A Hard Goodbye and A Beautiful Hello: Introducing Legacy Portraits

This announcement has been a long time in the making. Now that the time has come, it’s bittersweet.

I’m really not a fan of melodrama or a long, drawn out build-up, so I’ll go ahead and just say it:

We are shifting the focus of our business from weddings to legacy portraits.

Our brand new website launched today, and we are so incredibly excited to share this new vision for legacy portraits! new-website Let me begin by saying that this transition has not been an easy decision for us. We’ve discussed it at length for many, many months, and we’ve prayed over it considerably, and we’ve sought the advice of trusted family and friends and peers in the photography industry. We have loved each and every one of our wedding couples, and we’ve been so grateful they invited us into such an intimate and wonderful time in their lives.

Ever since we started our photography business, our emphasis had been on weddings. Portraits were something that we only did occasionally. But something surprising happened along the way: I fell in love with portraits. I mean, come-home-after-a-shoot-glowing in love with portraits. While I have always felt excited and honored to be a part of the glamorous, once-in-a-lifetime excitement of a couple’s wedding day, I just melt when a family invites me to capture the ordinary everyday-ness of their lives. That’s how my love for legacy portraits began.

When I say legacy portraits, I’m talking about photographs that are as much for future generations as they are for you — photographs that are not only exquisitely beautiful, but that also capture and evoke the genuineness of your personality, your relationships. I’m talking about the photographs of your family interacting and laughing together that your children will one day proudly show their grandchildren and tell them what their family was like when they were small. I’m talking about the senior portraits that, many years down the road, will make a teenaged daughter feel more connected to the mother who was once a bubbly high school student just like her. I’m talking about portraits that will share the story of who you are for generations to come.

These are the photographs I want to create with legacy portraits, the memories I want to preserve.

We’ve done just that with weddings for the past four years, and it has been wonderful! But we know it’s time to make this transition to portraits: for a while now, we’ve felt God gently tugging us to pursue projects and passions aside from weddings, to chase lifelong daydreams and make them reality. While we’re a little bit nervous — let’s face it, weddings have been not only the center of our business but the center of our lives for the past four years — we know the time is right.

Will we ever come back to weddings? We don’t know, but we’ll certainly let you all know if we do! We never dreamed we would be wedding photographers in the first place, but that’s how we’ve spent the last four years. And it has been a great blessing.

Now, we hope you’ll come along for this next phase of our journey!

~ Laura

Jillian Tree - June 26, 2015 - 2:08 pm

Love the new website!!! So exciting :):) I didn’t realize you guys were headed in that direction! Wish we could catch up more often <3 Love the senior shot with the horse, so stunning!!

Good Things Take Time

My friends, isn’t that the truth? Florida lifestyle photographer Daytona Beach (Adorable print by Green Tie Studio, but sadly no longer available in their shop.)

Since September, I’ve had this on my desk, right where I see it any time my eyes slip away from my computer screen. I need it there. I need it where I can see it almost constantly. I need to remember this.

Whenever I set my mind or my heart on a goal, I want to make it happen. Quickly. Usually more quickly than possible. When it doesn’t happen according to my timetable, I lose heart and feel defeated. That’s why it’s so important to remember good things take time. And not only do they take time, but we have to intentionally set aside the time to make them happen. That’s a concept that I’m incredibly good at championing for others, but while I can get started with setting aside the time for these good things, I struggle to keep it up.

I’m guessing you can relate.

Building a relationship takes time.

Creating a business takes time.

Honing your skills and talents takes time.

Figuring out what you want to do with your life takes time.

Everything — virtually everything worthwhile takes time. I’m learning to be okay with that, but, surprise! That is taking some time, too.

We have a big announcement about our business coming tomorrow, and we’re pretty excited. It’s taken us a very long time to arrive here. And we believe it is very good. Come back tomorrow when we share all the details!

~ Laura