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WELCOME TO MY AREA OF THE INTERWEBS! I'M SO HONORED YOU ARE HERE! My name is Dolly, and I am a fine art family photographer who loves to capture the colorful moments of life. I specialize in family, elopement and branding photography. I also use my platform to encourage small business owners! Although I am based in Nashville, I also enjoy traveling near and far to capture your special day. I’m leaning into this wild and wonderful journey God has me on, and along the way, I love partnering with you to capture life’s milestones both big and small.
Olympic National Park Anniversary Photos by National Park Anniversary Photographer Dolly DeLong Photography featuring Stormy and Michael Allen’s 2 year wedding anniversary portraits on Fuji400h film!
In September I had the opportunity of going to Olympic National Park to take some wedding anniversary film portraits of a couple based out of Seattle, WA (who happen to be wedding photographers) and it was incredible getting to work with The Allen’s because they GET how valuable milestone photos are, and they were willing to hike the trails of Hurricane Ridge to get some epic shots! Keep in mind, because of the fires, it was still pretty smoky, but we were still able to capture some gorgeous portraits!
(Also thanks to the new blogging toolkit from Chris and Micaela, I was able to better blog about this session as well, so I had to give a shout-out to my good friends C&M) (*note: this blogging toolkit is an affiliate code)
Olympic National Park Anniversary Session
1. How did you two meet?
-We met in a calculus class at UW Seattle where Michael offered to help me study for a midterm. He didn’t tell me his name during that first interaction but we recognized each other the next school quarter in another math class and became friends! About 6 months later after hours of FaceTime calls and dinners near campus, I realized I liked Michael more than a friend and asked him out to a work party and he said yes 🙂
2. What Anniversary Was This Session Celebrating?
-Second *wedding* anniversary
3. What Has Been Your Favorite Adventure Together So far?
-Definitely Peru! A couple of months into dating, I bought him a plane ticket to go with me after I already had mine beforehand. We went on lots of adventures like whitewater rafting, cooking classes, made chocolate, tasted coffee, saw the Nazca Lines (my dream!), etc.
4.What is the biggest thing you have learned about marriage THIS year?
-Even in quarantine, we can’t take quality time for granted or pay less attention to each others’ needs and the marriage
5. Who is the better cook?
-Michael is the only one who cooks. It’s been years since I’ve even made my own breakfast, lunch, or dinner
6. What do you love doing together?
-we love playing with our cats (hehe), growing our photography business, and traveling
7. What are some things you do to keep your relationship healthy and growing?
-I live by Dr. John Gottman’s 6 hours a week for a healthy relationship which includes things like weekly check-ins, intention quality time, writing down why I’m grateful for my husband, etc.
8.What advice would you give to a newlywed couple?
-Two pieces of advice: 1) stop whatever you’re doing and read “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” with your partner; 2) if you ever feel bored after establishing a routine with your spouse, it’s easy to blame your partner for always talking about the same things, for example, but if you want your conversations to be more interesting, then YOU need to read, watch, or experience something worth talking about.
9.What helps you love the other person when you are mad at them?
-As lame as it sounds, I tell myself “this too shall pass” because I remember how it feels to be angry at Michael and how that anger is temporary although it feels like it’ll never end at the moment.
10.What was your favorite part of your session with Dolly DeLong Photography? 🙂
-We really enjoyed talking to and getting to know Dolly in the drive up and during our session. She’s extremely friendly, which makes the whole experience fun and comfortable 🙂
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Meet Your Friendly National Park Anniversary Photographer
Dolly DeLong is a Nashville-based family, personal branding photographer, and a National Park Anniversary photographer, and also serves as a business systems educator to new creative entrepreneurs (which is a fancy way of saying, she enjoys teaching how to best lay a good foundation for automating your new business). Dolly loves serving families, couples, and business owners with her timeless, radiant photography. She loves capturing the joy and emotion in both digital and film photos.
She also has a heart for serving the larger business community. Dolly shares her knowledge of tools like Pinterest, email marketing, automation processes, and time management with fellow creative business owners in an encouraging and supportive way through her T.A.S.K.* method (an example of this can be seen in her Pinterest Foundations Mini-Course), through helpful blog posts, and other resources.
Dolly’s faith and love for her family motivate her to help other business owners find the joy and freedom she’s found in running a successful small business.
Whenever she has a spare moment, she enjoys watching TV (i.e. Survivor), eating way too many sweets, and listening to podcasts while running or walking. To work with Dolly DeLong Photography LLC, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out her contact form here.