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140304massey-allenengagementlrm-0024The Life on Film team has covered our fair share of engagement parties, showers and the big day itself for many Atlanta couples. We love sharing in each bride and groom’s special moments. But we recently experienced a first that truly redefined the term “unique”: The fiancé-to-be provided the perfect bait for his girlfriend with the ruse of a site visit to the Georgia Aquarium, and she walked unaware into a surprise marriage proposal!

Krista was so surprised she actually thought the diver was holding a sign congratulating her on a recent job offer. But this was an undeniably more exciting proposal.140304massey-allenengagementlrm-0016

When the reality of the situation hit her — and Chuck made sure it did by dropping to one knee — Krista said, “Yes!”


As if the proposal alone weren’t romantic enough, Chuck had a guitarist on hand to serenade them.


The locals even swam up close to take in the scene.



So many of the couple’s closest friends and family members were on hand to see the proposal, Krista said it even crossed her mind to tie the knot right then and there.



We’re kind of glad they didn’t, though, because the whole LOF crew is dying to see what kind of wedding will follow this absolutely amazing proposal event!

Thank you, Chuck and Krista, for allowing us to be part of your very special evening.

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First off, we’re really late with this post. But since it was my friend Morieka’s wedding, I’m hoping she’ll forgive me and appreciate that I want to feature her beautiful family’s photos!

At the Solarium in Decatur, the couple and their wedding party had space to gather and get ready along with a beautiful venue for the ceremony and reception.getting-ready

A gorgeous September day offered plenty of sunshine as a backdrop for Morieka and DeAndre’s wedding. The Solarium provided wonderful outdoor vignettes where the bride and her party simply shined.


The groom’s side was no less photogenic — or joyful!


What a charming and elegant way to say “I do…”  Simply gorgeous!



Morieka and DeAndre shared their first dance to “If Only You Knew” by Patti LaBelle. The dance floor was soon hopping.


But there were still moving moments at every turn. I was honored to be able to capture many of them and share in the joining of these two families.


The bride and groom truly sparkled as they left the Solarium to start a new chapter of their life together.   


I am so thankful to Morieka and DeAndre for including me in their amazing day. Weddings are always heartwarming, but this one was extra special indeed.

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What to do if you find your brood of four adult kids, including one living in Texas and one recently married, will actually be together in Atlanta to celebrate the holidays for the first time in years? You recognize a rare opportunity to have a family portrait taken and call us! We’re so glad Carol Rubin had just this “aha” moment because we loved spending time with her beautiful family.

Despite a rain delay we managed to find a clear, nice day when LOF could capture their fun personalities with candid shots and formal family portraits. Their own home was the perfect setting to put everyone at ease and help them just be themselves during the shoot.

This was not a problem at all for the littlest family members, who seemed blissfully unaware that they were being photographed.


The kids’ playful spirit and insistence on having fun made it impossible for the adults — or the family pooch — to be nervous!


Since no portrait session would be complete without some mantel-worthy photographs, we also captured a few slightly more traditional family shots.


I know many families won’t brave the winter weather like the Rubins did and, if you’re in that group, I don’t blame you! But with Spring right around the corner in Atlanta–and I say this hopefully as 30 degree winds blow outside my office–many families will be hoping to do outdoor family portrait sessions. The Rubins had fun and got great results for some simple reasons that anyone can borrow:

  • They didn’t spend the shoot worrying about getting the kids to stand still, be quiet, stop sticking their tongues out at each other…(fill in the blank). We captured their kids being the kids that they are at this very second in their lives. That’s the great thing about candid photography. The grownups can keep smiling for the camera and let the photographer watch the kids and catch the right moments.
  • Carol shared her list of ‘must-have’ formals in advance. Then I was able to work towards shooting those and capture candid moments along the way.
  • They scheduled the session with the little ones in mind. You know your kids better than anyone. Are they happier first thing in the morning? Or are they more fun after an afternoon nap? Or are they at their best beside a fire reading books and playing a few games before bed? Let that guide the time of day you choose for your shoot.
  • They kept the wardrobe simple–coordinated but not matching, solids that photograph well rather than distracting prints. Wearing layers is another fun way to switch things up; a jacket or scarf can be taken off or wrapped around your waist for a different look. And being comfortable is key. It’s tough to move naturally in clothes that bind or dress shoes that pinch.

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We were privileged to join Zachary for his Bar Mitzvah at Temple Sinai in Sandy Springs last month. Rabbi Bradley Levenberg officiated the ceremony.zach-with-rabbitempletemple2

Lynn Zinn of Zinnsations created an NFL draft-themed decor with Zachary as the standout MVP. From personalized place cards for seating to fun table toppers featuring Zac’s photo and a ZBL (Zachary Bean League) food court, Lynn fully transformed the venue. A green screen let guests have photos taken of themselves against imaginative backdrops — like a Wheaties box! — to take home as souvenirs.


There were plenty of fan favorites in the food court. Guests could choose from tailgating must-haves like hot dogs along along with lighter options, all provided by From Scratch Catering.


Zachary and his guests burned up the dance floor. Cathy Schwartz and her fun team from Atlanta Fever Entertainment kept the party hopping, and even taught the kids to break dance!


In the spirit of the sports theme the dance floor was also host to many games, led by Atlanta Fever, that kept the kids moving and ensured no one was bored. Luckily the VIP lounge gave the kids a place to chill out and recharge! 


There were plenty of smiles, laughter, and hugs at this celebration, and we felt lucky to be there to capture them.kidshavingfunz-and-girl-head-shot


Special thanks to Zac; his Mom, Tina; and his Dad, Mike, for drafting Life on Film Photography to their Bar Mitzvah team!

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We were thrilled to have the opportunity to capture Daniel’s Bar Mitzvah celebration on film last month.


Daniel was joined by brothers Ben and Nathan and his parents, Miriam and Mike, along with many extended family members and friends. Daniel’s grandparents, Kenny and Helen, beamed by his side. The event’s theme – generation to generation — proved to be both meaningful and fitting.


Making the event exceptionally joyful was that it took place November 30 – right in the middle of Chanukah. Daniel lit the menorah during the ceremony, which was led by Rabbi Mark Zimmerman at Congregation Beth Shalom in Atlanta.


Rather than a traditional Bar Mitzvah candle lighting, Daniel and his family created an inclusive, meaningful ceremony by passing out flashlights. Groups of attendees then turned on their lights as they were acknowledged.


Daniel and his guests danced the night away to tunes from Joshua Bagley from Sound Entertainment Experience. The festivities spanned everything from a traditional Bar Mitzvah chair dance to a conga line!


The Salpeters ensured the dessert party appealed to even their youngest guests with a cookie decorating contest. Jan Adler of The Silver Platter catered the event.


Thank you, Daniel, Mike and Miriam, for allowing Life on Film Photography to capture the joy of your celebration!

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