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Be Present and Experience Life

As guests entered the wedding, a sign requesting they turn off cell phones, cameras, and other devices welcomed them to the unplugged ceremony. When the bride made her grand entrance, all of the guests stood up and cell phones came out from every corner. As she made her way down the aisle, two guests stepped to the center behind her for a better shot, temporarily blocking my view as well as the videographer’s.

Every so often, I see posts and blogs from wedding photographers about how inconsiderate guests can be at weddings. One went viral not too long ago and was all over social media. However, I learned long ago that this has simply become part of the modern times, and it’s my job as a professional to honestly document events as they happen. Sometimes that may even mean a few photos have cell phones in them.

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Andaz Savannah Wedding

It was a hot, but a relatively quiet day in Forsyth Park. Ashley was a vision of beauty in her wedding dress. Justin held her in his arms as we captured some gorgeous photos by the fountain. It was their first quiet moments together since being announced as husband and wife.

Ashely and Justin were married during a beautiful ceremony on the rooftop deck at the Andaz Savannah. After the short trip to Forsyth Park for photos they arrived back at the Andaz to dance the night away and celebrate with family and friends.

 

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Hope, Love, and Joy

There’s a terrible old saying heard in newsrooms all over- “if it bleeds, it leads.” It seems most every news station and headline sadly leads with tragedy. Our social media feeds are filled with thoughts, prayers, well wishes, anger, and sadness. As I recently viewed news and current events, I couldn’t help but think of photojournalists working to keep us informed. After all, it was my job for 14 years. Fortunately, I never had to cover the aftermath of  a mass shooting, but I did cover plenty of senseless acts of violence. I’ve visited with grieving families, mere hours after losing a loved one. I’ve documented candlelight vigils, memorial services, and more funerals than I would like to remember. The one thing that I remember most is the feeling of hopelessness and despair in these moments. A dark cloud of grief had filled the room, and it had sucked the joy and hope from the people in it. Worst of all, the one thing that’s needed most in those tragic moments, is the one thing we rarely get a chance to document. Hope.

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Summertime Jekyll Island Family Photography

I love summertime family photo sessions. It’s such a joy for me to be able to capture memories for a family during their vacation.  This past week had planned to meet this adorable family on Jekyll Island’s Driftwood Beach. It’s one of my favorite locations on the island and I always love photographing there. Unfortunately Mother Nature had other plans for us. As we drove along the beach you could see the waves crashing onto the sand. The choppy ocean was a sure sign of heavy winds. As we walked onto the beach I knew immediately that the wind was too much for a comfortable photo session. After a quick chat we made our way to the other side of the island and the beautiful grounds of the Jekyll Island Club. The cover under the old Oaks was perfect and the sunset over the marsh was gorgeous.

 

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Hi My Name is Rich...

Hi..my name is Rich..and..(Deep breath)...I’m an alcoholic. Wow! You know, It’s been over 11 years since I first said those words, but today I can still remember where I was and how I felt in that moment. Up until that point I had no idea who I was, but at that moment in time I knew without a doubt that I was an alcoholic and an addict.

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