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In August of this year, I received the email that said,

“Congratulations! This email is your official invitation to submit to Rangefinder’s 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography competition. You are receiving this email because you were nominated by an industry professional or someone on the Rangefinder team.”

It was such an honor to submit my images into this competition for a second time, and Id like to share parts of my application and the 30 images I submit with you all.

I was asked to share about my growth as a photographer: “

I am almost to the end of my third year as a wedding photographer, and I feel like I have finally moved from the stage of “creatively copying” to a place where I am creating images and experiences that are unique to me, my style and ultimately my clients story. Since the Covid-19 pandemic especially, I have spent more time brainstorming ways to capture more meaningful images for my clients rather than more creative images for my portfolio.

I use to feel like I had to be in control of the timeline and schedule in order to get the best images, but now I simply lean into the day and document. I confidently embrace a portrait session scheduled during the brightest time of the day. When a reception is lit solely by hot pink lights, I don’t freak out and automatically run to grab my flash. I recognize that they intentionally chose those lights to compliment their decorations and I adjust my normal way of shooting so that they can have images that truly reflect their experience. (Shout out to you Aryana).

2020 has been a big year of remembering its not about being seen or liked by the larger photography community. I’ve had to push through drama and understand that at the end of the day being a wedding photographer isn’t about me at all. It’s about documenting honest and meaningful images that provide couples with a tangible legacy they can pass down and have for a lifetime.”

I am so appreciative to all the couples and vendors I have had the pleasure of working with over the past few years, and I can’t wait to see how things change and grow in 2021.

Groom getting ready at Race and Religious in New Orleans
Shot for Freckled Fox Photography while in New Orleans, Louisiana. See her full blog here.
Venue: Race and Religious raceandreligious.com
Bride getting ready at Pine Hill Hot Springs, Arkansas
Chris and Julia’s Wedding, see their full wedding blog here
Vendors:
Bridal Store: Bliss Bridal 
Gown Designer: Lillian West 
Hair and Makeup: Jessica Humerick
Florist: The Nouveau Wedding 
Ceremony Venue: Anthony Chapel 
Reception Venue: Pine Hill Hot Springs 
Wedding Planner: Becky Lamp at Spanish Oak Events 
Videographer: Alex Moreno
Cake: Sweet Lavender Bakeshop
Groom’s Suit: Luca Falcone
Dry Flower Arrangement with Grandparents pictures.
Lathan & Jenna’s Wedding, see their full wedding here.
Vendors:
Bridal Store: Bliss Bridal 
Florist: Etsy
Ceremony Venue: Thorncrown Chapel
Violinist: Lori Fay 
Groom reading a letter from his bride in the 1886 Crescent Hotel
Andrew & Nicole’s Wedding, see their full wedding here. 
Vendors:
Bridal Store: Bridal Parlour 
Florist: The Nouveau Wedding 
Ceremony Venue: Thorncrown Chapel
Reception Venue: The 1886 Crescent Hotel
Wedding Planner: The Vintage Souls Events
Cake: The Bride 
Bride being kissed by her grandmother.
Trevor and Peyton’s Wedding
Vendors:
Florist: Flower Patch
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Weathered Wisdom Barn
Wedding Planner: Autumn Walker [email protected]
DJ: Alfie Kass [email protected]
Cake: Back Porch Bakery
Bride and Groom sharing a first look.
Drake and Rhyker’s Wedding, see their full wedding SOON.
Vendors:
Bridal Store: Inverness Bridal Couture
Gown Designer: L’Amour by Calla Blanche 
Florist: William’s Florist
Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Barn With Southern Charm
DJ: Tuned-N Event Services
Cake: Smith Donuts in Fort Smith
Groom’s Suit: Beau’s Tuxedos NWA
Bride and Groom crying during their intimate first touch.
Gideon & Kortni’s Wedding, see their full wedding COMING SOON. 
Vendors:
Bridal Store: Low’s Bridal
Florist: Northwest Arkansas Florist
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Record Downtown
DJ: Brock Entertainment
Videographer: French Film Co
Cake: The Cake Occassion
Bride and groom first look at Race and Religious in New Orleans
Shot for Freckled Fox Photography while in New Orleans, Louisiana. See her full blog here.
Venue: Race and Religious 
Photograph of Deceased mother of the bride.
Josh & Hailee’s wedding, see their full wedding SOON.
Bridal Store: A & Be Bridal Shop
Skirt Designer: W Too
Florist: Vase & Vine 
Ceremony Venue: Chapel of the Ozarks at Top of the Rock
Reception Venue: Wine Cellar Event Room
Wedding Planner: Maddie Ward with Sonnet Weddings
DJ: Live Events Missouri 
Cake: Ricks Bakery
Invitation, Signage & Champaign Wall: Courtney Newell from Paper Supply Co.
Bride being walked down the isle by her father in New Orleans.
Shot for Freckled Fox Photography while in New Orleans, Louisiana. See her full blog here.
Venue: New Orleans Pharmacy Museum
Bride and Groom in the beautiful glass chapel in Eureka Springs Arkansas.
Lathan & Jenna’s Wedding, see their full wedding here.
Parents praying for the soon to be husband and wife.
Peter & Ashley’s Wedding
Bridal Store: BHLDN
Florist: Zuzu’s Petals
Ceremony Venue: Chapel on the Creeks
Reception Venue: Bocca Italian
Wedding Planner: Becky Lamp at Spanish Oak Events 
Videographer: Sheila of The Dogwood Collective
Cake: Rick’s Bakery
Bride washing the feet of her husband.
Jonas & Heather’s Wedding
Bridal Store: Gracie’s Bridal
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Greenhouse Two Rivers
Teddy & Kristen’s Wedding, see their full wedding blog here.
Vendors:
Florals – Twisted Willow
Catering – Holly Berry Catering
DJ & Photo Booth – Rockstar DJs
Day of Coordinator – The Bridal Butler
Wedding Cake – Dierbergs
Bundt Cakes – Nothing Bundt Cakes
Couple walking back down isle while guest throw rice.
David & Hannah’s Wedding, full wedding blog COMING SOON.
Florist: NWA Florist
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Ratterman Ranch
Videographer: Lepard Photography & Videography
Groom’s Suit: Luca Falcone
Brock & Parkers Wedding, see their full wedding blog here.
Dress: Danielle’s Bridal
Florals:Stem and Leaf
Venue: ProPak Corporation
Cake: Confectionately Yours
Bride and Groom kiss in front of stained glass window at Catholic Church in St. Louis Missouri.
Teddy & Kristen’s Wedding, see their full wedding blog here.
Andrew & Nicole’s Wedding, see their full wedding here
Bride and groom wrapped up together.
Chris and Julia’s Wedding, see their full wedding here
Slow shutter shot of wedding part in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Chris and Julia’s Wedding, see their full wedding here
Wedding party posed in front of mural in fort smith, Arkansas
Brock & Parkers Wedding, see their full wedding blog here.
Groom tracing his brides back tattoo.
Drake and Rhyker’s Wedding, see their full wedding SOON.
Groom lifting his bride during their first dance.
Jacob & Caroline’s Wedding; full blog post COMING SOON.
Bridal Store: Unveiled Little Rock
Veil: Joon Bridal
Hair and Makeup: Kari Wein MUA
Florist: Rose of Sharon
Ceremony Venue: Venue 718 (closed now)
Reception Venue: Parents Back Yard
Wedding Planner: Meredith Events
DJ: DJ Bear
Cake: The Cake Occasion
Catering: Catering Unlimited NWA
Gala Garage
Light Works Events
Intents Party Rentals
Groom hitting a piñata and candy and booze falling out.
Colton & Amy’s Wedding; full blog post COMING SOON.
Bridal Store: Davids Bridal
Veil: Galina Signature
Venue: Air BnB
Catering: Chuy’s
A backyard reception in Jasper Arkansas.
David & Hannah’s Wedding, full wedding blog COMING SOON.
Bride sitting with her guests at their reception in Hot Springs Arkansas.
Chris and Julia’s Wedding, see their full wedding here
Bride and Groom laughing during the toasts at their reception in Hot Springs.
Chris and Julia’s Wedding, see their full wedding here
Bride and Groom dancing at their reception in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Andrew & Nicole’s Wedding, see their full wedding here. 
Bride and her mom dancing at their backyard reception in Rogers Arkansas
Jacob & Caroline’s Wedding; full blog post COMING SOON.
Bride and Groom Dancing at their reception in Eureka Springs Arkansas
James & Aryawna’s Wedding; full wedding blog COMING SOON
Bridal Store: Joon Bridal
Gown Designer: Made With Love Bridal
Florist: Vintage Soul Events
Ceremony Venue: Thorncrown Chapel
Reception Venue: Melonlight Ballroom
Wedding Planner: Vintage Soul Events
Videographer: Sheila of The Dogwood Collective
DJ: Hi-Fi Productions
Cake: Cravings by Rochelle

If you’d like to take a look at the winners this year, here is the link!

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