Blue Barn Photography: Blog en-us (C) Blue Barn Photography 2009-2017 (Blue Barn Photography) Thu, 10 Aug 2017 17:55:00 GMT Thu, 10 Aug 2017 17:55:00 GMT Meet Our Summer Intern: Michaela Hudson bbtt-michaela-15bbtt-michaela-15

Seasons seem to come and go quickly these days. It seems like just yesterday I was interviewing Michaela for our summer internship, and now here we are spending our last day with her in the office before she heads back to Greenville. I love Michaela's sweet personality, her steady drive, and the way she pursues every task with grace, confidence and tenacity. It's been such a fun season having her with us behind the scenes, and before she leaves, Michaela is sharing a few bits about herself and what her internship looked like this summer! 




Hi everyone! My name's Michaela Hudson and it has been a joy to be Blue Barn's intern this summer. I am a senior at East Carolina University working toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Cinematic Arts and Media Production. I have a passion for photography and it has been awesome to be surrounded by people who do as well. During my internship I worked on blog posts, Instagram posts, and even helped install Blue Barn's first gallery wall. Another fun thing that happened this summer is my sister Kayla Brewer, opened her own store in downtown Raleigh called Voda Boutique. Here you can find the Blue Barn gallery wall that I mentioned and Blue Barn prints for sale, which you can also shop here. During this internship I have learned so much about photography and branding that I know will help me in the future. I'm so sad to be leaving but so thankful to have been a part of the Blue Barn team these past few months! 


1. Where are you from? Tell us about your hometown.

I had the privilege of growing up in a cute little one stoplight town called Star, NC. Living in such a tight-knit community has taught me the importance of family and friendship and I will be forever grateful for that.


2. Why do you love photography?

My favorite part about photography is being able to capture moments that people can cherish forever and hoping that one day when they look at a picture I have taken that it might take them back to a special time in their life.


3. What is one fear you would like to conquer or one thing you would like to learn?

For as long as I can remember I've had a huge fear of heights. So, this summer I decided to face that fear and rode in an airplane for the first time. Although I was terrified the trip to Florida was worth it!


4. Favorite free time hobby?

During my free time you can find me taking pictures. I have my camera everywhere I go. I just love capturing moments in time that I will be able to look back on in the future.


5. What is something you're looking forward to right now?

I am looking forward to Voda Boutique's grand opening party happening this Saturday, August 12th from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm! You can see more about this event on Voda's Instagram


6. What inspires you creatively?

My inspiration comes from the world itself. There's beauty within everything that God has created and when I'm not trying to capture it on my camera, I like to sit back and enjoy everything around me.

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Photography: Tatum | | Film Processing: Photovision | Styling: Voda Boutique


]]> (Blue Barn Photography) fine art film lifestyle tatum Thu, 10 Aug 2017 17:53:29 GMT
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I am beyond thankful that I met Hannah & Sean five years ago while second shooting their wedding. You may recognize them from their maternity announcement blog or from our styled shoot featured on Love & Lavender. It has been an honor to document these milestones in their marriage. Without their friendship I wouldn't be the person I am today. Hannah is one of my dearest friends and is the type of friend that I have prayed for my whole life. She is devoted to the Lord and Sean, she is passionate and creative, and she has a desire to serve, love and support others around her. These are only a few attributes that will make her an amazing mother! For this maternity session we road-tripped to the coast and wandered through the billowing trees of Fort Fisher to celebrate the life of baby Kate. Enjoy!

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]]> (Blue Barn Photography) lifestyle maternity rachel Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:00:00 GMT
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What a joy it was to celebrate Mike & View's love with them! They are both down to earth people and the kind of couple who kind of "go with the flow." Mike & View have actually been married a few years and have been waiting to have a ceremony. Both of their families are from Thailand and the couple is excited to have them travel to the United States to celebrate their wedding all together. Mike & View are the owners of a sushi restaurant called Spicy 9, located on Franklin Street near Chapel Hill. Through out their session, they showed us around Franklin Street and even hosted us at their restaurant, which was AMAZING by the way! We can't wait to see what their future together holds. Until then, enjoy!

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XO Tatum

]]> (Blue Barn Photography) lifestyle tatum Thu, 13 Jul 2017 19:00:00 GMT
Tina & Ashwin's Vibrant Durham Wedding  


Meet Tina & Ashwin! They both are very outgoing, free-spirited, and kind people. They first met during their college years and after dating a while, their work took them to Dubai. Tina & Ashwin found it important to travel back to the states to celebrate their ceremony with their families. They chose Duke Gardens and The Cookery. It was such a joy to be a part of their beautiful and vibrant day. From the strong colors to the evident passion between them, it was definitely a memorable ceremony. We hope you find inspiration through their beautiful wedding day. Enjoy!

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Ceremony: Sarah P. Duke Gardens // Reception: The Cookery 

xo Taylorxo Taylor

]]> (Blue Barn Photography) Taylor Weddings Thu, 29 Jun 2017 17:58:31 GMT
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What a beautiful evening spent with this adventurous couple. Caroline and Austin were engaged in Boone on the edge of a mountain top at sunrise, so it was a joy to be able to travel here and photograph them in the place where it all began. Now, we're only a few days from them beginning the biggest adventure of all.


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Hair & Makeup: Amanda Crawford // Styling: Melissa DeLeon 

xo Rachelxo Rachel

]]> (Blue Barn Photography) Engagements Rachel Tue, 06 Jun 2017 17:17:22 GMT
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Over the past 9 months Andrew & I have been getting to know our son Jack by his active hands & feet! With each growing rapidly in strength, I'm constantly reminded of God's marvelous design. Becoming a portal for his creation is overwhelming in the best way & I could sit criss-cross applesauce all day long just pondering the idea. However, I knew very early in pregnancy that I didn't wanted to "slow down." Although physically, it wasn't much of my choice, I intentionally set mental goals to not allow this exciting new transition into motherhood become an idol in my life. Thankfully I absolutely love what I do as a wedding photographer & capturing the love of others isn't such a shabby past-time. Whether we're lenses up in the chapel or editing behind the scenes, keeping busy provides an escape in having to lasso my mind from drifting off to la la land. Today I'm talking about the ups & downs through this season on the job & sharing the beautiful film images of our maternity session photographed by Rachel. Isn't she just so talented? 
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I need my husband for so many things & since becoming pregnant... so many more! Without a doubt, Andrew has been my saving grace this wedding season through his selfless acts of service. He loads the equipment, carries the bags & most importantly grounds me with perspective. Admittedly one thing that has changed since carrying Jack, is my abundance of energy. As soon as we reach the car at the end of the night the, first thing I do is toss my shoes (& all other publicly necessary clothing articles) in the backseat & sink into the passengers seat for a moment of prolonged silence. But all minutes in between us arriving & going home are handled with poise because of Andrew! His role arises most often as one of those guys on the snicker's commercials that rebukes the diva out of me by shoving a cliff bar in my face. They're not lying when they say YA NEED YOUR FOOD! Without him by my side to remind me of the importance of these amazing wedding days, I'd be lacking in contentment, lacking in creative vision & so so incredibly hungry. 
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Something's for sure - wedding guests have no filter. I can't tell you how many off-the-wall comments we hear about my belly on a wedding day. The most typical comments are "You're about to pop!" or "Oh, honeyyyy, you must be exhausted!" During one of our most recent ceremonies, a woman I'd never met before stormed toward me with a harsh grimace on her face & barked "you need to sit down!" Luckily the bride had already made it down the aisle & didn't witness the scene, but I was so shocked & confused. I told her gently that it was my job to remain standing & that I appreciated her concern which eventually with persuasion made her pull away... but not before she made her disapproval of me wearing heels known to all! I was also asked how far along I was by a sweet grandfather of the bride, but not in the typical way, he asked right down to the week! "Are you about 34 weeks now?" he says & he was right on the money! It was the absolute sweetest seeing this 75 year old man staring down at Jack with an ear to ear grin & I just knew in my heart he had a billion grandbabies who adored him. :) 
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Day in & day out of witnessing these countless brides making life-changing covenants with their husbands, I'm forced to reflect on my first days as a married woman. I remember my concentration shifting inwardly (in the wrong direction) as I became more familiar with any other human I'd ever had. This type of intimacy is such a curious thing, even appealing, but man does it sting to first see your selfishness so up-close! As a new wife, my identity was wrapped up in the actions i took to "better my husband"... how great i was at encouraging him, the amount of dreams he pursued with my helpful hand & ultimately his overall satisfaction in me by his side. Do you see the pattern in it all?

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As a sinner, then & today, I am constantly seeing things I need to change in my heart, but being broken without the ability to adjust them on my own, has brought peace, relief, comfort & closeness with my Savior. He is the one who I press on so fervently to be, because I am nothing without Him. As i basque in this swallowing truth I pray my dependence on Him never waver through marriage, through business & especially as a mother.

The only true hope of any success in raising a child, is for Andrew & I to fix our perspective not on who we one day wish to be as a husband, wife, father or mother but who God is & will always be outside us & deep within. My hope is that this little one sees two parents who are weak in the flesh, through their jobs & everyday lives who can do nothing on their own initiative… but anything through the Lord. My hope is that Jack believes in the pure truth of the Gospel, the beautiful freedom of God's grace & that together as a family we can share in a relationship that sharpens one another to be more like Jesus day by day.
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]]> (Blue Barn Photography) Fine Art Film Lifestyle Maternity Personal Rachel Taylor The Lovettes Wed, 17 May 2017 14:57:08 GMT
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There seems to be a common strand of curiosity behind the benefits of bridal portraits. Originally labeled a "southern tradition" along with sweet tea & everything monogrammed, bridal portraits have transformed into much more than a beautiful art piece to be displayed beside the guestbook table. 

Capturing a bride in her lace before the big day allows for a true trial of all things bridal, including moving around in her wedding dress, finalizing hair and make-up choices & carrying a big bouquet of beautiful flowers. It also allows the bride and photographer valuable time together prior to the wedding day. Fact: you will spend more time with your photographer on your wedding day then just about anyone else. Between the getting ready shots, wedding party portraits, ceremony & reception... you and your photographer are sure to be BFFs by the end of the night (at least that's my goal). :) Bridal sessions give photographers a chance to really get to know the bride & her personality without the craziness of a wedding day. In just one-two hours, I can learn what her natural smile looks like & how to get it to come out all while capturing classic, timeless images without the hustle and bustle of wedding day activities.

Also, how often do you get to wear a stunning (and probably expensive) white gown? Unless you are a dress model, the answer is probably “just once”. Why save all the fun for your wedding day? Bridal sessions are a really fun way to get some use out of that amazing dress you have been dreaming about for months/years. Not to mention the gift of stunning photos that one day future generations will be sure to cherish. 

We hope these little nuggets of knowledge were helpful for you & that you enjoy this sweet bridal session of Anna just weeks before her wedding day! Isn't she lovely? 

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Venue - Market Hall
Hair & Makeup - Salon Saia
Shoes - J.Crew
Florals - Bushel & Peck Designs
Dress: Traditions by Anna

]]> (Blue Barn Photography) Bridals Taylor Weddings Fri, 07 Apr 2017 12:00:00 GMT
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Change is ever present, and all around us. It's a huge reason why the privilege of capturing precious, fleeting moments holds so much weight in our hearts, and our hands (literally :)). Over the last several months, there has been so many exciting and wonderful changes happening at Blue Barn behind the scenes. I am in complete awe at God's faithfulness to bring such joy and fullness into this business. 

In September, we introduced you to sweet our newly wedded fall intern, Taylor Thomas. Then, in November we announced the addition of Andrew Lovette, debuting Blue Barn as two husband and wife photography teams, The Linders & The Lovettes. In December, you celebrated with us as The Lovettes announced growing a little team of their own (we love you already baby Jack)! And today, we're excited to finally spill the beans and introduce you to our THIRD husband and wife photography team, Taylor "Tatum" & Will Thomas! 


Shortly after their summer wedding that The Lovette's photographed, we started looking for an intern for the fall to run our blog and social media. From the moment I read Tatum's application, I was immediately intrigued and drawn to her sweet and thoughtful heart. 

As you know, Tatum did intern for us over the fall, which means she was in our office one day a week with both Taylor and myself, learning the ins and outs of everything that happens behind the scenes, the why behind what we do, and the heart of our brand from it's very core. Tatum fit into our workflow seamlessly, and her love for people and natural talent has been an easy one to foster and grow even more as she's become a Blue Barn Belle!  

We'd love for you to take a peak at the (still) newlyweds below, get to know them more, and see some of Tatum's beautiful work. Tatum & Will are now accepting bookings for 2017 and 2018, and to learn more, you can contact us here or say hello to Tatum here!

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Melissa DeLeon Styling | Photovision Prints


]]> (Blue Barn Photography) Behind The Scenes Fine Art Film Rachel Tatum The Thomases Wed, 05 Apr 2017 11:00:00 GMT
Six Tips for Styling Your Family Photos Featuring The McKinneys bluebarn-mckinney-sixmonth-67bluebarn-mckinney-sixmonth-67

The biggest compliment I can receive as a photographer is when clients come back to have me capture milestone after milestone. If you don't recognize The McKinney's already, I highly recommend getting to know this amazing family starting from their Backyard Engagement SessionDurham WeddingSunset Maternity Session, and their adorable Newborn Session with their twin daughters, Rooney & Navy. 

This six month milestone session tops the cake as my favorite family photos I've ever photographed. Shannon is a stunning picture of fresh motherhood, and our morning together was so sweet and relaxed. 

Melissa DeLeon (fashion blogger at Mel In Chanel) did an amazing job styling the whole family for a seamless look. Below, Melissa was kind enough to share six amazing tips to pull your family's look together, too! 

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1. Find inspiration. Choose a color scheme, a pattern, a perfect setting, an image or a theme that will be the inspiration behind your photos. This will be your constant reminder of what you aspire your photos to look like. 

2. Know your subject and your setting. Although you may have reserved a gorgeous space or venue to act as the backdrop for your photos, you are the subject of the images! Knowing your exact setting for the photoshoot is key, so that you can plan outfits accordingly. You do not want to fade into the background! Dressing in a color or pattern that contrasts with the setting will allow people to see you in the photos. I highly recommend doing your homework and even visiting the venue or looking at photos of it online, if any. Keep in mind seasonal changes, and remember that trees and plants change throughout the year. If you’re wanting a fresh green background, you want to take photos in the spring - not the winter.



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3. Start with one item of clothing and build off of it. Find one piece that you love and that stems from your inspiration. Then, like a puzzle, work on finding pieces that fit around it. From that one item, it’s much easier to search for others that complement and look good together as a whole instead of working on several all at once. If it helps you, I recommend making a mood board.

4. Be cohesive. Choose an attire and a season and stick with it. You want to make sure everyone in the photo is dressed similarly, as if you are all attending the same event. Is the event black tie? Casual? Dressy? Is it summer or winter? Everyone in the photo should be dressed within that attire and within that season - whichever you choose. 

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5. Find a photographer who understands your vision and communicates well with you. Every photographer has his or her own style, and you need to make sure that their style and your style pair well together. Find one who is willing to listen and will offer up suggestions. The more they understand what you’re wanting, the more they can fulfill your wishes! After working with Rachel and Taylor on so many projects, I can tell you that they are the first photographers I call for all my photography needs. Both of these women have spurred on even more inspiration because of their communication and creativity. I’ve entrusted them with many projects and hope to work on many more. They’re the best of the best!

6. Wear something that you love and that suits your personal style. You need to look like yourself! This is my last and most important rule of thumb. Wearing something you wouldn’t typically wear will make you feel and look uncomfortable in the photos. If you don’t look like yourself, you won’t feel like yourself, and that will show in the photos. You want to be comfortable in what you’re wearing so that you exude confidence and look your very best.

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As a bonus, were sharing the McKinney's style inspiration board below! Melissa and Shannon decided on the gorgeous Anthropologie dress as the base for the family's look, and pulled together pieces that would look cohesive, and relaxed with the natural outdoor setting. I'm a huge fan of all the timeless neutrals and blush tones that are soft and feminine, with just a touch of girly. 

And PSST! We've partnered with Melissa to offer her styling service within several of our packages! Contact us for more information. 

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xo Rachelxo Rachel

]]> (Blue Barn Photography) Fine Art Film Lifestyle Rachel Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:08:56 GMT
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In June of 2012, I showed up to a wedding as the second shooter, not knowing anything about the bride and groom. After spending a short amount of time with Hannah and her bridesmaids before the ceremony, I distinctly remember thinking, "I want to be friends with her." Fast forward a few years and several dozen coffee (Jubala) dates later, Hannah is one of my dearest friends. Our friendship has challenged and refined me, and we've shared so many amazing memories together since - birthdays, coffee dates, Moscow mules, road trips, business ventures, and more photo shoots. This shoot in particular is by far my favorite time photographing Hannah and Sean (you may recognize them from our styled shoot featured on Love & Lavender). It was extremely cold that Sunday afternoon, so we kept the session short and sweet. But, a couple rolls of film were all I needed because let's be real, Hannah and Sean are gorgeous. More importantly, they love each other and know how to have fun and make the most of any situation. It is such an honor that I have been present for their wedding, and now this exciting milestone in their marriage! Seth and I cannot wait to share in even more adventures and make more memories as the years go on and families grow! :)  

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]]> (Blue Barn Photography) Fine Art Film Lifestyle Rachel Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:53:33 GMT
Love Is Sweet bluebarn-dessertscapes-22bluebarn-dessertscapes-22

Whether you're throwing a get together for your favorite galentines, planning to treat yo'self, or wanting to stay in for a cozy night with your love this Valentine's Day, this gorgeous table scape is sure to offer some savory inspiration for celebrating the sweetest day of the year!  

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Photography: Rachel Linder
Venue: The Glass Box
Styling: Brittany Maiava
Dessert: Sugar Euphoria

xo Rachelxo Rachel

]]> (Blue Barn Photography) Lifestyle Rachel Sun, 05 Feb 2017 21:16:00 GMT
Christina & Quentin's Charming Southern Wedding BBT-christinaquentin-3268BBT-christinaquentin-3268

This lovely couple's story began at a local Raleigh restaurant where Christina, a sweet & gorgeous Virginia native, first became smitten with Quentin's strong accent & shy demeanor. It was her very first weekend after moving to North Carolina & soon after she knew he was the man she would marry. We hope you find inspiration through the beautiful images of their wedding day as Christina shares a few words about how she fell head over heels! Enjoy!

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"After the night Quentin & I met, we spent every minute together. Everything just felt so easy and real & always had such a great time together with constant laughter and impromptu trips. We couldn't stand to be apart. Our love was the easiest and most wonderful thing to happen to me & I knew I had to have him in my life forever."

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"Our whole entire wedding day was so wonderful. It's difficult to pick out a specific moment to call my "favorite" but the most magical part was during our ceremony, when I couldn't stop smiling & giggling because I was so incredibly happy to be marrying the man of my dreams."

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"Not much has changed since we got married, aside from the fact that my heart is completely & utterly full. We have had a great time watching our wedding video and looking through pictures taken of our day over & over again. It is so great to be able to re-live our day as much as we want to especially knowing that we wouldn't change a single thing."

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Venue: Magnolia Manor Plantation
Hair + Make-up: LULA hair + make-up

]]> (Blue Barn Photography) Taylor Weddings Thu, 02 Feb 2017 13:00:00 GMT
Lucas & Allie's Sweet Carolina Engagement BBT-allielucas-1036BBT-allielucas-1036

Though it was winter & the air was quite crisp, these two still managed to completely melt my heart during their beautiful engagement session in Raleigh last November. Not only is Lucas & Allie's love filled with passion for one another, but also for The Lord in which they've committed to center their relationship upon & it surely shines bright through each of their smiles. We hope you enjoy images from this sweet North Carolina engagement, as well as some personal words from Allie herself as she shares the beginning of their beautiful love story!

"From the day Lucas started pursuing me, he was always very intentional in his thoughts and actions. As soon as Lucas dropped me off after our first date, I knew I was in trouble because I could already see myself falling hard & soon after I became certain this was the man God intended me to spend the rest of my life with. Lucas is the most hard working, loyal, trustworthy, caring, and funniest man I know. He loves me and shows me grace when I least deserve it; just like Jesus does."

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"I had no intentions of getting a dog until I saw this adorable black puppy, I now call Monkee. She's been my shadow since my sophomore year of undergrad so when Lucas started coming around, my little girl was very protective over me and unsure about him; however, before I knew it, the two of them became inseparable. After Lucas and I had been dating a few months, Lucas thought it was a good idea to get Monkee a brother. We found Beau in Goldsboro as the chunkiest and laziest puppy of his litter and we knew he would be the perfect addition to our little family. Admittedly ever since, we have fully embraced the title of "crazy dog people" & share an unbreakable bond between the four of us."

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"Lucas and I have been through many life changes together: graduating from East Carolina in both our undergrad and graduate programs, moving to Raleigh, beginning our careers, raising our pups, planning our future lives together and I can truthfully say that each day with Lucas is a blessing. Whether we are in the valleys or on the mountaintops, our love for each other has remained constant. It has been amazing to reflect on how far we have grown as individuals and as a couple and we couldn't be more excited to see what the Lord has in store for our future!"

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Aren't they the cutest?! We can't wait to see Lucas & Allie become one this coming summer. Stay tuned to view their wedding images at the gorgeous Jones Chapel! 

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]]> (Blue Barn Photography) Engagements Taylor Tue, 31 Jan 2017 13:00:00 GMT
Southern California Engagement: Part 2 in Fine Art Film bluebarn-kellogg-1093bluebarn-kellogg-1093

This month has been a time to repurpose my priorities and boldly approach my dreams of the future. But like every January, I've loved reviewing the year past and its failures, triumphs, heartaches and joys. In 2016, I set a goal to learn the medium of fine art film. Apart from learning what it is to be a mother, learning the ins and outs of film photography has brought me so much joy over the last several months. I am so grateful for the sweet friends who have been open books and encouraged me in this endeavor and now, it is with great excitement to announce that I will be incorporating film into all of my future photographic work.

Fine art film possesses a unique and unmatchable quality compared to other mediums. It truly is an art form that has stood the test of decades and fading trends and invites me, as the storyteller, to slow down, capture moments with more intentionality and with a greater finesse. Because of this, the work that I’ve captured in fine art film has become not only my favorite work, but what I believe to be my best and most artistic and authentic work yet. 

This shoot that I’m sharing with you today is the second part of the first session I photographed in film last year (you don't want to miss the beautiful story in Part 1). This is my favorite engagement session of the year in part because of the medium I used, but also because I had the privilege of traveling to Southern California to capture this exciting season for my cousin Russell, and his beloved fiancé, Lizzie. 

Although neither one of us ever had the opportunity to meet our grandfather, Russell and I know of his legacy through photographs and the stories past down with them. As I was capturing a frame of Russell by himself on the beautiful coast of Del Mar, I caught the resemblance of our grandfather in his appearance and was struck with the realization that our shared heritage is what brought us together on the beach that day. To celebrate the beginnings of Russell & Lizzie's new legacy that their children and our children and grandchildren will look at one day to understand their own heritage was truly an honor and a reminder of why I love photographing engagements and weddings so much. 

If Russell and Liz weren’t family, I would choose them as friends in a heartbeat. They’ve got a zest for life, and a love for each other that is so full of fun and joy. Our visit with them was nothing short of amazing, and Seth and I can't wait to head back to California this summer for their wedding!

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Scans: Photovision | Lizzie's Dress: BHLDN

xo Rachelxo Rachel

]]> (Blue Barn Photography) Engagements Fine Art Film Personal Rachel Wed, 25 Jan 2017 15:26:05 GMT
Stephanie's Stunning Bridals BBT-stephanie-2024BBT-stephanie-2024

Anyone who's seen Stephanie knows how absolutely beautiful she is, but all who've had the opportunity to get to know her, as I did photographing her bridal session, have seen that beauty protrude even more from within. As I documented this sweet bride-to-be wearing her white lace for the first time, we had so much fun chatting about her upcoming wedding. We spent the afternoon frolicking between the nooks & crannies of the wedding venue as I captured little blushes & giggles amidst our conversation. We discussed timeline details, tablescapes & tying together the loose ends of all she had planned, but nothing made her light up more than the mention of Blake's name. She was gushing with anticipation to marry her beau & these images are the proof.

We hope you enjoy & stay tuned for their romantic nuptials coming soon!

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Florals: Meristem Floral
Hair/Make-up: Lula Hair + Make-up
Venue: The Brandford


]]> (Blue Barn Photography) Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:45:34 GMT
Published: One Year Later in Dear Gray Magazine Issue II BBT_9244BBT_9244

You guys... my first Styled Shoot is in PRINT & I could not be more honored! 

Before I describe any detail behind the feature of this beautiful anniversary session, first I must gloat over each creative that made it happen. I remember e-mailing back & forth with Stephanie Scholl about the vision I had brewing inside my mind on a winter wonderland session & without hesitation, she excitedly hopped on board to style the entire thing & did a wonderful job curating each piece to tell a love story. We twirled around Bella Bridesmaids with their staff who so graciously helped us find a gown & Mena Garcia Dooley worked her magic with hair & make-up to make our model look like an absolute fairytale wearing it. During the planning process, we asked Rachel Linder with Milk & Honeycomb to script the vows of our couple with gold calligraphy & though her work is always stunning, this specific piece immediately stood out to us with soul & intentionality. I spent the morning curled up taking a gander of my own through Dear Gray Magazine Issue II & was so overwhelmed. As I sat their sipping my coffee, I quickly realized I didn't need it because of how energizing it was to see a group of inspiring friends come together on tangible pages to create one single vision. I am so inspired by them all. We hope you enjoy sharing in all our excitement by viewing the full session below & don't forget to pick up your copy online or in stores at Barnes & Noble today! 

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My inspiration for this lifestyle shoot is both personal & intimate, as my husband & I just celebrated our wedding anniversary. I asked our dear friends to model for a winter shoot honoring their anniversary as well. Back when we captured this session we were both celebrating our first year of marriage & my desire behind this shoot was to capture a year's summary of authentic depth and beauty of a sacrificial love. This intimate anniversary session took place on a snowy morning in the couple's town as they enjoyed breakfast together and spent time reflecting on their first year of marriage while dreaming of their future. During the shoot, our models (Ally & Bobby) read their marriage vows for the second time aloud & beamed at each word. They shared vulnerably about their recent triumphs & defeat. Every embrace was like the first & each gaze like the last. The brilliance of marriage couldn't be rightfully expressed in a collection of words or images, but our hope was to represent at most a ration by capturing an incredible couple who I see genuinely living out their vows. 
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Marriage has taught me many things, but the biggest is sacrifice. Before marriage, I never had to share everything with someone else. That kind of intimacy brings a serious self-awareness. There have been so many times where I shocked myself with my selfish thoughts and actions. Instead of wanting to, I have had to choose to put my husbands needs and wants before my own. But, it's this type of love that has brought us into a deeper closeness & I wouldn't have it any other way. Reading our wedding vows to eachother again immediately brought me back to that warm October day when we first spoke them aloud. These are now my favorites lines as they ring a new sound in my heart after this year:   

"I vow to love you sacrificially and put your needs and desires above my own. I promise to choose you everyday, no matter what the circumstances. I will choose to love and accept who heartedly the love you give to me."

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xo Taylorxo Taylor

Design, and styling - Stephanie Scholl Events
Hair + makeup - Mena Garcia Dooley
Dress - Bella Bridesmaids
Vows - Milk & Honeycomb
Ring box - The Mrs. Box
Jewelry - Moon & Lola 
Models - Ally & Bobby Willix

]]> (Blue Barn Photography) Press Taylor Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:00:00 GMT
Southern California Engagement: Part 1 bluebarn-kellogg-1018bluebarn-kellogg-1018

Photographing Lizzie & Russell’s engagement in Southern California this past summer was easily one of my favorite things to document in 2016. Not only are these two dear friends to Seth and I, Russell also happens to be the only cousin I have on my dad’s side of the family. We’ve grown close since high school, and his beautiful bride-to-be is just as amazing (if not more ;)) as he! 

Much like the day we spent together, I’ll be sharing their engagement photos in two parts. To begin the day, we ventured from Lizzie and Russell’s beautiful home in San Diego to the Mission of San Juan Capistrano. The landscape and history at the Mission is truly remarkable and provided a rich well of inspiration throughout the morning.  

I asked Lizzie to share a little bit of their story and have sprinkled her words to provide a complete picture of the two of these two beautiful souls. So without further ado, it is with much joy that I share this engagement session with you! 

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Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.


-William Shakespeare, Sonnet 116

Although our love story began when we were oh so young, we believe that when something is truly meant to be, neither time nor circumstance can diminish the simple truth that love can overcome all of life’s obstacles. In youth we often find ourselves following the crowd, and giving into the opinions of those that surround us. However, Russell and I found a way to stay focused on what made us happy, and that was and still is each other. High school relationships are normally seen as a stepping stone or a rite of passage, however it seems as though we are among the rare few that found true love where it was least expected. I often feel as though somewhere deep down we knew we would end up together. there was a simple trust between the two of us that I had never felt with anyone before. I felt safe, in mind, body, and spirit when I was around him, and to me that was a clear sign that this was truly something unique. 

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Our relationship started out very slowly, we were friends for just over a year before we officially became a couple. However, a good six of those months that we spent as friends was a slow build up to us finally realizing that we were simply much more than what we were admitting to. Back then I was very anxious to make things official, but looking back I am grateful that Russell took his time in putting a label on our relationship. We didn’t jump in feet first; we really never have at any stage of our relationship. We have always tried to take the calm and calculated route. And in the end there isn’t a thing that we would change. The time and thought that we took truly showed that we were sure about each other. Nonetheless, when Russell finally asked me to “officially” be his girlfriend on January 11, 2008 it was the best feeling in the world. We weren’t nervous, we simply were sure about one another; and that feeling of a calm confidence has never left our relationship. In the years that followed we both saw that life wasn’t easy, we both lost people that meant the world to us, we both went through deep personal struggles, but by the grace of God our relationship endured. Our love for each other served as a reminder that there was still good in the world. Maybe this is the biggest sign of all that we will be okay, we have seen one another through dark and stormy times, through near death experiences, through the loss of loved ones, and so much more. and through everything our love for one another has always pulled us through. 

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So now, almost ten years after we met, and almost nine years after we started dating we are engaged. The way Russell Proposal felt so much like when he asked me to be his girlfriend. It was calm and simple. He didn’t feel the need for a grand proclamation, the past eight and a half years all spoke for themselves. He simply told me he loved me, and asked me to marry him, and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. When he got down on one knee I knew that our lives were going to change in a wonderful way, and although I had been hoping and praying for this to happen for years, I was still shocked and surprised. 

The scene was set beautifully as well. The day prior we drove around the north shore of Kauai until we found our perfect sunrise beach. When we walked onto the shores of Moloa’a Bay it was breathtaking, we walked along to the northern side of the beach and there was an amazing look out, with these large black lava rocks. We talked and splashed in the water, and it was pretty easy decision that this was where we would be watching the sunrise the next morning. However, little did I know that Russell would be proposing in 12 hours. On the morning of June 29, 2016 Russell, myself and my niece left the house around 5am and started our drive to the beach. Little did I know that the both of them knew that this sunrise was more than just a sunrise, it was a proposal. I am so grateful that Russell incorporated my niece into this special moment in our lives. My sister passed away just over 4 years ago, and having her daughter there with us made it feel as though a piece of her was there with us on that beach. I never thought that I would have my sister be part of this experience, and Russell found an incredibly special way to honor her and make me feel her presence. 

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Just like every little girl, marriage has been something that I have dreamt about since childhood. Probably more accurately I dreamt about a wedding, because I didn’t fully understand the full meaning of marriage. As I grew up I saw the amazing things that my parents had in their marriage, and when I started dating Russell it seemed as though I found those qualities in our relationship. So with that being said marriage had been a hope pretty early one. We had the hope that our love was true and would endure the formative years of our lives. It seems as though marriage has been something that was on our horizon; with the both of us truly knowing that we would reach it eventually. And it is with great joy that we have finally reached this point in our journey. It is hard to imagine how we will feel on our wedding day, and it is even harder to imagine how we will feel as we exchange vows. In all honesty I hope that we are able to take it all in and feel the emotion and the love that will be present in this, once in a life time moment. Our vows will truly shape our future. We are promising to love one another unconditionally for the rest of our lives. We are promising to bear witness to each other’s lives, and to make sure that the other’s life does not go unnoticed. Most importantly, we are promising to care about all of the beautiful small moments that will build our lives, and I hope our wedding truly reflects this bright hope that we have for our future.

xo Rachelxo Rachel

]]> (Blue Barn Photography) Engagements Fine Art Film Rachel Wed, 04 Jan 2017 17:41:49 GMT
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Growth has to be the most executed word of the year & we’re swimming with excitement to share the latest news… Andrew & I are expecting our first baby this June! We didn’t know we had room for much more love in our hearts, but we fiercely feel them stretching to new widths. We've been challenged through this season of unknowns to focus on each day as it unfolds & to treasure the surpassing peace of surrendering control. Though we're still anxiously waiting to find out who he or she is, we know with great confidence that God's design will be perfect in bringing Him the utmost glory.

Rachel & Seth have been beautiful examples of humble parents with pure hearts & we can't thank them enough for capturing our joy so timelessly on film. Merry Christmas from the growing Blue Barn Team! We can't wait to see what more the new year brings to us all.

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Dress: H&M (Similar), (Similar)
Hair & Makeup: Mena Garcia
Wreath: Wholesale Garland 
Calligraphy & Crown: Milk & Honeycomb 

xo Taylorxo Taylor

]]> (Blue Barn Photography) Lifestyle Personal Rachel Taylor Sun, 25 Dec 2016 19:03:30 GMT
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Before capturing Rebecca & Matt's engagement session, I was informed they were a bit anxious to be photographed, which left me shocked when they blew me away behind the camera. The best way I can describe our time together is as if I wasn't even there. It felt like they had planned a day to venture into a gorgeous park to spend the afternoon dancing in the fields & I just happened to be there with a camera to capture them frolicking about. Their love is so beautiful & natural. Each time I'd attempt to prompt them for a sweet touch or soft kiss they were already falling into each other's arms. I couldn't be more thrilled to have a part in their celebration & look forward to many more giggles & goo-goo eyes as they join their lives together. Stay tuned for their modern downtown wedding next spring, but for now take a peek into the beginning of a magical love story. Enjoy!

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xo Taylorxo Taylor

]]> (Blue Barn Photography) Engagements Taylor Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:47:26 GMT
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It’s been an honor to have Taylor work alongside me this last year. I truly cherish her friendship more than anything and it really is a dream working with my dearest friend! Along this journey, we’ve been blessed to have husbands that share a bond just as strong and the Lovettes have truly become a part of our family. 

Most of you know that Seth has been my second shooter and teammate since 2013; the best part about being a husband and wife photographer team is connecting with our couples on a deeper level. This spring, the opportunity arose for Andrew, Taylor’s husband, to second shooter with her. We wholeheartedly encouraged the endeavor and quickly began fostering Andrew’s natural talent to join our team as a photographer. 

So without further ado, Blue Barn officially offers TWO husband and wife photographer teams! The Linders & The Lovettes.  

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As husband and wife photographer teams, we love to photograph the beautiful beginnings of meaningful marriages. We work together to tell your story with their own unique perspectives and each time we pick up our cameras, we look for real moments, beautiful light, and happy hearts. It’s our joy to document the best days of our clients’ lives in a way that’s cherished for years and generations to come. 

In celebration of our growing team, we traveled to Greenville, SC to document this exciting new season for Blue Barn! Melissa DeLeon, our favorite stylist, dressed us head to toe for the weekend, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. 

Our amazing and talented friends, Ally & Bobby captured our time and we’ll forever cherish these visual reminders of the launch of our two teams and the memories we made here. A&B, we’re so grateful for y’all and love you guys so much! 

We’ve updated our About page to reflect this exciting announcement, and we’d love for you to take a look at Blue Barn’s mission, vision, and teams! 

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xo Rachelxo Rachel


]]> (Blue Barn Photography) Lifestyle Personal Rachel Taylor Thu, 17 Nov 2016 21:31:04 GMT