Archive for July, 2011

This week I delivered the absolutely lovely artist designed wedding book to Anna & Dane. Before I show off the fantastic book, here’s some of my favorite images from their wedding day.

I absolutely had to show you these photos first. Because these are two of the most fun folks I’ve ever met! Their families are precious too!

Anna decided to wear a fantastic pair of blue shoes! And Gin Creek provided the perfect backdrop for the day.

I always love the moments when the bride puts on her wedding dress!

Anna was stunning and so poised!

The bridesmaids wore fantastic (and fun!) short green dresses.

Anna is blessed with a large family.

Did I mention that this is a fun group?
A fantastically fun group who had me in stitches most of the day.
I’m pretty sure the guys created some photo ops on their own. ūüėČ
Dane’s got a group of sweethearts. It’s true. And you can tell his momma I said so!
Some very proud men in here.
Anna’s sister and brother serenaded us before the ceremony.
Not so secretly, I adore the first look.
These two? Excited to get married? Completely.
This may be my favorite of the day. Yep. Makes me smile every single time.
Dane & Anna love it so much that they look at it every day. They ordered a 20 x 40 inch gallery wrapped canvas & it hangs proudly over their bed.
Their friends? Sure can cut a rug!
I’ve got my tickets to the gun show! Dane is a football coach and Anna teaches physical education.
Dane’s sweet mother and darling sister. Part of one wonderful family!
Congrats, Mr. & Mrs. Holihan! And best wishes! Thank you for letting me be a part of your wedding day!

Everyone say hi to ¬†Julie!¬†She’s a full-time studio artist who combines fine art & function into a funky mix. It’s completely possible that I use pieces she’s made every day.

We met during our Master of Fine Arts program at FSU way back in 2005. Before moving to Florida she grew up among the cornfields in rural Illinois. Sometimes, she’s a corny gal (bwah! humor!).

Last week we met up for some portraits, and then for extra fun we did a process series. In this case, Julie shows us her process for making a tumbler. A tumbler which will soon be mine. The entire process is just magical.¬†¬†Julie’s studio is absolutely filled with inspiration! The image on the right is a silkscreen she uses in her transfer work.

This was where the magic started for me. I love image transfers (I could show you examples of my work, but I won’t¬†Bogart¬†Julie’s post). Back to the art making.

See! Magic! Julie, of course, had no doubts. I was on the edge of my seat.

Almost finished! Julie makes this look easy but it’s only because she’s talented & experienced.¬†Surgeon¬†hands. Covered in clay.

The image on the left is a sketch for a piece she’s making for an upcoming exhibition. Remember how I said Julie’s an artist? I meant it! If you see her name in the news be sure you check out that exhibition.

These nesting bowls come in a set of three. I’d love to see them dotted around my house. The smallest is perfect to keep by your bedside and your engagement & wedding band safe at night. Julie takes¬†commissions and can add your names or wedding date. Something to keep in mind if you are trying to think of a unique wedding present too.

Just adore these cups! Want to see Julie’s work in person? Head over to Textures Handmade Market in Tallahassee’s Midtown District. And while you’re looking around the internet, go ahead and sign up for Julie’s Email Newsletter. I hear she’s got some truly awesome stuff coming up at the end of the month. Trust me, if you enjoy her work then you’ll want to stay in the know!

Thanks for having me over, Julie! Tea party with your new ware soon?

Senior portraits with one senior is a fun time. But you know what’s grand? 2 seniors at the same time. But what’s truly fantastic?

Senior portraits at Disney World!

The girls and I had a blast on our trip to Orlando, where we spent a day at the Magic Kingdom & Epcot.

We had a spin on the Tea Cups!

But more fun on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad!

We made our way over to Epcot where we had a ball.

I hope you enjoyed viewing the girls fun day. By the by, my favorite thing to use senior portraits for? Graduation Announcements of course! This one below is a double sided, folded 5×7 inch card. And I’m more than happy to design them for you using using photos from your Ansley Studio portrait session.

Someone always has a friend of a friend of a friend story, right? Well, this is mine! I photographed Dorrie’s wedding where Holly and Ginger were bridesmaids…and then photographed their weddings too!

Holly left some super sweet words on my facebook fan page. Have I mentioned that Holly is one of my favorite librarians and quite the wordsmith?

“Ansley shot my engagement photos in February and my wedding photos in April. I can’t say enough about the stellar level of service she provides. Her pictures are absolutely beautiful. She is so creative and finds a way to inject the soul of her subjects into the photos. Her work is consistently awesome, too- she was the photographer at my best friend’s wedding which is how I knew about her- and I can tell you she did beautiful work there, and at my wedding, and at a recent wedding of another friend. She’s extremely professional in her work, but by the time you’ve walked down that aisle, you’ll consider her a friend.”

Want to see some of their engagement & wedding photos? We did their engagement photos in and near the Ray Charles Plaza.

Joe owns a local car shop and I thought it was too perfect that we found a tire ghost sign on the brick wall.

The Ray Charles Plaza has a giant piano space that’s great for sitting or a goof off spot.

Holly’s wedding dress was close fitting and vintage inspired. Her veil is still one of my favorites – absolutely lovely and suits her just so!

Holly’s father walked her through the garden and, as tradition states, gave her away to Joe.

Don’t you just adore the way Joe looks at Holly? They’re oh so very much in love and this is ALWAYS how he looks at her. Makes me mushy inside.

Their wedding cakes were both unique. The white on white cake included text from the ceremony as well as love quotes. The groom’s cake featured motorcross & a truck with exceptionally large wheels.

Not only does Joe spend his days working on cars, he also restored a vintage car just in time for the wedding. They drove off in it at the end of the night!

Thanks for inviting me to spend your wedding day with you, Holly & Joe! If you have any more friends getting married let them know about me – I’ll snap your photo again anytime!