KATIE & CHRISTIAN / BLACK BALSAM KNOB, NC

This shoot was everything to me. This is what I love to do, these are the type of people I love to capture, this location is where I feel the most free, it took everything in me for my heart to not fully burst. Something you might not know about me is that I have tried really hard to invest in my business through education. The joys of being a creative is that you can always evolve, get better, learn more, improve on your craft, and hone in on what you love. There is no part of me that believes I can do it all on my own. If I did, then this would be a very lonely creative journey.

This year I decided to invest in myself, and took some time to go to Asheville to meet with the amazing Megan of MorningWild Photography where she would mentor me for day. We talked about everything. Seriously my brain was so overloaded that it took about a week to process everything. And on top of that, we planned a session, tailored to me, so I could capture my ideal client. I got to observe Megan at work, but also got to jump in and capture these two lovebirds. Katie and Christian were the best people I could have ever asked to be our subjects for the evening. They were a real engaged couple, both artists (Katie is a photographer, and Christian focused on video production) who were planning on eloping in these very mountain in October. It was so much fun to ask question, learn more about them, and see what made them fall madly in love. Their chemistry was effortless, and also when Katie told me she packed overalls as her second outfit I knew this was the perfect couple for me, my business, and my nerdy heart.

Thanks again to Megan for taking such time to deep dive into my business. I hope to continue to build on all the things she taught me, and looking forward to the many more mountain filled adventures to come.

DANA & KEVIN / CRAGGY GARDENS, NC

This my friends is a super special session. Dana has been my best friend since 6th grade. We met, and our awkwardness just complimented each others, and we have been friends — no probably more like sisters — ever since. I have lived a lot of life with the wonderful human, and she means a whole lot to me, so when Kevin came in the picture I was cautious. So when I hung out with Kevin for the first time, I knew things were different. He jumped into our lives and fit right in and not to be too blunt again, but it took no time at all for us to fall in love with him as well. My best friend had found a guy who treated her well, complimented her personality, and was helping her grow to be the best Dana she could be, do you know how happy that made me?!?!? That is literally all you want for your best friends, and Dana & Kevin were the best match.

So fast forward some time, and when Kevin told Andrew and I he wanted to propose to Dana, we were so pumped. We helped Kevin put his plan into action, stood with a card and champagne on their porch when they got back home from the big event. I couldn’t stop yelling, “YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED!”. I think the most humbling thing is getting to be so involved in this whole process. Having Dana ask me to take their engagement pictures meant everything to me. We traveled up to the mountains over a weekend, and played in the crazy fog that fell over Craggy Gardens. I have never seen my best friend so happy, and to capture a touch of that happiness is all I want as a photographer and most importantly a friend.

Now, I am patiently waiting their wedding day, and know I am going to ugly cry and make them super uncomfortable. It will be great. A day to truly cherish for years to come. Enjoy the post, because this one has a lot of my heart in it.