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…
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
you know this blog has always been about the community and how essential it is to have the support and encouragement of others. without community, it’s can get hard being out there on your own. this industry has a pretty solid one and for that, i’m really thankful. this blog could not run without the love and support from others. i have absolutely loved this journey of creating such personal friendships and relationships with the wedding photographers who have submitted their work to this blog. and i’ve absolutely enjoyed learning from them and seeing them learn from each other and cheer each other on.
so i am thrilled and very excited to help announce
a world class line up is announced as part of SNAP, the UK’s first ever photography
festival aimed at wedding and lifestyle photographers.
SNAP showcases the first ever festival of this kind in
the UK. held at the beautiful Fforest resort, in West Wales. the festival will run to the same
format as a music festival, but is designed as an immersive learning and creative development
experience for more than 100 photographers from all over the world.
some of the world’s most inspiring wedding photographers will be teaching alongside the UK’s
finest home grown talent, as well as photographers outside of the wedding genre.
“i attended Photo Field Trip in the US earlier this year and found it hugely inspiring” says Laura
Babb, SNAP Photography Festival’s founder. “it was as far away from a corporate conference as
you can get, with all of the teachers hanging out with the attendees, camp fires, parties and a
completely unique, shared experience. i knew i had to bring something similar to the UK. as well
as all of the amazing workshops and activities we’re planning, we’ll be having an epic closing
party where campers can let off some steam before the start of the new wedding season”.
to celebrate the launch of the website SNAP Photography Festival has a number of offers and
the first is an early bird discount combined with a donation to charity on behalf of the ticket
they also have 6 opportunities to attend the festival on a free or discounted basis: http://www.snapphotofestival.com/blog/2014/10/15/snap-needs-you
we are keen to hear from organisations who may wish to partner with us. a range of sponsorship
opportunities are available so please get in touch for a media pack.
here’s some work from some of the speakers as this week’s confetti throw fridays. the line up is spectacular so please go check this AMAZING festival now.
have a great weekend all!
three years later. this day still gets to me.
the feelings i felt and the overwhelming sadness balanced with the overwhelming of happiness of what we did together for Japan after will never ever leave me. to this day, i will still excitedly talk about what we accomplished altogether. and i’m still in disbelief at times at how in two and a half weeks we surpassed any of our expectations.
you kind of never forget natural disasters of this magnitude where the damage is eternal and physically scarring not just for the people, but for the land and the culture forever. we’ve all seen the images and the video footage before. but the horrifying feeling of seeing that 30 foot wave knock entire ships into shore and in a matter of few seconds, pull thousands of lives into the massive ocean. it just never leaves you.
i am thankful for community as i spoke about in this post. thankful to have friends like Lucia and Henny from Utterly Engaged who immediately jumped to action with me and started For Japan With Love. despite the melancholy of the event, i still have to giggle at how doubtful we were to raise $5,500. in fact, we were so doubtful, we almost made our initial goal $3,500.
every year, i will write these number out again and again. it’s the only way to emphasize that every little helps. but in just two and a half weeks, we raised $66,733 from 1407 individual donations and we had 1200+ bloggers involved with the blogger day of silence. we owe it to the power of social media but more importantly, the power of community. we would never have been able to pull it off without your help. this further triggered a SF benefit a month later and with the help of Floral Theory, Blu Bungalow, Lovely Little Details and Bustle Events, our end total for For Japan With Love, was approximately $74,000.
one of the reasons that also helped this community raise that amount was having a great organization to donate to and believe in. we picked ShelterBox because of what they do. each ShelterBox contains the daily living essentials from utensils to blankets and pillows to coloring books for kids to a tent that houses about 10 people or an entire family. each box is about $1,000 and so by raising $74,000, we were able to help 74 families or about 740 people.
takes your breath away doesn’t it?
however, at the end of the day, this post isn’t meant for gloating. it’s to showcase just how beautiful human beings can be. that a horrifying tragedy like the Japan earthquake and tsunami can bring so much kindness and compassion.
my heart still aches for the losses that day and the days after. i will always remember this day and think of all those affected closely to my heart. and i will always be ever so thankful for everyone that donated and helped spread the word. there will never be any words close to describing how i felt or still feel about For Japan With Love.
take a moment today and join me to remember those lives lost and those affected by the earthquake and tsunami.
in remembrance. 3.11.11.
headed off this morning to this
can’t believe this weekend is finally here!
so excited to see and hang out with old friends and meet new ones face to face for the first time!
and you know there’ll be confetti involved.
i’m bringing 57 film canisters of confetti as well as 15 push pops of confetti so be prepared to get showered not just with rain, but confetti!!
the above is only a snippet of the amazing work that has been on the blog the past week. originally on my instagram.
MY BLOG LOOKS BLOODY BRILLIANT BECAUSE OF YOU WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS!
so thank you so so much. i’m so overwhelmed by the response over this week. i’m so happy with the genuine love everyone’s shown for each other’s work and how proud each photographer is.
thank you from the bottom of my heart for sending your work in. keep on sending it in this year. i can’t wait to see your 2014!
and to those who missed out this year, you guys better send images for “best of 2014″ end of this year!
also sidenote, you may have noticed some additions to the side bar. a quick explanation:
i am not a full-time blogger. i have a day job that i actually rather like and enjoy. i count my lucky stars that i truly enjoy this job. it keeps me challenged and i’m constantly growing AND more recently, i am swamped at work and honestly, sometimes have difficulty balancing it all. this blog is first and foremost my hobby and my creative outlet. i get asked a lot if i’ll make it full-time. i don’t know. maybe. not anytime soon. my fear is i won’t love it as much when there’s finances involved and the pressure will get to me and i won’t enjoy it as much. plus, my friendships with everyone on this blog have been beyond genuine and so filled with love. i don’t want to ruin it because at the end of the day, i just like blogging and showcasing wedding photographers. that’s it. that’s all.
with that said, having no time to maintain ads and sponsorships, i also want to be an open book with everyone. my blog doesn’t have the readership like the HUGE wedding blogs, and it has a smaller, but strong following which i am so lucky to have. therefore, i have to admit i would feel like i’m cheating vendors if i asked them to be a sponsor or an advertiser on this blog. i know they wouldn’t mind sponsoring, but my goal is to always get them inquiries and bookings. and knowing that my click throughs wouldn’t guarantee them that and my dedication and attention to them wouldn’t be enough because of the day job, i’m doing something a little bit different.
i’ve reached out to some of the photographers who i have followed the longest and supported me the longest and posted them on my sidebar. it’s just my little way of saying thanks. if you’re interested and want to learn more, please email me!
again, thank you always to those wedding photographers who submitted. thank you to all the readers who do come to this blog every day to check out the amazing imagery and give wedding photographers some love (shoutout to A Crimson Kiss for always commenting). here’s to 2014 and i can’t wait to share some of the amazing work lined up for you all in 2014!