One of my most favorite people in the entire world & best friend, Aimee Reynolds, just happens to be an incredible photographer as well! She and I share a bond that is truly matchless. Not only do we share photography as a common interest we share a love of shopping (especially for antiques), dreaming of (and planning for) my future wedding, decorating, cooking together, and most importantly Christ. She is the best friend a girl could ask for – someone I can talk to about anything and everything. Who tells me how it is when I don’t want to hear it and loves me unconditionally.
Last summer…on one of my many trips to visit her, I got to tag along and shoot an engagement session. Man was it an experience! I was in the middle of nowhere Alabama…”the Catfish capital of Alabama” to be exact…and I was in for a rude awakening! Yes, I live in GA, but…I grew up in Pittsburgh, and really haven’t had the opportunity living in Atlanta to experience true southern culture all that much. Rewind to this gorgeous summer day. We shot Laurie Beth and Ivey’s engagement session in a charming downtown, took some awesome boat pictures on the lake at sunset and had a grand old time. Then…Laurie Beth’s parents (some of the sweetest people in the world) invited Aimee and I to stay for dinner. What ensued was the biggest lesson of my life! We pulled into a gas station where I assumed Laurie Beth’s dad needed to fill up. No…the “Mustang Oil” was where we were eating. I was scared out of my mind walking in there…but let me tell you…this is where the lesson comes in…DO NOT JUDGE A BOOK BY IT’S COVER! The food was INCREDIBLE and the people we even more incredible! I never in my life would have stepped foot in that place to get gas…let alone eat dinner…but I was blown away! After eating, Laurie Beth’s dad took us to see catfish being harvested…also…an incredible experience I will never forget! I never would have gotten to do that on any other occasion…and…let me tell you I soaked it up, asked 50 million questions and had a blast learning something new that I knew nothing about! So…I’ve been rambling…but really…this was an awesome day…filled with the best friend a girl could ask for and one of the sweetest “southern” experiences I’ve ever had! Now…on to the pictures!