Tips for Planning Your Wedding

This is more like a photographer's wish list. It's a list of things you can do to ensure that you get the best images possible. And a few side tips too!

A Variety Pack

Black and White, Color, or a vintage feel. We love to give you lots of options when we edit each photo.

All The Details

Every little detail, every side story...we capture it all. We shoot all of our weddings as though it was our own.

All the Emotions

I love those moments where everyone lets there walls down and they just allow themselves to fall into that exact moment. It's the emotional part of the story.

Images by the Thousands

We get asked all the time...How many pictures do you take? The answer...on average we take 2000-5000 images

Husband and Wife Team

We first fell in love with photography. Then many years later we fell in love with each other. We combined our passions and found a way to spend more time together. An innovative photography company prevailed.

Eddie's Blog

Eddie has his own blog too. It's another perspective on our photography adventures. You can find his blog at lyfephotography.blogspot.com.

Amber + Sean...Love + Baseball

Posted by Amy Kirkpatrick On Thursday, July 29, 2010 1 comments
Love really is unique. So far I have yet to meet a couple who is similar to another. A love story that has the same exciting air as another. Or an interaction between lovers that has been photographed before. Amber + Sean were no exception. They are two people who have a love for baseball, tattoos and having a seriously good laugh. They play off each other like best friends should and kid around like to kids on the playground. I love their freshness or....childlike excitement for anything that we threw at them. And then they would take our ideas and take it a step farther. At one point I had told Sean that he was free to improvise as he wished. We were going to be focusing on Amber so he was free to show off or relax in the background however he wished. We got a plethora of poses, jumps, and strange faces that we never could have coached. It was so fun to be caught up in their playful and definitely unique love. They made our job easy.
We will be photographing their wedding in a few weeks and I just can't wait to see how they will choose to exchange their vows.

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This is the image that Eddie caught while....

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I caught this image. Working as a team!

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Audrey + James...Tolerance Became Love

Posted by Amy Kirkpatrick On Wednesday, July 28, 2010 0 comments
I jumped out of our car, kissed little Lucy on the head and said a bunch of things to her that I wouldn't never want anyone to hear. I grabbed one large duffle bag, large backpack, camera bag, laptop bag, and another suit case and wrapped them around me in all sorts of ways. I felt as if everyone was looking at us as if we were circus clowns. That is how we travel. Like pack mules.
We were on a plane to meet Audrey + James who live in a small, quaint little town in southern Illinois. They were getting married close to Eddie's home town...which gave us an excuse to see the family and a few Cubs games.
Audrey + James are this adorable couple who compliment each other like PB & J. She is this adorable creature who makes these cute faces with every emotion she feels and he just looks at her with this proud look on his face. It's so cute to watch. It's amazing to think that years ago when they first met they couldn't stand each other. Seriously. Never heard anything like it. Though they were both car finatics, they just couldn't find a common ground that they both wanted to stand on. So as time went by they crossed paths after a long hard break and things were a little different. He was a lot more tolerable and a lot cuter and she was a bit more tame. Things worked out. 6 years later they were getting married and couldn't take their eyes off each other.

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Audrey + James were married St. Joseph Catholic Church and a reception at Williamson County Pavilion.

St. Joseph Catholic Church
600 N Russell St
Marion, IL 62959
618-993-3194

Williamson County Pavilion
1602 Sioux Dr.
Marion, IL 62959
618-993-2657

Craziness of All Craziness!

Posted by Amy Kirkpatrick On Tuesday, July 27, 2010 0 comments
So we just recovered from a big weekend. Actually scratch that....it was a HUGE weekend. I knew the weekend was coming and as usual I tucked it into the back of my mind to dwell on later. I don't like to worry about things, stress too much or panic about things that I can't control. So this weekend came up on me sort of fast. I always worry about these kinds of weekends because I wonder if I can manage it. Not even manage as much as be my very best through out it all. I just hoped that I had all the creativity on the 3rd day that I had on the 1st.
Here's how our weekend rolled...
Natasha + Kyle's wedding...14 hours. Natasha + Kyle got married at DeLille Cellars which has a french chateau that set the theme for the night. We shot by the ponds, tasted some of the most amazing food and captured people being absolutely hilarious on the dance floor. The wedding was beautiful and Natasha was this petite, gorgeous vision that made everything so naturally beautiful. The evening was so magical and I felt so blessed to be there.
Tanesha + Donte's wedding...They had us for 12 hours. From the moment I took the first picture I was surrounded by Tanesha + Donte's family...friends too, but they were pretty much family so I include them as one. Tanesha had 16 gals in her side of the bridal party!!!! And everyone had huge personalities to boot. At every wedding I have a few people that I keep an eye on. They are the ones that get things fired up. At this wedding it was like a kid in a candy store. Everyone was willing to get things started. It was so fun to just mingle & capture the laughs that were everywhere. Their family were so inviting and loving that I felt like they were my family too.

As we approached our 3 engagement sessions on Sunday I was worried that I would be too tired to still have new ideas. BUT, instead we had 3 amazing sessions with 3 couples who seriously knew how to work it. They made the shoots so easy. I would tell them my idea...you know what I was invisioning and they would just do it and completely make it their own. It was amazing! Thank you to Nikki, Christian, Jocelyn, Mike, Danielle, & Brian for being so incredible to photograph.

This weekend was rough, but I have never felt so blessed in what I do as I felt this weekend. We had 2 amazing weddings, 3 incredible couples to work with and we were busy during a bad economy. God has blessed us and I praise Him for everything we have.

Here is a quick shot of an engagement session we are working on.

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Krisha + Troy...Like Johnny & June

Posted by Amy Kirkpatrick On Thursday, July 22, 2010 0 comments
Krisha is the woman that every girl wants to be and every man wishes they could have. Krisha is a model who vacuums in her high heels, wears an apron when she cooks, keeps the house maticulous and is completely laid back. She is the kind of woman who has the class of a Joan Cleaver and the sexiness of ...well...a model.
Troy is this super sweet, charming guy who has a HUGE heart. And as he stands there with this gorgeous gal on his arm you can tell that he is so happy to be with Krisha. I bet he could make a list of "A Thousand Things I Love About Krisha" in a matter of minutes and it shows. He knows what he has and it shows all over his face. Lucky for Krisha she has an equally special guy who is her perfect fit. He worries about her needs so she doesn't have to and is the perfect foundation for her and it shows.
I was super nervous going into this photo shoot because well...Krisha has professional photographers around her ALL the time. Will she think my ways of doing things are stupid? Will she hate how I pose her? Will she hate my ideas? Then she told me that Troy hated his picture taken. Seriously, I was panicked. Luckily, the photo shoot went great. Krisha turned out to be super laid back and easy to work with. Troy smiled like a champ and I could never even tell that he hated pictures. Eddie and I left as though we were long time friends and I was so thankful for that.

This blog is a little late so we already shot their wedding. I will be posting those pics as soon as I post ALL the other weddings we finished first.

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