Friday, August 22, 2014

Jodee + Chris | Northwest Arkansas Engagement Photographer

Whoa. 
Where did I go, right?? 
This summer was my last summer before all my kiddos were in school, so I took a really nice break.  It was lovely.  And now that the kiddos are all nice and settled with the first week of school out of the way, it is time for me to put the focus back on RLP! 

Meet Chris and Jodee, an incredibly sweet couple who will actually be getting married in a matter of days.  I'm really excited for their wedding.  They are so in love and are two of the nicest people I've met.  It's going to be beautiful!!


Since the wedding is so close and my summer break started close to their engagement session, I thought that today would be a perfect time to share their gorgeous images on my blog. 

Enjoy!
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Gorgeous.
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I adore how they look at each other. 
It makes me smile.
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We got to experiment and play during their session, which I love. 
It's always great when clients are willing to trust your vision!
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I do a lot of conceptual type photography in my personal work, but never tried it out with an RLP client until Chris and Jodee.  :)
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Monday, June 2, 2014

Summer Time | Northwest Arkansas Photographer

Oh, the school year is winding down, my husband started a new job, and a bunch of little things have been happening that have filled my days and kept me away from the ol' blog.  And now summer is just around the corner!

If you've been following RLP over the years, you may know that in addition to my client work, I am also a conceptual photography artist and work mainly with self-portraits.  I've been doing it since 2006 and while I started with a 365 project, where you take one photo a day for a year, I've never ever ever finished.  Ever.  It's actually sort of sad and a little funny how many times I've started and then stopped.  But, I keep creating the portraits and maybe one day I'll start and actually finish. 

Maybe. 

I've had enough requests lately that I'm now offering conceptual photography to my clients.  I'll be posting more details later, but if you are interested, send me an email and we can chat!

Here are some that I've been working on the last couple of weeks. 




Monday, May 5, 2014

Cassie and Ryan | Northwest Arkansas Engagement Photographer

Ooooh, this couple.  I had so much fun with them and I can't wait for their wedding this fall!  And I also love that their engagement session was in the middle of spring loveliness and their wedding will be in the luscious color of fall because those are my two favorite seasons.  :)

Sunrise sessions, how I love you.  The light in these are killer, guys! 

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Drop dead gorgeous. 

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I love how she adores him.

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I always try to experiment a bit at one point during sessions and go into it knowing full well that it may not work out AT ALL.  This was one of those experiments.  I'm digging it. 
And I also have a not so crazy version of this sweet kiss, too, just in case they don't dig it. ;)

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My fave!

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After the session, we went to the Farmer's Market for a bit and had some really tasty goat cheese and some good eats from Kind Kitchen.  And then my family and I had a picnic at another local park.  It was just a perfect Saturday!  :) 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

And baby (finally) makes three | Northwest Arkansas Family Photographer

I love a story with a happy ending. 

They had been wanting a baby for over a decade before they finally had this little adorable sweetie. 
She is one of the cutest babies that I've ever seen and certainly one of the happiest!  Seriously, that little grin with her tongue sticking out makes me giggle every time I see it.  Sooo cute!

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She was just starting to sit up, but since this session, she's really mastered it.  Yay!!

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You know I love getting a few shots of just mom and dad during family sessions!!

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She's thinking, "Hey, crazy lady.  What's that big black thing in front of your face??"

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Yeah, I think she is well loved, don't you?  :)

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I love new families. :)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Candice and Kevin | Northwest Arkansas Couple Photographer

Last week I found myself facing a free Saturday morning, so I put out a call to my facebook friends to see if a couple would like to come model for me.  Candice immediately messaged me and the rest is history.  They aren't engaged, but who says you have to be engaged to have fun photos taken, right?

They were one of the most easy going couples I've ever worked with, plus they were just so adorable with how much they were into each other.  I love when couples aren't afraid to show just how much they enjoy each other. 


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See?  Such a ridiculously cute couple, right?  And SO, SO sweet.  And did I mention they are both teachers?  Yeah.  Almost too adorable, I know. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A Wedding Story | Northwest Arkansas Wedding Photographer

Once upon a time, my husband and I were planning a wedding.  We had serious discussions on just what kind of wedding it was going to be and a Halloween themed wedding was actually a major contender.   We LOVE Halloween and all things horror and spooky, so a fun costumed wedding seemed like a really perfect idea to us.  Part of the theme involved groomsmen wearing these 'living' skull latex masks that were glued straight to the face and moved with the facial muscles.  We were also thinking of a medieval themed wedding.  I thought the idea of all of John's best friends in tunics with their long hair was just amazing.  It's probably a good thing I had never heard of Game of Thrones at that point!

  In the end, however, we decided to do a more traditional wedding.  We picked a venue.  I was looking at dresses.  I was buying wedding magazines for inspiration.  (What?  This was pre-Pinterest.  I've been married forever.)  But I was also asking about once a week, "You sure you don't want to elope?" I was only half-joking.   I had it stuck in my head that I was going to do something that would embarrass me as I was walking down the aisle.  John, though, wanted a wedding.  He was one of the very last of his friends to get married and he wanted to do it 'right.'

This is why, only three months after we became engaged, what he said to me one day in our little apartment completely shocked me.  I was knitting on the couch and he was reading in the chair when suddenly he said, "Soooo...  you want to go get a marriage license?"  I stared at him for a long time before I realized he wasn't joking, then I jumped up and grabbed the keys.

As we were driving to get it, we quickly discussed our plan.  Sometime within the month we would have a super small ceremony with a justice of the peace and our closest friends and family.  It would be small, sweet, and simple.  It was December, so it would probably have to be indoors, and we were brainstorming location ideas as we were walking to the car after we had purchased our license.  When you receive a marriage license, they also give you an info sheet of contact numbers for Justices of the Peace, so I decided to call one just to find out his availability, his rates, and any other information we needed, such as witnesses. 

What he said next would change everything.

"Well, if you have a fella and can meet me in half an hour, we can do it today."

And just like that, our spur of the moment idea to plan a simple, quiet ceremony became a spur of the moment idea to get married THAT DAY.

He wore flannel.  I had on jeans and a golden cardigan.  We met the JP in a little gazebo in a small park on a rapidly getting colder December day.  We have exactly three photos of the day before our little digital camera's batteries died.  One of the gazebo, one of us smiling at the camera, one of us kissing. 

We've talked about a vow renewal.  It may happen some day, but I would really want something quiet in the woods with our kids and a small handful of people.  Something not much different than what we did a decade ago, only this time we would have a photographer. ;)  In the mean time, I take thousands of photos of the two of us and our family.  It makes me happy. 

I recently took a photo of my wedding ring just so it would get some love.  I haven't worn it in years and years, but I adore what it represents, so I wanted it documented.  <3

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