Doe Eyed

Ellijay Georgia, Ellijay Georgia, Photography
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This sweet deer is all “doe eyed” as she poses beautifully and regally for the camera.

It is a warm day with a shining sun and soft breeze. I am just leaving a photo session where I have captured the interior and exterior of a beautiful cabin that is a rental property within Coosawattee River Resort in the North Georgia Mountains. Coming out of the steep gravel drive, and just at the edge of the heavily wooded property, we spot them- a small family of deer- one doe and two spotted fawn.

Deer, along with other wildlife such as wild turkey and bear, often frequent the spacious resort set along winding roads and within acres and acres of mountain and forest. Here, they are able to find retreat and respite from hunters within the beautiful gated community. It is certainly not the first time I have witnessed them driving through these curving hills, however, it is the first time while having my Nikon DSLR about me!

I roll down the window, take off the lens cap, aim, and SHOOT! Gorgeous!!! She stands stall, and poses perfectly, contrasting brilliantly, tan hide against thick emerald wood. While many images were handed over to the rental property (along with image rights), I was able to retain this one for myself to share with you all, and I could not be all that more pleased. I only wish that I had more captures to share. Perhaps again sometimes soon.

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Leslie📷❤️

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Jennifer| Photography Portrait Session in the Park

Clients, Ellijay Georgia, Ellijay Georgia, Families, Photography, Portraits, Sessions

Photography in the Park

"Leslie was AMAZING and we had so much fun! Superb!" - Jennifer Houle| Family Portrait Session, Ellijay Georgia

A sweltering Summer Day… Barely a breeze… Sun, shining from directly overhead, and not a cloud in the sky. Sounds like the makings for a great day at the park! But…not exactly the best conditions for an on-location photo shoot…

Without cloud cover, the radiating sun can too easily create harsh, blown-out highlights across subjects, and just as distracting shadows. The wrong pose, slightest tilt of the head in the wrong direction, shows on squinty-eyed, grimaced faces. And oppressive, humid temperatures can quickly cause even the most entusiastic of clients to drag their feet and rush through a session.

Not the case with this bunch…

Family and Fun!!!

It’s a great experience when photographer and client can meet cohesively together with ideas and excitement for a successful session. It is important that all can easily communicate and transition from pose to pose, idea to idea, and work together. Parks are a place for playfulness, and that playful energy was definitely brought along and welcomed. And likewise, an effortless back and forth of dialogue to create beautifully stunning images.

Jennifer | Photography Portrait Session| Ellijay, GA

Jennifer | Photography Portrait Session| Ellijay, GA

Jennifer | Photography Portrait Session| Ellijay, GA

A group of five females, I worked together with them to capture both individual, and group images. Especially important when highlighting teenagers and children in a portrait (or anyone in general, really), is directing them in a gentle way to find and bring out a bit of their unique personalities, and the ability to translate that into the camera. Even better is when client(s) has a contagiously lighthearted attitude, and “out-take” images are purposely created to keep things fun and interesting; it creates a rare session dynamic that keeps it moving forward, full of smiles and inspiration.

Working Against the Elements

Jennifer | Photography Portrait Session| Ellijay, GA

One of the things that I find myself and the client enjoying most about on-location park sessions, is that it allows for us to move from spot to spot during the course of the photography, creating a wide variety of poses, natural props, and backgrounds. Even the most unfortunate of circumstances can often provide opportunity for beauty, fun, and creativity. Direct, overhead, harsh natural light, for example, may call for images to be taken closer to the cover of bushes and trees, where branches and leaves create a natural filter. When the light cannot be avoided, there are times when a simple soft, peachy preset can be applied post-processing, resulting in an airy feminine portrait that borders on ethereal.

Thank You!

Thank you, Jennifer, and your delightful crew, for the awesome session! It was such a FUN experience, and that was due in large part, all to you! There were so many favorites from this session, I’m not sure where to begin! I’m so glad I was able to provide you with so many more than we expected, and I hope it provided you with great memories and gifts to pass along. I look forward to working with you again!

~Leslie Byrd Photography 📷❤️

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These images were captured and edited by Leslie Byrd Photography,
taken with a Nikon D3100 DSLR Camera.
©2016 Leslie Byrd Photography
They are the  sole property of Leslie Byrd, Leslie Byrd Creative, & Leslie Byrd Photography,
& may not be copied, altered, reproduced, or printed without the sole written consent of Leslie Byrd Photography.
They may only be shared directly from this page, and other pages where this link appears, with credit given to Leslie Byrd Photography.
Thank you!

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Forever Youngs| Wedding Photography

Clients, Ellijay Georgia, Love, Photography, Portraits, Sessions, Special, Weddings

The Perfect Setting

Young (4)I LOVE shooting small, intimate weddings, and I was recently blessed in offering to do so for a couple at a private ceremony, located at a cabin tucked within the winding roads of Coosawattee. The air was cool and crisp; sunlight streamed down through tree branches; water glistened and rippled beautifully in the property’s small lake. It was a beautiful day on May 4th, 2016 as the closest of friends and family came together in support of American Legion Georgia Post 82 Commander Dennis Young, and his bride, Marjorie Williams.

A Walk to Remember

Young Wedding| Wedding Photography | Leslie Byrd Photography, Ellijay, GeorgiaAdorned in a creamy white sleeveless knee length dress, Marjorie walked down stone driveway and wooden steps, arm-in-arm with the Best Man. Friend Jim Brackin sang a romantic tune as the bride, beaming, descended down to the dock to meet her groom. Upon reaching him, hands embraced, eyes locked, mouths turned upwards into smiles, and as the melody carried on and came to a close, Marjorie danced, twirling lightly and playfully away from Dennis and then back again.

 

“I Do”

Young (56)Is it just me, or is there something about personalized vows that are just amazing? Even though this couple kept theirs’ simple and sweet, the joy and sentiment between the two could definitely be felt by all present. Vows given, rings exchanged (despite a very minor mishap where one of the rings had to be retrieved from the cabin), couple announced husband and wife, and the kiss…

The kiss…

Smiling faces, pats on the back, and felicitations… There were champagne toasts, cutting of the cake, and a bit unusual of a bouquet toss.

I am so happy to have been able to assist them in capturing these memories they made on this beautiful occasion, and in giving these newlyweds the opportunity to share their love with those they hold close in their hearts through my photography.

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An Excerpt From the Pages of Dennis’ & Marjorie’s Layflat Photobook

Thank you

Thank you, Marjorie & Dennis, for allowing me to document this special day for you! I wish you two the absolute best for your years together, and I hope they are plentiful and exceptionally blessed! Congratulations!

~Leslie Byrd Photography 📷❤️

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These images were captured and edited by Leslie Byrd Photography,
taken with a Nikon D3100 DSLR Camera.
©2016 Leslie Byrd Photography
They are the  sole property of Leslie Byrd, Leslie Byrd Creative, & Leslie Byrd Photography, & may not be copied, altered, reproduced, or printed without the sole written consent of Leslie Byrd Photography. They may only be shared directly from this page, and other pages where this link appears, with credit given to Leslie Byrd Photography. Thank you!

Sharing is Caring. Leslie Byrd Photography Located in Ellijay Georgia