today is apparently Canada day on here. bringing you another session from our Northern neighbor, but this time from Vancouver and thanks to
absolutely love her work and i’m glad i get one more chance to have her on here.
so technically, October is my last month of submissions. November/December is invite only. and so i’m happy that my swan song month includes
her work is killer and i’m so happy to have her work on the blog with this session.
this is one artist you don’t want to miss out on. so head on over to FRANCES BEATTY’S BLOG for much more of her latest work.
“Natalie and Seline asked me to take a photo of them holding a key, that key was given to Natalie when she was 13 by her father and he told her to only give it to the man who would marry her because it was the key to her heart.”
major thanks to
for sending this Los Angeles engagement session over to share.
#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.
about four years ago, i swear all the features and submissions were from PNW folks. not one complaint about that because out of those features, came my true love for wedding storytelling via images. the images that mean the most became the priority for the blog and not the details. this crew helped me realize that and not only did they help validate what wedding photography should really be about, but most of my treasured friendships in this industry came from those features. one such is today’s #everoursafterhours. the simplicity of her work speaks volumes and every image and every story she captures always leaves me in wonderment. so thankful for her friendship and so glad to have
How did you get your start in wedding photography?
That’s actually a really good question. I majored in graphic design in college and was constantly being commissioned to design wedding invitations, so you could say I was familiar with the industry, but somewhat sat on the outskirts of it. In 2007 I studied abroad in Cyprus and actually learned how to use my DSLR camera through an intro photography course and was hooked. After a few years of shooting portraits here and there, my twin sister got engaged and asked me to take engagement photos for her, so I tried it…and well, loved it. One year later I told myself if I still felt the same way about wedding & engagement photography, I’d quit my full time job in design and pursue photography. That was in early 2013 and now I can’t imagine doing anything else.
What is unique about your style of shooting?
I think I excel in making people comfortable behind the camera, so I’m able to capture some intimate portraits. I don’t necessarily think that was I do (my style of shooting or editing) is unique, but a big part of being a wedding photographer is relating to your couples in a way that they don’t expect you to — less about liking the same things & having similar hobbies & outlooks on life — but being aware & present in that moment with them. I always tell people I’m shooting that having a camera in their faces *isn’t* normal, but I tend to ask questions and spark real emotions and together we create art that I’m really proud of.
Include one of your images that is your most recent favorite and explain why you love it.
I love this image because Sonya & Lane were totally being true to who they are. We set out to take some images at sunset, and albeit the lighting & location were hard to beat, but after a long day, there was a moment it just sunk in for the two of them that they were actually married. Lane held up Sonya’s hand so he could see her ring and it was just a moment of pure excitement and admiration for one another. It’s those types of things I feel really lucky to be around for.
What do you struggle with the most? Business or shooting wise.
Creative ruts. I feel like every 6 months or so I get into a funk of not loving what I’m creating, or struggling to find a way to take it to the next level while still being true to myself & my style. I think being a photographer is also about self improvement and learning new things even if you have a specific “style” that people hire you for. But, sometimes delivering creatively is just dang hard to do.
Where do you see wedding photography heading next? Where you would like to see it go?
I don’t know if where I see it heading next, but where it’s been has been pretty damn cool. I think the industry has seen this shift in clients seeking out specific styles and being conscious of who they’re bringing in to shoot their wedding day. It’s less about client-vendor relationships, but appreciating wedding photographers as artists and friends and they have an opinion about it. I’d love to see the industry continue to give us this creative freedom without the restraints of what wedding photography is “supposed” to be.
If you could send one message to the wedding photography world, what would it be?
“Let it be”. I think sometimes I get myself worked up about making sure I’ve pleased someone, or hard on myself about not being a “stand out”, or maybe I had a slip-up on the business end. I’ve realized I’m not alone in this. This motto always reminds me that we’re all human and nothing…NOTHING…is perfect. Just do you.
What drives you as a person and as a wedding photographer?
The realization that I get to wake up everyday and do what I love to do and successfully use the talents I’ve been given. I’ve always been a really driven person (I think I was the only person in 8th grade to actually do the extra credit in PE class) but I never in a million years though I’d be able to use creativity as a means of making a living. That sentiment makes me get my ass out of bed every day.
What makes you throw confetti at the end of the day?
Love, good health, eating wedding cake…and puppies.
before i get into this week’s #confettithrowfridays, i would like to call special attention to what my dear friend, Mary and her husband JP need help with. this is more than anything ordinary. it’s always hard to ask people to donate for a cause that is for yourself…actually, it’s just hard to ask people to donate period. unless there’s some sort of incentive. that’s the kind of world we live in. and because of that, i’m going to hold on to every last string possible for those who just genuinely want to help with a cause that is bigger than their hearts. and thus, i HIGHLY ENCOURAGE anyone local to LA or the OC, to come to this.
if you don’t these two, they are two of the most kind hearted and sweetest people in this community. they’ve dedicated months on end on helping those in need in Uganda. they’re about to pick up their lives here and move indefinitely to Uganda to establish a family. they’re moving over there to welcome a little bundle of joy and i invite this big hearted community to help them get there.
again, if you’re local to LA or the OC, please join a bunch of vendors that have THE MOST beautiful gifts that give back in the most incredible way ever to help raise funds for Mary and JP’s move. details can be found HERE.
i hope you take a moment just to think big and what these two are doing. it’s a beautiful thing and i’m thankful there are human beings out there like them.
thanks for listening.
ok onto #confettithrowfridays.
confetti throw fridays is where after spending my thursday nights scouring through my blog subscriptions and social media feeds, i pick my favorite images from any of the wedding photographers i am following and showcase 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.
(ok i know this isn’t a wedding related, but you need to know his work)
guys, it’s october already. fall in LA is apparently here with our breezy 80 degrees.
i’m going to be in NYC in November and i’m looking forward to spending it in actual fall weather, possibly winter even.
stay cool, LA friends. have a great weekend to all!