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Capturing Your Surprise Proposal

I love surprise proposals! Nothing reminds me more of my days as a newspaper photographer than documenting a proposal. From the anticipation, to capturing the decisive moment, it has everything that I loved about being a photojournalist. Plus we get to be a part of one of the most exciting events in a couple’s relationship.

An engagement is an extremely important milestone in your life. It can also be pretty nerve-racking. Believe me, I know from experience.  I had a beautiful speech planned out, but that was not what came out of my mouth. Add to the nerves, the thought of someone hovering around taking photos during this monumental occasion and it can be a little overwhelming. 

Don’t worry, it's possible to document the “big moment” without being obtrusive. Besides, once you get on your knee and the ring comes out she won’t notice anyone else.

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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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A Disney Vacation is Like a Wedding

We just returned from a 5 day visit to the “happiest place on earth.” Waking up early, riding in a cramped bus, and waiting for the rope drop to open the park can make even the most excited of 5 year olds a bit grumpy.

Add in the crowds of sweaty bodies bumping into one another as you attempt to navigate through scooter chairs and strollers without losing a toe and we all become a bit agitated. Especially when our 5 year old somehow manages to lose his shoe in a river at Animal Kingdom.

What I realized during our days in the parks was that a Disney vacation is just like a wedding.

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