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Sharie & Chris: Engagement Session in Decatur

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I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.
~ Rita Rudner

Sharie & Chris: Decatur Engagement Photos

Yesterday, I got to spend the afternoon with the coolest couple ever, Sharie & Chris. As you can tell from that first photo, they’re pretty serious and stuff.

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We met at their house in Decatur and started their session there. They have a really cool lifestyle, and when we met over coffee last month for their free consultation, I just knew that making engagement photos of them in their home would be so much better than anywhere else. So we hung out at their house for a little while playing in their garden and with their chickens and clowning around in the VW bus.

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Sharie is a professional nanny. Doesn’t she seem like the kind of person you’d want your kids hanging out with?

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Although I gotta tell you, I want to hang out with them too!

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In addition to growing vegetables and chickens, they also had a bunny, whose portrait I neglected to take (bad Amanda), and two awesome pooches. And Chris makes his own beer too. So you know I totally want to hang out with him too.

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And, naturally, we had to use this prop.

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And of course, we didn’t shy away from the American Gothic reference. I’ll give you a moment to make your “hoe” jokes.

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You know, gardening is very satisfying. There’s nothing tastier than home grown tomatoes. I think it would be awesome if it could be accomplished with a little less work. Just sayin’.

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How totally cool is this?

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Seems that Sharie and I share a fear of chickens. It’s just that they have those scratchy claws and those pecky beaks.

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This has got to be one of the coolest portraits I’ve ever made. The camper, btw, is fully functional and they use it to camp everywhere. Last weekend, they went camping and panning for gold.

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So, after lots of goofing off and laughing at their house, we hit the road for a slight change of pace and few photos at the library and then the cemetery.

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The Decatur library has some seriously huge magnolias out front that captured Sharie’s imagination the first time she saw them.

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Some people might think a cemetery is an odd place for engagement photos.

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What those people don’t know is that if you are a cool couple like this, a cemetery is a completely logical and awesome place to make a portrait.

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Thank you Sharie and Chris for spending your evening with me. I had a total blast, and I am really super excited about your wedding. I can already tell that it’s going to be amazing, ’cause you guys sure are.

Amanda Summerlin

Amanda Summerlin

Artist and Explorer at Amanda Summerlin Photography
Hello. My name is Amanda. I make neat pictures of nice people, drink coffee and whiskey (sometimes at the same time), and travel. I love traveling so much, I won't charge you any travel fees to photograph your wedding. Check out my travel info page for all the details. And see my blog for all the cool photos.
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  • melissa B - Love the shots!!! What a variety of fun/silly and beautiful portraiture. Love the cemetery shots, too!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • niki - Oooh! They do seem like they are super fun to hang out with. And I agree, that one shot of them with the VW camper is stellar. Nice job Amanda!!ReplyCancel

  • Marieke Giasson - Annnnnnnd, again you make “ordinary” people (ie, not supermodels) look like some of the most beautiful people in the world. You always seem to capture the true LIGHT in people. These photos are positively beautiful and brimming with personality. If this couple is anything like me, they will forever treasure the images you have taken of them.ReplyCancel

  • Leslie Morris - I would SO love to go to this wedding!!! :o)

    AWESOME pictures!!ReplyCancel

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