Category Archives: what I love

This past August, I was blessed with my first bridal shoot!  I had never done bridal portraits before, so I was initally nervous.  However, after I finished, I found out that bridals are one of my favorite things to shoot…I get to photograph a stunning, excited soon-to-be-bride non-stop for 1 hour, while talking all about her wedding and fiance.  What else could be better?

Samantha was married this past weekend in the OBX and it was such a joy to take her bridal portraits!  Samantha has such a beautiful smile and easy-going personality, which makes her extremely easy to photograph!  She’s gorgeous to boot, too! :)

Enjoy my favorites!!

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You’re probably wondering who that scary man is behind Samantha. That’s my Uncle! :) You see Mama’s brother, Sean (the man above), married Amanda, who is Samantha’s sister. Got it?
We took Samantha’s bridal portraits at my uncle’s house and at a park nearby. Uncle Sean is tons of fun, so I had to add him in at least one photo. :)

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I loved the simplicity and uniqueness of Samantha’s dress. But what I loved most about it was that it was the same dress Samantha’s mom wore for her wedding! I think it’s so neat when a daughter wears her Mama’s dress. :)

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This one’s a favorite! Samantha, you have such a beautiful smile!!

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Just one more favorite! :)

Just one more favorite! :)

Kimber :)

What I Love: BlogStompl

I know I’ve mentioned Katelyn James on my blog before, because she is one of my all-time favorite photographers!  Anyways, she did a review on some things that save her time in her photography business and BlogStomp was one of them!  I read her post and wanted to try it out, so I asked Daddy if I could try the free download and he said yes!  The free trial downloaded really fast and I immediately set to work…well, more like fun!  I loved it!  I could get so many more pictures organized quicker and better!  Perfect!  I put a few frames together and uploaded one to this blog just to see how fast it would upload.  Voila!  In a few seconds it was uploaded…and I usually have to wait a minute or two for each picture because I don’t resize them for the web (shame on me, I know).  Every time you import the pictures into BlogStomp they are automatically resized for the web…it’s amazing.  And the import into BlogStomp is amazingly quick…you hardly even notice it!
Anyways, BlogStomp was so great that after a few minutes of playing with it, I knew I wanted it.  I got permission from Mama (Daddy was at work and since I was paying…who cares? :) and immediately bought it.  It’s that great.
So, if there are any photographers (or bloggers) out there who spend a lot of time figuring out which pictures to upload and how to organize them once they’re on your post…you should try BlogStomp!  I think you will be amazed at the time and sweat it will save you!!  (It also saves your readers from having to scroll through gazillions of pictures because you condense a few pictures to one frame.)  For example, I usually spend at least an hour or two on every photo shoot post.  I want to say the right things, organize the pictures well, and provide captions that aren’t sloppy or just plain weird.  So, anything that will save me time on the actual post is wonderful…thus, my love for BlogStomp!
Another BlogStomp bonus is that you can easily add your logo to every picture you “Stomp”, so when your pictures are on the web no one can copy them without your name being on them.  As soon as I get my new website/blog/logo I will start adding my logo to every picture!!
And just one more great thing about BlogStomp:  it’s cheap.  Like, only $49 and that’s nothing in the photography world!
If you’re still unconvinced, please read Katelyn James’ post here or check out BlogStomp’s free tutorial here as well.  I trust you will not be disappointed!
Kimber :)

What I Love: The Story

I have wanted to post about this movie/CD for a while.  It all began with an email from my Aunt Megan.  She said she had bought this really great C.D. called The Story.  Then she let us borrow it (big mistake).  I was driving up to Northern VA when I first heard the songs on it.  Mama put the C.D. in and told me the title of the first song and I just listened.  It was absolutely beautiful…so beautiful that my eyes welled up with tears (not a good thing when you’re a beginner driver :).

You see, every song on the C.D. is sung (by the leading Christian musicians) from the perspective of one of the “Bible heroes” like Joshua, Job, Jesus, etc.  The first song, The Creation, was just an overture but it was so expressive and so moving that I could just see God creating everything out of nothing.  It was really amazing.

The songs continued and Mama would continue to tell me the titles and who sung the song.  So many of the songs spoke to me and I saw the “everyday” Bible heroes in a different light.
Needless to say, my entire family loves this C.D.!   We then found out that there was also a movie called The Story that used the same music on the C.D. and just added video.  So, we had to get it!  
Mama bought the movie, The Story, for Daddy for Christmas, and we all watched it together one day.  We all had to shake butter (thanks to our cow, Halle) and figured it would be a good time to watch it.  The first song, The Creation, played and the videos put to the music made me cry again.  Quite honestly, most of us had tears in our eyes.  It was just beautiful.
The songs continued and, one after the other, we were able to identify with the Bible characters and to put ourselves in their shoes.  
The second song is called “Good” and it’s about Adam and Eve.  The words of the song cry with the sadness of Adam and Eve after they sinned and were separated from God.  And I could go on and on!
There are a few songs that don’t speak as loudly to me as the others, but they’re all really good.  My very favorites are:  Good (Adam and Eve), Who but You (Abraham and Sarah), It Must be You (Moses), Your Heart (David), Born for This (Esther), When Love Sees You (Jesus), How Love Wins (Thief), Alive (Mary Magdalene), and Empty (the Disciples). [Yes, I realize that’s most of them. :)]
I cannot adequately portray the beauty of the songs on this C.D./DVD.  I would really like to inspire everyone in the world to get this.  I like the DVD better than the C.D. because of the video but the songs speak just as well by themselves. 
So, when you have a spare second, please check out The Story.  Here’s the website…and thanks for letting me share about something I love so much! :)