Monday, December 7, 2009

Julianna + 18 Months

Julianna's mom contacted me a few weeks back. She was in search of a photographer who could just "keep snapping". Her 18 month old princess has moves, but not the modeling type! She is active and curious and is always on the go. I showed her some of my work, and we were off the races. I met the two of them, all bundled up, last Saturday. Saturday was a gorgeous day. Bright blue skies. Not a cloud in sight. The only element that was a bit in the way was the temperature. When I checked my phone as I headed out for the shoot, big numbers stared back at me - 22 degrees! Yikes! We met up at a local park and let Julianna run wherever she felt... swings, bridge, sand box, slides... she was on a mission with a passion for swings! It was cold, but with her parka zipped tight, Julianna didn't miss a beat. Meredith, her sweet mom, was so amazing with her. She talked to her, reasoned with her, explained things to her. I hope, if I'm a mom, that's how I talk with my children. Way to go, Meredith! I hope that you love the photos of your sweet J! Hugs to you both - Mary

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Lora + Adam | Engaged

I've known Lora and Adam for YEARS... mostly separately. Adam grew up with my brother. All through high school, Sam (Walt's dad) and Adam were attached at the hip. He is pretty much an icon in the Wenger family. We all adore him, and he adores us right back... love it when it works that way! I don't know Lora nearly as well... mainly through other people. She is good friends with Lori (Walt's mom); has roomed with friends of friends; and used to go to church with us. What I know about Lora is 1) she is GORGEOUS 2) she has the most amazing red hair and 3) she loves our Adam, so we love her right back! She has a vibrant personality. These two just match. There is a bright light that shines in them both. They have a depth about them. They are two great people.

Lora emailed a few weeks back about getting together for an engagement shoot. I was so pleased and honored to be asked! We arranged to meet late in the afternoon and knew that we would be racing the clock from the start (it is winter and all). We started at a lake that has particular significance for them. It's where they had their unofficial first date! From there, we pretty much took a scavenger hunt of North Little Rock. I must say, this engagement session was not for the faint of heart. We encountered the LARGEST snake skins I have EVER seen, mud pits, No Trespassing signs, and human waste to name a few... but it was all worth it! Enjoy!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Melissa + Chris | Engaged

I got the email... "Mary, this is Melissa, you may not remember me, but..." But, YES I REMEMBER YOU! When I was in high school, my friend, Megan, and I used to "baby sit" for Melissa and her two brothers while their parents would go away for weekend long bike rides. How they did that was beyond me! It was always so much fun to get the call... we need a sitter! It was "work" but much more play. We had SUCH a blast with them. So to get the email about photographing her wedding was both a little bit of a reality check (my goodness we are ALL growing up) and a huge honor. Talk about a walk down memory lane! Melissa has grown up to be such a gorgeous, kind-hearted, sweet spirit. She and her fiancee, Chris, met at the University of Arkansas and live in Fayetteville where Chris is finishing up Law School. These two have a fondness for red wine, so without much provoking, we decided that it would be fun to meet at a vineyard in Altus. While we missed the grapes, we got COLOR... lots and lots of yellow leaves, blue skies, green grass, and bold clothes. It was perfect! Melissa and Chris, it was so much fun getting to run around the fields with you guys. I can not wait for more opportunities to work with you guys! You are adorable! I hope you love your images. Enjoy the memories! Love, MT

Monday, November 9, 2009

Kristen + Michael | Engaged

Kristen and Michael are a really neat couple. They met when Kristen was in law school and was doing a clerkship at the firm Michael works at... scandalous! :) These two have been engaged for a while now and there's something I love about how they are letting the planning process linger... savoring these moments. One way to actually prove they are headed in this direction was to get together for a round of engagement photos. If you live in Arkansas, you know what a scheduling nightmare for outdoor events rain has been this year, but we three totally lucked out on October 25. There wasn't a cloud in the sky! It was GORGEOUS. Kristen wore a beautiful navy blue, velvet jacket and Michael wore a handsome baby blue sweater. All that blue coupled with the brilliant blue sky was so eye catching! These two are a happy, loving, soft spoken couple who lit up the camera. I hope you enjoy their photos! Kristen and Michael, I really look forward to celebrating your wedding day in May. Congratulations and best of luck as you continue planning! It's going to be great! Hugs, MT

Monday, October 26, 2009

Taylor + Nate | Married

Much like every other bride in 2009, rain has come into play. We have all been doing the Rain Dance praying and hoping that the rain stays away... just for a few hours... please. Taylor and Nate got their wish. We didn't have blue skies, but we did have dry seats for the outdoor ceremony. Taylor and Nate planned for a beautiful, intimate ceremony with close friends and family. It was a lovely affair. Pink roses and candle light tied everything together. The ceremony was held just outside the reception ballroom. Family and friends huddled together in the unseasonably chilly air as Taylor and Nate took their vows. Once the ceremony was over, the guests were invited to a lovely, sit down dinner and a night full of dancing. Every detail was attended to! Taylor and Nate, I hope you guys are thrilled with the outcome and cherish the memories of your beautiful wedding day for a lifetime. I wish you both all the best as you carve out your relationship and friendship. I am soooo pleased that I was able to join you as you navigated through this journey. Congratulations!!! Enjoy the photos! - Mary

Taylor's Details

Love this....

Taylor's Ladies

Nate's Details - His Grandfather's Cufflinks

Good night, Peabody!