#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.
today’s #everoursafterhours is with
if you haven’t noticed, Allie’s work is stunning. i’m just happy to have her sitting on my sidebar and i hope some of you have noticed and clicked through to check out her work. glad you guys will get to know her more.
How did you get your start in wedding photography?
I have always needed a creative outlet, whether it was writing, drawing, designing, or whatever. There was always this feeling that I would do and be something that had a creative facet. In 2009 I found myself working at a corporate job, Monday through Friday, 8am – 5pm and I had been working there for almost three years. I never truly felt that I fit into that mold. I hated dress codes, timelines, lunch breaks and wishing my life away waiting for the weekend to come. I never went to school for photography, and truthfully it all came very suddenly. Within one day I had a business name, a logo and a license and until then I had never used a DSLR (my first camera was a Nikon D5000) and I spent every waking moment trying to create images I would be proud of and creating a business. I tend to be a little impulsive in life but that’s what works for me. Nine months later I quit my corporate job and I have never looked back.
What is unique about your style of shooting?
I don’t know if my style of shooting should be considered as unique because I feel like that word should be reserved for people who are breaking boundaries and redefining photography. I think that the uniqueness comes from photographers themselves. My personality, my enthusiasm, and the way I see the world–that’s what is unique.
Include one of your images that is your most recent favorite and explain why you love it.
This image is one of my favorites right now. This couple was married months before in Washington but wanted photos that represented them and their life a little more, which was in Arizona. I love this photo not just because it was an amazing location (which it totally was!) but because I got to spend the weekend with them, being apart of their lives and doing things that they loved. It is amazing when you get invited into someone’s world.
What do you struggle with the most? Business wise or shooting wise.
I constantly struggle with every part of my business, but I think that’s every artist. You always see flaws and want to make things better. It’s what keeps me moving forward and evolving in photography and in my business. Currently my biggest struggle is my branding. I am at a point that I want every part of my business to express who I am. I want my clients to feel they know me before they meet me.
Where do you see wedding photography heading next? Where would like to see it go?
I feel like wedding photography is becoming more raw and intimate, or maybe that is just where I hope it is going and continues to go. As destination weddings and elopements are becoming more of the norm and people are stepping away from the traditional church wedding, people are choosing what is most important to them and creating their own definition of what a wedding is to them.
If you could send one message to the wedding photography world, what would it be? (Basically, your life motto)
Be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons.
What drives you as a person and as a wedding photographer?
Oh man, so many things. Personally I would say that experiences drive me. I want to experience as much as I can while I can. Professionally I would say its creating art and capturing emotion. I want the photos I take to make people feel something.
What makes you confetti throw at the end of the day?
Life. Love. My husband. My Family. My clients. Every day deserves confetti…and a glass of champagne.
before i start today’s post…
i wrote about this briefly on my instagram. but i’ll restate it again here. my blog is not here to show what the newest trend is or what have you. the ultimate goal for this blog is to showcase and feature work that the individual wedding photographer who submitted is PROUD of. if that includes shadows, light, quirkiness or smoke bombs, then so be it. this is a home for wedding photographers to be inspired, get motivated and to cheer each other on. i high five the photographers who ignore the noise and still produce their best work.
anyways, let’s go on with what you guys really enjoy…CONFETTI THROW FRIDAYS!
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.
ON TO THIS WEEK’S!
thank you all so much for coming to visit the blog this week. i truly hope you’ve enjoyed what’s been on here and hope you all appreciate how much talent there is out there. kick yourselves into high gear for this wedding season.
as for cryptic news update, not quite ready to announce it as i really need to gather my thoughts and write it down coherently. but there’s a core group of people i have told because they have been a huge part of this blog behind the scenes and i am eternally grateful to them for their gracious support and encouragement. you guys will know in a few weeks.
hope you have a great weekend friends!
thank you to
for making me fall in love with LA again with this gorgeous engagement session from Griffith Park.
Richard Clarke is a fellow Brit who made the move across the pond to LA too. thrilled to have his work on here. it’s absolutely stunning. please head on over to HIS BLOG for much more of his work.
“It was an absolute blast with these two. Jon plays bass/drums in one of my all time favorite bands, Someone Still Love You Boris Yeltsin, so getting to shoot engagements for he and Meredith is just a treat of treats!
We had a blast, too. Just hung in their home for a bit and then we hit up Nick Sibley’s studio where Jonathan is an engineer. And, after that, we took off to Lake Springfield for some fun with smokebombs. It was cold and blustery, but oh so worth it!”
stoked to have
on the blog with this engagement.
love the revamp of their site. check it out for yourself as well as THEIR BLOG.