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Kelsey Schwenk  Puerto Rican ocean enthusiast and lover of the ordinary. Film photographer of families & weddings & wife to my favorite adventurer @nate.schwenk | CLT

Today I shot an elopement in my town and even though I sweated my hair up, I’m just in awe that this is what I get to do. That I get to be part of moments that are incredibly ordinary and significant all at the same time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Kind of like how I just called Charlotte “my town” and it shocked me that I did since I’ve felt new for so long. Lest this post turn la too introspective about my feelings about moving, I’ll cut myself off by telling you to check out my stories to see a preview of today while we wait for the film scans 🎊⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Photo from Amanda & Ryan’s wedding in NY

#loveyourordinary #fountainebleauinn #charlottephotographer #findinabox #fuji400 #charlotteweddingphotographer #charlotteelopementphotographer #charlotteelopement #thefindlab

This is NOT a styled shoot. I repeat, this is a real wedding with two human beings who are just that gorgeous. And if I could stop staring at them it wouldn’t take me so long to get their photos in order 😍👰🏼🤵🏽 #kncouple #loveyourordinary #charlottephotographer #fountainebleauinn #findinabox #portra400 #thefindlab #charlottephotographer #charlotteweddingphotographer #knweddings

Emoji Proposal: a groom getting ready in a library. All in favor, double tap. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Working on this gorgeous wedding with an equally gorgeous couple. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#loveyourordinary #kncouple #knweddings #charlottephotographer #filmphotographer #charlotteweddingphotographer #portra400 #thefindlab #fountainebleauinn

When I took this photo, I was pretty sure it would be my favorite from the whole session.
I was right. 😍

#loveyourordinary #kncouple #findinabox #thefindlab #portra400 #oatlandsplantation

“You’ve got my heart
I'll follow if it runs away
Cause every time I've ever chased it
It led me back into your arms
And there I stayed”
Sometimes I fall in love with song lyrics and listen to them over and over until I memorize them which doubles as my attempt to stay awake while driving to Lexington late into the night and then switch over to the typology podcast to get confused and enlightened about my enneagram number all over again which is definitely what happened last night. And then when I think about what to caption this photo the happy songs go through my head and it’s perfect because it’s free and fun and intentional just like these two amazing humans.
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I laid on the couch with my head on his lap and his arm around my waist. Nate laughed at The Office reruns, #ourdoghenry slept at my feet, and white noise from Afton’s monitor was by my ear. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We held hands as I dosed off and I thought, I’m living my dream.
#doubleexposure from #theordinaryworkshop
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“It looks like the rock guy from fantastic four” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It looks like the people on the proposal when their bodies are blurred.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Just two of the responses I got when I showed family this photo but I LIKE IT SO I’M POSTING IT. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#loveyourordinary #findinabox #portra800 #thefindlab #theordinaryworkshop

Touching hands
Reaching out
Touching me
Touching youuuu
Sweeeeeeeet Abigail (and Sam-uel)
#sorrynotsorry this song will be playing in your head for the next hour.
One of my fave double exposures from @theordinaryworkshop. Good things are in the works for the next one — which means a brainstorming google chat this week. It’s gonna be a good one friends.
#loveyourordinary #portra800 #kncouple #charlottefilmphotographer #thefindlab #findinabox #doubleexposure #noritsu

When you’re a baby but also double as a doll ❤️😍 👶🏽 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Alt caption: Those thighs though ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#loveyourordinary #charlottefilmphotographer #thefindlab #findinabox #noritsu #fuji400h #ishootfujifilm #junecharlottemiller #theordinaryworkshop #familyphotographer #lpcshowyourbows #UOonYou

Whenever I FaceTime Kathryn, Linus asks me, “Kiki, see Nate?” To say he’s obsessed is pretty accurate - that makes two of us.
It only became a problem when they showed up at our house for a shoot and Linus wanted to do the normal routine of playing cars in and on an empty box with Nate but instead had to hang with his family to be in photos #meltdown poor buddy.
However, Drew handled it like a champ and we opened the window to let the outside in and Linus’ frustration out and then this moment ensued. Allllll this to say that there’s a VERY high chance some form of what you consider chaos will happen during your session but don’t awkward-pit-out-sweat it. It’s normal, expected, and we’ll roll with it without any judging ☺️
Plus, when you get your photos back they’ll look juuuuuust as peaceful as this and attached to it will be the memory of how your husband got down eye level with your son and comforted him with his gentle arm and asked him to listen to see if he could hear the plane outside and that’s something you never want to forget.
#loveyourordinary #charlottefilmphotographer #thefindlab #findinabox #noritsu #theordinaryworkshop #schwenkspace #fuji400h #ishootfujifilm #familyphotographer #linusdrewmiller

When Nate asks if I got dessert, I’ve learned that it’s less about the inquiry and more about if he can have it. Jokes on him because today I got two salad sides with my sandwich at @magnoliafoods and it was just as good as I remembered.
It’s been a year since we moved and it doesn’t seem possible that it’s been that long and short all at the same time. And while there are still things & people we miss, I love that I can be closer to family because I make them do things like model for #TheOrdinaryWorkshop which also means I get to take photos on film of incredible people for fun and that’s basically what my job is anyway.
Also, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that @kclostetter set up this shot - she’s magic and I love learning from her even when we’re teaching together.
#fuji400h in #35mm by @thefindlab
#loveyourordinary #knfamilies #findinabox #thefindlab #charlottefilmphotographer #noritsu #nikonf6

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