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Today is National Save Your Photos Day! Did you know there was such a thing? I am really glad there is, because as the years pass, those photos become the most important memories you can hang on to. Every year, thousands of photos are lost or damaged by natural disasters, fires, and other events. Let this year be a reminder to bring in the backup!

Save Your Photos Day was created to educate people on effective ways to organize, share, and protect their memories. The ways in which we are able to preserve our photos have changed, and definitely improved thanks to technology! Years ago, you would put everything in a weatherproof case or store in a safe, and then hope for the best. Now there are tons of great options to protect your photos!

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Here’s 6 ways to get started: 

1. Get organized
Whether they are digital copies or old Polaroids, get everything organized. Choose the photos you want to store. You may not want evidence of the freshman year toga party at the Kappa Sig house if your children will have access to these later on… Again, organize, you will thank yourself later. You may also want to set up a folder structure or naming convention to easily find your photos.

2. Digitize and scan throwbacks
Saving photos doesn’t just apply to your digital copies. Did you know you can digitize your old photos? It requires a little work on the back-end, but these memories are priceless. You can go about a few ways with your film negatives or even prints. Scanning is probably the easiest. Google offers a really awesome app that allows you to scan those old pictures, without the glare of that glossy finish!

3. Choose your cloud solution
Decide on the cloud storage you want to keep your photos on. Again, not just backing up on read/write CDs or on your local computer hard drive. Cloud solutions are important, because they are the most reliable in the event of a disaster.

There are several options that don’t charge money (but remember if you don’t pay for something with money, you’re potentially agreeing to giving rights to your images to the service provider).

Just know that there are still paid options are extremely reasonable! If you have an Amazon Prime account, you can have unlimited photo storage, and up to 5GB of video storage.

Here is a great article comparing some of the most common (Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Flickr, Adobe are all listed!)

4. Manually back ’em up
Now that you’ve got everything set up and organized, its time to start the process of backing it all up! Take the time to create different folders so you can find what you are looking for when you need them!

5. Automatically back up phone pics
Here is another article that can guide you through backing up your phone pictures to the various cloud-based solutions.

6. Share with friends and family!
Another awesome part about using cloud storage is the ability to share your photos – that is the point of having them all, right? Give your loved ones a walk down memory lane with your newly organized pics.




Thanks for reading! If you are a client of mine, then you already know that I send you high-res digital copies for easy viewing and downloading. I hope you LOVE those photos and are backing up those precious photos!

You spend months planning your big day. From the venue, to the dress, to the flowers, to the food, and so on. Once it is all over, you may be left feeling a little sad (relieved, but sad). Luckily, you invested in a professional photographer to capture it all so you can relive those moments every single day!

These are my 5 MUST DOs after your “I DOs” regarding those cherished wedding photos!

1. DO back up your photos

  • Once your photos are delivered, make sure you get those puppies downloaded and backed up on the cloud. There are plenty of affordable cloud storage options for photos (Box, Dropbox, Amazon).
  • “Yeah, okay,” you may say, “I have them on my computer.” Guess what… computers crash. They do… so sad. Even USB drives have a life expectancy of around 10 years, and even that isn’t a guaranteed way to keep them!

2. DO print your photos by a reputable printer.

  • These aren’t just photos you took on an old disposable camera! These are the photos you invested good money in, with a professional! I spend quality time with each and every photo I provide my clients to consider the colors and details, resulting in amazing quality when printed in high quality. I partner with a professional printing lab to offer quality prints and products.
  • Remember cheap prints are not good and good prints are not cheap (you can insert “photography” for “prints” too). So please… don’t get them printed at a business whose core competency is convienence and pharmacy. Do I really need to explain why the option to buy a toothbrush and have 1-hour turnaround in the same place doesn’t provide the quality these photos deserve? Don’t be fooled into thinking you are saving a bunch of money on prints.
  • Recognizing there may be budget constraints, I do recommend

3. DO share your photos and give photo gifts.

  • From the minute your big day starts, people are anxiously awaiting to see photos. So share them! From a Facebook album to a digital album password-protected album I provide, you can quickly share your photos friends and family. This is also a great way to share the names of your vendors / photographer! (wink, wink)
  • Your parents, grandparents, siblings, in-laws, and wedding party were all part of your special day… make their day special – trust me… they would love to have a framed photo from your wedding. has a lot of great photo gift options!

4. DO display them in your home.

  • This may seem obvious, but it can be really easy to put off framing your photos once you have the prints in hand. Get those beautiful photos up in your home! Maybe you want a gallery wall full or maybe just a few simple portraits. Whatever your style is, you will love seeing those happy memories every day. DISCLAIMER: Proper framing and matting of photos can make a big difference too, so shop around for a great deal if you are wanting to create a custom look with frames.


5. DO get books made.

  • There are so many great options out there when it comes to creating a custom wedding book that fits your style. This is such an important step to take with your wedding photos. I can walk through the steps with you and work with you to design create a beautiful heirloom wedding album. Envision pulling it out on your first wedding anniversary (gift is paper, how perfect)… and then each year on your anniversary after that to reminisce together. You will treasure this book for years to come.

Looking to book your 2019 Wedding? Contact me today! 


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Your big day is almost here. You’ve planned. You’ve stressed. You’ve planned some more. You’ve dreamed up how everything will play out in your head. Now you wait for it to all fall into place, right? Well, almost.

There is one more “to-do list” you need to tackle. Following these steps before your “I do’s” can help ensure things run smoothly on your wedding day and guarantee the most special moments are captured by your photographer.

Once you’ve finished these, it’s time to give yourself a little break! Giving yourself the chance to feel relaxed and refreshed will ultimately leave you looking and feeling your best on your wedding day! Trust me, everything will be just fine.

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These are my 5 MUST DOs before your “I DOs” to ensure your big day goes as smooth as possible!

1. Decide on wedding traditions

Decide what traditions you’ll include… first look, bouquet toss, your entire family doing the chicken dance in feathered boas – whatever it may be! Then incorporate those traditions in your draft timeline for the entire wedding day.

2. Meet with your wedding photographer

It’s important to review your wedding day timeline with your photographer. And, if you have flexibility, get input from your photographer on where and when to take portraits. Having the time before the wedding will allow your to get any professional feedback from your photographer, as well as allow them to be 100% prepared for your expectations on your wedding day.

3. Communicate. Communicate. Communicate group shot times

You’ve probably already made a list of who you want to be in photos… So you should tell them you want them in formal group shots and, more importantly, what time they should be there. Remember that timeline from above? Share the plan with everyone involved! We typically move fast on wedding days, and after Bride and Groom portraits, that’s when group portraits start. Consider assigning someone to help corral people for pictures and tell them to arrive 10 minutes earlier than planned to account for Uncle Bob who is notoriously late. This will help keep everything moving smoothly and prevent a lot of unnecessary miscommunication.

4. Choose your  other “must have” photos

Make “must have” photo list of any details you want to capture… wedding invitations, Programs, family heirlooms. Make that list and add it to your group shot list for your photographer. Something to consider: Your wedding day goes by so fast and those sweet details that you spent months planning should be remembered. Take your time creating this list, give it a little thought.

5. Relax 

Your big day will be here before you know it! While it’s natural to stress about the last minute little things, remember this: you’ve chosen a team of professionals to take care of everything on your wedding day. With that, take a deep breath. Go ahead, take a deep breath and know everything will work out as it should. Bonus: your photography team is seasoned, especially when it comes to wedding day chaos.

Once you have done your part by taking the steps above, you and truly RELAX! You’ve made it this far, so pat yourself on the back and get ready to have the best day EVER! Stay tuned for more tips next week for after you’ve said: “I do!”

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That’s right! I am giving away a FREE session! August is my birthday month, and to celebrate, I wanted to get GIVE YOU a chance to win a free session by getting you involved!

All you need to know to enter: 

  1. Send me your favorite VI Photography photo from this last year! If you had multiple sessions, send one from each session. Email by 9/30/18.
  2. Photos will be posted on the VI Photography Facebook Page on 10/1/18. Be sure to keep an eye out for the album, tag yourself, and share!
  3. Winner will be chosen based on the photo with the most likes by 11/1/18. Winning prize includes a FREE mini session and a print of their choice! The top likes will also be featured on VI Photography 2019 business cards!

It’s that easy! This past year has been so much fun and I appreciate the opportunity of working with you. I look forward to seeing all of your entries!

Here are a couple of sneak peak entries I’ve already received!

Are you thinking about booking for 2019? It’s never too early! Contact me today!

Alli, who is a close and dear friend of mine, started the non-profit, Shaking Hands, to raise awareness that HIV is not limited to the demographics typically associated with HIV. In 2015, someone very close to her suddenly lost his life due to complications around an undiagnosed case of HIV.

If you have been following the blog for a while, you may remember a feature of Chris and Alli from a few years ago. I wanted to share that happy memory here.

His name was Chris. He was a 35-year-old, fun-loving, athletic, heterosexual, drug-free, white male. He was also a friend of mine. It was shocking to find out Chris was infected with HIV. It was more devastating to know that his life could have been saved, had he known his status earlier.

Alli founded Shaking Hands [with HIV] to start the conversation, so that people can anonymously get tested. Shaking Hands provides anonymous, at home HIV tests, free of charge to those who want to know their status. If they do find out they are infected, they can then start the journey to learn more about the life-saving drug treatments available to them, with support along the way.

When Alli asked me to capture moments from the Shaking Hands launch party, I of course agreed. These are some of my favorite photos from the launch party that I felt so privileged and humbled to be part of.

To help raise money at the event, there was a raffle with tons of great items, such as Atlanta United tickets, various restaurant gift cards, gift baskets and more.

Everyone had a great time coming out to support Alli and Shaking Hands.

Please visit to learn more and to donate.

To celebrate the first day of summer, we’re announcing that for the first time, VI Photography will be offering SUMMER Mini Sessions. This will be held on one day in August – and only for one day – so stay tuned for the date!

Speaking of summer sessions, check out this throwback session from last year of Jessica and her family! They did such a great job of coordinating their outfits with their color scheme – blue, teal and tan (not to mention those beautiful beach tans.) I love the way Jessica incorporated both colors for her son’s shirt. I couldn’t have picked better outfits.

Their outfits also compliment the gorgeous scenery at Vickery Creek Trail. Its beautiful trees, creek, and waterfall in the background made for some great pictures, and a great place to stay cool and comfortable during a summer session!



Inspired to do a summer session yet? Then this summer may be your perfect opportunity! Mini sessions are only offered a couple times each year, and they’re first come, first serve! Keep an eye on our website and social media pages for an announcement with all of the official details (coming soon!)

CONGRATULATIONS on your new itty bitty! I love photographing newborns and want to help you prepare.

I remember feeling so overwhelmed trying to leave the house with a newborn in tow. I’ll never forget the time I forgot to bring an extra outfit in the diaper bag… You know what happens when ‘what could go wrong’ does ‘go wrong’… Yep, I was so embarrassed walking out of church with my sweet, naked baby! Whoops!

Anyhow, I’ve had a lot of moms ask me lately, “What do I bring to the newborn session?” Here are my suggestions on what to pack:

  1. Bottle or access to momma milk. Even though I recommend scheduling your session close to eating / napping time, baby may need to be topped off during the session… So, have the milk ready. Your session is 2 hours, so make sure you have enough.
  2. Pacifier. Sometimes babies need to be shushed back to sleep, and this helps.
  3. Diapers and wipes. I know you probably have that in your bag, but it never hurts to have extra. Boogie wipes are great for clearing out eye or nose boogies too
  4. Burp cloth. In case we need to top of during the session, we want to make sure we can clean baby after feeding.
  5. Aquaphor. If baby has dry of flaky skin… this will work wonders for the camera. Trust me.


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Dear New Momma,

You did it! You are a MOM! Whether you carried this baby with you for the last 9 months OR have just adopted your child… I say, “congrats!” The first few weeks with your newborn are tough, no doubt. I’ve been there (twice). For me and my husband, we were just trying to survive at the hospital and within the first few weeks.


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