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Jessica Killmon. solo session

This was a long long long winter, and I am so happy that this weather is starting to perk up in preparation for summertime. Hello pretty greenery & high temperatures!! We’ve got a little bit of a wait, but a girl can dream, can’t she??

Midway through my winter hibernation, Jess & I tromped out into some nearby woods and shot a little solo session to shake off my wintertime blues. Even though we were shivering, I was happy just to be outside with my camera in hand.

Cold months seem to last forever when I’m yearning to get out & shoot. Thank goodness Jess was on the same page, and we decided to play outside & take some pretty pictures.

Hope you enjoy this fun wooded adventure session!

Big thanks to Cottage Antiques for providing the props. Love love love that store!

 

.jessie.

 

Anniversary Session: Katie & Jon

I have this attachment to my first wedding clients. You see, Katie found me at the Magic Moments bridal show two years ago, and when she asked me to shoot her wedding I was floored. Me?? I absolutely loved taking pictures, but my portfolio was limited, and I was just trying to break into the wedding market. I was hoping 2010 brides would take a chance on me, and when Katie did.. I couldn’t believe it.

Katie and I clicked immediately. Her firey red hair and sweet personality had me smitten with excitement about photographing her and becoming her new friend. When I met her fiancé ( now, husband!), Jonthan, I was stoked. They were so cute together, and it was obvious they were perfect for each other. Even just sitting and chatting about their wedding, I could tell what a cool connection the two of them had. Their love for each other was contagious, and I left their consultation wishing their wedding day would hurry up and get here. I just couldn’t wait to work with these too.

Here they are on their wedding day…

That was two years ago, and Katie and Jon have been close friends of mine ever since. When we met up to photograph their session, there was not one silent minute from the time we began until we finished at sunset. We talked about everything.. about the new house they completely redid themselves (it’s pretty amazing, folks. I was blown away). We talked about the business and all the new things happening. We talked about how time can get away from us. We caught up. We reminisced.

I’ll admit, I didn’t expect this when I started shooting.

When I bought my first pro camera ( a D700 and my absolute baby- I think BD gets jealous sometimes haha), I expected to learn everything about it. I expected to be overwhelmed.  I expected to stumble a few times. I expected I would have to dust myself off and keep on truckin’. I hoped people would hire me. I stressed they wouldn’t.

Let’s be honest, I was scared. I knew I wanted something- this business, and I just had to have it. I expected it to be a journey, and it has been.

See, I expected so many things surrounding my camera and the business I wanted to build around it. What I wasn’t prepared for were the couples who would let me into their own love story. Couples who were eager to share their excitement with me- who wanted me to be around for one of the most important days of their lives.

Again, Me??!

Yup. It has been one wild ride, and Katie & Jon were there from the start.

Don’t mean to get sentimental folks, but it really does put me in emotions I can’t explain in writing. This is weird for me to not be able to elaborate.

This brings me to a very special point for all you aspiring picture takers out there..

In such a big world with lots of photographers, it can be hard to snag your first job. Keep on shooting! Don’t stop for nuthin’. (my english teacher mom would kill me for that one. eek!)

I have no photographic training. None. A few classes in darkroom, but that’s it. Everything else I’ve taught myself. I’ve read. A lot. Why am I telling you this? Doesn’t it put me as a disadvantage? Revealing my lack of formal education… won’t that turn people off? I hope not. But if does, that’s okay. Because I love what I do and I’m gonna keep on doing it.

If you love pictures, keep on taking them.  If people say something negative, brush it off your shoulder and stomp on it. If you start getting turned around about f-stops, shutter speeds, and all your reciprocals.. take a deep breath. You’ll get it. What matters if that you like your pictures. Keep on doing what makes you YOU and people will love it, too.

Thanks to Katie & Jon, I realized that. You two are the best. Thank you for everything. Seriously. I am forever grateful.

.jessie.

 

Big Red Heart Day: Megan & Aaron

Happy Big Red Heart day folks! It’s a day dedicated to celebrating the l.o.v.e. and I am all about that. Forget the chocolates and dinner dates, give me a pair of wings and some roses and I am just as happy as a clam. I mean chocolates kind of rock my face off too.. so.. I mean.. if you’re by Russell Stover’s..

You may remember my Vday shoot last year with the fabulous Ms. Ella McCormick. If you missed it, check it out here. I can’t believe it’s been a year since I played in a field with this little lady. It’s crazy to see how much my style has changed since then with my photos!

Pretty things for shoots are the BEST eva. When Megan, Aaron, and I were planning this shoot, I was all about some tall wheat colored grass and an open field. Little did I know they would pull a James Bond and catapult themselves into the tree for the betterment of my photos. What a great couple to go all jungle gym on this session and score such a unique pose for me to shoot.

Um… did I tell you guys that you are pure awesome for doing that? You’re like the cat’s pajamas…. or the bee’s knees. You rock. End of story. : )

There are two huge reasons I am madly in love with this session (well besides the couple- Megan & Aaron are preetttyy great), 1) the rainboots. I love the boots Megan has on. She brought a pair of heels, but when I saw her hop out of the car in these, I just couldn’t resist. “Rock em out!” I said.  I am all about breaking out of the norm 2) Aaron’s scruffy beard. Megan texted me and asked what I thought about a furry face for the shoot. Once again, a “rock it out!” thing for me. I mean, have you seen my man? I am all about some facial hair…. speaking of my man…. We did our own little shoot just the other day!

I wanted to share because it is the day of LOVE… and this is mine <3

 

* INTERRUPTION! insert quick personal note… Happy Valentine’s Day BD!!!! I <3 you so much… thanks for being my guitar playing, joke making, laugh causing, hug giving, BEST boyfriend eva. I don’t know what I’d do without you. Forget this one day only thing. So glad we celebrate this stuff year round. You’re my numero uno. xoxo

Sorry for the lovey dovey sapiness, folks. What can I say? This shoot just has me feeling all warm and cuddly. Just had to give a shout out to my boo.

Back to the photo purpose at hand,  I love any reason to be festive, and this is like the ultimate way to celebrate: taking photos!!

Ready for this cupid love story? I know I am!

.jessie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Anna & Mark. Engagement Session.

Another lovely couple on the blog post this morning, and this bleak Wednesday is lookin’ mighty fine. Nothing like a good engagement session to make the sun come out. Not actual sunshine, but you get what I mean. Even though it would be freakin’ sweet if couples in love could change the weather. Where’s BD at a time like this?? I need 80 degrees and sunny for some tanning.

Even though we shot Anna & Mark’s engagement on a chilly January afernoon, they still rocked it out. Anna was shivering in that little blue dress,  but she was keeping a straight face for the camera and pulling some Top Model moves with acting warm in frigid weather. I was kind of in love with their great chemistry and sweet interaction with one another. You can tell why these two are together, so obvious and I ♥ it.

So when we stumbled upon this awesome location I was thanking the good graces that I was brought up in the South. Give me swings and ivy-covered porches all day long. I couldn’t get enough of the sweet southern charm of this place. Plus, the ivy was pretty amazing. I just wanted to lay in the middle of it and daydream for hours. Such a beautiful spot to celebrate these two tying the knot.

I’ve gotta pay homage to the amazing tree in the last photos. With the afternoon sun just right, I feel like I was in a Nicholas Sparks’ movie. Love at first sight is right. Light like this is what makes me grin from ear to ear. My face hurts just talking about it.

Let’s see some photos before I give myself a perma-grin.

Congrats Anna & Mark! So excited for you both. : )

.jessie.

[…] I know that beautiful weather is just waiting around the corner when I start getting to photograph engagement sessions. Liz & Derick’s love-filled shoot marked my second engagement session for 2012. (Anna & Mark had a January e- session that kicked off my wedding season fun this year.  You can check out here!) […]

Beverly & Beau. Anniversary Session.

I have a slight photo obsession with suspenders and flower headpieces. Why? It’s all about the details, and when it comes to pretty tidbits like this, just call me smitten.

I met Beverly at photo workshop in Nashville, and when she asked me to photograph her and her hubby Beau, I was stoked. When Beverly told me about her outift and this amazing handband she was working on, I started losing sleep. I have a tendency to do that when I get uber pumped about session. I’m a freak of nature when it comes to sleeping patterns, anyways, but give me something to look forward to and I’m like a kid on Christmas Eve.

When we stumbled upon this old house with these amazing blue accents, I was floored. It provided the perfect background for the romantic morning session, and I couldn’t have been more pleased with the way all the colors tuned out! Bev and Beau looked absolutely fabulous, and I was in love with how they interacted. I think that’s one of the most amazing things about getting to photograph couples day in and day out.. it’s contagious people. You see lovebirds getting giddy and it rubs off like a magic marker tattoo. When their session was over, I was giggling and cracking jokes and smiling from ear to ear. Seriously, I think I hop on cloud 9 when I meet up with clients for these kinds of session.

As if things couldn’t get better, these two are using these images for their music website! Yup, that’s right- they two in a band called Blair West based out of Nashville, TN. You mean they are adorable AND they rock out the stage together? #inlove

Time for some photo fun to perk up your Monday…. suh-weet. Anything to overlook Mundane Mondays.. I’m there!

.jessie.