Archive for July, 2009

erin.jon

on Saturday i had the privilege to take pictures at an engagement shower of some great friends of our family. it was at thornblade country club. erin and jon were so cute together. you could tell that they are so excited about spending the rest of their lives together and being able to share in this excitement with their family! here are some of my favorites from the evening!

invite

IMG_4190e

hands

moms+erin

dadsjon

jonbwb

Advertisements

.use.

IMG_3900ew

“i’ve been roaming around, i was looking down at all i see. painted faces fill the places i cant reach. you know i could use somebody. i could use somebody. someone like you, and all you know and all you speak” -kings of leon

.one.

IMG_0989ew“this is the sound of one voice. one spirit one voice. sound of one that makes a choice. this is the sound of one voice” -wailin’ jennys

.statice.

so i have really insanely talented friends. really i do. well you should check out these two jems. statice they are affordable, CREATIVE, awesome, loving, fun girls. i mean really look at this!!! yes you need them for your wedding, your events, whatever you need flowers for you NEED them 🙂  go check them out!

 

.is.

zig

“i do know where you go is where i want to be.” -dmb

.coolest.

so back in may (dont judge that i am just now posting these) i had the COOLEST experience. sharon from smitten photography gave me the coolest chance ever to photograph a wedding with her in downtown greenville. where do i begin on how much i admire sharon and her work and her passion and heart. but she became an even bigger inspiration to me when she offered this opporutnity to me. i was suppose to take a workshop with her back in february the weekend that my brother was killed in a car accident. sharon, so loving and great as she is, invited me along with her to spend this day learning from her, asking her questions and stay attached to her hip ALL afternoon in the rain and puddles and cold. i dont think she realizes how cool and great this was for me. she is SO awesome at what she does and for the chance to spend a whole day with her meant the world to me.

i have been debating since then about posting these pictures. i guess because i am my worst critic. but i’m realizing that, its not really an option for me to not show my pictures if i dont want to get better. that its ok if i think they suck because they might not, and they might but what better way to learn then to just put it out in the open. let people critic and judge and give advice. i need it. so here. here is dinika and kevin’s wedding day in downtown greenville. the weather was cold rainy and not oh so fun. but it was fun. its was so full of love and laughter and tears. it was the coolest day for me. so sharon thank you. thank you for letting me have a day where all i could think about was photography and how much i love it. thank you for giving me some of the best advice on shooting, settings and business. you are SO great and i am SO thankful for you!

um beware.longest post. ever. 🙂 toodles

IMG_2114e

shoes

IMG_2024e

IMG_2249e

IMG_2276e

IMG_2306e

IMG_2320e

IMG_2327e

IMG_2332e

IMG_2337e

IMG_2340e

IMG_2347eIMG_2410e

IMG_2509e

IMG_2605e

IMG_2521e

IMG_2525e

IMG_2624e

IMG_2678e

IMG_2705e

.life.

you know when you have those days where everything seems just blah. frustrating and you are just ready for it to be over. maybe its one of those weeks, months or years. i’m having one of those years. some, most or all of you who come to visit my blog know what has been going on in my life the past 6 months. for those of you who don’t know let me let you get a peak into my life right now. on january 1, i lost a relative. on february 12 i lost a relative. on february 20 my brother was killed in a car accident and on april 18 i lost another relative. to say that i am frustrated. upset. stressed. worn out. hurt. confused and in shock are all understatements. i don’t spill all of this out to get sympathy at all. trust me. normalcy is clutch for me right now.

its crazy. its crazy how i had all of these things planned out for my life prior to february 20th. all of these losses were tough, but the one that hurt the most was my brother. you aren’t suppose to lose your best friend, your brother, at only 24 years young, your biggest fan, your sunshine in a matter of minutes. in those minutes, in that weekend, in these past 4 plus months it is more real to me now that life isn’t fair. that what i had planned and set up to do isn’t how things are going to be. that their is a new “normal” that my family and i are trying to figure out in the midst of all of this. but how lucky that, despite how unloving and unlovable i have been, i am surrounded by family who loves me and hurts with me, friends who are straight up legit, awesome, encouraging and forgiving,  and coworkers who are understanding. but most of all that i have a Jesus who is wrapping his arms around my family tighter then ever through all of this. most of the time we don’t feel it but i know deep deep down that its there. i know that we are going to make it through this heartache because He is so much bigger then these tragedies. i know we are going to make it through because my brother always said.. “us LeGrand’s we stick together”. i know that i’m not going to be in this horrible pain for my whole life because its not suppose to be like this.

life isn’t fair. life sucks sometimes. but i’m learning SLOWLY and i mean very slowly that its life. and despite all of the crap that goes on here, there is one life on the other side that i can’t even wait to start, one where i’ll see my brother doing his stupid dance he always did to make me laugh and one of the greatest most awesome hugs he has ever given me. man its going to be great.