Jun
12
2015

{CONFETTI THROW FRIDAYS} NO. 68…

before we move on to confetti throw fridays, i wanted to share a tool that you wedding photographers need to have in your life.

how many times have you wracked your brain to try to find new locations to shoot your couples?  yeah, exactly.

Scoutt is an interactive map, designed for you, the professional photographer to find and share photo locations. Whether you are a traveling photographer without the local knowledge, the local photographer that is looking for new places to capture your clients. Do you find yourself driving around aimlessly and google street view won’t do any longer Scoutt is for you.”

 i’m so proud of  my friend, Aron Goss, for creating this life saver tool.  before you head on over HERE to find out more and get the tool.  watch this little video to understand more.  then hurry over cause they’re doing a FREE PROMO when you sign up right now too!  AND EVEN BETTER, I’VE GOT A 20% OFF ON TOP OF THAT FREE MONTH FOR EVERYONE- PLEASE USE EVEROURS20 WHEN YOU CHECK OUT.

i bet this is going to save a TON of time for so many of you wedding photographers out there.

 

 ok now back to our regularly scheduled programming….

as a reminder,  confetti throw fridays is where after spending my thursday nights scouring through my blog subscriptions and social media feeds, i picked my favorite images from any of the wedding photographers i am following and showcased them each week in the friday post.  it’s a chance to show off the hard work that wedding photographers have been up to.  in all honesty, i see it as a way for wedding photographers to cheer each other on and give high fives to each for the stellar work.  never see it as a competition or a let down if you’re not on here, always see it as motivation and to throw confetti for your peers in this industry.

and so here we go.  remember to click through every link to see more from each of the photographers!

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DYLAN AND SARA

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ASH IMAGERY

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ROUXBY

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BRADFORD MARTENS

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JASON AND ANNA

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PAT FUREY

it’s my mum’s 60th birthday today, so this weekend, we’re off to celebrate!  have a few things lined up for her that I’m excited about.

hope you have a great weekend!

*throws confetti*

May
29
2015

{REAL TALK} NINE RETREAT…

do you ever find stuck or stumped in a life situation? do you ever find that you end up talking yourself in circles about the situation and for the life of you, being unable to figure out what to do next?  you just wish that there was just someone you could chat with that really understood what you’re going through or has been through the situation- whether it be business related or some personal struggle.  or maybe it’s this giggle that you just need to share.  or the fact that you think you’ve figured out how to be most successful in cutting confetti and know the best bits of paper for the most ideal floating confetti.

that has been me.  fact- i live a double life.  during the day, i am part of the recruiting team for a entertainment tech/digital media company.  i work from as soon as i wake up through 10 pm at times.  that world is quite a bit different from this blogging and photography world.  there are times during the day when i see something going on in the wedding photography world that i look up from my computer and want to vent to my coworkers, but i know they will have no flipping idea what the heck i am talking about and no idea how to help me.  so that’s when this community comes in to play.  almost immediately, i will message a close wedding photographer friend or any one in this blogging world i am close with.  they talk me through the issue and help come up with solutions.  i have relied many a time on that advice to help make this blog better.  so i truly believe in the essence of a community and therefore am excited and totally 100% support for this retreat.

Kym Ventola, the one behind this, is a dear sweet friend of mine.   in her little ways, she’s been there for me…whether through social media or physically in person at the rare times we end up being in the same city.  i treasure this lady’s friendship with me and she’s truly an inspiring woman.  what i like about Kym is that she is whole heartedly willing to admit she doesn’t have it figured out.  she’s had her struggles as well, but wants to help others through similar situations and be able to learn and grow from others as well.  i am thrilled she is doing this and the ladies she has partnered with for this include quite a few more ladies that i am uber proud to call friends and have admired for their strength.

what do i love about NINE?

NINE is a retreat for women.
NINE is education and relaxation.
NINE is a safe place for us to support each other.
NINE is a place to be honest and humble and to find the answers we desperately want, but don’t know where to find them.

what else is NINE going to offer:

  • growing your business, while creating more time for yourself, your family and your friends
  • taking control of your finances; learn to save & spend wisely
  • discovering and defining your passions and responsibilities
  • overcoming fears & guilt
  • talking about anxiety and depression
  • getting inspiration and support from our humble, kind, loving and insightful speakers
  • vulnerability
  • community: meet and connect with incredible women
  • creating habits in your daily routine for success
  • photography: we have many photographers attending and will answer any questions you have
  • “dressing your truth”: does your style reflect who you are deep inside?
  • learning simple, healthy makeup tips for a busy schedule
  • learning quick & easy workout routines
  • healthy eating: juice and smoothie lessons to improve your health
  • yoga on the rooftop each morning
  • sharing dinner on the beach with new and old friends, at sunset
  • laughing….a lot.
  • some extra surprises along the way too!

 

if this sounds like something you’re interested in, NINE retreat is

September 21-24 | Venice Beach, California

and i have a special promo code to use for THIS WEEK ONLY.  enter everours9 at checkout.

and obviously head on over to NINE Retreat for the full list of speakers and for more information.

never ever underestimate the power of just spending time with other women in this community and developing that genuine friendship.  those bonds are truly some of the ones i cherish the most.  as cheesy as that sounds….i will yell it from the mountaintops.  that’s how strongly i believe in the simple power of gathering a group of women and each discovering their strengths and realizing they aren’t alone in anything in life.  and let’s be honest, hanging out in the beach house should be the cherry on top.

so again, head on over HERE to learn more and register.  and don’t forget the special promo code!

Apr
29
2015

{PLEASE HELP} FOR NEPAL WITH LOVE…

i’m usually the positive one. the one that is like “go team!”.  the one that cheers everyone on and rallies.  i absolutely love being able to support what wedding photographers do because i do love their work and their ability to capture the most beautiful and touching moments of one of the most important days of people’s lives.

but i also like being the transparent one.  i like to be real. and that might make me sound needy and insincere if i do it too much, because trust me, there are definitely some people are do talk so much what they’ve been through on social media, i cringe too as it just comes off as preachy and self centered.

but here i am today with a plea for help.

many of you are sitting right now reading this from your phone, laptop, tablet or what have you in your studio, office, restaurant, coffee shop or bed.  with a coffee in hand, eating your kale salad, or grilling your steak or what have you.   and because this blog caters to wedding photographers, i am going to call you out specifically.  some of you are getting inquiries and bookings maybe this minute, or this week or the next month that i bet you are in the ranges of $1,000 to $9,000.  i have posted this plea in every one of my social media feeds and Lucia and I have strive really hard to think of who else to reach out to.  and while i am happy that many of you are sharing these posts about what we’re doing.  the donation amount has remained pretty stagnant.  and i get it.  i totally and utterly get it.  i am not rich by any means and i like having money to be able to support my lifestyle.  in fact, sometimes i am a downright worry wart and hide in my apartment refusing to hang out with people because it means spending money which i am terrified i might not have next week if i lose my job.  no one can guarantee job security whether you’re in corporate America or self-employed.  so trust me when i say, i know.  but for pete’s sake, give up that cup of coffee or that kale salad and just donate $5 or $10.

it makes a difference.

i saw it happen when we did For Japan With Love.  that $72,000 plus didn’t come from people donating chunks of money like $50 or $100 or thousands.  it came from over 1,400 individuals that were donating $5, $10, or $25.  yeup, that’s right.  all of us coming together in small ways to help for a larger cause.  people in need and oh how they needed our help and support.  we are in a position to give it to them, so please just reexamine your priorities for the next two weeks and help us raise funds to help Nepal.

the media here isn’t really covering it because apparently riots, violence, celebrities and their lifestyles are far more important issues to cover.  a natural disaster in a third world country apparently is not as of a concern.  but here’s how i see it,  not all of us were Haitian or Japanese or Filipino when those major disastrous natural disasters happened.  the bottom line is we are humans.  we are all human beings.  and as human beings, we have the undeniable power to be compassionate, to be in a position to help one another, to have empathy. 

SO PLEASE HELP.

the death toll has now surpassed 4,800.  over 9,200 are injured.  over EIGHT MILLION people have been affected.

it wasn’t just an earthquake.  it wasn’t just a 7.8 earthquake.  it was also an avalanche that took lives and injured and stranded others.  many of whom are still missing.  it was also an earthquake that caused a 6.7 aftershock.  it was also an earthquake that caused landslides that resulted in 200 more people missing. 

so please, instead of spending 5 minutes scrolling through your instagram or facebook or what have you. please take a moment to put yourself in their shoes and what would you hope someone would do for you?  then do it.  donating takes less than five minutes.  and that $5 or $25 or $100, no matter what the amount, i promise you’re going to help a life.  and i guarantee that it’s a feeling that will make you feel 100% full.   please head over HERE to donate and please help spread the word and keep Nepal and surrounding areas in your prayers and thoughts.

click image below to go directly to donate.

if you are a photographer that wants to help in other ways, please email me.  i would be ever so grateful.

for more information too, please head to FOR NEPAL WITH LOVE.

thank you for listening.

take care.

Apr
21
2015

{ANNOUNCEMENT} LA FEMME FORTE…

 so i know boudoir is a touchy one.  (pun intended.)

but…

when one of your friends, dearest darlingest friends, has a vision that you 100% support.  you get behind it.  you start talking about it.  you start living it and you start breathing it.  when TWO of your dearest darlingest friends band together to further empower that movement, you just pinch yourself and count yourself so damn lucky that you are surrounded by these women who constantly push themselves to make themselves better and inspire so many others to get up each day and take steps to be their better selves.

i am super excited to help announce this.

and so very much applaud by beautifully talented friends, TONHYA WYSONG who is partnering with GOFITJO, for doing this. and i could not be more proud of their hearts to start this movement and take it on the road.

it will be much more than boudoir.  i hope you know that.  it’s to celebrate you.

 

peak your interest?  well go HERE and email lafemmeforte@tonhyakae.com to learn more.  you’ll find that you’ll be in damn good hands.

Feb
09
2015

{ANNOUNCEMENT} THE DEFINE SCHOOL WEDDING TRACK…

it’s pretty easy to get behind something that your friends are torchbearers for, especially when it’s something you also truly value and believe in as well.

even more so when they’re constantly upping their game and challenging the community to do so as well.

i’m super excited to help announce…

THE DEFINE SCHOOL  launched their Wedding Track!

if you aren’t familiar with The Define School, it’s an online photography school that offers classes and e-courses to learn more about photography and photography skills all at the convenience in their own home and own time schedule.

this is isn’t just for someone looking to get their start in the wedding photography world, but someone who feels they might be in a rut.  or more importantly, who just has the hunger to keep learning.  stoked that The Define School has created a curriculum that specifically highlights important lessons and key steps for wedding photographers from some of the best talent out there.  these guys have gone through it all themselves and sometimes, still going through the turns and tumbles, so you know everything they teach has value and you most definitely will grow from it.  everything is all clearly set out for you each week.  every teacher is accessible as well as everyone else in your class.  i think what is also great about Define is the fact that it creates pockets of community after each class and it’s a place to kick start or kick into gear someone’s career.

registration for these classes start Monday, 02/08!  so you better hurry up and sign up as classes with Define always tend to sell out.

the line up and start dates for classes are as follows:

the essentials of wedding photography- lighting, equipment, technique, posing, candids and more taught by the ridiculously talented TYLER BRANCH with POSING AND SHOOTING.

 

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strategies and resources to make sure you are filling your calendar with couples galore with CANDICE BROOKE in BOOKING OUT YOUR YEAR.

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while you have to love the art and have the passion for wedding photography, one major factor to keep you going are the clients. CLIENT INTERACTION with BEN & REBEKAH HOOD will help establish those relationships that are key to your happiness for your work and business.

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please note that the following two aren’t open up for registration til Monday, April 6th, but i wanted to give you a heads up so you can plan accordingly!

WE ARE THE PARSONS are pretty well known in this community for consistently capturing the most heartfelt stories with their couples. STORYTELLING will give the chance and extra step to learn how to dig deeper to shoot your couples on a more emotional level.

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the powerhouse team, BRAD & JEN BUTCHER, have mastered the process of turning raw images to absolute stunners.  having VSCO around definitely is key, but there are some nuances here and there that these two will teach in EDITING AND WORKFLOW that you won’t want to miss.  details on this one are still being set so stay tuned!

so let’s kick 2015 into high gear, what do you say?!

let me reiterate to you that this isn’t just for beginners.  it’s always important to keep educating yourselves to always up your game, stay relevant, be motivated and inspired!  so check it out for yourselves.  for more information and details, please head over to the WEDDING TRACK CURRICULUM.  you can also learn more about other classes and stay updated with THE DEFINE SCHOOL classes too on THEIR BLOG.

and nope, this isn’t a sponsored post.  i just believe in these guys and love them a lot.

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
04
2015

{BEST OF 2014} PROLOGUE…

and so here it is again, the “Best Of” for 2014.

around mid-november of every year, i ask wedding photographers to send in 3-5 of their favorite images from the year.  last year, i received submissions from about 77 wedding photographers.  this year, the goal was to receive around 80 again.  instead, i ended up with 112 wedding photographers submitting!!

every year, it gets harder and harder to select the best images.  the wedding photography bar is raised higher and higher.  every year, i make a promise to include each wedding photographer at least once for the collection.  i must say that during the whole selection process, there is a lot of sound coming from my desk with the frustration of picking images.  there are also a lot of moments where i feel like my eyeballs are about to fall out.  i don’t know how you photogs cull weddings, day in and out.  you guys are all just amazing.

so before i start showcasing the collection, i just wanted to walk you all through how i went about picking the images.

while this year brought a lot of wedding photographers to pushing the limits with breathtaking backdrops like the one below from WYN WILEY,

i also wanted to make sure that many intimate moments that capture the essence of what a marriage is all about were included too, like the one from YARO PHOTO below.

and then more importantly, the best wedding photography storytelling.  i kept my eye out for the wedding photographers who sent in images that caught the cute, funny, whimsical moments from the day, but also moments that normally one wouldn’t think of capturing or a moment that is always captured but from a unique angle, like the one below from SCOTTY PERRY.  i am absolutely in love with the stillness and lighting of the gown.  captures the essence of the calm before the excitement of the wedding day.

so come back tomorrow, kick back and enjoy “Best of 2014″.

be in awe of the talent of these wedding photographers.

if you’re a wedding photographer yourself, get yourself motivated for your 2015.  and more importantly, cheer on your peers.  this is a community you should be proud to be a part of.  i am so thankful to be a part of it as a wedding photography blogger and feeling honored that so many of you submitted.

i am so proud to present to you this year’s “Best Of”.

*throws confetti*