Fall 2018 shoot with Collins Tuohy for GiGi New York
I made it a goal (again), to start being way more diligent about blogging in this new year. So, I'm holding myself accountable and making it happen! Aside from being a Fine Art Wedding Photographer, I also am a Fashion/Blogger photographer as well! I primarily shoot for Collins Tuohy Smith and Laura Boswell (Walking in Memphis in High Heels)! I have always loved fashion, however I never thought I'd see the day I would get to include it in my work!
Let's go back to May 2015. It's a long story, that if you'd like to hear it some time (it's a crazy, fun story), ask me in person and I'd love to tell you, of how I met Collins and how we got from there to here (present day). May 2015, Collins reached out to me about shooting a little project for her family's Making It Happen Foundation. I was honored to participate! I really thought this was a one time thing. Little did I know that Collins had other plans. Haha! At this point, fashion blogging was really starting to pick up, especially on Instagram. The company LiketoKnowIt took off running full steam ahead and Collins had a desire and interest in starting a fashion blog! :)
Now, almost three years later, Collins' blog has really taken off and I've had the incredible opportunity to watch it blossom, but also be a part of it. She may not know it, but I consider her to be a dear friend, a huge, unexpected blessing in my life. Her friendship pushes me outside of my comfort zone both personally and behind the camera, she encourages me and believes in me. She has given me countless, incredible opportunities I could have only dreamed of and I know that we're only scratching the surface! Working along side Collins gives me new daily inspiration that is different from my wedding photography -- in fact, it helps challenge me and keep me inspired with my wedding work. I am really excited for where this will continue to take both of us! They say, "Team work makes the dream work!"
Earlier this month we collaborated with a new restaurant on Broad Avenue in Memphis - The Liquor Store. This place is definitely one of our top 5 favorite places to eat brunch or lunch here in Memphis! They also (hence their name) make amazing signature cocktail drinks to go with your dish! You have to go check them out!
I wanted to share some of our other work because it's just pure FUN and why not?! It's really cool to see our work transform over the years as well. :) Most of these images are edited with my signature work, while others are edited with a custom preset I created specifically for Collins (which we have refined over the years). For any bloggers who may be interested in working with me, YES, I do make custom Lightroom presets specific for your blog/Instagram profile. This keeps your content cohesive and consistent. Please email me to inquire about it! :)
As you may or may not know, I've had the privilege to work with Collins Tuohy Smith this past year, being her photographer for different projects, her personal fashion blog, family events and several The Making It Happen events - their family foundation. I'll post more about this fun, very unexpected new adventure in another post later.
For the past two, maybe three months, Collins included me her little scheme to surprise her husband, Cannon, with two Golden Doodle pups for Christmas!! Eeeep!! I guess Cannon's been itching to have a furry friend around the house, so why not get two?! ;)
Collins and I had a lot of fun planning this surprise: where it would take place, when, how - everything! It was so much keeping and planning such an exciting surprise and also capturing it all GO DOWN! Haha!
Poor Cannon opened the boxes with the puppies and literally thought they were just "props" for Collins's styled look for her blog instead of them being his - so his reaction was priceless in the way that he was completely confused when Collins told them they really were his to keep! However, the reality that he now had two absolutely adorable, gorgeous 9 week old puppies sank in and his heart just melted! It was so precious.
I was so excited because Mark (who usually ends up tagging along for these crazy adventures) got to meet these two little puppies! It was his first time meeting such young, tiny dogs and he thought it was hilarious! Of course. He loved them and they loved him back - maybe a little too much, haha! Poor Mark got knocked down once, but it didn't phase him. Watching those three play together was the cutest thing ever! I foresee many more Mark and puppy playdates in the future. :)
Everyone, meet Belle & Ella. <3