Amber + Tyler // Mt. Rainier Elopement

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Amber + Tyler // Mt. Rainier Elopement

Amber + Tyler are one of those couples that you feel like you know because their love shines so bright from afar. When we met them for their engagement session, we felt like we already knew them. I guess some would say that is just the internet playing its part, but I think it's just that their personalities are so care free and easy to be around. I have been a fan of Amber and her amazing work since I was about 18, so the day they asked us to document their elopement was a bit surreal to say the least. For years I kept up with Amber's photography and even personal life through social media. Sometimes I would come across her posts online expressing how much she loved her job photographing weddings, but how she wondered when it would be her turn to get married. She publicly prayed for her then future husband. I always hoped it would be someone like Tyler, just as radiant and sweet as herself. It was such an honor to roam around the woods and mountains of Washington with these two and finally, actually, get to know them a bit better as they said I do. Cheers to Amber + Tyler, and to them going on plenty more adventures such as this one throughout their lives together.

 

+ Makeup by the talented Intensify by Patience (who just so happens to be Amber's sister)
+ Dried florals by Westerwisp 
+ Bridal gown from Fabulous Frocks in Atl

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Hillary + Jeremiah // Blue Ridge Mountains

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Hillary + Jeremiah // Blue Ridge Mountains

We got to explore the mountains with Hillary + Jeremiah and celebrate their one year wedding anniversary. We were all worried about the rain, constantly checking the weather the days leading up to the shoot. I remember texting Hillary and saying "hopefully it'll be cloudy, maybe rain a tiny bit, and then the clouds part and the sun will shine through" and that is exactly what happened! We had sunshine, rain, stormy clouds, sun rays beaming through the sky, fog, and even a rainbow all within two hours. When it started raining, hiding and stopping the shoot didn't even cross their minds. They just began dancing around in it. Hillary + Jeremiah, we hope your first year of marriage has reflected the fun and spontaneity that you two showed us that day.

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Jaquie + Andy // North Georgia Maternity

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Jaquie + Andy // North Georgia Maternity

You guys may remember Jaquie + Andy (blog post here) because their story basically blew up the internet. The morning we woke up to emails from hundreds of news companies and blogs, we almost cried with joy because Jaquie's story was being told to the world. I have chills as I begin to describe my admiration of these two. Jaquie is by far the strongest and most determined woman I have yet to meet. She went from being paralyzed from the neck down and told that she would never walk again -- to standing, walking, dancing, and is now a month or so shy of giving birth!! One day she will run and we will be there to document that as well. Andy is one of the kindest souls and his selflessness shines through to Jaquie daily. Watching the two of them together is so incredibly refreshing and inspiring.

We know that baby Olive will be a perfect mixture of their two souls and personalities. I'm so honored to be able to be in the room when Jaquie gives birth soon and witness the joy that Olive will bring to their entire family. 

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Sara Sophia + Danny // A Magical Fairytale Wedding in Columbus, GA

Sara Sophia + Danny // A Magical Fairytale Wedding in Columbus, GA

Sara and Danny are one of our most unique love stories to date, as they have now finally celebrated the love they have shared for years with their dream wedding. All of their children were present for this day and had a very large part in making it feel so special (wait until you see Sara’s first look with her daughter). The tenderness of Sara compliments the toughness of Danny in such a way that you can see truly how they make each other whole, forming one unbreakable and whole union. Sara is quite the talented creative herself, something that shows greatly through all of the amazing details of their wedding. The celebration that took place on this evening was a night we will always remember; one filled with a tearjerking father-daughter dance (Danny and their daughter Sophie) and ending with Danny trying his first ever alcoholic beverage while Sara smoked a hand-rolled cigar with her gals by the evening fire. We couldn’t be happier with how deeply their love shows through the photos we were so graciously able to capture throughout their day.

Sara + Danny, we hope to always be the “scene kids taking your photographs".

Izzy // A Nesting Mother

Izzy // A Nesting Mother

When Izzy told me that they decided to not know the sex of the baby until he or she is here, I knew that she would be the perfect subject for this vision I have had stuck in my head for quite a while now. Since I assumed she wouldn't be able to "nest" in the same way some other mothers typically do (fill up a room with pink and dolls, or blue and toy trucks), I decided to collaborate with Chris Taylor of 34 Degrees North and get him to custom build a human sized nest right in her backyard. If I have read Izzy properly, she is somewhat like me in the sense that we like to spend time alone to recharge and reflect on things. I hope that until baby comes, she can sit by the creek in this nest and mentally prepare for life with a new little one around. And when he or she is finally here, they can sit together and bond while I re-create these images.

-- H