Savannah, GA {Family} Photographer ~ The Clifton’s

A little over 5 years ago I met a wonderful family when our children attended the same private christian school together. Sherri & David have a beautiful family of two sweet boys and one darling daughter. The years have marched on and the children have changed tremendously. What a blessing to be reconnected with the Clifton’s through the art of family photography! We had an absolute blast at their Fall family session and the children LOVED the camera. Here are some of my top session picks. Enjoy!

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San Diego, CA {Wedding} Photographer I Amy + Aaron are Wed

A little about Aaron:
Aaron Jeanes is an Engineer Captain in the U.S. Army who received his commission from Ole Miss in 2008 with a mechanical engineering degree. He was a platoon leader with 3rd ID at Fort Stewart, Georgia where he deployed to Iraq for 12 months in 2009-2010. There, he saw more than enough combat action, as he was the platoon leader for a Route Clearance Combat Engineer platoon. He went on countless missions finding Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) to clear the roads for the rest of the U.S. to maneuver on. These missions time and again earned him the Bronze Star Medal with Valor. He later was assigned to a unit out of Fort Lewis, Washington and deployed to Afghanistan for 4 months where he was the unit’s planning operations liaison.

A little about Amy:
Amy Jeanes is a local out of Southern California and a Logistial Captain in the U.S. Army who received her commission from West Point in 2010 with a management degree. She was a platoon leader with 3rd ID at Fort Stewart, Georgia for a support platoon where she supported up to Brigade Level units with ammunition, food, fuel, and water. She deployed as an individual augmentee to Afghanistan for 7 months where she planned and had oversight of all security aspects for the camp in which she was located at with over 10 different Coalition Forces.

How the two became one:
They met while stationed at Fort Stewart, GA in January of 2010. They were in the same Battalion and Amy supported Aaron’s Company with all logistical matters for their field problems. They butted heads on multiple occasions while working but when they finally spent time together out of uniform, they realized that enjoyed each other’s company and had a lot of fun doing so! They have few things in common and enjoy things that the other didn’t even think of doing. Put together, Aaron and Amy compliment each other well. They enjoyed trying new things that the other would suggest. Despite their differences in how they grew up and where they came from, the common ground that they had was the future ahead of them.

After having dated for several months while in Georgia, January of 2012 brought the chapter called “The long distance relationship”. Aaron moved to Missouri to attend the Captain’s Career Course while Amy was still in Georgia. In August of that year, Amy deployed to Afghanistan. Aaron took this opportunity to complete his Masters Degree in Engineering Management and was upon his graduation, was stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington. Amy returned from Afghanistan in April of 2013. Having been so busy, Aaron had never met Amy’s parents. He flew to California by himself in May in order to meet her parents and ask them for their permission to marry Amy. As a bright red-haired-man, it wasn’t an easy task to ask two Asian parents! He then flew to Georgia and proposed to Amy on May 24, 2013. She said yes! Aaron was shortly deployed to Afghanistan in June while Amy did many of the beginning of wedding planning. Aaron returned from deployment that October and they were able to begin planning their wedding in San Diego while Aaron was in Washington, and Amy was in the South. They married on May 24, 2014!

How I became their beloved photographer:

I met Amy Tang & Aaron Jeanes in Historic Forsyth Park in May 2013 as they were vacationing to Savannah. As I was preparing to shoot a family session there in the park the happy couple was standing under one of the large towering oaks in the very place Aaron proposed the evening before. I was approached and asked to take a picture using Amy’s iPhone. I agreed, but under the condition that they would allow me to take the portrait with my camera and then send it to them for their memory book. Later that evening I sent over the three images I took and a print release, I was thanked and my heart was FULL. Time went by and Amy had been stalking my work without me having any idea. Amy even referred her best friend to me for a Historic Savannah Elopement which I shot later that Summer. In October, I received a phone call from Amy & Aaron asking if I would consider flying to California to shoot their BIG day! I was SHOCKED, OVERJOYED, EXCITED, NERVOUS and of course I said YES! As I hung up the phone, reality quickly set in that I was petrified to fly for I have never been on a plane before in my LIFE! I booked the flight and that was that…I was destined for the BEAUTIFUL San Diego, California the following Summer.

May came and the wedding was fast approaching! I was beyond EXCITED to fly across the country to work with Amy & Aaron! I discovered that I LOVED flying! I became a flight tourist, taking more pictures than normal I am sure. I flew into California and was shuttled (at 120 miles an hour down the freeway surely in belief that I was going to die at the hands of a SD shuttle driver) to the Hilton Torrey Pines in La Jolla to meet up with the happy couple! I immediately went to work and spent the next 10 hours working with one of the most thoughtful, caring and most in love couple you will ever meet! At the end of the night, 20 hours after I flew out of Savannah I was jumping on a Red-Eye flight back home to my family! On the way to the airport I started to feel ill. By the time we were rolling down the runway I was so much worse! We lifted off and within 30 minutes I was more ill than I have ever been in my life! Everything was dark, I could not see land and I spent the next 5 hours in the lavatory of a Delta Air Bus. I landed in that bathroom with a sweet flight attendant with me and upon arrival to Atlanta I was cleared by paramedics for my flight home three hours later. While I was resting at my concourse an AWESOME SOLDIER took care of me until our connecting flight. He was stationed at Ft. Stewart. I was so sick that I don’t even have his name. What I would not give to thank him for HIS SERVICE to me personally! He found me boiling water and added lemon and camomile to sooth my stomach. He purchased some water and anti nausea medication for me, as well as something to eat in small amounts. I am forever grateful!

It was a whirlwind trip full of joy, excitement, love, happiness and FUN! I might have used two of my lives but I am here to share this special wedding with all of you! I hope you enjoy my work and can feel like you were there with us that beautiful day in San Diego, California!

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Historic Savannah {Engagement} Photographer I James & Erica

THE MEETING

Erica & James met in the math lab at Georgia Southern University in May of 2012. At that time Erica was an undergrad math major and James was working to complete his Masters in Mathematics. Three weeks earlier, James first laid eyes on Erica at the Georgia Southern Arts Fest, but could not find the courage to introduce himself. Once he gathered the nerve he needed to speak to Erica he could not locate her. The next time James bumped into Erica in the math lab there was no hesitation. James and Erica met for their first date in Historic Downtown Savannah later in the Summer of 2012. The couple enjoyed lunch at Panera Bread and then entertained one another all afternoon walking around Historic Downtown Savannah sharing all of their favorite places. On August 24th 2012 and after several dates, James and Erica became an official couple.

THE PROPOSAL

The Summer of 2013 and the one year anniversary was upon the happy couple. James had a friend getting married out in California and Erica was asked to travel along. By this time James knew with his whole heart that Erica was the one for him, that she was that special girl he loved with his whole heart and who he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. After some snooping and thoughtful consideration, James bought the perfect ring for his beloved. While in California he planned a very special date day in San Francisco. The two walked all over San Fran just as they enjoy doing here in Savannah.
One of Erica’s favorite times of the day is sunset and she loves taking pictures of the sunset. So James chose Land’s End for he and Erica to visit at Sunset. On May 18th 2013, Erica said YES to that grand old question! She had no idea it was coming and she was caught completely off guard.

THE FUTURE

The wedding is planned for June 28th 2014 at the historic Whitfield Chapel in Savannah, GA. Erica is currently living with her family in Statesboro as she is working toward earning her Masters Degree in Education. James also lives in Statesboro and is a Visiting Instructor at Georgia Southern University teaching Mathematics. After the wedding, James and Erica will reside in Statesboro until Erica completes her Graduate Degree and then the two will move to Athens, Ga so that James can begin work on his PhD from the University of Georgia.

I look forward to capturing this very special day with this beautiful couple. I hope you enjoy this sampling from their engagement session that was shot in Historic Downtown Savannah.

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Richmond Hill {Couples} Photographer I Katie, Dusty & Miss Beretta

Katie contacted me a month ago looking for a couples photographer. Katie was introduced to my work through a military spouse support page and fell in love with my images.  I was so upset to tell her that I did not know when I could possibly work her in as my calendar is booked until the Spring.  Later that same day I received a touching email from my dear friend and client Susan.  Susan was scheduled for a family session this fall and really felt moved to forgo their session so that I could open up my calendar to a military family on my wait list.  Here is what Susan wrote…

Lauren,
Your post tonight about the family you photographed tonight brought tears to my eyes! It breaks my heart to think there are Military families out there who want to have family photos done by you and can’t because you are booked. I know you feel the same. I know you work as hard as you can and give all you have…you are just so good at what you do and it shows! My reason for writing you tonight is that we have a session coming up in a few weeks…I would like to give our slot to a deserving Military family that is on your waiting list. We can wait. But I want it to be Military…
Yes, I am sure I want to do this..

Susan

I knew at that moment that something special would be taking place.  I quickly messaged Katie back and told her that not only did one of my clients reschedule her family session to the Spring, but that I would be glad to offer her a complimentary Sweet Peony Couples Session.  Katie was overjoyed and so excited because they had never had professional photos taken together.  On May 11th of this year Katie and Dusty were married and their friends and family took the pictures that day and for their engagements there at the family home.  This session is special as it documents all the love they have for one another in their hearts and also the addition of their first furry child, Beretta whom they rescues on July 20th.  We chose to shoot at sunrise at a secluded location on the marsh in Richmond Hill and the gifts of God’s creation that met us there were nothing less than beautiful!  Here are some of my favorites from their session.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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