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A blog post on a Saturday!?

Well, it’s our anniversary (The big 5!) and just like the past couple of years, I couldn’t help but share a few favorite photos, as I feel like my favorites change each year. And I expect they’ll keep changing as the years continue on. That notion alone makes me think so much about the honor I have to document such an amazing day for a couple. A day of family, joy and endless celebration. The good stuff.

Five years.

What a JOY it really has been.

I’m not one for being overly sentimental, but when I think of the life that we’ve built together already, I’d know it’s my greatest accomplishment, and really, not mine at all. The Lord has taught us and grown us in ways that I didn’t really think were possible. I never imagined to be the wife that’s attached to her husband, but when your husband is actually your best and dearest friend, you just can’t help it. He builds me up in ways I couldn’t have dreamt of in a husband, and he’s endlessly patient with me!

From day one, we’ve decided to put our marriage second (behind the Lord), and well, it’s something I’m incredibly thankful for. Though my business has been hard and tiresome at times, I can only count on one or two hands the number of times we didn’t have dinner together (when we were both in town).

We’ve spent countless evenings sharing conversation and sharing meals. We’ve made dreams happen ( #TheCherryTrek!), and we’ve seen more places together than I ever imagined we would. We made a home we loved and built community in Nashville for many years, and those years are years we will never forget. We were engaged in Nashville &  married in Virginia, and last year, we made our way back home to Virginia where we’ve fallen in love with our new home, Charlottesville.

We’ve seen friends become parents, friends marry their best friends, we’ve lost people we love, we’ve found church communities we adore, and we’ve spent many a hike talking about life.

It’s been a sweet, sweet five years. And I know it will only get sweeter! Here’s to countless years ahead of sharing meals, sharing life and building a life together, Jeremy!

 

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All photographs by Seth Binstead & Frank Ameka.

 

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The good things of summer…popsicles, bubbles, gardens, sprinklers, fresh fruit and endless sunshine to soak in. And Miss Emmaline knows those things well.

I’ve photographed this sweet girl since birth, and my, how she’s grown. With every passing month and day, she grows more into her own and it’s been so fun to watch her over the years. She’s vivacious, joyful and endlessly exploring. She’s her momma’s constant sidekick and her parents feed her need for the outdoors and creativity so beautifully.

Every time I see a new update about Miss E on Instagram, she’s either cooking, eating whole tomatoes, putting her face into a garden house or jumping into the pool fearlessly. She lives life so very well! So, for this session, we really wanted to document this fun time in her life. We had the bubble machine going, the water hose and sprinkler on and off throughout, and she of course got her favorite toy out – her John Deere tractor out to explore the yard.

Thank you, Katie & Brent for choosing me to document this sweet, sweet time in your lives with your precious girl!

And if you want to see Emmaline’s sessions from over the years, you can see them here:
Newborn // 3 Months // 6 Months // 9 Months // 12 Months // Her Heirloom Book

 

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spring engagement session at market at grelen bloomfield by charlottesville wedding photographer, amy nicole photography_0033One of the main questions I get when talking about my business is, “how do people find you?” Most of the time, the answer is “referrals,” as many of my couples and families find me through past clients, mutual friends, old family friends, you name it.

But one of the best stories I have, is that I’ve met a bride on a plane, and that bride is Miss Stephanie. And I’m so thankful I met her to say the least.

Last year was a marathon year of traveling between packing our life up in Nashville to head back to Virginia, to our trip to Europe (#thecherrytrek), and many trips back to Nashville for various weddings & sessions as well as other out-of-state weddings. On my way back home to Charlottesville one day, I boarded the tiniest plane known to man and had a mini panic attack as I realized how small the plane was. I’m just not a fan of being able to see the front and back of the plane in one glance.

So, I nervously found my seat and kept repeating to myself that it’s just a short trip…it’s just a short trip. I noticed the girl I was sitting by had a really cute purse, so I thought I’d say hello and tell her how much I liked it. Well, she began to share the story behind the purse, as it was made by a company that employs military spouses and the conversation continued. We found that we both had recently moved from Nashville, and that she had moved to Texas to be with her boyfriend as he is in the military. She shared a bit more and talked a bit about how she thought they’d be engaged soon and we talked about how I traveled for weddings. Once the plane landed, we said our goodbyes and I told her to keep in touch….and she did!

Fast forward, she is marrying her best friend in Lake Tahoe this coming weekend! What makes the story even better, is he had some training & school in Charlottesville earlier this spring, so she tagged along for the trip and we got to do an engagement session while they both were in town. So funny how things work out!

We decided on Market at Grelen for it’s amazing views and I just think it’s so quintessentially Virginia with the rolling hills and mountain views.  The way Freddy looks at Stephanie is something out of a movie and I’m just so excited to celebrate them becoming husband & wife this weekend. Congratulations, you two! I can’t wait to celebrate you!

 

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  1. Emily Alfriend Wilson said:
    Beautiful pictures of a beautiful couple! Our family is so happy for them and send all our best wishes for a long and happy life together!
    June 1, 2017  4:41 am
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Creating a wedding timeline doesn’t have to be difficult (especially when you have an awesome planner on your side!), and it can be one of the biggest things in reducing stress on your wedding day. That’s why I always work with couples and their planner on crafting the perfect photo timeline for the day. Below you’ll find a few tips and things to consider when creating the perfect timeline for your day!

1.  Before setting your ceremony time, look up sunset time for your wedding day.

Knowing what time the sun will set on your wedding day is a huge help when planning your wedding day timeline. If you’re wanting those lovely, romantic portraits, we need light! If you want any golden hour portraits, we should plan for those to take place 1.5 -2 hours before sunset. Knowing that helps us craft the timeline around the best light for the day. It also helps in deciding what time your ceremony should be so that you can plan for beautiful light as your saying your vows! Pro tip: If you’re getting married outside, look for areas of open shade! If you’re getting married indoors, think through when it’s brightest inside your location.

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2. Determine whether you’d like to do a first look.

Having a first look helps the day run a bit more smoothly, as you’ll get the most important photos done before the ceremony and you’ll be able to join in on your cocktail hour a bit sooner after the ceremony. It helps ease nerves and it’s one of the few times you’ll get some slow & quiet time together. It’s always so sweet to see couples actually getting to spend some time together alone before the big events of the day start happening. And if you’re worried about his reaction, I can also reassure you that he will be just as thrilled to see you walk down that aisle towards him because it means you’re officially becoming his wife.

With that said, I didn’t opt for a first look on our wedding day (though I’m pretty sure I’d change that now!), so I completely understand if it’s not something you’d like to do. My best advice is that we simply work together to create the best timeline for your day to still allow for the best time & light!

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3. Always account for wiggle room.

Chances are, something may run behind on your wedding day even if you’ve planned really well for it. The best way to keep things on time is to plan in some wiggle room into your timeline so that even if things get behind, you don’t feel rushed and the photos aren’t rushed.

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4. Work with your photographer to determine how much coverage you really need.

Most of my couples end up with about 8 hours of coverage, but I’ve worked with couples anywhere from 6 hours to 12 hours. Some things to discuss include your ceremony & reception locations, how large your wedding is, and how much reception / getting ready coverage you’d like. I work with my couples throughout the entire planning process so that when the day comes, you simply sit back and actually enjoy your beautiful day!

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5. Think through travel time needed if you’re having your ceremony and reception in different locations.

This can always sneak it’s way into a timeline and it’s crucial it isn’t forgotten! You may have scheduled 45 minutes for Bride & Groom portraits, but if it takes 15 minutes to get there and/or you need to return to the original location, that’s 30 minutes of travel time. If your ceremony & reception are all at the same place, make sure you account for at least a few minutes of walking between locations if it’s a big property.

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Lastly, below you’ll find a few sample photo timelines based on a fall wedding. Of course, you can adjust based on the time the sun sets on your wedding day.

 

Sample Timeline with First Look:
12:30pm: Photographer arrives, Details & Getting Ready
2:00pm:  Bride puts dress on
2:15-3:15pm: First Look, Bride & Groom portraits
3:15-3:45pm: Wedding Party
3:45-4:15pm: Family Portraits
4:15pm: Bride & Groom hide, Ceremony & Reception detail photos
5:00-5:30pm: Ceremony
5:30-6:00pm:  Bride & Groom golden hour photos
6:00pm: Bride & Groom join cocktail hour
6:30pm – Sunset & Grand Entrance into reception
8:30: Reception coverage ends with an 8 hour timeline

Sample Timeline without First Look:
1:00pm: Photographer arrives, Getting Ready & Details photos
2:15pm: Bride puts dress on
2:20-2:50pm: Bride & Bridesmaid photos
2:55-3:15pm: Groom & Groomsmen photos
3:15pm: Bride & Groom Hide, Ceremony & Reception Detail photos
4:00-4:30pm: Ceremony
4:30-5:00pm: Family Portraits
5:00-5:15pm: Full Wedding Party
5:15-6:00pm: Bride & Groom Portraits
6:15pm: Reception grand entrance
6:30pm – Sunset
9:00pm: Reception coverage ends with an 8 hour timeline

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Have any questions or want to share more about your beautiful wedding day? I’d love to hear from you!

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I first met Laura back in 2014 when we both attended a workshop focused on film photography hosted by Belle Lumiere and taught by the wonderful Elisa Bricker.  We came to find we were two Virginia girls living in Nashville, and we had grown up not too far from one another!

My, how things have come full circle. Now, I’ve made my way back to Virginia and I’m thankful to say we’ve become sweet friends.  I had the opportunity to photograph her and her children while she was visiting her grandparents in Charlottesville (such a small world!) earlier this year, and what a joy it was to give her time to be on the other side of the camera enjoying her two littles. I photographed them simply on film, and it was such a breath of fresh air to leave my digital cameras at home and focus on film specifically. Combined with her grandparents’ magical backyard, it’s a session I just had to share!

Moms, you have a beautiful yet tough job, and I hope you give yourself the chance to celebrate. To celebrate who you are as a woman and a mother. Who you are for your children. Who your children are for you. And the beauty of the bond between you. It’s a relationship I’ll never tire of documenting, because it’s a relationship that never ceases to amaze me and teach me.

Laura, I hope you felt celebrated!

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You may remember this sweet little boy, Elliot, from his newborn session in NYC, where he and his parents live. But, you also may remember Kate & Mark from their wedding at The Bridge Building in downtown Nashville.

When Kate and I initially started talking about the different sessions throughout Elliot’s first year, she mentioned that she wanted to have the sessions take place in the cities that were a part of Kate & Mark’s story. Of course, NYC made sense, as they currently live in the city, but Nashville was also such a special city for them, as they met & married in Music City.

Ironically, it snowed on the day we initially scheduled the session after a string of such warm days in Nashville. We decided to reschedule for the next day since it looked like it would be at least a tad warmer.

So, we met downtown near the same place they had married three years prior almost exactly. What a sweet way to celebrate Elliot’s first 6 months!

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