Greenville Mountains Engagement | Brandon + Andrew

Today is Brandon + Andrew’s wedding day, and I am SO EXCITED! Their Greenville mountains engagement session last fall was ahhhhhh-mazing, and I can only imagine how special their wedding will be. These two sweethearts, who go back as far as middle school, are filled with love and compassion for each other and for those around them. They support and push one another, and they are so intentional about their love. During their session, Brandon + Andrew showed not one bit of hesitation as they allowed themselves to be vulnerable in front of my camera. That trust, that vulnerability, that joy of being in the moment makes for beautiful portraits, but mostly, it makes for a beautiful life together.

Introducing…Brandon + Andrew, Engaged

We started their Greenville mountains engagement session at Wildcat Falls in northern Greenville county. I love this area because it is beautiful yet so easy to access!

Andrew was a good listener, and he bought the perfect ring for Brandon. Gorgeous, right??

After leaving Wildcat Falls, we headed up the mountain to what may be my *favorite* photography spot–Bald Rock. We had incredible afternoon light and some gorgeous fall color. Looooove!

In their pre-session questionnaire, Andrew was telling me that he knew Brandon was “The One” when they were seniors in high school and planning to go away for college. He said, “I didn’t think I could ever live my life without her, and it turns out I was right.”

May you two spend the rest of your lives looking at each other with this much admiration and love. ย 

So. I am 100% a crazy cat lady. When little Piper, their mini-Aussie, made her debut, however, I was smitten. How stinking cute is she??? This baby pup nearly stole the show from her mama and dad!

Oh my heart! She is so cute.

To really make their session meaningful, I asked Brandon + Andrew to write each other a love letter. They traded letters and took a few minutes to soak in this special time. Brandon so perfectly summed up the engagement experience: “There is something that changes in your relationship when you get engaged. The change from wanting to be with someone forever to knowing that you will be with them forever is an incredible feeling.”

 

 

Greenville mountain engagement photos at Bald Rock

Brandon + Andrew, may you always dance like no one is watching, fall in love over and over again, and put each other before yourself. I am grateful to capture your love with my camera–it is truly a special thing. Happy Wedding Day today! –ACK

 

Greenville mountain engagement photos at Bald Rock

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Generations Portraits | Asheville NC Botanical Gardens

I talk all the time about how much I love photographing Generations Portraits! It’s just so special to have entire families–from grandparents to new babies–all together to love on each other and to make memories together. As families get busier and more spread out, it is that much more meaningful to document the times when we’re all together under one roof, healthy and happy. The Ely Family has a wonderful tradition of coming together in the North Carolina Mountains, and last Thanksgiving was the second time they asked me to document their time together. This time, they were celebrating the addition of sweet Andrew, who is ADORED by the entire family but especially by his three precious big sisters. It was so special to see them all laughing and snuggling on a beautiful fall day at the Botanical Gardens in Asheville NC.

Introducing….The Elys’ Generations Portraits in Asheville NC

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Oh how I love these sweet “in-between” moments during photo sessions. Of course everybody loves a good smiling-at-the-camera portrait, but in 10, 20, 40 years from now, seeing how your grandpa grinned at you, or how you looked up adoringly at your grandmother will mean much, much more than perfectly placed hands and “nice” smiles. These memories and the emotions connected to these memories are why I do what I do.

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Fall in the Carolinas is theeeeeeeeee best. I mean, this light is so amazing. And nobody is even wearing a coat in November! How can you not feel happy and in love with life??

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Grandparent Love is like no other kind of love.

Fall Family Generations Portraits in Asheville NC Botanical Gardens

These sisters are so sweet, so polite, so sincere. And how about the dimples???

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Baby Andrew got some time to shine! As the newest member of the family, he is so incredibly loved. As the baby brother to THREE sisters, he is never without a pair of arms to hold him or a smile to brighten his face.

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Look at this happy boy!

Fall Family Generations Portraits in Asheville NC Botanical Gardens

Now I have no idea what goes on behind closed doors (or how this will change once he’s getting into their dolls and toys!), but I can tell you that during our portrait session, Andrew’s sisters were genuinely in.love with him.

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And last but not least, one of my very favorites from the entire day!

Fall Family Generations Portraits in Asheville NC Botanical Gardens

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–Amy

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  1. Beautiful images created by you describing the whole scenario of the loving moments of entire family. Really liked your post and captures of the Generations Portrait.

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Campbells Covered Bridge Family Portraits | Greer SC

In the fall in the Upstate of SC, there are few things more picturesque than Campbells Covered Bridge family portraits! The Brookshires are an amazing, supportive, sweet family to photograph, and it’s been such a treat to watch their family grow. I first met them for Ava’s newborn portraits, and I got to meet sweet Erin when she, too, was just a few days old. <3 We had lots of fun in the beautiful fall leaves celebrating Erin’s First Birthday and capturing them as a family of four! (And full disclosure: I am a TERRIBLE blogger. This session is one of MANY that I’m “catching up on” posting. Erin is almost 2 now. Oopsie!)

Introducing….The Brookshires, Campbells Covered Bridge Family Portraits

Life, totally unposed and unscripted, but completely perfect anyway!

I love these sweet, snugly moments…

BE STILL MY HEART! How stinking adorable is Big Sis Ava giving her Baby Sis a little tickle on the chin?

Ava | Quiet and thoughtful, then giggly and spunky

After viewing Erin’s newborn portraits, Mom noticed that in the “sweet” sister shots, Ava was actually poking Erin in the ear. We laughed and laughed about that, and then during this cute family moment, Erin put big sis’s finger right on in her mouth. Haha! Tradition, I suppose. ๐Ÿ™‚

Campbells Covered Bridge Family Portraits

Erin | Sweet and serious, with adorable cheeks for days!

“Sisters share childhood memories and grown-up dreams.” –Anonymous

Hands down, this was Mom & Dad’s favorite photo from their Campbells Covered Bridge family portraits. I think that in this moment they see their girls becoming friends, learning and leading, and building a sweet bond to last a lifetime.

The lighting inside the covered bridge is SO pretty and dramatic. I love how these rich black & white photos showcase that light, but mostly how they show off these girls’ fun little personalities!

This portrait session wasn’t *just* a family shoot–it was also the day before Erin’s First Birthday! Erin’s Mommy has started her own bakery, and her cakes and cookies are SO CUTE. Check her out at 2 Sweets Bakery! I would alllllllllmost feel badly to eat her adorable frosted cookies, but I do love a good, soft sugar cookie so I’m thinking I could make an exception.ย Erin’s smash cake was also almost too pretty to eat, but she dug into it anyway. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Campbells Covered Bridge Family Portraits Cake Smash

Happy First Birthday, Erin!

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Bald Rock Senior Portrait | Greenville SC

Madi’s Bald Rock Senior Portrait Session in the mountains of northern Greenville SC reminded me of HOW MUCH I love photographing high school seniors! The short drive up the mountain had us traveling through bursts of rain, overcast skies, and misty fog. As I turned the last bend before the random pull-off parking lot (if you’ve been to Bald Rock, you know what I’m talking about–it’s a bit quirky!), the skies opened and the sun came out! The view looking out from Bald Rock was just perfect, and the rainstorm even gave us a little surprise…but you’ll have to read to the end of this post for that. ๐Ÿ˜‰ As soon as she stepped in front of my camera, Madi was full of quiet confidence, natural posing, and a “Mona Lisa smile” that revealed nothing but the reminder that seniors are full of mystery, hope, confidence, uncertainty, and nostalgia, which combine to create a most beautiful year. It’s not too late to photograph this year’s Seniors, and I would LOVE getting a head start on members of the Class of 2019. If you know of a Senior who needs his or her year captured (both for themselves and also for the Mamas and Daddies who are going to be missing them like crazy), please send them my way.

Introducing Madi…Class of 2018

I’ve said it before, but man I am jealous of people who can pull off the serious face! Madi killed it; when I do it, I just look like I’m coming down with a cold. (Ha!)

The views at Bald Rock are gorgeous, but so are these little patches of greenery and lovely light. Madi was such a natural in front of the camera.

This image…it just speaks to me. One of my favorites from her Bald Rock Senior Portrait Session.

Super cute senior!

Grace and confidence with the whole world in front of her, yet a bit apprehensive about taking that jump. I think this image is such a metaphor for that Senior Year season of lasts…which leads to a whole new season of firsts.

As many times as I’ve shot at Bald Rock, I had never ventured off “the rock” to this wooded patch. I LOVED what we found and how Madi rocked this part of her Bald Rock Senior Portrait Session!

Madi and her sweet Mama…

Remember that rain storm I mentioned on the drive up the mountain? How many times do you get a perfect surprise like this rainbow? It didn’t last long, but it sure was beautiful!

As usual, I’ll end this post with one of my favorites from the session. Every now and then, you just see an image happening and KNOW it’s begging to become a B&W photo. No doubt, this portrait is one of those times.

Best wishes, Madi and the Class of 2018, for a senior year that fills your hearts with memories to last a lifetime!

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Isabella is 1! | Greer City Park Cake Smash and Birthday Portraits

Miss Isabella is turning 1, and we celebrated with a cake smash and birthday portraits in downtown Greer SC at Greer City Park. This little “sweet one” was SO funny when she tried her cake…and she sure loves it when her daddy sings “You Are My Sunshine.” Her little face just lit up every time he would start singing to her, and it was precious. Isa’s Mommy is also celebrating a special birthday very soon, so she took some time to shine as well. This sweet family adores their baby girl, and it was a pleasure to watch them love on her. Happy 1st Birthday Isa and Happy 25th Sarai!

Introducing…Isabella’s 1st Birthday!

How adorable is Isabella’s girly tutu and gorgeous eyes??

Eeek, those little bare feet and huge grin just make me smile!!

Twins much???

I love this series with Isa’s mommy and daddy. I always make sure to photograph parents alone during family portrait sessions. It’s so important to take some time to focus on where your family began and to slow down in the midst of crazy day-to-day life and focus on the love between you. Donovan said the sweetest thing about Sarai: “My wife is my savior in love and life. She loves without question, she loves me for who I am no matter good bad or ugly.”ย 

One set of Isa’s grandparents were in town during her session, and they were SO CUTE. I love their little kissy faces…and Isa’s “WHAT are you doing??” face. ๐Ÿ™‚

Beautiful mommy and baby girl!

This photo just makes me smile SO big! I love Isa’s big ol’ grin, her hot pink shoes, and can we just talk about her chunky little legs? LOVE.

Cute cute cute!

Without a doubt, these are my favorites from Isa’s one-year birthday portraits. So much happy going on here!

Isa’s beautiful mama gets to celebrate her 25th birthday just a few days before Isabella’s first!

A huge thanks to Abbott’s Frozen Custard in downtown Greer for letting Isa smash her cake in their adorable restaurant! This little “sweet one” was so funny exploring her cake!

“Ew, I’m not so sure what this is…hmmm, ok maybe this cake stuff is alright…oh yeah–sugar buzzes are THE BEST!!” –Isabella

Yep, she got over her hesitations and pretty much dove right in!! This picture just cracks me up.

Happy Birthday sweet Isabella!

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  1. Sarai Bennett says:

    Captured my little family’s special day so perfect! Thank you so much Amy!

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