Invitations was a magical thing I never knew I needed. Through this method of photography, I found myself more comfortable and vulnerable in front of a camera. Nothing was staged, no limbs were placed in specific positions, nobody told me to “smile!” It is always authentic. On our wedding day, I felt present and intimate with my husband as our photos were being taken and nothing else mattered. Invitations allow for that. It allows closeness, connection, and for a moment of life to unfold into a beautiful memory you cannot forget.
I went into this shoot feeling the same way I always felt when knowing there’s a camera around - excited to have photos together with Cj, but more nervous about how we’ll pose and what facial expressions to make and if we’ll come across looking like we’re cute and in love enough. This first shoot with Athena shattered all those fears and expectations. She guided us into moments of genuine and raw connection and intimacy so naturally we felt like we were in more of a therapy session than a photo shoot.
Through her use of Invitations, she gave us a space to pause in the small details we notice and love in each other. When I look back on these photos, I don’t just see beautifully captured images, I instead think about Cj and I simultaneously saying “elbow” when Athena prompted us to name a body part at the same time. I think about Cj’s soft sweet message he whispered in my ear or his breath on my cheek as he drew out a heart with his nose.
I think of these moments we experienced within that hour far more often than I look at these photos (and I look at them a lot). It was all so simple, yet so unexplainably magical.
Our shoot with Athena and Camron was a memorable and joyful experience, and it was the most comfortable either of us have ever felt in front of a camera. During the shoot, we felt genuine emotion as we slowed down and focused on each other, which made the photos we received afterwards better than we could have ever dreamed - like tiny individual time capsules that transport us with sweet memories of the love we felt in that exact moment.
When we look back at our photos, we don’t see engineered poses or forced laughter; we see memories of the genuine joy we felt in those moments. We are transported back to that beautiful day where all that mattered was our love; where we felt carefree, wild, joyous, and peaceful all at the same time. I can still remember the feeling of the wind blowing in my hair, the smell of the salty ocean breeze, and how the grass and sand felt beneath my bare feet. I remember this so vividly because of the many times during the shoot Athena had us pause and just feel. She invited us to take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the nature surrounding us, the feeling of being in each other’s arms, and the emotions we were experiencing. Athena and Camron created space for us to slow down and truly connect with each other on our wedding day, and that is the greatest gift any photographer could give
Our shoot with Athena and Camron was EVERYTHING! We have quite a story that has evolved over 8 years and Athena and Camron made us feel like nothing else in the world mattered but that moment between US. We look at the photos and remember those moments as a gift in time. Nothing can steal away the true joy and vulnerability we felt. Some people take photos and others create moments to hold onto forever. This was the start of our forever.
Our shoot with Athena and Camron was still one of the best, most life-giving and rewarding few moments we have spent as a couple. It made us feel closer together both emotionally and spiritually, and helped us connect on such a deep level. Being an international couple it is often hard for us to regroup and refocus on what’s important when we are together, and we both walked away feeling grounded and more in love than ever. The photos are something I will cherish forever, Not only because they are beautiful, but also because I will never forget the way that shoot made us feel.
“Nothing felt posed, but the Invitations brought life to the love that was already there. The photoshoot was literally a dream. I cannot believe it was real life… Every time Athena & Camron has shot us it has been such a remarkable experience. It’s just a lot of fun & comfortable being in their presence in the first place.. but on top of that, they are just great at engaging people. I loved that we got the opportunity to connect deeply & even reflect a bit together as a couple in the times they’ve captured us in different seasons of life. The photos afterwards were delivered quickly & professionally. They took the time to deliver them to us with care & quality. Grateful doesn’t even begin to suffice to have them capture our lives.
Camron and Athena are GOLD at what they do. There’s something so heaven-like in the experience of being with them as they capture beauty and help you as the couple focus on your relationship with one another. Adam and I left our time with Camron and Athena more aware of what we love in each other, more present and at peace and confident in our affection for each other.
It was a gift I didn’t know I needed and never would’ve guessed that a photo shoot would’ve provided. They helped us feel not only comfortable, but free to be ourselves. So thankful for the craft that Camron and Athena share and the way they use it to cultivate such good. It’s about so much more than a photograph
Athena and Camron are absolutely phenomenal at what they do. Their joy permeates their work and in turn touches the lives of their clients. Our experience with them was nothing short of excellent. During the stress of wedding planning, their kindness and empathy were truly a gift from God. When we first received our gallery, we were brought to tears. Every photo was so beautiful and captured authentic, raw emotion. They have helped us to preserve the most precious day of our lives; our photos are now a constant reminder of the covenant we made.
Our photographers were so sweet and made sure we took time throughout the day to pause. To stop and soak it all in. To memorize that one rose in my bouquet that was the biggest and most beautiful toffee color I’ve ever seen. To remember the feeling of Jamie’s hand on my back after we saw each other for the first time and couldn’t let go. To really recognize that on that day, we were making a promise to love and care for each other for the rest of our lives.
Our shoot with Athena and Cameron felt easy and fun. We both have never had professional photographs before, but felt totally at ease and free to be ourselves in the process. I have a huge, full-faced smile and was never asked to dial that back. As a result, I have pictures that truly capture the true emotions of our wedding day-- they’re fun, raw, timeless, and we still look at them daily!