Category archives: Personal

Kallar, Kerala, India

One of the highlights of this trip to India was a night at the river house in Kallar. Within 24 hours, we were lucky enough to play in the sunshine, and relax in the rain. We swam in crystal clear water, hiked the countryside, watched the rain fall while sipping tea from the patio. We’ve added this one to our must-do every time we make it back overseas… a list that just keeps growing…

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Palakkad, Kerala, India

When we visit India, one of our first stops is Palakkad to see Nirmal’s family. It’s one of the most beautiful cities I’ve visited– but then again I am a sucker for palm trees, colorful flowers, and beautiful, green countryside around every corner, as far as the eye can see. So if you like that kind of thing too, hopefully you’ll enjoy this post! And, if these don’t satisfy your palm tree cravings, scroll through our India Instagrams for a few iPhone photos.

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Scout Turns 5

When your best friend’s daughter turns 5, you slumber party and celebrate three days in a row, because that’s the way to birthday. The birthday girl also wakes up to heart-shaped waffles, and bacon, and orange juice, and homemade hot chocolate with whipped cream and sprinkles. Because that is also how you birthday. And OFCOURSE, if you’re a kid during this Frozen era, you have a party with Anna and Elsa, because no one these days, and I mean No. One. compares to Anna and Elsa.

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Daytona

After shooting for over 4 years, I still didn’t have a good photo of my parents. Daytona changed that dilemma real fast. We took a detour on our ride back from Disney and drove through Daytona Beach. The beach was pretty deserted because it was freezing. This didn’t stop us from getting out and taking some photos of the family. Who knew my dad was a model and didn’t mind posing for me? Probably the best photo I got of him ever. I am lucky enough to have a portrait of him which I can cherish forever. I cannot stress how important it is to get pictures of people you love. No matter what you take it with – a fancy dslr, an old film camera, your phone – whatever you take it with, it will be totally worth it. Go get them portraits!

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Universal and Disney World

Right after we got married, since we had like a 1000 people (actually 4) visit from India, a road trip was mandatory. Unfortunately, since we were honeymooning in Quebec within days, my wife decided not to join us on the trip. It was definitely a tough decision, and I considered not going. However, in the end I decided to go with the group. I cannot stress how glad I am that I made that decision. It was my last vacation with my dad and every minute of the trip was worth it. Disney has always been on my parents list and being able to do it along with their closest friends and relatives made them very happy. Who cares that they didn’t ride a majority of the rides? Who cares that the weather was below freezing and we had to be bundled up? Who cares that back home, my brother’s house had a pipe burst and flood his garage? Not us!

These days, when I go back through the images, I can hear my dad say “You told me Florida was warm!” Fake out, dad.

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Laura + Eric

Okay, you guys. Things just might get a little cheesy on the blog today, so feel free to scroll past my rambles and straight to the photos at the bottom! Because today I’m going to talk about how I have the most amazing family. And how recently, the Sonderman brothers & sisters have grown +1.Because, this bride is my baby sister.

First things first, though. These photos are all Nirmal’s– the obvious choice to photograph their day, because he has crazy talent. So, you know, duh. And our friend Shawn came in as a relief-photographer during the reception, because Nirmal likes to dance, and because Shawn also has crazy talent 🙂

My sister is adorably and hilariously quirky. She makes me laugh all the time. She’s brilliant in any conversation, and my go-to for all advice and answers. She has always been good at everything: soccer, dance, cheerleading, gymnastics, school. She skipped her Senior year at highschool to start college… …which is when she met the love of her life– her lobster, if you will. Eric is equally as funny. And stupidly smart. And talented. And full of encouragement (which is a welcomed quality in our very sarcastic family!) And I may have jumped the gun a little thinking my siblings were the only awesome people out there, because then Eric came along, and he’s that other brother we never knew we missed. So Eric and Laura now get to live happily ever after, reveling for the rest of their lives in each other’s brilliance and hilarity and adorableness. Welcome to the family, Eric. I couldn’t have dreamed of a more perfect match for my baby sister, and for our whole family. I love both of you beautiful people so, so much.

Okay, so now for the reason all you guys are here– the photos! Quick wedding details first: They married at the Conservatory at Waterstone in Acworth, GA. It’s a smaller, all-inclusive venue, so they kept their wedding party limited to Eric’s best friend, Beth, as his “Best Beth” and me as Laura’s maid-of-honor. They also had their ceremony officiated by Eric’s step-brother. Close, intimate, and just so perfect.

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Jordan + Mark

This wedding wins weddings, and not to mention, a total winning bride. Biased? Why do you ask? Yes, she’s my cousin. And yes, it’s still all true :)Lake Michigan in June just might be the perfect setting for a wedding, and add to that the crazy creative, artistic talent of both of these families, including the bride and groom themselves. Mark is a potter, and handcrafted the little tumblers with the wedding date stamped on the bottom as gifts for each guest. Jordan is an artist, and chalked the personal, meaningful circle on the spot where they said their vows. The family created the photo booth wall for the reception, surrounded by pictures of both families.

The groom’s family hosted a bonfire on the lake the night before the wedding for all of the family and friends, then the ceremony was held at the Elberta Life Saving Station the next evening. All in all, it was a perfectly beautiful weekend, but enough of my babble, see for yourself!

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Oba, Audrey & Turner (and more!)

This post has been a long time in the making! I made my second visit to Mobile this April. This time it was to celebrate a very special day for Oba. She is one special person and she dared to think we would miss her Freemasons event!! Impossible!

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Most of the first morning there, I spent watching the awesome Indian team winning the cricket world cup.  Later, we had a photoshoot with Audrey, Turner and Granny at the Mobile Botanical Gardens.  Do I need to say more here? This was just freaking awesome! The kids had a blast and we snapped a few shots every now and then, when they stopped for a rare breath of air from the usual screaming fun filled banter.
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The hot weather quickly exhausted them and set the mood for Oba’s fun filled event where I tried to muster up enough courage to teach the Bollywood ways through an Indian rendition of Pretty Woman.
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I must say the day had a perfect ending with one of the best dinners at Felix’s. The food was beyond amazing, but hanging out with perfect company really has no comparison.

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The next day we went over to the house for some family time and lazied out in the yard most of the day before we headed back to Atlanta.
Mobile better be ready for another dose of Bollywood beats, crazy afternoons outside and another fun filled trip from fun loving Georgians.
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