Sessen + Jordan | Urban Engagement Photographer

Meet Sessen and Jordan. For those Memphians who hang at Avenue, you know this duo. In fact, you probably knew them before they were a duo. I met Sessen in passing at Avenue Coffee. Immediately I knew she was such a encouraging and high-spirited personality. In full 901 fashion, I also met Jordan at Avenue. We had some pretty nerdy camera gear chats! Seriously, when I found out these two were dating, it was a fo’sho thing.

And now!!! – After hanging out for a whole evening, it’s fo’sho a  FO’SHO thing. They compliment each other beautifully. I can see how comfortable and joyful they make each other. It’s evident through even the photos that they feel comfortable to be themselves together. I mean, long story short, Jordan and Sessen killed their shoot. I’m honored they chose me to capture this season of life- all the excitement, new love, and anticipation. The wedding is going to be a freakin’ awesome. Enough chat, just scroll!

 

And for your own humor. Or maybe for ours… I’ve included the behind-the-scenes below! OFFICIALLY, y’all are the freakin’ best, Sessen and Jordan. Let’s see what we can manage to pull off come wedding day! Haha

Chicago Wedding Photographer | Kari + John | Downtown Chicago, IL

There are these moments in your life when you meet someone and it just makes sense. For lack of a better phrase… it just is the way it’s always meant to be. That’s how meeting Kari and John was for me. I felt like within 20 minutes I had known them my whole life. We were dancing and playing. We were teasing each other and almost getting run over while running across the streets of downtown Chicago. I felt comfortable to be myself and fully engage in getting to know them.

I know the Lord completely set our paths to meet. After messaging for a mere 48 hours over Instagram, I was waiting at Wabash/Adams L Station for Kari and John.  I think my heart and mind were just overwhelmed with inspiration. The lights, cars, sounds, and skyscrapers surrounding us- it was perfection. I feel like John and Kari are such a combination of personality, humor, and culture. I mean the way they laugh together is just beautiful. Their smiles are gorgeous, and you know their home is filled with joy. I can tell they have encouraged each other to pursue different goals and dreams. They are passionate about people and bringing life to the party! I’m gonna STOP typing and let you get to know them for yourself!

With all this said, a huge thank you to Kari and John for getting downtown and slaying the modeling game! I cannot wait to see you guys again, because some how I just feel like that’s going to happen.

Emily + Matt | Foggy Memphis Engagement Session

Where do you even start with a pair like Emily and Matt?! I had so much fun walking around downtown Memphis on the most dreamy foggy Memphis evening. We started on Main street, walked down to Cafe Keough, and then ended at Mud Island.

I loved getting to know them. Honestly I want to write all about them and their cute laughs and jokes, but the photos just tell it all. So I’m going to let them. <3 Scroll below. haah I couldn’t narrow it down, so ENJOY!!

Emily + Brian | Memphis Engagement Session

Probably one of the coolest and intense learning curves of 2017 for me was to stand by my best friend as she fell in love. I’m writing this before getting ready for the day, because mascara does not pair well with puffy eyes and tears. Emily has been a dear friend for a long time, but she has become one of my best friends in the last 16 months. As Brian came into her life, I was so excited. It felt different than so many relationships I have watched start with many friends. There was a sense of intentionality on both sides. I watched Em be pruned by the Lord through these seasons of raw emotions and growing pains.

Honestly, the biggest thing that made this so special for me to watch was that I was there. present. invited. She didn’t disappear on me. It’s hard not to. The Lord was so gracious to us, as he gave us countless days and weekends to work together. Road trips happen often since we second shoot for each other. I just love looking back and seeing so many milestones in their relationship paralleling with long conversations on the road and pillow talk in cabins and hotels. It’s weird seeing it all happen before your eyes. The “ohmygosh this guy is sitting with me at a coffee shop reading just to be with me!” to “if he asked me now, i would say yes.” to “i can’t believe we are getting married in just a few months!” I’m honored to have walked this path with you, Em. I’m honored to call Brian a friend I trust and love. He has loved her in ways I simply cannot, others simply cannot. For all who know Em, she’s an independent little go-getter. “She may be small, but she is fierce” about sums her up. It’s pure fun to see someone take care of Em, and her to take care of him. Meal prepping, sharing dates, and learning so much about how to love well.

I’m honored to call her a best friend. Honored to stand by her in this season. She has never ceased to show me such generosity, service, and love. I am looking forward to every chance I get to anchor her and Brian on their wedding day. To watch her step into a white dress, to squeal with her all freakin’ day, to see her join hands with Brian, to capture them laugh, kiss, and love all day, and to dance the night away with our friends and families. The Lord is so good. All I can say over and over again is that I am honored. <3 I’m so proud of these two. They have had tough conversations, been held to so much accountability, pursued the Lord and each other with such devoted energy. I cannot wait to see them fall in love all over again and just relish every moment in marriage. We had so much fun on what felt like the coldest day in Memphis (little did we know…) We explored Broad Avenue, Cleveland Street Flea Market, and around Crosstown Concourse. After scrolling down, you and I will both agree that Brian and Em are some of the best looking people of Memphis, and best dressed. I just love all the energy and laughter they bring everywhere they go.

To the future Mr + Mrs Holmes

Em