Caleb & Samantha Foster . Wedding

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For the past couple of months I have been gearing up to shoot my first wedding all by myself. I can’t say that I wasn’t nervous. In fact, I was pretty much a basket case as I laid in bed unable to sleep the night before. However, the morning of the wedding I woke up and felt ready to face the day before me. I grabbed my bag,  made sure I had everything I could possibly ever need, and left for a day that I will forever remember as the first wedding I photographed as a solo photographer.

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Vince & Hannah Chapman . Wedding . Central Assembly of God

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I am so excited for this blog post, as it is a glimpse into my first experience photographing a wedding! I couldn’t be happier than to have shared this first experience with such a wonderful and loving family that I have been blessed to have in my life. When the groom’s older sister, Ashley, approached me about helping her photograph the wedding, I was so honored to be part of the couple’s special day. As the second shooter, I spent most of my time taking behind the scenes photos of the bride and groom getting ready while Ashley focused on the formal shots. Because this was the case, you will not see many “typical” wedding pictures in the blog post. Instead, you will see the little details that will help tell the story of the happiest day of Vince and Hannah’s life.

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Chris & Samantha . Downtown Springfield

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I was so excited when Chris & Samantha asked me take some photos of them as part of a Christmas gift for family. I had just received my new lens and was totally ready to test it out on a shoot! It was one of the first really cold days of December, but we bundled up and went to downtown Commercial Street. I’ve been to Commercial Street plenty of times to window shop at some of the eccentric little stores there, but this was the first time I had ever ventured behind the shops to the railroads. I must admit, I sometimes feel that railroad pictures can be a bit cliche–however, I totally fell in love with this part of Springfield and all of the pictures I got of Chris and Samantha there. I honestly cannot wait for another opportunity to take pictures there!

As I mentioned, the day was very cold, but Chris and Samantha were awesome, and they let me take some time to experiment with my new lens. We walked around Commercial Street, got some awesome shots, shared some great laughs, and stopped by Big Momma’s Coffee and Espresso Bar for something warm to drink. Big Momma’s is a great little coffee shop that I encourage you to try if you are ever downtown (for more information on Big Momma’s, check out their website or facebook page).

Chris & Samantha – Thanks for choosing me as your photographer! Even though it was cold, I had such a great time watching you guys interact (I hope you enjoy the pictures I have included of some of your goofing off!). You guys are such a fun couple to be around! Hope that these pictures work well for your Christmas gift and for the two of you to enjoy for years to come!

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Caleb Foster & Samantha Walker . Engagement . Jordan Valley Park

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I am not ashamed to admit it – I am a hopeless romantic to the core. I can’t help it. I just think there is something magical about watching two people fall more and more in love with each other. Maybe it’s because I grew up watching the Disney Princesses fall head over heels for their Prince Charming. Maybe it has to do with all of the romantic comedies I watched through my teens. Or, perhaps it has to do with the gushy feelings I have for my own love, my husband. It’s plain and simple really – I love everything about love.

It shouldn’t be surprising, then, that I jumped at the opportunity to book my very first wedding this May. I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity to photograph such a great couple too! Caleb and Samantha truly exhibit everything that I love about love! It was great taking their engagement photos and hearing all about their relationship together. It’s obvious that they know without a shadow of a doubt that they are meant to be together.

Caleb and Samantha, I loved the opportunity to take your engagement pictures at Jordan Valley Park! You both have such fun personalities, and your playfulness is adorable! Your love for each other truly shows! I am praying for you both as you continue to plan the wedding while going to school. I know it’s not easy, but it will definitely be worth it in the end!

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josh & rachel . nathanael greene park

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After launching the website, I was so excited to receive my first official email from someone inquiring about photographs! It took a minute to sink in and, after jumping around the living room in excitement, I was thrilled to reply yes! It was such an honor to photograph Josh & Rachel, a wonderful couple that I have had the privilege of working closely with at church.  We went to Nathanael Greene Park during the hottest week of summer so far. If you have never been to Nathanael Greene Park, I urge you to drop what you are doing, grab a friend, and go enjoy the beauty that this park has to offer. I promise that you will not be disappointed!

Josh & Rachel – Thank you for being the first couple that I have had the opportunity to photograph! Your fun personalities and genuine love for each other made it so easy for me to get wonderful pictures that I believe truly capture everything that makes you stand out as a couple. Your sense of humor made for a great experience regardless of the humid Missouri weather. I can’t wait to see what adventure in life you end up going on next, and I wish you nothing but the best for your future!

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