Jan
10
2015

{BEST OF 2014} FINALE…

oh you very well know that i wouldn’t end this without some confetti right?

this above is by far my favorite confetti capture ever.  many thanks to BABB PHOTO for this one.

and so there it all is.  the “Best of 2014″.

i know it was a massive collection and might have been overwhelming to get through it all.  some say that perhaps the specialness of being included might have gone away since there were so many.  but that wasn’t the true goal of showcasing this collection.  i wanted to make sure to include all the wedding photographers that sent something in because i have appreciated the support and encouragement they give to this blog for the past year.  this is my way of thanking you all AND celebrating you all for being part of the blog in 2014.  i tried my hardest to make sure to select images where you could all see how truly talented wedding photographers can be.  i hope i did it justice.

i want people to know as many wedding photographers out there as possible, to see all the talent there is, to see all their peers and how hard you all are working.  and most importantly, i want all wedding photographers in this community to be proud of what all your peers have been up to this year.  i want people to remember not to view as competition, but to view it as motivation for their 2015.  i want people to realize that while yes, it’s important to keep going, don’t compare yourself to what others have been doing,  don’t be jealous of the epic backdrops or destinations, but pick yourself up and get out there.  don’t let the competition take away from doing what you love.   backdrops, venues, and details aren’t what make the best wedding photography.  it’s what story you are able to tell from the wedding day or between the couple that is what is most important.  realize that this wedding photography community is here for you and with you.  encourage each other.  throw confetti at each other. let’s make 2015 better for each other.

this is the essence of this blog. while the primary focus is show off wedding photography, it’s also been making sure you all realize you are all in this together.  i love being part of the wedding photography community, even if i am not a wedding photographer.  this past year, i’ve truly enjoyed becoming closer friends with so many of you all.  all the tears, frustrations, belly laughs and confetti throws.  and it’s been absolutely astonishing to see the growth of individual photographers and most definitely fun discovering more talent.  i have had this blog for five years, it’s been purely a labor of love.  each year, i am even more thankful for the growth it has.  however, this year, instead of trying to fight the never ending battle of getting brides and grooms to understand the importance of having a solid gold wedding photographer, i have decided to build upon this wedding photography community instead.  i’ll be gearing this blog in a slightly different direction this year while still showcasing the best wedding photographers out there.  i’m out here in hopes to make this wedding photographer community even better.  i hope you all stay tuned for it and get others to come on board too.  let’s do this, 2015.

and on that note, again…thank YOU to all the wedding photographers that have sent in a feature this past year and to all the ones who are still sending in submissions.  i thank all of you for the patience while waiting to hear back from me.  it’s a one woman show behind here and i truly appreciate those who wait for months for their feature to go up.  i truly appreciate how much you all support this blog and i feel so lucky that you find this blog worthy of your work.  so thank you so very much.

lastly, thank YOU to all the wedding photographers that sent images in for the “Best Of 2014″.  my heart was bursting at the seams with how many of you sent something in and it’s truly with pride that i shared all of these this week.  thank you, thank you, thank you.  what an incredible 2014 you all had and i can’t wait to see your 2015.

and obviously, i can’t end on that note without some confetti right?!  my favorite confetti (or confetti like) images that were sent in below.

ADRIENNE GUNDE

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ARIANE MOSHAYEDI

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BRITTNI WILLIE

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JENNY JIMENEZ

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LEV KUPERMAN

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REDFIELD PHOTOGRAPHY

AGAIN, THANK YOU TO ALL!

thank you so much for visiting this blog for not only the “Best Of 2014″ to check out these amazing wedding photographers and to cheer them on, but for coming every day to see what other beautiful work is out there.  here’s to a year of some crazy beautiful scenic venues and flawless lighting and shadows.  and here’s to an upcoming year full of the best of the best wedding storytelling there is.

goodbye 2014.  here’s to 2015.

let’s do this.

*throws confetti*

Jan
05
2015

{BEST OF 2014} ENGAGEMENTS, ANNIVERSARIES AND ALL THAT LOVE…PART ONE

part one of the “Best of 2014″ for engagements, anniversaries, and any just celebrating love shoots other than the wedding day.

stay tuned for part two that will be up soon after.

ALYSSA ARMSTRONG

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BRIGHTWOOD PHOTOGRAPHY

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DOROTHY HUYNH

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EP LOVE

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GLASSER IMAGES

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IRIS AND LIGHT

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JASON MIZE

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JENNY JIMENEZ

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JOJO PANGILINAN

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LAST FORTY PERCENT

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LAUREN SCOTTI

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MATTHEW MORGAN

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MIKE FIECHTNER

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MORNINGWILD PHOTOGRAPHY

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SHAUNA HERON

ok remember, part two coming right up so stay tuned!

Nov
05
2014

{LOVE} A ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY…

“Peiter met Kimberly in the smoothie shop Kimberly works at. He said it was because of the smoothies but he would drop by twice a day sometimes to see her.  They eloped in November with just a few family members and friends around to witness their vows.  We welcomed summer in Oregon by celebrating their marriage by taking photos to commemorate their first year married!”

a super sweet way to celebrate a first year of marriage.  and even better that they had

NAKALAN McKAY

to capture it all.

you’ll most definitely want to check out more of Nakalan’s work on HER BLOG too.  guaranteed you won’t be disappointed.

Oct
10
2014

{CONFETTI THROW FRIDAYS} NO. 60…

there is a huge unsettling feeling behind the scenes here.  there could be some major changes in the coming year for me.  i also have the travel bug and am in the beginning stages of planning a big trip for my dirty thirty with one of my closest friends from high school.  it’s funny how friendships work.  we have always kept in touch but never lived in the same city since we graduated from high school.  and yet, every time we talk via text, skype, or phone call, there are belly laughs galore where we’re often left in tears as a result.  always glad for these friendships and really hoping that this trip does happen.  we’re thinking Ireland, Scotland, and yes, Iceland.  if any of you reading have any recommendations for these places- where to stay, what to see, where to eat- I’ll be incredibly thankful and appreciative.

anyways, onto this week’s confetti throw fridays.  again, i was terrible and couldn’t decide on just five.  so there’s ten.

highly reiterate that you must click on each of the links to see more from that post.  all of them are just bloody brilliant and spectacular.  my picks from each of the wedding photographers’ posts are only just the surface.  y’all really need to see what these talented wedding photographers are so wonderfully capable of.

TYLER BRANCH 

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PAT FUREY

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MARISA ALBRECHT

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CARINA SKROBECKI

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JONAS SEAMAN

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NICOLE LEEVER

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RYAN FLYNN

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KALLIMA PHOTOGRAPHY

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NICK RADFORD

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ARON GOSS

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this weekend i’ll be trying my hand at being a photography assistant for Chaz Cruz.  i’ve heard i’m going to get a great arm workout.

hope you all have a fantastical weekend!

*throws confetti*

Oct
09
2014

{LOVE} AT EL CAPITAN STATE BEACH…

“Seeing each other on campus in high school they had no idea the future that awaited them. Ellie’s beautiful eyes met Spenser’s ridiculous hair but it was another 6 years before the connection was realized. Through friends, destiny and the miracle of online social media Ellie was invited to a basketball game by Spenser under the false pretense of a friendly hang out. He had a feeling she was something special and used any trick he could for just a chance to sit next to her. Through their interactions his artwork and her photography had become a topic of mutual respect. A deal was hatched, Spenser agreed to draw a picture of Ellie in return for a photo lesson. Merely another opportunity to spend time with the girl he was becoming more infatuated with everyday. The drawing was done and delivered and doing so marked the start of their adventure. Since that day they have spent nearly every moment challenging, admiring and inspiring each other. From SF to Portland, coffee to cooking and miles of bike rides together the duo developed a relationship founded in God, grounded in humility and a love abundant in both. One year to that day that first hatched encounter, Spenser presented a book of their adventures so far, recounting the 365 days leading to that moment. With a shaky voice and a bent knee Spenser asked for Ellie’s hand in the future story he promised to make just as memorable.” – Ellie + Spenser 

a special flashback with this “just because” session from

MEGAN SAUL 

who i got the chance to meet at Photo Field Trip, captured Ellie & Spenser  on the last day there at El Capitan State Beach.

spectacular, i’d say.  head on over HERE to check out more of Megan’s super talented work.  always leaves me in awe.

Sep
12
2014

{CONFETTI THROW FRIDAYS} NO. 56…

not your typical confetti throw friday today, but i’m really excited to share something special with you all.  this blog, while showcases the work of many a talented photographer, is also just about love.  so today, i would like to share an anniversary…not just any anniversary, but a 50th wedding anniversary.

huge huge and special thanks to Michaella of

YELLOW BIRD VISUALS

for sending this special session over.

“Lamar & Donna’s love is something special. They both began working at Combustion Engineering, which was a large company at the time. Even though they worked in the same building, they didn’t meet until 1963. He was in the Nuclear Contract Engineering department & she was in Industrial Engineering. A lady in Donna’s department who worked in both her & Lamar’s departments knew both of them & decided they should meet. She introduced them in the summer of 1963. They had one date, and Donna heard nothing until a Christmas card arrived a few days before the holiday. She sent him back a New Years card & that was the real beginning of their story. They still have the Christmas card framed today. He called her for a New Year’s date, but it was snowing so much they had to wait. She later found out the reason he hadn’t called for months was that he had a long time girlfriend at the time. After New Years, they were together every weekend & every lunch since January of 1964. They got engaged in April & married in June of 1964 at Donna’s home & spent their honeymoon at Panama City, FL. They built their first home in 1965 & lived there raising their 3 sons until 1998. They built their retirement home that they now live in in 1998, which is where we took the photos.”

before i head out for the weekend, don’t forget to check out more of Michaella’s work on HER BLOG.  again, super lucky to feature her work and this session.

and so i leave you with some wise words from Donna…

““We stay young by doing what others our age wouldn’t do. We walk a lot, travel, spend time with our six grandchildren, and right now have a BIG landscape job going on which we are doing ourselves. We are so blessed by being so compatible together. In 50 years we have never had any time that we didn’t want to share our time whether traveling, landscaping, reading at the beach, etc. When raising our three sons, we were 100% family. Sports, hiking, camping in the Smoky Mountains, we always made time for family.” – Donna Wilson

have a great weekend!

*throws confetti*

Jul
16
2014

{LOVE} AN ANNIVERSARY IN CHARLESTON…

major thanks to

CAROLINE RO

for sending this beautiful anniversary session for the blog.

excited to discover her work and encourage you all to spend a few moseying around HER BLOG.