Good Morning // Portraits of Kelsie pt. I

Gosh, where do I begin?  This girl is one of the most wonderful people I have yet to meet, and I'm so glad I get to call her a close friend... who I just so happened to meet through blogging.  I won't go into all of the crazy details because you can find them over here (a very awkward and embarrassing video).  Last week this girl flew from NC to OH to spend two days with me and my family.  I can't imagine what kind of thoughts she had as she was up in the air, because... you know, I could have been a terrorist or something.  I was pretty confident that Kelsie was who I knew her to be, but when my brother-in-law jokingly said that Kelsie was probably a forty year old man with a camera around his neck with the nickname "Kel"... I somehow wasn't  sure any longer. ;)

It was weird how it wasn't weird to meet her; it felt just like seeing an old friend after many years... instead of what we actually were, strangers who had never met before.  The two days that Kelsie was here can easily be labeled as two of the best days of the summer.  This girl is pretty grand.  She is quiet with an underestimated sense of sarcasm.  She is an introvert, but the cool kind.  She likes food and traveling, which automatically makes us friends.  She's the mysterious type.  She's a go-with-the-flow kinda girl. Sweet, down to earth, honest, movie lover, photographer, traveler, northerner gone southerner, shortie (but still somehow a tad bit taller than me... which I don't like to admit), birks-wearer, and an all-around person that you want to be your friend.  

We have already established that we are future neighbors (she says she will come over and eat all my food creations... maybe she should be a distant neighbor?).  It's safe to say that she is the Ethel to my Lucy --- we are the chill version of the two though.  Oh, and we will at some point be traveling to Germany, rural France, England, and, if we never find the right guys, Ireland.

Kelsie and I had been planning this trip and what would occupy our time for most of 2015, which we determined needed to include at least two shoots (me photographing her, her photographing me).  We decided on this so that we would have free range to let our imaginations free and curate images that that truly represented our brands.  Planning the shoot of her was tough though.  Location?  Clothes?  Hair?  Makeup?  Props?  yadda yadda yadda.  You should know right now that when I do something big, I want to do it right.  So for this shoot I really wanted to step out of my comfort zone and determine what I thought an ideal shoot would look like.  After realizing that I wanted the shoot to be simple, natural, and neutral, the outfit/hair/makeup/props fell into place.  The location on the other hand did not.  With only a few weeks until Kelsie's arrival, I still didn't have a particular location that screamed out at me.  Thankfully, at a recent engagement session (which you can find here), I saw cement pillars and was like "woah".  The whole atmosphere at their farm was perfect.  The open grassy field that reminded me of Pride and Prejudice and the front porch with beautiful pillars evoked just the right amount of s'wonderfulness. 

Okay, I will stop now.  So without farther ado, this is part one of our early morning shoot. 


  1. This shoot is so perfect!!! The light and the colors go together so perfectly with the natural + simple theme. You're a very talented photographer!!

  2. Thank you Joanna , for the wonderful pictures of my grand daughter!!! I love them so much!! I am so happy you guys finally got to meet in person!

  3. AWHHHH JOANNA. This almost made me tear up. :)

    My thoughts in the air? Hmm, "I'm hungry, I hope she feeds me." ;) Or "I also hope she's real". But I knew you were so the thoughts were more food related. ;) ;) ;) thank you for letting me come stay with you and your family! I MISS YOU.


    Kel. ;)

    1. p.s-thank you for not adding the blanket picture and my non maternity photo.
      much appreciation. ;) haha!