There are few things better than taking photos of a beautiful couple on a crisp & clear autumn evening. But it is double sweet when it is with dear friends that you love & adore! For the second year in a row, we spent a perfect evening with Jane & Shuler & of course, their pup & horses!Read More
There are very few things as sweet as watching a family grow! But it is even sweeter when that family is dear to you - not just since having babies - but long before. You see, before even moving to our beloved little town of Greenville, SC, we were set up on a blind date with the Murphy's by a mutual friend. "You will hit it off" said our friend, Ashley, "You will be besties before the end of the evening!"
How many times have we heard this & gone along so that we didn't disappoint the "match maker". We walk away with a "Well, until next time" sort of attitude. Thankfully, it was not this way with Josh & Felicia. They had us over for dinner (which later Josh admits he was a little skeptical about - "Who are these people again?" he kept asking Felicia) & by the end of the evening, we had planned our first camping trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Fast forward 4 years later - 2 babies (& one on the way for us) & we are even more excited to share a meal, walk, or attend an event together!
We distinctly remember where we were BOTH times Josh & Felicia told us the good news about their boys! For their oldest, Luca, we were in Asheville celebrating Ryland's birthday with another couple. The 6 of us had enjoyed a few different breweries & great food. At the final brewery of the evening, Felicia turned down ANOTHER beer. "I am just not feeling beer today!" she told us all. The other couple that was with us & had just met Josh & Fe earlier that day, casually said, "Gosh - are you pregnant?" Felicia turned bright red - we turned & looked at the Murphy's - & there it was - written all over her face! "Yes!" she squeaked! We will never forget that moment. Loud cheering, shouts of joy, crying (guess who - geez, JP) ensued. The bar tender gave us all funny looks & we are pretty sure he gave Josh a beer on the house as a congrats :) Regardless, celebrating was our main priority & has been ever since!
When we found out about Isaac - it was over tacos. A normal evening turned into a celebration when Felicia casually said, "You go to California in August again right?" "Yea!" we said, not thinking anything of it. "Well, make sure you don't come back too far into August, because then you will miss Luca becoming a big brother!" Of course, JP lost it (again) in the restaurant & was a mess the rest of the evening. Laughter, hugs all around, & so many laughs followed. It just gets better each time - we are convinced!
Then it came time for us to tell the Murphys about Baby Rainsford. It was mid-June - Felicia's birthday weekend & we met them downtown for a walk around the Farmer's Market. We were watching Luca play when Ryland casually said, "Felicia, remember when you told us that you were going to have a baby on my birthday celebration? Well, we thought we would return the favor!" It took Felicia a moment to put it all together - but when she did, I have never seen a friend melt like dear Felicia Murphy. People were stopping in the streets to watch! She hugged us & wouldn't let go - she screamed, laughed, & cried uncontrollably! It was a mini block party as we celebrated the Lord's faithfulness - right smack dab in the middle of downtown Greenville!
And so it goes on. Each time we hold a new Murphy baby, the water works begin. As we watch these dear children grow, it becomes harder & harder to deny the Lord's goodness. From a blind date to shared parenthood, we are so thankful for the Murphys & the way they enveloped us from day one. We are so thankful for the memories over the years that we have cataloged & captured. Seriously - I think we have more photos of the Murphys than almost any other family. It's a joy to watch them grow in number & wisdom. Without these dear friends - we would be at a loss.
And now it's baby Isaac's turn to be in the spotlight! Right after Isaac was born, we spent an afternoon with this dear family. From playing airplanes with Luca, to snuggling Isaac, our hearts were full when we left! It couldn't have been any sweeter.
Thank you, Josh & Fe, for continuing to love us, support us, & live in the exciting & mundane moments with us. We love your boys & can't wait to raise our babies together!
Love, The RainsfordsRead More
These two - Ashley & Dan! Hearts of gold y'all! What a JOY it has been to get to know them more throughout their engagement season! With each couple that comes our way, we are ever increasingly grateful for their love & trust! These two are no exception ...
I (JP) met with Ashley earlier this week for a coffee & to touch base on last minute details for her wedding day. What amazes me about being a wedding photographer, is that you think it will all be one sided. We pour into our couples - love, time, & listening ears. We don't expect too much back honestly. But over & over this year, we were humbled & blessed by their love toward us; more than we ever expected! They give us so much more love than we deserve - a true gift!
Ashley & Dan, we can't wait to celebrate your wedding with you in just a few short weeks! We love you both!
PS - Our dog, Scout Rainsford, also came along with us on this session! So you can play "eye spy" as you flip through Ashley & Dan's session! You're welcome :)Read More
The best engagement stories are the ones filled with lots of surprises! The first time we heard Josh & Melissa's story, we couldn't believe how seamlessly Josh had pulled off asking Melissa to marry him. While in Chattanooga a few weeks ago, we spent an evening hearing about Josh & Melissa's love, their story, & all that they are excited about for their wedding. Friends, we can't wait to celebrate with you at the end of April! So without further ado, here is Josh & Melissa's proposal story told from Melissa's perspective:Read More
When we tell folks that we are photographers, they always ask us the same question, "What do you enjoy photographing?" For a long time we had a hard time coming up with an answer that didn't feel cheesy!
Now that we have been in business for a few years, we can confidently say, "We love photographing adventurous couples! You know, the ones that love being outside, ask if they can bring their dogs with them, & want to explore a new place!" Really, these couples are just like us, if you think about it. We love being together & going for long walks with our dog, Scout, exploring the woods & finding adventure!Read More