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Birmingham, Al Wedding Photographer - The Roebucks at Iron City

Becca and Peyton were breathtaking in their Birmingham, Al wedding at Iron City! The whole day was stunning! The girls got ready in a beautiful suite in the Sheraton and then headed to Iron City Bham for a gorgeous ceremony and super fun reception! Becca's grandma did all of the flowers and they looked like they were straight out of a magazine! Gorgeous! 

I have to tell you a little story about the reception. I always ask my brides if they'll be doing a "hug dance" as their first dance, or a choreographed one. Becca answered "just a hug one, I'm not much of a dancer". Um, girl lied to me. She was an incredible dancer. And so was Peyton. And their parents. And grandparents. And friends. And little cousins and nieces. Amazing. There was so much talent in that room it blew me away!! Lol!! 

Congratulations Becca and Peyton! On a beautiful and FUN wedding!! 

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Springville High School Senior - Bailey

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Oh, this beautiful Springville High School Senior! I'm really floored by her beauty and her amazing heart! She works at after-school care at Springville Elementary and is so great with kids and wants to be a teacher! I've been extra blessed to watch her grow up! She even helped her mom babysit Connor when he was a baby! We went to Gadsden for her senior portraits!

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3 Things I Learned from Renovating my Pop Up Camper

Top Three THings I learned when renovating my pop up camper

Oh! The things we do for our kids! I had never been camping. Had never slept on the ground in a tent and didn't have a desire to do that. But when my 5 year old son asked if we'd take him camping, I just couldn't say no! I knew that the memories we could make together were more important than any hang-up I might have about camping! 

But I still wasn't sleeping on the ground!

So my husband and I scoured Craigslist looking for the perfect Pop-Up Camper. We found a lovely 2004 Fleetwood and even though it was in terrific shape, we got right to work on our pop up camper renovation.

We painted the cabinetry, changed out the floor, and replaced all of the fabric. Of course I knew nothing about camping. And I knew even less about renovating a camper. But here are a few things I learned along the way...

1. Set a deadline. We bought our camper. Then I went out of town. Then my husband went out of town. Then we went out of town as a family. But we still wanted the whole thing renovated for it's grand reveal on the 4th of July, when our family would be camping with us. Our deadline was tight. Super tight. Like less than a week. We had to be flexible and had to scratch some our best laid plans and come up with new ideas! Like wrapping and stapling the seat cushions, rather than using the seamstress I'd hired and getting a couple yards of coordinating fabric, when we ran out of curtain fabric. But by the time the 4th of July weekend rolled around we were so happy it was done! Had we not set such a strict deadline, we'd probably still be painting the cabinets!!

Speaking of painting the cabinets....

2. Use a primer when painting your cabinets! We used deluxe, premiere paint with primer in it. So I figured we'd clean the cabinets with TSP, give them a little sanding, and go on our merry way. WRONG. Ya'll I painted that thing for days. I painted 4 coats and it still wasn't covering that weird fake-wood-paper-veneer that was on the cabinets.

4 coats! F.O.U.R. 

4 coats! F.O.U.R. 

4 coats and you could still see completely through the paint! 4 coats and I thought I'd totally ruined our new camper. Finally I broke out the primer. 4 coats of paint. 1 coat of primer. 1 more coat of paint. And voila. Complete. Start with the primer, ya'll! 

Ahh! Coverage! Finally!

Ahh! Coverage! Finally!

3. Have fun! I know, how cliche' right? But seriously, my husband and I enjoyed the renovation process! It was fun to pick fabrics and decor for our little bitty tiny home away from home! I think it is really a translation of our style. Nothing in it is perfect. But it's light, bright, airy and beautiful. And most importantly, our family has already created sweet memories camping in our new pop up! 

Cool campground, right! It's really our backyard! But hey, ya'll want to camp here we'll make it happen!

Cool campground, right! It's really our backyard! But hey, ya'll want to camp here we'll make it happen!

And Mama hasn't had to sleep on the hard ground!

Before: Check out that sad mauve and hunter green seat cushion! 

Before: Check out that sad mauve and hunter green seat cushion! 

After: That's more like it! Soothing grays, dark wood floor, white cabinets and gorgeous fabrics!

After: That's more like it! Soothing grays, dark wood floor, white cabinets and gorgeous fabrics!

Before: green curtains

Before: green curtains

After: Check out these gorgeous curtains that my mom spent hours sewing for me!!

After: Check out these gorgeous curtains that my mom spent hours sewing for me!!

Before: More mauve and green and fake wood!

Before: More mauve and green and fake wood!

After: This is so much more my style. SO my style, in fact, that I grabbed some throw pillows from our real house and they worked perfectly in our pop up!

After: This is so much more my style. SO my style, in fact, that I grabbed some throw pillows from our real house and they worked perfectly in our pop up!

Before: Scratchy fabric! 

Before: Scratchy fabric! 

After: Our favorite little nook!

After: Our favorite little nook!

And this is why we did it! Family fun. Great memories. And a happy little boy!

And this is why we did it! Family fun. Great memories. And a happy little boy!



 

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Birmingham, Al Engagement Session- Peyton and Becca

These two love birds drove in from Atlanta for their Birmingham, Alabama engagement session. What a joy they were! Becca was a bridesmaid in Emily and Casey's wedding last year. And she caught the bouquet!! AND Peyton caught the garter! I mean, ya'll, if that isn't "meant to be", I don't know what is! I am so looking forward to their fall wedding! They're such an amazing couple and I'm honored to be their wedding photographer! Plus, they're both super gorgeous!! :-)  

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Are First Looks Important?

Should I Do A First Look?

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Many of my couples ask me whether or not they should have a first look. If you’re reading this, you’re probably wondering the same thing. In my professional opinion, I think they are an excellent idea. I love first looks. I know that they are a tad bit ‘un-traditional,’ but let me take a minute to explain the benefits of a first look.

1. Your wedding day will be crazy busy. No getting around it. You have so much to do and so little time to do it in. If you have a first look, it helps to calm down the day a bit. Instead of trying to rush around to get everyone together and have pictures taken between the wedding ceremony and reception while your guests are waiting, you’ll have that time to relax and enjoy your guests and not have to worry about being late to your reception. We can do all of the main portraits before the ceremony even begins – at the very least, the bride and groom and bridal party photos. This way, your hair and makeup are still perfect, as they were just finished. If your family is coming earlier, we can do their photos beforehand, as well, or we will only have to worry about those portraits after the ceremony and not the bridal party shots. 

2. A first look also gives you a very special, intimate moment with your new spouse. If you are nervous or stressed out, this will especially help to relax you, and your spouse can comfort you and let you know it will all be OK. During the ceremony, there are many of people around and you can’t fully take in the moment because everyone is staring at you. With a first look, that moment is just between you and your spouse (and your photographers, of course).

 3. Even if you have a first look, your husband will be just as happy to see you walking down the aisle and you’ll still take his breath away. Don’t worry that you’ll be spoiling the moment by seeing him prior to the ceremony.

If you want to learn more about why I LOVE first looks, send me an email at JillCopelandPhotography@Gmail.com



Jill Copeland Photography is a Premiere Birmingham, Al Wedding Photographer

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Kirkland Wedding

Rustic Chic Barn Wedding at Applewood Farm

Oh, ya'll. This wedding. Sigh. It just made my heart melt! First off. I love a chandelier barn! I mean, who doesn't? But Applewood Farm really takes the cake, those blingy chandeliers contrasted by the rustic wood. Just yummy! It's really one of my favorite venues!  Ashley was breathtaking in her lace dress and her awesome cowboy boots! She really embodied the rustic chic bride! Everything was so beautiful and her groom was silly and fun and so happy to be marrying her!

 

Are you a rustic chic, barn bride? I'd love to chat with you! Send me an email at JillCopelandPhotography@Gmail.com

 

 

Jill Copeland Photography is a Premiere Birmingham, Al Wedding Photographer

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What to Wear in Your Engagement Photos

How to Coordinate Outfits for Your Engagement Session


 

Not sure what to wear to your engagement session? We’re here to help! You should bring two to three outfits to your session so we can get a variety of different looks for you. We suggest the following:

  • ·        Bring a ‘Dressy’ Outfit

It’s not every day you get to get all dressed up with your sweetheart and take photos together. Use this session as an excuse to really go all out and get fancied up! I’m not saying you have to wear a gown and tux (unless you want to), but maybe a dress or skirt for you, and a suit or nice slacks and a button up shirt for your fiancé. This outfit will be great for save the date cards, or the announcement in your local newspaper.

 

  • ·         Go Casual

We also suggest you bring a more casual outfit. This outfit is ideal for your more fun, relaxed photos. Tailored jeans and a nice shirt are always a great choice, especially if we are going to be walking around in nature a lot. Make sure to bring shoes specifically for this outfit, too.

 

  • ·         Coordination is Key

The most important thing to remember is to coordinate. You don’t want to be matchy-matchy, but you want to coordinate. Choose similar colors and styles that photograph well together. For example, you don’t want to wear jeans if your fiancé is wearing a suit and tie in the same photo. Also remember to dress for the location. For example, if you are doing a natural, rustic or vintage session, you’ll want to stay away from bright colors and opt for neutrals instead.

MOST IMPORTANTLY!!!!! Wear what you feel comfortable and beautiful in!! You will appear confident and majestic in your photos if you're happy with the way you look! I promise! 

 

·         Things to Avoid

- Logos, unless we’re doing a sports session and you’re wearing jerseys, etc.

- Patterns – Try to stick with solid colors or minimal patterns. Plaid shirts are fine as long as your fiancé isn’t wearing stripes or polka dots. It’s a good rule of thumb to only have one partner wearing a pattern at a time.

- Fluorescent colors – These don’t photograph well and also can cast bright color tones on your skin.

 

If you have any questions or want to discuss your outfits, shoot me an email at
JillCopelandPhotography@Gmail.com




Jill Copeland Photography is a Premiere Birmingham, Al Wedding Photographer

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A little more about your photographer!! :-)

Hi guys! Welcome to my new website! I'm so excited that you've found me here and I'd LOVE to chat with you about your wedding! I thought I'd share a few tidbits about myself with you! 

  • I'm married to a sweet southern man. You'll love him!
  • I'm not southern. I'm from St. Louis. But I think I've adapted well, bless my heart.
  • We have the MOST PRECIOUS little boy. He's hysterical. And my heartbeat. And I talk about him way too much and take wayyyyyyy too many pictures of him. Sorry. Not sorry.
  • I ADORED planning my wedding.
  • In college I spilled an entire gallon of paint all over the brand new carpet in our apartment. I cleaned it up with ammonia. Got asphyxiated and had to call poison control.
  • I wish I was at the beach right now. (see, I've adapted well to the south) ;-)
  • My favorite music is praise and worship
  • And my favorite coffee is a white chocolate mocha. But after drinking one I always feel like I should have just eaten a whole cake, I'm sure they have the same amount of calories.
  • I LOVE photography! Duh. I know. But seriously, you guys, I can capture a split second of time that will NEVER happen again. Now, that's what I call a cool profession!
  • I want to get to know you too!! Send me an email at JillCopelandPhotography@Gmail.com and we'll go to lunch! Or get one of those TOTALLY healthy white chocolate mochas! ;-)

 

*Photo Credits: Wedding photos - Scott Stanley
Baseball picture - Fresh Art Photography www.FreshArtPhotography.com

 

 


 

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