i dont usually write much on posts these days, but theres so much to say here.

everyone should be so lucky to get married barefoot in their backyard. and to have every family member and close friend over to your house first thing in the morning, pitching in and putting together centerpieces and cooking….filling the home with beautiful smells….and laughter….

every couple should love each other with as much raw passion and severity as maggie and zach love each other.

every photographer should be lucky enough to have these two as clients. to have their families take care of you, cry when you arrive out of sheer thankfulness, feed you gourmet cheeses and fruits that they’re serving their own family, and send you away with a basket full of leftover foods, cake, and wine.

every reception should begin with a dave matthews song. particularly, ants marching. and in a perfect world, everyone from grandmothers to teenagers would know all the words and would dance around like crazy because of course, dave matthews band is a perfect band to dance to. and this is just what happened.

and i am so lucky to have my maggie. that girl….she just makes me cry. at one point in the reception i was peeking over her shoulder as she was dj’ing from her macbook…and i saw a song, “here it goes” by jimmy eat world….one of my all time favorite songs from one of my all time favorite bands. i say, “hey! i love that song!”. she turns around and says….”its on here for you!”

you see, a few YEARS ago…literally, years…on this blog…i mentioned during a post that i hoped one day, one of my bride and grooms would play that song at their reception. because i would for sure get down to it.

she remembered.

maggie and zach, you and your family and friends were a very real, very true blessing to US on your wedding day.  we’d drive thru the night again, anytime, for you guys. we love you.

i tried to keep this post from going out of control, but i simply gave up. it tells the story. enjoy.



  • April 18, 2011 - 11:45 am

    Mary Catherine Register - OH. MY. GOSH. I am literally speechless!!!! Thank you so much, Rebecca & Ben, for capturing such an amazing day. You are true artists. Love!

  • April 18, 2011 - 11:59 am

    daisy - what an amazing wedding so beautifully captured.

  • April 18, 2011 - 12:42 pm

    shannon - Bekah and Ben…oh Bekah and Ben. I don’t even know where to start. By the time I got to the picture of Maggie with the tear running down her check, I lost it. To not be there or even know the couple, but to feel that much emotion just through the pictures, embodies the job of a wedding photographer. You two have captured this couple perfectly and effortlessly. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful event.

  • April 18, 2011 - 12:47 pm

    courtney ortiz - Beka, it’s gorgeous. THank you for starting off my Monday!

  • April 18, 2011 - 1:34 pm

    Rebekah - thank you daisy! so fun to find you in my comments:)

  • April 18, 2011 - 1:34 pm

    Rebekah - wow shannon thanks for making my monday:)

  • April 18, 2011 - 1:35 pm

    Rebekah - court thank you! will miss you at sofly tonight!

  • April 18, 2011 - 3:13 pm

    katie perdue - oh my goodness, so much emotion. this is so beautiful and i just love all of the moments you both captured. WOW!

  • April 18, 2011 - 4:52 pm

    Jennifer Drury - Bekah, these are amazing! Your words and your pictures capture Zach and Maggie perfectly – you can see why we all love them so much! True beauty.

  • April 18, 2011 - 7:52 pm

    Jess-The SemiAbnormal Gal - I was smitten with the e-shoot you did of these two, but now I am totally in love! What a beautiful couple. You and Ben did an amazing job of capturing their perfect day.

    PS. I’m sorry I didn’t get to talk with you more at J&J’s wedding. I got all shy and awkward….silly, I know. :)

  • April 18, 2011 - 9:09 pm

    Jenna Kern - Lovely, lovely, lovely. The bridal portraits are to.die.for.gorgeous. But, of course, I love the dance pictures. Awesome post.

  • April 19, 2011 - 1:14 pm

    Kristen - obsessed. looking through these pictures, i truly felt like i was there. what a beautiful, intimate wedding and what an amazing job you both did at capturing that :)

  • April 19, 2011 - 8:55 pm

    Cathy Snapp - You TWO are amazing artists and beautiful souls. You have captured such an eternal moment and allowed us all to relive it over and over and over again. I have NEVER seen more beautiful wedding photos in my life. I told you the morning of the wedding what a gift it was to have photographers with “eyes to see”, I truly had no idea how much you do ‘see’. We are so blessed by your work and your clear and obvious love. Deep bow of my heart to yours…….THANK YOU!

Before we get into the super fun shoot that is below, I asked emily & scott if they would let me interview them about their engagement session. it was an awesome, relaxed, amazing time of interaction and i wanted future bride and grooms to be able to see just what goes into planning one of these sessions, and how to get into the mindset of simply relaxing while being photographed. so thanks to emily & scott for humoring me, and please dont forget to enjoy their images after the interview….

what was the most important thing to you about your engagement pictures? that they reflected who we are while conveying the love we have for each other in a natural way.

did you have a vision for the shoot? honestly we didn’t have a vision until rebekah prompted us by asking our favorite past times.  we love to cook, hang out at the beach, and go to shows at the theater.  just by thinking of our favorite everyday activities, it was easy to develop a vision for the shoot.

how did you choose your locations? we knew we needed a kitchen for the cooking scene, so we used my (Emily’s) house.  being there made the shoot more relaxed and comfortable.  throughout our relationship we have always enjoyed going to the beach, and have many memories there.  so, of course we wanted to incorporate this.  lastly, getting all dressed up and going to see a show at the kravis is one of our favorite date nights, so this was a perfect way to end our shoot.

talk a little bit about the planning; how did you decide on outfits and props and activities? after developing a vision we tried to think of what styles of clothing and items would look best photographed.  as for our outfits and props, one of our friends came alongside to shop for clothes and items that went along with our activities.  we really payed attention to detail when choosing the props, making sure they were things we were actually going to use (ie fresh produce, bright colored dishes, skateboard, etc.).  having an outside person’s opinion, and someone who has a knack for style at that, was extremely beneficial.  we chose vibrant colors for the kitchen scene, neutrals for the beach, and more of a formal look for the theater.  we did not try and do the “matchy-matchy” thing, but rather thought more simplistically when choosing our attire.  although well-thought out, we made sure we were comfortable in our clothes.  we wanted it to just be “us”, to just be REAL.

mentally, how did you prepare yourself to be photographed? knowing rebekah and ben personally, we were confident that the shoot was going to go well.:)  so as far as our part, we just remained relaxed, ready to have a fun day.  to ease any unforeseen anxiety, we mapped out our time line and locations with rebekah before hand.  we had an allotted time for each, and knew when and where we needed to be ahead of time. (which btw is unusual for us bc we are only ever on-time to work and church lol)

physically, how did you prepare? we both got hair cuts before.  nothing out of the ordinary, just our normal everyday look. i (emily) got a manicure and pedicure with a fun bright color on my toes:)  i did my make-up the same way i always do, nothing over the top, just natural.  also, we each made sure we were well-rested!

how important was it to you that the shoot reflect how you truly feel, how you truly ARE as a couple? it was EXTREMELY important to us that our photos captured the essence of the way we feel about each other without looking too over the top and/or “staged.”

Can you explain, by your actions and interactions between each other, how you ensured that what you FELT was truly seen and captured on camera? we tried to remain natural, keeping our actions the same as in our everyday lives.  it was almost as if the camera wasn’t even there.  we just focused on each other and enjoyed being in the moment.  having rebekah and ben guide us through the shoot added ease and comfort to the overall experience.  they have truly been given a gift and we are so grateful for them!


  • April 16, 2011 - 1:34 pm

    Jason Mize Photography - That’s SO fun!!! The stairwell shot… phenomenal! and the one where they’re sitting on the wall and he’s kissing her temple.. perfect! Great job guys!

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