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November 13, 2018

Burr Oak Engagement Session – Shelby & Emma

When Shelby and Emma reached out about having their engagement session at Burr Oak Woods I was so excited.

You can usually tell a lot about your couple simply from where they choose for their photos. Fun fact. Even when we thought Burr Oaks may fall through, they found example images from my posts to find somewhere else.. They were still taken at Burr Oaks!

So we made it happen. We traipsed through their iconic trees, listened to some music and made magic.

Emma and Shelby are both teachers which gave me even more reason to do their story justice, with the background of a family of educators myself. They proposed to each other, at different times, and it was the sweetest thing I’d ever heard. Their rings are beautiful and unique and when I asked how cuddly they were they immediately responded that they love snuggles.

This is just a brief snapshot of the obvious love they share, but check out these photos and stay tuned for their wedding at the Uptown next year! They already told me a bit about their dresses and to be honest, I’m stoked.

Stay tuned for the bottom of the post, if you’re interested! Burr Oak is in danger of being closed off to photographers and clients everywhere, I wrote more about it in Shelby & Emma’s instagram feature.

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PSA: Take care of YOUR town and community space before there isn’t one for you to be a part of. Shelby & Emma had their hearts set on Burr Oak for their engagement photos. Even when I asked for a back up, they found another photo of mine they hoped was somewhere else. Nope. Still Burr Oak. We didn’t think our session would be possible because people DONT PICK UP THEIR DAMN TRASH. Stop parking in the woods. There are lots and you have legs. Stop bringing messes. Stop leaving your props.

I’m not Google, but search “leave no trace” and start living your life accordingly. If you don’t know how to respect a place, please don’t go there. Our clients shouldn’t HAVE to pay to use these places that we’re visiting and using to *respectfully* make art but we’re heading that way. Don’t be a part of the problem. Be the trash police if you have to. The cute hats cost nothing on Amazon. In fact, make a whole damn costume. Just help stop this madness.

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jenny & zach

Choosing Tay to photograph our wedding was one of the easiest and best decisions we made. Both my husband and I are awkward and uncomfortable with being the center of attention and photographed, obviously a bad position to be in on your wedding day. However, Tay made something typically uncomfortable for us into something fun and easy! The photographs are beautiful and captured a lot of special moments as well as the energy of our dance floor at our reception!!

Tay is simply the best! Her work is STUNNING, and we're so lucky to have found her. We had a blast during our engagement shoot -- Tay instantly makes you feel so comfortable, as if you've known her for years. Our family and friends loved the photos as much as we did. It was important to us that we find an experienced photographer who knows how to photograph people of color and is LGBTQ-friendly. Tay absolutely fits the bill. We're so excited to work with her again at our wedding in April. Also, brides-and-grooms-to-be: Check out her blog for some amazing tips! It has become a touchstone guiding us through this crazy process.

wes & jerome

I’m so glad I trusted Tayanna with my wedding day! She not only exceeded my expectations for what I thought our wedding photos could look like, but she had a beautiful sneak peek for me that night! The sneak peek was enough to make me sob. Then the rest of the photos came only 9 days later! I could go on forever. If you need a photographer that’s fun, energetic and on her game sooooo hard, you need Tayanna Harris. She’s killer!!!

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