Tara is one of my Pinterest brides, who really uses the resources out there to inform herself as to photography ideas and inspiration. She shared her “Engagement Photos” board with me, and I was struck by how many shots were just plain romantic – which is probably my favorite vibe for an engagement session! We met her fiancé at the Pensacola Naval Air Station Museum for some retro-styled military shots, and then ended in the woods and the beach. I’m pretty excited to be sharing these, as I have a feeling Tara and Richard might make an appearance on Pinterest in their own right!
My sweet friend Ginger and her husband just welcomed daughter Ansley, and I was so excited when they asked me to take some shots documenting her first weeks at home. I really love to shoot children in their own homes, where they are comfortable enough to do things like jump on their bed (or dress their dog up like a princess). These shots aren’nt traditional “newborn portraits,” but they show the warmth, family, and love that was the reality of yesterday afternoon at the DeVries house.
At Aislinn Kate Photography, we believe the photos are only as good as the people taking them. We try to be honest about who are and what we do, and hope this brief FAQ about Aislinn helps you decide if we’re a perfect match!
Aislinn is the founder, owner, CEO, president, and boss-lady at Aislinn Kate Photography. She also takes most of the photos.
Full name: Aislinn Kate Rehwinkel.
Nickname: I don’t have one, and have ALWAYS wanted one, so I’m taking suggestions.
Hometown: I was born in NYC, but grew up in Texas. I call Fort Worth home. Yee-haw!
Places lived: New York (Manhattan), Texas (Fort Worth), Connecticut (New Haven), North Carolina (Wilmington), Georgia (Atlanta and Savannah), South Carolina (Bluffton), and finally, Florida (Pensacola).
Education: Yale University, B.A. (in English)
Husband: Yes. Eight years and counting. Most honest, moral person I know. Also, he is super-cute.
Children: Two. My son is six-years-old and wants to be an army-man when he grows up. My daughter is two and wants to be a bumblebee.
Pets: Two. Sweet Violet is a golden retriever and is perfect in every way. Buckshot is a black lab and is decidedly imperfect (she once ate a computer). We love her anyway.
How I became a photographer: Taking pictures has been a hobby and interest of mine for as long as I can remember (seriously, I was the 8th grader who went to Washington DC for a four-day school trip and returned with 16 roles of film). It never occurred to me that I should consider pursuing it as a career until 2007, when my sweet husband came home with a wrapped box for me. Inside was my first almost-professional dSLR camera. He told me that all I ever did was take pictures, edit pictures, and look at pictures – had I ever considered, you know, doing photography for real? And until that moment, I never had. But the second he said it, there was simply no other option, and here we are.
What kind of a wedding I planned: I had a big fancy Southern wedding in Atlanta. Our guests flew in from all over the country, and we served them fried green tomatoes, grits, and macaroni and cheese in a super-formal ballroom. My favorite touch was having tuxedoed waiters serving pigs in a blanket on silver trays.
Favorite memory of your own wedding: The moment my husband and I walked into our reception. I wasn’t in the wedding industry at the time, and my wedding was only the second one I had been to as an adult, so I was completely unprepared for all 200 of our guests to stand and cheer. Now I realize that is standard operating procedure, but at the time, I felt like royalty.
What you wish you had known when planning your wedding: I wish I had solicited more opinions from my (now) husband. I did make sure he had a groom’s cake shaped like the Daytona International Speedway (which is pretty rad), but in retrospect I know I could have involved him more so that the wedding was more “ours” than “mine.”
Something no one would expect: I can recite all 50 states in alphabetical order in 16 seconds. True story.
Three favorite things: Dangly earrings, the first cup of coffee, and golden retrievers.
Favorite kind of clients: I love shooting people who aren’t afraid to laugh at themselves. Being in front of a camera is often a ridiculous feeling, and I would rather we go ahead and acknowledge that than pretend it’s normal.
Proudest accomplishment: Creating jobs! How cool is that?