As a wedding photographer, I share a lot of images of people in their 20's and 30's who are SO PUMPED to "start" a life together. This past weekend, I photographed an elopement of people who are not. (Don't even try to ask their age. They're awesomely vintage).
It was a creative challenge for me to share their joy, and love, but you know what ? It's the same. Maybe I didn't tell him to "lift her up over your head." But, who cares. Love. Peace. Contentment. Their faces naturally showed all that. Here's to finding your person and being like a fine wine <3
A wedding this magical and detailed deserves all the shout-outs !
FLORAL: Emily Warren Peterson and Christopher Johnson
MAKEUP: Beauty Asylum
DRESS: White Orchid
BAND: Bogey + The Viceroy
Video: Cinema Jubilee
Planning: Georgia Wedding Consultants
And a few Q & A's from the bride's interview:
Q: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
A: We met in the fall of 2011 while attending law school at Mercer University School of Law in Macon, GA. I was in my first semester of law school and Craig was finishing his final year of law school. We did not begin dating until the summer of 2013. Our first date was on July 17, 2013 (which happens to be Craig's bday) we attended a Phish concert in Atlanta, GA. We have been together since then.
Q: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
A: Well I was very excited to have my nephew walk me down the aisle, it was a very special moment for me and my family. My father passed away in February 2011 so unfortunately he never met Craig or my nephew. So it was special to have the "man" albeit "little man" of my family walk me down the aisle.
Q: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you'd like to share with other couples planning their day?
A: After you get engaged, take a few weeks to enjoy being engaged before you begin planning because the planning doesn't stop until you are boarding for the honeymoon. Another piece of advice is to remember "the reason for the season." By this I mean during the stress of wedding planning try to always remember that at the end of the day you are marrying your best friend which is the most important part that often can get lost in the details of planning.
WELL SAID, LOVEBIRDS !
A lot of life is anything but a perfect sunset and a snuggled kiddo. There's silly faces, sweet in-between moments, and a whole lot of embrace the crazy ;)
I think I like this family session the most because it's mine ! But also because studio sessions allow you to control a setting/light, and create so many different moods in such a little time/space.
Curious ? Reach out- LOVE@GIANNEKIKO.COM
Just a hop, skip and jump North of Atlanta, Roswell is a cute town with an amazing downtown area, creative spirit, and access to the Chattahoochee River. Young people are starting to buy homes, and hip up the area, and *fun fact* my mom lives in Roswell, too ! (all the bonuses for shooting up there).
Yasmeen + Nick suggested relocating our Engagement Session from ATL to Roswell. Let's face it, NOBODY likes sitting in traffic. Only catch ? Professional photographers must go to the city hall and obtain a permit to shoot. Thankfully, the process was easy, and I was super glad I had already handled all the business licensing, LLC, and business insurance this year. (who knew being an artist would require so much BOSSLADYing.)
These two were flawless and I am PUMPED to photograph their wedding in Downtown Atlanta in 2019 !
2018's books for weddings are now closed. *Select Elopements may be accommodated*
2019 is booking up fast, and I promise to update my travel schedule, soon. Travel fees are waived on all sessions in countries/states where I'll already be :)
I'm so glad you asked ! Not to dog on posed/styled newborn photography, it is definitely hard, requires infant safety training (and a healthy dose of patience) and has its place in our industry.
However, it's just not really my thing. I think creating babies is TRULY FREAKING MAGICAL and I'm always honored to be a part of these first few days in a family's life together.
Lifestyle newborn sessions incorporate Mom + Dad's joy (and sometimes exhaustion), the long days prepping the cute nursery prior to baby's arrival, Grandmas that are usually always on-site, and the adorableness of tiny fingers, toes, and silly smiles. Also, Lifestyle Newborn sessions have more flexible scheduling, as poses must be done between 4-10 days. Lifestyle can happen whenever everyone's ready, home from the hospital, and feeling good :)
Esther + George welcomed Jordan to the world, and I have been dying to meet him ever since I captured their Maternity Session a few months back. He's already super stylish and I can't wait to see how he grows !
Want to know more ? Reach out to Gianna LOVE@GIANNAKEIKO.COM
Spring in ATL ! A time for bike-riding, popsicle savoring, and, well, Engagement Sessions. Elizabeth + Xavier flew down from NYC for their session, and we talked about life in Brooklyn, BBQ catering in Atlanta, the life of being personal trainers and all things life + wellness.
I can't wait to capture their upcoming wedding at Ambient+ this Summer !
California is always a good idea. I lived up and down the coast (Sebastopol, Santa Barbara, East Bay, Ventura, and with family in San Diego) to be exact.
Finding any excuse to travel back, snag a surf, stock up on health food and hippie dance parties... it doesn't take much for me to book a flight.
Last week I got to re-live some van life (Econoline 250 named Rosa, what a dream). I caught up with old friends, wandered the winding roads and met with different couples about their fall weddings. I love traveling back to the West Coast to capture Engagement Sessions, Weddings, and branding sessions.
More, please !
Gathering with Sara + Ian had to be one of my favorite afternoons, to date. Thankfully I'm capturing their wedding this fall, otherwise I'd be SUPER jealous about missing out on all their details (like some pretty rad Veggie &/or Vegan local catering). They were hilarious, totally in love and down to chat about conspiracy theories without looking at me like I had 3 heads.
More days like this, please !
It is so special to be with these tiny babes right after birth ! Sweet Ren arrived a week early, and we were able to capture him a few days after coming home. Amazingly, he slept the entire time. As a newborn photographer, let me tell you, that is so rare. Hope it's any indication of good sleep for mama + papa to come !
I absolutely love wandering around and playing with the architecture of our city. Finding little nooks to photograph cute couples is a challenge to stay fresh and a reminder to always look at things with a new perspective. Kara and her fiance flew into Atlanta from Washington DC for their Engagement session, and we finally got to meet in person before their big June wedding ! It was a great warm up to the day and I can't wait to be part of their union.
Engaged ? Check out packages !
It is always a joy to be part of people's lives for the long run. A friend of the family, I've known Ronald since we both lived in NYC. He was Chef de Cuisine at 3 Michelin starred restaurant, Le Bernardin. I was working in fashion photography. Fast forward a few years and I was so honored to be asked to shoot his Engagement photographs with his love, Jackie. We met at my studio in downtown Atlanta to warm up, dance around and share some stories. Heading to the Atlanta Botanical Garden after, we talked about their ever evolving plans for their wedding, the restaurant scene in Atlanta (where Ronald's family owns and operates multiple spaces such as Sweet Auburn BBQ and Lazy Betty Pop-ups), and everything in between. I always love being a part of my client's + friend's big moments in life and can't wait to see these two tie the knot !
I worked in fashion photography in NYC for 5 years. It was kinda grueling hours and competition, I'm not going to lie. There were often 16 hour days on your feet, slaved into an Eizo monitor, trouble-shooting and keeping cool. I'm obviously glad I did it for many reasons like the incredible photographers I got to assist, light and digital tech for. Today, I'm glad I have the skills to create a multitude of moods in the studio.
Judith and Ariel are my typical clients = totally in love, a little goofy at times, show up uncertain in front of the camera, and leave saying "that was so easy/fun/awesome".
More of all this, please
I adore traveling back to California to capture couple's Engagement Sessions. Knowing that I'll be hiking, surfing, eating hella tacos + burritos and just aimlessly wandering the 1 all in the name of "location scouting" for photoshoots makes my heart skip a little beat.
Olivia + Scott were SO easy to work with, and their sweet pup even joined us for a bit of the photoshoot. I can't wait to capture these two's wedding this autumn !
If you're searching for the perfect destination Wedding or Elopement photographer, drop me a line and let's chat. Posting 2018 travel schedule soon! WWW.GIANNAKEIKO.COM