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Ryan and Blair
September 29, 2008, 5:24 pm
Filed under: Weddings

So I’ve taken a little break from my current book obsession, Twilight, as a feeble attempt to drag the last 200 pages of the 4th book out to last as long as I can stand it to bring you the rockin’ pictures from Ryan and Blair’s wedding from the beginning of September.  

They kicked my September off right!  Everything that day was amazing.  The weather was a little iffy in the morning, but by the time we were ready for pictures, we got the most amazing light and clouds.  I’m thrilled with all of the pictures and it was hard to narrow down my favorites.

When I met with Blair and her mom back in May, I knew that this was going to be an amazing wedding.  First off, she said to me “I want you to know who I am”….PERFECT!!!  MY KIND OF GIRL!!!  The she proceeded to tell me about herself.  I’m going to save all of that for when I post their post wedding shoot, which we haven’t done yet.  All I’m going to say is that she’s going to do things that no real bride has ever done before….I’ll just let you sit on that!

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Twilight Support Group
September 25, 2008, 8:46 pm
Filed under: Meggie Updates, Misc, updates

First things first…..don’t judge me…I’m crazy!

A friend of mine turned me on to these books a couple of weeks ago, and I’m a crazy woman.  I started reading the first book, Twilight, on the 12th when I went out to Pawley’s Island to shoot Wells and Kate’s wedding (which was awesome) and finished it a couple of hours after I got back that Sunday night.  I went out on Monday and bought the next 3 books.  I can’t put them down.  I just started the 4th book yesterday and I’m trying to stretch it because it’s the last one.  When I’ve gone a while without reading them, I feel anxious!!!  When I’m not reading them, I’m thinking about them!  I had Carmen and Chris Walker’s wedding this past weekend (which was also awesome) in Ocean Isle and I was there for most of the week with them.  Whenever I wasn’t shooting or being a friend, I was reading!!!  I’m sorry if I wasn’t the best house guest because I was too busy being a silly bookworm.  I don’t know what’s wrong with me.  I’ve never been fanatical about anything to the point of tears, but these books have some crazy hold on me.  I started to think that I had some things deep down that needed to be released and that these books just happen to unlock that part of brain to let them.  However, as I’ve come across people (some total strangers) who have read the books, I’ve learned that it’s NOT JUST ME!  I feel so much better knowing that these books have a vice on EVERYONE who reads them….not just crazy emotional overworked (because I choose to be) women.  This is not just me trying to be funny, this is seriously unhealthy.  I loved the Harry Potter books just as much as the next person, but these are different.  I can’t describe it, but all of you who have read them know what I’m talking about.  I’m an crazy obsessed mad woman!!!  I’m sorry to all of you, my friends and family, that have taken the heat of some of this craziness because I’m pushing you to read them.  I just feel like I’m out on this Twilight island alone and I need some of you to join me!  I think that I may need a support group once I’m done reading the 4th book without a 5th to pick up.

I read on the author’s website, stepheniemeyer.com, that she may not finish writing the 5th book because someone leaked her manuscript…boo.  Stephenie, if you happen upon my blog and this post, please just email me whether I should wait because you will publish it or go ahead and follow the link on your website to the manuscript that was leaked.  I want to finish the 4th book and pick up the 5th, but I want to read it the way that it’s supposed to be read.  BOO HISSS to all you people out there that think it’s ok to put someone else’s work up on the internet without their permission.

The movie of the first book is due to come out November 21st.  Rumor has it that it was the reason that the 6th Harry Potter movie was pushed back to next summer (which I’m bummed about, but will take the trade off in a heartbeat).  If you don’t want to know anything about the book before you read it, then don’t go to the movie website just yet.  The trailers tell you more information than you may want to know.  Wait till after you’ve read it, which will only take a couple of days.

Like I said, I’m a crazy person and I need a support group.  I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself!  I guess I’ll have to go back to working on more pictures for you to see!!  I’m actually editing Ryan and Blair’s pictures from the beginning of September to blog and I should have them ready for you sometime tomorrow.

Oh, something fun I think that the author, Stephenie Meyer, does is create soundtracks to each book.  She has a page on her site that has the music she was listening to while she wrote the books.  I think the choices are interesting.  I don’t hear that music when I read these books though.  I hear the complete opposite.  So I thought I would put together a little playlist of the music I hear in my head when I’m reading.

(these are actually songs that I listen to while I’m editing too….maybe that’s why I hear them all the time.  I keep updating this part of my post because I keep thinking of great songs and the story keeps changing, so do my song choices)

“The Ludlows” – James Horner

“The Gravel Road” – James Newton Howard

“Claire De Lune” – Claude DeBussy

“Evacuating London” – Harry Gregson-Williams

“What are you asking of me” – James Newton Howard

“Will You help me?” – James Newton Howard

“Peter” – Jan A.P. Kaczmarek

“No Holly for Miss Quinn” – Enya

“Rituals” – James Newton Howard

“The Marriage” – Jan A.P. Kaczmarek

“Let Go” – Frou Frou

“William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet – the Balcony Scene” – Performed by The City of Prague Philharmonc

“Fix You” – Coldplay

“Only Hope” – Switchfoot

“Colorblind” – Counting Crows

“On a Night Like This” – Dave Barnes

“My Love” – Sara Bareilles

“Today” – Joshua Radin

“Letting Go” – Johnnyswim

“Why’d You Do It?” – Johnnyswim

“Not Gonna Leave Me Here” – Johnnyswim

“Paperweight” – Joshua Radin & Schuyler Fisk

“Bella’s Lullaby” – Carter Burwell (a song from the actual movie and not just my head)

“Lovely Tonight” – Joshua Radin

“Fairground” – Joby Talbot

Once again….crazy….I know….it’s bad.

**NOTE**  To anyone who plans on leaving a comment on my blog regarding Twilight and you want to be a spoiler, I will not post your comment.  Keep it clean and friendly.

***UPDATE 2.9.09***  My assistant Katie told me that if you google “twilight support group”, this post is the 4th to come up.  I just googled it, and she’s wrong.  IT’S THE 1st!!!!!  HAHAHA!!!!!  See everyone reading this post desperate to wonder what’s wrong with you, you aren’t alone.  I also just updated the playlist with a couple other goodies.



Vote 08 t-shirt
September 21, 2008, 1:54 pm
Filed under: Misc

So my friend Kelly Moore Clark had a friend of hers design a t-shirt for this year’s election.  I love it and just got 2 for us.  CLICK HERE to go to her blog and get all of the information.

 



a picture of……ME!!!
September 9, 2008, 10:28 pm
Filed under: Misc

I rarely have pictures of me.  Well, that’s not true.  Lots of guests take pictures of me at weddings, but I never see those.  My bride’s sister from this past Saturday sent me the picture that she took of me.  Thanks Courtney!

 



An Incredible Story
September 5, 2008, 10:10 pm
Filed under: Misc

My friend Adrienne just sent me an email about an amazing woman.  I wanted to post this for all of you so you can see how much 1 person can change the lives of so many.  

 

This is Irena Sendler, and this is her story.

There recently was the death of a 98-year-old lady named Irena Sendler.

During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the 
Warsaw Ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist.

She had an ulterior motive…

She KNEW what the Nazi’s plans were for the Jews, (being German).

Irena smuggled infants out in the bottom of her tool box she carried, and she also carried in the back of her truck a Burlap sack, (for larger kids).

She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto.

The soldiers, of course, wanted nothing to do with the dog, and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.

During her time and course of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants.

She was caught, and the Nazi’s broke both her legs and arms and beat her severely.

Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she smuggled out and kept them in a glass jar, buried under a tree in her back yard.

After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived it, and reunited the family.

Most, of course, had been gassed.

Those kids she helped were placed into foster family homes or adopted.

Last year Irena was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize….

She LOST.

Al Gore won for doing a slide show on Global Warming.

 

If you would like to check out whether emails like this are true or not, click on the link below. 
http://www.snopes.com/politics/war/sendler.asp

 

I don’t really post political messages or really even talk about politics all that often because frankly, I get very angry at where our society currently is.  I think that because this amazing woman lost the nobel peace prize to Al Gore’s global warming (I’m sorry, I mean “climate change”) video just shows that we all have a skewed view of what’s important.  Don’t get me wrong, I think that our planet needs to be taken care of and we should all do our parts to preserve what we have for years to come and we should teach our children the same.  However, this woman has my vote for the prize because of the selfless love she showed these families by saving their children.  

And I’ve spoken my peace.

Oh, and I love Sarah Palin.

Now I’m done.



Welcome little miss Lyla!
September 5, 2008, 12:13 am
Filed under: Children, Families

Cory and Courtney welcomed baby Lyla to the world a couple of weeks ago.  She was barely 12 hours old when I was able to get to the hospital for a visit.  When I walked in, Courtney was up walking around and ready to go!  If you would like to see pictures of Lyla’s big sister Ansley, click here or here.

 

 

 

 



My sister’s wedding
September 3, 2008, 9:26 pm
Filed under: Day After Sessions, Weddings

So I haven’t made it around to blogging any pictures from my sister’s wedding back in May.  Sadly, since they weren’t paying clients, they kept getting pushed to the bottom of my list behind all the people who had payed for their pictures.  So FINALLY, here are her pictures.  Keep in mind I was not the photographer, so I don’t have as many of the pictures that I would have if I had been.  I focused mainly on details and a couple of things here and there that caught my eye.  

 

Leah McCall with Whimsical Gatherings did the flowers and the linens were provided by The White Table in Knoxville.  Oh, and they got married at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA.  We used to go on vacation there every 4th of July week until our busy lives didn’t allow time for it anymore.  By Busy lives, I mean we got old enough and started working for the man and our allotted vacation time didn’t allow for it.  For the links to the pictures that Frank Gibson and his daughter Griffin got, CLICK HERE to see the post I have with the link to their Pictage gallery.

 

This was at the bridal luncheon the day before.  Eleanor’s looking at a scrap book that her best friend Kelsey made for her.  

This is one of the pages.  I think that it was when we went to visit Kelsey’s family in Europe and they couldn’t keep their hands off of each other!  They were so excited to see each other, they hugged the whole time.    

So of course I had to get another picture of them with their arms around each other.  This is the bridge that the ceremony was on.  

 

Nothing like a little fishy face between serious pictures.

So Adam can plug his nose with his upper lip….interesting talent.

The 2 Adams.  You’ll recognize my Adam on the right and then Ellie’s Adam is on the left.  

 

 

 

Ellie’s about to enjoy a very tasty cupcake from The Party Box.

 

This is one of my favorite shots from the day.  These are my Dad’s hands.

This is another one of my favorites on the bridge that they got married on.  

It had been raining all day, they had decided to set up everything inside.  Well, once we started taking pictures, the rain stopped, we were able to shoot outside, and then the clouds parted and it was B-E-A-UTIFUL!  So in a last minute decision, very last minute, they decided to move it back to the bridge and I think it was the right decision because it was amazing.

 

 

 

 

 

They originally wanted me to shoot their wedding and I told them no because I wanted to be able to be part of the wedding festivities and not worried about shooting everything.  So we decided that I would shoot around the day of and then we would do a day after session so they could still have some pictures from me.  We kept it pretty low key and casual.  

 

 

 

 

The latest version of American Gothic.

 

I think this is one of my favorites from that session.

 

We had to take advantage of the Muscadine vineyard because that’s one of the things that I always think of when I think of Callaway.