They’re engaged – and I’m so excited to show you these pictures. I’m shooting Kevin and Bethany’s wedding this summer and I can only hope we have the same beautiful light!
There’s a question that I’m sure every teacher will hear at some point in his/her career, at least based on the number of times I’ve heard already in my short tenure.
“Ms. Snixie, is our class your favorite?”
I always tell my classes that I don’t have favorites, but that each class period is just different. I compare them to ice cream. Some days pumpkin is my favorite, other days it’s cool and refreshing mint chocolate chip. The next day it may be banana pudding or even rainbow sherbet. It all depends on my mood.
Pictures are often like classes. Although I have no one favorite, different pictures grab my heart at different times. These are 10 of the pictures that I kept coming back to in 2010. I hope you enjoy this look back, and I’d like to say a huge thank you to all my clients and friends. Even though this post does not include you all (I had to limit myself to 10 or it would never stop!), I am grateful for the opportunity to capture your lives.
Here’s to 2011!
Cheers to 2010!
Tim and Laurel have been in love for a long time. Well, let me correct that. Tim has been in love with Laurel for a long time. I entered college in the same class as Laurel and even though we weren’t close friends, it became very apparent that a senior like Tim didn’t just hang around freshman girls because he didn’t have any other friends. He was on a mission. It also became very evident that the goal of his mission was one girl: Laurel. Pretty soon (but probably not soon enough for his eager heart), she was his.
Now, this unlikely duo of a girl from Virginia and a French boy (who somehow is English?) are getting married, a fitting end to a story that began at Columbia International University.
The setting should look familiar – Tim and Laurel spent a lot of time at the Horseshoe and wanted to get pictures at a place where their love grew so much.
Cole and Amanda discovered snixie photography through Jay and Joy – they were friends with Jay in high school and decided they wanted some engagement pictures. We had a wonderful time exploring new areas of downtown. They’re getting married in March of next year and it was a joy to spend two days with them shooting!
You might remember Jay and Joy. They’re now engaged.
Oh hey bling, hey.
Congratulations Jay and Joy!
“So what do you do with people who hate having their picture taken?”
After we said hello and prayed, those were the first words out of DJ’s mouth. He smiled as he said them, but I realized that there was a lot of truth in his words.
“I trust that you love her enough to take good pictures!” I said in return.
And my words were not empty, because if there’s anything that DJ has for Natasha, it’s love. It’s obvious he would do anything for her. And although there were many mishaps in our time together (dead batteries! cloudy skies! freezing cold temperatures! a mean lady at a church!), the one thing that was almost overwhelming was that love.
Every time DJ held Natasha’s hand, every time he looked into her eyes, every time he smiled at her there was a tenderness and kindness to his actions. He loves her.
Enough to take pictures for her.
Thanks for being troopers, DJ and Natasha!
Natasha is from Japan. These beautiful yellow leaves come from Japanese trees. Thus, I LOVE Japan!
Oh yellow leaves, how I love thee!
DJ being goofy, as usual
I LOVE the vertical lines!
Yeah, I loved those yellow leaves. A LOT. (one of my favorite ring shots ever)
We decided this was probably St. Francis of Assisi.
Holding hands behind a saint’s back!
Another favorite ring shot.
Very sweet and tender.
Natasha’s parents were married in this very same courtyard–crazy, right?
I really love this shot.
Such a sweet girl.
Such a tender look from DJ
It was sooo dark when I took this.
Perhaps my favorite from this shoot.
The other side of the courtyard where Natasha’s parents got married…thus the vintage editing.
Thank you both!
He takes her hand, and it’s comfortable. She leans her head on his shoulder. Comfortable. They look and laugh and smile and hold each other and all the while it’s comfortable.
My favorite love stories begin with “Well, we were friends for awhile…” Alma and Tyler’s story starts like that. They both were involved in their youth group and pretty soon they became involved with each other. Friendship blossomed into love and now marriage. They’ll be tying the knot in January and I am so very excited to be there and capture the best moments.
For this shoot I was privileged to have my friend Justin shoot with me–he’s going to be joining me second shooting their wedding and I’m excited to have him along. His pictures are noted.
First a few comfortable smiles.
Yes, Alma is that gorgeous.
I love this sign!
I photograph the most beautiful girls on the planet, I’m sure of it.
I get to photograph lots of good-looking men too.
I love taking ring shots. Love it!
Tyler and Alma made these cool signs with Bible verses on them. My view of 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.
And Genesis 2:18, 24.
Flip the sign over and it says…
Blowing dandelions was just too much.
One of my favorites!
I love couples walking together.
Justin’s idea…Ephesians 5:22-23.
A little sass never hurt anyone.
Other favorite…gorgeous Alma.
(Here’s a secret…this picture was a lovely accident. I was actually just changing some settings on the camera and took this test picture!)
Seriously Alma…are you sure you’re not a model?
I love how sweet this picture is. LOVE it.
Gorgeous light, how I love thee!
Laughter out of kisses.
And a few of Justin and myself in action, for fun.
Excuse my hot mess of hair.
Justin at work.
And taking the picture you saw above!
That’s the end. (And I promise I’m not that short, though I look like I’m 5′ 3″ here!)
That’s all for now!
me and you and you and me
no matter how they toss the dice, it has to be
the only one for me is you, and you for me
so happy together
The Monkees never had it so right–if there are any two people perfect for each other, it’s Michael and Ashley. After all, their engagement shoot was at the same playground where they got engaged, at the church where they both do youth ministry…they’re fun and joyful and very excited to get married to each other. I was so glad to be part of a couple that was so full of life that obviously comes from Jesus (John 15).
What else do you shoot in at a church? The church bus.
I, being the smarty I am, said “you two have matching eyes”. They responded “Yup, and that’s why we’re getting married.”
The one request? A jumping picture. I’ve seen a lot of them, and this one is pretty awesome.
And one last demonstration of their crazy fun awesomeness–these are from their handshake. Who has their own handshake? Michael and Ashley, that’s who.
Thank you both!