Memphis Artist | Kara Rodgers | Tennessee Portrait Photographer

Kara Rodgers. There are so many reasons why I wanted to photograph this woman. She was the first person I remember truly meeting at Fellowship Memphis, my current church. We were running across a street headed to a summer party last year. Cars were speeding around us, while I heard her say “I’m kara, whats your name?” It was so exciting to make a friend before I even walked in that door.

Then at a friend’s birthday jam party, Kara stood up to sing. We were all taken away as she sang from her soul.I wanted to capture Kara. Kara with all of her joy, soul, and creativity. Her dancing, singing, and expressing the incredible woman that she is! I have a passion to capture people who have never been in front of a professional camera. The experience of shattering any expectation they did have is just so much fun. I pulled out my speaker, and we jammed and danced for an hour or two downtown. I hope I captured at least a fraction of her radiance and authenticity.

Rooftops | Memphis + New Friends

Its incredible how personalities work. How quickly you know if you are going to really like someone. Bre was one of those people for me. Within my first conversation, I knew she was just my kind of person. Chillax, hysterical, and loves Jesus. We really hadn’t had more then one or two conversations in person over the course of a year or two,  before she planned to come see me last month for a short weekend.

As a professional in the field of your passion, your freedom gets lost in the business. What was your hobby becomes a to do list. There is so much beauty and blessing in that, but I’m starting to see how I must protect my creative process. Reading Ben Sasso’s incredible blogpost, “Creative Manifesto” a few months back, I was already chatting it up with Bre about all my thoughts on the subject. He speaks so much truth in getting creative, loosening your standards, being free. Pushing yourself in unpaid situations. Bre, even from a far, was such an encouragement.  I asked if she would be a model one day for me. AND NOWWWW it has happened. Months later, here she was, in front of my camera. Even more fun and exciting then I could have dreamed. Bre, you are such a wonderful human. I had the best time chatting, adventuring, and learning with you. I’m so excited to see how God is using you.

Recently, I also had the joy of meeting Jessica. Seriously one of the coolest highschoolers. This chick is graduating and headed to Belmont. She is full of dreams, bravery, and talent. She joined us on our adventures and took us around some of Memphis’s best tops- even agreeing to get in front of the lens. I’m just so honored to know her. <3 Thank you Jess for being so lovely and such a joy! I love how I can see your dreams through your eyes. I love your style and genuine spirit.

 

Memphis Engagement Photographer | Palmer & Jenny

More often then not I hear the words “we’re super awkward.” And man, I hurt a little every time. Because in reality couples think they are awkward in front of the camera because they have never been guided or been in front long enough to get comfortable. Jenny and Palmer were beautiful through the shutter. They had each other to play off of, and to hold onto.  The more I get to spend time with couples, it becomes clear that each story and the way they love is authentic, and should be captured that way. Its my challenge every session to not just pose and click, but to know the couple, make them laugh, help them feel comfortable. I love watching the two share little smirks, and laugh about how outrageous I am.That’s the goal, even if I walk away being the awkward one. However if so, I also walk away with a camera full of memories and moments of personality stopped in time.

This session was so much fun. There was light flooding in from everywhere! Palmer grew up running around this field and forrest. I’m so excited to return to this gorgeous place for their wedding in May. We are gonna slip away, and take over the fields in some more gorgeous light. Jenny in a stunning white dress, Palmer looking dapper, it’s going to be a day for the books!

Also the donkeys were a little jealous.  When Jenny and Palmer were holding hand next to each other, one of the donkeys straight up split them up with his head, and popped in between them. It was hysterical.

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(told you! Isn’t the best?! #thirdwheel)

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