A Raven Lodge Wedding in Huntsville, Texas | Will & Aisha

A Raven Lodge Wedding in Huntsville, Texas | Will & Aisha

As guests milled around the lodge and began to take their seats, Aisha waited quietly in the back with her father. After so much planning and preparation, it was a bit surreal that this day was actually here. In just a few short moments, she walked down the aisle past those she loved most in the world, those who supported her and celebrated life with her. At the end of the aisle, she locked eyes with Will… the most genuine and caring man she had ever met. The pastor read their vows and they smiled, laughed, and brushed back tears as they committed their lives to each other forever.

Their Raven Lodge wedding perfect- an outdoor and intimate location to celebrate their union and wonderful Texas weather (which doesn’t happen very often!). From cake-toppers that were exact replicas of Will and Aisha to copies of the newspaper article published about their engagement, every little detail reflected their personalities, their style, and their mutual love of nature.

But more than that, Will and Aisha’s wedding was a day built on love, family, and joyful celebration.
And it couldn’t have been more perfect.

Will and Aisha, thank you for allowing Lucas and I to share in this incredibly special time in your life. It was a honor to get to know you and those closest to you over the weekend, and we truly felt like part of the family by the time that we left. We love you and wish you the absolute best together!

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Las Vegas Thirst Relief Benefit Shoot

Las Vegas Thirst Relief Benefit Shoot

Nearly 1 billion people in the world today still lack access to clean drinking water.
More than 2 billion people lack adequate sanitation systems.
Additionally, almost 1 million children die each year due to preventable water-related illnesses.

Honestly, my mind can’t wrap itself around these statistics. As Americans, we live in a place where most of us haven’t had to think twice about not having access to clean water. For most of us, we simply walk 20 steps to the nearest faucet, turn it on, and drink. We have the luxury of long hot showers and flushing toilets, but the reality is much of the world has never known these things.

We are so incredibly blessed monetarily in our country, and it’s really important for me to remember that. If the Lord has given me more than I need, I know that the reason he has done so is to be able to use my excess to help others. So when I saw that Thirst Relief was sponsoring a benefit shoot during WPPI, it was kind of a no-brainer to sign up. Not only were we able to help support an organization working to end the water problem and foster long-term community development, but we were able to spend an afternoon learning from several industry leaders and meeting wonderful new friends.

If you’re thinking about going next year, I’d highly recommend it. It’s a great way to build your portfolio, but more importantly than that, the friendships you’ll make with like-minded people within your industry are invaluable and the organization you’ll support is incredible.

I spent most of my time during the shoots observing and talking with others instead of making photographs (which, if you know me, is a bit strange :), but the following are a few of my favorites from our time together.

Happy Tuesday!!

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Matt & Heather’s Pinnacle Mountain Engagement | Mountain Tops & Rainy Days

Matt & Heather’s Pinnacle Mountain Engagement | Mountain Tops & Rainy Days

Storm clouds were rolling in, but they would not be deterred. Instead, they talked and laughed a bit as they walked, climbing the same mountain that they had climbed so many times before.

By the time they got to the top of Pinnacle Mountain, it was raining. And it was only getting worse. Heather suggested they head back down, but today was Matt’s birthday and he wanted to stick around a bit longer. Together, they found their favorite spot and looked out over the landscape that sprawled beneath them.

This was a special place for Matt and Heather, a place that held lots of memories and defining moments in their relationship as they had grown together over the past five years. And that day, in the pouring rain and in a place that meant so much to them, Matt asked Heather to be his wife.

It couldn’t have been more perfect that it also threatened to storm the day that Matt, Heather, and I decided to climb Pinnacle Mountain to document their engagement. As we climbed, Heather told me her and Matt’s story and I couldn’t have been more happy for the two of them. Heather was one of my very first friends at Henderson, and I’ve have had the opportunity to watch The Lord working as her and Matt’s story unfolded over the years. I cannot even express how much Heather’s friendship meant to me throughout college and I’m so incredibly honored to have the opportunity to document this new and exciting season of their lives.

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romantic pinnacle mountain little rock engagement photos

romantic pinnacle mountain little rock engagement photos
romantic pinnacle mountain engagement photos

romantic pinnacle mountain little rock engagement photos

romantic pinnacle mountain engagement photos

romantic pinnacle mountain little rock engagement photos

romantic pinnacle mountain little rock engagement photos

romantic pinnacle mountain little rock engagement photos

romantic pinnacle mountain little rock engagement photos

romantic pinnacle mountain little rock engagement photos

romantic pinnacle mountain little rock engagement photos

romantic pinnacle mountain little rock engagement photos

romantic pinnacle mountain little rock engagement photos

How to get Facebook Page Notifications You want to See

How to get Facebook Page Notifications You want to See

Facebook is CONSTANTLY changing, and sometimes it feels impossible to keep up. As a content creator, it’s important for me to try to stay on top of the updates and changes that Facebook (frequently!!) makes, and it’s still a HUGE struggle for me. I can’t even imagine how difficult it is for a regular Facebook user.

So.
In case you’re not super up on the times, here are a few fun facts and Facebook statistics for you to impress your friends with:

- Facebook launched pages for businesses in 2007. Back in the day, the majority of your content would pop up in on the news feeds of your fans. After all, they DID “like” your page. However, since it’s beginning in 2007, the reach of Business Page posts have only been decreasing.
- In April of 2012, Facebook let us know that Fan Pages posts only reach about 16% of their audience. More recently, a study revealed that number nowadays is closer to 6%. That means 6 out of every 100 fans actually see the content you’re creating.
- If you’re not frequently engaging with a page (liking, commenting, posting on their wall, etc.), Facebook thinks that you’re not interested in them and will show you less and less of their content.

All of these changes mean that even if you’re interested in receiving notifications from pages you’ve specifically liked, the chances you will see them pop in your newsfeed are very slim. But the good news is that there IS something you can do about this!! Even though they’re not common knowledge Facebook HAS created options that will allow you to keep up with pages you’re interested in following! Below is how to get Facebook Page notifications:

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1. Make sure there are check marks beside both “liked” and “following”.
This ensures that notifications WILL show up in your timeline. Otherwise, Facebook thinks you’re not interested in following the page and will likely not show you any of their content.

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2. Create an “interest list” for pages you especially want to follow.
There are a select number of photographers and brands that I’m very interested in keeping up with. I want to be notified when they post blogs, updates, and new content, so I’ve created an interest list for them. The interest list will show up on the left hand panel of your dashboard under “interests” and show you ALL of the updates the pages you’ve put in there send out. I use this thing like an RSS feed and check it more than my general Facebook newsfeed.
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3. Check “turn on notifications”.
When you do this, you get a notification whenever the specific page posts new content. I don’t have this turned on for any pages because I don’t want to get CONSTANT notifications on my phone/browser, but it’s certainly an option for people you want to stalk extra. :)

I hope these tips help you navigate the ever increasing difficulties of Facebook and see more posts by those you care about!!
Happy Thursday!!

The Grand Canyon & Lots of Road Trips | March Highlights & April Goals

The Grand Canyon & Lots of Road Trips | March Highlights & April Goals

Today is April 2nd, which means that 25% of 2014 is already gone… and that makes my head spin a bit. I simultaneously feel like SO MUCH has happened, and yet not very much at all. Like I’ve done a thousand little things, but not gotten very much closer to accomplishing the goals that I set for myself in January. It’s days like this that I feel a bit overwhelmed by the journey ahead, but I’m also learning that these things are a process and I need to cherish the beautiful moments along the way.

So March was definitely filled with ups and downs and lots of crazy adventures, but overall such a sweet month in our silly little journey of life.

I attended WPPI and listened to some of the best speakers and photographers in the industry.
I also met lots of other photographers and had some of the most wonderful conversations.
Even though I kind of hated Vegas, I’m so thankful for the opportunity I had to be there for a week.

On the way home, we saw a sign stating that we were only about 50 miles from the Grand Canyon……. and when you’re 50 miles from the Grand Canyon, you HAVE to go.
No questions asked.
We didn’t get to our hotel until 1 AM, but it was so. very. worth. it.

I settled back into my normal work schedule and jumped head first into wedding season.
I photographed three weddings and three engagement sessions in March, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunities I’ve had this month to chase my crazy little dream.

In fact, I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had a chance to process everything I learned at WPPI and United yet.
There’s so much information floating around in my head that I just haven’t had time to think about and implement, and I’m hoping for a bit of a break in April to seriously think about these things.

In my attempt to live a more balanced life and NOT work 24/7, we decided to drive to Nashville and visit Elle the kitten one night.
At 11PM.
It was wonderful.
I also tried to make more time to be with friends, enjoying the warm weather and talking about life.

However, overall, I still have a LONG way to go before I figure out how to live well and not let my work consume my life. I’m still not sure exactly how that will look for me, but at this point, I’m content knowing that this is a journey and I don’t have to figure it out overnight. :)

So in March, I want to continue working on that.
To do the things I said I was going to do in April…. but didn’t really succeed at.
Like reading more. (I mean, I did read more, but not nearly as much as I would like to.)
And running. (I mean, I did run… Once. For 15 minutes. Holla.)
I still need to figure out how to break up a bit more with social media and learn to manage my time better.
And I definitely need to play with kittens more.
Lucas and I visited the human society yesterday and I discovered that having 20 cats crawling all over you, all desperate for attention, may possibly be the best thing ever.

I definitely need more of that in my life.

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