Category Archives: Photography

December 11, 2014


So, so so so, so so soooo THRILLED to share our engagement shoot photos! We both love how they turned out! It was the perfect day to capture our love out at Arabia Mountain especially with all the Fall leaves. Ben and Colleen tag-teamed the evening and caught all the right moments, using both digital and film. Like I mention in the post about why we picked them, the coloring of their photos is dreamy!  I can’t tell you how hard it was to narrow down the selection to a blogable amount-because I wanted to post all 101! But, I don’t want to crash your computer or Iphone so, these are the ones that stood out to me the most-either because of the lighting, the emotions or because they simply RULE!

Of course we had to be silly-it’s us! Dustin had this idea to make it look like I was pulling him up on top of a mountain-turned out pretty good right?!
The first portion of the photos are in the rock quarry side of Arabia Mountain. After getting plenty in that location we moved to the base of the mountain and changed our wardrobe.  For both outfits I wanted to be comfortable and chic while keeping in mind we were in the woods and didn’t want to seem out of place with for example, heels or something way too dressy.  While I normally wouldn’t wear tights out hiking, Dustin assured me it would be fine and I’m happy I did for my dressier look.

Outfit #1 Dress: Free People, Boots: Nine West, Jacket: Target
Outfit #2 Shirt: Target, Jeans: Wildflag, Boots: Sam Edelman
We can never take ourselves too seriously, which I like about us!

Dustin had brought along his grandfather’s camera he inherited to snap a few black and white film photos. Ben suggested we use it as a “prop” since it’s special to Dustin, which was a great idea since we both enjoy photography (a lot!) 14-arabia-mountain-engagement-shoot213-arabia-mountain-engagement-shoot2Am I marrying a stud or what?!

Thanks Ben and Colleen for giving us EXACTLY what we envisioned (but even better!)

November 13, 2014


After we got engaged and people congratulated us the next thing they asked was “do you have a photographer in mind already?” Much to their surprise, my answer was “actually, no..I mean not totally sure.”  I really wanted to think on it since it’s so important to me. My plan was to look at several different photographer’s styles and see which would capture our memories in a way that we both thought represented us.  I know many photographers in Atlanta and worked with some already.  But after browsing the web and coming across Ben and Colleen of Pure Gold Photography I instantly knew that they were it! Next it was seeing if they were available and even through a date change they were open! Their style of photography is soft and bold all at the same time.  They don’t over due either side of the spectrum like blowing out whites and enhancing the contrast too much.  I love the color of their photos and I can say this open-ended because I feel like it translates to all their photos and not just one set. Their work is consistent which is something I am striving for as a photographer myself.  Ben is outspoken with a silly personality and Colleen is a perfect counterpart, a little quiet at times but enjoys laughing and cutting up as well.  Dustin and I thought they were like us but opposite-me as Ben and he as Colleen. We all mesh really well!

A little about the photographers—
They met in school, both studying photography and after being friends started dating and recently got married.  They honey-mooned in Scotland and took a bunch of amazing film photos you should take a look at here. They’ve shot over 100 weddings.  Film and other experimental photography techniques can be seen in their work.

Here is a sample of some photos that caught my eye when I was looking through their archives.
A few Sundays ago we went out to Arabia Mountain in Lithonia, GA for our engagement shoot with B+C. We got there just around sunset.  I’ll elaborate more when we get the photos back but for now they’ve put a few sneak peeks on Instagram, here they are!!!
b+cAll photos by Ben and Colleen

October 28, 2014


Sarah and I met online through a female Facebook group that connects like-minded gals through dialog, opportunities and now organized suppers.  She expressed that she needed volunteers for a couples photoshoot as she had recently moved to Atlanta and wanted to bring her East Coast wedding photography business to the South.  I very quickly volunteered Dustin and I and we started emailing back and forth.  She had a really unique idea for an engagement shoot that she had been wanting to execute with the right couple and she thought we’d fit right in line.  First, she wanted to meet at a local farmers market and shop around for ingredients, next we’d head back to our home and cook said ingredients and lastly we’d hang around in our natural habitat and just be us-all the while she’s snapping away. We loved the idea and carried it out exactly as she envisioned! We met her at the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market and bought some corn, a squash, a purple pepper and shallots.  We made a yummy vegetarian stir fry.  Check out our photo session with the very talented Sarah Gormley —

Outfit #1: Madewell top, 7 for All Mankind jeans, Birkenstock sandals
Outfit #2: Free People bra and dress, Madewell necklace

I love these photos so much! It’s fun to share here because it gives you a glimpse into our daily lives and our home.  Thank you Sarah for the wonderful photos that we will cherish for a very long time!

Visit her site here, and book her for an engagement shoot, wedding or family portraits!

October 17, 2014


Last weekend was spent in North Georgia with Dustin, his cousin and her husband.  They have three kids and wanted an adult-only weekend in the mountains taking in the changing leaves, sipping pumpkin beers and chilling out. We gladly accepted the downtime! We even got to sleep in, which is always amazing since a lot of weekends we get up naturally early or have to be somewhere. Saturday while we were hiking around the backyard I snapped photos of the surroundings.  The backyard was STUNNING! There was a big creek, man made waterfall and water collecting system, several porches and bridge. We didn’t have to go far to feel like we were way up in the mountains!
After exploring on Saturday we went to downtown Blue Ridge to check out the cute little town.  The only photo I took was of this train that does a scenic tour of the mountains. We climbed aboard and peeked in but didn’t ride it since it didn’t seem to be active at the time. While in the city we grabbed some locally brewed beers, German pretzels, played corn hole and popped in a few shops. Adorable!

If this post didn’t get you in the Fall spirit – I don’t know what will!

Have a great weekend, hope it’s filled with pumpkin patches, spiced apple cider and sweaters!

October 7, 2014


Remember this post recapping my experience with the CAMP Summer Supper? It made such an impression on me that I had to attend the recent Fall Supper!  The venue was the same as the last supper but this time around they transformed it into a cozy Autumn hangout.  Sun in My Belly fits the vibe of the group of folks that host and show up so nicely, it’s a perfect fit!

The motivation of this event is meeting and mingling, so most of the night was nibbling on food in between talking to new and old friends. So I mostly stuck with the easy finger food options, my favorite was the appetizer pork tacos, I could eat a taco any season of the year! Check out my photos from the low-lit evening —

What I wore: H&M dress, Gap chambray shirt, Sam Edelman boots, Ax and Arrow necklace, Madewell tote and Stetson hat.
There was a Smile Booth, fire pit, and a really great raffle of the above prizes (more not captured in this photo.) I was crossing all my fingers and toes for that Atlanta stamp made by Yes Ma’am Paper Goods!! Sadly I didn’t win anything but I did leave with a great time and some new gal pals! Thanks for another great time CAMP!