Before I go underground for a little bit into newborn land, I wanted to get up this gorgeous wedding!  You may remember Mary Beth and Lance who got married in Feb- well low and behold, another sister in the same year(they weren't even engaged at MB's wedding;))!  Super Fun!  I have been so excited to share Abby and Ryan's wedding that was held at The Foundry Inn- which is right outside the campus of UGA Athens.  We absolutely fell in love with the place!  We had the most perfect day, and the golden tones of the wedding party + the old brick + Abby and her amazing hair were almost just too much beauty to take in!  Some days our job is just plain "easy" and we are totally where we are supposed to be- and this was most definitely one of those days.  Oh yea, and we are obsessed with their whole family and just love them to pieces!  They take Joe and I right in and we can't thank them enough!  Here are some of my MOST favorites, although there are too many to pick.  Enjoy!  And... I'm thinking the next time I post it will be with photos of our new little guy and the reveal of his name and what we have been up to:)  I can't wait to share those moments, too:)

Don't forget to watch the slideshow at the end for more photos:)

 Love Joe's second shooter shot here.  Abby, you kill me!

 My shots up top, Joe's here bottom left.


 
  1. Mary Beth:

    GORGEOUSSSS! Love these :)

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I can't wait for so many amazing 2014 weddings!  Padgett and Carson are so fun- we had a blast on our engagement session together…and even though it was mid December when we took these, I was surprised at how much color was still around!  Not to mention the fall-like weather- we really lucked out!  I love these two- can't wait to celebrate this year! And as a side note to how obviously cute they are- how about Padgett's naturally amazing hair?  All the straight-haired girls are super jealous(raises hand).  Happy Wednesday! Take some time to view some of my favorites from their session:)

Oh hey crazy dimples;)

Love how comfy these two are together:)

 
  1. Lisa Blanton:

    These are such beautiful pictures of two beautiful people who deserve to be so happy.

  2. LAURE:

    Vous êtes très beaux tous les deux !!

  3. Rachael Vaughn:

    love deez, hey cuties.
    -rach

  4. Rachael Vaughn:

    also i can’t freaking wait for y’all to get married!!

  5. Katie Muller:

    Beautiful pictures of two beautiful people!

  6. Elizabeth Tucker:

    Love these! Very cute!!

  7. Brandon:

    Great pictures! Congratulations!

  8. Sarah Francus:

    Lindsey, you did a wonderful job shooting these pictures. Padgett and Carson, you look fabulous. I can’t wait to see what their wedding pictures will look like.

  9. Kathy Hammack:

    Great pics! Y’all are an adorable couple!

  10. Carly Hammack:

    So pretty! Congrats!

  11. Hunter Powell:

    These are pretty chill.

  12. Chase Cisne:

    Lookin good guys.

  13. Ellie:

    love my roomies!! y’all da cutest <3

  14. Jenn Lee:

    Great pictures, but what do you expect, right?

  15. Jenn Lee:

    They are adorable!

  16. Sydney Vaughn:

    adorableeeee

  17. Olivia Humphries:

    beautiful pictures!!!

  18. Amy Schrader:

    Love your pics! They’re so cute and you both look so natural!

  19. Jim and Joan Novak:

    These two could not take a bad picture. Love is in the air.

  20. Patrick Wallace:

    I see you Carson!!

  21. Steve H:

    You guys are too adorable!

  22. Amanda Lukacko:

    I love the pictures! You both look amazing!

  23. LouAnn Vaughn (mother of the bride - that sounds so weird):

    What amazing pictures. Padgett and Carson, we are so proud of you two and look forward to the wedding and celebrating your lifelong commitment to one another.

  24. Cary and Laureen Sullivan (parents of the groom! :)):

    Beautiful young couple – love the photos and love you both!!

  25. caroline joyce:

    Wow these are the best pictures ever!!!!

  26. Christopher Grier:

    You two are so photogenic! I can’t wait to double date!

  27. Elizabeth Mclauchlin:

    What a beautiful couple! So happy for you Padgett!!!!!

  28. Elizabeth Mclauchlin:

    What a beautiful couple! So happy for you Padgett!!!!

  29. Scott Vaughn:

    They seem so at ease with each other. Incredible photography.

  30. cherish knox:

    These photos are so cute. You and Carson look so beautiful. Wishing you all the best!! God bless!

January 19, 2014
 

my belly. baby #2.

 
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So I REALLY wasn't going to do maternity photos...like, really.  We had such a busy fall, I felt like I missed the window of "cute preggo lady" and had moved on to "people are giving me that sympathetic look at Target preggo lady" .  The swelling, the puff, the waddle.  I'm not kidding.  In TJ MAXX last night I totally had a sympathy conversation with the random woman in the bathroom.  All this to say, we had these cute selfies (us + our cameras + a trigger) that we did with Darby when I was pregnant with Sharpe, and my mom has been on us to do the same shots with baby #2.  I thought it was a great idea, I really did, it just seemed that we should have done it, oh, 10 weeks ago!! Now that baby boy will be here in 10 days, I suddenly regretted that we hadn't done it and so we made it happen.  Just getting my hair and makeup and self ready + sweating + finding something that fit was enough to make me realize we should have done it much sooner, but nonetheless, it got done.  Selfies round 2!  We weren't focused on getting a variety of shots, but on getting literally the same couple of poses we got the first time around.  I think we did a pretty good job:) So, here I am- about to POP!  Hello big round belly!  I can do this- 10 more days to go:)  

 
  1. chelsea cote:

    these are so sweet!

  2. jill:

    Yall are just beautiful and all….. but I can’t get over that Darby person…..

Yup, another year down!  Gosh, I know all the "old people":) talk about how time flies, but it's just so true!  Honestly, I can't even get my mind around this year.  As I sit here exactly two weeks from my due date of Baby Hartsell Boy #2, I am really lost for words for this year!  It was too much, all of it.  I'm overwhelmed by it, but in the BEST way possible.  I'll try and recap because I think it's important to reflect and just see what all we accomplished as a family and in business.  You can read 2012's recap here…that was fun to go back and do, too!

(I'm going to share pretty much just a lot of iPhone/instagram photos because well….the pro photog mom sorta fell apart in 2013.  Not as many pro photo shoots- and most of them that we did have I've already shared already on the blog, so sharing some you may not have seen.  Go back and take a look at all the pro ones sometimes, they are pretty cute, too:))

We started the year with a one year old.  That was fun, really fun.  Our little late walker decided to get on the walking bandwagon sometime around 13-14 months…this is after pretty much furniture walking for 6+ months.  We kept thinking he'd take off, but he just never did.  Still off the charts, our little boy brings us SOO much joy.  I know I brag on him too much…but he is such a smart, sweet, and darling little man.  Just easy! very easy!  Everyone keeps saying the next one won't be the same, and I say hush it!  Don't jinx this good thing we have going here!  I can't believe how much he has grown in this one year.  He went from our crawling, paci loving guy to talking up a storm in full sentences and developing so much of his personality.  Luckily because of his sweet nature, the grandparents never minded keeping him for, oh you know, 3/4 the weekends of the year.  They saved us!  We would get updates and photos to our phones while working of whatever cuteness he was up to.

(started the year still crawling…so little! and still bald!)

We had a busy spring and early summer in business- lots of fun weddings, which I will get to.  We joined our church officially and Sharpe was dedicated on Mother's Day.  Once school was out, we headed to the beach!  We took most of July off to spend as a family- and boy did we:) Practically moved down to my parent's place at Oak Island where we were totally on Island Time.  Saw lots of friends along the way and spent lots of time being…well…lazy.  Our fall was to be the busiest we have ever had…so we were "Getting Ready to Get Ready".  Spring was also when I got my second bun in the oven, so lazy days were just what we needed a few months later!  We played and played and played on the beach.  As fun as it was this year- I know this coming summer he is going to be such a perfect age for the beach.  Although, you know my whole family is see-thru, so the sun situation is really just a problem.  We are all just so white!  It takes a traveling caravan to get us and all of our sun protection down to the beach.

(at the beach.  getting a little more hair and he shot straight up! no more baby rolls)

Back from the beach and back to reality- our craziness in business started back up in August along with Joe heading back to school.  I was going to miss my helper!  Rejuvenated, we got back in the swing of things, but boy was it crazy!  Sharpe started back to preschool 2 days a week and we tried to get back in our routine of lots of work and lots of weddings and amazing seniors and families.  We did pretty good.  We found out we were having another little boy somewhere in here, and we couldn't be happier(I knew the whole time it was another boy!).  I was definitely a little relieved, what was I going to do with all of that boy stuff if not?!

I would be remiss to not mention a few things in here that were critical to our year.  I turned 30 on the 30th of August.  It was fairly uneventful….but mostly because our family experienced great loss in early September…the death of my beloved DD.  My mothers mom lost her battle with Parkinson's/Alzheimer's after a rough couple of months and a few very short weeks of touch and go.  In the middle of what all we had going on in business and life, this was hard. very, very hard.  We had a packed calendar of weddings to shoot but I tried to be as much help to my family as possible- and primarily to my mom who takes on the burdens of our whole family without complaint.  That's really all I can say about that without turning into a puddle here at the computer.  I miss her so much.  It was a hard time and continues to be a process to move through.

(a shot from our wedding 5 years ago.  4 generations.  DD on the far left) 

Fall marched on and we tried to keep the pace.  Our wedding schedule was so crazy there wasn't a ton of time for fall outings, but we managed a few.  We knew it would be a crazy fall, which is why we took so much time in July, but we still managed a trip to the pumpkin patch and a few other fall play dates as a family. Oh, and had THE BEST TIME thinking of what Sharpe should be for Halloween and making his costume.  These are just the sort of things that keep us up at night!  Super Darby and Super Sharpe were a big hit!

 (playing with his bestie Griffin at school, Halloween and a trip to the pumpkin patch!)

 Fall turned into Winter and  as we neared the end of our crazy, crazy wedding run our steam was running low, but we looked forward to a few things we had planned on the calendar.  One being a trip to the Polar Express up in Bryon City.  Also shooting our annual Christmas card- which is also something we go a little nuts over.  I am also VERY pregnant at this point, so trying to get everything ready for baby…which, for the record, is still not done 2 weeks before he is to arrive.  The holidays were great- we shot a wedding right before and right after- but Sharpe was SO FUN to be around.  He loved to "open peasants" and some of his favorite gifts were toy cars and his fireman dress up outfit.  Not too sure about Santa, he soaked everything in!  He also celebrated his 2nd birthday. Since we did it up big for his first birthday- we just kept it low key at home with pizza and the grandparents for birthday #2.

And then it was New Year's!  Yup, that's how quick it happened folks! Such a fun year with our little guy.  In Business...

We shot 31 weddings as a company- 29 for Joe and I and 2 for our associate.  It was crazy busy and crazy fun.  Celebrating with people on the happiest day of their life is truly life-giving!! What a gift!  In April I attended a workshop in St. Louis- learning lots of new tricks of the trade and continuing to try and learn more about our craft.  We really spent most of the year perfecting our workflow and trying to make things more efficient- and some great changes were made.  We implemented a new delivery system for weddings and I revamped my senior sessions.  We shot lots of Photo-Fusion Videos(which we introduced at the end of 2012) and took so much pride in our work.  Shooting most of the year pregnant added a little extra element of stress, but Joe picked up any of my slack and I am super happy with the body of work we produced for our amazing couples this year.  Thank you for trusting us with your moments!!!!

2013- lots of these fall weddings still to hit the blog!

 

And that was 2013, people!  It was crazy long at times, and crazy short at times.  Our little family will grow by another 2 feet, and I am just so excited for what 2014 holds for us.  We still have a FEW wedding dates left in 2014, so if you know any friends/family/people you like getting married, we would love for you to pass our names along.  Senior and Families, too!  We wouldn't have this business without those people out there that are constantly referring us and telling their friends about us.  We consider you partners in this work!  Thank you Thank you Thank you for sending love our way all year long.  We count our blessings every night for all of our cheerleaders, for the support of our family and friends, and of course AMAZING CLIENTS!!  We are truly blessed.   Joe and I hope 2014 showers your family with love and we can't wait to share more in the days and weeks to come.  Thanks for reading!

 

I can't wait to celebrate this fall with Danielle and Drew!  2014 holds some amazing weddings- and I know theirs is going to be top of the list!  We had such a fun and laid back time on our session.  Ya'll probably get tired of me writing the same thing over and over about my amazing couples- but it's just so true!  My clients are the best of the best- fun and an absolute pleasure to be around.  I count them all as friends and  D+D are no different!  Love getting to capture this special time in their lives!  Here are some of my favorites from our engagement session we shot this fall.  Happy Monday!

 

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