Reagan | Class of 2019

Last night I had the pleasure of working with this beauty queen on her senior photos! I’ve had the opportunity to photograph Reagan a few times now, and she is always a natural in front of my camera, so I was so thrilled when she asked me to take her senior photos!

We were hoping to catch the last of the Fall colors and, WOW, did we luck out! The trees at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens were still absolutely beautiful and vibrant, and the LIGHT was incredible! I couldn’t have asked for better!

Thanks for a wonderful time Reagan! Best of luck with the rest of senior year!

Now enjoy a few of my favorites!

Ashlyn + Daniel | Christ Church

Ashlyn and Daniel’s wedding was so special to me for a number of reasons. Both Ashlyn and Daniel have been friends of mine since we were small children. We grew up together, and I watched them grow from friends to sweethearts over the years. I was absolutely thrilled for them and their families when they announced their engagement. Ashlyn also worked with me on several photography projects and even second shot a few weddings with me, so when she asked me to photograph her wedding the day after she got engaged, I was so honored! I absolutely love clients who are friends! Another thing that was special about their day is that Ashlyn and Daniel got married on my own wedding anniversary. It was such a nostalgic day thinking back to my own wedding while watching my dear friends begin their marriage - and now we’re anniversary twins! :)

It was a cold but sunny Saturday morning when everyone arrived at the beautiful Christ Church Branch Cove and began the preparations. After shooting all of the details, I began individual portraits with Ashlyn and Daniel. Then it was time for their first look! They chose a sweet first-look in the empty chapel, and enjoyed a quiet moment alone before we began bride and groom portraits.

After we spent some time alone, the bridal party joined us for a few photos all together. Everyone was a trooper in the cold weather and made my job a breeze.

As we wrapped up photos, guests arrived and were seated, and then Ashlyn and Daniel shared a heartfelt ceremony in the beautiful chapel. And just like that they became husband and wife!

Everyone made their way to the reception hall, which was beautifully decorated with vintage china, homemade pound cakes and cookies, and a coffee and tea bar with a host of toppings and decorations. Friends and family mingled with the couple and enjoyed the delicious food.

During the reception, Ashlyn and Daniel snuck away with me for some final photos at sunset. The light couldn’t have been more beautiful, and I think these are my favorite photos from the day!

The sun sank down, the couple said their goodbyes, and the guests lined the sidewalk to send them off in a shower of ribbons and jingle bells! Their day was magical and a perfect reflection of them, and I was so honored to be a part of it all. Congratulations again Ashlyn and Daniel!

I hope you enjoy these favorites from your special day!

Lea + Kirk | Aldridge Gardens

Kirk and I met a few years ago when we were both in the early days of our wedding photography businesses. He hired me as his second shooter that year, and I was able to work with him several times. From our first meeting he was so chill and down-to-earth, and extremely supportive and helpful of my endeavors. So when Kirk emailed me early this year to tell me not only that he was engaged, but that he wanted me to photograph his wedding, I couldn’t have been more thrilled!

Kirk and Lea chose a Fall wedding (my absolute favorite), and their day could not have been more perfect. Bright sunshine and a cool breeze greeted me that morning as I arrived at the house to photograph the girls getting ready. Then we headed to the beautifully colorful Aldridge Gardens and began portraits with the bridesmaids and groomsmen.

When it was time for the ceremony Lea’s adorable niece stole the show walking in as the flower girl, before Lea came down the aisle with tears all around. Lea’s father preformed a heartfelt ceremony, and just like that they were husband and wife!

After a few more bridal party and family portraits, I snuck away with Lea and Kirk for some bride and groom photos right at sunset. We explored the beautiful gardens a little more, and had fun playing with sparklers before heading to their reception.

After that it was party time! La Paz and Forest Bear Bakery provided delicious food and desserts, and everyone danced the night away. We ended the beautiful evening with a picture perfect sparkler exit. It was an absolutely perfect day!

Congratulations again Kirk and Lea! Your wedding couldn’t have been better! Now, please enjoy some of my favorite moments from the day!

Chris + Mary | Aldridge Gardens

Happy Halloween! I have been so excited to share this collaborative styled shoot with you all, and today is the perfect day. This shoot was full of dark and slightly spooky vibes, while also being elegant and beautiful. When Mary asked me to join in on this shoot I jumped at the chance, and I am SO glad I was able to be a part of it! Here are the amazing people who brought it all to life:

Venue: Aldridge Gardens

Styling: Mary Fehr

Florals: RD Designs

Desserts: Lette Macarons

Makeup: Rawwbeauty Studio

Hair: Hannah Holsomback

And now I hope you enjoy some of my favorite photos from the shoot!

Abby

Today is not just another day. 

It's a new opportunity.

Another chance.

A new beginning.

Embrace it

We are on the cusp of a new season, my favorite season, the season of change. School is starting, soon the leaves will change color and the temperature will drop, and there's just something inspiring in the air. Fall feels like a new beginning and I love everything about it.

Abby is about to begin her senior year, a year of firsts and lasts. These photos were a way to celebrate that occasion and the season to come. A nod to the beautiful golden colors and crisp air on the horizon. Thank you Abby for helping make my vision come to life! 

Alan + Hannah | Heritage House

Happy last days of 2016 friends! As the year draws to a close, I have had the chance to reflect back on some of my favorite moments (I will be posting a bit more on that this weekend!), and I am so excited to finally share one of my favorite weddings of the year!

Hannah and Alan's day was the picture perfect Fall wedding. I was absolutely in love with it all, from the vibrant warm colors, to the charming Heritage House venue, to the small intimate gathering of loved ones. I loved getting to know their family and friends, singing along as they danced the night away, and cheering for them as they ran through a crowd of sparklers and onto their new life as husband and wife. Hannah and Alan, thank you for allowing me to be a part of it all! Wishing you all the best in this New Year and for many years to come! Cheers!

The G Family

Today I'm sharing another favorite Fall mini session with the adorable G family. I was so excited to take their first Christmas photos as a family of three! The trees at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens were in full, incredible color and made a beautiful backdrop - they went especially nicely with this family that is two-thirds redheads! :D Here are some of my favorite moments:

The O Family

Have I ever mentioned that Fall is my favorite? ;)The breeze is crisp, the colors are vibrant, and everything glows with a beautiful golden light. My session with the O family embodied all of the beauty of Fall, as well as the sweet connection between each family member. The little ones played and had fun together, then big sister jumped in and spent some time being silly with them, and then we got the whole family together for a few fun photos - and mom and dad even caught a moment alone! It was a joy getting to know this adorable family! Here are some of my favorite moments:

Hosanna

Hi guys! I know it's been way too long since I've blogged! It's been a crazy (in a good way!) couple of months over here at Emily Rose Photography, which means I have gotten behind on blogging. But it also means I have so much beauty to share with you all in the coming weeks! :D

Fall brought in mini session season which is always so much fun! One of my first minis (when it was still quite hot!) was with my dear friend Hosanna. Not only is she the cutest thing on the planet, she is also just the sweetest girl you will ever meet. Her bubbly personality shines through these photos, and I had so much fun hanging out with her during this shoot. Here are some of my favorites! <3