Alabama Wedding Photographer Samantha Alday offers a documentary style approach to photographing weddings. Her fresh and modern images are unrehearsed and capture the true emotions of the day as they actually happen. Samantha commissions a limited number of wedding events each year delivering the most in personal customer service, unique attention to detail and the specific needs of each client.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Happy Anniversary!

It's been one year ago today since my first blog post! I honestly wondered as I typed that post that day would anyone really even read or care about what I was writing. Well, that's been approximately 8000 visitors ago! Thanks ya'll for stopping by to visit and for keeping up with this 'ole country girl! You can click here to read that first post.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

A Bridal Session

What a beautiful bride I had the opportunity to photograph during this recent Bridal Session. Jennifer and her friends (and Mom!) were fun to hang out with during the session. I look forward to spending more time with them at Jennifer and Damion's wedding in April. I'm so glad she included a Bridal Session in her wedding coverage. It's just a nice, relaxed time for portraits and to also get to know one another. This session was photographed at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion in Mobile, where they will also host their wedding reception.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

A Photo Safari

The kids were out of school today for Mardi Gras Holiday, so Joseph and I went on a "Photo Safari" (Shelby was off with a friend). We basically walked the woods and water near our home in search of the perfect picture.
Doesn't Joseph look like a natural at this?

I think we found our perfect picture! Needless to say we were not expecting to come across this Cotton Mouth Moccasin. This is as close as I felt comfortable with my 100mm lens!

Check it out!

Monday, February 19, 2007

more about me

I often receive emails from other photographers and those aspiring to be photographers asking me for different tidbits of advice. I'm posting a permlink to the right sidebar entitled 'more about me'. Here, I go into a little more detail about how I did get started in the wedding photography business, as well as my equipment, my workflow and other fun facts. I hope this helps any of you who are just starting out or would just like to know a little 'more about me'.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

My Office

Since I don't really have a studio and all of my work is done on location, I thought it would be fun to show you where I do my work everyday: my home office.
This is it. This is where the magic happens. ; )
And how could I work without a partner at my side? If you'll look closely, you'll notice who I'm referring to. But most of the time Annie Bell *and* Zack are both here. : )

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Congratulations Joseph!

Joseph has become a new player on the Leroy Bears Junior Varsity Baseball team! He along with another 6-7 boys were chosen out of about 25 other kids trying out. He has been practicing and trying out since the first of January and was the only 7th grader chosen for the team. It is a tradition that the new kids have their head shaved. Wow! This was a big deal 'cause look at the head of hair Joseph started out with. ; ) It was alot of fun though and we had a good time watching! Congratulations Joseph!

Friday, February 09, 2007

Facing The Giants

Oh my goodness! I cannot say enough good about this movie. If you haven't already seen Facing The Giants, please, please try to see it soon. Watch it with your spouse, your family, your kids, your friends, whomever you choose, but I do encourage you to see this movie. The story was simple and real, but so powerful.
The Story
"From the award-winning producers of FLYWHEEL comes a new, action-packed, family-friendly drama about a high school football coach who draws up a new game plan for his team … and himself.
In his six years of coaching, Grant Taylor has never had a winning season. Even the hope of a new season is squelched when the best player on his Shiloh Eagles decides to transfer schools. After losing their first three games of the season, the coach discovers a group of fathers are plotting to have him fired. Combined with pressures at home, Coach Taylor has lost hope in his battle against fear and failure.
However, an unexpected challenge helps him find a purpose bigger than just victories. Daring to trust God to do the impossible, Coach Taylor and the Eagles discover how faith plays out on the field … and off.
With God, all things are possible ..."
What Giant(s) are you facing today?

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Date Night

As much as I love the mountains, there's nothing like sitting on the edge of the ocean water. If you're needing a nice night out alone, a date night with your spouse, or even a girl's night out, check out Felix's Fish Camp on the causeway. Felix's sits just on the Mobile Bay and the view is incredible. Clark and I do try to visit them often. ; ) If you go you must, MUST have the Crab Soup along side the Camp Salad. Ahhhhh! My mouth is watering now. Really, it's a great place. You can dress casual or even go a little dressy---and to be safe, you better make reservations--they are always packed out. (I was not paid to say this...promise)... ; )

Have I mentioned lately that I luvv my Sony Cybershot?! It's been the best lil' point and shoot to keep in my purse. A new thing for 2007 blogging: Images taken with the p&s won't have my 'sa' icon; those taken with my 'big' camera *will* have the 'sa' icon.

Monday, February 05, 2007

...more from Leroy...

I wasn't able to post all of my Leroy images on my last post, so I'm finishing up here. I hope you've enjoyed your tour. : )

The original Leroy Post Office

The Charles R. Lowman Power Plant is a major industry for the area. This steam plant supplies power all over the southeast and possibly other regions of the U.S. The Leroy community sits just on the edge of the Tombigbee River.

Life in Leroy

Eeeek! I know how long it's been since I've posted and I do apologize. But stay with me. I have lots of things to share with you over the next couple of weeks, so please continue to stop by and check it out!
Life in Leroy
A fun thing that Stacy and I did while she was here visiting was ride around Leroy and 'see the sights'. Now remember I told you that living in such a small community had to get your creative juices flowing for something to do. : )
It was really a good thing for me to do. Because I do live here, I see 'the sights' all the time. So I suppose I really do take for granted such a nice country community I live in. Driving Stacy around and trying to find nice pictures really made me step outside the box and really notice Leroy all over again.
I also thought it would be fun to post those images here to show you where I live. I know most of you probably live more urban and may not get to see the country much. So now begins your official "Tour of Leroy". ; )

Leroy farms cotton and now peanuts! You will also see cows, creeks, pecan orchards, bails of hay everywhere, corn planted in the summer and don't forget about Mr. Buddy's goats.

With a voting population of approximately 700, there are 7 active churches in the community.