Claudia's Senior Portraits // ATL

This summer has been oddly full of photographing people in addition to my normal architecture projects and I have been loving it. Adding to the bunch, my beautiful and talented cousin, Claudia, is entering her senior year at Marist and asked me to take her portraits. I was so excited and thrilled that I could do it for her. Despite the August heat and both of us melting, we had a blast. Can you tell that we are related?? #gingersrule

Jamie + Kevin Engagement Session // ATL

Recently, another friend of mine asked me to shoot her engagement portraits and I couldn't have been more excited about it. (Engagement sessions are such a fun break from shooting non-animated buildings.) They live in a super cool loft right on the Beltline in Old Fourth Ward (for you non-Atlantans, The BeltLine is a sustainable redevelopment project that provides a network of parks, trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting many neighborhoods directly to each other).  

They got engaged on their private rooftop overlooking the gorgeous skyline a few weeks prior so they wanted to sort of re-create the evening in order to capture their precious memories. We started at their loft so they could have a glass of wine and loosen up after a long work day. They both had never done a photoshoot, like...ever, so I needed to get them warmed up and comfortable with me sticking a big camera in their face. Luckily, they both ended up being naturals!

After leaving their loft, we walked to their local watering hole, Bantam Pub, which is where they actually went to get a celebratory drink after the engagement. From there, we took a stroll along the Beltline as the sun was setting and then finished up on their rooftop for a beautiful twilight backdrop. It was such a great night...the weather was awesome, they were fantastic, so fun and so in love and we capped it off with some sparkling rose'! Cheers to Jamie and Kevin! 

Amy + Chris Maternity Session // ATL

Very exciting news y'all....I'm about to be an Aunt! One my big brothers and his wife, Amy, are about to have their first baby. This is huge because their son will be the first baby born (from our generation) on both sides of our family AND for Amy's family. Wahoo! 

Anyway, back in June, I was so honored that they asked me to take their maternity photos for them. We found this awesome park up in Duluth called McDaniel Farm and did a sunset session despite the heat. Amy was a champ as she battled the 95 degree weather, even managing an outfit change by the outhouse! Wyatt is due next week and we can't wait for him to get here. In the meantime, enjoy their photos from the session.

NYC TRIP

So, one of my favorite things to do...like ever...is to walk around a city by myself and take photos. It's very simple, but something that I don't get to do very often. No one is there guiding me on where to go. No one is rushing me to get going to the next spot. No one is there is to complain if I turn around and go back to get a better angle of the same shot. It's just me and my camera and it's so freeing and inspires so much creativity. Sure...I look like tourist, but then again, I am. So I don't care. If you have ANY interest in photography, I encourage you to do the same...even if it's your own city. Heck, it might even give you a new perspective on the same views you see everyday. Go try it let me know how it goes. 

While I was in New York back in March, I was able to take about 4 hours out of my day do some shooting. The last time I did this in NYC was back in 2004 and it was with my old film camera so I'd have to dig to find them...and scan them all in. Oy, that sounds exhausting. Anyway, here are some of the recent shots...enjoy!

Maria + Ryan's NYC Engagement Session

Although I'm an architectural photographer and I usually don't shoot people, every now and then someone asks me to take portraits of them. This time one of my best friends, Maria, invited me to come to New York to shoot her engagement photos which I obviously could not turn down! I had such a blast with these two as we toured the city taking photos (and stopping at a few watering holes along the way). The Husband tagged along too and made for an excellent assistant...or as we affectionately referred to him as, "Light Boy." (Thanks again, Jordan!). Enjoy!

Light Boy was great at making them feel comfortable. 

That's a wrap! Yay!