Memphis

Coffee Shop Cuddles, Iced Lattes and Sweet Kisses | Chris and Kyle | Comeback Coffee Downtown Memphis | Destination Wedding Photographer

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If you’ve been following me for awhile or new here, one thing you’ll quickly discover, I love coffeeshops. I also love sweet, just for fun, couples sessions. Chris and Kyle are sweet friends of mine who have been together for a long time! Aren’t they the cutest? :) I was itching to do a cute session at the newest coffee shop in downtown Memphis, Comeback Coffee. It is getting all the well deserved hype! Please go check it out. Amy & Hayes, the owners, serve an incredible breakfast and lunch menu and of course coffee! I can’t wait for a free Saturday morning to go try their well known breakfast tacos!

My friend, Kyle, owns an adorable online clothing boutique, Dream Lily! I have the pleasure of shooting content for her boutique and it is so fun watching her business continue to grow and blossom! Kyle is such a hard worker and is so passionate about her business. :)

Anyone else up for a cute session at Comeback Coffee? Let me know!! <3

xoxo, MK

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A Sunny, Winter Day Trip to Terrain Garden Cafe | Greenhouse and Wedding Venue | Pennsylvania and Tennessee Wedding Photographer

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Ever wonder what a greenhouse, cafe, nursery, garden & home shop looks like all combined into one? What if I told you such a place exists and to top it off, it also looks like you stepped into an Anthropologie catalog? This magical place is real AND it is also a Wedding/Event venue!! Yes, you did read that right!

This place is called Terrain Garden Cafe & Shop Terrain. It is located just outside Philly, Pa and visiting this beautiful, dreamy, magical heaven has been on my to do list! Of course I wanted to enjoy the full experience that Terrain had to offer, so I started my morning with a reservation for brunch at their lovely garden cafe.

I would suggest checking out the incredible food menu on their website to get an idea what they serve. Everything is fresh and caters to those who love a healthy, wholesome meal! <3 I ended up ordering their breakfast board and sharing it with a friend who came along with me! The breakfast board consisted of made-to-order eggs, applewood bacon, breakfast sausage, toast and fresh mixed greens served on a beautiful wooden serving board. I must make a note of this: before our breakfast was brought out, we were served the most delightfully delicious homemade bread served in a flowerpot! Yes, a flowerpot. It was baked in the flowerpot and it was perfect.

Terrain Garden Cafe also offers many delicious hot teas and coffees, along with an adorable coffee bar. My friend and I both ordered hot herbal tea. Our waitress brought out the sweetest, most darling little single serving teapots and teacups to match. The attention to detail and branding at Terrain is impeccable and so well done.

After a quiet, relaxing brunch, we wandered around the shop, greenhouses, and grounds at Terrain. Amongst all the beautiful and exotic plants, trees and flowers placed perfectly throughout, there were shelves decorated with darling beauty products, handmade jewelry and candles. Sun hats hung on the walls. Home decor, party hosting books, recipe books, cocktail ingredients and canned goods lined open shelving strategically placed throughout the greenhouse shop. Beautiful linen table cloths, napkins and aprons hung perfectly along wooden ladder rungs. Table scapes decorated with immaculate handmade pottery, dish sets and adorable mugs added final touches brilliantly.

It is easy to say I wanted everything in sight. Lol. One of my favorite sections in the shop though was the children’s section. Children’s gardening and forest fort building books were sweetly stacked next to adorable red Hunter rain boots and gardening tools for little hands. I can’t wait to take Mark there someday. Also, I made a mental note to go order a few of those precious products off Amazon. ;)

Across the way, outside of the shop and cafe was the Garden Woodshed. Inside is their gorgeous wedding and event venue! They offer such a beautiful, unique and sophisticated wedding experience! All I have to say is that I would absolutely love to shoot a wedding at Terrain! So if you’re looking for a photographer and you’re getting married at Terrain, let me know! ;)


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A Simple Guide to Help Wedding Day Portraits Go Smoothly | Pennsylvania and Tennessee Wedding Photographer

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Let’s be honest, family portraits on a wedding day is probably the least favorite part of the wedding day. If is not organized and there is no direction, it can take a lot of unnecessary time and can be quite stressful for everyone involved. Here’s the thing though, it doesn’t have to be that way! While it may not be your favorite part of the day as a bride or groom, there are a few ways to make it more enjoyable and fun!

As a photographer, I’ve learned from a few wedding day family portraits not going the way I had hoped: they were chaotic, unorganized, me + the bride/groom + parents scrambling to find family members, and everyone being stressed out. I’m putting myself out there right now to say it was partially my fault and learning and growing as a photographer.

I took what I learned from the not so great experiences to make wedding day family portraits a fun, stress free, organized, time efficient and (hopefully) enjoyable experience for everyone! When I meet with each of my brides/couples before the wedding, there are a few things I ask/strongly encourage them to do to help with family portraits.

  1. I ask them to make me a Family Shot List. I ask them to include names of every family member that will be participating in family pictures. People like being called by their name, not just “Hey, Bride’s grandma”. This list is the first thing you need to help family portraits run smoothly and efficiently.

  2. I strongly suggest the couple to assign a good family friend or extended family member from both families to help with the family portrait time. Ideally someone who knows or is somewhat familiar with names and faces of the family. During family portraits, I give the Family Shot list to this designated person. It is their job to read off the list, find those people who are needed for the current picture and the one following it next. This has been a game changer. It not only saves time, but it saves from me, my couple, or their immediate families from tracking down everyone. Now what was chaos (sometimes is organized chaos — LOL), but that one change suddenly makes family portraits way more enjoyable for the couple and their immediate family. They can focus on the pictures being taken and being present instead of half smiling while working about who is and isn’t around for the next picture.

  3. When at all possible, I always ask my second shooter to help me arrange family members. People want to feel taken care of. They want to feel that they are truly important enough to take a moment and tell them where they should stand to flatter them in front of the camera. Having my second shooter around to be another pair of eyes and help me make everyone feel taken care of really changes the whole experience for everyone involved. Win win — always!!

I hope these three little tips are helpful to you, whether you are a bride or a photographer! I know they have really helped me and wedding day family portraits end on a happy note! <3

xo, MK

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