THIS IS… T H I R T Y!

If you’re reading this – I AM THIRTY! I don’t know what it is about decade birthdays that make birthdays feel BIG! I mean, they make you more reflective than usual. At times, they can even bring you down a wee bit because they can be a reminder of what you always THOUGHT you’d accomplish by said decade year – you know what I mean? Needless to say, saying “goodbye” to my 20’s is surely bittersweet.

Instead of feeling down about hitting 30, I am sitting on the beach laughing with my husband and reflecting on how flipping awesome my 20’s were. I mean, I graduated from college twice, started a photography business that’s still trucking along, met my husband (age 22), cheered my mom on as she graduated from college, welcomed 2 of my God babies into the world, maintained friendships, finally started viewing my “baby brother bear” as a young man, met and became close friends with some amazing ppl, showed 100+ students unconditional love, did a little bit of traveling (Mexico, Charleston, Chicago, Los Angeles + surrounding cities, Miami, Blue Ridge Mtns, Houston, Jamaica, 30A), took premarital counseling, and married my Artyyy in front of about 200 people that we love so much! Whew!

With 30, I want to boldly walk in my truth. I want to be transparent about my journey – my 20’s came with some tough times, too. I welcomed my 20’s with a DUI – yes, ME. I did my community service and spent a lot of my own little savings to get it reduced. I suffered two major depressions out of no where. They left me in uncontrollable puddles of tears 24/7 for what felt like the longest weeks of my life. I’ll never forget being afraid of my own thoughts and calling several random ministers hoping they’d help. I went through this dark time questioning EVERYTHING (including God). More recently, my 20’s brought an appointment where my doctor looked at me and for the first time I heard a doctor tell me “Farrahn, you’re pregnant!” Before we even had the chance to celebrate and take everything in – I had a miscarriage. I went through the motions of feeling less than. I asked myself “What if it never happens for us because of MY body?!” I eventually checked myself because I know THAT’s the kind of crazy talk + thoughts that the devil would looove for me to harp on. NOPE! Talk about needing FAITH!!!

Today, I asked Art “If you could sit here today with 24 year old Farrahn – would you want to?!” Of course, he said “No, I love 30 year old Farrahn!” Just as I was about to give him an A+ for passing my pop quiz, we talked about WHY. THAT Farrahn was a total sweetheart, but she was full of fear. She was a “runner”, and she played it safe. Heck, she wouldn’t have ever disclosed some of the stuff above!!! A private person that was concerned with only herself. She’d protect herself at any cost. She lived a privileged life & really didn’t have a testimony. Truth be told, she was pretty “judgey”. Faith and God didn’t really drive her. I’m not THAT young girl anymore, and I’m happy about that. Some of those qualities that I used to be… actually make me uncomfortable when I see them in other people now. I am a work in progress, but I have truly grown.  I am walking into my 30’s knowing that God is the captain of my ship, BUT sometimes he’ll sit back and let me (the co-captain) maneuver that thang! I’ve gotta have faith, be prayerful, and I’ve absolutely gotta put in the work for the things that I am hopeful for! That’s the way this journey works. When I achieve or receive the things that I asked and worked for – I have to help the next person. I owe it to God to continue helping wherever I can. I have learned to check my thoughts often & even other people’s, if they’re bringing US down…because I know that “God is always in the boat/ship” with me/us. I refuse to allow anyone to make me think otherwise. I want to share the good and the bad – only in hopes of helping people.  I want to be a light in this dark world. When I read of people that took their lives, I don’t judge them. I am saddened because I wish someone had reassured them that God was right there in the boat with them all along. I wish they could have seen how I too had the same exact thoughts, but through faith and work – things got better. Even now, I have to remind myself on dark days that it’s temporary, and God will get me through each dark day. I am a survivor, and I walk by faith. I don’t know what’s ahead, but this life is a journey. Everything that I have and will go through is a part of MY journey. Above it all – I want to live a life that will make GOD proud. I’m unashamed to say that I don’t have it all figured out, but if I can do anything to help YOU be a light, I got cha baby!

Let’s do this 30’s!!! In honor of it being my “BIG 30th” – I came up with a Bucket List. I asked some friends + fam to join me in celebration by creating one of their own. It’d be a way to ensure that we’re all being INTENTIONAL about living and celebrating together. I asked them to add 2 things from my list to their own. If it’s on this list -& God keeps me as healthy as I am now,  it’s happening within the next 3 years!!! I will cross things off as I do them. It was hard to not put things that were more like goals. I mean, in being transparent (again) – I don’t want to live above my financial means for the next 3 years so I couldn’t include 15 trips across the world. I will do a new bucket list in 3 years.

In no particular order:

1. Learn to swim (this has been put off for about 25 years)

2. Take my mom on a vacation

3. Update my brand (complete with a brand photo shoot)

4. Plan a couples’ trip

5. Host an Ugly Sweater Holiday Party (I won’t make our guests watch Home Alone although that’d be AH-MAZING)

6. Take a calligraphy class (preferably with Erica of yesmaampapergoods.com)

7. Do a weekly blog series ( current ideas: date nights, restaurant reviews, married life)

8. Watch the sunset over the Grand Canyon (helicopter tour)

9. Kiss in the rain (i can admit that i’ve watched too many romantic comedies)

10. Complete a scrapbook

11. Get real estate license (I can help Art out with his business)

12. Reach my ultimate goal of 110 lbs (don’t debate me on this)

13. Get a wrist tattoo (something about being a light…not another butterfly)

14. Attend a concert in a different state

15. Rent a Jeep Wrangler & go on a girls’ trip with friends

16. 1 on 1 makeup classes

17. Ride a horse on the beach (again) with Art

18. Take a cooking class with Art

19. Be completely debt free (other than a mortgage) and call Dave Ramsey to do the “Debt Free Scream)”

20. Travel to Greece with Kara (summer trip that we put off for a whole year)

21. Go to one or two wine tastings (or ten because….YES!)

22. Purchase first home with Art

23. Go to Vegas to see B. Spears or J Lo perform (I clearly started this list before the shooting…)

24. Travel to Lake Louise

25. Create a brand video for a creative and/or a family video that I’m proud of  (take documentation to the next level)

26. Attend a photography workshop

27. Beautiful beach trip (a beach that would be new for me like Waikiki, Negril, Ipanema, Lindquist, etc)

28. Half Tough Mudder (October 2o, 2018)

29. Try and Review 100 new restaurants

30. Have a lil baby that’s gon’ listen (prayerfully) – I realize this one isn’t really a bucket list type of thing, BUT whatyagonnado?!

I really regret not doing a better job of documenting my personal life and trips with my beloved Canon. My camera will be with me as I take on this Bucket List.

Let’s cheer each other on and hold each other accountable!!!I’m excited to see what my friends & family come up with! If you didn’t make one, but you’d like to do this  – create one! Lemme see what’s on YOUR bucket list!

THANK YOU FOR READING & CELEBRATING LIFE WITH ME!

With Love & Light,

Farrahn T.

 

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2017 Fall Mini Sessions

2017 FALL MINI SESSIONS

Happpppy Fall, yall! Thank you for your interest in booking a Fall Portrait Session for your family. This is my FAAAAVORITE season of all. At this point, some of you plan and meet me to have your family captured annually around this time. I truly look forward to my mini sessions now! I’m excited to help you document this beautiful time of the year, whether you just need updated family pics or pics for your holiday cards!

I offer mini sessions as early as possible to ensure that sessions are completed before the holidays. Not only is it beautiful outside during this season, but you can knock out your family photos without your kids looking cold in their photos. You will have your photo needs in more than enough time to send out cards or just pass them out to your family and friends! Yay!

What is included with each session?  Each session may include up to 5 people and will last 20 minutes and includes 6 digital images. You will also receive a print release. Your gallery will be uploaded online, and you will select your favorite 6 images to be edited. The amount of images in your gallery will vary depending on each family, but additional digital images may be viewed and ordered through your online gallery for $10 per additional edit. Unedited images will not be given.

Pricing: Atlanta Sessions are $85 and Augusta Sessions are $90.

Why are Augusta shoots a little more? Augusta shoots are not local for me, and the additional price makes up for traveling cost.

What if I need to cancel?  All session fees are non-refundable, but can be transferred to a later session, but keep in mind it may have to be transferred to a full session because mini sessions are limited/seasonal.

What if it rains? “You can plan a pretty picture, but you can’t predict the weather!” If rain causes us to reschedule your session, every effort will be made to reschedule you for a subsequent date.

If rescheduling is truly impossible due to weather, you will receive a refund.

What if my family needs more than 20 minutes? If you have children that are under 3, please try to schedule the last morning or evening slot. If you feel that your family would benefit more from a full session, please email me – we’ll make it work on a weekday evening or after mini sessions are complete.

Can we have more than 1 outfit or shoot at a different location than the ones mentioned? 

Unfortunately, time will not allow anyone to have more than one outfit or a different location – as I will be shooting several families in one day.

What if I am late? Please, please be on time or early for your session. The schedule will be tight, and if you miss your session you run the risk of having to transfer your payment to a later session.

What should we wear? I love warm solid colors for the fall. You don’t have to match, but it’s always nice on camera when your colors coordinate. Layers and cute boots look amazing during this season! I would avoid clothing with writing and large labels. Ultimately, think about colors that complement your home. I ALWAAAAYS suggest printing your photos and hanging them. Family photos make the most amazing art pieces for your walls. I mean that!

Should I get my makeup professionally done? The answer is always YES! Getting your makeup done will not only make you feel beautiful but it’ll give your images that extra UMPH! Below are two makeup artists that I have used and a few of my clients have also used. They’re sweet, professional, and accommodating!

Brittany – @beautybybrittaneyshanae www.brittaneyshanae.com and Kimaris – @makeupbykimaris email: makeupbykimaris@gmail.com

How do I contact you with additional questions? Send me an email at farrahne@gmail.com if you have any other questions!

How do I book my session?  The sessions below are first come/first serve. I will update the available and booked session slots here on my website.  To book your session, simply email me with a date and 2 available time slots that would work for your family. Please list them in the order of your preference. Payment is due in full (via PayPal) to reserve the session. After I confirm your date and time, I will send an invoice. You will have 24 hours to make the payment before the slot is given to the next person interested.

I look forward to working with you all this season!!!

*Sundays are currently reserved for inclement weather/rescheduling due to weather or full sessions.*

Saturday, October 21st at Garrard Landing Park in Roswell 

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Saturday, October 28th at Winn Park in Midtown 

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Saturday, November 11th in Augusta –  Location (TBA)

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September 23, 2017 - 5:27 pm

Jody Charbonnet - Hi there! Do you still have Oct 21st at 9am open? Second option would be the 28thvat 9am.

Thanks,
Jody

Becoming Farrahn T

Tomorrow is THE big day so what better way to celebrate that than a wedding blog?! We decided to go this route instead of a wedding website because…why not?! Although I neglect my blog, it’s my labor of love and my own little corner of the World Wide Web. Though this is typed in first person by yours truly, Art is sitting right next to me – laughing and giving his input…as per usual.

OUR STORY

We met on New Year’s Eve of 2010. Art lived in Jacksonville, Florida at the time, and I lived in Atlanta, Georgia. We were both in Augusta, GA to spend time with family and friends for the holidays. We went to rival high schools and the same college for 3 years, but we never really spoke or hung out…until that NYE. Our friends suggested that we keep in touch since Art would be moving to Atlanta for grad school.

Those same friends traveled to Atlanta later in January, and we all met up and hung out again. This became the routine until Art & I started meeting up without said friends – insert grin. For almost a year, we hung out as JUST friends. In fact, when anyone would suggest something more we’d write it off in fear of ruining such a solid friendship. We talked about everything, met each other during winter storms for breakfast, took me to my first NBA game, celebrated birthdays, etc. -ALLLL AS FRIENDS. As time went on, it became blatantly obvious that there was waaaaay more there.  In the past 7 years, we’ve been through SO many highs and lows together. We’ve both grown in all areas of our lives, and we’ve been able to do this as best friends. Common theme here? FRIENDSHIP & LOVE! Here we are 7 years later, ready to commit and celebrate the “beginning” of what we think is the greatest love story!

THE PROPOSAL

Me being the control freak   planner that likes to be in the know, I’d been trying to map out the perfect proposal for a couple of years, but one day I casually told Art that I wanted to be surprised. I wanted it to be just the two of us on a regular day because anything more would be a dead give away. Art having the photographic memory   being as attentive as he is, he decided to do just what was suggested. He planned out a romantic staycation in downtown Atlanta to celebrate my 29th birthday. We had dinner at my favorite place, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, went on a horse and carriage ride through the city, and went out dancing (no, we literally sang & DANCED all night). I just KNEW at any moment our families would pop out at every single place. I even Facetimed with my mom in hopes to see where she was..but NOPE. On the last day (October 10th, 2016) of our staycation, we walked the BeltLine around Ponce City Market.

Once the staycation was over and we were sweaty and exhausted – Art came in the room I’d passed out in and said “Man. This was a REALLLLLY good weekend! Do you know what would make this weekend even better?!” My response “Hmmm…ICE CREAM?!” We laughed and out of what felt like no where….. Art got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. The proposal might have came as a shock, but I always knew that we’d be together forever. As much of a hopeless romantic as I am, I never genuinely believed in soulmates until I met Art.  Two people couldn’t be more of a match than the two of us – we’ve never been able to deny that.

DEETS

We will be getting married in the heart of downtown Atlanta at The Piedmont Room at Park Tavern at 6:30pm on Friday, June 9, 2017.

This is an adults only affair.

Semi-formal attire is suggested.

Our preference is a cash gift, but we are registered at Bed Bath & Beyond (Farrahn and Arthur)

Dinner and drinks will be served at the reception. We are suggesting that everyone Uber! 🙂

As stated above, this wedding has been anticipated by quite a few people for a while now – we are thrilled to finally “turn up” with everyone.

More than anything we want our wedding day to be one funnnn celebration! We really appreciate all of the things that SO many people have done to attend and celebrate our union. The day isn’t even here yet, and we’re already so overwhelmed with gratitude! We have SO much love for everyone that will be in attendance!!!!

 

THE NIGHT ART PROPOSED

WE MADE PROPOSAL BOXES FOR OUR GROOMSMEN AND BEST MAN – ARTHUR THOMAS SR.

WINTER ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS WERE TAKEN BY KATIE YORK OF DASH PHOTOGRAPHY. THE WEATHER WAS AWFUL, BUT WE WEREN’T GOING TO LET THAT GET IN THE WAY OF HAVING OUR LOVE DOCUMENTED. MISSION WAS ACCOMPLISHED.

MY BACHELORETTE PARTY WAS OVER SPRING BREAK IN MIAMI, FLORIDA. MY FRIENDS TOOK REALLY GREAT CARE OF ME AND WERE ENTERTAINING AND ATTENTIVE DESPITE WHATEVER PERSONAL THINGS THEY WERE DEALING WITH AT THE TIME- THEY SHOWERED ME WITH SO MUCH LOVE THAT I CRIED ALMOST THE ENTIRE FLIGHT HOME. THIS TRIP REALLY SHOWED ME THAT IT DOESN’T MATTER WHERE WE ARE OR WHAT WE’RE GOING THROUGH – WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A GOOD TIME AND COME TOGETHER LIKE WE’VE ALWAYS DONE! THAT’S LOVE.

SPRING PHOTOS WERE TAKEN BY MECCA GAMBLE (OUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER)

THESE ARE OUR PEOPLE. THEY HAVE LOVED AND CARED FOR US ENDLESSLY. THANKS FOR EVERYTHING! WE LOVE YOU!

THESE ARE OUR PEOPLE. THEY HAVE LOVED AND CARED FOR US ENDLESSLY. THANKS FOR EVERYTHING! WE LOVE YOU!

 

 

 

 

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June 10, 2017 - 2:29 am

Lindsey Hayes - So happy for you and Art! I can’t wait to see more wedding pix! Love u!!! Xoxo

June 8, 2017 - 1:22 pm

Jewel Laidlow - I am sitting here in tears!!!!! I am so proud of the woman you are and even more so that you have found true love! You deserve every moment of happiness God has blessed you and will continue to bless you with til death do you part. Congratulations you two! Art, love her the way we love her and her soul will always smile!!!

The Hong Family | Atlanta Family Photographer

The Hongs have been sticking with Farrahn E. Photography since the beginning. I mean…you know that’s true when you’ve got a shoot together from the infamous Augusta train tracks on The Riverwalk. Please don’t judge! I just adore this family so much. They’re loving and super honest. I witnessed their marriage and photographed Heston’s newborn pics. They’ve really become friends, and it has truly been a pleasure and an honor capturing their family’s growth and beauty over the years. This shoot may very well be one of our most memorable shoots – not only did Heston continuously point at me while aggressively telling me “NO!” to pictures, but he ran from us, rolled his eyes, and gave me the death stare for majority of their shoot. I actually found this quite amusing and figured he’d have to learn sooner or later that I don’t give up easily. Hehe! Another thing that makes this shoot very special and hopefully near and dear to their hearts is that we added a verrrry sweet and funny couple to the mix this year. Without going into too much detail, I will just say that Jin’s aunt and uncle joined us, and his aunt pulled me aside as I was giving them directions at one point and told me “You gotta make this a really good one for me!”. The entire time I edited their pictures, I kept thinking about my grandma and grandpa and how much their relationship paralleled this couple’s relationship. I kept wishing I’d taken them in the backyard and gotten some special pictures like these. I think it’s amazing that Hanna thought to do this, and I hope they’re family loves these images as much as I do!

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The Rattray Family | Atlanta Family Photographer

Many photographers affectionately refer to themselves as “lifestyle” photographers. It wasn’t until recently that I really started exploring what a lifestyle photographer truly is. It’s not simply a family or child photographer as I used to think. It’s a photographer that comes into your home or invites a family on-location and captures the family as is. Now, that’s not to say that the families can’t spend extra time coordinating their outfits or putting on makeup, but it’s less posing (notice I did not say NO posing) and more natural. More snuggles, more laughs, more relaxing together on your favorite couch or spot in your home, dancing together, and just doing the goofy things that connect loved ones.  I spoke about wanting that to come across in my photos, and I think this one honed in on that. The R Family wanted to keep the shoot as easy as possible. That’s not normally a “thing” with newborn shoots. This one lasted as long as a typical family shoot and we didn’t use a ton of props.  We didn’t wait for their youngest beauty to sleep. We went with shots whether she was sleep or awake, and I have to say I loved the outcome. Such a beautiful and easy-going party of FOUR now!

Gorgeous Girls!

Thanks for looking! Peace & Love.

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