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Family Photography Session At Rope Mill Park - Worthington Family

The days are long, but the years are short. When you're a parent, it feels like time slips through your fingers. Those sweet little babies are teenagers before you know it. They no longer fit i...
The days are long, but the years are short.

When you're a parent, it feels like time slips through your fingers. Those sweet little babies are teenagers before you know it. They no longer fit in your lap and the snuggles are few and far between. The teens, they can be stingy with their smiles because they need to be cool.

But these kids. They can be cracked. Squeeze them close and talk about unexpected things and their faces light up and photographs can be made of the ones you love so much. Who fill your life with goodness and laughter. And who may or may not make you question this whole parenting gig. Are you doing it right? Who will they be when they grow up? Where did they learn that? That must come from their Dad's genes. ;)

I have known these guys for years. Tabitha is the lovely soul who helped me learn there are other modes outside of the automatic setting on a camera. She has been my second shooter on wedding days. And a source for sanity, levity, and reason as we've made our way further into this parenting journey as married people. I adore her. And her guys. They're all evolving. But underneath the tough teenage exterior, there is still a boy with a sweet, sheepish grin. And another younger one with a giggle I love.

These people are my people. I love watching them grow. They change, for the better. For the taller. For the more thoughtful.

I love watching who they are becoming. All of them.

They're all evolving.
 
Pre-teen boy sitting in woods with elbows on knees
 
Two boys standing in the shadows with streaks of sunshine.
 
Family of four with two boys standing in front of graffiti wall
 
Two boys standing between wood beams
 
A family of four standing in the sunshine along a creek with a train trestle in the background
 
A teenage boy standing with a walking stick in the woods with fall leaves
 
Family of four with two teenage boys standing together in the woods
 
Wide angle brenizer image with family of four standing in woods with fall leaves

These boys. They were constantly taking off and running.
Teenage boy running off through fall leaves in the woods
 
Two boys running off on a trail in the woods
 
Two boys climbing trail up next to trestle into blue sky
 
Family of four standing together in dry creek bed with sun shining down
 
Two boys sitting in woods with wind blowing their hair

If you want to make photographs with your favorite people before they grow and change anymore, so you have memories of the now, contact Kelley at Pear Tree Photography Atlanta to start a conversation.

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Family Photography Session In Piedmont Park - H Family

The H family is awesome. I've seen them before at past Covenant House Georgia events. At this past Night of Broadway Stars event at the Buckhead Theatre, I donated a family session to the live auc...
The H family is awesome. I've seen them before at past Covenant House Georgia events. At this past Night of Broadway Stars event at the Buckhead Theatre, I donated a family session to the live auction and the H family won it. I was thrilled to work with them! Prior to their session, we talked about different locations including Kennesaw Mountain. But Piedmont Park won out with Atlanta skyline views, grassy areas, and the lovely gazebo at Lake Clara Meer.

This family has BIG hearts. For helping people. For living life. They travel a ton, love their sweet puppy, and seem to make a difference wherever they go with their positivity. In short. I adore them.
 
Family in Lake Clara Meer gazebo at Piedmont Park
 
Couple holding hands and laughing inside a gazebo
 
Family of three standing on old brick bridge in Piedmont Park and smiling

If you would love to be photographed in Piedmont Park with your family, contact Kelley at Pear Tree Photography Atlanta to ask about available dates.

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Macon Wedding And Urban Tree Cidery Reception In Atlanta - Todd + Gara

Planning a wedding is a huge undertaking. Especially if you're doing it yourself and not hiring a wedding planner. There are so many details to tend to so nothing falls through the cracks. And it&...
Planning a wedding is a huge undertaking. Especially if you're doing it yourself and not hiring a wedding planner. There are so many details to tend to so nothing falls through the cracks. And it's an even larger undertaking if you're planning two receptions that are over ninety miles apart in the same day. Arranging for transportation, ensuring there is enough time between hair and make-up in Atlanta at Salon Kru and the bus ride to the ceremony in Macon in the morning, time to enjoy family and the reception in Macon before heading back to Atlanta, and then time for a stop to pick up/drop off people and bustle a wedding dress before arriving at Urban Tree Cidery for the second reception. It's a lot.

Gara is a Pennsylvania girl and needed to include a Pittsburgh tradition in their wedding day. Instead of a wedding cake, there was a cookie table. Her mom made from scratch over 3500 cookies and shipped them all to Atlanta from Pittsburgh. This was also a logistical undertaking.

Todd has been a friend of mine since we worked together beginning in 1999 until 2011. We've stayed in touch on facebook since then. Todd is the brother I always wished I had. His laughter fills a room while he'll hug you tight and pinch your cheek. His enthusiasm for life is all in. To be hired by a friend to document one of the most important days in his life was an honor and a pleasure. In the months leading up to Todd + Gara's wedding day, I found myself thinking about his wedding day and tearing up while covering my face with a stupid grin. I could not be any happier for my friend to have found such a lovely woman to marry and call his wife. Gara is equally enthusiastic for time spent with those she loves and enjoys, albeit somewhat less fierce in showing it without cheek pinching.

When I asked these two what they wanted to see in their wedding photographs, Gara told me happiness. And Todd told me he wanted to see more than just his teeth. A legit request when you've grown up being photographed by people or cameras who struggled with dark skin. Which then morphed into phone calls telling, "Wenzel, get me results. I need results, Baby!" When I returned Todd and Gara's wedding day to them, there might have been some fist pumping and "THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT, BABY!" followed by a hug where I couldn't breathe and a fierce cheek pinch.

With hundreds of people being included in this day of celebration for a new marriage, Todd + Gara wanted as many faces captured as possible and requested a second shooter with me. I was happy to have Tammy with me throughout the day to document all the moments, sneak off and get cookie table shots during formal portraits, and continuously find alternate and simultaneous stories to tell that truly expanded the number of images Todd + Gara received.
 
Bride surrounded by mom, sister, and hair stylist at Salon Kru
 
Bride laughing inside Salon Kru
 
I-75 sign to Macon in downtown Atlanta
 
Baby squealing out a party bus window
 
Bride, family, and friends inside a party bus to Macon

This was the closest the party bus could get to Todd's Mom's house for Gara to get dressed before the wedding ceremony. Rural highways don't have much for shoulders.
Bride walking away from bus on rural highway
 
Bride waving down a ride along a rural highway
 
Wedding dress hanging in a doorway
 
Bride's mother gasping at wedding dress being worn for first time
 
Bride hugging her mom after putting on wedding dress
 
Bride walking out with male attendant
 
Groom walking out to altar in Macon church
 
Groom's mom being escorted down wedding aisle
 
Groom's mom and aunt in first pew
 
Flower girl walking and ring bearer being carried down church aisle
 
Ring bearer and flower girl waiting for wedding to begin
 
Bride being escorted down wedding aisle by her emotional mom
 
Bride and groom laughing at altar while holding hands

It's hard to light the unity candle when you've accidentally blown out your flames, so you just fake the lighting and laugh.
Bride and groom lighting the unity candle after blowing out their flames
 
Smiling little girl stretching tall to see wedding ceremony over the heads in front of her
 
Family and friends clapping over marriage in church
 
Bride and groom happily walking down aisle together after wedding
 
Groom's mom and aunt celebrating on party bus with wedding party
 
Bride and groom toasting on party bus with wedding party
 
Driving into downtown Atlanta on I-75

Not every bride is so lucky to have a dear friend and male attendant on her wedding day who can also bustle up her wedding dress.
Male attendant bustling wedding dress
 
Bride's sister toasting bride + groom at Urban Tree Cidery
 
Groom's best man toasting wedding couple
 
Woman laughing hard while dancing at Urban Tree Cidery wedding reception
 
Woman singing and dancing at Urban Tree Cidery wedding reception
 
Wedding guests dancing under DJ lights at Urban Tree Cidery wedding reception
 
Urban Tree Cidery wedding reception with tent filled with guests
 
Man and woman singing at the top of their lungs inside Urban Tree Cidery wedding reception
 
Bride laughing on dance floor inside Urban Tree Cidery wedding reception
 
Bride and friends raising a glass on Urban Tree Cidery wedding reception dance floor
 
Candles on table inside Urban Tree Cidery

Todd and Gara.
I could not have been more honored or humbled to photograph your wedding day.
I could not be any happier for you two to become married people and build a lifetime of adventures, happiness, and memories together.

Thank you for asking me to be part of of your wedding day. To trust me with documenting all the special moments for you.
For filling an entire day with bus loads of people. Wonderful people. Who share in your love for life and each other.

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Professional Headshots In Downtown Alpharetta, GA - Katherine M

You may or may not believe this. Most people who stand in front of my camera for headshots don't want to be there. And that's ok. I don't take it personally. I know what it feels like t...
You may or may not believe this. Most people who stand in front of my camera for headshots don't want to be there.

And that's ok. I don't take it personally. I know what it feels like to be petrified and walking in front of someone else's lens. It's a vulnerable spot to place yourself.

But inevitably, work asks for an updated headshot. And you can't drag your feet any longer.

When Katherine contacted me, she knew that she needed a new headshot to use for her speaking engagements. She needed professional headshots to represent herself, but they didn't need to be as formal as for most professionals in the banking industry. Which meant we could skip the plain backdrop and studio lighting. We talked about different outdoor locations and decided on downtown Alpharetta. Katherine brought along multiple shirts and sweaters and changed three times throughout her session. Near the start, we chatted with a local police officer making his rounds to ensure no one was over staying their parking limits of two hours and whether or not we'd be staying too long. He was friendly and it made me thankful that our local police are approachable and caring.

It was an easy-going morning together as we walked around downtown Alpharetta and then sat quietly talking inside Mugs on Milton as the images loaded. We talked about work, marriage, pets, public speaking, upcoming vacations, and pets on instagram. Her little diva pooch is a rising star after being seen in an image with Tito's Vodka. Once the images were loaded and ready for viewing, Katherine moved through them quickly narrowing down different looks and expressions she liked.

Once she decided on the images she wanted to purchase, I finished the edits while she watched to ensure professional headshots were the end result. While I can whiten teeth, removal blemishes, and add a little kindness under the eyes...my goal is to always authentically represent my clients. If a headshot is heavily edited and appears to be photoshopped, then it's too much and brings your credibility into question. People want to work with honest and trustworthy individuals. Having a current and professional headshot helps build that foundation of trust.

Below are the other headshots Katherine purchased and can now use to represent herself online and in print for upcoming speaking engagements.
Katherine's professional headshot in a pink blazer
 
Blonde woman in white and blue blouse standing in front of red bricks in downtown Alpharetta
 
Blonde woman in white and blue blouse posing in front of a red brick wall
 
Blonde woman in blue v-neck sweater leaning against red bricks

Thank you, Katherine! For trusting me with updating your professional headshots and online branding. It was a pleasure working with you!

If you'd like to update your headshot, contact Kelley at Pear Tree Photography Atlanta. It will be easier than you expect!

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Couples Photography Session In Atlanta, GA - Patrice + Tish

When Patrice contacted me about a couples photography session for her girlfriend Tish, she knew she wanted the photographs to be made around Atlanta. And she knew she wanted them to look like they jus...
When Patrice contacted me about a couples photography session for her girlfriend Tish, she knew she wanted the photographs to be made around Atlanta. And she knew she wanted them to look like they just happened to be in post card scenes. So we planned multiple spots around Atlanta, from gardens downtown to the rainbow crosswalks on 10th Street to the Jackson Street Bridge (in a torrential rainstorm!) to the 33rd floor of the Hilton downtown with a skyline view.

These two ladies were kind, thoughtful, witty, and fun. They were opposites, yet similar. When I asked them what they each enjoy most about the other, they both answered, "She balances me out." Patrice is exuberant and gregarious. Tish is reserved and soft spoken. They clearly enjoy each other's company and spirit. Patrice had outfits planned for each location we visited and the rain that was on the forecast stayed away until we got to the Jackson Street Bridge with the Atlanta skyline behind them. Then the skies opened up and it poured. We headed back to their hotel room at the top of the Hilton to celebrate Tish's birthday with candles in a cupcake, wine, a pillow fight, and snuggling.

It was a lovely afternoon and evening together as I got to know these two ladies who are fairly new to Atlanta. While they now have many images from our time together that celebrates their relationship on a canvas and in a book, these two are private and asked I not publicly share images where they are identifiable. Which is totally fine. I am happy to be respectful and honor the privacy of those within the LGBT community. And I'm beyond thrilled that they gave permission to share even these few images.
 
Black lesbians holding hands.
 
Two black women holding hands while walking over a suspension bridge in the forest.
 
Two black women holding hands next to a pond.
 
Two black women holding hands and walking through a garden while the sun sets.
 
Feet intertwined between two black women laying on a bed together
 
Two women embracing at night with Atlanta skyline in background.

Thank you, Patrice + Tish! I love our time together and I'm thrilled you LOVED your images! I'm looking forward to celebrating more birthdays with you ladies!!


If you’re interested in making images of the love you share with your special someone, contact Kelley now to discuss the photographs you wish you had in your home!

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