Archive for 'Engagement'

9:20 pm

Once again, I am extremely excited to announce that Talia and Trayvon’s “Tra-lia” Engagement Shoot is currently being featured on Essence.com under the “Just Engaged” column! Talia is such a HUGE fan of Essence and she was sooooooo excited when she found out that their love story would be featured this year. Charlie Penn, an Essence editor, did an awesome job capturing their story!

Checkout the featured gallery entitled, “Digital Lovebirds”: http://www.essence.com/2013/01/30/just-engaged-talia-and-trayvon

Watch the proposal slideshow here:  http://billieboardphotography.com/blog/trayvon-and-talia-engagement-2012/

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12:53 am

So I’ve been trying to write this blog for quite some time now. The photos have been sitting in the same place you see them for just over a week, but I just couldn’t find the words to bring it to a close. I think part of it was disbelief…the other was fear mixed with a little anxiety, but most importantly, an overwhelming amount of joy. You see, this engagement shoot was different than the others. It affected my heart differently. That’s because Kyla is my big sister, the girl…no, the woman I’ve been calling “Sissy” my entire life. To her, I am “Brubby Brubbington.” She is one of my best-friends, my lady, my “little sister” at times, and one of my biggest fans. In everything I have ever done, I hoped for her approval. And now, Sissy is about to be a Wife! Yep, “Mrs. Parker” (you know, Byron’s wife).

These two have been at it for a while now! Yep, on and off since 97′ in the halls of Stephenson High School (the same place I met my wife). I still remember when I was in middle school and Byron stopped by the house on Valentine’s Day and gave my sister this bright green alien in a blue robe, with a blue Nike headband on its head and two matching Nike wristbands on its arms.  The entire time all I remember thinking was, “Those wristbands are gonna be mine!”

She hasn’t stopped loving this guy since! Somehow they always ended up rekindling the flame. They’re an odd, but perfect two! My sister adores this guy…she found her Superman and Byron has found his good thing! As I write, I think I’ve finally accepted the fact that she is no longer mine, but his. God custom-designed her just for you B! You’re a King and she is your Queen. Her heart is fragile and I trust that you will handle it with care (just like Brubby would!)  I love you both! It was truly an honor to capture the unique love you two share! May 19th can’t get here any faster! I am ready to party with you both since I don’t have to shoot the wedding! LOL

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11:21 pm

It has been a few weeks since my last post. Things are finally starting to settle after having a very busy November ending off the wedding session. I’m excited to be able to share one of my latest engagement shoots here in Atlanta…

Alvin and I have known each other for the past 10 years. We were first college baseball teammates at Alabama A&M, then co-workers at the local apartment complex on “The Hill”, and now fellow photographers.

A couple of years ago, I remember getting a call from Alvin telling me how he was packing up things in DC and heading to Atlanta to be with the love of his life, Ms. Hilary Young. If any of you know how much of a clown this guy is, you know I had to check my sources! As you can see, it turned out to be the truth! Anyway, these two met in DC at a book reading of Hill Harper’s, “The Conversation”. The rest was history!

Both of them are such busy bodies and they never share a dull moment! Every weekend they have plans, whether they are traveling out of the country, or just making a trip up to UNC Chapel Hill (where Hilary is former member of the 2000 National Champion soccer team). Oh, and let me not forget to mention, it’s very rare that these two allow the weekend to pass without grabbing a pizza from their favorite pizza spot, Grant Central Pizza. Check out a few shoots from their engagement session. I had a blast shooting them!

10:26 am

It’s one day out from Melody and Richard’s BIG Day in Gulf Port and emotions are high! What better time to give the pre-game speech!

The dugout is where the magic happens. A place where life long friendships are built. Where correction happens. Encouragement is at the forefront, and most of all, jokes for days!

A few months back, I had a chance to capture their engagement shoot in Richard’s hometown, Lanette, Alabama. With a population of just over 100 people, he is a hometown baseball legend there. LOL! Richard is a huge fan of the greatest game on earth and the two of them are fans of the greatest HBCU on earth! So, they decided to incorporate something they both share into their session…Batter UP!

Enjoy the “Game” guys! Have a little fun out there kid…

11:51 pm

Trayvon + Talia = Tralia

The two of them met on twitter through mutual friends…I know, I was thinking the same thing, “Those relationships actually work out?” These two are so funny…they were made for each other. With Trayvon being the passionate engineer and Talia in the running for teacher of the decade, they have the makings of a modern day Heathcliff and Claire. What I enjoy most about the two of them is that they love to have a good time! I have known Trayvon since middle school and one thing I know about this guy is that he is passionate about his family. I have no doubt that he is gonna make a great husband and father…and with Talia as his “Helper” he has no choice but to be great. When two genuine people get together and share a genuine love and respect for one another, nothing can ever stop them from fulfilling their purpose as a couple!

Their wedding is set for June 8, 2013 and, for those invited, you don’t want to miss it. Talia is No Joke when it comes to this wedding planning!  For instance, she made sure the world will see her make the second biggest decision of her life (other than saying yes to Trayvon of course) as she and her family will be featured on TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” tonight (9/21/12) at 9pm. So be sure to tune in and support these two love birds…

12:18 am

Finally, I have the chance to sit down for a second and share a follow up post that many have been anticipating. A few weeks ago, I shared a post about the “True Link” and I emphasized “The Experience.” Brandon and Jenise’s Engagement shoot was an experience that we all shared as there were a few emotional moments that I believe brought all of us closer.  After getting past the initial camera shock and a few wardrobe adjustments, these two shot like pros! I love them so much that I even let Brandon wear one of my favorite pairs of kicks while I shot for an hour and a half in socks, LOL. With the help of my Wife and Wingman, I managed to get some amazing shots!

10:37 pm

There’s a special link between my couples’ success and my own…in my world, one can’t exist without the other.

Today, I received a very thoughtful gift in the mail from Brandon and Jenise (a couple I recently shot). I’m not sure that they would know how much a set of cuff links would affect my heart. Thanks for being obedient guys!  Anyone who has ever worked with me knows that photography is such a small part of the vision God has given for Billie Board. My true hope is to inspire and help build successful relationships. Photography just allows me to display to the world the love it takes for those relationships to flourish. When any of these relationships fail, whether it be a marriage, friendship or family, my heart is affected. It’s the cross I’ve been blessed enough to carry… I know, not really your average photographer huh?

Along with the cuff links, Brandon and Jenise attached a note expressing their appreciation for the shoot and especially highlighting “The Experience”. When I shoot, my focus is not so much on the photo itself, but more on the experience. My aim is to create an atmosphere in which love can be experienced. The photo is just a product of the experience. I pour my heart into each shoot and I just hate being faced with fear that sometimes this may be done in vain. Recently, I presented God with my true desire for Tia and I to be able to counsel each one of the couples I shoot. It sounds like a stretch, but with faith it will happen!

Some say it’s a naive approach, but my success is linked to my couples’ success. To Succeed is a choice…

8:30 pm

I am extremely excited to announce that Mario and Brittany’s Engagement Shoot is currently being featured on Essence.com under the “Just Engaged” column. When I was contacted by an Essence rep about a month ago and she asked if I would like to begin submitting some of my work for consideration, I knew this would be a huge milestone for me! I can only thank God for such an awesome opportunity and I look forward to working with folks over at Essence in the future!

Checkout the featured gallery entitled “School Daze” at http://www.essence.com/2012/05/16/just-engaged-brittany-and-mario/.

Essence did a great job with Brittany and Mario’s story.

 

 

9:19 pm

A few weeks back, I had a chance to work with a great couple, Asha and Melvin. My wife Tia lent a helping hand during the shoot serving as my “do girl” LOL! I couldn’t have done it without her.

About a month before the shoot, we all met up to grab coffee to discuss the details of the engagement session and wedding. While speaking with them, the thing that immediately stuck out about these two, more than any of the other couples I’ve shot in the past, is that they really were best friends. As both of them are graduates of North Carolina A&T (as they would say… Aggie Pride!) and pledged Delta and none other than the Black and Old Gold, I knew I wanted to capture their transition from Friend to Lovers.

All throughout the shoot the couple joked, smiled, and laughed! Their love wasn’t the only thing on display, but also the importance of friendship in each marriage. Check out a few of the shots we captured that day…

 

10:08 pm

A couple of weekends ago, a good friend of mine presented me with the opportunity to capture his BIG moment…

Trayvon spent weeks making plans with family, friends, and co-workers for what would be one of life’s biggest surprises for his girlfriend, Talia.  For months, Talia had been asking him to schedule a couples shoot. However, with them living in Macon and only periodically returning back to the Metro area, there was never a good opportunity to do so. It just so happens that a Saturday night Hawks game proved to be the perfect opportunity. Since Talia knows who I am and would probably recognize me trying to capture the moment, I decided to bust out an old favorite of mine: “The Stache.” That’s right, I showed up to the game as an old man! If you only knew the looks I got when I entered Phillips Arena with that thing on! Some thought it was real…and others were convinced that I was with the TV show “Cheaters” scouting out the next dirtbag! LOL. Talia was absolutely clueless about their BIG moment! Even after she said “Yes” and I attempted to take a few celebratory photos of the two them, she had NO clue I was the photographer. I got absolutely no “camera love” from her with “The Stache” on! Afterwards, she told me that she thought I was some creepy old man “Doing The Most.” LOL

Check out Trayvon and Talia’s Engagement Slideshow 2012 (along with a few shots of me and “The Stache” on Gameday, Hawks vs. 76ers)