These two... My oh my. They were so fun to work with and the constant giggling, smiling and kissing just made this session even better! Photographer's know when two people have mad chemistry and Tyler + Alyssa, you two have it!! I can't wait to shoot with y'all again and just maybe it'll be over on the east coast ;)

"Tyler and I met on my first day of college cheer camp my freshman year at university. He was a quarterback, green eyed and from Texas. I was a cheerleader, blue eyed, and from Ohio. I'm pretty sure I fell in love with him as soon as he said, "hi I'm Tyler". I'll never forget the way he made me laugh the first day I met him; it was like we had known each other forever. 

We decided to the end the night at the Canton-famous Milk and Honey. We shared a coke float, and I was smitten. We stayed "just friends" between flirtations and the occasional hand holding, until October 1st. Our group of friends went to Chicago for a spontaneous weekend getaway. Tyler had stayed back at our friend's house while we visited some local sites, and when I returned to the house my friends directed me to walk down the steps. There was a trail of Hershey kisses leading all the way down the steps and a heart of Hershey kisses at the bottom with a card inside. I opened up the card and it read, "now that I've kissed the ground you walk on, will you please be my girlfriend?" Tyler ran out of nowhere, picked me up, and spun me around as I kissed him! I said yes. 

Our love journey of five and a half years has been amazing. After four years of college, spending every summer apart, moving to South Florida after graduation, landing our dream jobs, we have changed and grown in our own individual ways, as well as as a couple. He has helped me through the loss of several family members, moving away from my family, starting my career, and the many twists and turns life can bring. 

No matter what we go through, we always come out stronger. I love his strength and how dependable he is, how I know I never have to worry because together we will get through anything. He challenges me and keeps me accountable, and gently reminds me to "pray about it" when I'm feeling stressed. The best thing about Tyler is his ability to make me laugh, actually, to make ANYONE laugh. He just has this way about him that people are drawn to, and I am crazy about it! He works so hard in his career in the NHL, and I'm so proud of how passionate he is about sports and his goals. He supports me in my career as a trauma ICU nurse and helps me manage my life on the night shift while he works the day shift. Most importantly he loves his family and he loves God. The best word I could use to describe our relationship is JOY, and I am grateful to God for bringing this joy into my life."

- Alyssa
I can't get over the happiness... So much happiness.
Give me alllllll the blurry, intimate moments.
Because seriously though... What's more romantic than dancing on the beach at sunset?
Hey y'all! Thank you so much for your interest in working with me on my travels! I will be in the Sarasota area from January 16th-22nd and hope to book a few sessions while I'm there mentoring another photographer in the area. If you are interested in working with me, have questions or are just wanting more information, scroll past the image below and fill out the handy dandy form. I'll respond as soon as I can and I so look forward to hearing from you! :)

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Traveling is definitely a love of mine. I dream of somewhere to go, plan the trip and I just make it happen. So of course when my family decided to head down to Florida this year for vacation, I planned on driving separately and stopped in Savannah and Charleston on my way back. I had shoots scheduled in both places, but of course had to take advantage of some sightseeing and shopping. Below are some of the places I visited, loved and recommend! Enjoy! : ) 
I've fallen in love with paperie's over the last year. They're one of my new favorite types of shops and are always so fun to incorporate into my business. Mac & Murphy is a local papery in Charleston so next time you visit, make sure to stop in! It's the cutest little shop and owned by the sweetest girls!
The Park Cafe is a little out of the way but was soo worth the trip!
Moon & Lola is a photographer's dream with all white walls and pops of color accented throughout the store. Plus who doesn't love a good monogram accessory? Girls, this is a must-visit!
By now, y'all know that I am obsessed with candles. Candlefish is quite possibly one of the coolest stores I've ever visited. They offer candle-making classes and sell a ton of different types of candles, accessories, prints and more!
The architecture and historic buildings have me swooning no matter how many times I visit!
So for all you coffee lovers out there, for every new place you visit, I dare you to try new coffee shops. They're all so darling and no one can ever have enough caffeine, especially on a Monday morning. Am I right?
The waterfront is one of my favorite spots. There are always kids splashing around in this super charming fountain and lots of runners and walkers enjoying the fresh air. It's a little tourist-y but definitely somewhere I recommend.
Whenever you visit Charleston you HAVE to catch a ride on a carriage tour. The Old South Carriage company is one I highly recommend. It's one of the best ways to see Charleston without walking for miles (especially during the summer when it's 100 degrees), is perfect for snapping beautiful pictures, making memories and they tell you all about the historic town of Charleston, which is so cool! It's so worth every penny.
I finished my Charleston trip off with a visit to the Angel Oak. I've been dying to see it but since it's on John's Island and not technically in Charleston, it can be quite a drive. BUT the drive is beautiful and the oak is just mind-blowing. It's something free to add to your itinerary!
Things I recommend that aren't pictured:
Places to eat/grab coffee:
  • TBonez Gill & Grill
  • Ben & Jerry's
  • Southend Brewery & Smokehouse (The smokehouse salad is the *best* salad I've ever had in my life and their peach Bellini and sangrias are AMAZING)
  • Belgian Gelato (King St)
  • The Daily (bomb coffee)
  • Kudu Coffee
Things to do:
  • Charleston Harbor Tours
  • Boone Hall and Plantation (Where part of The Notebook was filmed and worth every. single. penny to get in!)
  • Rainbow Row
  • Dock Street Theatre
  • White Point Garden
  • Four Corners
Places I still want to go:
  • Husk
  • Poogan's Porch
  • Folly Beach
  • Charleston Farmer's Market (if there during season on a Saturday)
  • Lost Dog Cafe
  • Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
  • Beardcats Sweet Shop

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