An Intimate Affair

Woah, what a crazy and wonderful year it was been thus far.

I have had so much going on in my life the past year and it certainly caused this whole blogging my shoots to come to quite a halt. I decided to take on a teaching position and while I loved the staff and the children, I really wanted to see where I could take my business. Teaching and photography are both jobs that require constant work, therefore I was basically working and putting everything else in my life on the backburner. I am planning to still dip my toes in the education water because let’s face it, our youth need all the love they can get. However, I am planning on focusing primarily on photography.

So there was that, not to mention, I got married, y’all! Yeah, that happened and it was the most magical two days of my life. You heard it right, two days. If I have any advice to offer to a soon to be bride, it’s stretch it out to make it less stressful. We did the ceremony on one day and the reception the next. It. Was. Perfect. I mean just look at this beautiful shot taken by Jameykay & Arlie Photography. Not to mention how amazing Ali Lawless did on my make up and Wildflower Bridal for putting me in the most extraordinary dress!

We took three weeks and went road tripin’ across the country. It was something I still can’t wrap my head around. We really got to experience some incredible things. Here are just a few of the shots I took along the way!

Now we are home for awhile and I am really jumping to this photography thing. I have been booking up so quickly and it really excites me for what lies ahead. I recently had the opportunity to photography a beautiful intimate wedding at Palmer’s Chapel in Cataloochee Valley. I am so grateful to Kaleb and Emily for letting me in on their special day. I adore shooting your average wedding, but being able to spend time with such a small group of people really stands out. I was able to meet and speak with everyone in attendance and truly felt like part of the fam once I left. This was a wedding packed tightly with love and emotions, so I hope you enjoy as much as I did!

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This was such a magical wedding to be a part of and I know these two have many happy years ahead of them. It was funny, it was pouring (and I mean torrential downpour) minutes before the ceremony and these two just took it like nothing. They were both so calm and collected. The day turned out to be perfect and they are the kind of couple that when things do go a little off, they will find comfort in one other to push on.

Goodnight,

Taylor Boyd

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Mountain Goddess

Hello, hello!

Shew, what a summer it has been. A wonderful, magnificent, adventure filled summer! My life has been a whirlwind lately and I am just now starting to catch up on “work.” Wes and I spent two weeks on the Appalachian Trail, which was absolutely splendid and a much needed trip. There is something so peaceful about going to the woods for awhile. Unfortunately, I still have emails and voicemails I am trying to reply back to.  We went in as just your normal couple and hiked out engaged, so that is pretty rad. I’d post some photos, but I only have GoPro shots and those just aren’t up to par when you’re a professional. Haha.

Something else? I’ve also accepted a full time position at Junaluska Elementary where I will be a 4th grade teacher. I spent time doing Title 1 earlier in the year there and fell in love with the community in this school. I’ve never seen so many teachers who have such a heart for our youth and their education. I’m so super stoked to start this new chapter in my life. I want to inspire my students to know that no adventure is too big and that educating yourself in your interests can open up new worlds. Every little mind is different and that is such a magical thing!

Between getting ready for the new job, planning a wedding, and working my photography, I had a chance to collaborate with some amazing people. In this biz, you gotta step back once in awhile from the day to day work and do something exciting. Well, I did just that! I got hooked up with some pretty fabulous people and we made some magic.

The gorgeous gal: Patrice Wilson

The magnificent make up artist: Ali Lawless

The remarkable wardrobe: Royal Peasantry

This was the perfect team. Sometimes you do not need a ton of people to make something beautiful, you just need the right ones. Patrice is a native of WNC and there was no question of her rocking this shoot. Her soul is part of these mountains. Ali, let me tell you, is an incredible make up artist. Not only does she have phenomenal personality, but she has skills. I was basically in awe as I watched her work. And the lovely dress came from Royal Peasantry, which will always be one of my favorite local shops in Asheville. I’m always greeted with the perfect atmosphere and so many pieces of clothing that are truly works of art. When picking up the dress, I couldn’t leave without treating myself with a new skirt. But I had to, you know, because of the teaching position. Gotta get my wardrobe up.

Just look at this magnificence.

This shoot turned out so stunning and I couldn’t be happier with the images. I certainly could not have done it without the awesome team behind the scenes!

Oh, and by the way, I made that flower crown. You’re impressed, right? I know I was.

The coming months are going to continue a whirlwind and I am excited and nervous for these new ventures. I will have to find the balance between photography and teaching, which frightens me. Both mean so much to me, so I know things will fall into place.

Until next time.

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