Thank You Kimberly and Olivia!

Olivia’s mother, Kimberly, emailed me not too long ago to inquire about my Equus collection prints. She told me that her 11-year-old daughter is part of the hippotherapy program, Horse Ability, in New York where they live. Olivia is special needs with a rare genetic deletion that requires special attention and daily forms of therapy. She loves horses. Kimberly told me that Olivia is so happy when she is riding.  As a board member of Special Equestrians, it is these stories that truly touch my heart.

I hope you love the print of L’ami Noir – it is one of my favorites! Thank you for reaching out and sharing your story with me. Keep riding, Olivia!

If you have any questions about hippotherapy, please click the link to learn more. Programs like Special Equestrians are unique in their aim to provide therapy for persons with special needs. 

 11-year-old Olivia. Thank you for the photos, Kimberly!

11-year-old Olivia. Thank you for the photos, Kimberly!

Arden Ward Upton: Alabama's Finest "Artist of the Year"

Gadsden Museum of Art has chosen Arden Ward Upton as the 2014 Artist of the Year. Her Equus collection will debut December 7, 2014 and will hang in the museum until January 20, 2015. In the gallery collection will be a few new editions to her ever-growing Equus fine art including the release of the Italy "Snow Polo" images. Please be sure to click the link to visit the Gadsden Museum of Art website for any additional information. The grand opening of the Equus gallery will be Dec. 7, 2014 from 2-4pm. 

Sex and the Southern City

Sex and the City – we have all watched it, we have all identified with one of the characters, we have probably even taken an online quiz to tell us which character we “are” (but really – who is ever completely honest about their answers on those anyway?).  We have definitely had conversations with our friends naming everyone of the group a Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda or Samantha – probably while drinking cosmos and dishing on the latest gossip.

Recently, Jersey Belle was proclaimed to be the next Sex and the City – but of the south. Jaime Sullivan designated each of the girls to be one of the original four of SATC. So then, is Arden Ward really the Miranda Hobbs of Jersey Belle? Or is she more like Carrie Bradshaw?

 Click photo to read original article on @E!online 

Click photo to read original article on @E!online 

Miranda is determined, hardworking, brutally honest, and fiercely loyal. But she is also seen as cynical, self-loathing, and incredibly guarded. Arden is without a doubt professionally driven and hardworking and like Jaime said, she is a voice of reason much like Miranda is for Carrie.

Carrie has an affinity for stylish clothes and expensive shoes, she dates all the wrong guys, and is on the holy grail of quests – that of true love. She has her drawbacks as well: she is anxious and a bit unsure of herself, repeatedly changing her mind whether it be about which shoes to wear or whether or not to dump Mr. Big this week. If you know Arden at all then you know that she too has been searching for her “happily ever after” as well. Like Carrie, she juggles the weight of a career, life, and love.

Interestingly enough, in the show, Miranda and Carrie are the closest out of the group. They are a good balance to each other: one, the warrior and the other, the dreamer. Arden is not one of these characters, but a blended mix of both. She has had her share dating the wrong guys, finally finding true love just like Carrie and Miranda. And while she is a hard working go-getter, she is ultimately a romantic – an idealist: a warrior with big dreams.

 Arden's  SATC  quiz results 

Arden's SATC quiz results 

So who watched "Jersey Belle" on Bravo TV?

I believe America is going to love Jersey Belle. The premier was surreal. Watching with friends and family was a great experience, and I look forward to seeing the next 7 episodes. I appreciate that the show represents the South in a beautiful way and shows the great personalities of all involved. I also appreciate this opportunity and cherish the bonds this experience has brought into my life. 

If you haven't tuned in already Jersey Belle airs on Monday nights 10/9c on Bravo TV

 Haley Young, Luci Beavers, Leigh Anne Oakley, Arden Ward Upton, Scarlett Simmons, Danielle Yancey, Jaime Primak Sullivan photo:Skip Bolen for Bravo

Haley Young, Luci Beavers, Leigh Anne Oakley, Arden Ward Upton, Scarlett Simmons, Danielle Yancey, Jaime Primak Sullivan photo:Skip Bolen for Bravo

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Leigh Anne Oakley, Arden Ward Upton, Scarlett Simmons, Jaime Primak Sullivanm Luci Beavers, Haley Young, Danielle Yancey

 Arden Ward Upton and Jaime Primak Sullivan, Jersey Belle

Arden Ward Upton and Jaime Primak Sullivan, Jersey Belle

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Arden and William Upton Jaime - Michael and Jaime Sullivan - Jersey Belle

Obama

During the presidential elections we received an amazing phone call from the Democratic party to photograph Barack Obama while he was in Birmingham. At the time we took these shots it was so exciting but now that he is our nation’s 44TH president and we had the opportunity to photograph him on his way to the White House it seems surreal. It is funny how when you are in the middle of history in the making it can just go so fast. I am glad to have a time to reflect on the personal experience I had with photographing President Obama. Take a look at the images!

Thank you

People are always asking me…Why do you photograph weddings? Aren’t you so stressed out? All the pressure how do you handle it?

Well this note from Fleming’s mom came in the mail yesterday and this is exactly why I love to shoot wedding!

“You captured so many moments that day so memorable to all of us.” In reference to the book- “Looking at it is really reliving the day.”

Although the wedding days can be a little stressful from time to time and we really have 1 chance for perfection, it is when I get notes like this that I know I am doing what I love and what was meant for me.

Photogirl Retreat 2008

I am in Nag’s Head this week on a photogirl retreat working on new photo Ideas for weddings, senior portraits, and family photography. We are having an awesome time. Check out some of the images.

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Martie Knows Parties

Picture%201.pngMartie Knows Parties is live on MSN featuring Arden Photography images! Check it out! Martie Knows Parties

I am so excited to see this up! Some of the images were from the Kid One Mardi Gras Ball as well as other images so check and see if you know someone! It is awesome that Birmingham locals are making it to the www.MSN.com website and lifestyles section. I know this will be a big hit!

Someone else with a camera

It isn’t very often that someone else is around with a camera. I am usually the one taking images so I was very excited to get a few snaps while we were on our trip to Cancun. Thanks Jessica and Brad you guys have taken some cute shots! I think ya’ll like the camera as much as I do!CIMG0126.jpgCIMG0131.jpgCIMG0145.jpgCIMG0154.jpg