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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Meagan & Nathan :: Great Smokey Mountains

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Just a glimpse into Meagan and Nathan's Great Smokey Mountains wedding. 

All morning it rained, then just before the wedding it stopped and left behind the gorgeous misty. It was a breathtaking backdrop for the pictures. 

Just down the road from where they got married was a little chapel with this fun, bright, red door! I snuck Meagan away for a couple bridal shots. 

My favorite picture of the eleven weddings I photographed in 2012 is below... The one positive to having it rain on your wedding day is a shot like this.  


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Anton and Christina :: Barnsley Gardens, GA

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A beautiful evening, with this even more stunning couple at Barnsley Gardens Resort. 

Anton...Christina, thank you for inviting me into your lives to capture your beautiful love for each other!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Favorite Find Friday : Pearl Bobby Pins

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I stumble on things I love or inspire me all the time. I've decided that instead of keeping them to myself I'm going to start sharing them via Favorite Find Fridays! So for the first installment I'll introduce you to... Pearl Bobby Pins.

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For those of you who don't know me I have this crazy, curly hair. So there isn't a day that i don't have numerous bobby pins to hold it back. I have been know to rescue many a girl from their unruly hair by pulling out one of my bobby pins out during a photo shoot.  So when I stumbled on these pearl bobby pins on Etsy I thought what a fun way to add a little flair to my daily hair do. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Leap... to Greatness!

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The other day my friend Will Coca, an awesome musical artist, posted this quote on Facebook.

"The only thing standing between greatness and me is ... Me". 
-Woody Allen

This quote hit me right where I needed. For months I have been searching, wondering if God really wants me to be a photographer. I love kids! I have a degree in Education, one that I spent tons of money on. And here is this talent of photography that God is showing me this is His plan right now. In my post, A Celebration of Love... and My Photography Journey, I shared about how this past year God has answered prayers and and sent direction. Even more so lately He has been showing me where He wants me. 

What I need to ask myself:  Am I fully ready to accept that I am a photographer? God has given me signs and direction, its time for me to stop and get over it! I want to be a photographer! I really want to pour myself into it and accept that. I've decided to take some leaps, to stop standing in the way of greatness. There are going to be some new and exciting changes these next months. Ones I can't wait to share...

 But I must ask you... What greatness are you keeping from the world? Are you standing in the way of it? 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Life During Photography Travels :: Summer 2012

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Texas, Idaho, Washington, and Michagan... I'm coming your way!

Pin It Off and on for the next two months I'm going to be making stops around the country for photo shoots! Just wanted to share my schedule for those interested in a session that might be around Keene, TX | Hayden Lake, ID | Walla Walla, WA | Berrien Springs, MI. I have a session or two left for most of the cities. Check the schedule below and hop on over to Caressa Rogers Photography Website to book your session! Hope to see some of you all soon!


Friday, July 13, 2012

A Pride and Prejudice Moment!

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In a blackberry orchard with the warm summer sun setting, Corey adoringly kissed Rachel's shoulder. "It was my 'Pride and Prejudice' moment," said Rachel of the picture above.  Their bridal session was filled with stolen kisses among blackberry bushes, tender looks and the glimmer of just weeks old married bliss in their eyes. We incorporated a beautiful vintage couch and chair, old typewriter and suitcase. All which were fabulously used during their wedding. 

Take a glimpse at Corey and Rachel's love for each other and their dreamy bridal session.

Congratulations you two and may you always show your love and passion for each other!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Origin of My Love for Food!

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Spending time in the kitchen is a big part of my family and our memories... Its something we all love to do. Often I get asked where did you learn to cook and find your love for food. I remember as a little girl,  picking berries with my daddy and returning home with berry stained hands and mouth. We would get to work baking pies.

Memories like this are something I held onto after my daddy died. As I grew and kept cooking it gave me a sense of being close to him and those memories. 


My mom was supportive of my brother, Adam, and my creative endeavors in the kitchen... no matter how big a mess we made! Its something that has shaped who my brother and I are today and the passion for food we both have.

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This past weekend Adam and I got together to make homemade Tortellini! Adam in the past year has become a master at pasta and pizza. Much like I have spent the past several years, reading and practicing everything I could about photography, he has done the same with Italian cooking. It is impressive the dishes he turns out. Here is a glimpse into the process! 


Adam has a pasta press that he rolled his fresh dough into sheets and then cut the in circles. Meanwhile I made a portabello mushroom filling for the Tortellini. 


He then stuffed and shaped them into the cute little tortellinis. 


The best part of his homemade pasta is the amazing rich and flavorful tomato sauce he mades from scratch. This batch was made with tomatoes and basil fresh from the garden. I might be partial, but Adam's pasta dishes are better than any restaurants I have had. This one was the same. Melt in your mouth. 


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Time for all things... red, white, and blue!

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Umbrellas | Cinque Terra, Italy| Caressa Rogers Photography

Thursday, June 28, 2012

A celebration of love... and my photography journey!

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Christina and Tyler 's Engagement Session. Knoxville, TN. April 2012

Tomorrow morning I'll be taking off for Minnesota to capture the sure-to-be gorgeous wedding of my friend, Christina and her soon-to-be hubby, Tyler... This wedding is personally significant to me and my photography business.

You see this whole journey as a photographer was so unplanned. Graduating from college I had every intention of getting a teaching job. But God had something else in store for me... My little college sideline job of lifestyle photography sessions turned into a steady cliental base. I decided to take a year and peruse it, see if I could make a successful business out of it.  While business was good in the next months I knew that I should start thinking about the next year. I really love kids and love teaching and unless I really felt God wanted me to be doing photography I should find a teaching job. So in November 2011 I asked God for 5 weddings this summer or a teaching job for the coming school year.

God blew me away!!! The inquires for wedding photography started coming in and some of my fabulous couples of this summer started booking. It was Christina that called the first of January to ask me to be her photographer... My 5th wedding. I'll never forget the feeling of gratefulness and peace that came after hanging up with Christina. God had given me direction and answered my request.

Now as I get ready to leave for Christina's wedding I am thinking back on the past months...
5 weddings photographed out of 8 booked for this summer, 2 issues of Inspired Magazine published, 2 trips to Texas for Senior Sessions, and numerous lifestyle sessions sprinkled in between.
It's been quite the journey. I have grown, I have doubted, but I am learning to trust this plan for my life, one that I never had in mind.

This weekend is not only a celebration of Christina and Tyler's love, but for me, it is a celebration of the love and plan God has for my life.

Shives Wedding. June 10, 2011. Photo Credit: Amy Vitrano

Friday, June 1, 2012

Free June Desktop Calendar

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June is here! To celebrate I'm sharing a free desktop calendar! Start your month with a new look to your computer or iPad! :) Let me know if you'd like more of these in the months to come!

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Image: Sanibel Island.  Caressa Rogers Photography

Friday, May 25, 2012

Soaking up the sun light...

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May= weddings, 12 hour editing days, meetings with brides, family sessions and numerous graduations.  To say this month has been busy would be putting it mildly. But in the midst of all the craziness I took B.O.B.'s advise in his new song, So Good...

...I see us on a beach down in Mexico...


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Andrea and Jay . . . A Savannah Wedding

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On a trip to visit Andrea's sister in Savannah, both Andrea and Jay fell in love with the historic city. Months later family and friends joined together in Savannah for a weekend to celebrate Andrea and Jay's love for each other.

This was a special wedding for me to photograph... Andrea and my sister, Carrie, have been lifelong best friends. Growing up I always loved to be included in whatever exciting adventures they were scheming. They were partners in crime and I was in awe of them and the fun pranks they pulled. So it was such an honor to be asked to photograph Andrea and Jay's wedding. It felt much like my own sister was getting married.

Savannah is a photographers dream... Moss covered trees, historic houses and countless parks. Andrea and Jay got married at Telfair Square. Here is a glimpse of their beautiful wedding.


Andrea you are GORGEOUS!


Jay just adores Andrea and it was evident throughout the weekend! 

The moss covered trees made a perfect backdrop for so many of the pictures.

These kids are just adorable! Andrea made the little girls tutu's!

 The bridesmaid dresses went so well with Andrea's dress... Simple and neutral! I couldn't get over how much I loved the flowers! Just had to show them off!

The girls road through the streets of Savannah to the wedding site in a carriage. Such a fun way to arrive!
A sweet moment with Andrea and her dad before walking down the aisle!
 Each girl was given a broach for their gift and they were use to pin together their bouquets! Great idea! 
The sun was just right in the sky after the wedding... casting a romantic glow on Andrea and Jay as they left.

Congrats Andrea and Jay... I am so thrilled that you found each other! Enjoy the rest of your lives together!

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Danny + Jessie | Engagement

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When I asked Danny and Jessie how they met, "Best friends who fell in love." Jessie was so cute and added, "My dad could't be happier!" Right away it was evident their love for each other was rooted in years of a deep friendship/relationship. They were friends in high school and then dated through college.

Both laid back individuals, totally in love, made for a really fun session. We spent the evening together at several locations, laughing, chatting and getting to know each other.  Just as the sun was setting we made our way to a field and captured my favorites from the session.




How cute are they!?!

And to finish I just had to share this picture... It sums up the energy they have together and the excitement of their engagement.


Congrats Danny and Jessie! Thank you for sharing with me your love for each other and life! I am so excited for the two of you!

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Bridal Sessions... And the lovely Jen Ancel!

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I'm blogging all things love and weddings this week to celebrate the start of my wedding season. Starting with Andrea and Jay's Savannah wedding this weekend I'll be on a whirlwind  of every other weekend weddings into July! Stay posted in the coming weeks for previews of the happy couples.

Starting off the celebration today I'm going to share a little about what bridal session are and share some pictures of a recent bridal session... Several of my brides this summer have chosen to add a bridal session to their wedding packages. I LOVE bridal sessions and I LOVE it even more when my brides add them to their package! Here's why: 

1. It's so versatile! Just the bride or bring the groom along too...Alli and Albert. Do it before the wedding after your hair/makeup test run or wait to come back from the honeymoon.
2. More pictures for your wedding collection that can feature additional locations, props and styles that you might not have had time for on the wedding day.  
3. And if not for any of the previous reasons... than just another chance for the brides to get all glammed up and wear their dresses. So much fun!

Jen Ancel, was married last summer to Matt on the sandy beaches of her home state, Florida.  This spring Jen brought out her dress for some pictures with fun accessories and a different location than her wedding. Here are some favorites from her session!


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   Doesn't she look angelic!?!
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