Author archives: Christina

10 Years of True Love: That's It! I Quit!!!

That's It!  I Quit!!! Due to some personal reasons, I felt like I was no longer able to create a reasonable work/life balance.  I was going to quit shooting weddings at the end of 2014.  I would work the contracts that I had, and be done. The last wedding that I had scheduled at the time was Bethany & Carl.  It seemed fitting, because Carl was actu[...]

10 Years of True Love: The Birth of CTP

The Birth of Christina Truelove Photography I was finally starting to embrace my name (and yes, Truelove IS my last name).  I was concerned that most people would think that I created the last name for my business and/or they would use my name as a cliche (which both occur).  But, who cares, right?  I have the coolest name on the planet (thank you, babe) [...]

10 Years of True Love: The ShutterSpire Years

The ShutterSpire Years When my business first started, I went under the name, ShutterSpire.  The Shutter part is obvious.  The Spire was a combination of my desire to inspire those around me with my images and wanting to reach the top.  Additionally, weddings are often conducted in a church, and churches often contain a spire. 2008-2009 These we[...]

10 Years of True Love - The very beginning

I have been reminiscing a lot lately. When I was eight years old, I received $40 for my birthday, which was just enough to buy the Polaroid camera that I have been eyeing at Target.  Proudly, I walked up to the cashier and pointed to the locked cabinet where my future camera laid.  I was so proud of my purchase.  That was 30 years ago. Over the years, [...]

Harmony Chapel Wedding // Ashley & Adam

I will probably remember this wedding forever! First of all, this couple is beyond sweet.  Ashley and I are both business owners, and that is how we first bonded.  She was asking me some marketing questions, then we talked about her wedding.  But where their sweetness REALLY came out was the day before the wedding. I started running a fever.  It was 10[...]

Lofty Spaces Wedding // Amie & Kyle

Last May, one of my favorite couples got married!  Amie has been a huge help to me at bridal shows and weddings for the last year.  Her husband, Kyle, is very sweet and supportive in so many ways.  The love that they share has been evident since the day I met them, and still is shown today as we are a mere few months away from their first anniversary! Kil[...]

How to Chose your Wedding Date

Most likely, the first thing you will do after saying "yes" is to pick a wedding date.  This is the date on which everything else will be determined.  In fact, you can't even really begin planning until this date is set.  And you will use your date for EVERYTHING: every wedding-related phone call, every vendor meeting, every bridal show, even conversations w[...]

Wedding Planning Series

You have your ring.  Now what?!? Becoming engaged is a very exciting time.  You can't wait to start your life together and see the future laid out before you.  However, if you are like most couples, even the thought of planning the actual wedding day makes you feel a cross between elated and completely overwhelmed. In this blog series, I will break it [...]

Marty Leonard Wedding // Hillary & Zach

I get the privilege of capturing many couple's memories at this breathtaking chapel, but every single one is special and unique.  Beautiful bride, handsome groom, the always gorgeous Marty Leonard Chapel, and many friends and family that came out to witness Hillary and Zach's wedding made this day extra-special. Their incredible team of vendors: Coordina[...]

The Springs Wedding in Anna // Shannon & Hunter

Sometimes you just get those couples that you connect with on all kinds of levels.  That was the way I felt when I first met with Shannon and Hunter.  Shannon is a teacher, like me.  Hunter is completely devoted and in love with her.  They are a perfect match, and I have loved every second of being around these two. Their wedding was so impressive.  It wa[...]