Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Schraeder Family – Lilburn Georgia

When I worked in a cubicle I made an excellent friend. We ended up sitting across from each other and had to discipline ourselves not to talk so much and to get more work done. Last fall, I was supposed to get pictures of her family but our timing just never quite worked out.

SOOOOO, this fall we pinned down a day and braved the cold & overcast weather to get some fun shots at the playground…oh, excuse me the “Mountain Park Park”.

For some reason, I really like this image.Schraeders-4554_filteredThat worried look in my friend Stacey’s eyes is due to her firstborn son attempting to sharpen his skills on the concrete skating ramps.Schraeders-4566_filtered Schraeders-4577_filteredThis was a great reaction to their dog, Grady, who decided he wanted to see what this skating thing was all about and plunged into the pit only to find there wasn’t an easy way out. Schraeders-4594_filtered Schraeders-4596_filtered Schraeders-4600_filtered Schraeders-4602_filtered Dylan showing off his mad skills.Schraeders-4603_filtered These next two I played with especially for Dylan.Schraeders-4579_filtered editSchraeders-4606_filtered editA sweet little moment.Schraeders-4611_filtered Hayley (sorry if I spelled it wrong Stacey) doing her best impression of Captain Underpants. I will admit I am not sure who this character is. Schraeders-4629_filtered Schraeders-4636_filteredNo matter how hard Hayley tried, she couldn’t get in sync with her sister. Schraeders-4648_filteredOur attempt at a nice family picture. Things were a bit crazy at first. Schraeders-4683_filteredThis is the picture that they used for their holiday cards. I had to be a photoshop surgeon on this one because it was Stacey’s favorite except for the fact that her youngest, Hayley decided to cross her eyes for a series of shots (just like her momma). So I took her head from another shot and out it on this one for her. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself. Schraeders-4686_filtered Edit Head However, this one is my favorite of them. Schraeders-4718_filtered Schraeders-4738_filteredStacey’s face in this first shot is absolutely excellent. Jumping DuoEven though this shot was taken as Dylan was unhappy to not be able to go back to the skate ramps, I love how it came out. Schraeders-4747_filtered Mom and her two girls having fun on the playground. Stacey tried to get me on here too but I begged off saying I was carrying too much equipment. ;)Schraeders-4820_filteredThere’s a new superhero in town. Schraeders-4841_filtered Schraeders-4845_filteredMark told me he was “letting me” have this shot of him smiling. Hey, I’ll take what I can get. Schraeders-4853_filteredAs we were leaving, the kids noticed a baseball was left on the field so they tossed it around for a little bit. I don’t know much about form, but Dylan looks pretty sharp in this series. PitchingSchraeders-4878_filtered bwOnce we got back to the house, Taylor wanted to get some shots with her new(ish) bunny, Oreo. She was so sweet and responsible with him/her?Schraeders-4919_filteredJust look at those bunny eyes!Schraeders-4920_filtered Schraeders-4924_filtered

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Friday, December 25, 2009

Green Hayes :: Wedding – The Details

So let me introduce you to Super Crafty Mom. This woman did the most amazing job on her daughter’s wedding. She made both cakes (which both tasted amazing, by the way). She also was the mastermind behind all of the decorations, from what I understand. To me, the most amazing part, though, is the fact that she made, not only the groomsmen’s ties but the Bride’s dress. Like I said, Super Crafty Mom.

Here is the artiste hard at work on the morning of the wedding working on the finishing details of this awesome cake. 0001GreenHayes-3612The first time I met with Meghan and her mom, Patti, they told me that they were thinking about doing paper flowers for all the bouquets and I was skeptical as I had never seen what they were talking about.

Well, after creating one masterpiece of a bouquet they realized that in order to maintain their sanity, they would be unable to complete the task. All I have to say is, “WOW!” because what you see below is a truly a work of art. 0007(9)GreenHayes-36060007(1)GreenHayes-3624The way cool boutonnieres.0235GreenHayes-4128Lovely wrist corsages for the ladies.0236GreenHayes-4129Coffee cups? What do those have to do with the wedding? Well. . .0008(2)GreenHayes-3625Some of Corey’s family owns a coffee bean business and so they had the neat idea of scouring thrift and antique stores for unique coffee cups that the filled with little bags of coffee beans. And there you have a really neat and unique wedding favor.

ThankYou FavorsI actually did not know the story of their engagement until I delivered the wedding images and I asked.

Many couples have their little traditions and Meghan and Corey are no exception. Each Tuesday night, Meghan heads out to get their Starbucks. As usual, her regular barrista tells her to pull around for her order. When she gets to the register she hands over her card and the sly girl pretends to ring everything up and then tells Meghan that her order was already paid for and hands her her coffee. . . GreenHayes-4917. . .Corey then appears in the drive-through window to confirm her answer. And they drive off into the sunset. ;) Okay, so I fudged that last part, but you get the idea.

I absolutely love the details and how the interwove the Starbucks engagement into the theme of the wedding. The image you see on the right is of one of the smore’s stations. I loved that the several times I met with Meghan I could tell she wanted everyone to have fun at her reception and not just her. How awesome is that?

TriptychThe Bride and Groom’s table. Oh yeah, and Super Crafty Mom strikes again. The “Will You Marry Me?” stamp at the bottom of this set was carved by her. Sheesh some people are just too talented for their own good.CoffeeShop Storyboard 1And here it is, the masterpiece of a cake. Is it not awesome that the icing looks like woodgrain? Oh and the topper was handmade as well. Yep. GreenHayes-5023A few detail shots of the delicious cake. CoffeeShop Storyboard 2And the equally delicious and detailed groom’s cake. I love the deer. GreenHayes-5014Footprints and chocolate boots? Yes, please and thank you very much.Untitled-1Below are my first attempt at ring shots not ON the Bride and Groom’s fingers. I had a bit of fun although I was working on next to no light by this point.

Meghan works part time as a substitute teacher, which is the reason for the #2 pencils. :DGreenHayes-2149I had brought with me some antique suitcases to hold the props for the photo station so I utilized them for a bit. GreenHayes-2154 GreenHayes-4121 GreenHayes-4126 GreenHayes-4133And here I was endeavoring to tie in with the theme of the wedding. I took advantage of the graininess and gave it an aged look. GreenHayes-4144 I really do not think that the details could have been any more spot on. I remember seeing the sweetest comment on FaceBook the week after the wedding where someone said that Patti took what Meghan’s dreams for her wedding and made them into reality. I couldn’t say it any better than that.

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