By: Shanna | June 26, 2018

Check out this beautiful couple... 

I had so much fun shooting Cindi + Scott's engagement photos back in May! Cindi had requested a creek - and, of course, what better place to do creek photos than at Shakertown! It has creeks, hills, and other gorgeous areas to shoot in. Plus, we had to have a good place to capture their beloved jeep as well! We laughed until we cried and had a great time! They are such a laid-back, easy going couple - which is something I LOVE! It was so easy and so much fun to capture these two :) 


I've been so busy lately that I completely forgot to blog these :) I shot their wedding at the beginning of this month + I can't wait to show you those photos as well! ♥

 
 

Category: Engagement 

Tags: Love, Engagement 

By: Shanna | June 07, 2018

♥ love this sweet family!

A few weeks ago, Kendra (the oldest daughter) asked me about Mother's Day photos for her Momma. They hadn't had photos done in a while - and she wanted to gift them to her. So we planned a date to meet up with her, her man (who is basically another 'child'), her momma, her sister, and her brother.  ♥ I was super excited to do this for them as they're one of my favorite families! I've known them for a few years due to the pageant system (I'm the local pageant director for our county fair as well...), and the youngest daughter, Bae-Bae, had won my Miss Preteen pageant (and went on to earn 3rd place at STATE!) a few years ago. They are just a super sweet family! 


The evening we did these, the weather was GORGEOUS, and we ended up getting some great pictures. ♥ If you notice in a few of them, you'll see them holding a sweet photo of her nephew/their cousin, that passed away several years ago. They are a super close-knit family, and always hold his memory very near and dear to their heart. I'm so glad that I could help include him in these pictures for them. ♥


See more of this beautiful family below: 

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By: Shanna | June 07, 2018

How gorgeous are these girls?

I've known Amber + her girls for many, many years. In fact, back in 2012 - her girls were some of my first 'models' for the 'photography business' I had hoped to grow. Of course, life got in the way & I never really jumped in until a few years later (2015). When she asked me to do a mother's day mini for her + girls, of COURSE I wouldn't pass it up! I honestly can't believe how much the girls have grown over the years - or how gorgeous they are! Someone's gonna have their hands full when they get to dating age ;) 


Check out some more from these sweethearts below: 

By: Shanna | May 30, 2018

I met these two cuties when their mom scheduled a session with me last summer! They are just a ton of fun to follow around. They bring tons of laughter and smiles to those around them. I just love their whole family and I was so excited that she got with me again to do these precious pictures for Mother's Day! I love watching kids grow and change over the years - and I hope to see these two grow as well! <3 


More from their mini-session below: 

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By: Shanna | May 30, 2018

I decided to do some last minute mother's day minis this year, and these beautiful women met up with me a few weeks ago for their mini! They were a blast to work with and I'm pretty certain that I laughed until I cried. This momma and her daughters are absolutely gorgeous and total sweethearts! More photos below: 

Category: Mini-Session 

Tags: Family, Mini-Sessions 

By: Shanna | March 28, 2018

Sooo, Addy Mae turned 9 months in January!

(yes, scold me.. I kept thinking I had already done this, and just realized that I hadn't. she'll be ONE next week. shame on me!) 


It was a very cold, very wet January and we had no idea how we were going to get her photos done. Thankfully it warmed up SLIGHTLY one weekend and we knew we better go for it even though it was a rainy, nasty day. Luckily, their nephew's birthday party was at this awesome building with a nice wrap around porch overlooking the river in Perryville (where they just so happened had had their baby shower) and asked if I could just meet them there when they got done. So, I loaded up my equipment and off I went to meet them! 


...and they turned out SO precious. We weren't entirely sure what we'd end up with, but I think we were pretty proud of what we got considering the nasty day we had available! ♥ I mean, with the cutest baby ever, how are you NOT going to get precious photos?!?


See more from Addy's 9 month session below: 

 
 

Category: Family 

Tags: Children, Family, Winter 

By: Shanna | January 12, 2018

Congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs. John Goins

Soo, I had the honor of photographing Beth & John's wedding back in October. Beth was a friend of mine from back in high school at BCHS. We had lost contact over the years, so I was thrilled when she reached out to me about photographing her wedding! Well, Yes! Of course I will! ♥ I was even more thrilled when I found out that it was at the Jeptha Creed Distillery - how awesome is that?! Weddings are one of my favorite things to photograph and I wanted to make sure I did an awesome job for her. I asked one of my best friends, Brittany, to go along with me to Louisville as my second shooter. She was a tad nervous, but you guys - she did AMAZING. I'll let you decide if you can figure out who took which photos ;) She's seriously going to now be my second-shooter for life. ♥ lol.

 
 

We began our day by traveling to their house in Louisville to capture the groom + his groomsmen. They were running a little behind, so we captured some 'getting ready' moments with them and played with their precious pups while we waited. Once everyone was ready, we headed to a little spot in their housing complex that had this adorable little bridge in it. It was perfect for their photos! Of course, they may have added in a little sip of their favorite drinks to celebrate. ;)


P.S. Check out those awesome socks in the slideshow below, guys! 


After we got done at the guys, we hightailed it to Beth's friend's (beautiful) house where all the girls were getting ready! They had all got their hair done, and Beth was getting her makeup done by her awesome make-up artist! He did an awesome job! They all looked A-MA-ZING. While she got her make-up done, we went around and took some fun lifestyle photo of her bridesmaids + bridesmate as well as some gorgeous pictures of her dress + jewelry. (aka, one of my favorite parts!) 

 
 

Once Beth was finished with her makeup - everyone helped get her into her wedding dress since her mom had to leave to get back to the venue and finish setting everything up. [Brittany was able to capture her mom retying the back her dress after we got to the venue! SO sweet!] It was a little chaotic and we didn't get to do everything we wanted to do, but that's just part of a typical wedding day. It happens! You just have to go with the flow! You'll absolutely laugh about it later - I did! ♥

 
 

Brittany + I tried to rush back to the distillery so that we could get some venue and decor pictures in before they got there. They had planned to do a first look and then a private ceremony with her Dad officiating before the public ceremony, but due to the time crunch - we weren't able to make that happen. Whenever Beth + her group got to the venue, many guests were starting to arrive and she didn't want them to see her just yet, so we decided to do the first looks inside the bar area. We did a first look with her parents first before we opened up the huge barn door and revealed her sweet soon-to-be husband. It turned out really well and it was so precious to see the excitement and love between all of them. 

 
 

aren't these handmade center pieces gorgeous!??

 
 

Afterwards, we wanted to try to get a few wedding party portraits in before the ceremony started as we knew that we wouldn't have a lot of daylight time after the ceremony. We went in the back room and closed the huge barn door so that we could use it for a background while we waited for the ceremony to start.♥ 

 
 

The Ceremony ♥

Their ceremony was GORGEOUS. Beth had decided not to do your traditional bouquet of flowers, but something extra special. She had several "special" guests that were to be there - each had an extra special relationship to her and they were seated in specific spots along the aisle. Each of the bridesmaids/mate would present a couple of the guests with a small bouquet of flowers as they came down the aisle. Then, whenever her dad lead Beth down to meet her husband, she would stop at each guest for a beautiful moment between them and to pick up the flowers they were holding. At the end, her mother helped tie them all together to form her wedding bouquet. The whole thing was extremely moving and beautiful to watch. ♥ This was an amazing idea to honor those special people in her life. I absolutely LOVED capturing it although I kept getting lost in watching! Their officiant was a close family friend that had traveled from South Africa (correct me if I'm wrong..) to join Beth + John together as husband and wife. I know that having him there to do it meant the entire world to them and it definitely showed. He did an amazing job and I'm sure there were very few dry eyes in the crowd. ♥♥

 
 
 
 

After the ceremony, we decided to try our best to get some pictures of the bride + groom plus their families and the wedding party inside the distillery and a few outside with the sunset. I think we were a little worried about light, but they still turned out GORGEOUS. But, it isn't hard when everyone is beautiful! With the ceremony over, everyone let loose and had a great time even if pictures isn't their favorite thing to do. We even got some pictures of this gorgeous bride by herself since we weren't able to earlier that day! ♥

 
 
 
 

Once the pictures were over, it was time to eat + party the rest of the evening away! Beth + John had hired an AWESOME band that kept everyone on the dance floor all night long! We did our best to capture all the fun everyone was having! It was hard keeping the camera up and not wanting to lay it down and dance the night away with them! You could tell everyone was having the BEST time! Which is the best part as the memories are what matters most. ♥

 
 
 
 
 
 

Congratulations again + thank you both for allowing us to be a part of your beautiful day! 

Category: Wedding 

Tags: lifestyle, wedding, love, couples, fall 

By: Shanna | January 03, 2018

It's so hard to believe that this guy is a senior in high school! 

I was super excited to be able to do Blake's senior pictures back in October! Blake + his awesome family are close family friends of my husband's family. They all grew up going to church together. They are just the sweetest people you can meet. In fact, Blake + his brother were escorts in our wedding back in 2010. ♥ They sure have grown up quite a bit since then!


It was pretty cold + not the prettiest day whenever we did these, but I still think they turned out really well considering! I swear we laughed so hard the entire time! It truly was a blast even though it wasn't very warm! We even took a few of him with his sweet brother + his girlfriend as well. 

After we finished up at the park, he headed to his grandma's to take a few with his beloved car. ♥ 


Enjoy the rest of your senior year, Blake! I hope it's awesome! ♥



a few more of Blake below (click to enlarge): 

Category: Seniors 

Tags: Senior Pictures 

By: Shanna | December 12, 2017

Sooo, I know that you remember our best friends, the Riley's... 

Well, Miss Addy Mae turned 6 months back in October! 

(yes... I'm aware that I'm super behind on posting, haha!) 

and of course we had to celebrate with some gorgeous fall photos! 

Luckily, we were able to do it before it turned rainy and chilly later that weekend - but we weren't able to do it before the clouds rolled in so it was cloudier than we had hoped... but they still turned out beautiful! ♥


See some of my favorites below:

Category: Family 

Tags: Children, Family, Fall 

By: Shanna | November 30, 2017

I've been fortunate to know the Wilson's for several years. Chad's brother Todd is my stepdad's best friend in the entire world and has been since they were 6 years old (they literally talk every day, lol) so they know my parents pretty well. And, whenever I was getting married in 2010, LeAnn's daughter, Kendra, was actually my flower girl! :) It's hard to believe that that was 7 years ago and look how grown up she is now! Blows my mind!


We had wanted to do a fall shoot at their friend's house and had it all planned out for a pretty evening last month - but life doesn't always work the way we want it to. Due to circumstances beyond anyone's control, it was already getting dark whenever we were able to start shooting so you'll find that these are darker than we would of liked- but I still think they turned out well! I mean, how could they not with such a gorgeous family in them?!?!


♥ A few more from our evening below: 

Category: Family 

Tags: Family, Fall 

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