Friday, October 3, 2014

Christine + Phillip Engagement at Waterfalls Mill Park (Return to Sweet Home Alabama)

On my way to the session around 8AM, it was still very foggy...
I was already excited to see this park and finding it, was a challenge... but somehow somebody posted on the internet the exact address "115 Waterfall Way, Fayetteville, GA".

Am so psyched!! This was the setting for the movie Sweet Home Alabama.. :) (a Reese Witherspoon and Patrick Dempsey fan).

Finally, Christine and Phillip arrived and they were both excited to shoot as I am...
We had fun with our shots and our final ones were taken by the water itself,
they took their shoes off btw and never hesitated to soak in the water...

 Congratulations Christine and Phillip!!!

Engagement Photography in the heart of the Historic Senoia

How does a photographer turn her settings from one mode to another?
Imagine this, I am a fan of the tv series The Walking Dead... I did not know that my next engagement session will be at one of the shooting locations of the series when I booked the couple.
I got to find out about it the day before of the session as I was looking for the best restaurant to meet Audrea and Joe.
And there stood in my computer monitor are photos and articles about Downtown Senoia and where scenes from the past seasons of TWD was shot, and the latest news is that they built a wall just in the heart of the downtown for future scenes.
This kinda make me worry a bit (excitement for the TWD aside). What if it's closed right now and we've got no areas to shoot my engagement :(
Well, arriving at the area finally, the place is quieter than "dead" itself... we (with my assistant/s and also fans of TWD) took photos in the area, of the infamous "Woodbury" and the "railroad" and the "TWD walk of fame".  Last but not the least, we tried to see if the official TWD souvenir store is still open, unfortunately, they're closed by 5pm.  We still manage to just take photos outside.
And then it was time to leave my buddies and meet my couple.....I have to switch to "professional" mode =)
I love Audrea and Joe. They were shy in the beginning as the couple thought they are are overly dressed for the session. I didn't think so... they were cute and honestly, they blended with the Senoia's downtown scene! We even finished earlier than I thought, the session was so smooth....
My clients were so sweet... they found out I had to drive an hour to get to them and told me to drive home safely.
We parted ways satisfied with our photoshoot and I have to switch back to "play" mode.
I took more photos of the TWD scene with my buddies. On the way back home we spotted a Krispy Kreme restaurant, headed in, watched how doughnuts are fried and glazed.. ate most of the dozen we got, and had free coffee.
At home, I edited my photos and sent them happily to Audrea and Joe.  The bride-to-be responded quick and they're considering to hire me on their wedding on May 2015!!

Meanwhile, me and my buddies might be back when the crowd in Senoia is full because TWD is actually filming ;-)

Friday, September 19, 2014

Amicalola Falls Proposal - Engagement Photography

as soon as I arrive at the venue (amicalola), not even at the welcome center yet and we have lost cellphone signal already.

i just asked the lady at the center where the best view is, which trail.
so me and my hubby and the kids who were with me (tagged along so they could see the falls too after my shoot) all proceeded to that trail.

to cut the story short.. nope the couple was not there. so we went back to the center, and asked for the nearest trail..

i left my family at the car ...
then i waited by the falls.......... nope the couple was not there. wrong trail again probably??? but the stairs lead up to the first trail.....
yup, i climbed up.

as i was climbing, i was running out of breath... i am not trained for this kind of climb anymore.

finally i reached the top... waited again... finally, i saw them....
oh man! now i have to follow them back down....

i  was still pretending to be taking photos of something else...​
as i was like 10 ft away from the couple when we reached the falls.. he proposed...
and i thought we were supposed to have a drama first (which i practiced btw). ok no time for that..time to shoot...

i started shooting and from then on everything was great...especially for the couple who just got engaged... :)

Adam and Danielle Wedding Photography

The simplest but sweet wedding I covered so far is the wedding of these two people,

No frills, no guests.... they arrived where I was waiting at the bridge of McDaniel Farm Park with only the bride's bouquet and her extra shoes...

One of my favorite shots was when I did not want them to pose at all, I told them to just talk and don't mind me. (that didn't work)
So I told them, you can discuss this "are we really paying this girl to take our pictures?" and so I got the natural smile I was looking for... I might have gotten a little bit of giggle with it too".
The wedding was indeed short and sweet..
Congratulations Adam and Danielle!!!

Ashlee and Adrian - Engagement and Wedding

Meet one of my couple: Ashlee and Adrian from Suwanee, GA.

I first met them during the engagement session at Sims Lake Park also in Suwanee.

That was my most fun-filled engagement session to date. To start with, they let me took photos the way I will... a lot with the nature behind and around my subjects... On top of that, this park is one of my favorites here in Gwinnett county. My favorite park is the lake and the trail...a very quiet park indeed.
After that, we took photos by their motorbike, a harley davidson btw.
then they got ready for their fun-shoot with washable paint.. (which got me a little scared, i wondered if I would get paint on me too :) )
we moved out of the parking lot and headed back to grass..... i just let them play with the paint and took photos.
I enjoyed watching them as much as taking their pictures.
They even gave me the rest of the paint and brushes for my kids to play with at home.  And I got a tip too!
Congratulations to Ashlee and Adrian who got wed on August 16 at Thompson Gardens in Bogart, GA.