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North Georgia, United States
I have been an artist for as long as I can remember and photography is my passion. I used to be a successful fine artist, but since I shot my first wedding I never looked back. I am madly and completely in love with weddings, I guess it is the romantic in me :)

Thursday, June 30, 2011

All American Rejects at Splendor Mountain, Georgia

In my years since I started to be a professional photographer I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing many wonderful and exciting people including the All American Rejects. They came to Clayton, GA to find some solitude to write new music at the beautiful Splendor Mountain Estate and it was my pleasure to be able to capture those amazing young men while they were relaxing in such a beautiful place.
Splendor Mountain is the perfect place for artists of any kind, the beauty of this retreat is just made to bring out the creativity in a person or persons.
I love when I come across photos that bring back great memories even for me as the photographer.

Monday, June 27, 2011

My Great Team!

This is one of those occasions when a couple is in good hands if their photographers have the right gear and the knowledge to shoot a ceremony from a great distance without flash. Thank you Laura and Dan for a wonderful job.......

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Dahlonega, GA Engagement Session of Maleah and Erick!

Yesterday we drove over to Dahlonga........a lovely little college town in North Georgia to meet with Maleah and Erick, one of our 2012 couples to do their engagement session.
Steve and I decided to go drive over a little bit earlier so we could have lunch in my favorite Caribbean restaurant "Dante's" on the square. We were scheduled to start with the session at 5 pm but Maleah and I were watching the weather and decided to move it up a little and that was the right choice. After the session we met up with them at a little Irish Pub to cool of and just as we were leaving it started to storm.
We had a fantastic time with this lovely couple.....and lots of fun photos. It was a joy to photograph them and laughs all the way around. The drive home was a little bit of an adventure, specially when we drove through Clarkesville.......the storm must have really hit there just before we came through. Police cars and Firemen everywhere....because of trees that had fallen across the roads. It looked like a war zone as we drove along.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Happy Fathers Day!

Happy Fathers Day to all the dad's that love and care for their children. My two son in laws are the best dad's and I am so proud of both. As for my dad he was a great man and a loving father. He was very strict, but he meant well and most of all he loved me. Sometimes I did not understand why he was so strict and even today I don't understand some of this thinking, but he did the best he knew how and it came from his heart. He wanted me to be the best I could be and to this day I live by the values he installed in me. So it could not have been a bad thing :)

My dad accomplished a lot in this life......he raised 4 children, three of them during world war II ......I was he last of his kids and so I did not have to live through all the tough times, by the time I was born the war was over and shortly after he was transferred to Brazil to become the director of Volkswagen do Brazil. I lived an enchanted life in South America, but most of the time had to be behind tall walls for my those days kidnapping of children for ransom was not unheard of. But it was a wonderful time anyway......we would go to our weekend apartment on one of the islands almost every weekend and things were a lot less confined there then in the City of Sao Paulo.
I have wonderful memories of those times on the beach.......
A few years later we moved back to Germany because my dad had accepted the job of the Director of BMW Triebwerkbau in Munich. My father bought a house in the country for us and it was heaven......I lived in this little village in Bavaria....which to this day I love. My dad bought me a horse and I spend every day riding in the woods and fields without having to worry about kidnappings. It was heaven to a young girl. My dad proudly watched me ride my horse.......there were days that he took the train home from the factory and I would wait for the train in the field beside the tracks and ride alongside until it stopped in the little train station and then we would walk home together. I treasured those days...... Wonderful memories to this day! My dad was a very busy man, but he always had time to talk to me....and he always made me feel loved....except in his stict moments of course hahahaha.
Happy Fathers Day daddy..... :) and thank you for the life you gave me.

Baby Lauren!

I don't photograph babies very often, mostly because of lack of time, but on occasion I am asked by one of our couples who's wedding we photographed to do a baby session. This was the case with baby Lauren.......I have to admit it was fun taking photos of this little angel.

Jamie and Jeff's Wedding at Chota Falls in North Georgia.

Working on Jamie and Jeff Freiberg's wedding photo edit. I just love B/W photography and this photo is one that I really like. I think it is the look on Jamie's face that my husband Steve captured when he photographed alongside of me at their wedding.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Is there a difference?!?!

Is there a difference between wedding pics and wedding photography? There sure is......anybody can take wedding pics, but to photograph a wedding properly there is more to that then just picking up a camera and pointing it at the couple.
The photographer has to be able to take great photographs or at the very least good ones in all kinds of lighting situations and just keeping the camera on automatic will not give you photographs that are more then just pics.
These days there are a lot of people that consider themselves wedding photographers after they purchased A CAMERA and maybe they even took pictures at some friends wedding........and now they are ready to be professionals. I have seen and heard nightmare stories about this kind of photographer, but once these stories are at hand, it is to late. The couple will have some inferior photos and it is to late to catch those moments that were so special to them at that point again.
I don't understand why somebody would trust something like their wedding to somebody that has no valid track record of photographing weddings. There are so many professional photographers available in all kind of price is a shame to just let anybody take pictures of your wedding specially someone that is not qualified to take on such an important job with so many photographers to choose from who can give you the quality you are looking for.
Another thing to consider.........professional photographers have more then one camera. Anybody that is serious about their profession has at least two of everything, because I can tell you from experience that a camera can stop working right in the middle of a ceremony and if that person you hire to take your pictures does not have that backup equipment it will leave you with NO photographic memories of your special day or at the very least not all of your memories.
I am not writing this post to get people to book us for their wedding photography, I am writing this post because I am concerned on how many people hire these so called photographers and get burned. I have had several calls this year from brides that had hired someone, gave them a deposit and then could not reach them by phone and email.........before the wedding, do you really think they will be able to reach them after it is all over and they are paid in full. One of the brides that called me was even concerned that the photographer would not show up for her wedding. THAT is a very sad situation.
Again, please hire a PROFESSIONAL to whom it is important that their clients are happy all the way around, because that is how they make their living .....and do check out their work before you hire anybody. Anyone can take a few good pictures or in the case of professionals photos.........but consistency is the most important part. If your photographer has been photographing weddings for years and their work is consistent you probably can't go wrong.....testimonials from happy clients will make it even more a sure thing.
A professional wedding photographer will not only be able to take wonderful photos, but they also know the in and out of a wedding. The photographer is only one small part of such an event, a lot of other people are involved in putting on a successful wedding.....the coordinators, the florist, the caterer, the cake company and of course the entire staff at a venue. All of these people have important jobs and it is equally important that the photographer knows how to work with each and everyone of those vendors. With some of the weddings there has to be a lot of communication between the photographer and some of these other people that are involved in such an event to make the day go smoothly.
With this said.....go and do your homework before you hire a photographer for your wedding and don't hire somebody just because you know them, or they are a cousin of a friend and so on. Have fun and enjoy the search for the perfect person to record your wedding day moments.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Stefanie and Stephen's Chota Falls Wedding Video Slide Show.

Stefanie and Stephen's Wedding Video Slide Show of some of their wedding photos taken at Chota Falls in North Georgia.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Splendor Mountain Rehearsal Dinner - Lake Rabun Pavillion Wedding in North Georgia!

On June 11 Lindsay York and Logan Woodruff said their I DO'S in a beautiful wedding on Lake Rabun at the Lake Rabun Pavillion. The wedding was preceded the night before with a romantic rehearsal dinner at Splendor Mountain. It was truly a wonderful wedding weekend for the couple, their families and their friends. Steve, Laura and I enjoyed photographing their wedding........and getting to see some old friends.Micki Odom Velmer from Sittin' In A Tree was the coordinator for this wedding and she did a great job, a big thank you to her for all her help. Congratulations to Lindsay and Logan.

Dunwoody United Methodist Church and Ivy Hall Wedding!

On June 4th my associate and friend Laura covered the wedding of Lindsey and Taylor for me at the Dunwoody United Methodist Church followed by the reception at Ivy Hall in Roswell. Taylor is the brother of one of our past brides, so it was a real pleasure to book their wedding. I know I will enjoy the editing of the photos since I will see familiar faces of some very lovely people.
I always enjoy shooting weddings of family member or friends of my previous couples and I was a bit sad that I was already booked on June 4, 2011, but Laura did a great job with the photography and gave me some wonderful photos to add my magic to during the editing.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011