The Breauxs | Flowery Branch Family Portrait Session | ABH Fine Photography

 
Family.
 
No two are the same.  Each operates as a function of it's own tradition, teachings, experiences.  In light of Thanksgiving, it's so important to approach this upcoming holiday with an open heart.  Sure, there are the relatives that drive you nuts.  There is more delicious food and desserts than you've feasted on in a year's time.  There is travel, stress, imbalance - but, most importantly, there's another year's opportunity to spend time with those who mean the very most to you.  It's a chance to be thankful for the clothes you wear and the food you eat and the days you've been given.  It's the gift of spending time with those you love, whether that's friends, your spouse, your kids, your grandparents, or your church.  Family knows no strict familial structure.  It exceeds the cookie cutter idea of a mom, dad, and a handful of kids.  It's dynamic and always moving.  It changes as time marches forward, it has a way of mending, even when it loses an integral part of it.  The family you build around yourself is the most precious circle of support you will ever build.  It is unfailing, ever-supporting, and should be guarded with all that you have.
 
As Rock and I look forward to our first Thanksgiving as husband and wife, I look forward to spending it with both of our families.   I've adopted a beautiful new family and am so grateful for the love they have shed on me.  I'm looking forward to another year of Honeybaked Wednesday (we're not really ham people...) and our traditional fondue Thanksgiving with my parents and grandma, Mish, and now my husband.  By the end of the day as we migrate to Nashville, having meal two (which means probably three and maybe even four with extra servings if we're really bold... eh hem, Rockwell...) and spending the day with his family will be the icing on the cake.
 
So, what am I thankful for?  My family that never fails to support me in every choice I make.  My friends who have stood by me and value me and our friendship.  Our pupper Bristol, never ceasing to amaze me by the ever-developing personality that only gets better as she gets older.  The people I have a chance to meet and grow with, through my business and in my personal life.  The gift I am given to give back to all of those who seek me out to show them how beautiful they truly are.  The experiences I have been granted, and the lives that have touched my heart along the way.  And, my husband, who has always been my family even before we were married.
 
As I've been working on these images, it just so happened this post fell on the eve of the holiday, and, appropriately so.  Rock and I were invited to see the heart of this beautiful family a couple of weeks ago by a sweet, new friend of mine and fellow photographer, Abby.  Upon arriving to Flowery Branch and shaking the hands of each of these people, our hearts were warmed by the unshakable bond between them all.  We chatted, we laughed.  And we felt right at home with this crew.  So very thankful today to be featuring this sweet family as we all gear up for Thanksgiving tomorrow.  It couldn't have fallen on a more perfect day (because everyone knows Thanksgiving is for rest and zero working!) and I'm excited to honor this precious family today with just a few of my favorites from their gorgeous, Fall session.
 
Enjoy, and happy holiday to all!
 

 

Bulloch Hall Family Session | Roswell, GA Family Portrait Photographer | ABH Fine Photography

Love having the chance to keep up with these sweet families year after year!  
 
It's incredible how much they're growing up.  I photographed this family last Fall and again this one at Roswell's Bulloch Hall.  We found Osage Oranges (or "hedge apples" as Rock affectionately recalled upon them from his childhood), and I learned from Oliver about the methane gas used at dumps and how to properly win a leaf fight with your sisters.  We ran around, chatted about school, and goofed off in the Autumn leaves.  It was a ball.
 
So very thankful for another year of memories with this gorgeous family!  
 
Enjoy a few favorites from our time together!

 

 

The K Family | Family Portrait Photographer | The Hembree Collective | Roswell, GA | ABH Fine Photography

It's kind of funny the things you can learn from a kid when you're a full-grown adult.  I left with the following life lessons, straight from this adorable little one:
  • Just because you're running in no general direction, it doesn't mean you're lost.
  • The best way to get anywhere in life is to run to it with open arms.
  • Greet strangers as though they were already a friend.
  • Snicker's bars are a fine reward for a hard day's work.
  • Be yourself!  And if that means wearing your favorite comic book character under your button-down and sporting the coolest little cowboy hat around - even better.

I had the chance to work with this gorgeous family last year to celebrate this little guy's turning 2 years old.  And in just a short year, he has grown like a weed.  He's so smart and so incredibly kind and mature for such a little guy.  And he's crazy about his family already.  I absolutely love spending time with this sweet family and adore this session!  They chose the perfect spot for it, too, at a beautiful, private venue called The Hembree Collective.

 Enjoy!

 

 

Rachel + Jason | Local Flavor ATL Engagement | Georgia Tech & Piedmont Park | ABH Fine Photography

There was laughing, some football "playing",  there were goofy faces,  even a dance party.  And in the short 2 or so hours we got to spend with these two, I get the idea that this is not just how they are in front of a camera.   And I believe the theme for this relationship in particular is living life to the fullest... and no shortage of laughter.
"Spinach".  He whispered.  But not really because it was audible enough for everyone to hear.
Rachel shoots him a look of bewilderment and absolutely erupts into a fit of laughter.

I still can't help but crack up myself every time I go through these images and relive my time with these two at the Georgia Tech football stadium, the school which also happens to be their mutual alma mater.  They don't know it but they've totally just checked something off of my bucket list... shooting at a completely empty, Atlanta-renowned football stadium was AWESOME, and it totally made sense for them.  They're fun and vivacious and nothing short of perfectly adorable together.  WHY do my couples have to make my job so difficult?!  ;o)  It was easy, breezy and entirely too much fun to be called a "job".  I love this beautiful mix of candid and sweet and this session as a whole!  Rachel and Jason 100% rocked it.  SO, so excited for this traditional meets modern Jewish wedding next October!  Enjoy just a few (um, more than a few) favorites from this session, and a special thanks to my assistant for the day... my one and only Rockwell.  Thanks for adding even more fun to the mix and for your constant support, always!
 

 

 

 

Chris + Monica | TPC Sugarloaf Country Club Wedding | ABH Fine Photography

 
A beautiful, early Fall day greeted these two on the day they were to tie the knot.  No threat of rain, the most mild weather... everything was in place to make this day a success!  And, such a beautiful wedding it was on the grassy terrace of TPC Sugarloaf Country Club, an  antebellum-inspired venue in the heart of Duluth.  It was the perfect spot for this sweet couple to make their forever promise.  Simply gorgeous.
 
Alongside the most amazing wedding party (seriously - what are the odds of stepping into a pile of fire ants and breaking out into hives?? - THANK you, girls, for coming to the rescue!), Monica and Chris' day went off without a hitch!   Congratulations to our newest bride and groom.  Wishing the days ahead of you to grow only sweeter with time.  Tons of love to you both! <3
 
Thanks to the amazing team of wedding professionals (and my AWESOME assistant and associate photographer!) who made this day that much sweeter!:
Associate photographer: Samantha Bush
Photographer's assistant: Ruthanne Dyson
Venue: TPC Sugarloaf Country Club
Planner and coordinator: Laetitia "LT" Townson of Bash Event Planning

Florist: Laurens Floral Art
Cake: Cakes by Darcy

Videographer: Leone Productions
DJ: Fonix Entertainment
Hair and makeup: Joseph and Friends
Catering: TPC Sugarloaf Country Club


 
 

 

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