Emily + Spencer - Canyon Elopement


The Searles

Fort Benning, Georgia - Est. 2017

Emily and Spencer hired me a few months ago to photograph their engagement session, with Spencer's new military career they decided to elope locally and have a small ceremony. After seeing some of my latest work, Emily wanted to re-create their elopement at Providence Canyon State Park about an hour away in Cusseta, Georgia. The canyon itself is fairly small but has miles of hiking trails and is perfect for couples, families or in our case wedding photography! The trail down and back out can be a little mucky, and fairly steep for those of us that don't get in a lot of cardio (hello, me). We decided on a sunrise session to beat the heat and the crowds, and arrived with the first glimpse of the sun and our crummy shoes in tow. 

After having done an engagement session with me, I think Emily and Spencer were more prepared with how I work and what I expected from them. Lots of people assume a photography session will feel as glamorous as it looks, while this is not always the case I do my best to make it fun and ensure everyone has a good time while providing high quality, lifestyle & traditional images. If I had to compare it to anything, it's a lot like acting. The behind the scenes shots are silly, sometimes take a while and a few tries while the end result is seamless and looks like it happened authentically. We shot for almost two hours, just until the sun started to get too high in the sky for my style of photography and the heat began to make me question being an on-location photographer. (seriously though, studio photogs you have it made... AIR CONDITIONING!)

These two truly are just as adorable in real life and I wish them the best of luck with their new married & Army life! 


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