{Shop Small | My fav for Small Business Saturday}

small business saturday

It’s a little late in the game for Small Business Saturday, but it’s not too late to do your Christmas shopping, or ANY time of the year shopping. I thought this was the easiest way to add a whole bunch of links in the same place (instead of trying to link them all in Instagram!).

SO. In no particularly order. A whoooollle lot of small quality businesses. This is by no means an exhaustive list (there are SO many great businesses out there) but I can personally say I’ve worked with, or purchased from, or used something from every business on this list!

Yummy coffee, trendy clothing, and beautiful artwork: https://locoespress.com

Fun treats, lots of colorful games and toys, AND lactose free ice cream from my favorite place: https://www.goodysgourmettreats.com

Speaking of… my favorite ice cream place (they sell their flavors at Goodys, but they have SO much more at their main shop): https://shopvictual.com

Bike rentals, delicious food and coffee, cute clothing (and earrings!), and bike shop: https://www.redraven.bike

Favorite local getaway, on the Cuyuna trails, feels like you’re out in the woods: https://cuyunacove.com

Seriously good coffee. AND SCONES: https://www.stonehousecoffee.com

Small batch made clay earrings. SO cute! https://www.instagram.com/all_dahledup/

Beautiful, custom hand lettering: https://www.autumnmadeco.com

THE most beautiful, handmade, Pendelton wool and leather bags: https://alissalindnerdesigns.com

A gift shop with something for EVERYONE: https://www.shopzaisers.com

I love thrifting, and love: https://commongoodsbaxter.company.site

Another wonderful jewelry company: https://www.helloadorn.com

I have some cute clothing from here, but also get a lot of the components for my client gifts: https://www.nearandnorth.com

All the baked goods you could ever want in a super cute atmosphere: https://www.nearandnorth.com

Order your holiday cakes/cookies, or get a survival box: https://www.sweetlife218.com

SO many things to look at: https://dockpanther.com

The cutest and yummiest custom cookies: https://www.facebook.com/fireflycustomcookies

3D wood signs, D.I.Y workshops, private parties, repurposed/industrial furniture, home goods, fun jewelry, and more: https://www.facebook.com/greatestgiftus

Custom art orders, beautiful paintings, hand tatted bookmarks, Molly is talented! https://www.instagram.com/mollymae.art/

The best landscaper in town! Mark is a genius with landscape design: https://blackrocklandscaping.org

A fun boutique owned by three local mommas: https://www.bellsandblossomboutique.com

The cutest scrunchies by the cutest girls: https://www.scrunchienation.org

Marketplace style shop with so much handmade talent: https://www.facebook.com/NisswaTotemPole/

Delicious plus GORGEOUS chocolates: https://wildflowerchocolate.com

Alllll of these breweries are our favorites – can’t choose just one: http://www.bigaxebrewing.com or http://roundhousebrew.com or https://www.jackpinebrewery.com or http://www.cuyunabrewing.com

So many cute clothes and gifts: https://www.thefinelinesalonandspa.com/the-gallery

And lastly! If you’re a small business, check out my page just for you! And as a side note for local businesses! www.kelleyjoimaging.com/smallbusinesses

To be honest, I think I’ll keep this post current for the rest of the holiday season and keep coming back to add! So bookmark this if you’re going to be shopping in the future!

I keep seeing this quote, but I love it. “When you shop small, a real life person does a happy dance”. I can 100 percent attest to this being true!

Thanks for supporting small business Saturday and all year long!

small business saturday

{Mr and Mrs Clare | Nassau Bahamas Destination Wedding}

Wellll. We all know how bad I am blogging, but I knew from the get go that I DEFINITELY wanted to blog this Nassau Bahamas destination wedding. I thought I’d get to it last fall, but I had a super busy season (yay for the business, not so much for the blog haha), and then I thought for sure I’d get it up by their 1st anniversary. If you follow me on insta… you’ll see I actually said that it was “coming to a blog near you soon” ON APRIL 15th. 🤦🏽‍♀️ Which would have been in time for their April 27th anniversary. That obviously didn’t happen… but I knew that I had to get it up before I do their family photos with their new little guy in about a month and a half! haha. So with all that said…..

Darius and Sally’s wedding was not only (obviously) a gorgeous wedding in an unbelievable setting, but it was also a super special one given that Darius and my husband have been best friends since 7th grade. Like Darius said in the speech at our wedding they’ve pretty much done everything together and on similar timelines (except now with the kids thing 😂😂😂 apparently we have some catching up to do!). So to get asked to be a part of their special day, and get the chance to capture their destination wedding was so much fun! It seriously doesn’t get any better. It was such a great party!

I don’t think many more words are needed… just start scrolling! Buckle up though, because I had a realllll hard time choosing which images to show you, so I just included them all. Well not all, but a lot! haha

Vendor List | Venue: Compass Point Beach Resort | Photographer: Kelley Jo Imaging | Videographer: Kings of Hearts Media |Wedding Planner: AnnMarie | Hair: Jen Durant | Make Up: Yeisha Forbes Beauty | Gown: The Wedding Shoppe | Bridesmaids Dresses: Kennedy Blue | Suits: Macy’s | Rings: Wedding Day Diamond | DJ: DJ Ones

Nassau Bahamas Destination Wedding

Mr. And Mrs. Clare – Nassau Bahamas Destination Wedding

{Nathan – Class of 2020 | Woodsy Senior Session}

Ya’ll. This is the final senior in the “Class of 2020 Senior showcase! Nathan’s woodsy senior session included his shotgun, and trap & skeet uniform, plus lots of flannel and I loved it! He was also the last senior that I shot last year, so we got some pretty, late fall, color!

Thanks for being so easy going, Nathan! I hope you’re finishing up your distance senior year strong, and that this next year is a great new chapter for you!


P.S. Wanna see all the other seniors? Click here to view the rest of the “Class of 2020 Senior Showcase”

Nathan’s woodsy senior session – Class of 2020!

{Sydnee – Class of 2020 | Softball Senior Pictures}

Ahh you guys! Sydnee was one of my final seniors of this past season, and her softball senior pictures (along with the WHOLE of her session) did not disappoint! This girl is so joyful and was such a blast to work with!

Again, another day last fall where it rained and rained and rained, and then POP out came the sun just in time for Syd’s session, we may have had to fight some humidity and a whole lot of bugs but hey we had some perfect sunshine and this girl was a trooper!

Sydnee, I’m sorry that you didn’t get to play your final softball season, but I’m sure that there will be more ball in the future for you! I hope you’re crushing the rest of your senior year and the best of luck to you this fall!


P.S. We’re on the home stretch of the Class of 2020 Showcase, but you can still check out any of the posts you missed by clicking here!

{Emmitt – Class of 2020 | Baseball Senior Photos}

Emmitt’s session was another cloudy, windy, try to beat the rain session… but honestly I really love the images that we got! He was super game for anything I asked him to do, and just as game for the list of things his mom wanted :) And of course… I got to do some baseball senior photos so I was a happy photog! haha Emmitt is on my dad’s baseball team, so I’ve gotten to watch him play ball for quite a few years which makes it even more fun to work with him!

Emmitt, thanks for running ahead of the rain and being a fun session to work with! I hope you’re doing well in the final stretch of your online senior year, and best of luck as you plan for this fall!


P.S. Have you seen the rest of the Class of 2020 Showcase? If not, click here to see all the other great kids I had the honor of working with! Feel free to share and show them some love!

Class of 2020 – Baseball senior photos!

{Ryan – Class of 2020 | Cardinal Football Senior}

This Cardinal Football Senior, Ryan is also a basketball AND baseball player! He grew up playing baseball with my brothers, and I did his older brother Jordan’s seniors quite a few years ago, so it was that much more fun to hang out with him. He’s not only an easy going kid, but a very polite and nice one as well… So easy to shoot with!

Also. It literally rained throughout Ryan’s entire session. But he was such a trooper, and I think it made for some pretty cool images. We spent a lot of time dashing back and forth from cars and umbrellas, and he had to change more than once after getting soaking wet!

Ryan, thanks for being such a trooper and making it easy to shoot your session, despite it pouring throughout. I’m looking forward to seeing where this next stage of your life takes you, I know it’ll be good!


P.S. If you missed the previous Class of 2020 posts, you can click here to see them all!

Ryan, Cardinal Football Senior – Class of 2020!

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