I am not sure when I stumbled across Kyle’s blog? What I am sure of is that after only reading it once I was instantly enchanted by her words. At the time her blog was more of a tribute to the two loves of her life: her Chilean husband and Chile. However, as her photography business evolved her pictures then became the primary focus. I remember leaving a comment on one of her post’s, which had displayed photos from a wedding she had recently shot, that in the future I would hire her to shoot my own wedding — her photos were that impressive. Little did I know that that comment would in fact one day come true!
When I became engaged this past May one of the first things I was able to cross off my gigantic to-do list was ‘hire a photographer.’ I would have planned my wedding around Kyle’s schedule if I would have had to, as once my heart is set on something all other options cease to exist. Kyle had to shoot my wedding; there were no ifs, ands, or buts.
Since Kyle lives in Santiago, my fiancé in Buenos Aires, and I in Charlotte, there was sadly not going to be an engagement session. I did need new head shots though, so before arriving in Santiago I arranged a photography session with her. As the trip approached, Kyle proposed the idea of a boudoir session instead. I instantly agreed, not really giving myself any time to think about my decision. Once it began to sink in that I would be basically posing (tastefully) nude and that my pictures would be on display for the whole world to see I began to rethink my decision. Never one to let fear stop me from anything though, instead of canceling the photo shoot, I upped my personal training sessions at the gym and spent a little too much money at Victoria’s Secret. I know that whenever I am scared of something that simply means that I must do it.
On the morning of the photo shoot, I was surprisingly calm. I am certain the fact that I had only slept a couple of hours and was still feeling the effects from the previous night’s over-consumption of champagne were to blame. After a quick shower and a couple of deep breaths, everyone began arriving to my suite. Kisses and introductions were given and soon I had a cup of coffee in one hand and a glass of champagne in the other, while one person worked on my hair and another on my face.
I have decided to split the photo shoot into three different posts, as there were three distinct looks. Kyle took hundreds of pictures and obviously I will not be displaying all of them, thus if you would like to see more you can find them in my pictures folder on Facebook. Also, Kyle blogged about the entire experience here and here.
She wrote the most touching bio to introduce me to her readers and I thought I would share it with my own readers as well:
I feel that I don’t have the words to describe Andi. She is beautiful, fun, intelligent, kind and exceeded every single expectation that I had of meeting her in real life. I expected to get along great with her. I didn’t expect her to feel like a lifelong friend from the second we first hugged each other at the airport. I expected her to be even prettier in real life. I didn’t expect her to look like a freaking celebrity walking through customs with her sunglasses on. I expected her to be a very cheerful person. I didn’t expect her to be so genuinely joyful that it made me stop and think twice about my own life and how I can try to put that much positivity into the world. She is simply one of those people that radiates light and makes everyone around her better for it. Seriously, if you don’t believe me, go check out her blog and tell me that you don’t leave that website feeling happier than when you came. I have had such a good time having her around in Chile that Emily and I are still trying to plot out a kidnapping plan to make her stay in Chile and NEVER LEAVE US!!! MWAHAHA!
For the first look we wanted me to appear as natural as possible. I had very little makeup on and we were going for “bed head.” The progression was to be from me waking up to me getting ready for some fabulous event.
Without further ado, I invite you to view Kyle’s works of art:
So, which is your favorite picture?
*Hair and makeup was done by the extraordinary Rodrigo Farah. If you are in Santiago and are in need of these services, do not go to anyone else.
*Fashion info: lingerie (La Perla), engagement ring (Le Vian), shoes (Zara Espana)