Chasing The Light: Radford Snow Days

IMG_1116 IMG_1091 IMG_1080Well it’s been a solid few weeks since I’ve been on here but hey, what did you expect? Well can you believe that just two weeks ago we were at the park with Sheridan and Luke and it was beautiful, sunny, and breezy?! Just the perfect weather that made me super pumped for Spring time and all the lovely people that it’s bringing my way to join the BC Photography family! To say I’m over Winter and ready for spring would be an understatement!

Well if you didn’t know, my beautiful town of Radford got 22 inches of beautiful, fluffy, and slightly annoying snow. Yes, you heard me right, 22 inches. I haven’t seen that much snow since this time of year in 2010, in my Junior year of high school when we had a huge blizzard! It all began Wednesday night when classes were cancelled and people started running to the grocery store to stock up for the 2014 Snowmageddon , while all the college kids were freaking because for the first time in my college career I was having a snow day! It was honestly so exciting that I can’t even begin to explain it to y’all, so instead I took pictures 🙂

IMG_1085 IMG_1076 IMG_1191It was Thursday morning and the whole university had closed which typically meant that the only thing that as opened was the campus dining hall, and let’s be honest I wasn’t really feeling that but it was all we could get so we got online to check the times and guess what, STARBUCKS WAS OPENED!!! So my darling Carlie and I ventured out into what looked like a scene from, “The Day After Tomorrow” all to get some yums. When we got there we got a ton of free lemon loaf because we’re awesome like that, and we got free drinks! While we were there we ran into some of our awesome friends, and we all collectively agreed to go take pictures in the snow and have some fun while doing so!

So enjoy the snowy wonderland that was Radford 🙂

The people I got to spend the day with were the best! You’ve met all of these lovelies mare than once so enjoy seeing their smiling faces!!

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Had to get some pictures with my super sweet little, big brother Adam, or as I like to call him, The Funniest Kid in the World 🙂IMG_1093 IMG_1094 IMG_1095 IMG_1097I had to push him in the snow 🙂

IMG_1099 IMG_1098This day was so much fun and exactly what I needed. I’m too thankful for all of my friends, and the joy that they bring into my life!

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Golden Hour: Sheridan and Luke

IMG_0045 IMG_0712 IMG_0041YAYYYYY!!!! AHHH!!! I can’t contain the excitement that I have to FINALLY be sharing this beautiful couple with you beautiful people. This has been a long time in the making, my goodness it was excruciating. I have hit that point where I realize that getting to capture these beautiful images and to see love like this from the other side of a camera is such a life giving experience. I get to see two people who genuinely love one another, and it just radiates through them in ways I can’t put into words. However what I can put into words is how drained I’ve been feeling lately. Seriously! It has been a very difficult few weeks. I have felt the weight of pain on my shoulder, but this wonderful two hours that I got to spend with two of my favorite people on the planet, at one of the most beautiful places in the world was exactly what I needed. So yes, now, finally this is what it all comes down to! LUKE AND SHERIDAN ARE FINALLY ON THE BLOG!!

So as always you need a story! This year at Radford has brought in so many new blessings into my life, and one of those first ones was Mr. Luke! Luke is a freshman this year at Radford, and he is beyond amazing. He calls me his Babushka, and I love it! I’m such a mom and I’m fine with that, and Luke is one of my little babies. This guy is amazing and he has a heart of gold. I get to see and experience grace every time that I’m around him. Now his wonderful and beautiful other half is probably one of the most beautiful people that I’ve ever met, Sheridan. This girl is so amazing and I’m so excited to announce that I’m living with her next year in Riverside!! But on to the story at hand. These two have a beautiful relationship and man has it been amazing to watch. I love getting to love people and help in guiding through the trials of life. These two are two of those people that fall into that category. I have gotten the extreme blessing of getting to help these two in some crazy times in there relationship and from getting to love them I felt loved. I can’t give my thanks enough to the fact that I’ve hit the friend lottery at this stage in my life.

Now like a few of my other shoots this one was rather spontaneous. You see it has been absolutely freezing here in the beautiful valley for a few weeks now. Seriously, one day it was 48 outside but to us crazy Radfordians it felt like 84. People were in shorts and tank tops playing games in the quad again. It was awesome, but alas next weekend theres a projected one foot of snow, yeaaaa not cool! But I woke up on Saturday morning and thought to myself, “I should call Sher and Luke and tell them to get dressed because we’re taking pictures now.” But I realized that was really unreasonable, so I decided that that night when the whole gang was gonna hang out that I would just ask them if they’d want to go the next day after church. Much to my delight they said yes!! Ahh my heart was so happy I than began to plot out where we would go. The first place that popped into my mind was Harry Dehaven Park!! This place is my absolute favorite place in this valley. It is beautiful in every meaning of the word, and these two made it even better.

One thing that this wonderful shoot taught me is that taking photos of people that love their Father make their photos even more beautiful. Their souls come out, and the light of grace shines through. I love this amazing couple more than words, and really I need to stop writing because I could go on for hours, and lets be real only I would enjoy talking about these two that much. So I’ll share some our crazy stories as you look at these beautiful images!

IMG_0012 IMG_0019 IMG_0023 IMG_0030The weather was a little weird when we first got out of church, but seriously we were blessed the skies gave them some “hot pics” with the way their colors popped so beautifully! Sher, that red dress was an amazing choice!

IMG_0054 IMG_0072 IMG_0078 IMG_0091These two are basically pros when it came to posing for their upcoming issue of GQ, haha!

IMG_0107 IMG_0111 IMG_0116 IMG_0131Luke’s natural ability to make Sheridan laugh and just enjoy life is beautiful. One of the many things I love about this incredible man!

IMG_0169 IMG_0210 IMG_0220 IMG_0222 IMG_0294 IMG_0349 IMG_0391Fun fact: The first thing I asked these two when were on our way over was, “What all are you willing to do to get great images?” Sheridan and Luke both quickly responded with anything. My next question was, “So are y’all ok with kissing?” Luke immediately pipes up and says, “I’m ok with kissing!” This boy cracks me up. But seriously its because I had never seen these two kiss so I had to make sure it was cool. Yea I’m that girl!IMG_0324 IMG_0441These two are seriously the coolest ever. Just had to throw that in there if you couldn’t tell from the image above!IMG_0503 IMG_0550 IMG_0560 IMG_0582 IMG_0590 IMG_0592The image above is from when I asked Luke and Sheridan to act like they did the first time they met each other. In that moment Luke just looked Sheridan with a look unlike anything I had ever seen him give Sheridan. He just kept saying that, “It was an amazing day, unlike anything from before.”IMG_0639 IMG_0652 IMG_0655 IMG_0766 IMG_0786 IMG_0790 IMG_0794 IMG_0803 IMG_0813 IMG_0823For the last few images we left the park and headed to a familiar location that you saw few months back on Maddie and Nathan’s blog post! Yep you guessed it, the Radford sign!!!IMG_0889 IMG_0895 IMG_0897 IMG_0900And yes I did stick them in the middle of the road like I did Maddie and Nathan! You could say these two couples love me, a lot! Why else would they do these crazy things to allow me to catch these beautiful and fun images!IMG_0902 IMG_0903 IMG_0907 IMG_0908 IMG_0919Yessss!! Nailed it!

Lastly, I had to add our fun and spunky pictures that perfectly capture these two’s personalities!IMG_0832 IMG_0842 IMG_0836Luke and Sheridan, thank you thank you thank you!!! You two are wonderful and I’m incredibly blessed to call y’all my friends. You are officially apart of the Brooke Carroll Photography club and I loveeeee it. So excited that we get to walk through life together and that I get to say I love y’all. Y’all are simply beautiful but your souls are radiant beyond words. Thank you for suffering through my minor heart attacks, and allowing me to experience life in the most incredible way.