love the bottom of her gown with that feather like effect. and
of course, captured it beautifully.
other wedding vendors included:
Floral Designer:Country Garden//DJ:LazerLabs//Caterer: Ladyfingers Catering//Reception Venue:The Gillespie//
this sunday, the blog turns five. that’s right, i said five. ever ours has been in existence for five years.
when i first created this blog, i felt that the way to go was to focus on the pretty details and all the work that went on with the production of the wedding day. through time, i realized that it really wasn’t the passion of mine to focus on that. in my first year of blogging, i had to hustle with getting features. this meant me constantly reaching out to wedding photographers to make sure i had permission to use their images. the communication back and forth with photographers drew me to the conclusion that in my opinion, these guys were the most essential people for a wedding day and for the bride and groom. after all, who else would be there to capture this important day forever and ever? not your family friend who has some fancy camera, but a professional wedding photographer who has done this time and again who truly knows what love looks like because they’ve captured it time and time again through their lens.
i decided to then take this blog in a different direction. while details definitely do make weddings look beyond beautiful, i felt the need to just highlight what wedding photographers do and shoot. be THE place to showcase the damn good work they do. while this meant that i wouldn’t get the million readers per day because brides and grooms still don’t realize the importance of good photography and will only flock to blogs that do focus on that which is fine with me, it allowed me to find a passion for this blog and this industry that not many have. it allowed me to create friendships with wedding photographers that i truly treasure. it allowed me to create a community of wedding photographers that have become like family and truly a community that i am so proud to belong to and be part of. i will constantly feature good wedding photography because i truly believe that brides and grooms need to realize how important it is to book a solid wedding photographer. not only that, but to TRUST in the work that they do and allow them to do their jobs to capture your wedding day perfectly. i will constantly be able tog feature some amazing wedding photographers because they somehow trust me with showcasing their work and calling this blog a home for their work.
i love what this blog has become in five years. i love that it has allowed me to establish so many genuine friendships with people all across the world. i love that i did this by sticking to focusing on wedding imagery- still and moving. people have asked me why i don’t start earning money from this and i say because it takes away from why i am doing this. why i continue to blog is because i want this to be a place where i can just get lost for a while and just be in awe of what talented human beings are capable of. i have this fear by opening it up to sponsorships, it will take away from being a genuine place of wanting to highlight some solid gold wedding photographers. i want this place to be a blog where wedding photographers are proud to have their work featured and for other wedding photographers to cheer on the work of their peers. and if they get inquiries and bookings from it, that’s an added perk. but first and foremost, this blog is one that is humbled and honored to showcase the beauty and love that a lens is capable of capturing.
i work hard on this blog as much as i can. on top of this blog, i somehow manage to balance having a day job, a front desk job at a workout studio on the weekends and attempt to still have some life with family and friends. the past year has been incredibly rough as many of you know. the sudden loss of family really took the rug out under me. there were days when i really didn’t want to work on anything at all. it was just too hard to focus when there was so much sadness going on in my life. but i am more than blessed to know so many people through this blog who constantly were reaching out to hold me up in the dark moments. this blog has taught me that if i really want to do something and i really love it, you figure out a way to make it happen. you make the sacrifices because you love it so much and you just truly believe in what you’re doing no matter what. however, all of this said and done can not be accomplished without the loyalty and encouragement of so many, especially those that come read this blog on a daily basis. i do suppose these are mainly wedding photographers who are here to support their fellow wedding photographers. but it’s ok. at least word is getting out and some of us are getting the chance to get lost in truly amazing work. i keep blogging because the community and the friendships are worth it. and obviously the talent.
so wedding photographers, thank you so so so so very much for sending your work to me…every single day. you have no idea how many times i squeal when a submission comes in. some days i still can’t believe people are so excited to have their work on this blog. i am so flattered that you want this blog as a home for your work. thank you for trusting in me to feature your work regardless of whether it gets you inquiries or bookings. i hope you all know that i will do whatever i can to always emphasize the importance of wedding imagery in my little corner of the earth. i’m terribly overshadowed by other priorities that other blogs have claimed to be more vital than wedding photography and cinematography, but i will keep on keeping on and make sure this blog will always stand by this. i will continue to discover and highlight the work of some amazing talent out there.
to the wedding photographers and cinematographers that have become friends in real life, thank you so very much for your friendship. you have no idea how much it truly means to me. the friendships are far more important than the number of readers this blog will bring. there will be nothing that can replace these friendships that have brought belly laughs, ridiculous google hang outs, real life hang outs, WPPI craziness and Photo Field Trip Confetti Chaos. thank you for all the love, laughs, high fives and confetti throws.
so here’s to five years of doing this and to the many more to come.
and of course…no anniversary post is complete without some confetti right?
i reached out to some wedding photographers to send some over. below are a few and i’ll be including more to introduce future confetti throw fridays too.
truly my kind of heaven…being showered with confetti.
i got frames from wedding photogs and friends that have supported this blog from year one to recent wedding photographer discoveries. and it truly warmed my heart. it’s really awesome to see how far this blog has come and just all the amazing people that i have met along the way. so thank you. thank you truly from the bottom of my heart. this blog is truly nothing without you all.
i know it’s july, but somewhere in this world, it’s winter. and who doesn’t want to feel a little cooled down in this heat anyways.
always thankful to have the work of
on the blog. his work is always timeless and just plain beautiful. you really must check out more of his work on HIS BLOG and just get lost on there for awhile.
elopements are my jam.
it allows couples to just be and focus on the moment that’s really important. no stress. just them and their witnesses. in this case, nature bared witness too. but seriously though, the simplicity of it all is just so beautiful.
elopements are even better when it’s a four mile hike in nature and you have
as your photographer.
Benj is pretty much the king of elopement photography as evident above. he just knows how to get it done. every frame has magnificent beauty. so very humbled Benj sent this over to share. more from this elopement HERE. but then you’re also probably going to want to stick around BENJ’S BLOG for more of his most recent work and mosey around there to see more elopements. go. now.