Wedding Details at The Piggery at Anna Dean Farm

Since I became a wedding photographer more than five years ago, I've had a handful of clients who have requested that I keep (most of) their wedding photos private. This can be a little bit tricky because I obviously use my client's photos in my own portfolio to book more work.

While I obviously want to showcase beautiful weddings, I also understand that brides and grooms have personal or professional reasons for keeping photos private ... and they still deserve beautiful wedding photos! I'm lucky to be at the stage in my business where I can afford to give up a model release here and there and it not affect my bookings, but I'm not going to sugarcoat it: When I book a beautiful wedding with a beautiful couple who have hired amazing wedding vendors, it's so sad to give up that piece of the project!

Lucky for me, this bride and groom who were married last spring agreed to me sharing detail photos from their day, and I'm so, so glad I have the chance to show off their vision AND credit some talented vendors (Fair Rarity did the beautiful florals; Borrow Rentals provided the farmhouse tables, the furniture and other big reception details; and The Piggery at Anna Dean Farm lent the perfect reception venue).


Collected Retreat 2016 | A Collaborative Shoot at The Piggery at Anna Dean Farm

Collected Retreat is one of my favorite events of the year. I'm lucky enough to have hosts Mallory + Justin as some of my best friends, and they are absolute visionaries when it comes to all things creative, collaborative and fun.

Collected is a whole bunch of awesome creatives and wedding vendors coming together to imagine, design and network. It's crazy inspiring to work alongside people who are SO good at what they do and shoot just for the fun of it.

This year, for the first time, Collected was hosted at The Piggery at Anna Dean Farm and it provided the perfect backdrop for this colorful and textured shoot.

(Shot on Portra 160 | Developed/Scanned by Richard Photo Lab)

Collected 2016 hosted by Mallory + Justin

Venue: The Piggery at Anna Dean Farm
Furniture & Styling: Borrow Rentals
Florals: Ashley's Floral
Cake: Hummingbird Bake Shop
Stationery: Baci Designer
Wooden Signs: With Love + Whimsy
Catering: Taproot Catering
Hair & Makeup: Beauty Therapy
Gowns & Accessories: Moon and Back Bridal
Backdrop: ELBOWGREASE design
Mobile Bar: Happy Camper Bar Car
Band: The Scenic Route
Bride & Groom #1: Sydney Bolek & Ross Newbauer
Bride #2: Sophia Termine
Groom #2: Brandon Marlowe

New Orleans | Travel

New Orleans Travel PhotosA year and half ago, I met three lovely ladies at the Making Things Happen conference in Chapel Hill, N.C. The four of us, plus my former second shooter Emily, would go on to talk loftily about reunion trips across the country. And then we remembered that we could MAKE IT HAPPEN. Almost all of us are self-employed, and so we blocked a few July days off our calendar to travel to New Orleans, home to the talented Sarah, who was the best tour guide ever.

Yeah, it's kind of hilarious that we chose to head south during one of the muggiest times of the year (we joke that we'll be reuniting in Cleveland in January next time!), but our trip was full of all good things: company, food, historic sites, laughter, adventure. And two really cute dogs (here's one here) . :) I'm so thankful we made this happen!

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What we did: Toured the French Quarter, hung out at the COOLEST coffee shop--Rue De La Course, explored Laura Plantation Where we ate: Ruby Slipper Cafe, Cafe Du Monde, Jacques-Imo's, Willie Mae's Scotch House, Juan's Flying Burrito (a favorite among the group!)