Eli's Photography Blog

Susannah + Matthew – First Lutheran Historic Church Wedding

Posted: August 14th, 2013 | 1 Comment »

Susannah and Matthew’s wedding was one of our all time favorite weddings that Leslie and I have photographed. Matt flew in from Belgium a couple days before the wedding and the day after we photographed these two, they both flew out to live permanently in Europe. The ceremony was at the First Lutheran Church in downtown Little Rock and they prepared that morning for their big day inside the historic Capital Hotel. I loved the classic black and white details with the contrast of the Fall colors. Here are a couple of our favorite images from their wedding. Hope you guys enjoy!
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Nisha + Bhavin – Little Rock Engagement Portraits

Posted: August 7th, 2013 | No Comments »

Leslie and I had such a great time photographing Nisha and Bhavin at the Arkansas State Capital. These two were in top dress and looked like they were made for each other. I thought the gold doors at the capital would be a perfect backdrop for their outfits and jewelry. Here’s a couple of my favorite images, I hope you guys enjoy!
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Jenny + Kasey – Albert Pike Hotel Wedding, Little Rock Arkansas

Posted: April 25th, 2013 | 2 Comments »

Last month Leslie and I flew back to Arkansas from our new home in Southern California to photograph the wedding of Jenny and Kasey Stephens. The weather was beautiful and their wedding could not have been any sweeter. Their ceremony was at the Albert Pike Hotel in Downtown Little Rock. Their wedding also happened to be the day before St. Patricks Day so I thought it was fitting to set up their first look in a field of clovers. These are just a few of our favorites from their wedding. You can view all the images from their big day, here. Enjoy!
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Photographer: Eli Murray Weddings
Design/Floral/Coordinator:  Young Designs
Wedding/Reception Venue: Albert Pike Hotel
Caterer: Catering Creations
DJ: Brian Teague
Transportation: Arkansas Destinations
Lighting: Radiant Designs

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Brittany + Matthew – Little Rock Wedding Pleasant Valley Country Club

Posted: March 6th, 2013 | 4 Comments »

After settling into our new home in California, Leslie and I flew back to Little Rock for our first Arkansas wedding of the year. It was a gorgeous wedding and we  are so thrilled we got to be a part of it. Brittany and Matthew exchanged their vows inside of St. James United Methodist church in Little Rock and they had a super rad reception full of details at the Pleasant Valley County Club. Their rehearsal dinner was at the Little Rock Club on the 30th floor of the Regons building downtown. Here are a couple of our favorites from their wedding weekend. Enjoy!
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Photographer: Eli Murray Photography
Videographer:  Chuck Massey
Church Coordinators: Mary Lynn Laning and Liz Morris
Reception Coordinator:  Young Designs
Florals and Lighting: Inspired by Nature
Wedding Venue: St. James United Methodist Church
Reception Venue: Pleasant Valley Country Club
Entertainment: The Rockets
Cake: Mickeys Special Affairs
Transportation: Arkansas Destinations
Rentals: Confetti’s Party Rental

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Rachelle + Steven – Laguna Beach Engagement Photos

Posted: February 19th, 2013 | 1 Comment »

Sometimes when Leslie and I are shooting photos for people, either engagement portraits, wedding photos, or family sessions, I sometimes take for granted how special it is for our clients. I get lost in the moments of making beautiful photos, composition, color, light, and posing. I’m having such a great time attempting to create little peices of art that I sometimes forget that what we are actually doing is documenting. We’re using tools to capture their story, to freeze a peice in time. It’s just a section of their lives, but most of the time it’s a very important one. The photos will be admired for generations, passed down to children and grandchildren, shared with friends and family and used to remember a time in the past. Leslie and I absolutely love what we do. I feel blessed everyday that we are in the industry of love. One of the things I like most about photography is the technical side, all the fun gear and equipment. I also love the creative freedom that comes from a subjective art form, but with all of this, I think it’s most important that we keep in mind who we’re taking the photos for. I could have the most creative and technical photo ever, but if it’s not true to the subjects, and has no emotion or isn’t telling their story, then I have not done my job as a documentry wedding photographer.
Below are a couple of our favorites from Rachelle and Steven’s engagement photos we took this Sunday. They are truly a beautiful couple both inside and out and I hope that these photos will show you that. We had a great time shooting around the Canyons of Laguna Beach and the Pacific Coast in Southern California. We are very much looking forward to their wedding in May and can’t wait to share it with you guys! – Eli
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If you’d like to see more photos of Rachelle and Steven and order any prints from their session click here.

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Julie’s Bridal Portraits

Posted: November 10th, 2012 | No Comments »

Today Matt and Julie are getting married, so I can now finally show some of her beautiful bridal portraits that we took back in October at the The Villa Marre, which if you don’t know the history of this amazing wedding venue in Little Rock, you should check it out. The Villa Marre was actually photographed for the opening credits of the TV series Designing Women. Julie has such a warm personality, her contagious smile will brighten your day. I don’t think she stopped smiling the whole time. Matt is a super great guy and a perfect fit for her. We’ll share more from their wedding day soon. Hope you enjoy a few of my favorites photos from her bridal session.
-Eli
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Shotguns to Surfboards…We’re moving to California!

Posted: October 16th, 2012 | 5 Comments »

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October is a pretty special month for Leslie and I. This year on the 5th, we celebrated our 2 year wedding anniversary! It’s really hard to believe that it’s been two years already since we’ve been married. It is true what they say, time flies when your having fun! These two years with my bride have been a blast, of course there have been some tough times as well. I have poured my entire energy into my company and had to learn very quickly what my priorities are and why I was working so hard. October also marks my 3rd full year in business. I know that I am still very young with my business and I have many more goals I would like to achieve, but I am very proud to say that I have made it this far. Leslie has been an amazing partner and support system the entire time. I can honestly say that without her I’m not sure I would still have the same zeal and love for weddings that I’ve had from day one. I absolutely love what I do and cannot imagine doing anything other than photographing weddings. Leslie probably never thought that she would have become such a huge part of our business and now I know that together we make a great team. For that I am extremely thankful and feel very blessed.  We are both so appreciative and fortunate that we have been able to be a part of so many wonderful couples lives. More and more we are seeing how extremely important the role is that we play, as wedding photographers.

For the last 3 years I have operated a successful wedding photography business in Little Rock, pouring all of my time, energy, thoughts, and heart into building a brand with an excellent reputation. Together Leslie and I are now beginning to see the rewards of that hard work. My name as a wedding photographer in Arkansas is known. We have spent lots of advertising dollars in various ways so that our name would be seen and that the many other successful vendors and amazing people in the Central Arkansas would have a chance to see that we intend to stick around and be a big part of this wonderful industry. And now after 3 years, I’m so glad that we did spend the money, but we now see more than ever how important word of mouth is. At least 60% of our brides have been referrals from another past bride or another photographer that has spoken highly of us. This is such a huge compliment to us, nothing lets us know that we are doing are job better than a bride that is so happy with her wedding photos that she is excited and proud to tell all her friends who her wedding photographer was. And for this, Leslie and I want to say thank you once again to all of our amazing couples that have allowed us into their lives. And thank you to every single photographer, friend, and family member who has ever referred a couple to us. We truly would not be where we are today without that support from so many people.

So I guess I should get back to the title of my blog now and let everyone in on our big news. Yes, we are moving to Southern California the first of the year!!

You’re probably thinking why? Why after 3 years of pouring everything into a business that is now just beginning to take off would you relocate to another area and start all over again? Well here’s the short answer … I like a challenge. And now I have someone who will stand next to me and give me the courage I once lacked. The long answer is this:

Leslie and I will continue working under the brand that we have built, Eli Murray Weddings. We will still be working in Little Rock and all of Arkansas. This is still where our family is and still an area that we love. In fact a better term for what we are actually doing is expanding to California, stretching our legs a bit. California is just one stop in our journey through this life together. We may love it and stick around for a long while, or try a new state after learning to surf and trying all the taco choices at Taco Asylum. The truth is, in this mobile/digital day-and-age, business can operate from just about anywhere in the world. Almost all communication is email, text, phone, or Skype now. Of course there are some times which we would need to see our clients face to face, like for engagements, bridal portraits, and the wedding day, haha. The good news is, we will still be maintaining our clients here in Arkansas. As of right now, we have eight weddings on the books in Arkansas for 2013. This means that we will be flying back early and staying a little bit to visit with family and friends for those dates. We still welcome new clients and past clients for meetings or sessions when we are in town. And we will continue to book weddings in Arkansas, as long as our calendar allows. Most of all, we want everyone to know that we are just a plane flight away. So to finish up our 2012 wedding season here in Arkansas we still have a few more weddings and portrait sessions on the books, lots of packing, switching accounts, and all the fun stuff that comes along with moving. I know that new scenery is always good for a visual artist. I know that we will continue to grow as photographers and bring that new excitement to every shoot and wedding that we do. So after our last wedding for the year on December 29th, Leslie and I will be loading the Penske truck and getting on the road to Southern California. We are so excited to be able to tell everyone the news! We welcome any questions that you guys may have. Please leave us some love and wish us luck. Of course doing anything different is a little scary and will definitely be difficult, but we know that with God by our side, lots of hard work, and the continued support from so many, we’ll be just fine. We also want everyone to know that after the new year, if any of our Arkansas friends are ever in So Cal, please let us know. We would love to meet up and show you our new town!

-Eli and Leslie

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Nick + Allison – Little Rock Engagement Portraits

Posted: August 8th, 2012 | 2 Comments »




























 

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Ashley + Drew – Arkansas Wedding Photography | Part 1

Posted: August 7th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

This adorable couple were wed at the beautiful Pratt Place Barn  in Fayetteville, Arkansas. We hope you love this wedding as much as we do! Enjoy!























Event planner: Diane Harvey and Permelia Huffman, Star City, AR
Bridal Boutique: Brides in Amarillo, TX
Wedding stationery:  The 3 J’s Design & Studio, Dalhart, TX and Etcetera, Amarillo, TX
Jeweler:  Sissy’s Log Cabin, Little Rock, AR
Florist:  Sweet Peas Florist, Star City, AR
Cakes:  Rick’s Bakery, Fayetteville, AR
Rentals/Lighting:  Eventures, Fayetteville, AR
DJ/Band:  Joe Giles and the Homewreckers, Fayetteville, AR
Bridesmaids attire: Apple Annie’s, Amarillo, TX  Brand: Allure Bridals

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Ashley + Drew – Arkansas Wedding Photography | Part 2

Posted: August 5th, 2012 | 1 Comment »






















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