One of the happiest couples I’ve ever had the fortune of photographing. Congrats Melanie + Ryan!
Cheyenne was one of the first people I met when we moved to Charlotte about four years ago. I remember getting together at Starbucks (her favorite) with baby Boone in tow. I was incredibly nervous because The Schultzes have an outstanding reputation in the photography community. In fact, I was shocked she agreed to grab coffee with me! However, she was (and still is) a breath of fresh air, honest and kind…someone who genuinely cares about the people she photographs and interacts with. I truly believe that God brought her into my life that day, and I’m so thankful to have her as a dear friend to this day.
I was honored when she asked me to step into their home and capture a few hours of real life. Their sweet dog, Frank, has been on the decline, and she was hoping for a way to remember + celebrate their time with him. Anyone who knows The Schultzes is aware that they have a soft spot for animals, always rescuing strays and finding homes for them. Frank was an exception. When they picked him up off the street, he fit right in with their family. Even with a toddler and two other dogs at the time, they knew he had to stay. From my observation, Frank is the protector and the silent one. He quietly sits in the corner or by the door, constantly watching to make sure everyone is OK. He loves to be scratched, hugged, and loved.
I’ve been loving working with families this year, solely focusing on “real life” stories. There are so many sweet moments and personalities that shine through when I get to spend more than an hour with a family and in their personal space. This particular morning they snuggled in bed, made Snoopy pancakes, cuddled with the dogs, read stories, planted herbs, and went out for cookies.
Here are a few of my favorites of these amazing friends of mine…
Ashley and BJ are about to welcome a sweet baby boy into their family in a few weeks. It was just last year that we celebrated their first anniversary in these woods. I’ve loved seeing these two each summer when we visit Michigan, chatting about golf (BJ is also an avid golfer like Brendan) and life.
Also, doesn’t Ash make pregnancy look so beautiful?! You are seriously stunning, friend.