Blog. It's always kinda sounded like "BRAG" to me. I'm going to bite the bullet. With my new web site I will share stories of adorable families and brides and babies. I will look my paranoia in the face and beg it to back down so that I may utilize this tool for business. Be advised: As always a session with me is not complete unless there are tears, muddy feet or bloody appendages. Still in? Stay tuned.
Many years ago I had a client that used the term "Spirited Young Lady". I liked it. I stole it. I only employ it when it applies to a child that deserves it. There is something to be said for adults that surround a child with love but give them boundaries and this family does it to perfection. "Spirited" is the best description for Sophia. I'm usually prepared for chasing children, rolling around, bribery if needed. What a pro! She didn't need anything other than a little coaxing. Following direction was natural for her and she wasn't afraid to do her own thing. Did I mention she did it in awesome kicks? I begged to borrow her groovy red clogs but she wasn't having any of it. If you will trust me and relinquish some control, your family is sure to shine...especially if you have a "Spirited" youngun along for the ride.
When Lesley from The Barn at Rock Creek invited me to participate in a styled shoot, my feet left the floor. I not only adore the team there for their creativity but flexibility and level of professionalism. As she described the goal and the team of vendors she had arranged my heart started beating even faster. If "Relaxed Elegance" isn't a "thing" yet...it is now. So many brides ache for a blend of artistry that isn't too stuffy, a celebration that says "This is kind of a big deal" and "Relax, have fun." Celebrate the two of you deciding to spend a life together, share it with your friends and family! Oh, and if delicious tones of golds, pinks and corals and intentionally mismatched decor happen to abound? Even better my friends. Want to know the people that collaborated? The hardworking team of Barn at Rock Creek, Party Suppliers and Rentals for linens, The Confectionary, (cake devoured by mad-crazy-beautiful models post shoot). Designs by Amber Lanier for florals and overall "I will sink my teeth in to this party" feel, Coastal Knot for the gowns and accessories. Handsome model men dressed by Men's Wearhouse. All that beautiful hair and gorgeous makeup? Check out Emily Rodriguez of Ward Hair and Nail and Adrianne Lugo Professional Hair and Makeup. That wicked goldish-champagne ride? Thanks Azalea Limousine. Let's play again soon!
Recently my friend Candy called me to tell me her daughter Piper had won a girl's dress design contest. The prize was a custom made version of her vision. The designer also wanted some photographs of Piper in the dress. When Candy suggest we shoot here at the farmhouse I was excited! I've always loved playing with juxtaposition in fashion. Gritty with glamour, menswear with floral and pearls, fancy with rustic. Unfortunately I knew within five minutes of shooting Piper in her fancy dress at the farmhouse it was probably NOT what the designer was looking for. Call it a strength, call it a weakness...I couldn't get past Piper's adorable personality to "honor" the design. I'm just not a studio style photographer. Sure enough the designer was looking for simple catalogue looking images. Fortunately there is no shortage of photography talent in the area and I am not above stepping aside if I can't deliver. I suggested Candy contact my friend Matt McGraw. He has a new studio in Wilmington called "Snap Snap Portrait Studios" Have a peek at the results! Big sister Carson was so proud of Piper we made sure she was included too! I think you'll agree the results are quite different. Applause and gratitude for "Snap Snap", I am glad they were able to fill the request!
It's Saturday. I'm not with a joyful bride in a big white dress. My trigger finger is itchy. Let's nail traditional for bridal portrait but can we also exhale into something else? Thanks Laura. My camera loves confidence.