The Johnson’s! |Mt. Carmel, IL| El Paso, TX | Portrait & Wedding Photographer| Pink Vintage Photography

Hello Pretties!

So it has been pretty quiet on the blog here lately, but I promise I’ve been a busy bee working on my new super dooper surprise! 🙂 I am officially giving myself a deadline. The surprise will be up and ready to go December 3rd. Mark my words!!!

Now, drum roll please….fantastic blog ahead!

I had a pretty fantastic time photographing this great family last weekend!  To say the least they did great! Crystal, props to you on looking and coordinating your family picture outfits to a “t”!  I absolutely LOVE it when families and couples plan ahead for their sessions and make sure everyone matches without doing the traditional white shirts or black shirts or like in my family pictures as a kid navy (haha, Thanks Mom! 😉 I’m going to blame it on the 90’s definitely NOT you!) Anyways, you guys did awesome!! Enjoy!

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The Pitzer’s |Mt. Carmel, IL| El Paso, TX | Portrait & Wedding Photographer| Pink Vintage Photography

This couple is awesome and they were such a blast to photograph. So I’ll admit I was a little intimidated at first…I mean photographing your Best Friend and her Husband is one thing, but photographing your Best Friend’s parents…(add in the mix of an awesome audience too)..one could understand right?  And they are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary!!  Woah, 25 years..I can’t wait till my Husband and I get there some day!  I think you can tell just how in love they really truly are and it’s so wonderful to be able to capture that.  Thank you guys so much!! Enjoy! 🙂

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Mr. & Mrs. Pedigo |Mt. Carmel, IL| El Paso, TX | Portrait & Wedding Photographer| Pink Vintage Photography

I met Lindsay at SIUe in an art class. She’s a fellow photographer, and as long as I’ve known her she has been with Michael and talked about marrying him from day one! 🙂 When you know…you know!  Their wedding was beautiful..and they got married on August 4, 2012 in Granite City, IL at the  First Assembly of God. I’m sure they remember what the weather was like when they woke up…gray and rainy…it had stormed the night before. To say the least, it quickly changed to a bright and cheery day which was such a relief! 🙂 On the plus side..it did sprinkle a bit that morning and as the wise tale goes if it rains on your wedding day it’s good luck!

I just LOVE all the little details that Lindsay had come up with.  My fabulous assistant for the day Chelsey asked me what her wedding colors were…(to be honest Lindsay and I never discussed it..oops)…but I just knew it would going to be Oranges and Pinks!

Lindsay is so beautiful. She looked stunning and Michael’s expression when he finally saw her was priceless and he had quite a few surprises for her too. Make sure you check out Linsday’s reaction to her new wedding band she had NO idea about!

To say the least they are naturals in front of the camera and know exactly when to have a serious look versus a smile. Totally jealous! 🙂

Lindsay and Michael…Thank you SO very much for letting me photograph your big day!  It’s absolutely wonderful photographing and being a part of such a special day. You guys are an absolutely amazing couple and I wish you all the best in everything you do!!!!! Enjoy!

B’s Homecoming! |Mt. Carmel, IL| El Paso, TX | Portrait & Wedding Photographer| Pink Vintage Photography

I have this feeling that Homecomings are never going to get old! 🙂 Maybe it’s because like I said in the previous post I’m a hopeless romantic and a sucker for happy moments!  Kelsey had contacted me a bit before her Husband was scheduled to arrive home. From the moment that she had contacted me her emails were filled with excitement. I knew this homecoming was going to be amazing because Kelsey is one full of life girl. She was beyond thrilled to have her Husband home again (I think you can see it all over her face 🙂 ) and best of all he was coming in the day before her Birthday.  Let’s talk about one Birthday present that I don’t know if it could ever be topped.  Kelsey you and your Husband are absolutely adorable together and I wish you both all the best! Thanks for allowing me to photograph this special event in your lives! 🙂

H’s Homecoming! |Mt. Carmel, IL| El Paso, TX | Portrait & Wedding Photographer| Pink Vintage Photography

I was beyond blessed to be able to photograph this homecoming and it was such an amazing experience. Rachael and I had gotten in touch a few days before the ceremony and her Husband was scheduled to come home from deployment.  It was wonderful meeting her and being able to hang out before the guys flew in.  I could tell that Rachael was extremely excited an anxious to have her Husband back.  Just a few hours earlier it was storming, but it stopped just in time that everyone could wait outside as the guys disembarked the plane which made for the most perfect sunset.  I had an absolute blast and am so happy that I was able to capture such a special time for them.  I wish you all the best :).

End of Summer: Mini-Sessions |Mt. Carmel, IL| El Paso, TX | Portrait Photographer| Pink Vintage Photography

I’M SO EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE…THE FIRST EVER…..

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Aren’t sure? Well, lets talk about it.  Let’s think when the last time was that you had a professional photographer photograph your beautiful family, your children, or you and your husband.  It has probably been quite some time by now. Am I right? I know that everyone is busy and sometimes our Husbands (I’ll agree, I think my Husband would too 🙂 )  are not really the ones for being photographed, but honestly photographs document a point in time and you will cherish those beautiful portraits forever.  When is a better time than now to book that session? Time most certainly gets away from us. So why not? You have nothing to lose only beautiful professional portraits to treasure.  🙂

-Chelsea

Fabulous Save The Dates! |Mt. Carmel, IL Portrait Photographer| Pink Vintage Photography

Save the dates the great debate.

As I’ve been researching save the dates I’ve noticed that some blogs and people will say that they are very important key in wedding planning and the invitation process.  I feel like more than ever though everyones save the dates look the same.  Just a simple picture and the details.  Let’s think, what can we do to make them really stand out.  This has been the question I’ve been asking myself, so designing my save the dates has been an interesting task.  🙂 My feeling is why not step outside the typical save the date box and do something that really expresses you and your Fiance as a couple?!  I do think that Save the Dates can be a great and you can incorporate your engagement session.  While looking up fabulous ideas I came across a blog post that has A LOT and I mean A LOT of ideas.  Keep in mind your photographer would probably LOVE you lots if you wanted something creative, or I would! hehe.

 

http://www.bridalguide.com/planning/wedding-invitations-stationery/photo-save-the-dates

 

All my love,

Chelsea Miller

 

P.S. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! And Thanks to my clients for an awesome 2011! 🙂

Evan & Beth: Engaged! |Mt. Carmel, IL Portrait Photographer| Pink Vintage Photography

Evan and Beth were such troopers to say the least. After weather being a big factor in our reschedules we were finally able to at least get the indoor part of their engagement session done. It’s always a shame when it pours down rain for an out of town couple, but I can’t wait for their outdoor session this fall in Kansas City! Be on the look out for those images!!!! Anyways, Evan is practically my brother more or less, so Beth welcome to the family! 🙂 Wanna talk about strength in a relationship? Long distance relationships are some of the strongest and you guys have such a strong and loving relationship, and lets not forget an all around fun couple! I’m so glad that I got to do your engagement session and share the excitement for this new chapter in your lives together! You guys did an AWESOME job! I know the outdoors are going to be just as great! I’m going to keep this short and sweet so ENJOY!!!