Saturday, April 5, 2014

Engagement Photography: Hannah & Anthony (Pass Christian, Mississippi)

I think I'm officially in love with engagement sessions. I had the pleasure of photographing Hannah and Anthony last weekend in beautiful Pass Christian. I had a pretty good feeling when I spotted this huge wisteria bush in full bloom, and it only got better when this gorgeous couple arrived in their perfectly coordinated blue/aqua ensemble. Did they read my mind? Do they know my love for cool colors? It was almost as if we'd carefully planned a way to perfectly match my logo with this photo. How beautiful are they?! 

We were off to a great start, and the goodness kept going. These two rocked it!  We had tons of fun playing in the dappled light of ancient trees on vacant lots. 

And then we headed to the park, where Hannah and Anthony were unfazed by the need to dodge pogo-stick-hopping boys and the prom-goers who were hogging the gazebo.

We took a little stroll downtown...

...and then headed across the road to the harbor. 

And what better way to conclude an afternoon of celebrating love than with a long walk on the beach?

If you're getting married soon, I'd love to talk with you about creating the perfect engagement photography session for you and your love! 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Just Another Day in Paradise

I took a particularly peaceful walk along front beach last weekend, and I am re-living it again today as I add some of the photos to my shop. 

Living at the beach isn't so bad. :)

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Photo Op Firsts

As promised, I'm back to share some shots from a couple of recent photo ops. First, there was the very unexpected wintry weather! I never thought I'd get a "snow day" while living on the Gulf Coast, but we ended up with three days off work because of the ice that enveloped us a couple of weeks ago! It was a fun sight to behold.

Unfortunately, the crazy weather also foiled my husband's plans to travel to San Antonio for a presentation at a conference for his work. I had planned to meet him on the last day of the conference so that we could spend the weekend with our friends the Cokes (remember them?), but I ended up going without him. It was a bummer, but I still made the best of my first-ever trip to Texas!

So many new images to edit and share! Only one of these has made it into my Etsy shop, but I hope to make time to list more soon. Which ones would you like to see there?

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Lots of new prints in my Etsy shop!

I have so much catching up to do! For now, let's start with a run-down of all the new photos in my shop--there are lots! Most of them were taken with the awesome 50mm lens I got for Christmas (thanks, Alex!) In fact, this was one of the very first pictures I took with it on Christmas morning. A wide aperture, manual focus, and Christmas lights created this wonderful abstract bokeh beauty.

Speaking of wonderful new things, Alex and I took advantage of a fabulous end-of-year furniture sale in New Orleans, so naturally I took some pictures on our walk to lunch after our shopping day. We were way too hungry to stand in the crazy-long line for Felix's, but I took a picture of the sign anyway. :)

Then there was a wonderful solitary walk around the neighborhood (with my new lens, of course). I cut my leg tripping over some kind of thorny vine on my way to this field of weeds (or as I prefer to say, wildflowers), but it was worth it. Can you tell how obsessed I am with my new f1.8 capability? Shallow depth of field makes everything look so dreamy, don't you think?

This one's in the backyard. I love how it's hard to tell whether this is a photo or a painting or whether it's a reflection on water or the real thing. 

Then.... it got cold. Too cold for leisurely outdoor photography fun. So I resorted to re-visiting old shots that hadn't been edited or listed but deserved to be. My dreams of warmer weather led me to this photo of an umbrella at the beach last summer on the Outer Banks. 

And this live oak tree shot from my visit to Oak Alley, also this past summer. These gnarly branches really speak to me.

I hope I can keep the new stuff flowing into the shop at this rate! Stay tuned for some lovely images from (1) the freakish ice storm we had on the coast last month, and (2) my trip to San Antonio! 

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Brown Family Portrait Session

This year, for Christmas, I gave each of my grandmothers (and my grandmother-in-law) a stack of photos of Alex and me throughout the year. They were a hit! A couple of days later, while I was still in Kentucky, I got a message from Blake, asking if I could capture some portraits of her children while her niece, Emily, was in town... as a surprise for grandmother! How perfect! Happily, I got back to the Gulf Coast just in time to make it happen. I've always had a soft spot for Morgan, the adorable and sweet 3rd grader who I've taught in Sunday School, but it turns out that the rest of the Brown family is loads of fun, too! We had a great time downtown and at the Gulf Islands National Seashore Park documenting this sweet family togetherness. 

I hope this grandmother is as pleased as mine were! :)

Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 Year-in-Review

I can't believe that 2013 is coming to a close! God has been good to me this year: plenty of good times with family and friends, success at work, and lots of growth for Uninvented Colors. In addition to new adventures in engagement, weddingand family photography--and a new website and logo--my Etsy shop is still going strong with its best year yet! (I know I said that last year, but it's true again!) These prints found new homes in 18 states and two foreign countries this year.

I am so deeply thankful for my customers. Their (your!) patronage fuels my creativity, which brings so much joy to my life. Most people think Etsy (or even photography in general) is a hobby for me, but it is so, so much more. Because my work as a therapist is so often abstract and ambiguous, I need something visual and tangible to cling to sometimes. It brings me stability, and clarity, and peace, and hope. When I capture a lovely image, I am reminded that God's creation is beautiful and sacred. And since the crowning glory of His creation is humankind, then my therapy clients, regardless (or because?) of their "issues," are beautiful and sacred, too. These reminders keep me inspired to connect to them--to explore the depths of their minds and hearts and to work through all the messy stuff that has to be worked through to bring healing. Because it's worth it, because it's sacred, which makes it beautiful.

It's hard to put this into words, so no worries if this makes no sense to you. But know this: if you've bought a print from my Etsy shop, or hired me to shoot portraits of your family, or even clicked "like" on Facebook or Instagram or Flickr, then you have not only helped me to become better artist, but a better therapist. Which is to say, a better person.

From the bottom of my Christian-photographer-therapist heart, thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

And if you wouldn't mind, please keep it up in 2014. :)

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Lucy & Tom: Ocean Springs Engagement Session

It has been such a pleasure getting to know Lucy & Tom. Not long ago, at church, Lucy started asking me questions about wedding planning because she was expecting a proposal. (After a whispered squeal of delight, I, of course, referred her to my husband, who did all the real work of planning our wedding. Lucky me, I know.) Fast forward a few short months and a few after-church lunch conversations, and now I'm their wedding photographer! It is thrilling to play this role in their love story. Lucy (a teacher) and Tom (a salesman) are both so kind, down-to-earth, and charming in the way that only true Southerns can be. They love the Lord, their families, and their work. And I love watching the way they love each other. Especially through my viewfinder on this perfectly overcast Sunday. Their gorgeous engagement shoot is probably my favorite session to date. I'm sure you can see why. :)

I'm so looking forward to May! What a beautiful and joyful wedding this will be!