Janna + Aaron | UF Engagement Session

We met up with Janna & Aaron a few months ago to capture their everything Gainesville-themed engagement session. Started in the SWAMP aka Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (Go Gators!) and took time around the beautiful campus. These two tailGATORS were precious and we LOVED the backwards hat in the back of her man’s pick-up truck photos! Then we moved onto ‘The Social’ where they first shared their first kiss, formerly known as ‘Gator City!’ We absolutely LOVE how these images turned out and we cannot wait to capture more pretty pictures and memories for them on October 20th of this year. . the Gators BYE week of course! ;) Janna & Aaron are getting married at Daughter’s Barn in Folkston, GA.

Enjoy a little Q+A as well as their love story through photographs.


How did you two meet?

We met through walking down the aisle together at our friend Sam & Kaitlin’s wedding.
— Janna

When did you two meet?

We met in January of 2014.
— Janna

How long have y’all been together?

Our first date was 3 years ago on October 4th!
— Janna

How did you know he was the one?

I don’t think I really had one specific moment, but I just felt at home with him and I knew he was my person!
— Janna

How did you know she was the one?

I definitely knew when she met my parents and immediately clicked with my family. Five minutes into dinner, Janna was sharing two pitchers of margaritas and exchanging phone numbers with my Mom!
— Aaron

When was the first kiss?

Well. . . it was before our first date! Whoops! It was South Carolina weekend of 2014! We’d lost that game and went out to Gator City with Cassie and Drew as friends— Aaron kissed me in XS while we were all out together. It’s now where the Social is, so anytime we go there I always remind him!
— Janna

How did he propose?

Janna messed up those plans! I’d planned on proposing and surprising her at work, but Lena was born and she went down to meet her! I ended up proposing in her parent’s living room and her first response was, “are you kidding me?”
— Aaron

What is your favorite thing about each other?

She’s changed a lot about me. She’s changed my house, and my outlook and she pushes me to be a better person inside and out. She’s also made me more family oriented.
— Aaron
He can always always make me laugh and helps calm my worrying that I tend to do often!
— Janna

What are you most looking forward to at the wedding?

Whiskey bar! Just kidding! The atmosphere at Daughter’s Barn and seeing a certain brunette in a white dress walking down the aisle!
— Aaron
The first look! He has guessed about my dress, but him seeing it for the first time gives me goosebumps thinking about it! I’m going to be ready to see my honey and become his Mrs!
— Janna
This was fun! We’ve been trying to take time and not just plan a wedding but a marriage and a future. So it was fun to answer these kind of questions!
— Janna

Now you see why we absolutely ADORE this couple! The countdown is on for October 20th! See you guys in Folkston, GA so soon!



Sophia + Bo | St. Augustine Engagement Session

These two are a couple of Southern Studios favs! Brittany photographed their proposal last year and what a sweet story it was! Fast forward to their fast approaching wedding in August (next month! ahh!) a pretty engagement session in St. Augustine was a must! Sophia + Bo are getting hitched on August 11, 2018 at Crosswater Hall in Nocatee. Below, enjoy a little Q+A along with their so super sweet engagement photos. . .


How did you guys meet?

Bo happened to see me at a TPC Sawgrass golf match. I was with four of my guy friends and he did not want to approach me because felt one of them would probably be my boyfriend.

A few days after the golf tournament, he happened to run across me on Facebook (people I may know, we had one friend in comment.) He sent me a friend request, and a week later on his birthday I accepted the request. That night he messaged me and said, “ I don’t want to come off weird, but I crossed paths with you a few weeks ago and thought you were beautiful and fun, and I wanted to possibly get to know you.” I thought he was really cute and he seemed super genuine. So he & I made small talk for a few days. But one day, he was tired of small talk! Bo had looked at my page and saw that I worked as an orthodontist assistant. He messaged me and said he was interested in adult braces. So I became chatty Kathy excited to help someone with braces. He stopped me half way through explaining his options and said, “I’ll be honest, I have already had braces and don’t need them but if coming in and getting them gets a date with you, sign me up!” I thought that was really cute so I gave him my number.
— Sophia

How long have you guys been together?

We’ve been together for 3 years and 2 months!
— Sophia

How did you know he was the one?

Knowing he was the one wasn’t like an ‘ah ha’ moment for me. I just knew I loved him and I loved the man he was. He brought so much to the table and made me a better person that I knew was meant for me.
— Sophia

How did you know that she was the one?

I called my friends on the way home from our first date and told them I knew I was going to marry this girl.
— Bo

Tell us about the first date!

Our first date was Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015. It was super fun and we talked a lot! It was such a good first date, that I asked him to a lunch date the next day. He was leaving for Poland that weekend for 3 weeks for Navy stuff, so I wanted to see him again before he left. While he was away, he & I talked the whole time! The rest is history and we have been together ever since.
— Sophia

What is your favorite thing about Sophia?

Sophia is the most loyal and forgiving person I have ever met.
— Bo

What is your favorite thing about Bo?

My favorite thing about Bo—he never stops making me laugh. No matter what is going on, he can always put a smile on my face.
— Sophia

What are you both most looking forward to when anticipating the wedding?

On the wedding day, we are both most looking forward to the first look. I cannot wait to see his reaction and he cannot wait to finally see me in the dress!
— Sophia

We are so excited for you two & cannot wait to capture your wedding day! 


Brittany + Whitney

Brooke Tschorn | KHHS Senior C/O 2018


Hayley Marie Shadd | Senior 2018

Introducing 2018 Lake Butler High School Senior, Hayley Elise Shadd! Hayley is so beautiful inside & out. She is extremely active at her school; She is a LB Cheerleader, FFA, BUSA, FBLA & TARS Member. She is currently attending Florida Gateway for general studies of her AA. but plans to transfer to University of Florida School of Dentistry upon graduation. Hayley your future is bright & we wish you the best in your future endeavors. We know you will accomplish BIG things! 

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Maisyn Turns One! | One Year Old Birthday Session

Southern Studios loves capturing each and every milestone in life! This Snow White themed 1st birthday shoot is absolutely perfect! Her Mama put so much thought and detail into these pictures and it really made all the difference. We love the apples, the Snow White book, and even the little red bird on her shoulder. PLUS, those pretty in pink princess pictures! Alllll the heart eyes for Miss Maisyn! Happy 1st birthday, sweet girl! 



A Year in Review | 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, we are reminiscing back on all the wonderful images we have had the pleasure and honor to photograph this year. The memories we've created through our cameras will truly last a lifetime & then some. We are so thankful and feel so blessed to be able to call this our dream job! From engagements to weddings, from maternity to birth stories, and everything else in between, we truly LOVE what we do.

Let us take a walk down memory lane. . . Here are our Top 20 Favorites from 2017: 

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From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU! Cheers to 2018! 


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Best is yet to be! | Sunrise Wedding

Saturday, September 30th at 7am ShiAnn & JB said 'I Do' - this sunrise Kingsley Lake wedding was filled with love & laughter. Guests enjoyed a hot breakfast, served with mimosas & coffee. It was a beautiful day to celebrate Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan Best! It was an honor capturing your love story, we wish ya'll a lifetime of happiness! 

-B & W

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Tate Ward | Birth Story

baby- (n) a little bit of Heaven sent down to earth. On July 13, 2017 at 9:04AM the Ward Family grew by two little feet. Tate Thomas Ward entered the world weighing 6lbs 12oz and 20.5" long. What a Blessing! Thank you for allowing Southern Studios to capture his Birth Story. Welcome to the Southern Studios Family, Tate

Hunter Clemons | Birth Story

At 5:50am on June 10, 2017 after 22hrs of labor, Hunter made his grand entrance into the world. A precious 7lbs 10oz & 19.5" gift from God to Kaylyn and Dillan Clemons 'For this child I have prayed and the Lord has granted the desires of my heart' | 1 Samuel 1:27 Thank you for including Southern Studios in this moment. Welcome to the world Hunter Eston Clemons & to the Southern Studios Family! -B & W

Sawyer Hinds | Birth Story

Every good & prefect gift is from above | James 1:17 June 8th, 2017 at 8:43am, God blessed Heather Hinds & Samuel Hinds with a beautiful healthy baby boy 9lbs 1oz & 21.75" long. "No one will ever know the strength of my love for you. After all you're the only one who knows what my heart sounds like from the inside." Thank you for allowing Southern Studios to capture this moment in time. Welcome to the world Sawyer!

Olivia | Southern Studios Seniors

Introducing Miss Olivia Archer | 2017 BHS Senior

Olivia, Southern Studios was honored to capture your Senior portraits! Thank you for spending your afternoon with us. From your outfits, hair & makeup, to your prop ideas, your creativity helped bring these photos to life! Thanks for also risking your life with me down in the creek! And yes, we RUN from snakes! These photos are gorgeous and we are in LOVE! Can't wait to see your Graduation announcements. Wishing you all the best in your future endeavors! Shoot for the stars and DREAM BIG! 

Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." 




Expecting Baby Kainen || Maternity

Thankful this family braved the crazy Florida weather with me on this cold Sunday afternoon! Our first session together was when Alexis was pregnant with their oldest. I have loved photographing them over the years! Now I cannot wait to meet this newest little addition, Kainen. Wishing you all the best!

XOXO, Whitney

Spring Minis

Southern Studios hosted their annual spring mini's forecast for beautiful clear skies, true fashion Florida crazy weather quickly changed & dropped to the 50's with high wind! You would never know how cold these babies were because they all ROCKED their photos. Thank you to all the Families that participated, SS can't wait to see all your babies again!


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Genton Wedding || Gold Head State Park

We love getting to know our clients, these two met on christian-mingle. With Christ always the center of their relationship they decided on forever. Their wedding day was no exception. It was held at Gold Head State Park with their closets family & friends. We enjoyed watching the kids play all the yard games at the reception & Kellie had pie, Ya'll!! Can't get more southern than that! Thank you for allowing Southern Studios to capture this special moment in your lives. We wish ya'll a lifetime of happiness. Congratulations!

-Brittany & Whitney