This might sound a bit silly, but I have no idea what to title this post. When I was first approached by Laura and she mentioned the word “fiance” I instantly thought engagement photos. After a couple follow up e-mails I found out she wanted more of a focus on the animals (their two dogs and their horse Jackson). Once I arrived it ended up being more like two hours of me indulging in the company of many horses which are one of my favorite animals, but I almost never get a chance to be up close to them. Laura was surprised by my willingness to get up close and personal with these beautiful creatures, but I assured her it was out of child-like ignorance that I walked straight up and put a camera into their faces and started petting them and not from experience. Horses probably kick people like me and sit on them for not knowing better than to stand back, luckily that was not my experience at all! One did nibble on my fingers a bit, but I am pretty sure that it is because she liked me as much as I liked her. So big thank you Laura for inviting me out to spend an enjoyable, unseasonably warm winter afternoon to take your engagement photographs, pet photographs, and/or horse photographs, I had an amazing time!
Last weekend I met Lauren and her fiance Brad for a short engagement session that they won during my holiday giveaways back in December. The first diptych photos was taken at the putt-a-round at Cox’s Golf Driving Range where Lauren and Brad had their first date. Then we headed to a location with a more natural feel. After taking a few photos together, I heard some bottles clanking together and when I glanced down the hill there were a couple girls hanging painted glass bottles in a tree. They were gorgeous, quite the find and by the time we made it to the bottom of the hill it started to rain, but we continued to take photos anyway. Things cleared up a bit just long enough for us to run back to our cars. Thanks for taking a look, and thank you Brad and Lauren, it was nice to meet you in person finally!
To say that Emily and Brett were fully willing participants in this engagement session would be a little bit of a stretch… Katie and I met up with Brett and Emily at Mill Mountain Coffee in Blacksburg a little over a week ago to discuss the details of their wedding and wedding photography. It just so happened that I had a few exposures left over on the roll of 35mm film that I started the day before for an engagement session so I begged them to let us do a few ice breaker photos use up the roll of film and get more comfortable with each other before their wedding in September. Thankfully they were down for our unplanned, and extremely-mini engagement session in a, how do I put this delicately… less than attractive area of Blacksburg.
More fun stuff… I was talking to Emily online later on about the name of Katie and my wedding photography business and how we were struggling to find a good one. Emily suggested Katiebird and Hollybee Photography and we both LOVE it so thank you Emily for giving us a name!
I was thrilled to have the opportunity to meet Margarita and David in person this past Saturday for engagement photos and to discuss plans for their wedding this summer! Katie and I met this lovely couple for breakfast at Panera then moved on to The Oaks Victorian Inn Bed and Breakfast in Christiansburg where they were nice enough to allow us to roam around the inn and outside ground freely to take some engagement photos. It was a cold and rainy day, but we still managed to get TONS of beautiful photos. I’m so glad we had a nice indoor location to shoot, I loved the blue floral and paisley wallpaper from that first photo so much.
Margarita and David went to the same high school, but did not meet until after college. They were so adorable together and completely willing to play along with the crazy ideas that Katie and I had… such as having them jump into a claw foot bathtub. It was an absolute pleasure to spend time with them and I can’t wait to see them again at their wedding in June!
Katie and I have made a joint Facebook page for when we photograph weddings and engagements together. Hopefully it will be up and running soon with even more photos from our engagement session with David and Margarita, “like” the page so you don’t miss them!
New Years Eve was a busy day for me! In addition to the Buchanan’s maternity portraits, I got together with my new wedding photography business partner, Katie of Katie Estes Photography and her husband Brandon for a Virginia Tech couples session. Katie and Brandon are former Virginia Tech alumni who have returned to the area to take more classes. I am so happy to have a photography buddy in town again. We roamed around the Duck Pond on campus, Sandy Hall, the Newman Library, and the pylons at War Memorial Chapel. You can see a few more of the photos from this couples session over on the Holly Cromer Photography Facebook page!
And if you are getting married in 2012, Katie and I still can accept a couple more weddings at our special rate ($750 for two photographers + wedding photo booth), check out this blog post for more information.
Meet Sarah and Scott, they are getting married in June of next year. We started out with lunch at Tuggles Gap and made our way to several locations across the Blue Ridge Parkway. We visited Mabry Mill, Rocky Knob, then hiked up to the cabin at The Saddle. It was a beautiful, warm day filled with lovely fall colors, perfect for a hike and engagement photos!