May
19
2015

{LOVE} ALONG HAWAII’S OAHU COAST…

they just found out they were expecting.

not sure what would be a better way to commemorate that moment by having a shoot, in Hawaii no less.

i am THRILLED to be able to have

JUNE COCHRAN

on the blog.  discovered her work via Instagram and i am in total awe.  you really ought to see for yourself what this lady has been up to over on HER BLOG.

May
10
2015

{EVER OURS AFTER HOURS} BABB PHOTO…

#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.  but obviously if i have the time, i’ll be featuring more but it’s all dependent on the photographers who have the time to answer too.  it’ll be up on Sundays and it’ll just be a chance for photographers to kick back after shooting a wedding, grab a coffee, and have a lazy Sunday read.

life is much better with this one around and i’m so grateful to have met

Laura of BABB PHOTO

she’s just one of those that you know is good to have around in business, in friendship, in life.  finally got the chance to meet her face to face this year and she’s been the bull in the china shop across the pond heading up a photography conference called SNAP Photography Festival.  proud of this one and excited for you all to get the opportunity to learn more about this Brit.

How did you get your start in wedding photography?

I took the rather taboo and frowned upon route of being “a friend with a camera” and I rocked up at my friend’s wedding with no experience and photographed it for him. I’d been getting into photography for a couple of years before but was mainly interested in shooting urban landscapes, architecture and bits of the street scene.

I didn’t really photograph people much so when my friend asked me I was a bit hesitant. They weren’t planning on having a photographer at all though so I thought I’d give it a go.

 Rather than show up and wing it, I researched, read a load of books and also hired in professional equipment and planned to the best of my ability. It went pretty well given my complete lack of experience and I fell in love with shooting weddings that day.

From there I took the other route that everyone frowns upon and advertised myself at rock bottom prices on the UK’s equivalent of Craig’s List and cut my teeth on weddings with low photography budgets.

After that I focussed on moving more towards my ideal client and pricing. I’ve been full time for almost three years.

What is unique about your style of shooting?

What’s unique about any of us is, I guess, our own stories. Everything you experience in life impacts on how you see the world and I think my shooting style is very me. Colourful, a little chaotic, loose and with a focus on story telling.

Story telling is everything for me. I am not especially interested in presenting things in a very editorial style. I like real and raw. I always tell my couples that I am just as likely to photograph what they had for breakfast as I am their first kiss, as it’s not just the epic moments that make the story. Those quiet, in between moments that weave through everything are just as important.

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

 I hope you don’t mind the fact that there’s a bottom in this image. This picture is a favourite because it represents growth and change and constantly trying to be more.

I recently spent a week in the Smokey Mountains with a bunch of photographer friends, on a retreat and I not only shot boudoir for the first time but I shot naked boudoir.

For me photography is about taking risks, trying different things and pushing yourself constantly to grow. Being uncomfortable. Everything about your journey as a photographer should be about feeling the fear and doing it anyway. Of course that’s not always the case and we can’t always reinvent the wheel every time we shoot but overall the aim should always be to push yourself and to grow and that’s something that’s a really, really important part of my approach and my business.

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

Balance. I feel compelled to constantly be working and hustling and promoting myself (she says writing the answers to these questions at 3am…. although I am jet lagged so perhaps it doesn’t count).

In my first full time year I worked 7 days a week over the summer. I am much better at scheduling time off and making sure I have time to spend with my husband these days. I am still not great at switching off though.

Where do you see wedding photography heading next? Where would like to see it go?

Who can say. I love that the industry has grown and changed so much, even in the short time that I’ve been a part of it. It feels like there are people who are truly carving their own unique paths and that’s inspiring to see. There are so many talented people in the wedding photography community.

 I hope that we’ll find a way to be less insular. I think the wedding photography world feels quite separate from the wider photography industry. I guess wedding photography is a really democratic way into photography but I think that often means we have credibility issues with other sections of the industry.

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

Keep pushing forward. Keep learning. Keep growing and trying new things. Build communities and find like minded people who inspire you. Let’s keep raising the bar.

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

Doing a good job. Doing a good job for my clients and for myself. The legacy that you leave someone with when you hand over their wedding pictures and the fact that you were able to be there with them, for one day in their life, to tell their story.

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

Beer + a good rock anthem = lunging. Lunging is my confetti throwing.

love you, Babb.  happy belated!  *throws confetti*

thank you for taking the time to answer these and for sharing your thoughts and words.  Laura is based in London, England, but obviously has traveled the world as I met her in Santa Barbara, CA.  this one is one you need to check out more of and you can see the talent for yourself on BABB PHOTO’S WEBSITE or BABB PHOTO’S BLOG.

May
05
2015

{LOVE} IN THE FOOTHILLS OF NORTH ALABAMA…

when you don’t get the opportunity to have the wedding photos you wished for, who says you can’t put on your wedding day gear again and be captured the way you want to be with the photographers that capture you in your essence.

this is what this couple did for their one year anniversary and they were beautifully captured by

FOXHOUSE STUDIO

for more from their session, check it out over HERE, then stick around FOXHOUSE STUDIO’S BLOG for more.

Apr
30
2015

{LOVE} AN ANNIVERSARY SESSION AT UTAH’S BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON…

thrilled to have

BRITTNI WILLIE

on the blog today with this gorgeous engagement session. so absolutely in love with how she has captured this couple in their element and so comfortable and candid.  pure and raw emotions.

head on over to BRITTNI’S BLOG for more of her latest work.  guaranteed you’ll spend a few getting lost in how good her work is after moseying around.

Apr
28
2015

{LOVE} AN ANNIVERSARY SHOOT IN STEVENSVILLE, MONTANA…

CLUNEY PHOTO

hitting it out of the ball park again with this gorgeous Montana engagement session.

head on over HERE for more of this engagement session, then stick around CLUNEY PHOTO’S BLOG for much more of their latest solid gold work.  loads of stunners over there that you don’t want to miss.

Mar
31
2015

{LOVE} A ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION..

i don’t usually featured styled shoots.  period.  it’s just something that i prefer not to feature as this blog has always promoted the pure and genuine emotions that photographers magically capture.  HOWEVER, this one was just a bit special, so i couldn’t say no.

“My husband and I just marked our 1-year wedding anniversary and after some reluctancy on his part, I convinced him to partake in a celebratory anniversary shoot. Since our wedding last year, we’ve traveled all over the country, further developed my photography business and have embraced the craft beer culture with home brewing, touring breweries nation wide, and making steps towards Matt opening his own brewery.  I wanted this shoot to celebrate our love + all of these things we’ve experienced in our first year of marriage! Much like our wedding, we had some help with family with pulling off this shoot… my younger and crazily-talented cousin created the chalkboard which helped set the tone for the color scheme. My aunt who hand-calligraphed our invitations wrote out the EE Cummings poem that was a reading at our wedding. And my mom had contacted our caterer, Stone Soup Food Company, to create the beautiful yet simple cake. Matt and I went away to his family’s house in the Berkshires where I picked the flowers from their property and used some of the antique furniture and other details found in the house. The rest of the details were repurposed from our wedding day or purchased from Anthropologie (my favorite store!).”

thank you so much to

NICOLE DETONE

for sending this very special feature over.

head on over HERE for more of Nicole’s photography work, where she’s behind the lens capturing the magic.

Mar
22
2015

{EVER OURS AFTER HOURS} NORDICA PHOTOGRAPHY…

pretty sure you guys are getting the hang of #everoursafterhours.  but if not,  again just as a reminder, i’ve grown antsy with targeting brides and grooms as the sole readers of this blog and have felt that the wedding photography/videography community has given me and this blog so much more.  so while still featuring the most beautiful wedding photography there is out there, but i am gearing this blog with a direct focus on and for wedding photographers and videography.  so it won’t be just a place for you to be wow’d by their work, but to 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.  but obviously if i have the time, i’ll be featuring more but it’s all dependent on the photographers who have the time to answer too.  it’ll be up on Sundays and it’ll just be a chance for photographers to kick back after shooting a wedding, grab a coffee, and have a lazy Sunday read.

this sunday’s ever ours after hours is highlighting

NORDICA PHOTOGRAPHY

if you don’t know Jakob and Cole of Nordica Photography, you have been hiding underneath a rock.  i am super honored to be able to share their work in my “Best Of” two years running now.  but just really stoked they took the time for this.  these guys have truly pushed the boundaries of wedding photography and kept a lot of you motivated  to up your game and perfecting the art.  their breathtaking work isn’t just on the grand scale of the most exotic and beautiful backdrops, but also on the tiniest of moments between their couples.  what i also truly appreciate about Nordica is the fact that want to share their knowledge and help others kick their butt in high gear and take their photography to the next level.  they are the ones behind Way Up North (which just sold out)  that has a killer line up of speakers that hope to help add that extra umph to your photography and your business.  but seriously though, it truly is such a joy to follow their work and constantly be in awe of what this team is capable of.  ok, i’ll stop fangirl-ing over here and let them talk.

How did you get your start in wedding photography?

Our path was definitely unique. Long story short, we graduated with master degrees in marketing in 2007. From there, parted ways and reconvened in Vancouver at the end of 2009. We wanted to do weddings and start a business together, but knew it wasn’t going to be easy. So 2010 was spent hustling and doing as much non-wedding work as you can think of. All the while, with every handshake we said we were wedding photographers. Eventually people associated us with that and the brand grew. There are many more stories to share about how we started, but at the root of it all was a desire to start a business and apply a style of photography we loved to weddings.

What is unique about your style of shooting?

What makes us unique is what makes every artist unique: the vision. No one can ever copy that.

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

Cole: If I answered this question tomorrow I’m sure something different would be written. For now though, this image from Iceland comes to mind. The conditions were absolutely brutal that entire day – the wind was unrelenting, it was pouring rain, and freezing cold (none of those points were exaggerated – it was awful). But for me, sometimes those harsh conditions in hardcore environments are the key ingredient for making something memorable because it shows a motivation to do something others might shy away from. That particular picture stands out because it involved because completely pounded by a wave which came up from a cliffside like a volcano of water which the couple stood on a natural archway, but that entire day stood out because it was just a grind. Also, that wedding was one of the few I was able to photograph with Jakob this year and it was great to be able to make that happen.

Jakob: The most recent work is always what I like the most. It’s always been that way, probably always will be. So right this moment, I’m most happy with this image from a wedding I shot in St Lucia recently. I like it because of how the couple is part of the composition – an important part of course, since it’s a wedding portrait – but not the entire focus of the image. Even if it wasn’t a wedding photo, I would still like and be proud of the shot. Which leads in to my mantra as a photographer: Shoot work the same way you shoot your personal photography, and good things will happen. Both from a personal perspective and from a business and branding perspective.

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

Maintaining goals is a welcome challenge. Without goals, motivation can sometimes be hard to come by so creating new ideas and striving to achieve exciting things is a constant in our business. This isn’t a struggle to the extent that we’re battling to come up with new ideas – quite the opposite – but creating new goals certainly drives us and keeps us determined.

Where do you see wedding photography heading next? Where would like to see it go?

The service aspect is what we see having the greatest potential for change down the road. Photography will always have trends and evolutions with gear, styles and technology, so that change will remain constant. But service on a whole is evolving at a remarkable rate in all industries due to changing consumer expectations and a new perspective on ones’ value of time. So, that’s sort of a vague answer, but we feel the service aspect of the industry is going to experience the greatest shift.

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

“Inspiration is for amateurs – the rest of us just show up and get to work” – Chuck Close

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

Cole: Before I had my two little girls, my answer would have been completely different. With those two little monkeys now being the biggest part of my world, everything I do is for them and that drives me. As a wedding photographer, my answer is quite a bit more selfish. I am driven to create work that I love, first and foremost. If I love what I’m creating, then I know the clients will as well and they’re the most important part of the entire business equation.

Jakob: What drives me as a person? That’s a question with many answers, but professionally, I’ve always been motivated by seeing how far I can go. Whatever it is, I try to aim as high as possible and do whatever I can to reach those goals.

What is it like to work as a team?  

Our working relationship is totally unique, and hard to grasp even for ourselves at times. When we started in 2010, two guys doing wedding photography together was odd enough to some, so for it to evolve and five years later we’re still going is definitely unique.

We make this work in two ways: Delegation and having goals. With delegation, we have an unwritten rule that the one of us will do a single task, and we never have the two of us working on the same thing. It might sound obvious, but in the early days it was an oversight for us to have both of us answer the same email (for example). So having work allocated to each of us has worked well. With having goals, we always put Nordica first and our own vanity second. That’s difficult for some to grasp – especially in a creative industry where self-fulfilment is important – but we’ve always been that way. So long as our brand is succeeding, we will receive the long-term benefits and we have always been on the same wavelength with this.

As for benefits and pitfalls, there are obvious ones for each. With pitfalls, we don’t always agree on everything as we are very different people, but we know one another well enough by now to understand we’ll work towards a reasoned conclusion that’s best for the brand in the end. So we’re sort of employees of Nordica’s in that sense, which some may see as a pitfall. But certainly the benefits outweigh the pitfalls because we are very determined to grow Nordica into something great, so having like-minded people on the same team working everyday towards something makes the journey more seamless compared with being an individual.

If we had one piece of advice for people working as a team in this industry, it is to put the legacy of your brand before yourselves as individuals. Nobody ever told us that, but if we were to share one lesson with “the 2010 version of Cole and Jakob”, it would be that.

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

Cole: Easy. My wife, Therese, and our two little girls, Asta and Embla.

Jakob: I drink whiskey at the end of the day.

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Nordica Photography is based out of Sweden and Canada, but obviously travel world wide.  there’s really no other way to describe their work, so just go see if for yourself on THEIR SITE and THEIR BLOG.