgia beat Auburn as we devoured our food.

Bottle & Bone, like I said, is also a butchery so you can buy all kinds of cuts of meat from there.  If I knew how to cook meat well, I'd definitely purchase some of their meat products.  Even uncooked, doesn't their bone marrow look absolutely delicious? 

 

Bottle & Bone, 2311 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd N, Ste 200, Birmingham, AL 35203. November 13, 2015 | Fuji x100s