His eyes didn’t move off of her as she spoke, hands waving in the air and eyes as bright as the smile on her face. They were dating at the time, but it wasn’t hard to see forever was in their future, he was completely taken with her.
An engagement, a wedding, and a few years later, he still looks at her the same way. She still laughs with glitter in her eyes. These two make my heart skip a beat. Loved their session at Fizz & Co., Guam’s first 50’s soda shop!
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joseph + leah | TOWN CREEK, ALABAMA and guam | DESTINATION PHOTOGRAPHER
The date was October 27, 2011. Facebook notified me of a new message, it was from a girl named Leah. I opened it to read, “…someday, somehow, if I ever find the right guy, I would love for you to do my wedding photos.”
Four years later, in a small Alabama town, Leah married the right guy.
this job. the people. the stories. my heart is incredibly happy.
…and then this happened.
after having the bouquet handed to her, she turned around to her boyfriend singing, I Will Never Stop [wedding version] by Safety Suit. She said YES!
Town Creek, Alabama wedding by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
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joe + roberta | PALMETTOS ON THE BAYOU, LOUISIANA and journaling on the road | LONDON, ENGLAND
The city below shrunk smaller and smaller as the gray clouds encompassed the little plane. I was on my way to photograph a wedding in Alabama. A red flannel kept me warm, except for my frozen feet because I still refuse to wear anything other than flip flops. There will always be a little island girl in me.
The plane broke through the cloud layer and there was nothing but white for miles. Home by Dierks Bentley came on my iPhone and my heavy eyelids closed as I drifted off to dreamland. 30 minutes later, I woke up to the flight attending asking me to put my seat up, “and please put your seat belt on as we prepare to land.”
I recently came across a blog post of a bride who had photographed her own wedding. The concept got me thinking about my travels and the way I photograph the journey. Photography is story telling with visuals. For me, it’s deeper than the click of a shutter. A photograph holds the emotion and feeling of the one behind the camera. Like art, sometimes the emotion is heavy, sometimes light, sometimes cheery, sometimes sad. A photograph is a way to bring someone from their spot on the globe to mine.
After three weeks at home, it’s time to hit the road again photographing weddings and people around the country. As I bounce from city to city, I’m going to be posting more personal posts along the way. The behind the scenes. The bedroom light on in an otherwise sleepy house. The working in gym clothes because, ya know, comfort. The living out of one carry-on suitcase. The sometimes unbearable loneliness and other times the high of independence. The reality.
The wind blows for everywhere, breath it in. The flowers bloom in every city, drink their beauty. People are everywhere, smile and say hello. I’ve come to learn that not everyone’s journey is the same. And that’s ok. Everyone’s journey is beautiful – it’s all a matter of perspective.
This job. The people. The stories. My heart is full of gratefulness.
“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” ― Anthony Bourdain,
white sheets and sunlight streaming in through the blinds. home is my favorite destination.
“Art is not about what it looks like but what you’re expressing.”
A brown hair and blue eyed girl sat quiet and still near the window in a dimly lit coffee shop on the island of Guam. Her hand moved steadily from paint to paper.
Katie Mills, the girl behind Art by Kathryn, is a P.E. teacher for elementary through 10th grade. “I like working out as well as doing outdoor activities. I also love animals.” She graduated from Clearwater Christian College with a major in biology. “While I was in college, I got to work at a clinic with monkeys. I loved it!” When it comes to work and life, Katie says, “I like a job where I feel like I’m accomplishing something and investing in people’s lives.”
“I like a job where I feel like I’m accomplishing something and investing in people’s lives.”
Painting and drawing have been a passion of hers since she was a little girl. “My mom would give me a coloring book and crayons and I’d sit there for hours.” As she got older, she began to draw portraits of her pets. It wasn’t long before she was drawing portraits of friend’s pets and giving them as gifts. “Although I enjoy it, I don’t draw as many pets as I used to. Now I mainly draw portraits of people and landscapes.”
“Once I get into my zone, I just focus.”
What does the process look like, you may wonder? “I start on tracing paper,” Katie said, “drawing the basic lines of a person’s face. This is all freehand, looking at a photo for the dimensions.” When she is satisfied with the look on tracing paper, she transfers it over to her art paper. “Once I get into my zone, I just focus – no music, no food, no TV.” Katie finds the nose and mouth to be the most difficult features to draw. The eyes, however, are her favorite. “It takes a lot of time, a typical portrait can take 12 hours,” – not all at once, of course. For landscapes, she draws with ink and fills in with watercolors.
“Moving around everywhere, even growing up, I’ve always cherished the little things you get from different places.” Katie keeps a box at home with different treasures from around the world. “Those trinkets are how I old on to things, how you old on to the past, I guess.” When it comes to artwork, Katie would say the same, “if I want to capture a place or the memory and I’m inspired by the beauty around me, I draw it.”
“if I want to capture a place or the memory and I’m inspired by the beauty around me, I draw it.”
She finds her inspiration in the details of life, “I see the waves crashing or palm trees standing tall and I want to be able to capture them somehow. Details really inspire me.”
“Details really inspire me.”
To inquire about purchasing artwork or notecards:
you can find Art by Kathryn on Facebook. Notecards, Prints. Have a special request? “I do special orders and originals if people ask.”
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dollick designs | SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA and joe + roberta | PALMETTOS ON THE BAYOU WEDDING
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“Comfort zones need to be knocked down,” she said, “they only hold you back from your full potential.”
Sitting down for the first time in what feels like months. An oversized flannel is keeping me warm while my wet hair is wrapped on top of my head like a beehive. There is half of a Cadbury chocolate bar sitting next to me. Not sure where the other half went.
And then, I set my phone down. Some thoughts just can’t be put into words. The last few weeks had been a blur of movement, emotions, and flights from city to city. Words weren’t flowing like they usually did.
After a little while, I picked my phone back up and wrote out every single thought. As I sit here at 3:00 AM, almost four months later to date, everything is coming flooding back.
“Comfort zones need to be knocked down, they only hold you back from your full potential.” Our Air BnB host had said that. Here I was in a new country with no idea what I was doing. I’m not that brave of a girl, but I wasn’t going to let fear stop me from living. There were so many people to meet, too many stories to be told, so much life to be lived. So here I was, in London, England with a friend and a mind full of curiosity…
…and then I asked Brianna to wave down a taxi, “do it for the photo!”
“this is so embarrassing! Everyone is watching!”
Our favorite time of day was eating. Especially these gourmet doughnuts we walked miles for.
In a bustling city, it was the side streets that intrigued me most. Gosh darn it, I had to find out where they led to!
Our Air BnB was the top floor of the middle apartment.
While Brianna was busy trying the local foods, such as fish and chips, I ate a hamburger for every meal.
After 2 days in London, we walked to the bus stop at 3AM and were off to our next destination: Ireland!
To be continued…
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