Jul
01
2015

{REAL WEDDING} LOVE IN ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN…

every once in a while, a bride sends over her wedding to share and coincidentally, one of your photog friends captured it.

“Charlie and I are high school sweethearts- we married on May 18th, the anniversary we had been celebrating for nine years. We met in Ann Arbor and it was important to us to get married here. We wanted a uniquely Ann Arbor wedding and from having portraits taken on the University of Michigan campus to escort cards calligraphy written on Ann Arbor parking tickets, I think we accomplished that.

While we hail from the same town, we have very different backgrounds and saw our ceremony as a unifying our families. We intertwined various wedding traditions- a crowning ceremony from his mother’s Arabic Orthodox ancestors, Seven Blessings and breaking a glass from my mother’s Jewish relatives, and secular readings that more embody who we are together.

One of my favorite moments of the day was before the ceremony, under the arches in the Michigan Law Quad. Charlie stood just under the arch while I was several feet away but just out of sight. The feeling of not seeing each other, but hearing each others voices added to our anticipation, knowing that in a few short hours I would be meeting him down the aisle. We were able to get a first look photo of the two of us, without have the actual look, then shots of our whole wedding party, with our Best Man and Maid of Honor situated between us.”

thank you so much to Haley for sending this over to share and happy anniversary to her and Charlie!  Go Blue as well!

also thanks to

HEATHER JOWETT

for allowing us to share these images.

Heather’s been on a few times as you know, but still, you gotta head on over to HER BLOG for more of her latest work too.

 

Jul
01
2015

{REAL WEDDING} LOVE AT SEATTLE’S WATERFRONT…

as always, totally feeling lucky to have

ALEXANDRA KNIGHT

and her work on the blog again.  her film work is beyond as you can see for yourself with this wedding.

“This couple met on MySpace, of all places, years ago when they were in their early teens, and have been in love ever since. They eloped on a Seattle pier overlooking the water in a short and simple ceremony with just their immediate family as witnesses. Following their ceremony we spent time at Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park for their portraits. The detail images I’ve included focus on the setting of Seattle during a hot and sunny summer day. These ladies were married during a performance of the Navy’s Blue Angels while they were in town for Seattle’s annual SeaFair celebration, and it was a fun treat to have the planes fly by the dock where the ceremony took place! Lindsey’s dress was from David’s Bridal, shoes from Nordstrom. I was obsessed with her hair and those gorgeous natural curls. I am so glad she left her hair natural for their wedding day since it’s such a gorgeous style on her. In lieu of tangible rings, the couple got matching tattoos on their ring fingers of the infinity symbol to reflect their unending love for one another.

 Their incredible bond and desire to not include fluffy details in their wedding day was truly inspiring to me, and seeing two diverse families come together to support their daughters in love and marriage was incredible.”

head on over HERE for more of Alexandra’s latest solid gold.

Jun
30
2015

{ENGAGEMENT} LOVE AT IRELAND’S LOUGH NAVAR…

beyond bonkers thrilled to have

THE LOU’S

on the blog with this spectacular engagement session at Lough Navar in Ireland.

there’s more from this session HERE, but then you best mosey around the rest of THE LOU’S BLOG for more of their work.

Jun
30
2015

{REAL WEDDING} LOVE IN MAUI, HAWAII…

“Hye & Dana have become great friends over the last 2 years. Within the two years, we found out that Hye had lupus and that she would have to intensely monitor & receive regular treatment. It was a heavy season to walk through as friends, but despite the hardship, Hye & Dana were fighters. Love became more than planning a wedding day or even the future in general. Love become a deep rooted commitment to cherish each other everyday. This destination wedding was an incredible celebration of life and a symbol of commitment. It was simple, beautiful, and meaningful.”

i’m so thrilled to have

DAVID CHO

and his work on the blog today with this Hawaii wedding.

those portraits are some stunners.  head on over HERE to check out more of David’s work.

Jun
29
2015

{ENGAGEMENT} LOVE AT A MICHIGAN BARN…

major thanks to

INNERLIGHT PHOTOS

for sending this one over to share.

for more of Kim’s latest work, which you all really need to check out, head on over to HER BLOG.

Jun
29
2015

{ENGAGEMENT} LOVE IN CULVER CITY…

Meet in Paris just so happens to be one of my favorites in Culver City so I’m happy to see it included in today’s engagement session.

major thanks to

LAUREN LINDLEY

for this one.

head on over HERE for more of Lauren’s work.

Jun
28
2015

{EVER OURS AFTER HOURS} ALLIE HANNAH…

#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

ALLIE HANNAH

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.

again, i highly encourage you to check out Allie’s work over on HER SITE and on HER BLOG.  undoubtedly, some of the best bride and groom portraits.