My name is Anneliese and I am a family portrait photographer specializing in natural light sessions. My journey as a professional photographer is ever expanding, with years of shooting experience in front of the camera as a model, as well as behind it.
Amanda and Josh’s day was really special because it fell on Amanda’s parents’ 28th wedding anniversary. The only thing missing from their day was their gorgeous pup, Honey!
They shared a special first dance for her parents to celebrate their marriage. Amanda’s friends and family lit up the dance floor with their sick swing dancing moves. They were so used to dancing at competitions, they knew to hold their poses for the camera! It made my job so easy.
Take a peek at their gorgeous wedding day and check out all the awesome vendors who made it happen.
Bri approached me about photographing a couples session for her, since she recently eloped and didn’t really need engagement photos, or wedding photos. I said, hey- I realllllly wanna shoot another awesome in home sesh, would you guys be down? I am so thankful she said yes! Walking into Bri and Jaron’s home, I was SO pumped to photograph inside! Their decorating style is so similar to mine. I left with a million ideas for my own home, and a new DIY project for my doggie bowls.
Bri + Jaron are from the PNW- which you guys know, has part of my heart. They were attracted to my work when she noticed similarities in my style to her photog friends in Washington- so that was an awesome compliment.
Bri and Jaron’s connection was so sweet. Their whole session was filled with laughs that warmed their home. George the cat was so welcoming and friendly, but copped a cattitude when his parents where getting all the attention. Check out George, the cat model and some cute decor inspo below!
Okay, Rachel + Council’s sunrise Navarre Beach wedding was definitely in my top five favorites of 2017. Rachel had this Pride and Prejudice vision for her first look moment, and I totally wanted to make that happen! A few things went crazy before we got to this moment, LOL. We had a few hurricanes before their big day, which led to closed roads, ridiculous winds, and daylight savings time ending (or starting, I’m 25 and still don’t understand the time hopping concept haha). You could tell Rachel and Council were quite tired from arranging their reception space the evening before and coming up with a back up ceremony space due to the incredible waves and wind happening gulfside. When I got there at 5am, we quickly realized the sun wasn’t set to come up until 6:50am- so we drove around, covering the rear view mirror so Council couldn’t see his bride, and got McDonalds hash browns and coffee. Once dawn peaked, magic happened. And the most incredible BREAKFAST RECEPTION followed after a sweet ceremony sound side. Surrounded by family and a ton of friends from all over the globe, we partied and ate bacon and mini cheesecakes. Check out some of my favorite moments from their wedding day.
I second shot this cute lil backyard wedding for Callie Rainey Photography last summer. Lindsey’s relatives cleared out part of their backyard to create this intimate ceremony space. Her uncle built this gorgeous arbor using pieces of wood from the forest. The mismatched bridesmaid dresses with different tones and textures added a gorgeous pop of color to the sea of evergreen. The minimal white tablescapes and chairs complimented the outdoor environment. The organic decor and millions of twinkling lights really transformed the space into a romantic venue.
Second shooting is always so fun. I have a chance to photograph a different perspective from the main photographer, and I get to catch little moments that are happening behind the scenes – like this wedding crashing chicken, lol. She was cool though. I am actually terrified of birds so getting close to her was a little intense, but you gotta do what you gotta do to get the shot! I was so lucky to be able to focus on John’s face as his bride walked down the aisle. Such a beautiful and emotional moment I know Lindsey will cherish forever.
Take a peek at this sweet day full of backyard wedding inspiration!
Ever since I can remember, I have always wanted to live in Los Angeles. I had never visited California before, but when people would ask me where my favorite place in the world was, I would always answer- LA. I wanted to be one of the dreamers, the entrepreneurs, the creatives, living in a vivid city surrounded by people trying to make it! My boyfriend was well aware of this dream of mine, and gave me the most incredible 25th birthday present- a trip to Malibu to visit my best friend! I knew while I was in town, I had to put an elopement styled session together at one of my bucket list places- El Matador Beach, but I will save those images for a later post!
I originally arrived to California with a million scheduled activities, but once I got there, I realized I needed to appreciate the relaxation and go with the West Coast flow. The energy was totally my style. I would pack up and move in a heartbeat. This trip was so inspiring. It was incredible to meet so many people just trying to make it in the entertainment industry! LA is motivational, man. Seeing so many people hustling and all the brilliant ideas and entrepreneurs thriving was out of this world. I came home so refreshed, recharged, and with a lil souvenir from Melrose Avenue.
I am so grateful for the incredible experiences I shared with my best friend on the West Coast. From the Rihanna car karaoke sessions, to sitting on Zuma beach tearing up listening to Malibu by Miley Cyrus, I will never forget these moments. I am also grateful my best friend pulled her phone out and snapped candids of me on my camera. I hope you enjoy these images as much as I enjoy reminiscing over this wild vacation! If you enjoy these story telling sessions, consider bringing me along on your next vacation! Live in the moment, and let me photograph your memories.
Exploring Santa Monica Pier – I never envisioned it to be so crowded. But talking to locals, the city crowd relaxes in Malibu and Santa Monica on weekends. Great live musicians lined the pier and entertained us with Aliyah covers.
Venice Beach – What a fun, eclectic vibe! Artists selling their ART- all art was art, whether it was a carefully curated display of garbage, or mixed media sugar skulls and Frida Kahlo portraits. The nightlife was even better- the skater boys came out to jam in the bars as Jodi and I danced to Wild Thoughts by Rihanna.
Every so often, I gotta take a break from my regular sessions and try something for myself. It has been so refreshing for me to push my introverted self out of my comfort zone and work for the exact photos I envisioned. Haley + Jared are a photog team based out of Mobile, AL. I was so excited they were up for adventuring with me through the coastal woods of Fort Pickens. I knew the way to get out of my own comfort zone was to strap on one of my prime lenses and make myself move around for the shots. The super intimate moments, I was basically sitting on top of them- haha! But look how cute and comfortable they are! It always takes a little bit of time to get comfortable in front of your photographer, which is why I love gifting my wedding couples with an engagement session. We get to know each other and by the end of it, magic like this happens.
Couples like this make me wish my fiancé would become a photographer so we could be the coolest husband and wife duo eva. They have the best style- low key matching but rocking that big city vibe. I’m a big city dreamer. If I could move to LA, I’d be there in a heart beat. So any time I get to work with people with that energy, it feels so great!
You can make any location feel trendy and cool. It’s all about the mood of the session paired with some great outfits. Through the planning process, I will share with you my favorite locations and how to make your ideas come to life. I love a good story-telling session- like Haley and Jared’s, you can almost follow along in their steps through the photos. Can’t you picture you and your babe walking through these woods, getting cozy and radiating romance <3 I’m so into it. Take a peek at their session and take me with you on your next adventure!
One thing I have always wanted to cross off my bucket list was creating an edgy, yet elegant El Matador Beach Elopement Inspiration photoshoot. When I found out my fiancé was gifting me with a plane ticket to see my best friend in my dream place, Malibu, CA, I knew I had to take advantage of the opportunity and create an incredible elopement styled session. Eloping is the trend at the moment, but it’s very near to my heart. When I was little, I never dreamed of a big wedding with a fairytale dress and a twenty tier cake. So when Kyler asked me to marry him (whoa still feels weird saying that sentence haha), we both knew that eloping was exactly what our adventurous hearts wanted for our wedding day. Providing inspiration for other brides considering eloping is so much fun!
I rented an Airbnb overlooking the Malibu cliffs (with NO A/C, which is pretty standard over there) and our incredible team began glamming up our bride and groom. Sophie with Sibyl Sophia Floral Design absolutely nailed the florals for this shoot- exactly what I dreamed of. My great friend Bridget with Darling Concepts created gorgeous calligraphy for our leather jacket wearing babe. Zena enhanced Kate’s gorgeous features and gave her elegant beach waves. Once we were ready, we headed to El Matador Beach. I teared up just stepping out of the car. My dream was coming true- reaching the Pacific Ocean, photographing an intimate elopement with my best friend next to me, and seeing all the ideas come together was so special. We scaled some steep overlooks to achieve these gorgeous images, and I could not be any more proud of my team. I really hope you enjoy this session and are inspired to let go of the planning and just elope! I’d love to join you on your adventure.
I love Pensacola Beach Couples Sessions. Hanging out with Mary and Jarred, this adorable musician duo who are also lovers, was so much fun! Their style and chemistry was infectious and really inspired me to photograph the fun moments as well as the romantic ones. As I’m writing this post I’m jamming to their cuddly covers on their YouTube channel. They are so incredibly talented and you should totally consider them to come jam for your first dance at your wedding reception.
You guys know I love movement, playful energy, and intimate moments. I don’t think any of my favorite images are of my couples actually looking at the camera together- haha. There’s just things that I think are more important to remember during a photo session; like forehead kisses, and the way he caresses your shoulder. It’s really cool to photograph moments that feel like movie scenes. I remember when I was younger dreaming of kisses with soundtracks playing in the background, so I have always chased that sort of feeling for my couples. Getting to create art from those meaningful moments is so rewarding for me as a photographer. Those close up moments that you witness every day, and keep mental images of, I get to photograph. That is so special to me and the reaction to those images is always incredible.
I hope you enjoy these shots from Mary + Jarred’s Pensacola Beach Couples Session. Lot’s of cuddles and beachy style ideas for your next session. If you and your love are feeling adventurous, let’s go explore some of my favorite locations along the beach! Roll around in the sand, get those toes wet, and jump in the water! I do have an underwater housing, so lets get wet at sunset for an epic Pensacola Beach Couples Session.
To ring in the New Year, I am sharing my favorite moments of 2017. This is an extremely condensed list, and browsing through all the incredible galleries I was able to witness reminded me I need to blog my favorites more! This year has been absolutely insane- in the best way possible. I left a job I was miserable at, to pursue my passion full time; I traveled to a few of my bucket list places- thanks to my fiancé for giving me the best birthday gift evaaaa and to Blink Conference for believing in my art and sending me to Seattle; I got engaged and had the greatest friend and mentor, Erika with Indie Pearl Photography photograph that moment; and so many more exciting things! I have said this to Erika before, and I will shout it from the rooftops- if she had not allowed me to shadow at one of her gorgeous clients’ weddings last fall, my passion would not have ignited so quickly. I will always be grateful for that opportunity and for how far it has brought me!
So here are a few of my favorite images! Going through my work from this year has given me a fresh perspective on how far I have come- from second shooting weddings with Pensacola’s finest togs, to coordinating and photographing my dream styled session off the coasts of El Matador Beach in Malibu (I promise, I will blog that one here soon!). What is so awesome, is that all of my clients- my now friends- are totally my style. You attract the energy you put out! I have photographed the most beautiful people- inside and out- and I cannot wait to photograph these wedding days that are totally my vibe: backyard, intimate, bohemian, with a wild party to celebrate! I cannot wait to see what the new year brings- and I cannot wait to share with you all these experiences!
By the way, tomorrow afternoon (after I wake up from partying off Palafox), I will be going live on Instagram to discuss a few things I have learned during my first year as a professional photographer. I am very excited to share my ideas and I hope this information will benefit aspiring photographers in our area. I will blog those bullet points in case you miss it!
So excited to share this Downtown Pensacola New Year’s Eve Wedding Inspiration with you all! Pensacola weddings are synonymous with beach vibes. Beach weddings this time of year are difficult to create, because our winter weather is all over the place. Thankfully, our city has the most gorgeous venues to host your Downtown Pensacola Wedding. Our city is full of the coolest history and architecture, I really wanted to showcase that by complimenting it with a delicate dress and wild veil. With the weird Pacific North West-type weather we were having in Pensacola, it completely changed the atmosphere and mood of this session. Which is totally cool, because wedding day weather can be unpredictable and it can inspire us in other ways that we originally imagined.
The inspiration I had for this shoot was subtle New Years Eve glam. I saw a random photo of a stranger standing by some Christmas lights, with iPhone flash aimed right at her and the bokeh from the lights making the shot magical. Somehow, that motivated me to break out my off camera flash and try a little night photography with the gorgeously lit trees off Palafox. So from that random image I saw on instagram, this wedding was born. I’m totally digging the accessories. You can tell from my images I live for minimal details so I can focus on the moment happening between my couples. Sure, the elopements I photograph happen overlooking cliffs or are surrounded by trendy buildings, but my favorite images are filled with tiny emotional details- like fingers intertwined or a gentle hand pulling you close. That’s all you, I just create art out of those intimate moments.
So I hope this New Year’s Eve Wedding Inspiration lights a fire to get your wedding planning into full swing in the New Year. I am in the same boat! Being a wedding photographer while planning a wedding has been incredible, but overwhelming. I’ve witnessed so many beautiful weddings, I just want to have a special day in so many places wearing different dresses haha. Same gorgeous man, though. We’ve pretty much decided we are going to elope just the two of us, in a country that means a lot to me, then honeymoon it up in a country that means a lot to my love, and come home and spend an incredible evening with our close family and friends- filled with meaningful details that we will treasure for many years to come.
Dress – Lulus
Headpiece – Forever21
Earrings – Badgley Mischka
Veil – Handmade by me
My name is Anneliese and I am a traveling wedding + elopement photographer located in Pensacola, Florida. Capturing romantic, intimate moments in locations as far as your love reaches. May I join you on your forever adventure?
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