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Unlearning Racism

I grew up poor in the South as the son of a single mother. We lived on food stamps in a trailer park. There was disparaging commentary on other races and stories which glorified the actions of hooded men in white robes. It was normal talk and it unfortunately was the way I was raised.

Things began to change for me when I was accepted to the Savannah College of Art and Design and moved to Savannah. On my first night in town, Floyd Adams was inaugurated as Savannah’s first black mayor. As I began to take classes, my world opened up immensely. 

My best friend was a Muslim from Turkey. I dated a girl from Central America, and made friends from all over the world. My perspective changed. I finally got to know people for who they were and not just the biased stereotypes I had been taught.

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Historic Savannah Engagement Photography

Connection.. Man have I missed it! Having a busy wedding season forced into an abrupt halt has really thrown life off balance for me. Not only have I missed creating and capturing amazing moments, but I’ve missed connecting with our couples.

We had so much fun strolling through Savannah’s historic streets with Pete and Leah. Seeing their connection as Leah melted into Pete’s arms and documenting their love was such a joy.

I can’t wait for their fall wedding!

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I Love My Job

I love wedding photography! That may seem like a no brainer coming from a wedding photographer, but believe me it’s not. I was at a photography conference in January and three different presenters mentioned during their talks how much they hated weddings. I mean we’re talking about world traveling wedding photographers who actually despise weddings. That’s insane!

I can’t imagine investing so much time into a day and not even enjoying it. Now I know they would probably say that they enjoy being with the people or documenting the party, but the fact that they don’t like the actual wedding day makes me wonder. For example, would I want to buy a cake from a baker who hated baking? Or read a book by a writer who hated writing? When a profession becomes more stressful than fulfilling, it’s easy to lose that passion for what you do. I’m happy to say that I’m truly passionate about what I do, and I’m so thankful for that. 

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Let's Celebrate

On a normal school day Spencer would already be in class. By now they would’ve already had their morning meeting and probably have sung “Happy Birthday” to him. He would’ve been with his friends bragging about how he’s now 6 years old.

Well today isn’t a normal day, in fact no day is really “normal” right now. Instead of being at school Spence watched the Morning Meeting in his pjs at my desk. Rather than celebrating with friends he’s getting a shrimp dinner and a cake at home.

Gatherings are a little different right now, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t still celebrate. Last week I had the honor of photographing an 80th birthday party on a neighbor’s front lawn. It may not have been the kind of party they were expecting, but that didn’t make it any less special.

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Savannah Bed and Breakfast Anniversary Session

Coliene crossed her ankles as she bashfully looked away. It had been 12 years since she and Aldo had stood in that very spot by the fountain and said “I do”. 

Back then they didn’t have the money to hire a photographer to document their day. So, for their 12th anniversary they returned to the Savannah Bed and Breakfast Inn to celebrate with a photo session. 

Coliene had a bouquet done, picked out a beautiful dress, and even wore the same shoes as her wedding day. Aldo and Coliene are absolutely adorable together.

Happy anniversary!

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