Las Vegas - we stepped out for an impromptu elopement styled shoot out in the desert near the city. There were no plans. Just us, the setting sun, and a trail on the side of the road. Yes that is a bush from the ground as her 'bouquet'. Much love to my soul sister Tessa and her boyfriend Brent for playing along on this one. Cannot wait to one day photograph their real elopement!
When someone comes to me asking about a photo shoot, I usually ask them how they want to be photographed. Many times this is met with very confused faces. Typically, I get the blank stare and the answer: "I just want to look good." I think I've got that covered! So I've started narrowing things down by asking them to come up with three words that pertain to the look and feel of their shoot. Adjectives that you want to feel when you look at the photos.
For example, an engagement couple might say they want a photoshoot that is "fun", "light", and "romantic". This is an awesome way to describe a shoot. I can now manage their expectations by shooting more journalistic fun lifestyle photos mixed with some intimate moments. I'll know that they will probably want more daytime shots to provide an airy, light atmosphere.
But this doesn't just apply to a particular shoot. For my brand and life, I've developed three words that I try to implement into all of my photographic styles. And I wanted to share with you those words that keep me aligned with my style and brand. I always try to at least have one of these adjectives interjected in my pictures.
I am all about travel, new places, and destinations. So, in many of my photos, I'm looking at the adventure. Let's get out and see new things. How can we get outside of our comfort zones and into some unique places and experiences? I grew up dreaming of far off places and crazy escapades. If you have a new location you want to go to, hit me up and I'll be there!
Romance just attracts me. Part of why I'm a photographer who specializes in weddings is because I am drawn to people in love. Relationships are so important in life and romance should never die. I think everyone deserves to have images that show them in a romantic and intimate nature. Something they can hold dear to themselves, even if they don't share it with others.
Fun might be a generic word, but man do I mean it! There is no reason we can't enjoy the time we spend together. I'm quirky and I know how to bring out the weird. Bring on the nerd, and I'll be right there with you. We can laugh and joke as much as you'd like!
What are your three words? How would you describe yourself?
My wedding was an amazing adventure in the woods! I got married on a campsite in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, which is an amazing campground surrounded by sequoia trees. One of things I recommend to Brides with an outdoor wedding, is to check if there are any foliage restrictions. What do I mean by that? Well, Big Basin banned outside flowers from being brought into the park to use for ceremonies or receptions.
Some parks do not want outside flowers or foliage brought into the premises because the risk of pollinating the park with non-indigenous species is increased. To preserve the original nature of the park, they forbid the use of outside foliage. Cool. I'm totally respectful of that (being a nature lover myself, I'd never want to encroach upon the already established plant species!). So what did I do for my bouquets and centerpieces? Enter in the coolest mom ever.
My mom helped me find designs and ideas for a fabric flower bouquet. Yes, you read that correctly. FABRIC. So after searching for the right designs and ideas, we pulled together some of my favorite fabrics in my wedding colors and got to work sewing together these little flowers. We then added touching elements such as broaches or pins to create my wedding bouquet.
Driving out to the sleepy town of Santa Paula, CA, I pulled up to Limoneira Ranch. Nestled in the valley between some outstanding mountains, this lemon grove boasts a bace ball court. It was on the court that Andrew and Lindsey decided to make their vows of love and get married. It was a bright, hot and sunny day as the ladies prepared themselves in the small house on the grounds.
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What I loved about Mick and Heather was the comments made from their friends and family. They were a quiet couple, but the family certainly had some funny and amazing things to say about them. Mick is a talented musician in a rock band. His brother played a video during the reception of Mick creating his own single, and showed everyone how proud he was of the groom. Heather's family and friends repeatedly commented how amazing it was that Mick had come into her life. Apparently, she had been a "dark cloud but when you [Mick] came, she became only partly cloudy."
Their fun rocker party kept things lively and entertaining. It was a beautiful, non-traditional wedding that celebrated two amazing souls that were bound for one another.