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

Atlanta Small Business Portrait Branding Photos

Working with Olivia Urig of Journey 10 Rolfing has been a total dream ! If you’re not familiar with Rolf Structural Integration, it is a form of bodywork that reorganizes the connective tissues, called fascia, that permeate the entire body. Rolfing Structural Integration works on this web-like complex of connective tissues to release, realign and balance the whole body, thus resolving discomfort, reducing compensations and alleviating pain. Rolfing SI aims to restore flexibility, revitalize your energy and leave you feeling more comfortable in your body.

Essentially, the Rolfing process enables the body to regain the natural integrity of its form, thus enhancing postural efficiency and your freedom of movement.

I personally received the 10 series from Olivia this Summer/Autumn and it not only transformed my body, but the way I held tension in my emotional body, as well. Allowing gravity to flow through (instead of fight against) has been such a treat when I’m carrying heavy photography gear, hiking for miles on end, or crushing it in big surf !

I was thrilled when Olivia asked me to capture a branding session for her spirit and business. Curious about Rolfing in Atlanta ? Check out Journey 10 !

2019 Travel, book your portrait sessions whilst I'm on the road !

Editing through Kelly + Duncan’s intimate North Georgia Mountain wedding has me SO PUMPED for all my destination weddings upcoming in 2019.

I love to arrive a day early and hike, check out coffee shops, and get to know the area. If anyone has interest in booking a portrait session surrounding wedding dates, do reach out !

2019-

January- Florida

February- Baja, MEX

March- Dominican Republic

April- Asheville, NC

May + June- Atlanta, GA

July- Long Island + Brooklyn, NY

August + September- Atlanta, GA

October- Highlands, NC

November + December- TBD

As always, contact me at LOVE@GIANNAKEIKO.COM

Stunning McDaniel Farm Park Maternity Session

Laura and Grady’s stunning maternity session captured the season, their love and expanding family <3

Holiday Family Sessions

With everyone gathered for the holidays, it’s always nice to book a studio session and create family heirlooms and gifts, together. I’ve loved working with my repeat clients over the years, and whilst I promote mainly weddings, I do still take on a limited amount of family portraiture throughout the year <3

If your photographer asks: "can I steal y'all for 5 minutes?" Say yes.

Take a beat and be together in the soft light <3

Atlanta Skyline Helicopter Pad Proposal

On Saturday, we had the pleasure of capturing a rooftop engagement proposal at Ventana’s Downtown Helipad. Their whole family was in attendance, and champagne toasts sweetened the deal. Congrats to these lovebirds !

Do I need a Bridal Session ?

of course. more relaxed. hair and makeup trial. nothing else to rush off to. need I say more ?

Perfect Fall Leaves Grant Park Family Session

Sweetest fall family portrait session capturing the leaves and BB to be !

Boho chic backyard fall wedding in North Georgia

GOALS ! That’s all I have to say about Amanda + Konner’s intimate, Anthropologie inspired backyard weddings. Antique literature touches, real candles, candy bar, ferns and laughs and love galore. Not going to lie, I took some table scape notes.

Check out the sweet first look at Amanda’s family home.

XO,

GK

Spread Love, it's the Brooklyn Way

Elizabeth + Xavier brought their love to Atlanta, and friends and family met them there. Both trainers and wellness advisors in Brooklyn, New York, they decided on Atlanta for their Destination Wedding and I got to be here for all the joy.

Personal, intimate details punctuated by pops of color. The industrial chic venue was the perfect location to welcome their guests and get rad city scapes, as well.

Why your photographer does not want to go to a park.

Parks are fine. My dog loves them. My niece and nephew love them. It’s cool to hang a hammock and read a book. Only problem, everyone else loves them, too.

I love. LOVE. when my couples are game to drive just a little (in this case, a mere 20 minutes) to set the mood. Get a little more privacy and intimacy. It really comes through in the images. Sure, if we’re doing a session in a park, and a jogger runs by and says something cute, y’all will laugh. Generally before your shoulders do the weird thing and you ask me where to put your hands.

So, if you ask your photographer “where should we go ?” And they ask you a bunch of questions about what’s important to you for your photographs, and then tell you honestly… there’s a reason !

PSA over. Steamy photos below

XO,

GK