L Raines Newborn Session || Capturing Bliss Photography Studio

It’s Friday which means Newborn Session BLOG post! Woohoo!

This studio session may be one of my most favorites! I mean beautiful Momma, squishy baby boy and sweet blonde sissy. How could it not be a favorite?!?¬† I love when Momma brings reinforcements to our sessions and this one brought her twin sissy (who you’ll see in a few shots just for fun).

I wanted to go with more neutral tones for little L’s session and I think they turned out exactly what I had in mind and of course Alyssa was so sweet and loved all of the setups too. We were able to do “family portraits”, some sweet less posed shots of baby boy, two props and a few beanbag poses – these are the last ones and some of my favorite! Don’t miss them!

While brother was taking a milk break, twin sissy and big sister went outside in the back of the studio to try to get some “2” pictures but we walked away with a few with Auntie that I loved. ūüôā Got to remember we can’t force them to do things we want to. Even though I loved the pictures of her cuddling with Auntie so much better than I would have imagined.


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XOXO,

Jaelyn

S Lewter 8 Month Milestone Session || Sims Lake Park, Suwanee, GA

I love this sweet little family so much and we had such a great time at Sims Lake Park in Suwanee, GA for Silas’ 8 Month Session! His big brother did kinda steal the show in the beginning though. What are big brother’s for, right?

 


xoxo,

Jaelyn

Alice + Yates Atkinson Wedding || Greenville, SC | Zen: An Elegant Space for Hire

In February, I finally got to meet these two face-to-face when we did their engagement session the day before Alice’s best friend, Anna, got married (which I also photographed – check it out here). Through the last few months, we discussed all the details of her wedding day from when should she start getting ready to reception timeline and how they should exit. Alice and Yates are two of the kindest people and I am honored they asked me to photograph their beautiful wedding!

Even though Alice is not a coffee drinker (I know… I can’t fathom it either), she and I had a great rapport and that’s exactly what you want on your wedding day. I was able to spend even more time with them when I had the privilege of photographing and attending their rehearsal dinner. I heard meaningful, thoughtful and touching (*I may have teared up at one point*) speeches from their friends and family, I heard so much LAUGHTER through the whole night and met Alice’s grandmother who actually paid for her photography. Grandma (“Gaga”) and I emailed back and forth through the whole process and it was a relief and a joy to finally hug her neck at the rehearsal dinner.

Zen was a spectacular and unique venue we loved shooting at in the heart of Downtown Greenville, SC. The ladies hair and make up was spot on by the professional ladies of¬†GLAM Salon. The band, Straight Fire, was on FIRE during the reception! They were great to work with – their spectacular music had everyone dancing and singing along – and willing to work with me during the whole evening. If you’re looking for an amazing band – book them. BOOK THEM NOW!

Here are a just a few of the amazing images we were able to capture on this gorgeous June Saturday!

Alice and Yates nailed their first look in the courtyard. Their expressions say everything. First looks even in the middle of the day in full sun are still my favorite! This gives the bride and groom a minute to be themselves, to enjoy each other’s company without any one else around telling them to do something. It’s priceless, it’s important and it makes for some gorgeous images of true emotion.

 

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We even snuck in a few portraits during golden hour during the reception!

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Venue | Zen: An Elegant Space for Hire

Hair + Make Up | GLAM Salon Greenville

Band | Straight Fire

Cake + Cupcakes | Publix

Florist | Family Friend

Bride’s Dress | David’s Bridal¬†

Bridesmaid’s Dresses | Show Me Your Mumu


xoxo,

Jaelyn

Spring Mini Sessions 2018 || Grayson, Georgia

Spring Mini Sessions came and went and I LOVED how everything turned out! Ah! I mean…

White drapes

At my Momma’s home

Green pastures

Cooler weather

Peonies and tulips

Smiling faces and happy little ones

We had so much fun and I can’t wait for our next Mini’s! Make sure to keep a lookout for our next ones! I saw that the sunflower fields will be ready in early July! Anyone interested in doing them?!? We did them last year and I was over the moon being in a sunflower field all day but the images we walked away with were AMAZING! In the meantime, check out my favorites from our May Mini’s below!¬†‚Üď

Jaelyn

M Tarbutton Newborn Session || In Home Lifestyle Session | Monroe, GA

I have known the Tarbutton’s since before kids when we were just couple’s in a New Married’s Couples Sunday School. I have seen them without kids, anxiously awaiting pregnant with their first and now bringing home their second daughter. Throughout it all, they have remained strong, faithful and deliberately following hard after God’s plan for their lives. It has been an honor watching their family grow and see all that God is doing in and through their lives.

Kara is one of kind – she is so intelligent, a great listener and you can already tell she is absolutely head over heels for her baby sister. Kacie happen to have the perfect light pink rug in the nursery that I took full advantage of using for this adorable in-home newborn session. Miriam slept like a champ during the whole thing and we couldn’t be happier with how all of the images turned out – especially since it was a gorgeous day, we even took some outside. Which made both Kacie and I thrilled!

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xoxo,

Jaelyn

W Wood | 1 Year Session || Grayson, GA

Little W has such a sweet personality – was running around in the field, showing off all his facial expressions and making us all giggle with his cheesy smiles. W’s mom asked me to do his cake smash session and I was so excited when I found out it was the same theme that we did for Henry’s 1st birthday!

I mean how cute is this lumberjack themed cake smash?!?!? I had the blanket, the tassel banner and my step dad contributed the stump and axe from the farm we did the session at. We made sure to grab a few family shots and then let him wild on the cake. And he went wild on it! I don’t think I’ve see a kid eat more than him during a cake smash session. He’s my kind of kid!!!

Enjoy these sweet images we were able to capture of W’s milestone session!


 

Jaelyn

Anna + Justin Wedding || Frost Chapel at Berry College and Forrest Place in Rome, GA

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Everything about Anna and Justin’s wedding was so well thought through and executed beautifully. Holly Lynch of The Season Events (wedding coordinator) walked along side us throughout the day making sure everyone was on time, everything came together and made sure Anna and Justin’s day went off without a hitch.

Anna and Justin got ready at the Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham Rome. Anna and her bridesmaids had their hair and make up done by the Salon inside the hotel and they were on time and did an amazing job on all the ladies.

We then proceeded to go to the Frost Chapel at Berry College where Anna would put on her wedding dress at the same chapel her mom and dad also got married at. Despite the rainy day, Anna would not let that dampen her easy going attitude of “it’s ok” and a smile on her face allowing every minute to sink in. Her mom and maid of honor, Alice, helped her get into her gown as her bridesmaids watched in awe of this beautiful bride getting one step closer to walking down the aisle of a beautiful church to the man of her dreams.

Anna wanted to do a first look with her dad and it was the sweetest moment of him seeing his beautiful daughter in her wedding gown. *Cue the tears* She had a sweet homemade gift for him of a picture of her as a little girl and had stitched on it “I loved you first. 2-10-18”.

Justin arrived on the scene and he allowed us to take a ton of amazing shots of him inside and outside the chapel. His momma was so proud and looked absolutely stunning in that blue lace dress.

With the dark wood and stone walls, this chapel made the perfect backdrop for an intimate ceremony. A unity candle lite by both sets of parents (who by the way are still going strong in their marriages). The aisle was decorated so lovely by Anna’s mom, great Aunt and Grandmother. A one year old nephew ring bearer, proud father and sweet vows made this ceremony ever so enjoyable to document. As they exited by bagpipe, the sounds filled the room with such sweet notes. They were #finallyfrierson!

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The reception was held at Forrest Place in downtown Rome, Georgia. This 1915 venue was large, beautiful and had an old world elegance about it. The cake topper was hand carved by Anna’s grandfather and is by far the best wedding present/cake topper I have ever seen. Their guestbook was instant photos of the guests at the reception which was super cute. To top off the everything, Anna’s Uncle wrote and sang their first dance song which was completely perfect in every way.

A send off with sparklers in the rain!

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Hair + Make Up| Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham Rome

Ceremony | Frost Chapel at Barry College

Reception | Forrest Place in Rome, Georgia

Wedding Planner + Catering + Invitations | Holly Lynch with The Season Events

Bridesmaids Dresses | Bella Bridesmaids Columbia

Florist| Flowers and Gifts by Joan

Band | Scott Thompson

Dress | Bel Fiore in Atlanta РEssence

Cake Topper | Lee Walburn (Bride’s Grandfather)

#FinallyFrierson


 

Jaelyn

A Hope Lifestyle Newborn Session | Hoschton, GA

I met the Gammons at a conference several years ago and I have never forgotten their kind souls, sweet demeanors and loving family.  I had the honor of photographing them as a family of 6 then and now they have grown by another little one just a few weeks ago.

We did their fall Family Session a couple of months ago and snuck in a few Maternity shots as well. They turned out amazing even if it was a little chilly that morning.

I am loving these in-home lifestyle Newborn Sessions more and more each time I do them. The Lord always allows this to be such a sweet time whether it’s the first child or 5th. I walked into their home and their kiddos had me wrapped around their finger while Momma was finishing nursing little A Hope. They showed me their rooms, their toys, told me stories and then I took a walk around the house to see exactly where I wanted to do everything. They just so happened to have this enormous memory foam “beanbag” in the playroom with the most beautiful flood of natural light coming from a huge window where I knew was going to be perfect for beanbag posed shots. As soon as Momma finished nursing, I snuck into their room and scoped out what we were going to do with the whole family. After washing my hands, I took A Hope and let Momma finish getting ready for the session. One of the plus sides of doing a session in your home – you don’t have to rush to get ready yourself.

We did a few shots on the bed, in her crib and in the bassinet after wrapping her in a sweet pink wrap. These were great testing shots as I call them to get little one to get sleepy and comfy all wrapped up and being moved around a little. As soon as we were done with these, we jumped right into sibling shots on the bed and they turned out better than I expected. This room was PERFECT for lighting, color and huge for the whole family!