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.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

2009 Weddings

Weddings for 2009 will be commissioned on a very limited basis,
so book early as Spring dates are filling quickly! : )

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Saying Yes More

It was late in the afternoon, probably around 6'ish...maybe even closer to 7. The boys were out of the house for the evening and I noticed Shelby had already showered and was spending alot of time in her newly painted, bright turquoise bedroom. I thought she was just enjoying how clean and fresh it was for the first time in 'um, eh hem, years. : ) (You parents of 12 year old girls know what I'm talking about). When her door opened, her hair had been flat-ironed and she was dressed-well sorta dressed-she was wearing a nice shirt and pj bottoms. : ) She stood in silence for a minute with a look in her eye that she was seriously thinking about something. "What's up?", I asked. To which she replied, "I think I need a new Facebook picture." My first thought was that it was too late or maybe we could wait until another day. But as I looked at the face of my baby girl-all of a sudden turned preteen-who wanted her mama to take her picture like she does for everybody else, I quickly replied, "Let's do it, I'll meet you outside!" Without any hesitation she said, "I'm going to put on some makeup" as she headed back down the hall. In less than 5 minutes with just a touch of powder, mascara and lip gloss, we were outside, camera in tow, searching for the perfect light. How has she grown up so fast? Have I savored every moment? It was in those few minutes I was trying to recap the first 12 years of her life, trying to remember everything. I should have been writing things down, I thought. What have I forgotten? I am so thankful for the prompting to put down whatever probably really insignificant something or another I was doing at the time and simply say yes. She was entrusting me, not so much as her mom, but moreso as a photographer to do this for her; it was important to her. It may have only been a Facebook picture for her, but for me, those 10 minutes in the front yard was something special that I won't forget. I know I'm going to remember, 'cause this time I'm writing it down. : )

Sunday, July 13, 2008

New Orleans, LA

This weekend we decided to get out of dodge for a couple of days and take a mini vacation/field trip to New Orleans. Clark and I have been several times before, but it's been several years, and we also wanted to take the kids now that they are older. It was nice just to get away, walk the cobblestone streets and eat the ever-so-famous cajun food and beignets (pronouced 'ben-yay' for those who are not familiar with this famous donut-style puff pastry smothered in confectioner's sugar). I also think I walked enough to cover any excecise for the year!

Let me give you a little heads up to what to expect in the images and slideshow: All of us are in our prime, for sure! The kids and I were totally being goofballs and we told Dad (a.k.a. Clark) to make his own funny face--you'll notice his version. You'll also see his reaction to the sour lemonade he was drinking. Joseph held my camera with one hand to take our picture...notice whose face fills up the screen the most! We sat on the shore of the Mighty Mississippi listening to jazz play in the background--the night lights were beautiful. You'll also see what was left of our beignet plate...crumbs. : ) And finally, we toured the Aquarium. If you haven't had a chance to visit, make plans when you can as we only touched the surface of the things to do in the small amount of time we were there!

Click on the slideshow to see more!

Monday, July 07, 2008

Jenna Grace and Preston | The Wedding

Jenna Grace is another bride I feel like I've known forever! Jenna Grace booked me for her and Preston's wedding way back in January of 2007! So needless to say, we've chatted and emailed several times since then. : ) We first met a few months ago for Jenna Grace's Bridal Session in B'ham.

For the wedding, I thought it would be fun to highlight images from each of their preparation times. They both were getting ready at the same time, but in two different rooms...getting ready to see each other for their First Look. : ) I hang out with the girls while Clark is able to hang with the guys.

The small town where they were married was awesome! It was more of a crossroads so to speak where everything in the town pretty much centered around the square. What fun it was to walk the streets of the town. Check out this amazing mural just next door to the church!!! Picture Perfect! : )An old fashioned drug store and soda fountain. : )
Check out their online gallery by the end of the week to see all of their wedding day images! Use Preston's last name as the access code.

Click here to see more of their wedding day story told in a mini slideshow.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Beth and Tyler | The Wedding

Beth's fabulous gown: Melissa Sweet
Ceremony: The Church in the Pines
Reception: Willow Point Country Club
The Wedding Planner: Alene GamelIdoIdoWeddingPlanning
The Band: 14 Karet Gold

Thanks guys for an amazing day! I hope you enjoy your slideshow and I also hope it does your day justice and tells the story of just how much fun it was! : ) (The slideshow has lots of images, so give it time to load!)

You can see all of Beth and Tyler's wedding day images in their online Gallery. Use Tyler's last name as the access code!