Andre & Lashonda's Wedding Story

When I first met Lashonda back in Mid-April she informed me that her wedding would be just weeks after our initial meeting.  She would be taking on the daunting task of planning her big day in just a short period of time.  Originally, she was to have her wedding in North Augusta, SC in a rented mansion with an amazing hilltop view of the local town.  Unfortunately, the weeks leading up to her big day it rained a great deal.  Because her wedding would be outdoor/indoor utilizing all the facets of the mansion; Lashonda decided to change the venue a week before her wedding due to the poor condition of the grounds.  What Lashonda was able to pull off next is a testament to her character......a "can-do" character that will undoubtedly serve her and her husband Andre for a lifetime.  Lashonda was able to change her wedding ceremony and reception location to the historic Augusta Museum Downtown.  

Lashonda and Andre's wedding day was full of friends and family who cared deeply about them.  For a wedding that was planned in such a short period of time I can say without a doubt it was a great success and showcase of the love these two souls have for each other.  I will end this with a scripture that was on a medallion tied to Lashonda's bouquet.  Psalms 93:4 "More than the sounds of many waters, Than the mighty breakers of the sea, The LORD on high is mighty."

Here are just a few photos of Andre & Lashonda's wedding day

Kelley Family Portrait Session

Heather contacted me just days into the new year asking if I was available to capture her maternity/family portraits. She was 34 weeks into her pregnancy and really wanted some memorable photos she can cherish with her family. I was honored to be asked and was excited to capture this special time in all of their lives.

We began our photoshoot at the nature filled Brick Pond Park, I really love having photoshoots there! It has such a rustic feel to it and I always come up with new ideas, it’s never a dull moment there. Heather bought along her husband and her two energetic and well behaved sons. We all had so much fun during the shoot and her sons agreed to take any type of portraits their mother requested as long as they could take some fun silly shots. As you will see below they are quite funny! I especially like the “Bieber” impression photo hahaha.

In closing, I want to wish the Kelley family many blessings during this time and hope to capture their new addition to the family when the time comes.

Here are some of the photos we captured that day!

James & Katrina's Engagement Session

A few weeks ago I had the honor of capturing the engagement session for James & Katrina featuring their daughter Serenity.  They both decided on having the session at Pendleton King Park in Augusta, GA.  I had shot an engagement session there before, but I had never notice the lovely garden there that is just perfect for taking photos!  I really love working with couples prior to their big wedding day.  It gives me an opportunity to not only get to know them better but work with them and gain their trust and confidence.

As we began conversing and walking to our first shot location I asked Katrina where her engagement ring was?  The next few moments were of utter shock as Katrina had realized she had forgotten to put on her engagement ring and had accidentally left it home.  I really care about giving the best images and care to my clients.  So I told her I would wait for her to go back home and get her engagement ring.  In the meantime, I would warm up my photo taking skills on her youngest sister (who was there to chaperon) and daughter.  When Katrina came back we were ready to go.  The rest of the engagement shoot was fun and relaxing.  James & Katrina were really fun to be around and had no objections trying out any photo ideas I might have had whether they worked out or not.

I can’t wait for September when I capture their wedding at The Red Oak Manor in Harlem, GA.  In the meantime, check out a few images from their engagement session! 

Baby Kaleb has arrived!

My last blog entry covered my experience capturing Heather’s maternity session with her beautiful family. Heather told me once the baby was born she would like for me to capture lifestyle and portraits of the baby once it came into our world. Now, I do not specialize in newborn photography. But I love challenging myself as a photographer. I don’t turn down opportunities to grow and learn. There are many people in my area who only photograph newborn photography and their work is absolutely phenomenal. I researched as much as I could so that I would be able to recognize the best conditions when working with a newborn; to make sure they are safe and comfortable……this of course is the key to success!

Baby Kaleb was amazing, he was very photogenic and ready to take photos….as long as we kept him warm. His two older brothers had me laughing throughout the session once again. I had them release all the silly energy they had to offer before we got down to serious poses and it worked like a charm. I truly appreciate Heather trusting me to capture this special time in her family’s life and that she appreciates my work. I never take for granted when a client tells me how much they love what I do behind the camera.

Here are a few photos from the day including the blooper/silly outtakes!




Daniel & Celine's Wedding

Daniel and Celine were married on February 9th at the historic Sacred Heart Cultural Center in Downtown Augusta, GA. The church was built in 1897 and held its first mass in 1900! Unfortunately, due to a number of factors the last mass was held in Sacred Heart on July 3, 1971. The building was reopened in 1987. The structure now serves as a unique venue for social and cultural events such as art exhibitions, theatrical events, an annual Garden Festival, choral concerts and is rented continuously throughout the year for celebrations, and civic functions. 

This was my first time photographing any event at the Cultural Center. It was absolutely beautiful and a great location to have a ceremony and reception for your wedding. Daniel and Celine are currently living in Taiwan and this would be their second wedding for Daniel’s family and friends here in Augusta, GA. They were both so easy going throughout the day, it really helped bring out more of my artistic side. Usually a wedding has multiple locations with time restraints, this brings common pressures as a wedding photographer which I have come to expect and work well under. However, there was little to no pressure during the Eyrich Wedding and I couldn’t have been more appreciative of it.

One take away during the wedding was when I began getting family ready for portrait shots, I was told there were 11 siblings in Daniel’s family! Posing them all in one big shot was a challenge but I think I knocked it out of the park. Also, his family can really dance! They were doing many coordinated dances as you will see in the photos below. I really enjoyed being a spectator to this.

I want to wish Daniel and Celine many years of love and companionship. No matter where they are their love will shine bright to those who know them and are touched by them.

Here are some photos of their day:

Rob & Chelsee Arthur Wedding Story

Rob & Chelsee married on September 24th at the Court Street Livery in Washington, GA.  The town had a wonderful historic and rustic feel to it.  The day was absolutely beautiful too.  Here in GA, the weather can be extremely hot and humid.  But on their wedding day the weather couldn't be more perfect!  Throughout my time getting to know Rob and Chelsee, I have come to see a beautiful and caring couple who supported and trusted me with capturing the start of their marriage.  I hope to continue to be in the lives of Rob and Chelsee in the future and wish them years of happiness.  I want to close with Chelsee's wish for the start of their new lives together: "When you need a helping hand, you will always have mine.  Because from this day forward, you do not walk alone.  My arms will be your shelter, my heart will be your home and you will have my love forever and always."

 

Trip to Philadelphia

Hello all,  I finally got around to editing the photos I captured while I was in the city of brotherly love.  During my stay, I went to the Franklin Institute of Science.  What an amazing museum, if you're ever in Philly you MUST visit this museum.  No trip to Philly is complete unless you have a cheese steak sandwich at either Genos, Pats, or Jims.  I have been to all three and I really lean toward going to Jim's Steaks near South Street Seaport.  I closed out my trip with a 4th of July fireworks display in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art with performances by Boyz-II-Men & the lovely Mary J. Blige.  My wife and I were greeted by a powerful but short thunderstorm that had us under our foldable chairs until it passed,  We weren't going to miss anything, so we hung it out and it was well worth it!  Here are some of the photos I took during my trip.....