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shannon & jj {anniversary shoot | charlotte, nc}

I adore this session so much!!! Shannon is not only a client turned friend but she is an amazing and strong woman I look up to SO much! We also shot their anniversary shoot last year and she had us do it again this year. We shot at a family home in Charlotte, I believe it was JJ’s grandparents. It is so cute and quaint! Literally right down the road was this amazing field and the light that day (regardless of the cold and wind) was AMAZING!!!

Happy Friday!!!!

xo,

Dina Blazek - Love these two soooo much! Great job Lucy (and Shannon & JJ, too!)

shivani & vishal {e-session | charlotte, nc}

We shot Shivani & Vishal’s wedding this past weekend and we are salivating at all the beautiful images!!! We cannot wait to show you!!!  Until then, we thought we would share their sweet uptown engagement session! It was super duper cold that day but they were total troopers!!

Hold your breath because we have their epic wedding to show real soon!!!

xo,

Meera Jadeja Ivester - I think I know her from way back….beautiful girl with a beautiful personality ;).

the birth of baby kiser {birth photographer | charlotte, nc}

The happiest day of your life. documented.

It’s pretty amazing to document the story of a child being brought into this world! Everyone’s story is different no two births I have documented have ever been the same! This one, is no exception.

I got a call late into the night that Heather was in labor, I jumped out of bed, threw some clothes on, grabbed my equipment and headed right out the door! I could hardly drive without speeding because I was so giddy with excitement! I just could hardly wait for the arrival of Baby Kiser!

Once I arrived at the hospital to meet Ken & Heather, she walked in the room looking like she was ready for a tv appearance, ha, she looked like a movie star!! To give you the short version of her entire labor….Heather, after laboring for nearly 24 hours had to be rushed back for a Cesarian. Because she had metal rods placed in her back as a child because of her scoliosis they were unable to give her an epidural or spinal so instead she had to have an actual surgery. The bad news, I wasn’t allowed back there to document anything nor was her hubby:(but the good news is that Heather did awesome and Baby Kiser came out healthy and perfect which was by far the most important thing!

Since Ken was the only one allowed in the back after Heather’s surgery I gave him some photography tips and lessons and sent him back to document those moments. I compiled my images as well as Ken’s to create this video…..

Hope you enjoy it!

disclaimer: I (lucy) am the only one that documents births. Steven is completely content with just witnessing the birth of our own two kids:)

xo,

Meera Jadeja Ivester - Holy cow @[508308894:2048:Lucy Parker Randall]. :,)

Lucy Parker Randall - Thanks @[667933983:2048:Kerri Reel Crutchfield]! It was such a special day :) So happy I got to document it all. And like @[1177947520:2048:Heather Goodall Bryson] said their story is absolutely incredible!!!

Lucy Parker Randall - love you friend. this was such a special day and I am so thankful I was trusted to document it all!! xoxoxo

Susan Kevas - Cried watching it & cried more by reading your story…thanks for sharing Heather-congrats on your blessing!

Cheyenne Schultz - so beautiful, Lucy. I loved this.

Heather Goodall Bryson - you’d cry even more if you know how we tried for 4 years and defeat cancer odds to get pregnant ~ this is truly a miracle baby. we are so blessed :-) he’s such a healthy and happy baby #alwayssmiling

Diane Smith - Tears of joy and God’s grace for this perfect day.

Amber Renee Barnes - This is beautiful!

Ashleigh Goforth Cloninger - Oh my gracious. Me too, Kerri!!

Kerri Reel Crutchfield - Don’t know them and just completely bawled my eyes out…great job lucy:)

Laura Stikeleather - amazing! Love seeing you both so happy!

Amy Smith Ashton - So sweet❤full of love ❤

Allison Smythe - Omg tears……beautiful……

Ashley Mullis Ivey - Amazing! Love love love this!

Tiffany Ratliff - So sweet!! Tear drop!!!

Gail Ciriello Buff - amazing!!!

Jen Turner - Incredible. So moving.

Alison Johnston - So so sweet. Perfect.

Sarah Eaker Baum - I second what @[553498083:2048:Debra] said! Watched it this morning, it’s amazing!

Karen Greenoe - I am seriously tearing up right now! Such sweet moments captured of such a sweet family! Congratulations Bryson family! <3

Carrie Mangum Bagley - Aboslutely amazing, I am bawling like a baby!!! Love it, @[1177947520:2048:Heather Goodall Bryson]!!!!

Debra Hall - Wish there was an I FREAKING LOVE THIS button.

Heather Goodall Bryson - Can’t wait to show Kiser one day. Priceless video. Will forever cherish this {and our friendship}. xxoo

Kellye Bergen Grady - that was so beautiful.
i cried like a baby…

mini sessions

Our winter mini sessions were so awesome! We had a ton of people come out and so many of our wonderful friends & clients brought donations for my trip to Ghana! We cannot preach how much we LOVE our clients!!!

This year for our mini sessions we wanted a more urban uptown look and so we picked one of our favorite locations!

We cannot wait to have more mini sessions later this year!

Hope you are having a fabulous Tuesday and enjoyed all these fun fabulous families from the mini sessions!

xo,

Jennifer Huffstetler - Thank you so much! We are in love with ours! You guys rock!

Kristen Davis Johnson - Love them!!

heidie & jacob {i do | savannah, ga wedding photographer}

It was our first wedding of the 2013 season and we couldn’t have been more excited to start this season off with Heidie and Jacob in gorgeous Savannah, GA!  I loved every single thing about their wedding, honestly, every single thing. The decor was amazing and rustic but freshly vintage. Her dress was to die for, the neckline was incredible (not to mention she looked PERFECT in it)! The guys had on suspenders and funky bowties and chuck taylors….come on, we were in HEAVEN!!! The list goes on but instead of bragging about how amazing it was lets just show ya….

lets start with rehearsal….

After a beautiful dinner for rehearsal, the very next day was amazing…

Instead of doing a first look, Heidie & Jacob wanted to pray together which was such a beautiful moment to documentOne of our very favorite things about Heidie & Jacob are their infectious laughs & smiles!!!This is the interior of their amazing venue. obsessed!

we usually don’t take pictures during prayers however this moment between these two was entirely too sweet not to snag!Heidie’s father/daughter dance broke out into Gangnam Style it was epic.There was some amazing dance moves happenin’ that night!!One of my favorite moments of the reception was an impromptu blessing made by Jacob’s Uncle Bill. He is a part of the Nooksack Indian Tribe and he blessed them and wrapped them in this special blanket. It was such a cool moment, something we have never seen before.This sweet couple is Laurie & Lee, one of our 2011 bride & grooms!! They rock our socks off!Fun times with the rings!This is their officiant Mr. Bob, he is precious and knows how to get down!! It took us by complete surprise!Leaving in a pedicab…a perfect ending to a perfect night.Here are a couple behind the scenes shots from the weekend.
Below is Thomas of Hart to Heart Media, he was amazing to work with and his work is quite amazing as well!

Playing with the tilt shift all in Heidie’s face

Last but not least, we had our brand new {bullet}booth at Heidie & Jacob’s wedding!! It was a HUGE hit!! Our new setup includes ipads that has direct upload of your images to FB, Twitter and email! That’s right instant access to your wild and crazy booth pictures!!

Here are a handful of ones from the night.

i heart you Heidie!

WOW, longest blog post ever right? We just couldn’t help but spread the love of that night! It set the bar super high for our 2013 wedding season! Heidie & Jacob, thank you SO SO much for entrusting us with the most special day of your life, we were so honored to be a part of it!!!

{vendor love}
planner | Alysse of Morgan Gallo Events
venue | Roundhouse Railroad Museum
hair & makeup | Beyond Beautiful by Heather
caterer | Creative Catering
baker | Sweet Cakes
florist | Garden on the Square
DJ | James with All About You
video | Hart to Heart Media

xo

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