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Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | 10 Things… APRIL!!

So I’d love to know what y’all think of these 10 things posts… should I keep at it or just stop right this very minute?!  It’s been fun writing them but I’m not sure if I can come up with 12 months of them (this is month 3 and my goal when I started was to do a post each month for a year…AHHH)!!!  I actually have a whole list to use, it’s just remembering before the month is over to write and post!!!!  But I will sure give this a go if y’all are enjoying them… so let me know!!!

Here we go for 10 things about me for APRIL….

1.  I LOVE CHEERWINE!!!!  Now if you’re not from North Carolina there’s a chance you may not know what this nectar of the gods is but if you do know… you know how amazing cheerwine is (and if you’re odd and don’t think it’s amazing please just refrain from telling me I’m wrong… because really, you’re wrong ;) JK!!! well sort of!!).  I always get the “is it cherry wine?” when I tell people about it…. It is not a wine, it is a soda that was born in the south (Salisbury, NC to be exact) and it is amazing!!! My parents now live in Texas, so while we lived in Texas as well… when they would return from their time visiting NC they would bring me like 12 cases of this stuff… this was twice a year they stocked me up (or if we happened to visit and drive I would just get even more cases of this stuff) and I totally rationed it to make it last for however much time it had to last!!  If you were one of the lucky ones that I let have a can, or a glass… please know that that means I love you a whole lot!!!  Ohhh to now be back in the south and be able to get this at ANY store I want… and even better… to get it at a restaurant (like COOKOUT OR BOJANGLES… believe me those two names will show up again in a 10 things post)… YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  If you ever get a chance… try it, you might just like love it!!!!

2.  I LOVE to travel!!! Like… I love it enough that if I could figure out how we could make a living traveling we’d travel everywhere!!!  I will definitely be sharing a few of my favorite destinations over the next few months!!!!!

3.  I have 3 4 5 favorite colors… in this order… Black, Yellow, Teal/seafoam/anything in this genre of colors, Gray, and Pink (lots of different shades here too)… I couldn’t pick a favorite favorite, I really do love them all!!

4.  I played the oboe.  For those of you who are like “she played the what?!”… click here to see what an oboe is!!!  Wish I wouldn’t have stopped playing it because I loved it!!!

KendraMartinPhotography | Alyse French PhotographyThank you to my friend Alyse for this photo!!! We have photos from this session that we did with her ALL over our house!!!!

5.  Ummm I hate yard work!!! I grew up mowing our yard (both push and riding) and well it ruined me!!!!

6.  KRISPY KREME… enough said… BEST DOUGNUTS EVER!  Well… Britts down at Carolina Beach might beat Krispy Kreme, but good gravy I love a good hot now doughnut every now and again ;)!!!!

7.  I mentioned last month that I LOVE TO READ… one of my favorite authors is Nicholas Sparks!!  Every fall (the past few years he’s skipped a year here and there) I get soo excited to receive a package from my Nana with his newest book inside (I love this tradition that she started MANY years ago… like love it  more than a kid on Christmas morning)!!!!  I love the books, but even more than the books I love that she writes a note to me on the inside cover!! Those books are something I cherish sooooo very much!!!!

KendraMartinPhotography | Aubrey Torrey PhotographyMy friend Aubrey did a lifestlye newborn session with after Kenzie was born.  These images are what made me want to be a lifestyle newborn photographer.  The love that I feel from the photos is something I wanted to be able to give my own clients.  Aubrey, I don’t have the words to thank you for this image & all the other images you took of our family 5 days after Kenzie was born.  We love them dearly!!!!!

8.  I love to decorate….. with gallery walls (I’m NOT AT ALL A DECORATOR… but give me an empty wall and I’ll fill it with frames & favorite memories)!!!! One of these days I’ll do a post of how we display our photos all over our house!!! We love being surrounded by our memories!!

9.  One of my favorite cities is Charleston, SC.  I remember visiting there the first time when I was in college and just falling in love with it, like everything about it.  One of my best friends moved there for PA school so I then got to visit even more and fell even more in love with it every time I would visit her… and then the icing on the cake was Gary proposing to me there!!! I love that city soo much!!!!!!!  Lots of things to do & places to eat!!! It’s beautiful and sooo very southern!!!! Gary, we have to go back… like SOON!!! :)

10. I LOVE friendships!!  With moving around a lot in my 30 years I’ve realized the importance of friends, what it means to really cherish & cultivate friendships.  My favorite types of friendships are the ones where you can seriously just be you, you can talk about anything, go walking, eat ice cream, do normal every day stuff, do life together from a distance & when you pick up it feels like it was just yesterday.  I have been blessed with the most amazing friends over my lifetime…  friends that are literally all over the country, from every aspect of my life…  I’m thankful for the ability to support, love, pray, and just do life with these friends!!!!!

Whelp, there’s April’s 10 things!!! See y’all next month!!!

-Kendra

Kendra Martin Photography is a Greenville Photographer & Spartanburg Photographer specializing in Wedding, Senior, Lifestyle, Newborn, Family, Maternity, and Child photography!!

Spartanburg Senior Photographer | Greenville Senior Photographer | Erin

I am so glad I had the privilege of meeting & photographing Erin before she heads back to Florida (slightly jealous of that one) after she graduates in just a few short weeks!!!  We met in Spartanburg on an absolutely BEAUTIFUL, Sunday evening!!! I mean y’all… it was BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!  I love the upstate of South Carolina’s spring (well not so much the crazy  monsoon rain/tornado warning weather  it has brought us the last week), but overall it’s amazing!!!

:) Back to Erin :)!!!!  We met in a place where Erin spends a lot of time, I loved learning about the area & how it was one of the big reasons she choose to come to college here.  I don’t blame her, it’s awesome!!!!  Erin is so much fun to be around (I love that even on her instagram she says “that she’s just a girl that likes to run and be goofy”… y’all she is so much fun & while she might not have been goofy around me I can totally see it in her & I love it)!!  I loved hearing all about her, her love for running (she is on the Cross Country and Track & Field team at The University of South Carolina – Upstate), her friends, her family, and her dream of becoming a nurse.  She had me thinking back to my senior year in college, especially the last few weeks prior to graduation and kind of wanting to go back to that time!!

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Erin, you seriously were so much fun to be around and photograph!!!!  AND I LOVE YOUR shoes!!!! Shoot I loved both the outfits your chose to wear!!!!  I think it would be so much fun to be a stylist… I walk away from sessions just so inspired by what people wear!!! One of the things I love most about sessions is getting to see how people bring out their personalities in what they wear!!  :) :)

Kendra Martin Photography | Spartanburg Senior Photographer | Greenville Senior PhotographerKendra Martin Photography | Spartanburg Senior Photographer | Greenville Senior PhotographerKendra Martin Photography | Spartanburg Senior Photographer | Greenville Senior PhotographerThis girl can rock both a smile & a serious face!!! :) I Love it!!!! If it was me, there’s NO way I could do the serious… but I sure do love it when other people can pull it off!!

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Kendra Martin Photography | Spartanburg Senior Photographer | Greenville Senior PhotographerKendra Martin Photography | Spartanburg Senior Photographer | Greenville Senior PhotographerY’all the light after Erin changed outfits was incredible!! It was amazing all evening, but it was super beautiful when she was in her 2nd outfit!!!

Kendra Martin Photography | Spartanburg Senior Photographer | Greenville Senior PhotographerKendra Martin Photography | Spartanburg Senior Photographer | Greenville Senior PhotographerAnd I love that Erin’s favorite color is purple!!

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Kendra Martin Photography | Spartanburg Senior Photographer | Greenville Senior PhotographerI may have squealed when we saw this dogwood tree!!!! I love so many images from this session but these two below… ohh I really love them!!!

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Kendra Martin Photography | Spartanburg Senior Photographer | Greenville Senior PhotographerErin, I can’t wait to hear what the future holds for you!!! Wishing you the best of luck with nursing school & being back in Florida!!! When you’re back in Spartanburg to visit your little sis please yell at me! We’ll have to go grab something sweet!!!!  I so loved having you in front of my camera!! Thank you for such a great Sunday evening!!!!!!!

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Kendra Martin Photography is a Spartanburg Senior Photographer and Greenville Senior Photographer also specializing in Wedding and Lifestyle Photography.

April 21, 2015 - 1:57 PM

Erin Gethin - I love love LOVE these! Thank You so much! Your amazing!

April 22, 2015 - 4:01 PM

Julie Livermore - What a gorgeous senior girl, I love how you captured her!

Spartanburg Senior Photographer | Bailey

High school carries a lot of memories for me.  Some good, some bad… I’m not going to lie, high school was not one of my favorites. I went to 3 different high schools (in totally different cities) so that right there, well it made high school hard.  I’m thankful for the friends & teachers that I had at all three of those high schools though… the one common thing each of them had… was track & theater classes for me.  Those two things, were what I loved to do more than anything in high school.  Sure, I was part of clubs, and played other sports… but track & theater class… well those were my happy places.

Jump 5 years after graduating high school & I was found working with our youth group… specifically the high school girls in our churches youth group… I LOVED IT!!  Which then had me photographing high school seniors, which I LOVED also.  As much as high school wasn’t my favorite season of life thus far it’s that age group that I’ve been drawn to since.  There’s just something about that age… especially juniors & seniors… you’re at the age where you are ready to be on your own, you’re trying to figure out where you’re going to to go college, if you’re going to go to college, what you want to do with the rest of your life, am I still going to have the same best friend I’ve had for x amount of  years, will I marry my high school sweet heart… ahhh there’s so many exciting yet terrifying things about that time in someone’s life… and you’re probably asking yourself… why oh why do you feel drawn to them.  The best answer I can give you for that is that God has put that age group on my heart.  I love being able to walk along side of them during their ups and downs and being able to help them as they make those next moves in their lives…  and I LOVE getting to photograph them because they are just so excited & terrified all in one :) so that right there makes for a fun photo session.  I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE photographing high school seniors!!!!

A few Friday’s ago I met Bailey & her mom in downtown Spartanburg to take photos!!  Bailey is a junior (almost senior!!!!!) & it was soo much fun spending a beautiful, April evening with her!!!  I loved hearing her talk about track & college & what she wants to study and I’m looking forward to seeing where she ends up!!!!! I’m also rooting for her this track season and can’t wait to hear how she does!!!

Kendra Martin Photography | Spartanburg Senior Photographer | Greenville Senior PhotographerBailey, you have an amazing smile & laugh!! So glad I was able to catch the laugh a few times!!!! :)

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Kendra Martin Photography | Spartanburg Senior Photographer | Greenville Senior PhotographerKendra Martin Photography | Spartanburg Senior Photographer | Greenville Senior PhotographerKendra Martin Photography | Spartanburg Senior Photographer | Greenville Senior PhotographerCan I just say how much I LOVE photographing in downtown Spartanburg?!  There are so many awesome walls, and stairs, and nooks & crannies!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE where we live!!! :) :)

Kendra Martin Photography | Spartanburg Senior Photographer | Greenville Senior PhotographerKendra Martin Photography | Spartanburg Senior Photographer | Greenville Senior PhotographerBailey, you are one of the sweetest young ladies I’ve met and I loved getting to photograph you and getting to know you and your mom!!  Thank you for such a wonderful Friday evening!!!!!!!!

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As y’all can see I love photographing seniors (high school & college) so if you know someone who is looking for a senior photographer feel free ;) to pass my name along!!! AHH I’m soo excited to photograph more senior sessions in downtown Spartanburg!!!!

Kendra Martin Photography is a Spartanburg Senior Photographer & Greenville Senior Photographer also specializing in Wedding & Lifestyle Photography.

April 16, 2015 - 11:21 PM

Terri Martin - Great pictures!!!!

Greenville Wedding Photographer | Hannah & Joe are engaged!!

I did the Wedding Festivals bridal shows here in the Upstate this winter, and while at the “big” one in Greenville I met Hannah.  She was with her sweet mom on that day & I remember looking over at my friend Emily after they walked away and saying “I really liked her”, I met hundreds of brides and I had no idea who exactly I’d get the pleasure of connecting with afterwards.  Fast forward a few weeks and I met Hannah and her soon to be groom Joe one Friday afternoon and I remember just being smitten with the way these two were with one another.  I went home and immediately told Gary how sweet these two were together!!  I then get an email from Hannah saying they want me to be the one to capture their wedding day and there were lots of !!!! and boy did her excitement make me excited :) :)!!!!

On an absolutely beautiful, March, Sunday evening the three of us met up at Ellery Farms for their engagement session.  Hannah & Joe wanted a country feel & loved the house at Ellery Farm’s so it was the perfect location for their engagement photos.  Y’all the love these two have for one another is incredible!!  The way Joe adores his bride just makes me smile, the way he looks at her, talks to her, supports her, I love it!! And the way Hannah loves Joe!!  She loves him, respects him, and can not wait to be his wife!!  These two together make me smile from ear to ear!!  It was so much fun to watch the two of them together, to be there and capture moments as they unfolded, to document their laughs and smiles as they spent most of the evening talking about their story and their inside jokes and their love for their families and one another… I loved it & I’m soo excited to meet all the ones that love these two so much!!!

Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Wedding Photographer | Spartanburg Wedding Photographer | Ellery FarmsKendra Martin Photography | Greenville Wedding Photographer | Spartanburg Wedding Photographer | Ellery FarmsKendra Martin Photography | Greenville Wedding Photographer | Spartanburg Wedding Photographer | Ellery FarmsI just smile knowing that the way these two look at one another and interact just screams how much they love & adore one another!!!

Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Wedding Photographer | Spartanburg Wedding Photographer | Ellery FarmsKendra Martin Photography | Greenville Wedding Photographer | Spartanburg Wedding Photographer | Ellery Farms:) See giggles… I’d hear them whispering and then break out into laughs!!!  (they told me it was inside jokes… I hope they weren’t really laughing at me being a total dork or something ;) )!!!

Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Wedding Photographer | Spartanburg Wedding Photographer | Ellery FarmsKendra Martin Photography | Greenville Wedding Photographer | Spartanburg Wedding Photographer | Ellery FarmsAHHH seriously y’all I love the way these two are with one another!!!

Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Wedding Photographer | Spartanburg Wedding Photographer | Ellery FarmsKendra Martin Photography | Greenville Wedding Photographer | Spartanburg Wedding Photographer | Ellery FarmsKendra Martin Photography | Greenville Wedding Photographer | Spartanburg Wedding Photographer | Ellery FarmsKendra Martin Photography | Greenville Wedding Photographer | Spartanburg Wedding Photographer | Ellery FarmsHannah & Joe, you two are adorable in every way!!! :) :)

Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Wedding Photographer | Spartanburg Wedding Photographer | Ellery FarmsThis was a session where they did two different outfits and we walked away with so many images that I loved!! Becauese of that, and not wanting to bombard y’all with a crazy long blog post I’m going to post more of their engagement photos on another day ;)!!! So be on the lookout for more of their sweet love in the coming week ;)!!!!!!

Kendra Martin Photography is a Greenville Wedding Photographer & Spartanburg Wedding Photographer specializing in Wedding, Senior, and Lifestyle Photography.

April 14, 2015 - 3:33 PM

Hannah Brannon - It’s crazy how much I am loving these pictures!!!! Thank you so much, Kendra Martin Photography! And I promise we weren’t laughing at you ;)

April 14, 2015 - 7:10 PM

Pam Benedict - Great pictures of an adorable & loving young couple!!

April 15, 2015 - 1:42 AM

Melanie Watt - Oh, how I love these pictures!!!! Hannah is absolutely beautiful and Joe is so handsome!!! Love them both to the moon and back!!!!!

April 15, 2015 - 2:30 AM

Becky Frisina Williamson - Such a sweet engagement session! I had no idea we lived so close to each other!

April 15, 2015 - 3:06 AM

Angie Robinson - love love love love these! Hannah Brannon is so sweet! :))

Greenville Wedding Photographer | Spartanburg Wedding Photographer | Melanie & Ellery Farms

Melanie helped with this shoot in so many ways.  She works at Ellery Farms and so I know she helped Traci with the ideas behind this day, the setup, tear down, and ALL THE BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS!!!  Seriously, I’m jealous of people with floral skills… when I retire I’m going to be a florist ;)!!!! LOL… JUST KIDDING!!!  All kidding aside Melanie is talented and I LOVED getting to photograph her work.  If you’ve missed the other posts from Ellery Farms be sure to check them out!!! 

Traci had mentioned to me that Melanie’s wedding dress was beautiful and she was hopefully going to get her back in it the day we did the shoot… Traci wasn’t kidding, I LOVED Melanie’s wedding dress so much!!!  And I loved photographing it in one of the rooms upstairs at Ellery Farms that is just flooded with natural light!!!  Ohh gosh I totally just got off track ;)!! Back to where I was going with Melanie!!!  I know Melanie came prepared to get in the dress if we wanted her to but I’m pretty sure ;) she was crossing her fingers that we’d be too busy with other stuff… I think when I turned to her at one point and was like “okay you’re next” she might have wanted to smack me, but she “threw” together flowers for herself, went upstairs and got ready and rocked it in front of the camera!!!

Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Wedding Photographer | Ellery FarmsYep, I love her dress!!!  Is it bad that I want to do like a vow renewal to get to find another awesome wedding dress to wear!!!!! :) :)

Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Wedding Photographer | Ellery FarmsKendra Martin Photography | Greenville Wedding Photographer | Ellery FarmsYep, she totally is looking all southern belle in these photos.  I love Traci’s vision with the front porch & Melanie on the stairs!!!

Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Wedding Photographer | Ellery FarmsEllery Farms has a few swings on the property, but this is by far my favorite :)!!!

Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Wedding Photographer | Ellery FarmsKendra Martin Photography | Greenville Wedding Photographer | Ellery FarmsWe snuck inside to warm her up and get a few photos on this beautiful piece of furniture!!

Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Wedding Photographer | Ellery FarmsWe ended the day out on the back fields as the sun was setting!!! It was BEAUTIFUL and so was Melanie!!!

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Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Wedding Photographer | Ellery FarmsMelanie, thank you for being a trooper and getting back into your wedding dress!! You looked beautiful and I am IN LOVE with all the images that we walked away with!!!!

Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Wedding Photographer | Ellery FarmsTraci, this was such a fun day & I LOVED working with you and Melanie (Thank you for asking me to be part of this)!!!!  Kellie, ohh my goodness I am soo glad you were part of this shoot, I loved working alongside you on this cold cold day!!! Ladies, I can’t wait to work together again!!!!! THANK Y’ALL for wanting me to capture your amazing ideas, work, and Ellery Farms!!!!  This is a day that will always make me smile!!!!!!!

Styling, florals & props by Ellery Farms & Jubilee Weddings & Events

Venue:  Ellery Farms

Florals:  Melanie of Ellery Farms

Kendra Martin Photography is a Greenville Wedding Photographer & Spartanburg Wedding Photographer specializing in Wedding, Senior, and Lifestyle Photography.

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