Sharing these again because they were two of my top three finalists this year in Shoot & Share’s annual Photo Contest! Every year after chasing fresh ideas and inspiration, I’ll enter and watch to see if my work does better than the year before, but what always comes to mind: the PEOPLE I got to plan with, photograph and create memories for year after year. I can spot my dream client a mile away and right at the top of that “DREAM” checklist is that far above all the attention poured into the dress, flowers, music, food, rings, makeup, hair, venue... the relationship with the love of their life will remain the most prized and celebrated priority before, during and after her wedding day. I love weddings, but I love beautiful, growing, thriving marriages even more. ✨
“I want your last name. Your Sunday mornings and daily commutes. I want your phone calls and your quirks. Your sick days... your laugh. Your arms around my waist when I walk by and you can’t let me by. Your eye contact. Your smile. I want to find your lost keys. Do your laundry. Make your coffee the way you like it. I want the other side of the bed to be yours, our fingers intertwined. I want your silences. I want your past and your future.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ He’s 30 today and most of all, I want him home. Happy birthday, @mittonman ❤️ #mittondeployment
Double tap if this is pretty much the largest bridal bouquet you’ve ever seen 🙋🏻♀️
“There are stories that don’t yet feature the rescue of God.” I heard this in a video a friend shared with me and felt so much comfort in the hope I have for what’s to come. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It’s hard to explain — I won’t be able to share all the reasons... but I knew almost as deeply as I longed, that God was hearing our prayers for another child, that it would be a girl and we would name her Penelope. I was so sure, that before she was even conceived, I bought these earrings I’d found called “Penelope” and wore them for our family pictures so they’d include “all of us”. I teared up when this shot was taken because Ben was leaving in just weeks and my prayers still hadn’t been answered, but I clung hard to the belief that they would be, they would be. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Then we got pregnant... and before we knew it was a girl, Ben bought me a going away present — a monogrammed ring for Penelope. We laughed a little nervously at the thought that we didn’t yet know for sure it was a girl, but shrugged it off because it just felt right... so I wore the ring. Even Cedric couldn’t be convinced that we were having anything but a girl and he’d touch my belly and pray for his “princess”. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Looking back now, it’s crazy to me how articulately we all felt about this baby. I was loving her all summer and wasn’t even pregnant yet... it was like God was giving us just a little more time to fall in love with her before He let grief intertwine. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There’s a lot I don’t understand, but I know this: God’s not finished yet. 🖤 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “It was like the moment when a bird decides not to eat from your hand, and flies, just before it flies, the moment the rivers seem to still and stop because a storm is coming, but there is no storm...very much like the moment, driving on bad ice, when it occurs to you your car could spin, just before it slowly begins to spin, like the moment just before you forgot what it was you were about to say, it was like that, and after that, it was still like that, only all the time.” Marie Howe #penelopemitton #miscarriage #ihadamiscarriage #loveandloss
Some of the best advice I’ve ever heard about being a wedding photographer: “Be more than a photographer. Be a coach, an encourager, an advocate, and a friend. Let your first instinct always be to love and to serve. Love and serve. Marinate in that. Let it invade every area of your heart and become woven into the fabric of your being, because the way we treat people matters as much as the photos we give them — so love and serve people all day in every way you can. Walk onto that wedding day with a servant’s heart and go out of your way to make people feel cared for and special... be an ambassador of joy. That’s what the day’s all about (joy) and it’s what we should be all about, too.” - @amy_demos
“The shoe fits.” - Cinderella
Throwing it back to this bohemian-inspired shoot again and cannot apologize!! Three years later it still carries the spirit of work I love creating for the modern romantic... Hope you all had a great week!! I met with my tax consultant today and thanks to some unexpected tax cuts, realized I’d set aside over 10x what I needed 😯 (I might be an over-preparer 🤷🏻♀️) soooo I’m celebrating tonight with some Qdoba and a movie marathon (+ some new Fabletics on the way)! 🥳🙌🏻 Hope you’re celebrating your wins (big or small) in ways that feel rewarding and motivate you to keep up the hard work! Hustle isn’t meant to be a full-time gig... you need a little rest, too. ✨ Happy weekend!
Six years ago tonight, this man got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife!! At least I think he did... I honestly have almost no idea what he said because I was so caught off guard, it’s almost completely a blur 😅 The important thing is that I said YES and told him I loved him (for the very first time 😱)! ...then he may have low-key panicked when the ring he bought didn’t seem to fit my finger at first. 😬💍 (Don’t worry - it was actually the perfect fit, we were just nervous. 😇) Best decision ever. I’m so glad God brought us together when He did - it scares me to think sometimes how different the last 6+ years might have looked if he never sent that first message over Facebook or I never replied... maybe it’s the romantic in me, but I like to think that no matter what, we would’ve ended up together??! 🤷🏻♀️🤗 When I said yes to him that night, I said no to anybody else; to wanting any other future than one by his side. I wish we weren’t an ocean apart right now, but I signed up for the good times AND the hard times and I’m willing to go through this season, too... being together again is worth it. Grateful I have him to miss. He’s the man for me, always was, always will be ✨ #mittondeployment
Well with windchills at 55 below zero, this is for surrre not what it’s looking like outside right now 🙈😂 Any suggestions for how to entertain a cooped up 4-year-old during a week-long winter storm?? Because this momma’s energy tank isn’t quittte keeping up with this amount of sword fights and dinosaur chases 😅
You put your arms around me, and I’m home.