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Welcome to the World Hayley Elizabeth!

· October 29, 2015 · 4:42 pm · babies, family, newborn

So, something I thought I would never say is, “Oh my gosh, I love newborn shoots!!”  Haha.  It is amazing how being a mother can make you eat your words every day.  My daughter has taught me the greatest trait I now possess– patience… and you need a whole lot of patience to photograph newborns… and now, they have become something I REALLY enjoy!

Little miss Hayley was so sweet & cuddly, and she was the perfect subject for my indoor natural light studio space.  I thought it was so funny that she smiled the biggest when we put the pink crown on her head!  Watch out, world– little princess in training!  We were able to photograph her awake, sleeping, & then with Mom & Dad.  This little girl already has everyone around her so in love, & I am ecstatic to get to share her first professional portraits with you now.  Enjoy!

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Lyra’s Latest Baby Plan Session!

· October 15, 2015 · 11:11 am · babies, , , , , , ,

I can’t wait to share these adorable rolls with you!  Lyra is part of the 5-session baby plan, and this was the 4th of her 5 sessions!!  I can’t believe how quickly time has passed!  Despite all the rain lately, we finally had a beautiful sunny day at this park in Newnan.  Lyra loved playing with the grass & leaves, and at one point just completely zoned out & started on a mission of stacking leaves!  So funny!  I think we got some ADORABLE shots of this sweet girl… enjoy!

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Alvaton Banquet Hall – Wedding Photography – Brian & Jennifer

· September 2, 2015 · 10:54 pm · Venues, Weddings, , , , , , , , , ,

From the first time I met Jennifer & her family at the consultation, there was an instant connection!  I just loved them so much and have looked forward to helping them capture the beauty of her wedding day & Jennifer’s love for Brian.  We had such a great engagement session (they got INTO a body of water– how awesome are they?!) that I already knew the wedding would be fabulous!  We had so much fun with their portraits & everything just fell into place so naturally.

This pretty wedding took place at Alvaton Banquet Hall in August, and with an outdoor ceremony, you never know what the weather is going to look like!  Luckily it was not scorching hot like every other day leading up to it!  Brian & Jennifer did a first look before the ceremony, so we were able to get all the group portraits early in the day, and we focused on just the couple’s portraits following the ceremony while the guests enjoyed cocktail hour.  I’m so glad we could do this, because the light was just beautiful at that time of day!!

Congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs. Elliotte!  I know you have a blessed future ahead of you!  Enjoy some my favorites from the wedding…

 

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Coordinator: Valencia Marierose | Venue: Alvaton Banquet Hall | Makeup: Tricia at ICI Paris | DJ: MBS Entertainment | Florist: Bedazzled Florist | Catering & Cakes: Catering by Originals | Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal | Bridal Shoes: DSW | Menswear:  Men’s Wearhouse | Photography: Chey Photography

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Alexis’ Senior Session in Senoia, GA

· August 27, 2015 · 7:44 pm · senior, , , , ,

I’m finally blogging one of my senior sessions!  I absolutely love doing these fun, laid back shoots, and it was especially fun to photograph my niece Alexis!  I remember when she was born… I cannot believe she is graduating in 2016!

Alexis is really into reading, so we personalized the shoot by adding in an old vintage book I had, and we walked around my beloved town of Senoia.  That morning was pretty funny, because I had to fight for a parking spot with all “The Walking Dead” tours going on, & then people thought I was a tourist with a really nice camera trying to get a shot of the actors!  I even had one nice elderly man stop me to tell me a little history of the town and some spots that were in films!  I thanked him, of course 😉

Enjoy some of our favorites from this shoot!  Yay for the class of 2016!

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Hall Maternity Session – Senoia Photographer

· August 8, 2015 · 1:49 pm · maternity, , , , , , ,

Welcome to my first maternity shoot post!!  I will start trying to blog more than just weddings so you can stay up to date on everything I shoot, now!

I had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful mama-to-be & her husband on a gorgeous August morning.  I actually first met them when we started building our current home a couple years ago (they are our lucky neighbors, haha), and since then, we’ve become great friends!  We are really blessed to have such great people right beside us!  The first part of this session took place outdoors in Haralson (an area where “The Walking Dead” was filmed, which always ups the coolness factor for me)!  The 2nd part was in their home & adorably decorated nursery!  I can’t decide which setting I like best, but the nursery ones are so sweet!  Enjoy some of my favorites from the session!

 

 

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Allison & Kyle’s June Church Wedding at St. George Catholic – Newnan, GA Wedding Photography

· July 23, 2015 · 12:34 am · Weddings, , , , , , , ,

I LOVE Catholic ceremonies!  …Partly because you can be guaranteed a nice air-conditioned spot during the ceremony… but let’s face it, I really love ALL weddings, including those hot-outdoor-ones-in-the-perfect-late-afternoon-light, so it’s all good!  You’ll always find me shooting with a big smile on my face!  This pretty June wedding ceremony & reception was held at the gorgeous St. George Catholic Church in Newnan, GA.  My favorite feature was the beautiful ivy-laden walkway, which we utilized for many of the bright afternoon portraits.  AND, it was an extra lucky day!  It poured down rain, but only for a few minutes during the (indoor) ceremony!  I think that’s the best time to have rain on your wedding day!

Congrats to the new Mr. & Mrs. Morris!  You are SUCH a sweet couple, and I hope you have many, many, many years of happiness!

xo -Chey

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Venue:  St. George Catholic Church | Coordinator:  Marie Swope | Florist:  Murphy’s Florist | Bridal Gown:  David’s Bridal | Menswear:  Men’s Wearhouse | Catering & Cake:  Mary Donaldson | Photography:  Chey Photography

Drew & Amanda’s Barn Wedding at Sunny D Farms, Williamson, GA – Wedding Photography

· July 7, 2015 · 10:42 am · Weddings

Hi Everyone!  I think June is officially wedding month, so of course I have another beautiful wedding to blog!  This is a family I have known & loved for several years, now!  I had the pleasure of meeting the McCords four years ago when photographing one of Debbie’s daughter’s weddings at Wendell Coffee Golf & Event Center.  It was a beautiful place to get married, but Debbie said her daughters had very different personalities.  That was evident in every rustic-chic detail of Amanda & Drew’s rustic/vintage/burlap inspired wedding day– from the gorgeously decorated outdoor ceremony with church pews & curtains to the indoor barn reception at Sunny D Farms (and may I add– it was air conditioned!  That’s a big woohoo! for those warm June weddings)!  It was such a beautiful setting and there were so many pretty details, so I just had to share them with you.  I hope you enjoy looking through some of my favorite portraits from the day.  Congratulations and many blessings to the new Mr. & Mrs. Young! xo- Chey

 

 

Venue:  Sunny D Farms | Makeup:  Connie Durham – Mary Kay | DJ:  Matt Butler | Florist:  Bedazzled | Catering:  Speedi-Pig Barbecue | Videography:  Jeremiah Bartlett | Bridal Gown:  J. Andrew’s Bridal & Formal | Menswear:  Men’s Wearhouse | Cake:  Publix | Bridal Party Jewelry:  Beads & Lace Boutique | Photography:  Chey Photography

 

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Lauren & Ryan’s Outdoor Barn Wedding

· November 18, 2013 · 1:11 pm · Weddings

I’m so excited to share this beautiful outdoor barn wedding that took place in October.  The weather was perfect that day, which you always hope for when having an outdoor wedding!  The whole event took place on private property out in Brooks, GA, with the fabulous help of The Funky Shack & The Fancy Type Company.  I have never seen so many tiny (& large) details put together for a wedding, and it really made the venue!  Lauren & Ryan are another wonderful couple I get to say I had the pleasure to photograph, and it was so much fun helping them capture their big day!  Lauren’s mom Sharon has also been my hairdresser since I started dating my husband almost 10 year ago, and she did all the fabulous dos for the bridal party.  Check out the all the details & some of my favorite portraits below!

Beth & Adam’s Flat Creek Country Club Wedding!

· March 19, 2013 · 9:55 pm · Weddings

Adam & Beth were married on what you would think would be a brisk February day, but luckily in Georgia, it was pretty nice weather for a wedding!  Because it was a beautiful sunny day, we were able to get a lot of outdoor shots, which is a must at Flat Creek Country Club in Peachtree City!  The beautiful ceremony was set up indoors in the main ballroom, and I loved how they utilized the reception seating for the ceremony seating as well.  The bride wore a Casablanca gown from one of my favorite shops J. Andrew’s, and the veil was handmade by Adam’s mom!  Hope you enjoy the images!  Check Smug Mug in the next couple days for ALL the images!

Bridal Gown: Casablanca at J. Andrew’s.
Suits/Tux: Savvi Formalwear
Father’s Suit: Men’s Warehouse
Wedding Cake: Cutie Pie’s & Cakery
Groom’s Cake: Cutie Pie’s & Cakery
Flowers: DIY
Veil: handmade by my mother-in-law, Carol Bridges
Mom’s Jewelry: Charming Charlie/Jared
Shoes: DSW
Bridesmaids dresses: David’s Bridal
Flower girl dress and sash: David’s Bridal
Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom dress: David’s Bridal
Hair and Makeup: Brushworx
Rings: Marks and Morgan, Jared
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Desiree & Nick Leigh's Wedding at Victoria Belle Mansion in Hogansville, GA

· December 1, 2012 · 1:38 am · Weddings

Talk about beautiful weddings… this was one of the most gorgeous ones I’ve had the opportunity to shoot!  Desiree & Nick were married on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in October, surrounded by so many of their loving family & friends in the perfect setting.  I loved working with the ladies of Victoria Belle, and could really tell they had wedding coordination down to a science.  They made the day flow so smoothly!  Another thing that makes the day flow well is a talented makeup artist who can get the girls all looking beautiful on time!  Jaime Marsau certainly did that!  The flowers were done by another one of my favorite vendors– Details of the Garden, and were beautiful as always.  The wedding cake & even the groom’s Auburn cake was nice, which is saying a lot since I am an UGA alum!  (See bridesmaid/cake shot, haha)

Kidding aside, this couple is absolutely fabulous, & I wish Nick & Desiree the best & brightest future!  Congratulations to you two, & thank you so much for entrusting these special moments with me!

 

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Venue:  Victoria Belle Mansion, Hogansville, GA | Coordinator: Vickie Brown | Pastor:  Rev. Ron Daniel | Florist: Details of the Garden | DJ: Gerald McGurl – DJ’s and More | Dress: David’s Bridal | Suits: Men’s Warehouse | Cake:  Cakes by Ann | Photography:  Chey Photography | Makeup:  Jaime Marsau