Brad + Candice

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I am finally getting to share some of Brad & Candice’s wedding photos with all of you! It was a cold and windy day for an outside wedding, but that didn’t take away from their big day at all! If anything, I think it made it more memorable and it’s a day they will never forget!

Here are a few of their pre-wedding snaps. 🙂

 

 

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Brad & Candice wanted to do a first look before the ceremony. I love the emotion in these photos! 😀

We done a few family photos next, and then it was time for a WEDDING!

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    It started to rain a little bit so everyone moved all of the chairs and decorations inside the barn. It was decorated beautifully with a rustic country feel! The lights and lanterns glowed perfect for a cloudy fall day!

 

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  The ceremony was short and sweet and right to the point! 🙂

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After the ceremony everyone dug into some awesome bbq and fried pies! Then Brad & Candice had their first dance, signing of their marriage license, and cutting the cake!

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It was a beautiful wedding and I loved getting to be the one to capture their special day!

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CONGRATULATIONS BRAD & CANDICE!

Devin & Kelsie’s October Wedding

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I was completely surprised last month when I got a call informing me that Devin and Kelsie were going to be getting married. I was so happy for my brother-in-law! They wanted me to do their wedding photos and of course I said YES! I went on to ask them when the big day was going to be and got another surprise….    It’s in two weeks! LOL!

So here are a few pictures of their October Wedding! I’m so glad I got to be a part of it and that they trusted me to capture it!

 

I came over a little early and snapped a few photos of Kelsie getting ready. I got to visit with her a little bit before everyone arrived and the hectic preparations started. She is so sweet and I’m glad she will be a part of the family!

 

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The wedding took place in Springfield, Arkansas and it was a beautiful sunny day. It was an outside wedding under a tree, with hay bales, and lanterns. It was a little chilly with a slight breeze but it definitely made it feel like a fall wedding.

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I love how everything was simple but beautiful. It wasn’t overly decorated or busy. The colors, flowers, leaves, and everything complimented each other and it all went together really well.

 

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Congratulations Devin & Kelsie!

Thank you for letting me capture your special day! I pray God blesses your marriage and your life together. Keep Him at the head of your union and you will make it through this crazy beautiful thing we call life!  Always confide in each other and be honest. Your spouse is your best friend and they will always be there… so always be kind and love each other even through the hard times! Love you guys!

 

 

 

Week 12 – High Key Expose Portrait

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I am a little bit behind on my personal photography project because it is the busy fall season right now. I have been trying to get all of my photo sessions edited and finished before I even start to think about Christmas mini sessions!

The weather has been absolutely amazing and we have been soaking it all up before winter gets here. We are going to carve pumpkins today and Halloween is just around the corner!

My week 12 project was to photograph a high key exposure to the right. Create a light, airy, high key portrait.

I decided to use one of Logan and Jessica’s photos from their engagement session. We were able to use a beautiful spot in Mtn. View and I got so many great shots from their session.

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I feel like this photo definitely fits the description for week 12! Beautiful, light and airy with a high key exposure to the upper right corner. Can you guys see the geese in the background? 🙂

I will be putting Jessica and Logan’s engagement session on the blog soon! Hope you guys enjoy!

 

Week 11 Landscape: Reflection

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Week 11 didn’t leave me a whole lot of options here in North Central Arkansas. I was hoping to use water for my landscape reflection and we are currently under a burn ban here. Everything is all dried up! Our rainy, wet fall definitely has not started yet.

However, I have some awesome neighbors who have an absolutely beautiful view. They have a pond about the size of a football field in their front yard! I always love going over their and enjoying their view… and their company! 🙂 Thank you Lanny and Debbie!

So here is my Landscape Reflection… I love the sun flare in this photo! No actions or presets needed here! 🙂IMG_6845logo

Week 2 – Landscape

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Hey everyone! We are on week 2 and my assignment was to photograph a landscape. Over the past few days I have discovered something… landscapes are HARD! I went into it thinking… “I got this! I live in one of the most beautiful places in Arkansas – the Ozark Mountains!” I was pretty confident that I could capture a stunning landscape photo. I think I was a bit over confident… 😦

However, I was excited to dig out my tripod, (that I have never used) and hit the roads to see what I could find. Andrew drove me and the kids around to a few spots that we like to ride 4-wheelers and go Morel mushroom hunting. Living in the country is definitely a big perk! You have an abundance of dirt roads that never end and beautiful scenery to take in.

We stopped by a nearby farm so I could get my camera and tripod set up. I snapped a few photos of the cows grazing with some pretty awesome clouds in the sky. It was around 7:30 in the evening and a storm was brewing. I was hoping for some beautiful sunset pictures with the big cloud formations.

The kids got out to explore while I was doing my own thing. Lily discovered a big pile of poop and was fascinated! LOL! Sorry, no snapshots of that! 😉

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Then we took off and headed to our high spot on top of one of the mountains close to where we live. God is so amazing! He made this land and sky just for US! I wanted to capture His handiwork but looking at it through a piece of glass just doesn’t compare! I felt like I was struggling. The sun was going down pretty quick so I snapped a few more photos of the sky and mountains in the distance.

I told Andrew to pull the truck up a little so I could get a picture of him and the kids with the sunset. Luke was asleep in the truck at this point! Lol! You know me… I never miss an opportunity to snap some photos of the people I love most! When we got home and I was sorting/culling through what I had taken, the photos of him and the kids were the ones I loved most. I know landscapes aren’t supposed to be of people, but it just seemed emotionless and empty without them in it.

So here it is…   oh the FEELS!

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I still didn’t feel completely satisfied with what I had come up with. I loaded all 3 kids up the next day and we were on the hunt again! They were enjoying driving around and they would turn the radio up every time I would get out to snap some photos. We made a big circle on some old country roads and after numerous stops and about 10 songs later, we finally came to a bridge that I thought might look interesting.

We jumped out and the kids started exploring. I chose the picture that had the kids in it. hee hee 🙂

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Luke was getting cranky so we headed home. I uploaded all the photos from the day and was pretty happy with them. This one was my favorite though.

 

I was on the road quite a bit today. I took Lane and Lily to meet their Nana. They’re going to spend the weekend and this momma is happy for the break! 🙂 I grabbed my camera before I left and thought if I seen something that jumped out at me I would stop and take some photos. I was coming home and was enjoying my little stretch of HWY 74 and looked over at this mountain – (or hill, some of you might be thinking). It doesn’t look like much but it has a lot of meaning to me.

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Just on the other side is where I live. The house that I grew up in, that I bought from my parents, and the house that I’m raising my children in, sits right at the bottom of this mountain.

When I was a kid me and my brother and cousins would climb all the way to the top. We had lots of adventures and fun times together. We made memories that I’ll never forget. This is where I call home and every time I drive by it, it reminds me of why I love this place so much.

I may not own this land on paper, but in my heart it still feels like MY mountain.

So, in conclusion, I have learned that landscapes are not my strong point! LOL! I love nature and all of God’s beauty, but I love photographing people the most! They add character, emotion, and life to a photo and that’s what I want to capture!

-whitney