Ah! Where to begin! We had such an amazing time with Jennifer and her hubby Ken a few weeks ago to celebrate their one year wedding anniversary at Crystal Bridges! Let me tell you, I get to see a lot of love doing this crazy fun photography thing, and these two are truly the definition of love! I have known Jennifer and Ken for a few years now and they continue to love and be sweet on each other like it was day one! I know each couple has their own ups and downs, and they have had their own, Ken has always been there for Jennifer and the same can be said for Jennifer being there for Ken, but you would never know that they have ever had any trails, ever. The love that they have for each other is one that I can only hope to continue to have for my hubbins.
We were up nice and early that Sunday morning so that we could beat the heat and humidity of Northwest Arkansas, and I think we did just that! The light coming through all of the trees and hitting all of the glass was just gorgeous! Not to mention Jennifer looked stunning! We were able to get several different shots including a few of the open to the public displays of the Chihuly exhibit that were outside and in the available areas of the museum. It was so much fun getting to go around Crystal Bridges, Ken is the Facilities Engineer at the museum, and we learned so much about the construction of not just the original building, but ongoing projects and how they were so invested in keeping true to making sure that they were as unobtrusive as possible to the nature surrounding the museum. Which makes it probably one of my favorite places in the NWA.
I truly hope that you enjoy these portraits as much as I enjoyed getting to take them! Jennifer and Ken, I know that you guys have so many happy, love-filled years ahead of y’all! ❤
The last time we saw Johnni and John we were in a pumpkin patch with sunflowers everywhere! We finally got to meet Miss June and and she was so much fun! She was ready to explore the park, the small creek area, and eat all of the grass that she could possibly get her little hands on! She decided to be nothing but character and just give up all the smiles! We really enjoy working with this family and cannot wait to work with them again in the future! ❤
Oh my goodness, where to begin?! We first met with Whitney, Robert, and Henry back in December to discuss their vow renewal and to take their save the date portraits , which were so much fun!!
We finally got together again this past May to actually capture their big day! Jesse went with Robert and Henry to get ready while I stayed with Whitney and all the ladies! Let me tell you, from the beginning of the day the amount of love for the three Cowan's was obvious. Everyone was ready and willing to do anything that was needed. As the day went on it only came out stronger. From all of Whitney's sisters helping her get ready and everyone fitting in the small office at Mildred B. Cooper Chapel and taking some of the best funny pictures I have ever seen!
The actual ceremony was simple yet gorgeous. With the surrounding trees and sunlight coming in through the glass walls it gave the entire chapel a very fairy-tale-like feel. Once all the groomsmen and bridesmaids walked in it was time for all the little ones, and older kids! To walk in with signs Whitney had made that counted down how long that she and Robert had been married, and it was just way too cute. It all culminated with Henry walking in before Whitney and her father Brian, down the aisle to Robert and her step-dad Eric, who officiated the actual ceremony. The vows were definitely not traditional since this was their ten year wedding anniversary and their vow renewal, but there was definitely a lot of reaffirmation of continued love and support, making sure to use the bathroom farthest away if they were both sick. Let me just say, I cried happy tears more than once during this day!
We were able to get portraits of just Robert and Whitney after the ceremony and I am pretty certain that to date they might be some of the best portraits I have ever taken. Whitney and Robert have so much love for each other and you can see it everyday when you just meet and talk with them, and I am so glad that I have been able to capture it for them. We were able to get some laughs along the way while capturing these portraits as well, thanks to a natural stone floor and my ladder 😉
When we made it to the reception the fun and love just kicked it up another notch! The couple drove there in Whitney's dad's Chevy Hot Red 1935, which was pretty awesome. They rolled up and the party began. They had a cheese board, donuts instead of an actual cake for the guests, and some super yummy food that Nina, one of the bridesmaids prepared. There was also a large assortment of different style glasses that Robert and Whitney had collected that the guests got to pick out and use as their glass for the night and take home as one of their souvenirs. One of the most beautiful things that was at the reception was the original outfits that Robert and Whitney wore when they first got married. Not only had they kept them for that long, but they also thought to have them at their vow renewal seemed so wonderful to me. I loved how young their outfits were and how innocent they were in their pictures they had displayed and then you see who they have become now and you know how much they have grown, not just as people but together and in more love. The first dance was another moment when I happy cried. One of the groomsmen, Dustin, and an accompanist, played/sang an acoustic version of James Arthur's "Say You Won't Let Go" So, so beautiful.
Thank you so much to Robert and Whitney for allowing us to be a part of your big, big day. Y'all, your family, and your friends made us feel so welcome, and made our job so easy and fun. I hope y'all have a wonderful lifetime of happiness and love.
Just shy of a month ago I had the pleasure to photograph the Smith and Paquet families! It was originally just Nick, Nichole and little Oliver, but Nichole’s family came up to surprise her for her birthday and well, when the opportunity presents itself you have to have some of your Grandparents and Auntie with you! It was such fun, it was a little warm for it to be the beginning of November, but we made due! The leaves were perfect and Oliver was such a little ham! It is so much fun working with a family that is roughly on the same timeline you and your family are on. Our boys are only a few weeks apart! So it is always nice to know that there are other people who are going through things around the same time you are!
Anyway, we were at Crystal Bridges and a little field off of the Square that I might have fallen in love with. It is a bit of a walk from the square but, oh so worth it. Nick, Nichole and the gang were up for anything that I suggested, if if it meant, sitting on the ground to get the picture I though captured what I needed to capture or tossing Oliver in the air to get him to smile right at the end of the session. I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I did taking them. I cannot wait to work with this family again soon! 🙂
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Oh my goodness y’all. We have been busy like woah lately! I have been working on a HUGE double session we did a few weekends ago. It was a family session and a senior session all kind of rolled into one up at the Bentonville Square. It was also in the middle of, up til then, the hottest day of the year. So a lesson was learned, don’t schedule anything during the hottest part of the day, but if you do, stay hydrated. So with all of that said, let’s move to the part you really came to see.
Like I said this was a twofer, so much fun! Cindy, Destinee and Colin were just great! As usual we started with a lot of “But what do I do with my hands?!” Once we got into the groove there was no stopping anyone! Destinee is our first 2017 Senior! So that was a lot of fun, trying to see how we could incorporate all of the “you’re going out in the world, this is the last true year of childhood” and “pretend you love your brother and mom” haha! The usual camaraderie and playing around had to be tailored to three different people in two different situations. A challenge I truly enjoyed.Colin was probably one of the more spirited people I have had the opportunity to photography to date. He was very excited about getting to see the Alien Vs. Predator Movies the next day, so that was a pretty big motivator for him throughout the session. And Cindy, well Cindy was mom. She wanted to have fun and take great family pictures. She also helped keep an eye out for the wildlife we ran into! Ask me about that story later! I hope you guys enjoy these photos!
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I’m just going to put it out there, babies might be my current favorite to photograph. Yes, they can be unpredictable, and they can have their own little moments but, when everything comes together just right you can get some amazing pictures!
That being said, this past weekend we did a baby/family session in Bentonville, so much fun. We did try and get some outdoor pictures but it was a little chilly for little Miss Sophia, so after a short stint under a lovely tree it was back inside for the rest of the session and she seemed to enjoy that quite a bit more!
Before we go too much further we do have to talk a little about her Mama and Dad! Her Mama, Emily, won one of our free sessions from our “We Have Hit 100 Followers on Facebook” Giveaway! So with Dad, Chris, in tow we did our session. Daddy even got to have a little fun by getting his little lady to embrace her future gamer!
Overall everyone got to have a little fun, a lot of love, and plenty of great pictures!
We cannot wait to work with this family again in the future! They were such fun! And as Miss Sophia gets older we will be able to try some of the poses again and watch her grow!
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April 23, 2016 was a beautiful spring day, not too hot, not too cold, just right, with a slight breeze. The sun was shining and everyone was taking advantage of the beautiful day, simply trying to shake the rain from previous weeks. In general a lovely day to throw some confetti in the air and have some fun.
This group of ladies were so much fun to work with! They all had great ideas for different pictures to take, poses, places to try and just in general they had such a fun atmosphere! We did this Hen Party Session at Bentonville Square and 21C/The Hive right off the square.
I must stop here and simply say Thank You to Kara and Jonathan, a couple of managers at the Hotel/Lounge for allowing us to do part of the session there, it is such a beautiful place, if you haven’t had a chance to get up there, do. If anything just to take it in. I also must give thanks to Bartender John who was willing to be a part of some of our pictures, he was not only a great sport, but super funny who kept it pretty light, I mean, we did have a broom in a upscale bar, and he just kept it rolling, like it wasn’t a big deal at all. So, once again, I must recommend this place for anything, really.
We started our session at The Hive and from there moved to the square, we did several group shots, but we also did a few of Bekah, the Bride, solo, because let’s be honest, it is her Hen Party! It was time to celebrate the Last Hurrah as a Miss! I cannot stress how much fun it was to work with everyone! Truly a wonderful group of women! Without much more, here are some of my favorite pictures from this session! Don’t forget that I have different pictures here, on our Facebook page and on our Instagram!
Bekah, I hope your big day is everything you dreamed it will be! I know with these lovely ladies at your side it will be nothing short than amazing!