My brother's family is currently a spring of life--all the chaos and joys that come with a toddler and his nearly walking little brother. I love this family so much, I've been blessed to grow up near Wes and Kelly's romance, and see it grow into a family. This Easter portrait session was full of all the laughs and screams and toddler tears and animation that make life interesting at the Calton house. Wouldn't trade it for anything.
I had the pleasure of photographing a girl I knew since she was a little kid, and I was an awkward tween. College caused me to be absent from her life during her awkward years (she probably didn't even have awkward years), thus bringing us back together for senior photos. This skipped me right ahead to gorgeous young adult little lady thing. Katie is a photographer herself, so I hope she didn't mind giving up a little control to get in front of the camera with me. The shoot involved me, Katie, Katie's friend Morrison (moral support is important for photo shoots, guys), and a sunny day in my hometown. We walked through our dream neighborhood and basked in how well Katie's beauty blended with the beauty of spring.
I'll settle for nothing less than this level of chill and fun on my senior photo shoots, friends. So seniors, hit me up!
Life has been crazy over the past few months and that is officially the 1 trillionth time you've read that phrase on a blog. You're welcome.
But after this weekend's visit with the best friend, it felt appropriate to just bundle all the images I haven't blogged yet together as one big family. Between my boyfriend, my dog, and my life long best friend, there is a good theme going here. I even have links to more interesting things than this blog if you get bored.
Thankful for this furry growing thing that I call my pet. Despite the frustrations that come with an ever evolving puppy personality, a week of ice in Nashville, and stir craziness, I look at that little fur baby everyday like, "I love you so much, what even?" I hope more and more I can look at my little piece of nature with awe, to say "I hope to catch up to you someday." Is Maggie crazy? No, I'm just clinging to this really important sermon about glory and the earth and God, right here.
Thankful for what was a perfect Valentine's day in--a couple humbly celebrating their love over DIY dinner (we do 20-something-tight-budget-love pretty well). And in a not so humble fashion, Thomas and I made killer steak and gloated about it the whole evening to each other--but we all know who was actually responsible. Surprise eclairs were also a hit. It's the little triumphs.
Thankful for birthdays, and no matter how much we want to avoid them or worry they won't be as good as last year somebody tends to come through for you. Elizabeth has always been that someone. She's been one giant reliable, laughter inducing friend since we were all knees and elbows. Weird little girls all the way to weird little women, doing life together no matter how far. Her love is beautiful in how intentional it is (like driving to Nashville from Clemson, SC to see me), and the unintentional aspects of her love are beautiful, as well (like the way she forgot to take her cookie cake home with her).
Count them blessings, friend, learn from one another.
Nashville has been kind, friends. Setting up this styled shoot was a dream. I went straight to my favorite dress vendor for the perfect gown and my favorite local bakery for the location and both were more than willing to help and provide. The Dress Theory Nashville had the most delicate and unique dress by Rue De Seine on hand and Dozen Bakery Nashville was standing by at the pristine new storefront with fresh baguettes on tap. What is this life? Kaelin is basically who ya gonna call when you need someone to embody springtime bridal excellence/model carbs as if they were diamonds. Oh, enjoy the whimsy, friends. Brides, I am ready to go to more bakeries for your bridal shoots, just FYI.
No words. Just watch. Congrats to Lauren and Zach!
So I have been taking pictures since high school. It all started with a cute little starter DSLR and a few cute little high school friends taking cute little pictures together. Before I would even really call myself a photographer, one of those cute little friends would always swear to me, "Maggie, one day you will be shooting my wedding." This didn't even have to be true, I was just so ecstatic to be affirmed in something I had been dreaming about. That same angel friend, Miss Lauren, did not let up on that promise, and I could have cried the day I found out she was engaged and she still wanted me to take her pictures after all the years.
So this wedding was a special one, in a selfish way. I was reminded of my humble-high-contrast-lightroom-preset beginnings and the friend that believed in my work. I was reminded of high school in general, of the awkwardness, the lack of cynicism. All great things to be reminded of.
Lauren, I am still so in awe of your sweetness and how you have managed to encourage me in my photos. I am also in awe of how one of the most mature girls in high school managed to grow into an even more mature and graceful woman, now wife. How cool. You and Zach threw a great party and you were truly a princess. Guys. I have to stop talking now and let these pictures speak for themselves because, boy, did this wedding SPEAK. Best wishes to the truly inspired and powerful couple (Stay tuned for equally delicious wedding video!!!).
So I'm in the middle of editing this wedding where I'm so anxious to get the photos done and shared because of how beautiful they are. But I also realized that I've had a little preview of all the goodness on my computer for months in the form of Miss Lauren's bridal portraits. Ah! What a practice in self control this wedding has been. But now Zach has seen the beauty which means you get to see it, too. Hopefully this will tide you over until the main course comes out. Congrats, Lauren and Zach! Pictures and video (!) coming soon.
Hi Nashville. Funny fact--blog posts about moving to a new city are often filled with pictures of the beautiful new places and food and people the mover is meeting, yeah? Well this neurotic little explorer is taking baby steps, and all I got for you guys is a few clutch shots of the new apartment (living room...) and my partner in crime--Margot. Everyone's quite happy, though, and I'm already so thankful for the people who have reached out and the work that has begun. Every Nashville endeavor has been a dream boat so far.
Guys, it's valentines day. Stay tuned as I plan to document the home cooked meal and (surprise) dessert I have planned for Thomas--my valentime. Shh. Yes, my valentiMe.
But hey! Don't forget that love is big--there are plenty of galentines, dudentines, dog-entines, momentines, famentimes, etc that need a shout out from you today! I'll stop here before this post goes into basic think piece zone.
We celebrated my grandmother's 90th birthday the other day. 'Memaw' is our strong and kind matriarch, the head of a beautiful (see photos) family. Seriously, we get cuter and cuter as we go. The great grandkids all surely have acting and modeling careers on lock...
I'm so proud to look at this woman and know I have her blood in me, and I hope I can hold tight to the idea that perhaps, then, I have hopes of being like her. I want to be brave in the face of hardships like her, I want to be bold like her, I want to love nature and the great American West like her. I want to love road trips and gardening and family like she does. She loves us all so much--she weeps when we are absent, she delights so much when we make it for visits, short or long. Oh, she's the sweetest. Take a look at her. Take a look at all the people who wouldn't be possible without her.
So I got a puppy/life partner. Her name is Margot. Essentially the french 'Maggie.' Is that narcissism? Let's not spend too much time on it. She's a dream. And a bundle of struggles that every dog owner oh so traditionally never sees coming. But she's mine and I love her dearly. A friend suggested I begin a lifestyle blog. I thought--where do you even start with these? Then I came here, to this tiny little wedding blog and thought, maybe I'll sprinkle bits of life and puppies and new recipes here and people will hardly notice how cliché I'm being? Maybe.
But it's appropriate to begin the 'life of mags' posts on this blog with Margot--my puppy, my first and clumsiest step into adulthood. If you stay tuned, you will watch me and this orange freckled wonder move to Nashville, try and make friends, bake when there are no friends, and try to lure friends a second time with our lonely pastries. Also, I'll try and let pictures speak more. Oh stop talking, Mags.
I met Grace and Ian a little under a year ago to take their engagements in the always charming Queen City (that's Charlotte, NC, darlings). And somehow, time did that thing it does where it made the seemingly far off wedding day finally arrive. Time also did a little preserving--Grace and Ian were just as classy and calm and in love as the day I first met them. A winter wedding was also just what post-Christmas Maggie needed. I love this job.
One of the most memorable things about Grace and Ian's wedding--it was a wet and rainy day but I'm pretty sure the bridal party never noticed... The lovebirds and their friends were just having way too much fun to talk about rain. Wedding day optimism is the best.
This Greenville, SC wedding was one of the few weddings where I had to consciously hold back tears of joy in order to keep filming all day. I mean it doesn't take much to make me cry, I'm sure all my clients have had the classic/awkward "wait, is the photographer...tearing up?" moment. But all the expressions of joy on Sara and James' big day (from the vows to the endless variety of dance moves from the bridal party) were so full of heart. I'm so glad I was able to film it all for them, because it's truly one of those weddings where going through my footage brought me right back to all the sweet feelings (and maybe this time I shed real tears since I was alone).
Sara and James, thank you for being so warm and welcoming to your lowly videographers ;) We couldn't have had a better time! Congrats! All the rest of you, please, share in this joy and watch the video!!
I was so charmed by all the support and love at this lovely September wedding--whether it was the bridesmaids praying over our bride, bride and groom exchanging pre-wedding notes, or parents getting up to pray for bride and groom during the ceremony. I mean, you wanna talk about a dedicated support system? The bridesmaids stayed true to coordinating in honor of the bride before they even zipped up their gowns. And I don't mean matching robes or pretty monogrammed button ups. I mean this:
You see, our bride, Katherine, is affectionately called 'Big Kat' by her best girls. See what I mean? This was clearly a fun group, and an incredibly sweet day. Thanks so much for letting me be a part of it, Kat & Joe. Congratulations!
Clearly you wanna see more of this wedding:
I've had the opportunity to snap a few shots of some incredible young women on the path to rad college times over the past couple of days. Amidst the beautiful chaos of wedding season, it was nice to slow down with these one on one sessions. Just me and another strong, intelligent, beautiful girl (give or take a few sisters/mothers/horses cheering us on) kickin' it in some picture perfect location. Class of 2015, get at me!
Nothing like a joyful wedding montage to start your day. Take a look at Windy and Andrew's wedding video and remember I do moving images, too!
A hot summer wedding day can be a struggle, but when you've got a positive/absolutely-in-love bride and groom it might as well be the middle of spring. Windy and Andrew's country chic wedding was just too good. The venue was killer and the sweet smiles shared between bride and groom were my favorite ones yet. There was a ton of love, family, and country cuteness to go around that day, and all that blowing from the bubble get away created a nice breeze...
But seriously, this wedding...
(stay tuned for an equally wonderful wedding video!!)
It's a dream when your older brother starts a family and you happen to be a photographer/sister that he likes. Since Wes and Kelly got married I've been able to photograph their growth up to the present--they're now inspiring parents to two beautiful boys. I got to snag some pictures of the latest addition to our family, Pack Davidson Calton, as well as new pictures of our rapidly growing Walker a couple of weeks ago at Fripp Island, SC. This family is so beautiful. Thankful.
It's always great to party down in my hometown for a wedding, so I was so glad when Megan came to me to photograph her and Chris's Spartanburg, SC wedding. Such a mature, beautiful pair. Enjoy a peak at their day!
Ah, engagements. Very often, my first meeting with a couple. What's better than going on what is basically a date and having some awkward girl with a camera follow you around (is this bad marketing?)? Ah, but I've been blessed with the best couples so far who are totally down to let me third wheel it and gawk at their beautiful love as I play paparazzi. Grace and Ian are no exception. This cute Charlotte, NC couple brought their city and love for the (not so close to their city) Yankees to their engagements and the result couldn't be cuter. Enjoy, my friends!
Windy and Andrew just got hitched a couple weeks ago, and as I wrap up their round of pictures and video I realize that I can finally show you guys some of Windy's gorgeous bridal portraits. Cause her boo has seen her in white now. Sorry to keep you guys in suspense, but it was worth the wait, no?