"Even if something is left undone, everyone must take the time to sit still and watch the leaves turn." 

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Visual storytellers passionate about real-life, crazy love stories. Love is an adventure + every adventure deserves unabashed documentation.

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“Never forget that once upon a time, in an unguarded moment, you recognized yourself as a friend.” 

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."

About

We are Simply Violet Photography and we are a couple in love and passionate about the pursuit of love + adventure, capturing real stories for real couples, and visually documenting life’s most raw moments. Every story is unique + every adventure deserves to be captured. 
Established in 2011, Simply Violet was founded with you, our amazing couples, in mind, and the pursuit to visually tell the story of your love adventure.

HELLO,
wanderer

Simply is derived from the simple things in life that we hold dear: sharing breakfast together, watching the sun go down, holding each others hands while rain hits the roof, sharing a laugh with a stranger. 
Violet was my wonderful, always-says-her-mind grandmother. She was a hardworking single mother, and an even harder working grandmother and great grandmother.

We are lovers of good music, our two fur babies, and each other. We’re partners, far from perfect, adventuring through this life together, explorers of the earth and of love.  

We believe that your wedding day, no matter how big or small, should be captured in a way that will allow you to forever relive your story. We aren’t big fans of posing, but prefer to play instead. Shooting with us means a lot of laughs, some really awkward jokes, and maybe a few to tears too. Being giving the opportunity to bare witness to amazing love stories all of the world is one of the most fulfilling parts of our lives. We’ve also been known to shed a tear or two on wedding day.

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01. My Perfect day 

Cuddled up on the couch with my favorite blanket reading a good book.

april

J.R. Ward, Women Who Run with Wolves, and Harry Potter (Even after all this time...Always)

Gregory Alan Isakov, Stevie Nicks, The Lumineers, and Michael Jackson radio

My love {James} and my fur babies

Anything with cheese on it.

Barcelona

Strong Women

Old Stuff

02. Currently Reading

03. Listening to

04.Always down to eat

05.Coolest place I've been

06.Biggest Inspiration 

07.In my collection 

08.The one thing I can't live without

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01.Perfect day

Any day spent outside, hiking, running, with friends and our dogs Sinatra + Bear

James

The Alchemist- Paulo Coehlo

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros,  Tribe called Quest, Lord Huron, Toro Y Moi

Her ❤️

Waffle House

Coast of Oregon ( Colorado is a close second) 

My Mother

North Carolina ( Go Heels!) 

02. Currently Reading

03. Listening to

04.Always down to eat

05.Coolest place I've been

06.Biggest Inspirations

07. Originally from  

08.The one thing I can't live without

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things we love

god
long hikes
our fur babies
flower crowns
coffee
Elopements
handmade gifts
books
wedding cake 
dads who cry
plants
crate digging
emotional grooms
vinyl
cheap wine
not-so-cheap wine
mexican food
couples who are best friends
road trips
trees
movie nights at home
old stuff
hats
blankets
traveling
random dance parties





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not so much

bridezillas
momzillas
any zillas other than godzilla
litterbugs
oversized suits
canned cranberry sauce
massive wedding parties
dance floor crop-dusters
nazi coordinators
cold french fries
ipad photographers
that one really drunk guy
shot-lists
poses from 1981
toilet paper that goes under
makeup lines







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Parachute pants where meant for MC Hammer, not grooms on wedding day.

James Jackson 

We love old monster mash movies, but not so much when brides channel their inner lizards.  

Pinterest is awesome for those redoing dressers and DIY wedding decor, but let us come up with fresh ideas for your photos!

Just no.

That thing is HUGE (but not fantastic, or great)

That thing is HUGE (but not fantastic, or great)

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03. Favorite Musician

04.Favorite food on the planet

05.Coolest place I've been

06.Biggest Inspiration 

07.Things I Collect 

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WE BELIEVE IN getting lost.

Because adventure begins when you step off the beaten path.

WE BELIEVE IN the quiet and still moments.

Because love is a language that doesn’t require words.

WE BELIEVE IN adventure.

Because not all who wander are lost.

We have a passion for love and a love for travel

Whether you’re getting married on the sandy beaches of Charleston or deep in the woods of Oregon, we are there! We believe that love is an adventure and we adventure everywhere that love goes. 

Every collections include at least 8 hours of coverage, two photographers, an online gallery that is easy and convenient to share with friends and family, and high-resolution photographs. 

 If you are planning an intimate family gathering or eloping on the top of the mountain, we would love to capture your story!

Please Contact Us for availability and collection information!

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"a piece of art.

I love April and James of Simply Violet Photography for who they are and what they managed to capture. It truly is a piece of art. I feel like I'm reliving the day and night all over again, through my own lens. THAT'S how perfectly beautiful the pictures are. They snapped the feelings behind each moment. How they did it, I don't know. But the photographs are better than I could've even imagined. We had a surprise wedding, and thought it could be a vendor’s nightmare, but instead, this team embraced it and made it PERFECT. If you are looking for a truly genuine experience, this is your team. I’m horrible at posed photographs and didn’t want a single detail, even pictures, to feel fake or forced. I was not at all disappointed. All of our friends and family have raved about the photos, and I wish I could shout it from the rooftops that our memories of the day would not be what they are without them. We couldn’t be happier!!

Their Words - Nancy+West

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"most gorgeous memories.

They capture real emotion. Sounds simple enough, but it truly is an art form that they have perfected. April and James will make your day so incredibly special, and beyond that they will provide you with the most gorgeous memories to treasure for a lifetime. If you are looking for gorgeous soft lighting and the skill to make laughs and tears fall from the photographs into the hearts of viewers of your pictures you need Simply Violet. We can't imagine a major life moment without these two with us to help capture it.

Their words - Shelby+Casey

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"captured every emotion."

April and James are spectacular. We can't praise them enough - superior quality photos, fantastic attitudes, seamless teamwork, and a true joy to be around! It's clear they put their heart and soul into their work. Our wedding was taken outdoors, with many different lighting situations - twilight, clouds, very low light outdoors, high ceilings, shiny things, lasers - despite it all, they prevailed. Our photos are gorgeous, they truly captured every part and every emotion of the day perfectly. Bravo and endless gratitude to you both for taking us on and making these memories with us!!!

Their words - Mary+Aaron

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"beautiful, real, and raw.

Simply Violet Photography is seriously THE BEST. I feel so fortunate that we connected and that they were available to document our special day. Their work is creative, emotional, beautiful, real, and raw. As a professional team, James and April are top notch. They know exactly what they're doing and have a true gift at making the bride and groom feel completely comfortable at all times -- and with this they capture the magic of the real emotions. Bottom line, these guys are awesome and I would highly recommend them to anyone!!! So much gratitude for April and James!!!!

Their words - Alexis+Marcus

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"unique style.

April and James made my new husband and I feel so comfortable behind the camera! I love their unique style of getting natural smiles and reactions rather than having a bunch of awkward looking posed photos. You couldn't ask for better photographers!

Their words - Kennedy+Tyler

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"simply amazing.

You are both simply amazing and that is an understatement! Thank you so much for taking this time to put such effort for memories that will last a lifetime!

Their words - Hannah+Rhett

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"single best decision we made.

We hired Simply Violet Photography to do our engagement session and photograph our entire wedding day. Doing so was absolutely, without a doubt, the single best wedding-related decision that we made. April and James were wonderful from the very beginning, and they captured my husband and I looking happy and in love and completely like ourselves (never stiff or overly posed). All of our friends and family have repeatedly told us that ours are some of the most beautiful wedding photos they have ever seen. We could not agree more. 

Their words - Sara+Roman

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"talented, attentive, kind.

Choosing April and James as our photographers was one of the BEST parts about our whole wedding experience. Not only are they insanely talented, attentive, and kind, but they are also hilarious! They helped make our wedding such a carefree and enjoyable experience. Our pictures are absolutely stunning, and you will love how their photography makes you feel. Sometimes, I wish we could host another wedding just to have the opportunity to have pictures done with them again. That is, so long as someone else will do the rest of the planning. 

Their words - Caitlin+Carson

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"living our wedding again.

Eric & I searched high and low for photographers who could capture the realness of our big day & Simply Violet provided that and more. April & James made our wedding party and guests feel like they've been in our lives a lifetime. Once we received the link to view our photographs my husband and I looked through them and got the joy of living our wedding again... That's how great the photos are.  We have no regrets and would/will hire Simply Violet again.

Their words - Jessie+Eric

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"most important moments.

Two of the most amazing people I've ever met! They know how to capture the most important moments. We wouldn't recommend any other photographers!

Their words - Kristin+Tyler

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