I am still a “baby” photographer, having just met my 1 year anniversary of shooting. The winter months were my off season filled with reflection, seeking areas to work on, learning, and hopefully overall growing for a new year. So when the time came last month to start shooting weddings again I became a little nervous. I shoot during the off season but there is nothing quite like shooting a wedding. I hoped that I was not rusty and the learning I had done could be put to use.
Sarah and Kamar are young and in love. They were so energetic and completely wore me out, in a good way! Everything was exciting and new for them and it was absolutely infectious. Congratulations to the Hawkins and enjoy a few snaps from their day!
There really is nothing new under the sun. The first time I saw a smoke bomb shoot I thought it was crazy cool. Shortly after I realized that everyone and their mom has done a smoke bomb shoot. None the less I wanted to do one too. Myself and two other photographers, shoutout to Alex Ashman Photography and Nate Bittinger Photography, came together to shoot and simply be creative. We have all worked with Kelly at our 9-5 for South Moon Under and she is a sweetheart. I am sure she felt like a bit of a guinea pig but I would say she handled it well. Please enjoy some photos from that day. P.S. also note that only a few blades of grass where harmed in the making of these photos, they did not die in vain.
I can hardly believe that I am at the 1 year mark of picking up a camera! Within the year I have gone through so many firsts. It has been a year of learning and growing and I have enjoyed every moment of it. Earlier today I was thinking about how fitting it was that my first shoot of this new year had it’s own little first. I have done graduation and family portraits but no engagement shoots yet. Whitney and Rod were my first! I couldn’t have had a better couple to start the year off with.
I know Whitney from South Moon. I remember when it was announced in a meeting that she was engaged and she hopped up and down trying to contain herself. It was the cutest thing. Whitney told me she was fairly comfortable with having her photo taken but Rod would most likely be hesitant, a comment I hear more often than not! The day of it was so endearing to see Whitney lovingly help and encouraged Rod through the engagement shoot, and they did great! Whitney and Rod, congratulations and I hope this is a time of celebration for your big day!
Am I the worst blogger ever? Yes, it is very possible. I still have weddings from last year that I have not blogged about. But the good news is it is the off season so I still have “new”content to share with you. Technically throw backs but not, all at the same time. I am going with that….
Anyways I am beyond excited to share with you a little bit of Craig and Christina’s day. I emotionally invest in each bride and groom’s day but Craig and Christina were a whole other level. They only had eyes for each other. Truly celebrating coming together as husband and wife. Craig gave the most beautiful speech to Christina that I have ever heard. I brought nearly everyone to tears including me. He told a simple story of a night he came home from work and it was raining outside. He said he knew he loved Christina when she came outside to meet him with an umbrella. With tears in his eyes he said he was alone and cold and she cared enough to meet him. I don’t know if he meant to be metaphorical with his speech but it was so genuine.
Please enjoy a few (a billion) photos from Christina and Craig’s day.
There is something to be said about coming into a new year and looking back on the year before. If you are a planner like me you probably get the significance of that. I will jot down the stupidest things in my planner just so I can check them off. Cooked dinner, check. Showered, check. Woke up for work, check.
When I look back on 2016 it is so bitter sweet. Personally it was a pretty bad year with a lot of heartbreak. That is not to say it was all bad because professionally it was amazing. I am still under a year into photography and could not be happier with the experiences I have had so far. I am continuously learning, growing, and trying to challenge myself to become better. I am forever grateful for the moments I was able to capture last year and cannot wait to capture more. Thank you to everyone that allowed me to join you and document a piece of your lives. I am forever grateful. Below I am sharing some of my favorite memories.
P.S. These are simply my favorite moments I have been able to be a part of. I am not showcasing my best technical work. I can do that any other old time. Also some of these weddings I have not even blogged about. Yeah I think I should add being quicker to blog about my weddings to my New Years resolutions.
We just arrived into 2017 and I am not trying to wish it away already… but I really don’t like the cold. So I may be dreaming of summer a week into the New Year. I had plans to do a blog post recapping 2016 and some of my favorite photographic moments, but my hatred for the cold got the best of me and I will share info for summer beach weddings instead.
The majority of my shoots are done with Barefoot Beach Bride. I would not have had so many opportunities last year if it wasn’t for Jodie Noonan, the owner of Barefoot Beach Bride. She makes the most beautiful beach set ups and always has new decor in the works. I have witnessed first hand the amount of time and care she puts into her weddings and clients. She is very thoughtful and goes above and beyond. I would also like to note that I asked her if I could blog about this, she did not ask me to promote Barefoot or herself. I just want to tell the world about her and her beautiful business. If you have interest in a beach wedding you can go to her website, Barefootbeachbridesoc.com and fill out a Contact Us form. Spots are filling up quickly! Below I have photos of some of last years set ups. She has a great variety of packages from super simple and intimate to setups for a large wedding.
Side note, obviously if you are interested in weddings with Barefoot I would love to shoot it! You can contact me at Dagmentphotography@gmail.com for more information. I am working on some exciting news to be shared in the next month or so. Stay tuned!
Whether it is good or bad I learned how to use a camera and jumped right into wedding photography. I did my best friend’s maternity pictures and after that my first official shoot was a wedding as the main shooter. I am so grateful to have stayed as busy as I did this year. Now that I have more downtime I am able to start doing some styled shooting. These would have been ideal to do while I was still learning how to shoot, to give myself practice before shooting weddings. But it wouldn’t be me if it wasn’t backwards.
It was so refreshing to be completely creative and just try to bring a vision to life. Cassidy was the model. She is beautiful but even better she has a personality to match. Although the photos are a bit moody we were goofing off all day. All of this was shot in one of downtown Salisbury’s parking garages. Our cars were our makeup and closet areas. I did her makeup while she sat in her car and then we threw clothing options around between what we both brought with us. Surely a site to see. Please enjoy a couple snaps from the day. I should have kept the number of images I am showing you to a bare minimum… for dramatic effect. Maybe next time.
Thankfulness has especially been on my mind lately. In October I had an opportunity to go back to my alma mater in the beautiful Lynchburg Virginia. I was completely shocked by the overwhelming emotions that came with the visit. I found myself back at the start of an absolutely life changing time.
I stumbled on Liberty out of nowhere and only God could orchestrate the timing of everything. I remember the first time I visited Liberty. Me and my Mom were so excited. We thought the Liberty Monogram was the coolest thing, well we thought everything was cool (it doesn’t take much for us). I knew quickly that was where I was suppose to be. Fast forward a year later and my first day moving in there was a beautiful rainbow. I am not weird about signs but I thought it was so beautiful and appropriate. It was one of the first times I could somewhat comprehend what God was doing with my life. I know I can’t even begin to understand all that He is but it is amazing when you catch a glimpse of what He is piecing together. Without going into detail He had taken me out of a terrible home situation.
Fast forward even more to this October. I was driving to Liberty and I look over and I see the most beautiful double rainbow. It’s just funny some times how God works. It brought me back to the first day I moved in and saw a rainbow. When I arrived I was able to see some of my wonderful friends and see all the changes that have happened on campus. Before I went home I did an impromptu hike to the monogram. Mind you I was wearing skinny jeans, a leather jacket, and shoes that are not the best for hiking. I am glad I still went. Once I got to the top I couldn’t help but think about all that happened within my time there. All I had escaped from, healed from, and learned from. I also thought about how I had no clue that after college I would withstand even more heartache than before I first arrived. I wondered what kind of person I would be if I had not gone through those trials. I would never want to relieve them but I would not take them back. I would not be as strong if it was not for all I have been through.
Am I rambling again? Probably. What I gather from all of this is that I am unshakably thankful for the constant love, grace, and mercy of God. I am thankful that although I do not deserve Him, He still wants me. And even further He wants all of me, not just the best version of me. He gladly excepts the good and bad equally. He is good whether I am in the most broken place or the happiest. I am thankful He cares enough to orchestrate my life. I am definitely too private about my faith but I promise you if you know me, anything good in me if truly from the Lord. It is from what He has carried me though. I know no other words than endlessly thankful. Below are some quick snaps I took on my hike. Get excited, if you have never seen photos of foliage you are about to.
Last month I finished my final wedding for the year. I truly could not have asked for a better family to end with. Do you ever meet people and there is just an instant familiarity with them? That is how Michelle and Shawn were. I jumped right into their day with them and they were just the most beautiful, fun souls.
The beach weddings I shoot are very casual and I actually only shoot for as little as 1 hour to 4 hours tops. This was actually my first wedding that I was able to spend time with the bride, her family, and friends before the ceremony. It was hardly work because they were such a good time!
Some highlights of the day include Michelle and her stellar bridesmaids and Mom in general (simply so beautiful and easy to shoot), Shawn not being able to look at Michelle when she walked toward him (seriously heart melting) and also when Shawn leaned in for a kiss mid ceremony. Please enjoy some snippets of their day. Also when I say snippets I mean a ton. I need to be realistic with myself and just post entire albums. I can’t choose between moments! Congratulations Michelle and Shawn!
I have to brag on Crystal and Erik for being super laid back. They were on a mission to have a good time. It was clear their friends and family had the same agenda. Everyone was so excited to be together celebrating Crystal and Erik. One of my favorite moments was when they danced into their reception and pulled out secret fireball shots for their intro as a newly married couple. Oh, and also when Erik dramatically took off Crystal’s eyeglasses to prepare for the cake cutting. It felt like it was drawn out for 15 minutes (in the best way). Crystal got to him first though and made a mess of Erik’s face…. it was awesome.
As usual I am sharing too many pictures. So many that I didn’t even include reception photos. I can’t help it. These people are great, you would do the same. Please enjoy a few of my favorites and congratulations Crystal and Erik!!