Jessi Casara Photography: Blog en-us (c) Jessi Casara Photography / Logo design by Kelly Fly (Jessi Casara Photography) Fri, 26 Jan 2018 18:21:00 GMT Fri, 26 Jan 2018 18:21:00 GMT Jessi Casara Photography: Blog 120 120 Ethan + Taylor | Engagement Session | Pensacola Beach, FL Sunset on the beach is beautiful enough - but add a beautiful couple in love? Unbeatable. Enjoy a few of my favorite photos from Ethan and Taylor's engagement session at Pensacola Beach!

If you or someone you know is engaged, I'd love to help you capture some beautiful moments like these! I'm also offering a FREE engagement session for a limited time if you book me for your wedding, so please give me a shout! Happy Friday everyone!




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Keyshaun | Senior Portraits | Silverhill, Alabama It's about time for senior portraits again, and I am so excited. I love getting to photograph people during this time in their lives. There is so much "looking forward" to do, and getting to capture that excitement is part of what makes my job so fun. I offer a couple of different options when it comes to senior portraits, but my favorite is when I get to do the extended session, like what I did here with Keyshaun. We did cap and gown, formal, and extracurricular (in this case, baseball) so we got to see so much of his personality and captured the different things he likes to do. I even got to snag a few with he and his mom!

When it comes to senior portraits, I love being able to showcase everything that makes him/her special and unique. Here are a few of my favorites from Keyshaun's session. I can't wait to do more of these!


If you or someone you know is graduating this year, I'd love to hear from you, so please give me a shout and let's capture this special time! And congratulations Class of 2018!


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Mark + Slone | Garden Wedding | New Orleans, LA I absolutely loved getting to photograph this beautiful garden wedding in New Orleans a couple of months ago. It was a beautiful day at the Degas House, with lots of laughter, dancing, and great food. They also did the traditional second line after the ceremony, which was a first for me, and now I wish every wedding had it! So happy for these two lovebirds, and wishing them the very best in the years to come!


Thanks again for giving me the opportunity to document this special day! If you or someone you know is gettin' hitched and you need a photographer to capture all the special moments, please give me a shout. I'd love to work with you!




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Taylor + Ethan's Cotton Field Engagement Session | Silverhill, AL I absolutely loved getting to photograph these two lovebirds in our "Alabama Snow" a few weeks ago. Couples who laugh together are such a joy to photograph, and these two were no exception. Here are a few favorites from our session. Enjoy!


To see more from this session and to order prints, click here. If you or someone you know is looking for someone to document your special day, please give me a shout. I'd love to hear from you!


And don't forget to show Taylor and Ethan some love! If they get 20+ comments below, I will send them a free 8x10 print, so comment away!


Thanks again Taylor and Ethan for giving me the opportunity to document these special moments!



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Taylor Family | Silverhill, Alabama I absolutely loved getting to photograph this beautiful family in this beautiful sunflower field! Dennis and Whitney and their girls are so much fun to be around, and combine that with the fact that they are ridiculously photogenic, makes for a photographer's dream! Thanks again for giving me the chance to photograph you guys!

To see more from this session and to order prints, click here. If you are looking for someone to document precious moments like these with your family, give me a shout! I'd love to hear from you!




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Allison | I Am Me | Nashville, TN I love watching superhero movies. From X-Men to Spiderman, you name it, I've seen it. Multiple times. (Ok, maybe not Spiderman 2. I think we can agree we could have done without that one...)  The action, the drama, the comedy, the romance - they literally have it all - but I think the main reason I love them so much is because I love watching people help people. It's so hopeful. And I get sad sometimes, so hope is nice.

I especially love it when the superheroes really aren't that super. Green Arrow, Batman, and my all-time favorite - Star Lord - they don't really have any special abilities. They just see a need and choose to fill it, not because it was fun or necessarily just had to be done.

The world is so full of need. I see movies like Dangerous Minds, Freedom Writers, and Precious, movies I also love, and I realize that not all heroes wear capes (or expanding vacuform helmets...). Some of our everyday heroes have day jobs that aren't so every day. We know them as teachers and social workers. I know one as a very dear friend. 

I met Allison my (first) senior year of college. I needed a place to live after my Study Abroad semester, and most of my friends were graduating that year. My friend Kelly introduced me to Allison over the phone, and I was set to move in with her before I even met her in person. Kelly was sure we would hit it off, and she was right. Of course, what sealed the deal was the day I came home and offered her food. Nothing binds a friendship quite like the words, "Can I make you a sandwich?" Am I right? 

It’s hard not to be friends with Allison though. She never meets a stranger. Her smile is contagious, she never forgets your birthday, and you better believe her when she says, “I’ll see you later.” Because she will. Allison is probably the only person I know that says, “We should get together soon!” and actually means it. She won’t let much time go by before asking how you are. If she is in town, she will make a point to see you. She is one of the most genuinely caring people I have ever met, and if you are lucky enough to be her friend, then you are blessed to call her a friend for life.

I lived with Allison for a year in college, and during that year we led a small group together. Every week we would meet with a group of young ladies and lead a discussion about faith and life and love and doing the right thing. We talked about the hard stuff too, the stuff that most girls (unfortunately) have to deal with at some point in their lives (#metoo), as well as the obvious things, things that are easy to say. “Love thy neighbor” and “Do unto others,” etc. 

It’s the easy stuff that really gets us though, isn’t it? Because we hear them all the time and we internalize them as truth, but how many of us actually follow through? We know we are to love and make good choices, but how many people do you really love day-to-day?

I’m not sure I’ve ever known anyone to actively love the way Allison loves. She doesn’t just tell you, she shows you. She literally tries to love you however you need to be loved - whether it's a kind word or a hug or a gift - she will figure out how you like to be loved best and then she will just love the hell out of you. Like, hello poster child for the Five Love Languages.

So it wasn’t surprising when Allison chose Social Work as her major in college. Her pursuit of loving people combined with her interest in social justice made it a pretty obvious choice for her. Of course, there is a gamut of career choices when it comes to being a Social Worker, but superhero that she is, she saw a need and she chose to fill it - so she spent the next nine years after college working with childhood trauma and neglect cases, first in Birmingham, then in Nashville.

I can’t imagine the things she saw and heard. Obviously, for confidentiality reasons she could never really go into much detail about her work, but I know she saw a lot of evil out in the world. On top of that, it wan’t just a 9-5 kind of evil. In that field, you are battling it constantly.  She recently wrote a blog post about the people in helping professions and how they work outrageous hours because they are the ones that help people in crisis, and crisis knows no time frame. She points out, "We are the ones who answer the phone when you are crying because your boyfriend just broke your arm, who hear the terrified four year old crying hysterically when they tell you they are hiding under the table and their dad is drunk again and beating their mom, we are the ones your children look into their eyes while they tell you that they have been raped again by (insert family name here) and no one believes them- will you?...We answer those calls, all day, all night. We go to the hospitals and sit beside you- for comfort or for suicide watch. We do it because we think that people are worth it. That people are worth fighting for and loving, and that all persons deserve to be comforted…”

But It can be debilitating to be in a helping profession when you aren’t always able to help. The system is flawed, and we end up losing the very people we need the most, due to burn-out,  being under-appreciated, or being vastly underpaid. Allison writes, "I don’t know if the only thing that I feel that I am called to and that I feel I am good at is ever going to allow me to take care of myself or be able to afford a home and food. I don’t know if that is okay.“

Well, it's not okay. While Allison's mantra has always seemed to be, "If I don't do it, who will?" she also recognizes the importance of being healthy enough to help others. You know, it's like the thing they tell you in the airplane before you take off - you have to put on your mask before you can help others put theirs on. Well, as Allison puts it, "When you are constantly putting out fires, you don’t have time to take a breath of clean air for yourself.” But everybody needs air.

So after nine years, Allison decided to take a sort of sabbatical and nanny for a couple of precious babes. Now, y'all know that if caring after two newborns is a "sabbatical" we are talking about something serious. But really, it is amazing to see the sort of strength it takes for someone to step away from their calling just to make sure they stay strong enough to fulfill that calling. What she is learning, after giving herself that much needed time to breathe, is that just by being who she is, she can help people, and she can love people. “I went into social work because I love people and I want to see families succeed, and whether in a direct field as a case worker, as a nanny, or even working in a coffee shop I can do that. I can be creative in and out of a ‘work’ setting. I can love people every time I encounter someone. I am ALREADY DOING IT. I am already living the life that I crave! How can I not find gratitude in that?”

I think what I love most about Allison is that she is a lover and a fighter. There aren't many people you can say that about in equal measure. Just like the ocean she loves so much, she has both a calming and empowering effect on people, and I see her shaping the lives around her in important ways.  I mean not that she’s perfect - she did once get a cell phone antenna stuck in her nose ring - but as humans go, she’s pretty amazing. And whether she chooses to keep nannying, or go back into social work, or become a painter (yet another one of her many talents), she will be using her powers for good, encouraging others and fighting for their right to be fought for. And sure, it sucks that there are villains out there to begin with, but how would we know heroism otherwise?  

Just because of who Allison is, the world is a better place. I hope she recognizes that no matter where she ends up, she can say "I am me," and that is pretty damn special. And I hope you know that I see you, Allison, and I am so proud of you.




As the "I Am Me" tradition goes, please leave Allison some words of encouragement below! If she gets 20+ comments I will gift her with a free 8x10 print. Show the love, people!

To see more from this session and to order prints, click here. If you would like to book an "I Am Me" session, or gift one to a friend or family member, please message me. I'd love to hear from you!

Have a great week everyone!


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Adelaide & The Sunflowers I feel like the title of this post could totally be a band name, and moreover, there is no doubt in my mind that this curly-haired beauty could totally be a rock star. I've loved watching Ada grow up, and even when she was still in her Momma's belly, I knew she would be something special. Here are a few of my favorites with Miss Adelaide. Prepare to to have your face melted.

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Beach Session with the Walker Family | Gulf Shores, Alabama The Walkers were one of those families I wanted to invite over for dinner after our session. They were so warm and friendly, and I had so much fun photographing them and documenting some of their family time at the beach. I sincerely hope I get to photograph them again. Here are a few favorites from our time together. Enjoy!


To see more from this session and to order prints, click here.

If you would like me to document some of your family time, please give me a shout. I'd love to hear from you! 

Have a great week!



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Sarah Grace | I Am Me | Birmingham, AL Unless you live in Alabama, seasons change. Like people, they change...and yet they stay the same. They come around, year after year, consistent as the sun. Dependent on the sun.

Autumn is my favorite season. The changing leaves that come to us like the sunset - typical but miraculous. I love seeing the complexity and simplicity of everyday occurrences. We watch the sun set everyday, so serene and gentle, we almost forget the fire behind it.

I met Sarah Grace in college, through a mutual friend. She has one of the gentlest spirits you will ever meet. She is kind and compassionate and nurturing, and has that kind of beauty you can feel. She's the kind of friend that makes you feel at home no matter where you are, always acting hostess, offering hot tea and a warm hug to you after running through the rain. 

She had candles burning and a pizza in the oven when I got to her beautiful home in Birmingham, Alabama: a woman after my own heart. After hugs and "How have you been's" were exchanged, I was greeted with kisses from her furbaby, Denna. Not sure if you know this about me, but I LOVE dogs, so I welcomed her sloppy kisses gleefully.

It would be difficult to fully explain the love I saw between these two using words alone. I'm so glad, especially in this particular instance, that I have photographic proof to go alongside my sure-to-be-inadequate description of their relationship. Because Denna is not just her dog. She is her child, her best friend, her hiking partner, partner in crime, snuggle buddy, roommate and confidant. They love each other, and it truly goes both ways.

After pizza, tea, and plenty of puppy cuddles, Sarah Grace and I finally got to chat. I hadn't seen her in over eight years, but we got on as if no time had passed. Friendship can be like that sometimes. Time doesn't really do much if you don't let it.

What time had done, however, was give us a few more stories to tell, and a few more ways to tell them. For all of my talk of becoming a writer, Sarah Grace had actually gone and done the damn thing. After her year-and-a-half travels through the Western U.S., looking for home but never quite finding it, she returned back to where she grew up in Central Alabama. She learned a lot about herself and about life out there, and though she had so much to share, no one really asked her about the many stories and truths that she encountered. You know how that travel to a beautiful place and when you get back everyone wants to know how the weather was and how big the mountains were; they don't seem to care about how big the life lessons were, or how stormy they may have been.

An unheard story can be a lonely feeling, especially if that story has helped to shape who you are. To abate that feeling, Sarah Grace decided to make her story into a novel, and after prayer, felt led to make it into a trilogy. So it was that The Highlands Trilogy was born, under the pen name of Samantha Myers, with Peponi as the first of the three.

In this beautiful allegory, the main character, Sarah, is running from a life of pain and a rule-rich religion, until she is led through a mystical door to the hidden world of Peponi. There she finds her heart both challenged and restored by its inhabitants, and most of all their King. As Chris Blackeby describes, "In the tradition of CS Lewis, and a life redeeming message reminiscent of "The Shack", Peponi will open your heart, even through the worst of life's pain, to the truth of His unquenchable love and your true identity in Him."

Walking through life is not easy, but as Julie Wright once said, "What doesn't kill us gives us something new to write about." And sometimes the only comfort is knowing that we're not in it alone. Writers are so special to me because they tend to be the gut-wrenching honest ones. The ones you can say anything to. The ones that shout the silent secrets no one is supposed to talk about. 

One of the hardest things a girl can do is love the girl she is. Or be the girl she is. Or accept the girl she is. One thing Sarah Grace has taught me is that loving yourself, and accepting yourself exactly as you are, is one of the greatest favors you can do, not just for yourself, but for everyone around you. You are who you are for a reason. We need you to be that way. I mean, if you don't do it, who else will?

Misty Copeland, the principal ballerina for American Ballet Theatre (and the first ever African American Female Principle in said company) said, "The best piece of advice that I remember probably on a daily basis is to accept everything about me that is different. That is what makes me special." If she had said "I'm too short to be a ballerina" or "I'm too old" or "I'm too muscular" or "I don't look like everyone else," where would she be right now? Not where she is, I'll tell you that. And where she is, is clearly where she is meant to be. Even though it didn't look "the same" didn't mean it wasn't "right."

Sarah Grace is also a ballerina. It makes sense for her to love a sport that so eloquently combines strength with tenderness. I sometimes hate that as women we think we have to choose between being strong or being gentle, as if those two things are mutually exclusive. We tend to forget you can be both a Warrior and a Princess. Moreover, we forget that you don't have to be the stereotype of either. You can be a Gentle Warrior. And you can be a Strong Princess.

After catching up with Sarah Grace, I continued my trek through North Alabama towards Nashville to see some other good friends I hadn't seen in a while. One is a mom, one's a social worker, one's a scientist, another an actress. We are all so different, but so integral in the part we play to each other.

I started this portrait series because the more people I have the honor of knowing, the more I realize how important it is to be who you are. The world is better for knowing Sarah Grace, for knowing the way she walks through her life with the kind of simple elegance befitting her name. For telling the secrets others are too ashamed, or too scared, to tell. Because as different as we may be, we all have a story to tell, and the greatest gift you can give is to share it. It may have taken a lifetime to get here, but it's never too late to give yourself a chance, and let others in on the secret that is you. Do that, and just maybe, your life too can be "La Vie en Rose."

To see more from my session with Sarah Grace, click here

And don't forget to show her some love! Please leave some encouraging words for Sarah Grace in the comment section below. If she gets 20+ comments, I am going to gift her with a free 8x10 of her choice. If she gets 40+ comments, I will not only gift her with an 8x10, but I will also gift one lucky commenter with their own complimentary "I Am Me" Session*. So spread the love y'all!





*All photos copyright Jessi Casara Photography. Gifted sessions 35+ miles from the Silverhill, AL area may be subject to travel fees. 


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New Album Covers! One of my favorite things to do as a photographer is work with other creative professionals. I had the pleasure of working with two local musicians in the last year, doing headshots, studio sessions, and, of course, their album covers!! I can't tell you how rewarding it is to see my photos donning these amazing albums!


Christina Christian is a southern Americana artist who has been playing along the Gulf Coast for the last five years. She also plays with local favorite, the Ole River String Band. As Perdido Key Local says, "Christina makes music that hits you right between the eyes." She is a girl after my own heart, chasing her dreams wherever they might take her. I was so honored to be able to take some photos for her, and even more honored when she chose to use them for her new album! To keep up with where Christina will be next, be sure to check out her Facebook page, or click here to check out her new album, Silent Sea.


Ken Lambert, or as I know him, "Daddy," is without a doubt my favorite musician of all time. He has been playing music my entire life, and then some. This newest album, "Growing Old Gratefully," is an ode to all that made him who he is today. A beautiful compilation of his favorite hyms and old-time gospel songs, it includes favorites like "I'll Fly Away" and "In the Garden." I'm so excited that I got to spend time with him during the production of this special album, and so honored that my photos are a part of it as well! Big thanks to Anthony and Savana Crawford of Admiral Bean Studio (and Sugarcane Jane) for their work on the production as well! To keep up with where Ken is going next, be sure to follow his Facebook page. To order this or any of his past albums, check out the Son Shine Ministries store.


If you are a local musician in need of some new photography to help promote your music, please get in touch with me! I'd love to work with you. Hope you all have a great week!



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Benda Family Beach Session | Gulf Shores, Alabama This family was so much fun to photograph! We met on the beautiful beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama while they were in town vacationing a couple of months ago. It was right before sunset (my favorite time to photograph) so the light was perfect, and that, along with the beautiful blues and corals they were wearing and the sunset reflecting on the water and the sand dunes...just...ugh. It was perfect. Here are a few of my favorite moments!


Thanks again, Benda Family for letting me hang out with you! To see more from this session and to order prints, click here. If you would like me to capture some fun/special moments with you and your loved ones, please give me a shout! I'd love to work with you. Have a great week everyone!




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Lacefield Family Beach Session | Gulf Shores, Alabama I had such a lovely time photographing this beautiful family! It was a bit windy on the beach, but it made for a beautiful cloud filled sky, and lots of laughs!! Here are some of my favorite images from this session.


To see more from this session and to order prints, click here. If you are interested in having me photograph your family's stay at the beach, please give me a shout! I'd love to hear from you!



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Parham Family Beach Session | Orange Beach, Alabama The Parhams are one of my favorite families to photograph. I've had the pleasure of photographing them several times, from wedding days to family beach vacations, and I love seeing their family grow each year. Here are a few of my favorite moments from our session this summer. Can't wait to see you guys again when we've added three more to the mix!! 

To see more from this session and to order prints, click here, and be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram for more updates!!

If you or your family is looking for someone to document some of your special family time, please give me a shout! I'd love to help you capture some memories you will cherish for years to come!




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Emily Mann | Fashion Blogger | Fairhope, Alabama I always have a blast photographing this girl. She was one of the first people I ever photographed professionally, and we've both come a long way since then. We've been from the beach in Gulf Shores, to the cityscapes in Atlanta, but somehow we had yet to take advantage of Emily's quaint little hometown of Fairhope, Alabama. Wanting that Italian vibe so she could showcase her new dress from boohoo, we went to the Wine Bar at Pinzone's, and it was absolutely perfect. Shout out to Louie for the fantastic wine and bread sampler - we will definitely be back - and, as always, thank you to Emily for inspiring such a fun and beautiful session!


To see more from this session and to order prints, click here. Also be sure to check out Emily's website,, and her Instagram for more fabulous fashion and home decor!




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Carter Family | Perdido Beach, Florida I can't tell you how much fun I had photographing this beautiful, blue-eyed family. I was a little worried I wouldn't get to, the weather being so unpredictable this time of year, and they were only here for a few days, but thankfully we were able to make it work, and I couldn't be happier. They were so much fun to work with; I hope we get to do it again for many years to come. Thank you, Carter family, for letting me hang out with you and document your time at the beach! Here are a few of my favorite images for our session.


To see more from this session and to order prints, click here. If you would like to have someone document special moments like these with your family, I'd love to help, so please give me a shout!




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Arthur Bosarge | I Am Me | Artist Promo & Headshot Session | Fairhope, AL I remember my grandmother trying to teach me how to play the piano when I was a little girl. We got as far as Yankee Doodle before I called it quits. It is absolutely mind-boggling to me, the amount of patience and skill that goes into learning the piano. I mean, you basically have to read two different languages, and interpret on two different hands, AT THE SAME TIME. Combine that with the ineffable ability to tell a story without words, to bring a feeling to life that you didn’t even know existed. And if done right, it seems effortless, though you are fully aware it is not. It’s simple and impossible at the same time. 

There's a unique power that comes with certain types of music. I’ve watched seasons change just by listening to someone play the piano. I've felt anger and despair, joy and hope. I've understood what someone was saying without ever hearing any words. Maria Cristina Mena once penned, “Piano keys are black and white, but they sound like a million colors in your mind.” It doesn't make any sense, but it does. And the people that bring these colors to life are special. They are patient and hard-working and diligent and passionate. They have to be. And like his instrument of choice, Arthur Bosarge has created a life both grand and bright. 

I first met Arthur in my hometown of Foley, Alabama while working at the Banana Republic outlet. No offense to any of my other co-workers, but no one could put together an outfit quite like Arthur, which makes sense, seeing how his favorite childhood memory is going to the mall with his mom. It always amazed me the way Arthur could bring to life a pair of outlet chinos with an cardigan and a neck scarf. Try as we might, none of us could pull off a look quite as well as Arthur.

Fast forward five years from our time at BR, and I am finally pursuing my career as a photographer and writer, while Arthur is living his dream as a professional pianist and music director for The Prizery in Virginia. He gets to spend his days playing piano and directing music for other talented singers, an inevitable occupation choice for him, since his reason for becoming a pianist in the first place was because he loved “the sound of unamplified singing” - plus, “the literature is wonderful.”

When Arthur came into town a couple of months ago for a visit, he asked me to take some new headshots for him. I happily obliged, not not only because I love photographing other artists, but because I knew Arthur would be the quintessential mix of sass and elegance and give my photos the type of depth only an intriguing personality can bring.

I was excited to find that his fashion sense had expanded even farther beyond his already impressive eye for style. He walked into Kudzu, our beautiful venue for his session, with a vintage, faux-fur coat and retro, round sunnies (which I woefully did not get a photograph of), and I knew I was in for a treat. We kept the outfits simple for the sake of his headshots, but you can’t deny the magic this man brings to film.

As thoughtful as he is witty, you really can’t spend time with Arthur without wanting more. He has a way of keeping you on your toes while making you feel like a friend, a solace for us socially awkward types. If he were to have a dinner party, the likes of Quentin Crisp, Tennessee Williams, and RuPaul would be at the top of his guest list (just below me, I’m assuming), and I know he would find a way to relate to them all, to make them laugh, make them think, and, if he were to play piano, possibly make them cry. I would love to photograph that dinner party, if I could.

I do hope I get the opportunity to photograph Arthur again one day, maybe another five years from now. Maybe I'll get to catch a show at the Prizery, or maybe he'll be playing on Broadway. Maybe he'll be in France. Whatever he is doing, I know he will be working hard to keep the art of piano alive and appreciated, and the world of fashion on its tip toes. Either way, I'm glad you've had a chance to meet him here.

If you'd like to find out more about what Arthur is up to next (trust me, you do), check out the Prizery's Facebook page here. And if you also regret the fact that I did not snap a photo of Arthur making his grand entrance at Kudzu (which I will literally regret for the rest of my life), you can see some of his epic selfies on his Instagram.

Thank you for the chance to photograph and spend time with you, Arthur. Keep doing what you're doing. And keep looking this good doing it. 


To see more from Arthur's session,  click here. If you are an artist in need of new headshots or promotional portraits, please give me a shout! I'd love to hear from you!

Last but not least, huge thanks to Megrez Mosher for opening up her studio to us! Kudzu Aerial is a gem, and for those of you who have never been to an aerial class, you should give it a try. Check out their website or Facebook page for more.



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Jason + Janine | Wedding | Muscle Shoals, AL I've known Janine since my clarinet-playing days at Gulf Shores High School. Back then, we called her "NeNe," and one of my favorite memories is when she was my Freshman for the day...I made her wear this incredibly tacky outfit and she had to sing a song I made up for her whenever she was asked. 

Janine is one of the smartest, kindest, and funniest people I know, with the kind of beauty that lights up a room when she walks in. Quiet and humble, but full of that joy that can only come from one place. I am so happy she met her match in Jason, another kind-hearted, sweet soul who obviously adores and respects Janine. I was so honored to get to be a part of their special day. Here are a few of my favorite images from the day, and more can be found here. Enjoy!


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Kobiec Family | Silverhill, Alabama I had such a great time photographing this fun, beautiful family! We found a couple of beautiful spots near their home in Silverhill, Alabama and had so much fun capturing these sweet relationships. Here are a few of my favorite shots of the day. You can see more from this session and order prints here. Enjoy!

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Whitney + Corey | Wedding | Robertsdale, AL It is such a joy to watch the love two people have for each other, and an even bigger honor to get to document it. I loved having the chance to spend the day with these two lovebirds. They were married outside, under a beautiful blue sky, at the PZK Hall in Robertsdale, AL last month, surrounded by family and friends. Here are a few of my favorite shots of the day. To see more, and to order prints, you can check out their gallery here.

To see more photos and to order prints click here. If you are getting married and would like to talk about having your special day documented, please give me a shout! I'd love to hear from you!

Hope you all have a great weekend!



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Arabella Rain | Model Promo Session | Foley, AL It can be hard to photograph children sometimes. They might not want to be there, or maybe they are camera shy, or just easily distracted. Not the case with Arabella Rain. This mini model was born to be in front of a camera. Every shot shines with her personality, which she isn't afraid to show. She is a bright, beautiful, and hilarious young lady, and I can't wait to see where she ends up! Thanks again for letting me capture your beautiful spirit, Bella! Hope we get to do it again sometime ;) And another big thanks to Copper Kettle Tea Bar for giving us the perfect location to have a tea party...

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If you are a creative professional (i.e. model, musician, actor, etc) and are in need or promotional photos, I'd love to help you out! Send me a message and let's talk!

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