Monthly Archives: October 2011

Several months ago, I worked with Rachel Faucett of Handmade Charlotte on a do-it-yourself activity you can do with your kids. She needed some photographs of her playing with her kids as well as some artist portraits made, which I love.

Rachael’s creativity is infectious. It never fails that an afternoon with her inspires me to redecorate a room in my house, or dust off my sewing machine for a quick project.

Last month, my photo adventure with Rachel was published in LaPetite Magazine. I was estatic to say the least. If you are a fan of my facebook page,  you will know first hand how excited I was. I upgraded my camera that night in true “Kate celebratory fashion.”

Part of the joy of my job is the brilliance I get to work with. Whether collaborating with another photographer, discussing a shoot with a bride or a mother of 4, or recording unforgettable moments, I am always inspired by other people, and the way they see the world.

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The date was June 19, 2011

My husband, Rusty, and I were in Laguna Beach, CA for the Lenny Kravitz/U2 concert. We were excited to be alone and spending some quality time together. Just before sunset, we went out to explore some rocks along the beach. The coast in California is breathtaking. Rock formations line the coast, which makes beautiful images for my camera. After splashing around for about an hour and taking some pictures, we headed back to our hotel to get ready for dinner. We were both wet and sticky from a day in the sand and surf. On our way back to our hotel, we passed a couple, excitedly hugging and loving on each other. They were dressed up, and I knew something memorable had just taken place. Without hesitation, I ran up the beach and effortlessly matched their excitement as I asked what had just happened. Quickly, their story unfolded. Evan, an Air Force pilot was about to leave for Japan for 4 months. He couldn’t leave until he asked his lovely lady, Jessica, to be his bride. Their story touched me deeply. Did I mention that it was sunset…in Lauguna Beach? I introduced myself as an Atlanta based photographer and asked if I could take engagement pictures of them, as a gift. They agreed with light in their eyes. This is why I love what I do. For an hour, I get the opportunity to be a part of another person’s life. I get to meet new people, hear their stories and share “life” with them. It was perfect.

The story doesn’t end there. After I sent them their CD of images, I got a phone call from Jane, Evan’s mother, asking me if I was available on October 15 to shoot their wedding, in Laguna Beach. This Friday, I board an airplane, California bound, to be a part of another memorable moment in the lives of Jessica and Evan. What a lucky girl I am.

 

 

Date: September 10, 2011 Place: Rydal, Georgia

It was a lovely September evening; beautiful candles in hurricanes lined an isle sprinkled with white rose petals. The bride was stunning; the groom, charming.

When I first met with Shanon and Kodi in June, I asked them to tell me their story. I always love to hear how a bride and groom met, and how they fell in love. Shanon and Kodi have been together for over 10 years. Their love is sweet, and their affections contagious. As ever, I was honored to document their special journey into becoming man and wife.

With my own husband at my side, it was a rare chance for us to revisit the vows we made to one anther 12 years ago. It was emotional, it was sweet, it was incredibly romantic. If we both hadn’t been so exhausted when we got home, we might have slow dance in the kitchen.