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Joan + Will | Engaged


January 9, 2018

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A Midtown Mobile Engagement

When Joan and I met up for coffee to chat about the details of her wedding, I got the feeling that I’d known her forever. Even though our paths had crossed before, we really didn’t know each other prior to that initial consultation, but Joan just has that type of personality that is so friendly and easy to get to know. We of course chatted about all things wedding, including the story of how Will proposed to her. They’d talked about marriage and Joan knew he was the one, but he still surprised her the day he asked her to be his wife. As Joan told me the story of how Will rented a horse-drawn carriage and took her to a historic area of town where they live in Mississippi as part of his proposal, all I could think to myself was, “this is the sweetest story ever!” Needless to say, I knew I was going to love photographing these two for their engagement session.

Joan and Will love the detail of historic homes and so it was no surprise to me that Joan wanted to do their engagement session in midtown Mobile, where she grew up and where her parents still live. I have always wanted to do an engagement shoot on Fearnway Street. It’s a beautiful, historic neighborhood (one of the oldest in Mobile!) and every time I drive past that area in the late afternoon I think about how gorgeous the light looks. Beautiful, moss-filled oak trees line the streets and there are little bridges and even an old fountain nestled among the houses. Joan grew up just around the corner, on Monterey Street, in walking distance from where we met on Fearnway. I absolutely LOVE that this location incorporates both Joan’s childhood roots, as well as her and Will’s love of all things historic. They definitely have an eye for detail and appreciate the character of an old neighborhood. We met near Joan’s parent’s current home and meandered through the neighborhood. We even found ourselves shooting near the homes of two different families I know! I love the small-world nature of Mobile. It’s just the best!

I was so excited to shoot in this neighborhood and, let me tell you, it did not disappoint. The winter light was beyond magical!!! The temperature even warmed up enough to where we weren’t freezing to death (thankfully!). It was a pinch-me photographer moment and I love that these two were totally cool with my excitement. Joan is so joyful and Will so laid back and chill. I love that they weren’t afraid of true laughter, or too reserved to tease each other during their session. They let their personalities shine and it made for some of the sweetest portraits! Their adorable pup, Hamilton, joined us for a few portraits towards the end and it was the perfect way to wrap up a perfect session (even if Hamilton did make me work hard for those puppy portraits!).

Joan and Will, I am delighted to be working with you as your wedding photographer! Thank you for trusting me with your special memories! Even though we have nearly a year to go before wedding day, I know the time will fly by. I hope you enjoy this season of being engaged! Enjoy these favorites from your session!

Joan grew up in this house so of course we had to stop out front for a portrait! <3

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  1. Braeden Ramey says:

    These are stunning!!

  2. Meredith says:

    These are so cute!!

  3. Lori Johnson says:

    Love them all!

  4. Sallie Boone says:

    I love Joan!! She is the best and these photos are amazing!!

  5. Lizzie Arnold says:

    So beautiful!!!

  6. Aimee Jurjevich says:

    I’m obsessed over these pictures, they’re beautiful!!

  7. Ashley says:

    Love these! Hammi looks so dapper 😄

  8. Laura McCann says:

    So pretty! Great friends and great photographer! Can’t wait for December!!

  9. Jane Cunningham says:

    These are great!
    Hamilton did very well posing. Good boy!

  10. Nelson Gosnell says:


  11. Lauren says:

    So gorgeous!!!!!

  12. Meg says:

    Stunning Joan!!!!

  13. Amy Walton says:

    Oh my stars!! These pics are so very special!! You look fantastic and your future hubby looks like a great guy!! Excited for you two!! Wonderful pictures!!!

  14. Ginger says:

    Absolutely gorgeous photos!!

  15. Lee Ann says:

    Just beautiful! Can’t wait for the wedding.

  16. Kelsey Ebelhar says:

    These are SO beautiful! So excited for Joan and Will!!

  17. Olivia Reinecke says:

    These are stunning, Joan!! Wishing you all the best!

  18. Alice Taylor says:

    These are delightful – can’t wait until the wedding. Such a beautiful neighborhood, and the light IS perfect!

  19. Laura says:

    These photos do a fabulous job of capturing a wonderful couple in love. I love sweet ones, that make you go ‘ah’ and the Whimsical photos with a playful side. Even Hamilton, the family fur child, did a great job. Here is to a lifetime of memories together!

  20. Meg says:

    Love these!! They turned out gorgeous!

  21. Stephen. Taylor says:

    Full of wonderment!!! Beautiful!

  22. Lyn Toomey says:

    Joan, these pictures are just beautiful! Can’t wait for the wedding!! ( I’m a good stand in bridesmaid!!

  23. Linda Carter says:

    Beautiful pics of beautiful couple!

  24. Marisa schiff says:

    obsessed with these!! they are gorgeous!

  25. Stephanie Alexander says:

    Joan – you have grown into such a beautiful young woman! The pictures are just stunning and your love is shining through. I wish you and Will the brightest of futures.

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