Oh my goodness! I am bursting at the seams to share this wedding with you all!! Megan Rader and Ben Culp had a beautiful wedding with the most wonderful day! We all lucked out with the weather. Everyone in their families and wedding parties were so sweet and gracious and kind…I could not have asked for a more ideal event.
One Mr Ryan Bumgarner reached out to have me act as his second shooter for a wedding at Claxton Farms in Weaverville and I leapt at the chance! I love, love, LOVE Claxton Farms and was more than excited to return after several years. One of my oldest and dearest friends was married there years ago and I learned at this wedding that the original barn had been lost to a fire. Let me just say that their replacement structure was simply beautiful!
Here are a handful of images from my lens for their wedding photography collection. Thank you Megan, Ben and Ryan for having me out to help capture your special day. I had a wonderful time and wish you all the very best!
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I cannot even begin to write this post without GUSHING!
Everything ran smoothly with my team of professionals, all of my clients were an absolute DREAM to work with and it was an AMAZING Day! Here are a few images from the boudoir event (I can’t show them all…some of them are holiday gifts! We can’t go and spoil the surprise now can we?)
One of my clients enjoyed her images and the boudoir experience SO much, she has created an incredible buzz at her workplace which in turn has my inbox overflowing with inquiries for the next Asheville event. That being said, we are scheduling another event for Sunday December 9th.
Get in touch quickly as I don’t expect these limited boudoir and glamour appointments to last for very long!
It is that time of year again! Are you starting your holiday gift list? I started mine this morning…(sigh)…You see, I am one of those gifters that really likes to get gifts for people that are actually FOR the individual. Something I think they’ll not only like, but USE. I list out different things to narrow down my criteria. For example
We’ll use my husband as an example
- Introvert/Extrovert (definitely extrovert)
- Interests: horror movies, driving (too quickly on the reg), playing poker, cleaning and maintaining his vehicle, playing golf, playing music, reading/writing, hats (one for every occasion and sometimes 2 or 3), cooking, preparing for winter/apocalypse & enjoying cheap beer
- Needs: jeans, socks, printer paper, a fun event (preferably with his wife – ME – but it isn’t mandatory. All he does is work and play poker once a week…we need to get that man out n about!), car stuff (ask him. I start tuning him out when he starts talking needs for his “Lu”), flooring, ladder, new bass and guitar strings
- Things I want FOR him: clothing that isn’t falling apart (he NEVER shops), time, a vacation, something that HE might find sentimental (Only the Lord knows), a gift that makes his smile run ear to ear for days on end after he opens it, a tailored suit, a reason to wear a tailored suit
Ok, so there we have a little insight into Jake, what he likes, things he needs, so on and so forth. Looking at the list nothing really jumps out as a perfect gift idea. So, how do we expand those points into suitable gifts? Well, we start with his holiday stocking. I’ll probably fill it with things like coffee, driving or golf gloves, a gift certificate to Bruisin Ales (he can like PBR all day long however, we live in Beer City USA and the man should enjoy a craft brew from time to time).
For gifts, really real gifts will be some new jeans and the obligatory package of socks, an outfit or two depending on the deals I’ll come across at TJ’s and the like but what can I get the man to really make him happy on Christmas morning? Our budget is just that, a budget so I need to stretch that dollar!
Maybe a racecar driving “experience”? a mini trip to Hot Springs? a new computer (we are in dinosaur land as he gets all my technology hand me downs)? and maybe even a mini album of his wife looking amazing (while I still got it goin on dontcha know – and yes, I’ll post some of those as I finish the post work). I’d love to hand him a card with a brochure for a cruise or a fabulous vacation but I don’t think that is in the cards for this season…maybe for our anniversary in March 🙂
What are your thoughts? Do you have any insight from knowing him or from this criteria that I haven’t thought of? I’d love to read about it in the comments section! And for those of you looking for that perfect gift, Studio 828 has gift certificates available. Perhaps you know someone in need of engagement photos or senior portraits? Denominations are available in as little as $30.00. Who will you play Santa for this year?