Elizabeth & Gary Get Married

Sunday, November 29, 2009

I haven't written an official Thanksgiving missive yet because this wedding post is pretty much my equivalent. I'm so thankful for my amazing clients, and no more so than my dear friend Elizabeth who married Gary on an absolutely perfect November day. I'd been looking forward to this wedding all year as the extremely creative pair adopted a Masquerade theme for their nuptials. From the locale to the decorations to the dress and even the costumed guests, every detail was uniquely Elizabeth and Gary and unlike any wedding I've ever attended.

I want to say thank you again to Elizabeth and her family for the honor of allowing me to capture this amazing day. I have a feeling this will be the first of several posts on the topic!

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I think I may have to devote a separate post to the glamshoot, but as a teaser, here is one of my favorites.

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Lauren & Family shoot

Saturday, November 28, 2009

I met up with Lauren and her gorgeous kids Langston and Edward on yet another beautiful November weather day at Chickasaw Gardens. Langston was a natural in front of the camera, and Edward deserves a baby medal for Best Performance When He Would Have Rather Been Napping. Didn't hurt that mama Lauren was just as stunning in front of the camera!

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Spillyard Family Shoot

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

On yet another of our eerily warm November afternoons, I met with the lovely Spillyard family on the banks of the MIssissippi for some kite flying, cavorting and general pandemonium. Greg and Crystal have three gorgeous redheads under the age of 7, and it was something to watch the whirlwind that was the Spillyard sisters in motion!

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Sneak Peek: The Spillyards

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

I'm looking forward to sharing images of this gorgeous family of redheads. I mean, how friggin cute is this kid??

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Margaret & Jock

Friday, November 20, 2009

A few weeks back I had the privilege of shooting Margaret and her husband Jock, two big city explorers who fell in love with each other and the simpler way of live on their land out in La Grange, TN. Both avid lovers of the outdoors, they wished to be captured doing the things they love best: riding their polo ponies, playing with their dogs and strolling in the countryside. I was charmed by their devotion to one another and by their obvious thrill in finding in each other the ideal partner. I'm looking forward to taking them up on their offer of visiting in the spring!

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I love NYC

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Caleb and I just returned from a blissful 48 hours in NYC, and by blissful I mean walking an average of 6 miles a day, visiting bakery after shop after restaurant and reveling in food, crisp New York weather, and each other. While we spent most of our time talking about how much we missed Harlow, it was thrilling to solely focus on each other, to plug back into the current that was us before baby and to be swept into the energy that is existing in the city. While Memphis offers its advantages, Caleb and I are, at our core, urban dwellers. We come alive in the presence of fast walkers, hurtling subways and sound. We often found ourselves nudging people out of the way, opening up our stride and just feeling giddy to be alive, fast, and free.

I didn't bring a camera. I wanted to be off duty and just soak up the city without feeling compelled to snap it, but I couldn't help myself. Pardon the crappy camera phone pics, but here are some images from the trip.

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The weather was a perfect 55 degrees. We held hands in the park, watched the ice skaters, and indulged in fantasies over how we could manage a move to the most expensive city in the USA with a kid and a dog in tow.

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A late dinner at Gemma:

This was my second trip to Gemma, and I'm officially in love. It's the restaurant attached to the super hip yet super cozy Bowery Hotel, and it's the kind of place where you instantly become sexy by virtue of sitting at a table. It's not the sleek NYC sexy, more of the rustic wood and candlelight variety. Well honestly, an evening of free drinks at one's own book party can pretty much set the stage if not guarantee the whole world looks sexy, but the perfect, perfect mozzarella and prosecco sealed the deal. To my amusement, the only celebrities I saw were Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore, the same exact duo I met in the same neighborhood nearly 2 years before. I was too shy to say hello and just tried to convince myself I was really just too cool to say hello instead.

The Chelsea Market:

To anyone who puzzles over the fate of the old Memphis Brewery downtown, the answer to what it could/should be is the Chelsea Market. An old biscuit factory was converted into a Ferry Building-type establishment, the result a giant corridor of bakeries, shops and restaurants. Can you just imagine having a giant gourmet food court as a compliment to the Memphis Farmers Market? Lunch was a perfect bowl of matzo ball soup and a pumpkin and lentil salad at Friedman's, followed by a chocolate milkshake from Ronny's Milkbar.

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Now I'm just dreaming of the next time we go back.

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Friday, November 13, 2009

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The Sweazys are off to Nashville this weekend for some R&R, followed up by a grownup getaway to NYC for my book party! I'll be back late next week, and many, many photos will be making their blog debut.

I couldn't resist sharing a sweet pic from yesterday's family shoot at Chickasaw Gardens with Lauren, Langston and Edward.

I hope you have a lovely weekend!

Here I am

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Memphis, you have claimed me. It's not due to your bewitching fall foilage or the lovely people who've chosen to call you home, or even the fine restaurants and music . It's simply that I would rather saw off my own arm with a rusty butcher knife then repeat our last moving process.

The next time I agree to shoot a wedding, a family session, host a second yard sale and pack and move a house in one weekend, you have my permission to shoot me.

Seriously.

No jury will convict you.

I'm sitting here in smelly clothes pieced together from boxes, sunglasses smeared with the Krispy Kremes I've lived off the past 2 weeks and truly just grateful for a strong internet connection, Coca Cola, and my family.

Mom, Dad, John, Pat and Sue - I cannot thank you enough for watching The Pumpkin and keeping her entertained. Thank you for biting your tongue and not haranguing us for failing to pack up the attic, the basement and 1/3 of our house AFTER the movers left. Thank you to my clients for not running in fear from the twitchy lady with the camera.

So.

The Sweazys have lots of unpacking and settling to do, but we are excited about being downtowners. Harlow loves loft living, as does Murphy who is truly digging the 70 ft. long hallway he's appointed his own dog run.

I have a TON of editing to catch up on, but I can't wait to show you more of my session with Margaret and Jock, Saturday's stunning wedding and a family session with the cutest family of redheads you've ever seen.

In the meantime, I will try to loosen my dependence on 8 AM cokes, Chick Fil-A and Krispy Kreme.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

One minute I'm at the mail center on Madison picking up moving supplies, the next I'm frantically salvaging antique terracotta pieces from the former Anderton's building that was being torn apart by a bulldozer. Crye Leike had purchased the former restaurant with plans to retain its lovely facade and build an office within it. Surely it was an expensive and tricky proposal, but it was a fantastic example of a local business trying to work with the community and its preservation-minded residents. One has only to assume that it was the "don't ask for permission but forgiveness" from these residents that played into the shocking decision to just flatten a piece of Memphis history.

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Margaret & Jock - sneak peek

Monday, November 2, 2009

Yesterday I downloaded some music, gassed up the car and headed east for Margaret & Jock's thousand acre woods shoot outside La Grange, TN. The three years-strong newlyweds have carved out their own wooded paradise, riding their horses, walking their dogs, hunting on the range and generally loving country life together. I have many, many photos to go through, but this one is making me happy right now.

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