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Kimberley Title_key Charisle

Engagement
gallery Oct 27 2020
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A Queensland Engagement Shoot

How did you meet?

We met at work in early 2019. At the time, Kimberley was coordinating the opening of a new café at a local sporting facility and Charisle was new staff member. We hit it off as friends and work was busy, so we were spending a lot time of together. Kimberley says she knew the moment she laid eyes on Charisle, she felt a sense of warmth and comfort with Charisle. She knew she was going to be in her life one way or another, deep down, there was something undeniable about her attraction to Charisle and it was meant to be.

It was during a late-night phone call in the early stages that Kimberley knew she was in love with Charisle. One day at work, Charisle was helping Kimberley with a task and they were walking side by side when she blurted out something along the lines of “I love you” and Charisle looked at her and said “What?” They both laughed. Moments later Kimberley fell down some stairs and Charisle literally caught her. She has never let her fall since.

Charisle says she knew soon after meeting Kimberley that she was in trouble – lol! She knew she was going to fall hard and she tried to fight it a number of times. She felt comfortable talking to Kimberley like she had never felt with anyone else before. One day, at the local Botanic Gardens, we were just talking and Charisle says she knew then, that she was in love with Kimberley. It wasn’t anything big or grand or elaborate, it was just a feeling that was there. A burning urge, a heart pounding out of your chest kind of love.

Tell us about the proposal!

This always makes Kimberley & Charisle laugh. Kimberley is the planner and organizer so Charisle was trying to out plan her. She was thinking up all these big elaborate ideas to try and impress, and go all out. The actual proposal turned out nothing like that! Charisle came home from work one night and Kimberley had set up a cute little picnic in the lounge room with cushions and candles, cheese platter and wine. It was so beautiful. We were just listening to music when Charisle went to the bathroom. She came back, and there was this song playing on our playlist and it’s called Marry Me. Charisle turns to Kimberley and says “will you…” just as the song says Marry Me. It took Kimberley a moment to get it!! We both laugh at it now given that Kimberley was in the worst pj’s she owns and it wasn’t big or elaborate at all. Charisle says it just felt right there and then, and went and grabbed the ring she had already bought and just did it!

Are you planning your wedding right away or taking time to enjoy engaged life?

We have been engaged for almost a year and we have only just started making plans – thanks to Covid19 we had a bit more time on our hands this year! We used our time in isolation to book and plan things. Every decision has just been so easy as we both agree on almost everything. We are getting married in September 2021. Our favourite place is the beach so we are planning a small intimate ceremony and reception on the beach with our closest family and friends. It will be laid back, romantic and intimate.

What is the best thing you have learned from your partner?

Kimberley: The best thing I have learnt from Charisle… is actually a lot! I have learnt to slow down, relax, have fun, leave the house work, all those little things that make me a better person today. Charisle has also taught me that love is not perfect and it is okay to have good days and bad days. She has shown me a beautiful, real and powerful kind of love that I never knew existed. Charisle makes me feel like the most beautiful person and I know her eyes will find mine no matter where we are.

Charisle: Kimberley has taught me that it is okay to rely on someone and to need someone. She taught me that I don’t always have to be strong and can let my walls down. She taught me to be vulnerable and know that someone will still be there for you, even on the bad days. She has also bought me out of my shell and made me see the real world a bit more. I do more, talk more and see more with her in my life. She is full of adventure so we compliment each other perfectly. Like salt and pepper. She has given me a confidence in myself I have never had before.

What is your favorite part of your relationship?

Kimberley: Not sure my answer is appropriate here...Okay for real, my favourite part of our relationship is the companionship. I love our little date nights, shopping together, playing board games or doing puzzles, drinking wine and cheese platters… eating chocolate or ice cream in bed! It’s nothing big, I love all the little things of having Charisle in my life.

Charisle: says ditto. She loves having Kimberley to share everything with. Our life is very simple. Although we have 4 boys and our house is often crazy, we love the quiet moments together.

Charisle is dressed in the cream jumper and Kimberley is in the dress

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Julia Title_key Erin

Styled Shoot
gallery Oct 20 2020
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A Lakota's Farm Styled Shoot

Ironically this shoot was done before COVID-19 and the wave of “Tiny Weddings” who knew it was going to be so popular! Kimberly wanted to feature Lakota’s Farm in a new way, with a design that had never been done before on her farm. We are so excited to be showcasing our gorgeous outdoor covered patio and featuring our incredibly beautiful models Julia and Erin - two helplessly in love newlyweds, who are fellow equestrians, and were beyond excited to put a wedding dress on again!

About The Farm

Lakota’s Farm is a farm full of rescue animals, including our darling horses. The horse featured in this shoot is James Dean a.k.a JD.

P.S. JD loves to eat the flowers from our couples! 

He is the most wonderful boy and is loved by everyone who meets him! Lakota’s Farm was established in 1772 and the event barn is a renovated 150-years old barn bursting with charm and elegance.

About The Tiny Wedding Shoot:

An Intimate Affair is a new way to look at weddings: a smaller, more intimate wedding that can still hold all of the beautiful elements of the wedding day that you have always dreamt of. If making sure customization is a priority, then an intimate celebration is for you. There is something special about an intimate wedding, it allows you to invest in their experience as well as yours. If you are interested in emulating the dinner party vibe, then intimate is the way to go. Having an intimate wedding is like throwing a dinner party with your closest friends! An Intimate Affair allows you to create a more personal set up for your ceremony and it is a great way to showcase the intimacy of your guest list. With a smaller guest list, you can be more creative with chair setups, ceremony decor, adding color and comfort to your setting by integrating pillows into your final design.

What was the inspiration behind this styled shoot?

The inspiration for this shoot was inspired by our amazing and loving couple on our Historical 34-acre horse farm, paired with a Farm-to-table Celebration! Some of the key design elements focused on a dreamy color pallet with European styled gold metallics, hand-dyed fabric, and fresh greenery that blanketed a whimsical tablescape.

What are some of the key elements in this shoot?

- Small Intimate Affair/Wedding

- Intimate Farm-to-Table Dinner style wedding

- Historical Homestead & Barn Venue

- Rescue Horse Farm

- Rustic yet elegant decor

- Hand-dyed fabric

- Sweeping florals, and greens draping the tables

- European gold candle holders with a softened dusty blue color palette

Is there an overall theme and/or color palette in this shoot?

The overall theme for this shoot was an Intimate Farm-to-table Dinner Wedding Celebration. The soft color palette features a variety of depths that carry into a playful yet elegant and romantic tablescape.

Why did you choose to use an LGBTQAI+ couple for the shoot? What significance did it have?

When Kimberly Finney owner of Lakota’s Farm met Julia Dunn, a local News Anchor for CBS 6, Albany, NY at a Business Professionals Mixer last year, Julia got to talking about how she and her sweetheart Erin Leavy had been recently married and the amazing day that they had experienced together. Through Julia’s stories, Kimberly could feel the love that Julia and Erin had for each other. Without having ever met Erin, Kimberly could tell that both Julia & Erin were beautiful people both inside and out and it was then that she knew that they would be a perfect couple for her dream styled shoot.

Have you worked with LGBTQAI+ couples prior to this?

Although we have many exciting upcoming weddings & celebrations planned with LGBTQAI couples for the future, this shoot was our first opportunity in working exclusively with an LGBT couple.

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Myrna Title_key Robin

Real Wedding
gallery Oct 13 2020
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A Circle Oak Ranch Wedding

Tell us your love story!

Robin and I met at a friend’s birthday dinner. At the time, Robin was in a relationship and, I was single not ready to mingle. While at our mutual friend’s birthday dinner, Robin and I bonded over beer, our current jobs and, life goals. After that night, Robin and I continue to talk and hang out as friends. A couple months later, Robin and her girlfriend at the time, broke up. Trying to be a good friend to Robin, I would spend hours on the phone with her talking about life providing support. During that time, our friendship and love for one another grew stronger and, soon after, we became a couple. Since Robin lived in Vegas at that time, the beginning of our relationship was based on long conversations over the phone...until we both would fall asleep! We would do our best to coordinate our schedules to see each other during our time off from work but, it began to become much more difficult to say good bye and go weeks without seeing each other. Robin made the decision to quit her job and move back to California so we could move in together. Here we are 9 years later, and our love and appreciation for one another still continues to grow. Life has been great ever since!

What about the proposal?

Our proposal was intimate and sweet. Robin proposed to me after I had a difficult day at work. Robin cleaned and decorated our bedroom. As I walked inside and got comfortable, Robin started to tell me all the reasons she loves me and why I’m so important to her. At first, I thought she she was just trying to make me feel better but, as she continued to express her feelings for me, she pulled out a ring and asked me to marry her. We had been talking about getting married for several years but, always said we should wait because of fear of what our families would say. I’m happy Robin decided to no longer wait and propose to me!

When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?

I think we both new we were meant to be together from the first the first time we hugged as friends. We always talk about our first hug and how we never wanted let go. How we felt warmth, felt safe and, a connection that we had never felt before. Till this day, every time we hug, we hold on for a little bit longer like we did our first time we hugged.

Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?

As we started planning our wedding, we knew we wanted and outdoor wedding surrounded by trees. We love trees! We also knew we either wanted a spring or autumn wedding.

What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what was difficult?

What surprised us during our planning was finding out how expensive florals can be. I never imagined florals could be so expensive but, at the end we found a fantastic and artistic florist that we both loved and connected with. For us, finding the venue was the easiest. We only saw two venues and, the one we selected was the first one we toured. As soon as we arrived to Circle Oak Ranch weddings we knew we wanted to have our dream wedding there. Meeting the owner and wedding coordinator sealed the deal for us! I really think we lucked out because, finding our photographer and bakery who did our cake and dessert was also super easy! The most difficult part of our planning was arranging transportation for our guests. To get to the venue, our guest had to drive through a winding road which, we didn’t want our guests to go through all that hassle. Coordinating pick times and drop off time and finding a pick up and drop off location was the most stressful part of the entire planning of our wedding.

Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?

Because we had in mind our theme and vision for a wedding, planning was not stressful and we got lucky with finding and booking our vendors within a couple of months of getting engaged.

Any advice for couples planning weddings now? Anything you would have done differently or anything you’d like to add?

If we were to offer any advice to couples planning a wedding it would be to be true to your own vision as a couple. Rather than trying to meet the expectations of everyone including family. It is incredibly important to distill down the core values that you have individually and within a partnership when creating this experience. Thinking back to that day, I wish I would have had more time getting pictures getting ready with my sisters and mom.

What was your favorite part of your wedding day?

Our favorite part of our day was “the first look” photos. That moment was so exciting and special to have because we got to have an intimate moment alone and see each other a last time before walking down the aisle. That time alone gave us the opportunity to allow us to feel our emotions about our most special day, but also smile, cry and hug each other.

Robin is wearing blue vest and pants. Myrna is wearing white wedding dress. 

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Lauren Title_key Lauren

Love Shoot
gallery Oct 6 2020
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LGBTQ Pride Flag Session

What was the inspiration behind this styled shoot?

I wanted to do a photoshoot to celebrate Pride Month. I asked my old friend from high school, Lauren, if her and her girlfriend, also named Lauren, would want to do a photoshoot with me. We graduated from a conservative small town in Indiana, and she’s one of the few people I went to school with that is also part of the LGBTQAI+ community. We both have ended up living in Indianapolis which is much more inclusive & accepting. I chose to shoot around a Downtown area on Mass Ave., which is a well known area of the city that is accepting of the LGBTQAI+ community. I wanted to shoot around downtown because I wanted to celebrate our Pride in Indianapolis. Indiana often gets a bad rep for being a super conservative/red state, but Indianapolis, to me, seems like the diamond in the rough.

What are some of the key elements in this shoot?

A key element of this shoot was incorporating the Pride flag. We started off the shoot by walking around Mass Ave., but I knew I wanted to end the shoot just before sunset on top of a parking garage where we could see the Indianapolis Skyline. I love shooting at golden hour, and I knew of a parking garage that had a killer view of the city. Once we got up there, we got out the flag, and it was a nice touch for the series.

Is there an overall theme and/or color palette in this shoot?

The overall theme was to celebrate Pride Month. My shooting style when shooting in an urban setting is typically very colorful and true to life. I like to find fun walls and pops of color to add to the photos, but I mostly care about the connection and emotion in a photo over the locations. I also really like the color blue...so when my clients show up in blue outfits, it’s super on brand! :)

Why did you choose to use an LGBTQAI+ couple for the shoot? What significance did it have?

This shoot was to celebrate Pride Month. I, myself, am part of the LGBTQAI+ community and I really enjoy having clients that are as well. Though, due to my location, I don’t tend to have LGBTQAI+ clients as often as I’d like to.

Have you worked with LGBTQAI+ couples prior to this?

Yes, I have! When shooting with LGBTQAI+ couples, the most important thing for me is to make sure that the couple is comfortable during the shoot. I talk with them beforehand to make sure they’re comfortable with our location choices. And when posing, I often will explain or show poses without asking either of them specifically to do certain parts of the pose. I let them decide who goes where and what they’re comfortable with doing because they will know better than I do.

This couple just so happens to gave the same name. They are both named Lauren. However, during the shoot, Lauren wearing the green Romper with the bandeau said I could call her LoPo so things didn’t get confusing. Both preferred pronouns are she/hers.

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Kaipo Title_key Harley

Styled Shoot
gallery Sep 29 2020
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A Downtown Honolulu Shoot

Styled Shoot – Inspiration Story

"The location of this shoot was in the heart of downtown Honolulu. Definitely not what you see on any postcards of Hawai'i, but it is still part of our home. I wanted to create a colorful setting in an area that is predominantly concrete and bring life and love to the space. The shoot was done in the beginning of December and as most know, Hawaii doesn't experience cold winters, so I wanted to use bright flowers that you normally wouldn't see during this season, to showcase how accessible having an outdoor wedding here is, no matter the time of year. This space is a bar and I think to the normal person you wouldn't expect it to be anything more, but after seeing the exposed brick, the beautiful outdoor space with the live greenery wall and the rustic feel you get from immediately walking in, I knew that it had potential. In the midst of us in a worldwide pandemic and everyday the wedding industry adjusting to our new normal, it is important that we continue to think outside of the box for how and where we have weddings. I love the way it turned out. It makes me happy seeing the colors. I love that colors don't have gender, which is why I choose two men for the shoot instead of women. These flowers could be looked at as more girly, but I love that you have the contrast between the masculine and feminine energy.” - Zabrina, The Gay Agenda.

What are some of the key elements in this shoot?

This styled shoot is predominantly colorful in aesthetic. We gave our collaborators free reign on all things vibrant and colorful. We added a bit of tropical flair with our gorgeous rattan chairs used by our couple. This color scheme lent itself nicely to the overall urban feel of The Tchin Tchin Bar, adding a bit of fun and liveliness.

Is there an overall theme and/or color palette in this shoot?

“Urban Vibrant” is a great way to describe our shoot. The decor and details we chose cuts through the typically grey and cold nature of urban settings. The dichotomy between a stereotypical city setting and our decidedly warm and vibrant decor, is a contrast we chose to embrace.

Why did you choose to use an LGBTQAI+ couple for the shoot? What significance did it have?

“For me, I have found that the LGBTQAI community isn’t as frequently represented here in Hawaii as it might be in other areas of the country. So, it’s really important for me to continue to create styled shoots like this one, in addition to working with real couples for their wedding day, elopement, engagement session or any other reason to have your photos taken! It helps bring awareness and also create a local Hawaii community that is more inclusive. It was also important for us to have a real couple. From a photography standpoint, a real couple will always bring the real stuff, the heat and the love and I'm all for that. We also wanted to show a real life couple as opposed to two models because, well, there is a real LGBTQAI community here in Hawaii, so why fake it when the real thing is here.” - Megan Moura

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