because this is more than just about photos
The more I express my true self throughout all aspects of Magnolia + Ember, the more I open myself to attracting in the kindred spirits that are meant for me because the same values resonate within their own selves. Don’t get me wrong, it’s hella scary sometimes putting myself out there in such a vulnerable way, but I feel this is my purpose in this lifetime. I’m ready to really be seen for who I am and harness my creative power as an artist. There are a lot of photographers in the wedding & elopement industry, many crafting breathtaking art, but I strive to go beyond the pictures and make your time with me a wildly intentional experience. I want to create a safe space for layers to unfold allowing me to capture the radiating love and emotional connection that you can feel in my work—a holistic approach. And to do so, I have to have awareness within my own truth. Let me introduce you to the Artist’s Diary blog posts, and you can also follow along on Instagram @depthofmagnolia. Now on to the test…
Find a quiet place and try this mental exercise to see if you’re ready for your wildly intentional experience of a lifetime
Take a deep breath expanding your lungs to full capacity. Now, slowly exhale releasing any expectations and thoughts of the outside world. Place your mind at the base of a raging waterfall and breathe in the thick mist of air filling the space around you. Visualize your hair blowing wildly in the wind. Become aware of the goosebumps rising across your body from the chilling splashes. Now, picture your divine partner standing in your presence—the one that was crafted just for you by the magic of the Universe. Lure them close and intertwine yourselves. Take them in—all of them. Find the rise and fall of their chest against yours, and together, synchronize your breathing. Look out and see the extraordinary creation of Mother Nature that surrounds you both. You are free as can be. Only love is here.
Now close your eyes and stay in this moment for 60 seconds
this is your time and space…
The tranquility within, yet a spike of adrenaline that heightens your senses? The loving excitement that has overcome your body? That is the energy I seek to capture in your frames. Magnolia + Ember is more than just photographing madly-in-love couples. I am creating a space for authentic moments to transpire—those filled with emotional depth and soulful connections. The art of M+E photography is driven through experiences.
If this sounds like a little bit of heaven to you, get in touch and let’s start planning your adventure. I am based in the Great Smoky Mountains, and I travel worldwide helping couples plan the whole experience from finding the ideal location that speaks to you and your partner, what to pack in your bags, marriage license and permit information, and so much more. Check out the all-inclusive wedding and elopement photography packages.
Elope at Latourell Falls in the Columbia River Gorge
If you are making a trip to the Pacific Northwest and want a short hike with drop-dead gorgeous scenery, this gem in the Columbia River Gorge is an absolute must see place. This epic waterfall, Latourell Falls, is located about 45 minutes away from Portland, Oregon. With a total of 2 miles in and back out, you can get right up to the base of the falls. You can also bring your furry pups on the hike with you. See map on AllTrails.
adventures crafted with intention and depth
Love this dress? Purchase this off-shoulder maxi dress on Amazon. The lightweight and layered fabric flows so well in the wind from the crashing waters. It’s less than $30 and even has pockets! Find a variety of dresses for adventurous engagement sessions on my Amazon recommendation lists.