I love trying out to new locations for shoots & jumped on the chance when this bride-to-be mentioned Seville Square & Pensacola Beach. We wondered all over Seville Square & Historic District in Pensacola. We finished off our evening together at Pensacola Beach.
This past week has been a fun fill week of engaged couples & 2 weddings! Love is in the air! well at least for the 2 couples that got married this week! lol
For all you currently engaged you will probably not fully understand that first sentence so I figured I would dedicate this weeks blog to all my lovelies that are engaged or about to be engaged.
The engagement is less than perfect, borderline ROUGH!!! This sweet wonderful woman that you have proposed to is slowly turning into this bridezilla or at least someone that has started over analyzing things that prior to you proposal never would have been an issue. I am speaking from 1st hand experience!
My husband & I are coming up on our 3rd anniversary! & oh boy let me tell you that engagement was the WORST.....things were thrown, words were said, & tempers were hot! We were on 2 different planets when coming up with a budget & my loving husband wanted to participate in all the planning, which for me was ummmmmmm... was less than ideal! I was a DIY bride, that was slowly becoming this DIYzilla! The important thing is as that day came I realized at the end of the day I was signing that marriage license & I really didn't care what else happened because that man was the best ever & I knew that if he could put up with all my wedding craziness than I needed to marry him ASAP( not really ASAP we were engaged for over a year) before he decided I was a little to far into that crazy spectrum. ;)
Seriously though, all week Ive been joking around with my grooms that bridezilla goes away on your wedding day! but really I promise she does!!!! If you don't believe me just ask my hubby! Bridezilla was not the person that walked down the aisle on our wedding day. We actually laughed the whole time! he was making faces & then tried to force my wedding ring onto my swollen fingers, messed up our vows, & maybe even enunciated a little on the "RICHER or poorer" part. (theres a whole inside joke with our families about this part prior to the wedding, geared towards my husband lol ) he cracked a joke when we were exiting the ceremony & in the process stepped on my dress, oh good lord the whole list of funnies could go on & on!
Anyways the point is if your engaged right now it may not be the best year you guys have ever had; both of you just remember why each said "yes" in the first place. Focus on whats important. & everything else will fall into place! Promise!
Btw soon-to-be- groom if you love to preserve the woman you proposed to (you dont want a bridezilla then you guys will hire a planner! My absolute favorite planner can be found at Beach Side Ceremonies & Events and the are conveniently housed at Southern Event Studio (more about them in a later blog :)
First off I have to admit one thing...I was slightly nervous about this session, the reason -we were at Ft Pickens on Pensacola Beach & I have personally never shot there. I wanted to give myself plenty of time to explore (got there a full hour prior to the shoot)
I instantly fell in love with all the little nooks this place had to offer.
The photo above is darker than my typical photo style but I love it. I love that the lighting was very concentrated into one area, which helped to set the mood for these photos.
What's a better way to end a night
than with a picnic on the beach,,,
Here are a few photos from the absolutely beautiful engagement session I did 2 weekend ago out in the Watercolor/Seaside area
These two were such a sweet couple to work with! I knew Heather in high school & I was honored as well as super excited to photograph their engagement photos!
AWE!!! I just can't get over for beautiful this session was!
& after I had them practice their first dance for a few minutes ;) we headed to the beach
Well....Heather & I thought it was a fun idea to get in the water
Josh eventually warmed up to the idea :)
I promise he wasn't really this mad lol (good thing he had a change of clothes)
Congratulations Heather & Josh!
I have just officially completed my first year running my own photography business! Even though I have worked in this industry for over 4 years I never had the courage to begin on my own until last year. I just wanted to take this time to thank all of my clients that I have had this past year!
This year was my Portfolio-Building year & what a whirl-wind it was. On top of starting my business, my husband & I celebrated our first year of marriage back in March & welcomed our beautiful daughter into the world in May.
Many times as photographers we get so wrapped up in our business that we forget to thank our clients, without you guys none of us would make it! I am so excited to watch some of my favorite little boys & girls grow up & blossom! I honestly cant tell you guys how excited I am for next year! I have so many ideas for all my repeat customers & new ones of course! My clients are all fantastic & so much fun to photograph. I went away from every session/wedding on Cloud 9 because MY clients are awesome!
With that being said, don't forget to contact me for those little ones milestone sessions! What better way to cherish those moments than with a photograph (ya know what they say "a picture is worth a thousand words" & especially their biggest milestone-turning 1. I know several of those little guys that would LOVE to smash a cake!
Love you all! Anna Calhoon
This couple was so fun to photograph Sunday evening. JR proposed to Beth using the Atlanta Braves Jersey she is wearing in the photo above; he can't wait for her to be apart of his "team".
I was thrilled when I got the phone call from Beth saying not only was she engaged! but she also wanted me to take the engagement photos!
Beth & JR both have a love for baseball & since JR did propose with his favorite players jersey it seemed only fitting that they use all things baseball. We wanted to make sure JR always remembered his anniversary hence the date on his "slightly used" baseball. :)
Beth was a true natural in front of the camera & JR well... with a little added smooching from Beth & coaching from me he did really well.
We ended the evening at a near by park complete with a soft beautiful sunset! I was honored they asked me to be apart of their engagement :) cant wait to see where life takes these two!