Sep
10
2015

PLEASE NOTE…

at this point, i am not accepting any more submissions.

if you missed the announcement, please take a look HERE.  much appreciated and many thanks for all the support and love.  i am still posting features all the way til the end of the year. so please come visit on the daily. however, the editorial calendar is completely full so no more submissions.  thank you.

Dec
23
2015

AND THAT’S A WRAP…*THROWS CONFETTI*

how do i even begin this post?

it’s literally impossible, but i shall try my best.

about six and half years ago, i hit “publish”.  never in a million years did i have any idea where it would take me.  i had no idea what it would teach me about others and myself.  but it goes to show what taking a chance and putting your heart into it can do. i was bored and complacent in my life so needed a creative outlet and took a risk.  by simply clicking  a button, it opened an entire world for me.  i also had no idea that i would make the decision to end it either.

over the past six and a half years, i’ve stared at over a gajillion images of couples in love.  i’ve seen this wedding community go through all sorts of phases.  some people started off as strangers and have now become family.  together with dear friends, i’ve helped to raise over $100,000 for survivors from natural disasters. it’s pretty neat to say that i can go anywhere in this world and connect with someone who has been featured on the blog.  it really is hard to put into words what this blog has given me so it wasn’t an easy decision to retire.

would i change a thing?  nope.  i’m proud to say that i did it my way and strayed away from what was popular.  my pride was with being able to tell beautiful stories and more importantly being able to feature incredibly talented people.  my pride was with the fact that they still wanted to be in the blog despite the fact that i don’t have a million followers.  my pride was with the fact that i kept this blog as a hobby, sponsorship-free and balanced a full time day job, life crisis, social life and family, not brilliantly, but with my best effort.  it’s not easy to juggle all of this at all.  in fact, it’s really hard and a lot of sacrifices had to be made.

this time last year, i had no idea i would make the decision to end it.  but over the span of a few months, it came to my realization that there is a time and place for everything.  this blog came at a time when i needed it and it has been such a labor of love for the past years.  i could tell i was wearing thin.  it was always about the community and connection i got to have with everyone.  i stopped loving every weekend because i had to work on the blog, answer emails, chase people down for their images after their submissions were accepted, and just rush through writing each post because other than their work being gorgeous, i didn’t really know the photographers anymore.  i didn’t feel like i could be genuine or authentic and the blog’s priority had always been to be real and honest.  after all, there’s no escaping what the camera captures.  those raw and pure emotions.

it is every blogger’s dream to become popular.  it’s their goal to get those likes and those followers.  i started to resent it.  while i wanted the followers, it wasn’t for me, i wanted them to follow the talent.  i was getting an overwhelming amount of submissions that  were exactly what the blog stood for.  the story.  the wedding photography.  but guys, let me tell you, you can’t do your best or justice when your heart isn’t in it and anxiety rolls in about not being able to do the community right.  i knew something had to give.  i don’t want to sound repetitive so you can read more about my decision to stop HERE.

i have to mention though, while the blog is bowing out, i’m not disappearing completely from the wedding community.  i don’t think i can completely shut the door on it since it has given me so much joy the past few years.  so while i’ve mentioned Utterly Engaged as a great option for submitting as she shares the same passion of telling heartfelt stories, there are so many others out there to think about.  i truly believe that smaller blogs will value your work just as much as the big popular ones.  i also believe there is a shift with the community and general public in that they are realizing the importance of storytelling.  as i have always believed, photographers are quite possibly the only eyewitnesses to the complete story of a couple.  from their proposal to their engagement to their wedding day to their anniversary to their family sessions, the photographer is there to capture it all.  they capture the pretty, the joy, the love and everything in between.  so i’m incredibly excited about the launch of

RECOLLECTION

a site whose mission is all about the story and showcasing the work of wedding photographers.  i’m honored to be helping behind the scenes and i truly hope you all keep an eye out for this site launching soon.   how it works is that there is a panel of wedding photographers, that will rotate every few months, that will help curate a collection of work that is all about telling the stories visually that inspire and motivate the community.  it’ll be a one stop shop for the wedding photography community to discover new work and first and foremost, come to celebrate the work you all do.  i can’t wait.  i wouldn’t be behind this if i didn’t really value what they’re trying to do and believe that it really is something this community needs.  so do me a favor and follow along.*throws confetti*

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i want to use this last post as a celebration of thanks.  if i could, i would list out the entire army of people that has helped make this blog run.  i’m going to try to keep this short and sweet mainly because i’ve cried enough tears and i’ve run out of tissues.  there is no way this blog could have run without you all.   if i hadn’t had anyone to email to ask permission to use images or if you had simply said no, there would be no posts.  i’ve been given the privilege of  featuring the best of the best, the cool kids, the under-the-radar, the complete unknowns, but bottom line is each and every one of you has contributed to making this blog what it is.

while the blog has always focused on wedding photography, there are quite a handful of people that aren’t photographers that have given so much support to this blog and to me.  thanks for sticking by me even though i wasn’t necessarily highlighting your work.  it has to be said that your contribution to this blog has just been as important.  i’m pretty sure others wouldn’t know about me if it hadn’t been for you all.  so thank you.

since i announced i was stopping the blog, i have gotten a chance to say this in person to quite a handful of photographers but i wanted to reiterate it again and to the ones i am unable to.

to you, the wedding photographers: 

i am incredibly grateful and no words will ever amount to how much i’ve loved this opportunity to shout from the mountaintops how important wedding photography is, to feature these visual stories day in and day out.  i’m so honored to have been part of it and to have had the chance to meet so many of you.  thank you for inviting me along to discover your work and to continually be in awe with what you all are capable of.  thank you for entrusting me with your work.  thank you for being there for me through all my losses and my grief.  thank you for reaching out to say i wasn’t alone and for being there for me.  thank you for inviting me into your lives and your homes.  thank you for allowing me to be myself in this digital space.  thank you all for the beautiful friendships online and in real life.  it’s been truly a privilege and my gratitude for you all is endless.

keep chasing and breaking those creative boundaries.  keep your heart and passion above all else.  don’t listen to the noise, only listen to it if you believe you can learn from it.  don’t be a cool kid.  stay under the radar- you’ll find it’s just as amazing.  it’s nice to be featured on a blog, but it’s not the end of the world if they don’t accept your work.  you’ll find that word of mouth gets you much further.  community over competition always.  don’t let comparison take your joy.  view it as motivation.  you are not alone in any of your struggles so seek out others that are in your boat.  lose your ego- your popularity goes away once people see your true colors.  be genuine.  empathize- you never know what the other person is going through.  be thankful.  be thankful you get to have a job that is so important to others.  be thankful you have a job that you love and can flex your creativity. make time for your loved ones.  life is too short.  don’t take anything for granted.  and most important and above all else, always and forever…

THROW CONFETTI

(or get the fuck out).

#tcogtfo

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and so i leave with you photos that have meant the most to me.  as much as i have loved blogging the most beautiful photos and emotions ever captured, the heart of this blog was always the wedding community and the people i’ve gotten the chance to meet and become dear friends.  so here are just some moments from the past six and a half years.

what an incredible run.

i shall miss this space bunches.

it’s been a blast.

thank you all so much from the bottom of my heart.

signing off one last time…

with love,

Lydia

*throws confetti*

Dec
22
2015

{CONFETTI THROWERS UNITE} SHODALOVE…

this guy is my greatest success from this blog.  so i saved him for last.  he’s the only one that i’m aware of that i’ve been able to give him multiple bookings.  my gratitude goes to Ting and Phil for believing in my suggestion to go with this guy in the very beginning and from there and purely just from his work, people saw his talent and value of having him there to capture their love.  he’s been one of the biggest advocates for this blog and trust me when i say the ideas for “Best Of”, “Confetti Throw Fridays”, and “Ever Ours After Hours”, came because he pushed me to do it.  it meant more work for me, but i valued his opinion.  having had his work on here only a few times has meant the world to me.  he flies completely under the radar but he prefers it that way.  he is able to create and perfect his work and art.  able to do it his way without any distractions and therefore, fully and wholly being able to give his heart and concentration to his couples.

SHODALOVE

is one to keep your eye on.  he doesn’t need some mountain backdrop or gorgeous florals to shoot the story so incredibly.  he just needs to be there with his camera and he will capture his clients just the way they should be and want to be remembered.  he’ll capture the moments big and the moments most minuscule that you get to cherish for a lifetime.  you simply must head on over to HIS SITE for more of his work.  the above collection is just a tiny glimpse.

Jeramie, thank you from the bottom of my heart for being such a true friend of this blog and myself personally.  more than you’ll ever know , you’ve helped me keep it going when there were times i had no idea what i was doing this for.  you’ve reminded me time and again to keep grounded and just to keep my love for the wedding photography community as my priority.  thank you for being an example to not follow trends and it’s perfectly okay to stay under the radar and probably better to do so.  thank you for making it easy to point friends in your direction to pick you as their wedding photographer- your work spoke for itself.  thank you for also not defriending me after almost killing you by running you over with my car and later, almost choking you to death with a mouthful of confetti .  thank you for always being so humble and for being one of the most genuine people in this community.  i will still continue to applaud you and push you beyond your limits as always.  but above it all, thank you for your friendship outside of this blog.  while i was grieving from my sudden loss of a brother-in-law, having you and Bethany checking in on me meant everything.  i will forever remember the Google Hangout when Evey told me she loved me all on her own when Bethany told her i was sad.  thank you for housing me when i visited.  i’ve truly been blessed to have you guys in my life.  you three are family to me.  i know it’ll continue after the blog stops, but it really must be said how grateful i am for you three.  love you all to the moon and back.

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as a reminder, all the last features on this blog are dedicated to those wedding photographers that sit on the blog’s sidebar.  since i never believed i could guarantee bookings, i never have asked these guys to pay for advertising.  yet, they still wanted to be on here and call the sidebar home.  it genuinely has been my pleasure to have them on here every day.  each of them are immensely talented wedding photographers so throughout these last few weeks, please do me a favor and check out their work.  it’s the tiniest token of thanks i can give these guys.

Dec
21
2015

{CONFETTI THROWERS UNITE} ENCARNACION PHOTOGRAPHY…

these two are my family.  and i really mean, my family.  

it’s hard to put into words to describe them and what they mean to you.  they first came into my life when we were fundraising for For Japan With Love.  they ended up donating about 3k from their photo sessions.  i believe i eventually got to meet them face to face at wppi the following year.  and since then, we’ve partied together, i got to witness their vow renewal and be their confetti girl, they’ve invited me to their house for dinners, jammed out on our ukeleles, chowed down on longanisas and garlic noodles, google hangout sessions galore.  but more importantly, they’ve become one of my lifelines.   they were one of the first that i called upon when Mikey passed away and in my grief and shock, they offered to fly me home from NYC without even batting an eye.  in the months after, whenever i was there to help my sister, they made an effort to be a distraction and invited me to their loving home.  over the years, it’s been so wonderful to see this family grow and be an inspiration to myself.  i love their daughters as though they were my own family and they know me as the one who lives and breathes confetti.  i can’t quite imagine what my life would be like without this family and while distance keeps us from hanging out as much as we’d like, i wouldn’t have it any other way and words will never be able to surmount to how grateful i am for this family.

ENCARNACION PHOTOGRAPHY

not only have you captured the most precious and beautiful moments from couples and their loved ones, but i truly believe it’s because you value yourself, your families and your loved ones is how you are able to do it so well.  with all your heart and passion for others, you pour it into your work and allow your brides and grooms to feel the love they have for each other and to be proud to have.  i have loved following your work and seeing it constantly grow.  you don’t ask for the attention ever but just quietly do it your way and so incredibly.  Jonathan, thank you for always checking in on me and making your garlic noodles, for singing Toto’s Africa to cheer me up, for being my dad in this industry.  Joanne, you my dear, are an inspiration.  having seen you become the person you are today over the span of 5 years has been nothing but motivation for myself.  next to “throw confetti or get the fuck out”, my other motto is, “if Joanne can do it, so can i.”  i love you both so dearly and thank you so much for truly being two of the most caring and sincere people in this world.  my gratitude for you two is one i think about on the daily and hopefully we’ll get to hang out in person soon.

please go check out more of ENCARNACION PHOTOGRAPHY on THEIR SITE and THEIR BLOG.  you really can’t miss this out on looking at their work.  if you’re looking for a Bay Area photographer, these two are your team.

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as a reminder, all the last features on this blog are dedicated to those wedding photographers that sit on the blog’s sidebar.  since i never believed i could guarantee bookings, i never have asked these guys to pay for advertising.  yet, they still wanted to be on here and call the sidebar home.  it genuinely has been my pleasure to have them on here every day.  each of them are immensely talented wedding photographers so throughout these last few weeks, please do me a favor and check out their work.  it’s the tiniest token of thanks i can give these guys.

Dec
20
2015

{EVER OURS AFTER HOURS} THE WILLINGHAMS…

#everoursafterhours serves as a learn the “why” behind their work, to get to know photographers and videographers that are the game changers or ones that in their tiny little corner of the earth are just getting it done. i have always, ALWAYS, prided myself on the that community that i have the fortunate experience of knowing and featuring. for the past five years, i have surrounded myself with such a beautifully talented community of wedding photographers and videographers. so i’m just going to build on that this year and give them the spotlight they deserve. i’ll be highlighting photographers almost every week.  it’s just be a chance for photographers to kick back after shooting a wedding, grab a coffee, and have a lazy Sunday read.

and here it is, the last ever #everoursafterhours.  and rather fitting that it is with one of the first ever photography duos to ever support this blog.  i’m rather proud of these two.  they don’t fit into any crowd and they ignore the noise.  when something isn’t right in their books, they speak their mind rather than allowing it to go silent.  they’ve taken their hearts and passion to different levels and it’s shown so much in their work, life and family.  they fly under the radar, but keep and constantly capturing work beautifully and the way their brides and grooms love.  i’m really just thankful for the support these two have given this blog…no matter where they are in this world.  i’ve been lucky enough to meet these two in person and so i’m glad you guys get the chance to know these two.

THE WILLINGHAMS

How did you get your start in wedding photography?

One of our friends offered us a few hundred dollars, and a free meal, to shoot her wedding. We did it. It looked terrible, but she loved them. After that, we discovered ‘good’ wedding photography (Sean Flanigan, Jonas Peterson, Jeff Newsom) and were inspired to create less cheesy, more refined photos.

What is unique about your style of shooting?

We feel that the unique thing about the way we shoot is that we don’t just focus our efforts on photojournalism, or strictly focus on portraits…. we really put a lot of effort into both. In the end, the client gets the best of both worlds, and we produce a really solid product for them.

Include one of your images that is your most recent favorite and explain why you love it.

Here’s an image from a workshop we hosted, about a month ago, in the UK. The first thing we love about it is the location, We are big fans of the UK! Next, is that it has a classic Mini, and finally…. it definitely doesn’t hurt that the photo also features some pretty spectacular people!

What do you struggle with the most? Business wise or shooting wise.

Marketing!!! This is something that we will be tackling in 2016!

Where do you see wedding photography heading next?

We usually steer pretty clear of trends, both in our personal lives, as well as photography, so we really don’t know what will be the next big thing…. our best guess is laser beam backdrops from the early 90’s? Maybe?

 If you could send one message to the wedding photography world, what would it be? (Basically, your life motto)

Be who you are, not who you think others would want you to be.

What drives you as a person and as a wedding photographer?

As people, our love for one another, and our love for our daughter. As photographers, we just love making art. It’s as simple as that.

What is it like to work as a team? 

The first, and most important thing is that we really like being around each other, so that makes it really easy. Other than that…. we have different shooting styles, so we each bring something different to the table. We use different lenses also, which furthers the variety of what we’re able to produce. The longer you work with one team-mate, the more you know what to expect from them, and you are able to work around a situation quickly and efficiently. We have a great rhythm.

What makes you confetti throw at the end of the day?

We feel that having a solid relationship is the key to our happiness. We make each other our number 1 priority. At the end of every the day, we feel fulfilled, content..and happy. Happy enough to throw confetti, even.

head on over to THE WILLINGHAMS’ SITE and BLOG for much more their work.  it’s one that you don’t want to miss as they make their own mark on this wedding photography community.

Dec
18
2015

{CONFETTI THROWERS UNITE} TONHYA KAE…

where do you even begin when this wedding photographer ends up being such a dear friend of your’s and you’ve seen the tremendous amount of growth from her in just a few years.  i first got the chance to feature this lady’s work back in April of 2011 when my blog suddenly became PNW central.  i don’t regret it one bit because that group of people ended up becoming my family.  this lady not only is a wedding photographer, but she is one heck of a lifestyle/fashion/boudoir photographer.  she is the definition of #girlboss cause somewhere between all of the above, she manages to travel all over to satisfy her heart’s desires with adventures.  also put us in a room together, no alcohol needed and silliness ensues which includes ridiculous accents while singing Disney songs.

TONHYA KAE PHOTOGRAPHY

i am damn proud of you, girl.  you make my heart so happy seeing you overcome your obstacles and struggles to shoot the most incredible beautiful things.  you have the power to draw out the most beautiful of emotions and make whoever you captured feel on top of the world.  thank you for what you’ve done for this blog, but more importantly the friendship we have.  i still wear the midi ring on my hand, that i’m pretty sure is meant to be a toe ring.  your friendship has meant the world to me and i am so glad that i still get to hang out with you even when this blog retires.  you truly have been inspiring to follow and i can’t wait to see where you take all of us next. love you to the moon and back.

you all need to check out Tonhya’s work on HER BLOG and for all you lifestyle bloggers, go see her other blog too, THE TOP KNOT.

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as a reminder, all the last features on this blog are dedicated to those wedding photographers that sit on the blog’s sidebar.  since i never believed i could guarantee bookings, i never have asked these guys to pay for advertising.  yet, they still wanted to be on here and call the sidebar home.  it genuinely has been my pleasure to have them on here every day.  each of them are immensely talented wedding photographers so throughout these last few weeks, please do me a favor and check out their work.  it’s the tiniest token of thanks i can give these guys.

Dec
17
2015

{CONFETTI THROWERS UNITE} CHAZ CRUZ…

“This is Brienne and Tim from New Zealand. They live in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and had one of the dopest weddings I’ve ever been a part of.  Tim is a guitarist from Steriogram (might remember this song) and they had a reunion show at the wedding.”

how brilliant.  and how perfect really.

all thanks to my bro from another mo

CHAZ CRUZ

for sending in one last one.  love that this one was so genuine and heartfelt.  from the quiet moments as the bride and groom have a moment to themselves to the fun reunion and dance party at the end.  Chaz has a knack for capturing the stories so well and so beautifully.  some of my personal friends have gotten the chance to be captured by him and it makes me so proud that i’ve given my friends the chance to be shot by some ridiculous talent.  more from Chaz can be seen over on HIS BLOG.

additionally, Chaz literally is my brother and i’ve become his annoying little sister.  i nag him to do certain things and he just shakes my head when i’m up to no good.  i always look forward to hanging out with him though whenever i visit NYC or he’s over on the West Coast.  he serenades me in a Louis Armstrong voice and that pretty much makes each visit complete.  i’ve also had the distinct pleasure to assist Chaz for a wedding.  no i didn’t pick up a camera, unless you count an instax and my own iphone capture.  but i literally was his shadow and helped carry his bags.  it truly was a gift to see this guy in action and just see how his mind worked on making sure that he captures his couples in the best and most true way possible.  it was probably one of my best experiences from having this blog.  my heart was full.  it was icing on a cake to see a wedding photographer get it done and what my blog was all about coming to life.  it probably was not icing on the cake for Chaz having me break out in my spontaneous dance parties the entire day though.

either way, thank you Chaz for an incredible friendship the past few years.  i am truly thankful to have you around and to be able to witness the beauty and joy you are able to capture and take it beyond.  you stay under the radar and remain so humble, but i hope you know how lucky i feel to call you family and how my heart beams from the sidelines with every image you put out there.  thank you for the love and support you’ve given this blog and myself.  oh and for my very own custom #tcogtfo confetti.

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as a reminder, all the last features on this blog are dedicated to those wedding photographers that sit on the blog’s sidebar.  since i never believed i could guarantee bookings, i never have asked these guys to pay for advertising.  yet, they still wanted to be on here and call the sidebar home.  it genuinely has been my pleasure to have them on here every day.  each of them are immensely talented wedding photographers so throughout these last few weeks, please do me a favor and check out their work.  it’s the tiniest token of thanks i can give these guys.

Dec
16
2015

{CONFETTI THROWERS UNITE} ASH IMAGERY…

in my first year of blogging, i spent a considerable amount of time looking at other wedding blogs to find content and when i stumbled upon a wedding featured there, i would email the wedding photographer to ask permission to use their images.  it was on one of those instances that i discovered this wedding photographer’s work.  featuring his work was a turning point for me.  his work was art and storytelling.  it was around that time that i realized i wasn’t a detail person, love the florals and design absolutely, but my heart was drawn to how a photographer could capture all these raw and beautiful moments from two people.

ASH IMAGERY

helped me discover what this blog stands for and will always stand for even when it goes dark.  i don’t know how he’s done it, but every shoot he has, whether wedding or editorial, in each and every image, there is so much more than just a photo.  his storytelling is the perfect eyewitness account of the love between each couple during their engagement or their wedding day.  from the tiniest of moments- the stillness of a gown or in this case, the shot of their feet as they climb the stairs- to the big moments that count, Mike has been absolutely wonderful at all of the above and more.

i am more than grateful for Mike’s support for the past few years and his friendship outside of this blog.  it’s one of the relationships i have treasured most even though i’ve never been able to get him an inquiry or booking which completely bums me out.  but regardless, one day last year, i had a call out for empty film canisters.  i fill them up with confetti and hand them out to friends.  i had run out and was in desperate need for them.  Mike said he had a lot and would send my way.  a couple of weeks later, a huge box arrived.  and lo and behold, there were about 400 film canisters!!  i am set for life now.  that’s the kind of guy he is.  Mike delivers.

i say you stop reading my bumbling gratitude for this guy and head on over to HIS BLOG to see what i’m talking about.  please spend some time there.  it truly is quite something.

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as a reminder, all the last features on this blog are dedicated to those wedding photographers that sit on the blog’s sidebar.  since i never believed i could guarantee bookings, i never have asked these guys to pay for advertising.  yet, they still wanted to be on here and call the sidebar home.  it genuinely has been my pleasure to have them on here every day.  each of them are immensely talented wedding photographers so throughout these last few weeks, please do me a favor and check out their work.  it’s the tiniest token of thanks i can give these guys.