Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tara B. @ 30 Weeks Pregnant

Our shoot on Sunday was rescheduled to today due to rain. We had warmer weather, which was a great thing since over half of the shoot was located at the shore. I had a lot of favorites from our shoot, but here are just some I picked:


I had been wanting to do this pose for a while, and Tara was my first pregnant model to try this out.




I loved this in black & white.


I was so happy with this shot. I had wanted to photograph with these trees ever since I saw how beautiful they were in bloom. This photograph we made together came out so much better than I imagined in my mind.


The photograph on the left is very similar to the first in this entry, but I loved the flow within it.

Congratulations to the Badillos on their soon-to-be 3rd daughter!

Always,
Des'ola



Sunday, April 22, 2012

Nathan + Nan Prouse Wedding

I have known Nathan & Nan since elementary school, and Nan is actually a long distant cousin of mine through marriage (I'm from a very small town where it seems everybody is related to everybody). I was so honored when Nan asked me to be her wedding photographer. She already said years ago when she got married I'd be her photographer, but it is more of a privilege when it's real. From Savannah, GA, for their engagement portraits to a small town of Pineland, SC, for her bridal portraits to their marriage in my small hometown of Batesburg-Leesville, SC, I have beamed to photograph their joyous moments they'll cherish for many moons to come. Here are some of my favorites from their wedding day:





The lovely D.I.Y. boutineers (Almost all of the decorations made for their wedding were done by Nan, Nathan, and their family!)


These photographs were so fun to create with the groom's party. The one in the center is of the best man and groom.


The sweet D.I.Y. bouquets!




They each made one of these wreaths to have on the church doors! Crafty!!


Nathan is with their get-away Corvette in front of the church while Nan is behind the church with the famous Mt. Ebal tree that has been at the church probably since the church was built in 1832. It is always a joy for me to photograph the bride & groom before the ceremony, always making sure they don't see one another.


The bride with her bridesmaids.


Nan's sister, Reta (maid-of-honor), plays one more game of thumb war with her sister, Nan (bride), as a couple of the bridesmaids watch in laughter.


Every wedding now I try to photograph the groom's first facial expression as he sees his bride walking to him. Nathan in his true Marine-self shows a small smile before the ceremony begins.


A great thanks goes to my mom for the photo on the right. She's a wonderful photo assistant.


This capture of Nathan looking at his bride makes me smile.


It's official!


Nathan, I'm sure a lot of husbands feel this way. Thanks for your humor to create this photo!


The whole wedding party was a great sport in creating this photo! It only took two tries!


I loved creating this photo!




I'm in love with how they look in this photograph together. Nan, you wore your wedding dress so well, and I love how your hand is with Nathan's here.



Their first dance to "At Last" by Etta James.


The photo on the left is the father/daughter dance, and the one on the right was Nan's father giving her a kiss before he gives her away.


I loved seeing one of my favorite bridal pictures I've ever done on display at their wedding with the candy bar during the reception.


The beautiful Marine garter Nan wore was quite classy.


A Southern wedding was perfected by changing the champagne to sweet tea in mason jars for the bride & groom's toast.


I'm so happy with this image. Right at this very moment, Nan found out where Nathan was taking them for their honeymoon. All this time, we knew he kept their honeymoon a secret. Nan's beautiful expression of surprise happened when she found out they were going to Cancun.




Nan is a beautiful, classy, and very elegant woman. This photo exudes that.


Congratulations to the fullest to Nathan & Nan. Thank you again for this wonderful opportunity. Stay beautiful.

Always,
Des'ola

Monday, April 16, 2012

Before Sub Ball

Before the Sub Ball, I had the beautiful privilege to photograph four lovely couples before they went off to dance the night away in their fancy best. I am very happy with all the images we made together, but here are just some of my favorites:

















Thank you all again for this wonderful experience. I hope y'all also had fun creating these images!

Always,
Des'ola

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Stephanie at 37 Weeks

Stephanie won a contest I hosted on my Facebook photography page a couple or so months back. We had some lovely weather to photograph her and her husband in. This location is one of my favorites in Connecticut. Here are my favorites from our shoot:








Her pregnancy curves are just stunning in this image.



Congratulations to you both!!

Always,
Des'ola

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Nan's Bridals

I have known Nan for quite a few years, as we went to the same elementary, middle, and high school! She's now a successful interior designer, and she wedded Nathan this past Saturday who I have also known since grade school. Nan's brother actually stumbled upon the location we used for her bridal portraits by having to pull off to the side of the road because he lost his hub cap. Luckily, he has a great eye and found this wonderful place located in a very small town called Pineland in South Carolina. Despite the rain we had along with the absolutely dreadful mosquitoes, everyone involved were troopers in the making of Nan's timeless bridal portraits. Here are just some of my favorites:








These beautiful heels were her mother's wedding shoes.




Her profile is just exquisite.


This very photograph was her display at the reception. It looked so well printed in the distressed wood frame!

Nan, thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity. As for everyone, you'll be seeing some of my favorite images from her wedding in the very near future.

Always,
Des'ola