It’s character that shapes a nation. The times gone by, the sweat and perseverance are its building blocks. It’s the success and failure over time; the cursing and blessing. I’m about to embark on a road trip out west to see some of God’s landmarks and some of man’s. It’s the old and worn, the footprints of those that did walk and still do walk there that I seek. I’ll find stories, solace and my roots. I couldn’t be more excited!
It takes some couples 10, 20 or even 45 minutes to warm up in front of a camera. Not Amanda and Andy. They were natural and adorable from the start. Maybe it was the mid 70 degree March air temperatures. Or it could have been Amanda’s cute little fluffy sidekick “Hamilton” who if he just happened to jump in my Xterra I might “happen” to drive away with him:) Whatever it was, this couple is meant for each other. Amanda has been a great bride to work with, always keeping in contact and asking any question she might have. Sh’e one of those gals you’d meet and feel like you’ve known forever. I’m so glad we got a chance to come out and have the engagement session on a beautiful spring day. I’m looking forward to their wedding in September at the Ashley Inn!
If I could have anyone else’s hair it’d be Lindsay’s. It’s so shiny, smooth and the colors are the most delicately woven shades of umbers and reds. There’s no wonder why she’s a great hair stylist in Lexington. It’s even less of a wonder why Nate loves such a dazzling woman. What a lovely couple. From the muted blues in his shirt, down to the turquoise in her cowboy boots, Lindsay and Nate just go together. I went the rolling green hills of Richmond for their engagement shoot. Lindsay is getting married on a hill top on her family’s farm. She’ll walk down the aisle to her handsome groom (Nate) surrounded by the grassy green hills in the distance. I forgot how beautiful it was. It didn’t help that this winter/ spring has been uncharacteristically warm. All the spring flowers were out and Lindsay wanted to make sure she got her photographs with her favorite flower, the buttercup. Some call them daffodils. Southern gals call the buttercups. We took photos all around the quiet countryside ending at a little white country church. What a warm, glorious evening in the country.
Its here. The season for family, friends, love, drama, calla lilies, the Electric Slide, tears, bells, ribbon, cake…all the ingredients mixed together to form a wedding. It’s wedding season at Danelle Alexis Photography. March 10 marked the opening day in Louisville. This year will be a busy year for the studio. So many beautiful brides, handsome grooms and their families to photograph. I couldn’t be more honored to share in such a milestone in one’s life. I am indeed blessed. I’ll be posting more of Rachel and Chris’ wedding soon.
My therapist weighs over a thousand pounds. I actually see several different therapists. They’re all furry, walk on four legs and prefer peppermints to chocolate or Doritos. However if push came to shove, I bet they’d do some damage to a bag of Cool Ranch. Once a week, I make my way to the barn in my neighborhood and saddle up a horse. Or the pony- don’t be fooled though! Clipper is horse-sized and unless you can post like a pro, he’ll leave you with such a case of saddle sore you’ll be begging for a donut cushion! One look in those cinnamon brown pony eyes and you’ll forget all about it though:) In fact spending time learning to ride and about these great creatures changes a person. To hear the swish of the tail, to smell the scent of their sweat, or to feel the warm velvet softness of their noses on your fingertips takes you away from all that troubles you for a bit. Somehow time with an equine is like a mini-vacation. If you’ve never tried horse back riding or tried and had a bad experience, now’s the time to blaze a new trail or conquer a fear. Instead of spare time watching TV or movies, why not try something new? You may become the next John Wayne. Or you might just discover something about yourself you never knew. You’ll be different. Promise. Send me an email if you’d like to know a great place to ride. firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll refer you to a great teacher.
I know…I couldn’t resist this little face either! I had goats for 4-H projects when I was younger so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go make friends with some new babies next door to my studio. I had about an hour before a meeting with a couple about their May 2013 wedding. My plan was to go next door, take a few shots and get back 15 minutes early- enough time to change, rid myself of goat smell and look presentable. When I stepped into the goat pen the 4 week old triplets ran over and began jumping up on my legs like dogs. Sooo cute but sooo muddy. I didn’t realize I’d be covered in mud and goat poo from this. It’s a great thing I keep a spare pair of jeans in my Xterra in case I find somewhere to go hiking and need to change. I watched the little guys bounce and climb everywhere! So agile…no wonder they can easily live high in the mountains. Before I knew it I needed to get back. Of course getting away from the farmer is easier said than done. There’s always a zillion stories I’ve not heard yet. I made it out, pulled in the studio drive 15 minutes early and there sat the couple waiting for me already! It was too late to try and do anything about my mess-of-self. I explained myself and the dark streaks and spots on my jeans as we walked into the studio. They were so understanding even though they aren’t country folks. The couple I met with last week came earlier than I expected too. I came straight from horseback riding. I was covered in dirt (it’s been raining a lot here) and horse hair, my own hair afuzz from my helmet. Oh Dani…<shakes> head. It’s no reflection on my professionalism at an event. I’m always early, never miss a beat. It just goes to show I’m well-rounded, God likes to keep me on my toes and I should always be ready 1/2 hour before appointments!
I first met Dave at a bridal show last summer. He was helping his sister, Diane, with her catering company, Type A Catering. I don’t think he was even engaged at that point. I met Jessica a couple months later at a different show as she was looking for wedding vendors with Diane. It is a small world. Our first session got snowed/ frozen out. When the day came for the make-up session it was starting to sprinkle as I waited for Jess and Dave to arrive. Luckily it was just a tease. They decided to bear the sprinkles and I didn’t see the harm in a few drops of wet on my gear. This was my first engagement session of 2012, on a 55 degree day in February! I can’t believe it either. No complaints here!