ICELAND | A peak into our adventures

       Many people have asked us why we chose Iceland, and in all honesty we were planning to go to Oregon but it turns out it was cheaper to fly to Iceland.  The Land of Fire and Ice has certainly been on our radar for a while and when the opportunity arose we jumped on a plane. (Literally, I mean we only booked the trip 5 days before we left) 

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      Being a photographer visiting Iceland comes with it’s own set of hazards, our camera battery always died too soon, our driving skills became questionable with all of our abrupt pulling off the road to take yet another picture not to mention dodging the many sheep that wander the isolated countryside, and on top of all of this there is simply no way to really capture the massive unrelenting beauty of Iceland.  Many times we heard tourists saying their visit was like a  trip to another planet describing the landscape as something akin to Mars. (This would be referencing the abundant lava fields)   Personally we came to feel that Iceland was more like visiting many countries, climates, and vistas.   We found ourselves constantly saying things like, “this feels like we could be in Ireland,  this looks like Morocco,  it’s almost like I’m in a rainforest”. And yes there were moments when we felt like we might have been on the moon.

     When we first returned home, it was almost difficult to talk about Iceland because there simply were no words to describe the land of Fire and Ice, the only thing I could really say was, “Go! Just go. Make it happen somehow and go.  You can only experience it."

 

Reykjavik

     We landed in Keflavik airport and took the hour long bus ride through lava fields covered in lime green moss to the surprisingly artistic northern most capital in the world, Reykjavik. (Rake-ya-vik)   Although a small city compared to most capitals, Reykjavik lacked nothing you would expect of a metropolis in the culture, food, and music scene.   In the first few days we must have walked a dozen miles simply wandering the streets and enjoying the murals of the local street artist hidden like little gems around every corner.     

 

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 Definitely not the car we rented, but we can pretend right?

Definitely not the car we rented, but we can pretend right?

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 We may or may not have hit every coffee shop in the city.   This one is in a 3 story bookstore.

We may or may not have hit every coffee shop in the city.   This one is in a 3 story bookstore.

 Our Air BnB was AMAZING!   Three bedroom within walking distance to everything downtown reykjavik!   We often ask the owners directly for discounts if we are traveling last minute, they often would rather let it go for less than just sit there empty.

Our Air BnB was AMAZING!   Three bedroom within walking distance to everything downtown reykjavik!   We often ask the owners directly for discounts if we are traveling last minute, they often would rather let it go for less than just sit there empty.

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 The cemetery that looks like a woodland park was right around the corner from our place.  We often walked through here on the way downtown.

The cemetery that looks like a woodland park was right around the corner from our place.  We often walked through here on the way downtown.

Seriously.... If you do nothing else while in Reykjavik... just walk around the city.   The art and artists of the incredibly cultural place are bar none.   Also, as it is the world's smallest capitol, it is very walkable, although way easy to get turned around in because of the  way the streets follow the coastline.

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The Golden Circle

So just south of Reykjavik is a very well traveled loop often recommended to tourists titles, "The Golden Circle".    It's sort of a good taste of what Iceland has to offer and a simple trip if you aren't quite up for going too far.  It didn’t take long for us to be itching to get out of the city to see this magical landscape we kept hearing about and we certainly weren’t disappointed.   We ended up taking a spur the minute day trip out of the city.   

 The very first dramatic view upon leaving the city on our own for the first time.  Go figure we end up on a dirt road over a mountain.   Obviously there is a much more tourist friendly route to get to the golden circle, we just chose something a little less traveled.

The very first dramatic view upon leaving the city on our own for the first time.  Go figure we end up on a dirt road over a mountain.   Obviously there is a much more tourist friendly route to get to the golden circle, we just chose something a little less traveled.

 Gullfoss is easily one of the most dramatic waterfalls in Iceland, and right off the golden circle.

Gullfoss is easily one of the most dramatic waterfalls in Iceland, and right off the golden circle.

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 Natural hot springs or "hot pots" as they are often called, abound in Iceland.   Although they are certainly not all swimmable, as some of them are almost lava temperature!   So definitely check the signs before you stick a toe in.

Natural hot springs or "hot pots" as they are often called, abound in Iceland.   Although they are certainly not all swimmable, as some of them are almost lava temperature!   So definitely check the signs before you stick a toe in.

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Thingvellir National Park

is not only stunning it abounds in historical significance for the Icelandic People.   It's basically this huge plot of open land with jaw dropping scenery were the icelandic people used to hold all of their important government councils.   It also happens to be where two continental plates come together.  

 This boardwalk meanders along through the crevice in the plates!

This boardwalk meanders along through the crevice in the plates!

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The Ring Road

     If you are down for a bit more of a journey and LOVE the great outdoors and endless adventure, you will be completely at home circling all of iceland on the Ring Road.   We ended up renting a 4x4 SUV (fyi if you can only dive automatic double check before you rent online, because more than half of their rental cars are manual)  with a pop up tent on the roof.   With Road signs bearing the names of places like Thingvellir, Hafnarfjordur, Thorsmark, and Skogafoss, just navigating and attempting to pronounce where we wanted to go was an adventure.   It almost became a competition to see who could come up with the closest pronunciation.  All in all we spent 9 days in our little home, cooking mac and cheese out of the back of our car on a burner stove, camping at some of the most beautiful campgrounds you will every lay eyes on, and more or less living the chic hobo life.    We ended up not even really planning much of an itinerary , because even in the height of summer there was always availability at the campgrounds and we hardly ever more than a 20 minute drive from one. (Although keep in mind that some of these may be a bit primitive, although most provide nice bath houses) There are more campgrounds in Iceland than sheep... and that is saying quite a bit.  

 Life motto for touring Iceland... always take off on random backroads, we ended up finding views like this to picnic at just by detouring on a whim.

Life motto for touring Iceland... always take off on random backroads, we ended up finding views like this to picnic at just by detouring on a whim.

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Haifoss

Now I would only recommend Haifoss for those with a 4x4 (although there were some who made it all the way in little compact cars) but these twin waterfalls are worth the bumpy drive 4 miles up.

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 I may or may not have gotten this shot by having them drop me with my camera smack dab in the middle of nowhere and race off down this dirt road.  They though it would be funny to pretend they weren't coming back to get me.   So yeah, I ended up chasing after them a bit.

I may or may not have gotten this shot by having them drop me with my camera smack dab in the middle of nowhere and race off down this dirt road.  They though it would be funny to pretend they weren't coming back to get me.   So yeah, I ended up chasing after them a bit.

 Found some the herds of the Icelandic pony's inland a bit on the south side of the island.  

Found some the herds of the Icelandic pony's inland a bit on the south side of the island.  

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Seljavallalaug

(a mouthful, yes) a completely free isolated, spring-fed pool, only a 10 minute walk into a private valley.  It is as magical as it sounds.   The Blue Lagoon in Iceland is considered a tourist trap by many of the locals, because there are so many natural steam baths around iceland or hot pots as they call them and we opted for the Myvatn Nature Baths in the North along with several others along our route.   One of the hot pots we visited was in the absolute middle of nowhere where you park your car in a gravel parking lot and walk a path along a river bed into the valley for 15 minutes to this beautiful spot between the  mountains called Seljavellir.  In this isolated spot sits a full sized pool built in the 1920’s filled by the hot springs coming out of the hillside and complete with changing rooms.   Apparently this place has become a mecca for tourists and we met travelers from every corner of the globe while we soaked in the steam and the surrounding scenery.   No resort nearby, no homes, or busy highways, just a swimming pool in the middle of nowhere.

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Skogafoss

Say hello to one of the most photographed waterfalls in Iceland, Skogafoss.  Chances are you've seen this one on a travel magazine.   What you don't usually see, is just out of the corner of this shot is the campground where you can spend the night in view of this colossal wonder.  

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 A typical evening cup of tea.

A typical evening cup of tea.

 My morning view from the rooftop tent.

My morning view from the rooftop tent.

 Dyrólaey was our first stop on the southern coast, and with the hallmark black beaches of Iceland it did not disappoint.

Dyrólaey was our first stop on the southern coast, and with the hallmark black beaches of Iceland it did not disappoint.

Vík

is one of those super popular but it doesn't even matter because it's so amazing touristy places.  So be warned, there are often tour buses of tourists coming through here, but it is still a must see.  And there are plenty of beautifully isolated, just you and nature, places farther away from the capitol.

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Once you get past Vik you start seeing glacier after glacier, quite the unusual site for a girl from the South of the US.

Skaftafell

was the first place we got really close to a glacier.   And to this day I don't know why I didn't realize it would be like walking into a giant refrigerator when you got close to one of these things.   Typical Iceland newbie.  Sigh.

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 Just so you know, this was shot at about midnight.   As photographers we appreciated the land of the midnight sun like no other.  There is a lingering softness to the light that turns the world into a fairyland, as if Iceland needed any help looking magical.

Just so you know, this was shot at about midnight.   As photographers we appreciated the land of the midnight sun like no other.  There is a lingering softness to the light that turns the world into a fairyland, as if Iceland needed any help looking magical.

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Jokulsarlon

By arriving at Jokulsarlon at about 1 in the morning we avoided the crowds.  And I will never forget walking over the hillside to see this view of the ice floats.

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 This was the darkest it ever got in Iceland and it was only because it was such heavy cloud cover.

This was the darkest it ever got in Iceland and it was only because it was such heavy cloud cover.

The thing about travel is that some of the best and most memorable moments come in the most unexpected forms.   One such moment was a night when we were all trying to sleep, but a cold wind had kicked up along the river and we were all finding it a little difficult to get some shut eye.  So we all opted to abandon our campsite and head off into the night.  Now I say night, but July in Iceland pretty much consists of near constant daylight.    They say the sun sets at 12am and comes back up at 3am, but it generally just becomes a lingering 4 hour sunset like something out of dream.   We took off around midnight and followed the edge of Lake Lagarfljot where they have local lore of a beast that is something like the loch ness monster.   Safely avoiding this myth we found a road that switch backed it’s way all the way up into the highlands where only the sheep dare to try and live.   The highlands in Iceland cover the entire center of Island and no can live there in the winter because it is so barren and isolated, but once we crested the top edge and the road stretched out flat in front of us into the highlands it was nothing short of magical.   Small pools and ponds every few yards reflected the pink sky and mist rose off every surface as far as the eye could see.   We must have wandered up there for hours.  Something so unexpectedly perfect we could have never planned, these things just happen.

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East Fjords

  Quaint fishing hamlets with unpronounceable names, tucked into the side of towering cliffs is the quintessential of the East Fjords.

 Again with the amazing places found by just taking off down a random backroad.

Again with the amazing places found by just taking off down a random backroad.

 After several days in the car with the same people, silly things are inevitable.

After several days in the car with the same people, silly things are inevitable.

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 A typical day trying to pronounce where we are going.

A typical day trying to pronounce where we are going.

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At some point we gave up trying to live like normal humans and instead became creatures of the night.  Our typical schedule consisted of us sleeping until noon or later and staying up till 3 or 4 in the morning.   In july this means we basically got to watch a 4 hour sunset and we avoided all the crowds.  Bonus points on both.

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 A good example of one of the many little campgrounds scattered around Iceland.

A good example of one of the many little campgrounds scattered around Iceland.

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Godafoss

was my favorite of the giant waterfalls of Iceland.

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Husavik

in the north of Iceland, is one of the best places in the world to go whale watching.  And I would HIGHLY recommend this excursion, it is awe inspiring to be so close to such gentle giants.

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What to wear

   Now this is just a recommendation for what to wear in the summer, but even in the summer you will want to dress warmly.   And stuff in as much waterproof/windproof gear as you can.   We were told that we lucked out on weather and had many sunny days, but even when it is warmer it is almost always windy.  Stocking cap, warm socks, buff, gloves... all great items that you will appreciate if you plan on spending time outside.   As you can see, some days it was downright brisk.

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 Waterproof shoes were my best friend in Iceland.

Waterproof shoes were my best friend in Iceland.

Bonus: Iceland in Black and White

If you aren't sick of Iceland pictures yet, here are my favorite Black and white shots of the trip.

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GREY HEARTS | Chastity + Justin Anniversary

     Hearts that long for one another in a space and time that doesn't seem to exist for others.   It's like when they touch, the world slows for a split second and everything that seems so important or necessary fades away.  Because what is necessary, is the touch or the look from the soul that was put on this earth for you.   When every heart around you seems grey and distant, you see it; that one heart that calls your name.   

It's in screaming color.   It's all you see.  It's meant to be.

The winds fade the hearts of your past that you thought would be forever.   Because the sun knew that this one was forever. - Kara

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LOVE = HOME | Hali + Adam

     "Home is where the heart is."  OR   "Make a house a home."   Whatever the saying may be, or the words you use, this idea holds true.  Any place you go with the ones you love will become a place of comfort.  Because it becomes less about a space and more about who is there to greet you when you come home or who is there to hold you in the times of fear of hurt.  Memories fade into the walls, memories of love and hardships.  When we shot these two in their home it just felt right.  I mean...why would you not decide to have a photography session in the place where your life is held.  Where the memories of your love are held.  - Kara

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WEDDING OF LIGHTS | Claire + Jason

     They waited till the last moment. That moment where the air is still. When the last few beams of sunlight streak across the world.   Bathed in those last rays of the setting sun, Claire stepped barefoot through the grass of her childhood home. Jason waited for her at the of the aisle, ready to start the rest of their lives side by side.  As the sun was finally eclipsed by the trees, Claire and Jason promised each other forever, under the thousands of twinkle lights that dripped from the branches.  

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WATERFALL ELOPEMENT | Inspiration Shoot

     Elopements + Intimate Weddings have always stolen my heart.    There is something about that quiet space in the woods or being surrounded only by those who are nearest and dearest in the world to you, that narrow in and bring out the tears and the overwhelming joy.   The honest emotions that I see in these moments are beyond breathtaking. 

     So choosing an elopement styled shoot was a complete no-brainer for us and Elyse + Ben are the DREAM romantic and snuggly couple.  And HUGE shoutout to Voila Bridal and Formal for this crazy gorgeous gown and Carolina Petals for killing the floral game.    - Kristin

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BOTANY BAY ENGAGEMENT | Madison + Ben

The best description I have heard of Botany Bay, I first heard from my sister when she described it as, "Nature's version of a modern art gallery."   And I feel like Madison and I really attempted to stay true to this theme when designing this Engagement Shoot.    From the choice of the long simple white dress to the absolute necessity of incorporating the drift wood.... or "Modern Art" :)

    To Madison + Ben:  Thank you for always being willing to try an adventurous location or tip toe your way along precarious drift wood.   Also...  you two are freaking models!  - Kristin 

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SCHOOLHOUSE WEDDING | Samantha + Ben

     From the classy charcoal suits and Samantha's stunning lace gown, to the sweet schoolhouse that held the reception, this wedding was filled with so much charm.  

       Ben's face when he saw Samantha coming down the aisle was what every girl wishes for... that tear filled joy that overflows into laughter.   And there were also very few dry eyes in the crowd that day as these two said I Do.  

To Samantha + Ben:   I cherish those sweet moments you shared with us and your closest friends and family during the ceremony.   Thank you again and again for choosing us to photograph your beautiful day.   - Kristin

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NOSTALGIC ENGAGEMENT | Mary Lyle + Steven

     As I have probably mentioned again and again on this blog, customizing shoots to be tailored to each couple and their story is a huge HUGE thing for me.  So when Mary Lyle and I sat down to start laying out ideas for her shoot she immediately told me that she and Steven had met in middle school and that she wanted to go back there for their engagement shoot relive memories.   I of course latched onto this idea with a vengeance, because I love nothing more than storytelling shoots.   Especially if it's something off of the beaten path!    

To Mary Lyle + Steven:    Thank you for being absolutely adorable in your love of nostalgia and each other.    - Kristin   

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LOFT BRIDAL | Nicole

     A bride in her wedding dress is a culmination of years imagining the image of what she will look like on her wedding day.   Wishes and pictures, inspiration and dreaming with her closest friends... nearly every bride I have had the joy of designing their bridal shoot with has had an image in her head of what she wishes to be.   And it is beyond exciting when together we see all of these imaginings come together in her bridal portrait.   The first time she sees herself as others will see her on the wedding day!

To Nicole:   You made one stunning bride and I enjoyed every fun chatting over coffee/designing/photographing moment with you!

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JASMINE GARDENS WEDDING | Jessica + Jose

      Tropical and Lush and Romantic are all words that inevitably come to mind when I think of Jessica and Jose's wedding set in the jungle like atmosphere of the River Road House and Jasmine Gardens.

     Never have I seen two beautiful souls so completely meant of one another.  On their wedding day, Jessica and Jose chose to send each other letters before they went down the aisle and the overwhelming joy that filled each of them while reading the letters from their love was unforgettable.

To Jessica + Jose:   I firmly believe God made you two for each other and am so thankful you chose us to join you on all of these beautiful moments with you.  - Kristin 

LAKE LURE ANNIVERSARY | Anna + Scott

When Anna texted me a year after we photographed her wedding, wanting to plan an anniversary shoot my response was probably a little over the top enthusiastic.  Because photographing a couple who I am already friends with and are comfortable in front of my camera leaves me open to capture some absolutely magical moments.     

    When we sat down over coffee to design their shoot together Anna expressed this desire to have a romantic and playful shoot in the mountains.  I immediately latched onto this idea and began picturing dozens of spots in my head, but we both finally settled on the scenic Lake Lure.  (I mean they filmed "Dirty Dancing" here... how much more romantic can it get?)

To Anna + Scott:    Thank you for allowing us to see all the sweet romance that happens after the wedding day.   For letting us capture the true fairy tale.    - Kristin

BALLROOM AND CANDLELIGHT | Baileigh + Daniel

 From the moment of her bridal when I first saw Baileigh in her wedding dress, I told her over and over that she looked like a queen.   Full on ballgown, should have had a tiara, needs to be coronated, loveliness.   And Baileigh and Daniel's wedding day was every inch fit for royalty, from the vintage cream white jaguar that rolled in to carry them to the reception, to the grandness and opulence of the tented ballroom lit by candlelight.  

    A huge thanks to Baileigh and Daniel for bringing a little magic and fairytale into our every day lives.     - Kristin

And a shoutout to all of the amazing vendors who made this day possible!

Gown: Voila Bridal and Formal

Makeup: Vaughn Free of Merle Norman Cosmetics of Greenwood

Hair: Allure Salon

Floral + Decor: Greg Hall Events and Company

Reception Venue: The Greenwood Country Club

BOHO ANNIVERSARY | Kelsie + Sam

      Dancing in the tall grass and whispering sweet nothings to his wife, Sam held Kelsie close and it was like we weren't even there with them.   On the day of this super romantic ANNIVERSARY SHOOT the wind was a force to be reckoned with and we all bonded through laughter at the flying hair and the struggles.  

     Life is so good when you can hang with amazing people and capture their beautiful love.

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VINTAGE ROMANCE | Casey + Aaron

     Everywhere I looked on this wedding day, I could tell that the thing that made Casey and Aaron tick were the connections with the people they loved.    From Casey's bridesmaids running around with happy hearts helping Casey get ready, to the groomsmen who all bantered with each other on the way Aaron's bowtie should be tied.    Casey even chose to wear her mother's altered wedding dress and showcase the heartfelt connection she had with her family.  

      And I have never seen so much joy as in the way their friends gathered in what was nearly a huge group hug to congratulate Casey and Aaron moments after the ceremony.   Tears and laughter and more tears were shared and I must have had at least four different bridesmaids tell me how beyond perfect Casey and Aaron were for each other.    These things.... these emotions... these connections... this is why I love what I do so VERY MUCH.   - Kristin

MOUNTAIN ENGAGEMENT | Keri + Stephen

   After following Keri + Stephen down winding backroads through the mountains I knew these two were going to be a load of fun the second they hopped out of their jeep in hiking shoes and threw their garment bags over their shoulder.   

       Together we shimmied, slid, and climbed our way down past several falls to some of the most picturesque falls I've seen.  Although I must say trying to communicate with them turned out to be much more comical than you would imagine, because the falls were so very loud that half the time I ended up doing these hand motions/facial expressions to attempt to translate my thoughts across to them!  Which to the outside observer probably looked more like an elaborate tribal dance.  

    When Stephen and Keri and I first started chatting about this shoot, Stephen really wanted to literally get in the falls, like waist deep in a cold mountain stream.... and of course my response was an overly enthusiastic yelp of "YES"!    So these two braved the bracing water and were total rock stars sliding down into the water.  Up until Stephen picked Kerri up and they both took a dive and ended up a little bit more drenched than they originally intended.   Keri handled it all with giddy laughter shouting, "I'm a mermaid!"  while making her way back to dry land.  All in all these two were WAY too much fun to photograph.   

    A little muddy, a lot sweaty after climbing back up to the cars, but you probably couldn't see that through the beaming smile I had because I was so thrilled with the way the shoot turned out.  So here's to MANY more such adventures this year with my AMAZING couples.  (that's all,  I'm done with the CAPS now :)  - Kristin

CHATOOGA BELLE FARMS WEDDING | Anna + Ron

      Stories..... people's stories are so important. The way people think, the way they forgive, get upset, care, what makes them ache. Their past problems, their future dreams. As a photographer I was given the gift of shooting peoples' moments and memories to treasure forever, but sometimes I think in the midst of it all I get to caught up in making people look beautiful and not caring about who I'm actually photographing. Forgetting that every single one of them has a a beautiful intricate soul. I want to photograph stories.

     Anna + Ron thank you for allowing me to photograph your love story.   - Kara

BACKYARD WEDDING | Kerri + Patrick

Kerri's face lit up in the most heart stopping smile the moment she spotted Patrick. As the long shadows were cast over the lake she walked with a joy and determination looking at nothing but him.  

  Patrick watched Kerri with tears escaping unnoticed on the long walk from His parents house.   In his handwritten vows Patrick promised to forever cherish Kerri and to always walk through the spiderwebs first.  

    Some couples have so much love and joy that it overwhelms me and brings me to tears.   I struggle to keep photographing and hold it together as they stand in front of all their loved ones noticing no one but each other.  Kerri + Patrick it is an honor to listen to your story.    - Kristin

Finish the Story | Your Wedding Album

    I think my favorite way to describe weddings is to call them "Love Stories" .  Because if you think about it, it isn't just a day, there aren't just two people, it isn't just about saying I DO, it may not be perfect but it's your fairytale.   And there is something about printing your story that makes it so vivid.  The CD's will scratch, the jump drive will phase out, the online gallery can't be held in your hand as you share your story with someone you love.  

     Here are album layouts of several different weddings...... follow the stories.....

What to ask your Wedding Photographer

     It’s a style, it’s an emotion, it’s a look…. whatever it is, you are first and foremost drawn to a photographer because of the beautiful images they are able to create on a wedding day.  But now that you have found someone you might like to you photograph your wedding day… what now?   You know you have to ask for prices, but isn’t there so much more?!  

     As a photographer who has been photographing weddings for 7 years, here are (not only questions that I would ask my photographer when I get married one day, but also) questions and fears that brides have entered my studio with when meeting me for the first time.

I found you.... Now what????

How many Photographers :  Having the peace of mind that on your wedding day you have more than one photographer (especially during those critical moments like the first kiss) is priceless.  

How many Weddings do you Photograph a Weekend : Over the years I have met photographers who photograph 3 + 4 weddings a weekend, and you as a bride may not mind, but coming from the perspective of a photographer I like to know that my wedding photographer is only photographing 1 wedding a weekend and 100% focused on the event at hand and not thinking about what’s coming next or already exhausted from the previous wedding.

Are your Second Shooters Professionally Trained : For me this is a big one!  When I go to choose the images for my wedding album I want everything to look seamless and beautiful together.  Check out their wedding albums and ask if they are made of multiple photographers images.  This will show you if the photographers' styles blend.

Do you Print or Just offer Digital : I happen to be enamored with printed photographs. Don’t get me wrong I love to share all of my images on social media, but at the end of the day it’s that gorgeous leather album. that really tells the story, that I cherish most.

What happens if the photographer is Sick on my Wedding Day :  Many well established studios will have trained photographers who can step into the roles effortlessly because they want their brides to have nothing to worry about.

What do you Charge for Additional Hours:  See if your photographer is open to the idea of staying later on your wedding day if you request it.  

How long does it take to get My Pictures after the Wedding :  I have heard so many horror  stories about a bride’s friends or families not receiving their wedding images until many months after the wedding!  Just be sure they have an approximate time they guarantee you to have your pictures.

Are you open to My Ideas : This one is optional.  I do have many brides who come in and want us to simply handle everything.  But if you are creative… just ask… it doesn’t hurt to see if they are open to ideas.

Are travel fees included in your packages :  This varies from photographer to photographer, but we have chosen to include travel within the state in all of our wedding collections.  So for those brides who would love something a little bit special,  it’s definitely a good question to ask.

Make sure you Jive : This one I can not stress enough!   I would say that at least 50% of the reason you should book your wedding photographer is because you like them as a person.   This person will be spending time with you on this emotional and amazing day of yours.   Always choose someone who makes you feel comfortable, because that will translate in the pictures.  If you feel happy and comfortable it will show.

     It is a balance of many things when choosing the right person to photograph your wedding day.   But with a little research and the right questions you can find that photographer who has a genuine interest in who you are as a couple and is truly passionate about capturing your love story to share with your kids one day.  - Kristin

The Tiny Dragon | A.K.A. My Puppy

    She is my tiny dragon because she has more personality than some people I've met.   I've concluded that she is the only dog I've ever met who could growl affectionately.  At first glance she is a bit bedraggled, with a fluffy bear like quality to her.  She has been known to "purr" when hugged too tightly, but she never actually follows through with the threat.  After 13 years together, my thoughts are this is her way of maintaining her independence.  Because she is like her mommy... and we like to do things on our own.   

    She has accumulated more nicknames than I could possibly remember, a new one seeming to appear every month, but lately she goes by the Tiny Dragon.  Mostly inspired by her fiery personality and the fact that Shih-tzus were bred to be Chinese palace pets. (And trust me she knows she has a royal bloodline)  She and I get along very well in our (not lap dog but) beside the lap dog relationship.  We love to be close and we like to be ourselves.  

She is watching me as I write this and I'm getting concerned she might sue me for copyright infringement.  So I'll close here... wish me luck!   - Kristin