Iliadis Family {Atlanta At Home Photography Session}

Michael and I have had the pleasure of getting to know the Iliadis family over the few years we’ve lived in Atlanta and they have quickly become some of our favorite people here! They both are so warm and friendly and every time we spend time with them we leave feeling filled up with all the friendship feelings (whoa, cheesy line…but it’s true!).

A few months back I spent the morning with them in their cozy, light-filled home and snapped some shots of their beautiful family. Enjoy a few of my favorites from their at home family session!

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Jade + Jim {The Estate Atlanta Wedding}

Man…it’s been a loooooong time since I’ve blogged! My last update was to announce our pregnancy…my last wedding post was from April – yikes!

While I’ve been silent, I’ve just been chugging along in my wedding season. This year was intentionally slower than 2014 but I still have some great shoots to share!

First up is Jade + Jim’s The Estate wedding from back in May. You might recognize this cute couple from their NYC engagement session I did last last year. They are two of my favorite people and their wedding was a joy to shoot.

Enjoy some of my favorites…she’s a stunner of a bride!

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Adoption Print Shop

*****UPDATE***** The day the adoption agency received our check and contract we found out we were pregnant – crazy right?!?! – and per our agency’s policy we are unable to adopt if we are pregnant, so the adoption is postponed for now. The print shop will remain open since I had been wanting to launch a print shop regardless of the adoption, so feel free to keep shopping. Thanks for your support!

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Time to get personal…

Michael and I have been trying to grow our family for about 1.5 years. We finally consulted a few doctors and unfortunately, due to some scar tissue in my tubes, it is highly unlikely that we will be able to have children naturally. Our two options as of right now are IVF or Adoption.

We were both pretty bummed to hear that news, but at the same time it was nice to have an answer to why we have been unsuccessful.

After many conversations, we are looking at this obstacle as an opportunity instead of a closed door. An opportunity to do one of the greatest things any human can do: adopt.

“Love makes a family.”

This phrase gives me so much hope for our future. We have a long and challenging road ahead of us, but Michael and I are excited and ready for it.

I’ve been toying with the idea of launching a print shop since last November, and thanks to some gentle nudging from friends, we have decided to launch this PRINT SHOP to raise money for our adoption. All profits from the print sales will help us grow our family. The average domestic infant adoption is anywhere from $18,000-40,000 so every bit counts.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. Thank you for taking the time to read this post, and if you see something you’d like to buy in the Print Shop just know that your money is going towards giving a child a home.

Love, Paige & Michael

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Melissa + Tanner Spring Wedding in Georgia

One of the first warm days of Spring. I drove up to the ceremony venue and saw the grounds men planting flowers. The sun was shining. It was glorious.

Melissa and Tanner might be the sweetest couple I’ve ever met. Their love for each other, and their joy for others was palpable. I could see why there were so many guests eager to celebrate with them.

This wedding was a unique one for me because the couple wanted the day to be a celebration for the guests, instead of themselves. Their genuine love for each person in attendence that day was real. So much so that they hand wrote a note to EACH PERSON and had it waiting at their place setting. WHAT?! Also, as guests walked into the reception there was a giant sign that included EACH GUEST’S name and meaning beside it. Wow. Seeing the guests flood in and read their personalized note was something special. Melissa and Tanner set an example for me that day. One that I won’t ever forget.

Enjoy a few of my favorites from that day.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Be Printing Your Photos

You probably take more photos than your mom, dad, and grandmother combined in their entire lives. Everyone can take great photos now thanks to the amazing technology at our fingertips. To me, that is incredible.

The problem is, that’s where it ends. Click, click click. Share, share, share.

Take a trip down memory lane with me:

I got married 5 years ago and my wedding photos were delivered on a CD. Totally acceptable. Fast forward 5 years and BOTH of my computers are without a disc drive.

5 Reasons You Need to Print Your Photos

1. Technology changes like the tides. One day you’ll wake up and your digital storage solutions will be outdated. Or worse, your drive will crash and all those memories will be gone forever.

2. There are apps for that. You can literally order photos on your iPhone through an app. You don’t even have to get off your couch.

3. The mundane moments matter. The way your kitchen looks right now. The clothes you’re wearing in a photo. Taking a walk in your neighborhood. Your kids and grandkids are going to want to see that. All these flickers of time we’re capturing every day matter. Because time goes by fast, and things change. You’re preserving moments in each photo. Don’t underestimate how important that is.

4. History. Yes, history is important. Thanks to printed photos of the past, historians and scientists can gather information about our world.

5. It’s the most affordable art for your walls.

PEOPLE. PLEASE PRINT YOUR PHOTOS. I’m not even talking to my brides right now (although, yes you should print your wedding photos)…I’m talking to photographers, to moms, to my friends, to YOU. You are crazy to keep these photos locked on some digital device…I promise you will regret that.

It took me a while to get my sh*t together, but so far in 2015 I’ve printed over 200 photos. And yes, there are pics of my kitchen, and my living room, and my christmas tree, and my fire-pit, and my dogs because those moments matter. I can’t wait to show them to my kids and grandkids one day. Now my only problem is figuring out a storage solution for all these prints!

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