How cute are they?! Ugh. I just love these two so much. They're both soft & tender souls. So kind. Fantastic friends, both to each other and to everyone they meet. I could literally hang out with them all day. For their 1-year anniversary, they wanted to do a portrait session at home. I came over that morning, had coffee with them and then got to shooting. They finished sipping on their coffee in their breakfast nook, then baked cookies for brunch #YUM. They played some music, cuddled some more, then we went outside and took some portraits by their citrus trees. I felt like I was shooting for a Southern Living spread or something haha but so much better. So real. I could re-do this day over and over again and I wouldn't be able to make it anymore perfect than it already was.
Happy anniversary, you two! Thank you for allowing into the most intimate parts of your lives and trusting me to document them. Let's do this every year, kay? Kay.
Music: (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano - Sampha
Larren | Bouquets, Ballet and Candlelight // Glori Beaufort, Wedding Photographer from South Georgia
Wow. Larren is stunning, right? Every time I look through this set, I feel like I’m pulled into her eyes and she takes me to a story line that I didn’t anticipate for this session, but I’m so in love with it. Though it takes some time, blogging the images is my favorite part of the whole process. That’s really where I feel like a storyteller and I can put the moments into the order I have in my head. But again, this session didn’t really have a purpose at first besides me telling Larren “Hey! Let’s do something pretty and fun.”
It wasn’t till I got here — arranging all of these together to show y’all — that I realized there could be more to the story here besides a lovely ballerina dancing freely.
But like any art, it’s all up to the viewer and their interpretation. So, I’m gonna leave it up to y’all and let your minds go wild. There’s no right or wrong. But I’m interested to see if you will see the same expressions I do here. Please leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts. We’re all storytellers if we allow ourselves to be.
A special thanks to Larren and her inner + outer beauty, her confidence, talent and willingness to do this project with me. I’ll be forever grateful, doll!
Model: Larren Woodward, https://www.larrenewoodward.com/
Photographer: Glori Griner Beaufort
I had so much fun with these two! They're so easy to be around + work with. I think it's because they have such a close bond. I can tell they have one of those relationships that is built on a genuine friendship - I love that!
Caleb kept us laughing the entire time and Marley is just GOREGOUS already, but the way she lights up around him is really mesmerizing.
And I must mention their outfits! You can NEVER go wrong with neutrals and soft colors when planning your outfit for a portrait session. I thought that Caleb's blue button up matched his relaxed demeanor and really brought out his eyes. Then Marley's ethereal ivory dress from Urban Revival with lace appliques was radiating all the bridal vibes!
I can't wait for their wedding day! I'm sensing it will be an energetic and joyful celebration <3
A special thank you to Highgrove Farm in Valdosta for allowing us on their venue for this session!
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This was probably one of my favorite portrait sessions to date. The light, the love, the cake! It was all so perfect...and dare I say, yummy! It's not everyday that I begin a session with freshly brewed coffee and then a huge slice of wedding cake to take home - but this needs to become a thing, FRFR.
The Stephens just celebrated their 1st wedding anniversary and they wanted to document it by sharing a normal morning together and letting me be the third wheel. As they sat on their (SUPER comfy) couch, I learned about how they first met and observed the soft smiles they shared as they reflected on their early memories. *CUE THE FEELS* I even got to hear a song they wrote together on the piano - I thought it was cool they trusted me enough to let me in their little world in that way.
We ended their session with a stroll around the Kinderlou Forest Golf Club. With it being midday, the sun was-a-blazin' but it created the most beautiful light I've ever seen during that time - I already said it was perfect, but I'll say it again #PERF but I do believe it was their connection that really made the day what it was.
Thank you, Daniel + Erica, for opening up your home and allowing me the honor of capturing new memories for you. It is my hope that you both will be able to look back at these images with fondness and will be able to further cherish this specific season of life together for years to come.
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*Long post alert*
Backstory: I met Boone & Steven for the first time on October 11th, 2014 when I photographed their wedding day. They easily became one of my favorite couples to photograph. These two are like sun and moon. It's so fascinating to watch how they interact and relate to another, despite being so different. Boone is an artist and Steven works with planes. Boone is outgoing + extroverted and Steven is reserved + introverted. But they have their own language, and can communicate sometimes with just eye-contact.
Boone & I managed to keep in touch over the years, and I'm so glad we have! Despite living hours a part, I was determined to photograph them again. SOOO, I contacted her a little after their 2nd wedding anniversary last year and asked if they'd be willing to model for me and they agreed - yay! I told her that I would contact her at the beginning of this year and we'd set it up.
Fast-forward: I drove up to their little town of Darien (just above of Brunswick), to meet them on the Darien City Docks for our portrait session together. I had never been there before, let alone even knew it existed. It has a small marina off the Altamaha River, where dozens of shrimp + sail + leisure boats are docked. Then they've several ruins from the Civil War stationary in between all the charming downtown stores + restaurants.
We hung around the docks, walked around downtown, then ended the session at their parents home on the marsh. I walked inside the home and is welcomed by the fresh evening light coming through all the large bay windows and the coastal decor peppered throughout the home. And don't get me started on the dock in the "backyard".
*I die again*
Summary: This entire session flowed so naturally, that hours went by and I didn't even notice (they probably did tho - haha, But I just couldn't stop!). The only thing was planned about this shoot was the locations + the vibes of their outfits. That's it. The rest all came together on it's own. Which how I'd like every session to be. I'd love to do more sessions like these with no time constraint or expectations, and be the third-wheel on a leisure date.
A big thank you to The Sassers for hanging out with me and allowing me back into their world for a bit. Also, PLEASE check out Boone's artwork, here, on her website. I can't wait to grab one of these refreshing + colorful pieces for our home!
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For Erin & Corey's engagement session, they kept it simple & laid back. They opted to use their ceremony venue as the backdrop for their session, which happens to be an adorable lodging cabin owned by a family friend. Most couples need a little bit of time to warm up in front of the camera (which is completely normal!), but not these two! Their session began and ended with lots of snuggles, cuddles, and Eskimo Kisses.
Their wedding followed a coupled weeks later, and I'm still in awe of how perfect their day was. I'm excited to finalize their wedding images and share those with you all very soon! Until then, I hope you enjoy this little chapter of their love story.
Erin's outfit provided by: Klutch, Valdosta, GA
Engagement Session | Engaged Couple | Barney, Georgia | Valdosta Photographer
Even though Rachel is a photographer herself, this was her + Keith's first time having professional portraits done together. Which honestly isn't that uncommon, because I'm still that way - always forgetting that I need to actually be in FRONT of the camera sometimes instead of behind it. I'm working on it though, I promise!
But I was so impressed with how well they interacted together, even with the intimidation factor of having me stare at them the whole time -ha!
So, thank you both for allowing me to enter your world for a bit, and capture the way your energies collide and dance together. I'm looking forward to your wedding day <3
Kaitlyn & Lyle are newlyweds, est. November of 2016 <3 The last time I photographed them they weren't even engaged yet! Kaitlyn also happens to be my dear cousin, and it warms my heart to see her beginning life with her soulmate - I couldn't have imagined a better husband for her.
For their session location, I told them I wanted to go explore some different parts of Downtown Val. I've been growing tired of the same ole' grassy fields and oak trees I've been surrounded by lately - and even going Downtown was getting kind of redundant, but I wanted to see if I could document it with new perspectives. I basically wanted to challenge my eye and discover new ways of looking at familiar places. I'm pleased with what we were able to create - but I'm already planning a round 2 with these two ;-)
If there are any other couples out there that are willing to go on a small adventure with me like this, hit me up!
Location: Historic Downtown Valdosta
Coffee: Courtesy of Red Owl Coffee Company
..Well hello 2017.
I've sat here and rewrote this little blurb about 7x over. Just because I can't decide what exactly I wanna say here. First on my mind: I need to blog more this year. It's something I promised myself I would work on, because I feel it's important. I just didn't make the time I needed for it last year. This year I will, and each post will be intentional, not just writing/posting/sharing for the heck of it.
Hence, my sharing this gem's (above) bridal session from December. I'm so proud of her for allowing me to see her natural beauty and to capture it (that word. "capture", is so overused, but please really think about what that means here). I just keep thinking about her kids, grand kids, and great grand's who will look back at these images in awe of how timelessly beautiful she is.
I've had a lot happen within the past 24ish months that's granted me a lot of perspective, life-lessons, and appreciation. More than any other year so far, honestly. And it's been weighing on me to speak on it.
I also feel like I need to say this: I'll be focusing on weddings this year. There, I said it. The business/entrepreneurial side of me knows that I don't HAVE to announce that, and that it should become clear on it's own. But the artist side of me feels the need to explain.
A medical intern (according to Grey's) must spend time in each specialty, before they can decide which will be the one they pursue. I may not be saving lives over here, but I do feel like a photographer must go through the same journey. I've spent several years "dabbling" in almost every area of photography. Last year, my passion for couples and weddings really revealed itself to me.
So, that's what I'm gonna pursue.
I'll still be there for those who wish to have me document the special moments in their lives. Of course. And I'm being transparent here. But the pricing will be a bit different, and my availability will be limited. Just so that each client I choose to work with will receive 100% of me. Not just a portion.
As an artist, and as an entrepreneur, I can't overextend myself. That's not good for anyone.
...I already feel a lot better having said that out loud. I really just needed my families and couples to understand this shift in focus, with hopes they'll support me. Just like they have from the beginning.
That's all I have to share at the moment. Really, all that was important. If you took the time to read this and hear me out, thank you. I appreciate you.
Glori Beaufort is a professionally trained photographer from Valdosta, Georgia specializing in weddings and couples across the East Coast.