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We are Grant & Sara Dotson. As a husband and wife team, we bring a unique perspective to photography, one influenced by life experiences as well as comprehensive art and design training. Our cameras are an extension of not only our eyes, but our minds and hearts, instantly capturing moments and emotions just as they occur. We enjoy getting to know our clients on a personal level and helping them feel that they're a part of a partnership. Every client is different, and our photographs seek to reflect each individual personality for truly unforgettable memories.


Photo of Grant: Courtesy of Jamie Weiss. Thanks Jamie!


Katie & Robbie’s Engagement

My engagement session with Katie and Robbie was bittersweet. We met Katie back at the Formal Affair Bridal Show earlier in 2010 and we talked back and forth for months as they determined what kind of wedding they wanted and trying to find the right date. Soon after they decided on these things and we got the ball rolling things changed for them and their new wedding date was not a date we could shoot. We were really disappointed, but yet happy to be able to have an engagement session with them and get to know them a little more.

Katie and Robbie have a sweet and special story as they have found out while dating, things aren’t always easy. I love how Katie describes their love for each other and their feelings for each other, you can tell they have a strong commitment and so much respect for each other.

We love their story and their pictures…we hope you do too!

How did you meet?
We grew up in neighboring cities and knew a lot of the same people. My profile showed up on the “People You May Know” feature of a website. He read my profile and realized that we had more than just friends in common and inquired about school and dancing. We spent several months chatting about our similarities before we decided to meet for lunch. About three hours later, we parted ways but continued to speak on the phone every day and see each other on my weekends at home from school.

Anything special you’d like to share about dating?
Dating is such a complicated nowadays. When we first got together, we had it set in our minds that we wanted nothing more than friendship. But our friendship was so strong that we (with a little prodding from our friends) realized that we were perfect for each other. It’s not always easy and we have made a lot of mistakes and had some pretty intense arguments, but we always come back to the realization that life without each other wouldn’t be the kind of life that we want. So, we humble ourselves often and always manage to work it out.

How would you describe the way you feel about each other?
Having started off as a long distance relationship, we have really come to value every second that we have together. I feel that we are very complimentary of each other in that he is strong in places I am weak and I have strengths that counter his weaknesses. He is an amazing leader with a great heart and I know the each of us has done and will continue to do anything and everything we can to support and love each other.

Describe your proposal.
We took a day trip to Amicalola Falls and hiked a few trails. After viewing the falls, we found a quiet place by a river and were discussing the future when he pulled the ring from his pocket and proposed.

What is your ring like?
One bigger diamond in the center surrounded by a triangle of three smaller diamonds on each side in a white gold setting.

Do you have any special plans for your wedding that you’d like to share?
We are having a small ceremony at the Day Chapel in the State Botanical Gardens at the University of Georgia on July 10th, 2011.

Congratulations Katie and Robbie!! All the best to you both!

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