.10 years and a thank you.

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“Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies”. -Diane Arbus. Who doesn't like oreos?  Ok maybe not everyone loves oreos like I do, but who doesn't like cookies? brownies? ice cream? sweets of any kind really?   Well my motto is figuratively as well as literally... BRING ON THE COOKIES!  I love being a photographer.  From the time I was 13 and first saw an image magically appear in that darkroom I was hooked.

I never gave much thought into what I was going to actually do with my photo degree from Northeastern University.  I think I hoped I'd take some amazing fine art photo and sell it for millions.  The few times someone would mention wedding photography I would turn up my nose and say "who would want to do that?”  Well turns out I would and I just didn't know it.

When I moved to Texas back in 2007 and found my way to Debbie Brower I really had no idea just how lucky I was.  I knew how to take photos, I was quite good at portraits but I'd never shot a wedding.  I guess Debbie saw some potential because I ended up working as a photographer for Image Forward Photography photographing weddings, engagements, seniors and families.  I learned so much from my time With Debbie and her girls at Imagine Forward-  These girls taught me that wedding photography was actually really fun!!!  They taught me that there was so much more than stuffy boring formals and that working with brides was fun!

Here I am 10 years into running and owning my own wedding photography studio and I could’t be more grateful that I’ve been given this wonderful opportunity.

Here’s to 10 years and hopefully 10 more!

5 Tips to Help With a Stress Free Wedding Day!

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It seems like there are always a million things running through your head and a to-do list that’s a mile long as soon as you say “yes” and the wedding planning beings! Use these 5 tips to help keep yourself on track and not let that stress kill the joy of this wonderful time!!

Tip #1. Timeline Planning:
Having a wedding schedule can't always guarantee a stress free day but when you are working with your vendors to create a timeline for your big day there are a few things to keep in mind. Make sure that your friends and family know where and when they need to be places. Nothing throws a timeline off like spending 15mins looking for Aunt Susan who didn’t know she was supposed to arrive early for family photos. You don’t have to have things written out to the minute but giving everyone a basic outline of the day can be very helpful at making sure the day flows smoothly. If you need help with your timeline ask your planner or photographer for help- we do this ALL THE TIME- and are happy to help!!

Tip #2. Delegate:
You have surrounded yourself with your best friends to help you celebrate your marriage… now use them!!! They are there to help, they WANT to help, they are capable!!! Allow your bridesmaids and groomsmen to lend a hand. Be it helping with decorations, stuffing invitations or being a photo wrangler on the day of (really helpful to have someone who knows the family members so they can help us track down that Aunt Susan who went to cocktail hour even thought she had a copy of the timeline). These are your best friends and if you can hand off some to-do items to them they will be happy to help and you can focus on the most important things!

Tip #3. Comfortable Shoes:
I know the big sparkly pretty heals make you feel like a million bucks and trust me they photograph beautifully but by the time you want to hit the dance floor your toes might be ready for something a little more comfortable. You don’t have to go with flip flops or slippers but you can always have a pair of flats with some special sparkles to change into at the reception. You’ll spend a lot of time on your feet on your wedding day so make sure you take care of them!!

Tip #4. Have a Rain Plan:
Nothing throws a wrench into plans like a rain storm. Make sure you’ve got back up plans for what to do if it rains. They say rain is good luck on your wedding day but if you don’t have a plan for where things will be and how they will take place if its pouring cats and dogs outside your stress level is going to go through the roof. We can’t control the weather but we can have a plan in place so that no matter the weather things go smoothly!

Tip #5. Identify Your Priorities:
Unless you have an unlimited budget make sure you make a list or priorities and budget accordingly. Find the aspects of the day that are the most important to you and focus on those. Be it a big beautiful bouquet, a string quartet playing while you walk down the isle, a leather bound wedding album or food that makes your mouth water. Every couple has things that are the most important to them- so make sure you pick what really means something to you two and plan your wedding to focus on those things. The rest will all come together around it!

Bonus Tip #6: ENJOY BEING ENGAGED!!!
You get to be married for the rest of your life but these months of engagement are fleeting so ENJOY IT! Spend some time together doing NON wedding things. Don’t let the planning take over all your free time and remember that above all, this is ALL ABOUT LOVE!

Fryeburg Maine Engagement Session | Jenny & Tristan

Jenny and Tristan are tying the knot is just under two weeks at the beautiful Hardy Farm in Fryeburg, Maine.  We met up last summer to take their engagement photos and were blessed by the most glorious golden light while they danced in the fields.  These two share a love that is both quite and sweet as well as fun and full of laughter.  They were such a joy to photograph and I can't wait to see these guys in a little over a week and celebrate their wedding day!! 

Stone Mountain Art's Center Wedding | Tenley & Brian

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Tenley and Brian had a beautiful late October wedding. The leaves hung around just long enough to give us some nice soft colors, the sun was warm and everything was picture perfect. SMAC is always one of my favorite places and when you add in a getting ready location as beautiful as the Snow Village Inn the day only gets better. With friends and family surrounding these two with love the day was everything one would hope for!!

Venue: Stone Mt. Art’s Center
Planner: Hannah Babineau @ SMAC
Photographer: Spring Smith Studios
Flowers: Jackie Gardner Moonset Farm
Cake: Vintage baking Co
Dress: Justin Alexander
Live Piano Sonny Barbato (piano)
DJ: Rob Riccitelli (dj)
Hair & Makeup: The Salon Michele Belanger/ Brittany Russo

Stone Mountain Art's Center Wedding | Jennifer & Keil

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Stone Mountain Art’s Center is one of my all time favorite places. Not just for weddings but for their amazing concerts and the delicious food! Not to mention that its almost in my back yard (no joke it’s less then 5 miles from my house!). I feel so lucky when I get to photograph weddings at SMAC because I feel like I’m at home. The staff there are life long friends and, as I mentioned before, the food is the best. The best! With the post and beam barns, the beautiful fields just down the street and the warm cozy atmosphere it seems like most of the couples who choose to get married at SMAC are just my type of people. Jennifer and Keil are no different. From the very start I knew these two were going to be fun and I knew their day would be beautiful and heartfelt in every detail. They had the most perfect October day with beautiful colors and warm sun. My job just doesn’t get much better!!

Venue: Stone Mountain Art’s Center
Photographer: Spring Smith Studios
Planner: Hannah Babineau
Caterer: SMAC
Florist: Moonset Farm Jackie Gardner
Paper/Invitations: vistaprint
Cake: Peggy Mowatt
Dress: Andrea's Bridal
DJ: Rob Riccitelli
Hair/Makeup: Jami Waycott- Strands Hair Salon