Happy birthday to this guy, who dreams bigger and help us fly higher than I ever could without him! ❤️ He’s my best friend, my soft place to land, my safe haven, my Harry Potter trivia partner, my fellow adventurer, and my favorite person in the entire world. He’s the nicest, kindest, most considerate person I’ve ever met (any of our wedding couples can attest to that!), and I’m constantly reminded of how lucky I am to be his wife! 💙 This is most likely our last time celebrating Matt's birthday with just the two of us, so we’re making the most of it with a slow afternoon at the bookstore, a reading date at a coffee shop, and now dinner on the couch with a movie! Thanks for being low-stress and so very easy to love, darling! #imarriedup #likeWAYup
And I'm OUT! ✌🏼 On maternity leave, that is. Baby isn't due for another little bit, but we took @nancyray's recommendation and started leave ahead of our expectant mama’s due date, just to give us a little bit of breathing room (and a cushion, in case things get moving early!). ⏱ We're officially out of the office! I've got a bunch of blog posts scheduled over the next several weeks, but when it comes to social media, I'm honestly not sure how much I'll want to be on it once Baby arrives! I don't want social media scrolling, engagement, and (let's be honest) checking for new likes/comments/follows to distract me from what matters most, like it so often has the potential to do. And right now, what matters most is preparing for and, hopefully, welcoming Baby Spring well! So if I go dark for a while, no need to be concerned- chances are, we'll just be in that hazy, beautiful, sleepless place of new parenthood. 💗 But until then, we'll cram is as many day trips to the movie theater as possible. Because that's one thing we WON'T be able to do for a little while! 😆 We’re continuing to hold these hopes and plans with open hands, and even though we have no idea what the next few weeks will look like, I’m choosing joy and peace for today, and hope for tomorrow! #springmannjourneytobaby ☀️ Shot for @ashlynscarter for her full day branding shoot
When @gritandgraceinc gets inspired, you let her run with it, stand back, and get ready for your jaw to DROP at the results. Definitely the case for our couple's wedding at @the_greenbrier- Laura RAN with the @dorothydraperco motif and it was epic! The entire property of the Greenbrier was a color-lover's heaven, especially the pink Cameo Ballroom. She and our couple took cues from throughout the resort, from the black & white marble floors to the botanical wallpaper to the floral prints throughout, topping each place setting off with a classic party cracker (filled with paper crowns, trivia, and a custom poker chip to be used at the Greenbrier casino later that night)! Concept & design- @gritandgraceinc, Venue- @the_greenbrier, Florals- @gillespiesflowers
I honestly had no idea what to expect when traveling to Nashville for Austin & Amanda's engagement session, other than the expectation that I would most likely encounter a bit of country music (we passed musicians playing in the airport- welcome to Music City USA!). These two showed us SUCH a wonderful time, from start to finish!! We wrapped up their session with gorgeous sunset views of the city skyline, by which time I was totally in love with photographing these two- they're so easy and playful together! (In case you're dying to see more, the blog is linked in my bio!)
Easily one of my favorite portraits I've ever, ever taken, and it *wasn't* for a job I was hired for! That's the beauty of personal work. There is something undeniably satisfying about creating something beautiful just for YOU, and I can say with absolute certainty that some of my biggest growth as an artist has come from the unpaid work I've done in my spare time, just for me. Having the chance to bring @sweetrootvillage in for florals on this gorgeous #abbygraceballerinas session was something I'd been dreaming about for a LONG time, and the product was so worth the wait! Coming to the blog next week! 🌸 Dreamy florals by @sweetrootvillage, stunning hair and makeup by @nofilterglam, lovely model @madiskaggss #contax645 #fuji400h #istillshootfilm #fastfoto
Photographer friends! This afternoon I shared ALL about how we handle the album design process with our wedding couples over on Insta Live- make sure you go give it a watch before it expires! It'll only be up for 24 hours! 🙌🏼 Album of Kevin & Erica’s stunner of a day with @gritandgraceinc, as seen on @stylemepretty and ev👏🏻ry👏🏻where👏🏻else on the internet (courtesy of those killer Himalayan salt details)
I may have fangirled slightly the first time I met @cestriley at a @washingtonianweddings event last winter. Her illustrations are SO much fun, and I've been a big admirer of her work for a long time now! So you KNOW I freaked out (in the best way possible) when an email from Riley landed in my inbox in May, asking about the potential for branding portraits!! 🤩 We had SO much fun shooting a few weeks ago, and it thrilled me to pieces to hear Riley say that these photographs truly felt like HER. See more on the blog today at the link in bio! And if you're not already tracking with Riley's work, do yourself a favor and go hit follow- her illustrations always brighten my day!
Now that the cat's out of the bag, I can share my June's self-portrait! Pineapple Of My Eye 🍍 After getting the you're matched! call in June, I found one of those baby's weekly growth chart graphics and discovered that, at the time of match, Baby was the size of a pineapple! But it felt like too much of a giveaway if I posted this one before sharing the news that we'd been chosen- I knew someone would put the clues together! 🕵🏻♀️ With all the self-portraits I've taken at this point, I'm wondering-would anyone's interested in a self-portrait how-to guide? We've used this process for all our big group family photos over the years, in addition to vacation portraits of Matt and myself! And I've learned a LOT about what works and what doesn't! #springmannjourneytobaby #mykindredstory