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Monday
Jan282013

{anna & chris}

I'm so happy to get to share this wedding...  for so many reasons!  Not only are Anna and Chris two of my FAVORITE people I've ever met on this crazy journey as a photographer, but I feel SO lucky that I even got to meet them and share in their wedding.  I won't bore you with the crazy details, but I wasn't their original wedding photographer.  But clearly, it was meant to be and by an amazing twist of fate, these two simply fell in my lap!  And boy, oh, boy I'm so glad that they did.  We just hit it off immediately and I knew from the first phone chat that we were going to not only have a blast working together, but that we would be forever friends.  They got married in Rome, GA in Anna's church with the reception in her family's backyard.  Every detail was just perfect {thanks to the fabulous Holly Lynch with The Season}, the day was SUPER emotional and sweet, the bride is a BOMBSHELL and the reception was a BLAST!  What more could a photographer ask for? OKOK... I'm going to quit gushing now and let you just see for yourselves!

;)

j







Tuesday
Jan222013

{winner, winner, chicken dinner}

Its FINALLY time to announce the winners of the 10 canvas give-a-way!!  OMGeeee we had a good time looking through the entries and reliving the last 10 years.  Before I give the names, I want to share a few of my favorites of YOUR favorite moments:  {PLEASE excuse the resolution on a few of these! I didn't have the original files within easy access, so I had to post the compressed ones}  ;)

Here's my fair warning:  You definitely may need your hankie for a couple of these!!

If this doesn't make you a little warm in your chest, I don't know what would... Bennett wrote about this bridal shot of Cassie:

"The majority of life's moments are really rather mundane, trivial even. The decisions that happen in those moments are often rather, sadly, equally insignificant: Tall or Vente? An extra lump of sugar? What novel will it be THIS vacation? As if any of it really adds up to much in the end.  

And then there is that moment. That moment when every decision within that split second sums up the whole of everything you are, everything you've worked for, longed for, and...

 In a moment, the moment is gone. But it is seared into your being, now. And, perhaps as a matter of grace or sheer luck, becomes a new source power and hope through which everything else in life gains it's significance and becomes, nearly, holy."

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You may recognize this sweet family from lots of blogs.  We are getting ready to celebrate Nora's 4 year birthday!!  A HUGE day for this family, and I can't believe she is growing up SO FAST!!

"I am submitting one of my very favorite photos when Nora was 18 months old.  This and every picture of our family is special to me because we never that the time will come when Nora will no longer be with us.  Your photos are beautiful and will forever be cherished."  

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LOVE THIS one from back in 2009... "{This photo} is my favorite because it shows a side of my husband Jeremy most people don't get to see. Jeremy deployed to Iraq 3 weeks after we got married. He is as Army guy through and through and has that tough exterior. He is a true softie at heart and I see that side of him all the time but the rest of the world does not. To me this photo captures his sweetness and I love that." 

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"This is my favorite photo from our wedding day. I love the lighting and style, but most of all I love that it reminds me the way that Lucas hugs me all the time. He'll sneak up behind me and wrap his arms around me. This was also the only time during our reception that we were able to spend one-on-one time with each other too, a time that I will always cherish."

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"You shot our wedding over 2 years ago and we still look at the CDs all the time. Every time we look at our album or the images, this one stands out everytime as my highlight from the whole day. Oscar and I were already elated about the whole getting married thing, but when he surprised me with George (the Santa monkey) it was the first time I cried the whole afternoon.

George the monkey was given to me when I was 13 and found out that my father was sick. My dad died holding George's hand so growing up whenever I held George's hand I felt like I was holding my dad's. Silly perhaps, but it was very soothing when I was emotional. When my niece was born I passed George on to her, moving to Texas and away from George...

Oscar and my sister are sneaky, but usually I can figure out what they are up to. He was SO PROUD when he was able to surprise me he still brags about it!

 It was set up perfectly... I wanted to get a certain shot (staged but perfect) of us holding hands "pre-wedding." So we go around the corner, I hold out my hand, and to my surprise it was a small, furry red glove that I was holding instead of my husband's hand...

George being there for that special moment was like my dad holding my hand just when I needed it. This shot captures my emotion, Oscar's pride in himself :) and George... and that makes me happy!"

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"If I HAD to chose, I would chose the pic where our momma's are looking at each other with pure emotion, overwhelming joy, excitement, genuine happiness, and maybe even relief that the wedding finally occurred (ha!), and it sums up the wedding perfectly.  And they look like real hot moms. {Jennie here:hahahahahahaha}  Knowing our mothers were that happy after the moment we were married is such a wonderful feeling that we are grateful was captured like it was."

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"There are soooo many reasons this pic and our engagement pics mean so much to Michael and I. For starters having someone who I have known for years and who is not only an unbelievable photographer but also an incredible friend is a pretty awesome blessing. Especially since she already knows my crazy style and princess probz! :) Thank goodness I didn't have to explain that to a stranger! ;) But also for the 13 years...(yep 13 long, wonderful years) Michael and I have been together we have never missed a date to the Tennessee Valley Fair!! As a matter of fact one of our very first dates was at this very same place and I remember like it was yesterday.....the funky smell in the air, fireworks in the sky, sticky candy apple on our hands, and love in our eyes!! He had me at.....Demolition Derby Baby!!! Nothing like having no clue what you're gettin yourself into and wearing your cutest outfit of course and sitting on the front row and the first 2 cars smacking in front of you slinging mud into your eyes, hair, nose....Thank goodness I loved him cause I could've killed him! But of course I couldn't let a lil dirt get me down and we've gone back year after year and still laugh to this day.....so I couldn't of dreamed of a better place then the fair for our engagement pics.......for this is the place where memories were made and laughs were shared. My favorite picture from the shoot is this one....I get a warm butterfly feeling in my tummy when I look at it....its perfect from the lighting, to the kiss.....it simply shows how in LOVE we are...despite how hard it was to kiss on a moving horse or how many people were staring at us....Because at that point and time....nothing else mattered, time stood still!!!"

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And now... for the list of winners...

{if you are listed, simply send me an email with your choice of image and your mailing address and I'll get them ordered asap!!}  Thank you to EVERYONE who submitted!  I wish I could've shared them all!!

 1.Bennett Giles

2.Kristi Laube

3. Samantha Boldin

4. Dakota Montgomery

5. Amanda Rowland

6. Tawny Plate

7. Trevor Cox

8. Renee Dial

9. Jaime Gooden

10. Adam Minner

Thursday
Jan172013

{contest winners}

OMG!!  I'm sitting here in my office watching it snow and so, so excited to post the winners of this give-a-way!  I'm also excited to share some of the super sweet writings and poems that you guys shared!

Lets start with the haikus and poems.

Here are a few of my favorites:

**By Bennett Giles:

Light that is my wife.

What is this world we made here–

What now? you whisper.

 

**And from Kayla Hyder:  

I LOVE THIS ONE!!

Pictures, Pictures 4×6.  

They're nice to look at while you sit.

Pictures, Pictures 5×7.                        

Will be something to cherish when we're gone to Heaven.                       

Pictures, Pictures 8×10.

Love sharing them with friends.       

Pictures, Pictures 16×24.                   

My fav thing to see when I walk through my front door.                      

Pictures, Pictures I love them if you can't tell, please pick me for your mini sesh

because what I really love is having them taken from the BEST!!! 

 

I have to say that some of my very favorites were ones people wrote to win a session for someone else!!

**One of my awesome brides wrote this super cute one for her Stepson who is starting college soon...

University of Tennessee

Congratulations Taylor!

College here we come!

 

**And Heather wrote this super cute haiku for her sister:

One two three smile cheese, 

baby nephew needs captured, 

great gift for sister.

 

**I also thought this one was funny from Andi:

This actress is poor,

and I'm not too proud to beg,

oh please shoot my head.

 

**This one from Chrissy Eastridge took some serious work:

Congrats on ten years!

Must really be nice—

To look back with love

At still frames of life.

 

You’ve captured the moments

That people hold dear—

The smiles, the hugs, 

And sometimes, the tears.

 

Our story is special

Give us a chance, you’ll see—

Why Wesley and I’d

Like a session, for free :)

 

We’re starting out married life

Next Saturday—

A covenant, a promise

To love, always.

 

Let’s document our first year

Of married bliss—

To miss out on your art 

Would be truly remiss.

 

We need you, Jennie

To record these memories—

Can you help with our story?

Pretty, pretty, please?

 

**and one more before I announce the winners from Lisa Smith:

Photos are neat-o, 

Jennie and Nikon really

have so much swag-o.       

 

So... obviously, I had to choose the winners randomly, because how in the world else would I narrow it down?!??!?  The 3 winners of mini-sessions are.......

Shana Sparks-Beckett

Heather Wolfe 

aaand....

Amanda McNulty

YAY!!  So... if you are a winner, it is up to YOU to get with me to schedule your session!  You can do it any time this year, but I'd LOVE for you to wait until we have some flowers on the ground and leaves on the trees.  ;)  ENOUGH of this dreary winter weather!!  

Check back tomorrow for the canvas winners and some favorites from the last 10 years.

;)

j

 

 


 

Friday
Jan112013

{adam and megan } :first look: 

I CANNOT WAIT until next week when I get to share some of my favorites from my 10 year anniversary contest!!  Until then, this post was inspired by one of the entries.  We are LOVE with these first-look photos.  I thought I'd share Adam and Megan's entry and take it a little further and share the whole first look along with a few of my favorites from their pre-wedding photos.  My clients know I'm a BIG believer in a first look making the wedding day SO much more relaxed and fun and I think this is just perfect to show how romantic and sweet having a few stolen moments at the beginning of the day can be. And, besides, aren't the best things always shared and the best days spent together?

Here's what Adam wrote and the photo they submitted: 

 Much like you, we are obsessed with the our first look photos.  We particularly love this picture because it describes us perfectly.  You can tell we are completely absorbed in the moment and each other, and nothing else seemed to matter.  Actually, in this picture we were praying and we think its a good reminder to us that, much like God created that beautiful scenery, he also created this marriage. Even being caught up in a important day like that, where you are worried about details and everything going smoothy, this picture reminds us we are each others first priority on this earth and we don't ever want to forget to stop and pray.

 

 

And here is the rest of the first look.  





Thursday
Jan102013

Oooooohhhh Nooooo!!!

I just discovered I've had some email trouble this week and if you filled out a client contact form or sent an email to the jennie@jennieandrewsphoto.com account since Monday, you might want to try it again! Darn technology!!  I apologize for any trouble!!