Atlanta Cator Woolford Gardens & Jackson Street Bridge Engagement

Blossoms beginning, wisteria. Warmer sunsets. Longer days. Let the seasons of love begin.
Taylor & Jon recently booked me for their Manor Golf & Country Club wedding this autumn. I always like to gift couples an engagement session, so we can get to know each other and make some beautiful images together. These two asked for some of my favorite locations, and I was stoked to share Cator Woolford Gardens and the Jackson Street Bridge skyline with them. We chatted foodie nerdy things, the early stages of dating evolving into love, and all things Spring in Atlanta.
So looking forward to being more a part of their story and union <3

Vanlife !

I hate saying “I’m based out of _____”. Because, in all honesty, I’m currently based everywhere. I keep a place in Atlanta. Our airport is the best in the world, it flies direct and affordably to most locations. Though I’m grateful for my friends + family here, I find myself traveling for at least 2 weeks/month. This lifestyle has led me back towards incorporating more indeterminacy in my schedule, and finding the right way to do this with my dog (she hates flying).
Cue #Vanlife. Sure, it’s trendy, and I have lived out of both a Toyota T100, and a 14ft trailer before. I knew the Sprinter van wouldn’t be full-time. The joy of finding the right shell, and the right collaborator to bring these designs to life has been the big project of Spring !
My hopes are that by opening up my schedule and waiving my standard travel fees, I’ll be able to do more passion project shoots and connect with more adventurous couples along the way.

Hit me up, if you’d like to work together along this journey:
April- Asheville, NC // would love to photograph at Max Patch
May- Brooklyn, NY and San Francisco, CA
June- Morocco + Dominican Republic
July- Montauk, Amagansett + Hamptons, NY

LOVE@GIANNAKEIKO.COM

and, finally, to fully appreciate the beauty of these vans, contact my friend Wyatt of Jedi Ships to custom build your dream vessel. He’s crafted mine specifically for surf life (changing station, board storage) and photographer’s needs (fold down desks with room for Wacom tablet, bolted in safe for gear). You will be so stoked !

Sweetwater Creek Sunset Engagement Session

Laughing so hard my face hurt. That’s not how I always leave a workday, but it sure was how I spent my session with Sarah & Nick. These two had known each other since high school, parted ways, and reconnected. Deciding to say “forever-ever,” they chose me to capture their wedding later this year at Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery. We decided on Sweetwater Creek State Park and Home Depot for their Engagement Session. One location I’m very familiar and confident with, and the other admittedly a creative challenge.
It was so great to wander in the light with these two, and I cannot wait to capture their love story this autumn !

Atlanta Ritz Carlton and Ambient+ Studio Wedding

Yasmeen & Nick’s Atlanta Ritz Carlton and Ambient+ Studio wedding blew everyone away. So many thoughtful details incorporated, sentimental touches and sincerity with planning. Every moment from gift exchanges to first look and their choreographed dance was fluid, natural and just so them. i’m grateful to have captured their story in such stunning locations.
Onward,

GK

Santa Barbara, California Courthouse Elopement

ELOPE ! Seriously. There is nothing quite like the energy of two folks madly in love deciding to just do the damn thing. Thankfully, these two let me (and my camera) come along for an hour of the ride.
Call me when y’all have a party ?

Dwell Hotel Chattanooga + Cloudland Destination Wedding

Destination weddings simplify a lot of things. Guests arrive with a sense of wonder and relaxation. Everyone’s eyes are fresh to the surroundings. Stepping into Chattanooga and the Dwell Hotel was like entering another time, altogether. It was honestly the closest i’ve come to photographing in what felt like a Wes Anderson set. I could just run around and get lost with my camera all day.
Thankfully, the weather cooperated and cloudy skies parted for perfect hair light. Kisses on a swing, in a barn and afoot the mountains. Romance abound !

Todos Santos, Baja, Mexico Winter Vanlife Yoga + Surfing Retreat

Some of us are lucky to find places and people that touch our souls. For me, a bi-annual journey to Baja has become just that. Todos Santos first whispered to me as an invitation to photograph an intimate, destination wedding of an old college friend. I think I booked my flights before she signed her contract, to be honest.
Needless to say, exploring the small town and surrounding beaches during that Summer trip was a dream. I remembered being struck by the simplicity of things, people, food, and the freedom I always feel when I have a camera in my hand in lieu of a cell phone. I surfed my brains out, indulged my taco obsession and happily stumbled upon live music and local art.

Fast forward a few months after that wedding, and I remember being haunted by the feeling that I had somehow left my heart in Baja and needed to go and find her. I began brainstorming a winter reprieve, and through the Yoga + Wellness retreat community I’m a part of, I was connected to a local angel who graciously helped my pieces of the puzzle come together.

The last-minute flight gods were kind, and plane fares were affordable. There just happened to be an opening at an ocean-view one bedroom apartment close to the best surf break in town, and my friend could even rent me his truck. It was meant to be. I just had to Go. Do. Be.

There’s a feeling I get, when I get out of my own way. My therapist referenced it yesterday as the still, small voice. It comes from outside of my self, but it is somehow a feeling of more myself. Some of you may call this Holy Spirit. That’s awesome ! I call it consciousness or, presence. That feeling was with me this February. That feeling is still somehow in me, as I sit in a gray, landlocked Atlanta basement. The feeling allows me to be open to new people, random conversations, sing alongs by campfires, making new penpals, and an overall connectedness to humankind. It breaks down the barriers to entry that screens somehow create. I often feel like even though technology is so incredible, it can make us feel even lonelier. Laughing after sunset yoga with a new friend or letting a stranger on the beach sing in French and play guitar to me, or talking to the same dude in the surf lineup every morning and never learning his name but remembering his dog’s… that’s the good stuff. That’s the small town, beach vibe, heart centered stuff. That’s my stuff.

Thank you, Baja. For holding me like you do. For teaching me the Hawaiian prayer Ho’oponopono. For bringing angels into my life. For bringing back that still, small voice that guides me.

XO,
Gianna Keiko

Saint Petersburg, Florida Winter Wedding

Melissa + Mark initially hired me for an Engagement session whilst they were living in Inman Park, in Atlanta. We had fun exploring the Beltline and Piedmont Park, and made the most of an unseasonably cold day.
Fast forward, and they booked me for an early summer Florida wedding. As fate would have it, they found out they were expecting their first child and had to move up the wedding date ! Fortunately I could still accommodate the change, and we got to celebrate their wedding at Nova 535 this past weekend.

I hear a lot of really wonderful feedback from clients, but I’ll never forget what Melissa told me during the Couple’s session: “Mark has not cared about a single vendor. Caterers, florals, whatever. But he knew that we wanted you for our photographer.”

Yep. I bout cried then. And I definitely cried during their cake-cutting, when the gender revealed that they are expecting a baby girl !

Magic all around, folks.

Perry + Michael's Monday Night Garage Winter Wedding

Rain. Cold. Nothing could dampen their spirits as Perry + Michael said Forever-ever. These two were seriously troopers. With a live band performance by BOTH incredibly gifted musicians, themselves, and their friends, the reception perfectly represented the joy for life these two possess. Thank you for trusting me to capture your energy and spirit. Wishing y’all the very best in these next steps of marriage !
XO,

GK