That van life, though. There's no better way to let our wanderlusting hearts roam than to just do it. Roam. Go into the wild. Road trip the world. And rest easy because you have made all the days good, rich and full.
Last week, I embarked on a lil' workshop journey to Yosemite with @thehearnes and @maddiemaephoto and it's one of the best decisions I've ever made for my business. I'm stoked to fan the flame and connect with you amazing like-spirits out there who are amped for adventure and ready to swim against the stream to tell the epic story of a wedding day that feels uniquely YOU. So tell me, what's the wedding or elopement of your wildest adventure dreams? ✨ s/o to these rad lovers for adventuring with us, @_kimw_ and @slackinhigh
This is the coolest girl I know and I couldn’t be more stoked to spend these days with her walking to and from school, doing homework, exploring the beach, catching critters and lugging them home, reading Harry Potter and dragon stories at night. Doodle, you are ever curious about the world around you, incredibly kind, super athletic and fantastic at problem-solving. Don’t ever lose your sense of wonder, never stop exploring and keep on goin’ sister. I love you and I’m so amazed by you.
Take me to Hawaii and I post a picture of my sis and the mountains. But lemme tell ya—that water is blue, those palms are awesome, the breeze is fab and I like it all! #ohanameansfamily
I met Clary and Dustin just before the morning sun kissed these ol’ Rocky Mountain peaks. Both from Missouri, Clary grew up skiing in Breck and dreamed of Colorado engagement photos. It was their last day of vacation and we all rose before the birds to make it happen. These winter mountain sunrises have easily become my favorite and I love getting to share them with clients near and far. Awesome fact: Clary’s gorgeous ring is a family heirloom that belonged to her grandmother before her. They didn’t have to do a thing to it and it’s absolutely perfect. 💍💕✨
👋🏼👋🏼it’s me, Ashton, and my girl Syd. As I say around my house, “Syddie’s my best girlfrand.” Wouldn’t wanna make T jeal. And as you can see, she’s the other pea squeezed in our pod, my dog half and spirit animal. Anywho. Throughout the holidays, we didn’t feel super rested or refreshed. January is also a jam-packed month, but we’ve been able to steal away some QT in nature with friends and our gal here. Weirdly, I’ve been feeling more energized and excited to dig into off-season biz things and I think it’s because we finally embraced the space that nature offers us. Today, we’re enjoying a quiet, slow morning before church and then we’ll prep for the getaway week we have ahead. Tomorrow, the Ferg Force heads for the mountains! 2018, brang it onnnnn!! 📷: T👱🏻♂️💕
Mountains. It's what we do. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Y'all. Decisions are not my thang. I open up this lil' app and wanna share all kinds of goodies, but I can never just PICK something and move on. I'm tryina' work real hard this year on not overthinking, just trusting and consistently showing up. Last weekend, we had the BOMB pleasure of trying something awesomely new thanks to our friend, @annacwong and her outdoors-lovin' crew. We went on a backcountry hut trip that required an Alpine Touring ski setup, skins, avalanche gear, backpacks, lots of layers (to be shed) and a penchant for work, fun and the God-filled glory of nature and solitude. Nevermind skiing in straight pow, the rush I get from all things new, or the air I got on some lil' jumpies. (I totally yipped and hooted.) It. Was. Awesome. And I can't wait to make it my winter thing with my Aussie girl, Syd, by my side. Zoom in to see dem mountains in Thomas' goggles! I think I get to be a kid forever in this playground.
Adventurous people in epic places.
As the snow flurries trickle down (finally) on our cozy corner of Denver, I’m working on some lil’ presents. Thinking about these two wonderfully awesome humans today—their wedding is in NO time, their engagement session was wintry and dreamy and I just like ‘em a whole lot. Happiest First Day of Winter and here’s to a year ahead of serving lots of beautiful souls pursuing and embracing all the epic adventures of life—from the most mundane to the incredibly grand.
My favorite dress of the season...and possibly ever. Every single button was totally worth it. The silvery-gold beaded leaves were the perfect fall/winter detail, especially with a giant oak tree as the backdrop for Claire and Dave’s ceremony. Still can’t get over the beauty and love and fun that was this weekend!
For people who say they’ll never be this fancy again, y’all do it damn well. And to not care about the details, they were all absolutely perfect. I couldn’t have dreamt of a better end to my 2017 wedding season than with @cwoest and Dave, surrounded by their families and friends (who happen to be some of my family and friends, too 😉) in the ol’ home state of NC. Not to mention my second shooter @courtneypotterstudio was MY wedding photographer and the woman who encouraged me, coached me and helped get my business up and running. (Y’all, we’re a power couple. Just sayin’.) Gah, can’t get over this day. I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!
“With your heart my soul is bound...” the Avett Brothers albums were playing through my head throughout this November wedding day, and it was anything but blue. I just sent Lauren 22 shots straight from my camera because I was too excited and couldn’t possibly pick just a few. The love between these two is palpable, as was the celebratory love lavished upon them by family and friends from near and far. Days like today make these nutso travel weekends 1003829950200% worth it. I ADORE Y’ALL SO MUCH!!
Every chance I get to photograph my couples surrounded by nature, I take it. It inspires me, it calms them, it makes us all feel grounded and rooted and it reminds us that we're just blips on the map of the universe. How lucky we are to take part in something so much larger than ourselves, to experience life through these incredible moments that make us feel whole and small in the most comforting way. This little tree-lined driveway is one of those blips on the map of Berry College, just outside the bustling metropolis of Atlanta. And this wedding day moment between Kirstyn and Eli is just a dot on the adventure of their lives as they enter into marriage--something far greater, far bigger than ourselves. And thank goodness for it.
dat Rembrandt light doh. Also you have to swipe ➡️ because STUNNA in black and white. Kirstyn and Eli could not be more wonderful and kind. Y’all are two of the best humans and I adore you. Thank you for inviting me to document your wedding day and for being such troopers amidst the crazy weather, my unusually intense clumsiness and for having a camera up in yo biz all day. Love y’all and your people mucho mucho.
SURPRISE! After a couple months of anticipation, I finally got to surprise my girlies on their senior homecoming night. And I’m so proud, so happy and so NOT surprised that my dear and precious @mollylangella was crowned homecoming queen. Even having covered quite a few homecomings for yearbook and then newspapers, I totally forgot about that last-minute, subtle shift of the (tipped-off) photographer’s lens to the soon-to-be-crowned until I saw it happen right in front of me. And I was still so excited!!! I loved getting to see all my favorite people, soak in all the Whitefield love, embrace all the hugs and squeals and FaceTime parties, and ultimately be brought to my knees in God’s goodness over our time in Atlanta. This. Because never did I ever want to move here. But kicking and screaming, I came. And I’m so glad I did.