who knew that that Texas light could be this stunning?
this couple wanted to celebrate their one year anniversary with the same wedding photographers so they galavanted over to the cotton fields and had a gorgeous mini styled shoot to commemorate. those flower crowns by Gypsy Floral and Events were just something else.
and as always, super stoked to have
on the blog again with their stunning work. this photography team has way more up their sleeve that you’ll want to see for yourself. so head on over to THEIR BLOG for much more of their work- weddings, engagements, galore… the way they capture the intimate moments between bride and groom, husband and wife, is just something else.
so i know boudoir is a touchy one. (pun intended.)
when one of your friends, dearest darlingest friends, has a vision that you 100% support. you get behind it. you start talking about it. you start living it and you start breathing it. when TWO of your dearest darlingest friends band together to further empower that movement, you just pinch yourself and count yourself so damn lucky that you are surrounded by these women who constantly push themselves to make themselves better and inspire so many others to get up each day and take steps to be their better selves.
i am super excited to help announce this.
and so very much applaud by beautifully talented friends, TONHYA WYSONG who is partnering with GOFITJO, for doing this. and i could not be more proud of their hearts to start this movement and take it on the road.
it will be much more than boudoir. i hope you know that. it’s to celebrate you.
#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.
this week’s highlights
i’m pretty sure i discovered Kat via social media friends. we officially met last year during a summer visit to NYC. before meeting her, it was absolutely amazing following on her journey of not just wedding photography and fashion/editorial photography, but her passion for all aspects of life. she never “preached” but her motivation alone for her own self was enough to get your own mind running to see what else there was you could do to make YOU better. i think all that energy from Kat just oozes through and shines through all her work. truly been a joy to have her work on here and many thanks to her for taking the time to answer these questions!
How did you get your start in wedding photography?
I always loved photography, but didn’t think I had a creative bone in my body. Through working at Invisible Children after college, I lived in a house with 50 other creative people (Ben Sasso being one of them…crazy right?). I was surrounded by creativity, and one of my bosses and heroes Jason Russell told us all that every human being is creative; it’s just figuring out what your creativity is. And once you find it, honing in on it and using your craft for good. Long after I worked for Invisible Children that stuck with me. Months later when I was in between jobs I worked a contract job for an event coordinator in Dallas. Mike Colon was the wedding photographer at that wedding. We met, and I got his card, and was inspired by our short chat during the vendor meal. He was obviously very talented (being hired from LA), and was a humble man of faith and encouraged me to chase my dreams. Shortly after that I moved to LA for a job at another non-profit, and in that move I made a decision to start trying things I never thought I could do. I took dance classes, voice lessons, and was committed to start taking pictures. I reached out to Mike, and we met at his studio. A few months later, even though I didn’t know a thing about photography, he took a chance on me. He hired me full time to be his assistant and office manager. I didn’t know a thing about photography, but thought the best way to find out if I liked it and was good at it was to immerse myself into its world. Working for Mike opened up this whole new existence to me. He taught me everything I know. From editing to running a business, to shooting manual, to posing, to taking chances. He brought me to all his shoots and weddings, to shoot New York Bridal Market, and I got to sit in and produce all of his workshops. What I found over my almost 4 years of working for Mike was that I not only loved photography, but I was pretty good at it. If you would have told me 6 years ago that I would be living in New York City running my own wedding and lifestyle photography business and fashion blog I would have laughed in your face. I’m so grateful Mike took a chance on me. Without it sounding terribly cheesy; it changed my life.
What is unique about your style of shooting?
Photography has been a constant journey of self discovery for me. I think the most unique thing any of us have to offer in our craft is ourselves. No one sees the world quite like I see it, and same with anyone else. I think the more I can get to know myself, my creativity, and what brings me life, the more unique I become as an artist. What I do with my wedding photography is create a mixture of those timeless classic portraits alongside those in-between moments. The laughter, the stolen kiss, bridesmaids whispering secrets. I’m always looking for the moment that’s not the big moment. To me it’s the tiny almost unnoticed moments of the wedding day that I love the most.
Include one of your images that is your most recent favorite and explain why you love it?
(I’m the worst at narrowing things down so I chose 3. I hope that’s ok). If you’re anything like me when I’m done shooting 97% of the time I feel like I could’ve done better. Or wish I would’ve stayed with my shots just a little longer to get that perfect shot, and completely dread editing my images. There have only been a few times in my career where on the shoot I have felt ‘oh this is it’. This is the shot. Like you know in your gut when you took the photo; it was just what you wanted. I did a test shoot last fall with an amazing team of ladies; it was freezing cold outside and we had about an hour to shoot before it was dark. I shot the below series, and love them. There’s a quiet beauty to these images that I really love, and to me it represents my style so well. It’s real life, but it has that edge of lifestyle/editorial. They feel connected, light, and intimate, and that’s what I love.
What do you struggle with the most? Business wise or shooting wise?
A constant battle I have is to be present and not compare myself to others. For a long time I didn’t think there was a place for me in the wedding photography or photography world in general. Who would hire me when there are so many great photographers out there? What did I have to offer? I wanted to speak at WPPI, hold my own workshops, but I just felt so insecure. Who would come? Who would listen to me? I felt like a fake. I would get to a shoot, and feel good and then think oh ‘well so and so could do so much better than I am doing’, and mid-shoot I’d just shut down. I had to finally get to a place where I gave myself permission to be on my own journey. I’m not on so-and-so’s journey. I’m on my own, and my voice does matter, and my images do matter. I always want to be 10 steps ahead from where I’m at. As soon as I lose my presence and begin comparing myself to someone else it immediately kills my creativity. I have to consciously choose to be present reject comparison at all costs.
Where do you see wedding photography heading next? Where would you like to see it go?
I really think wedding photography is going back to a more classic + timeless feel. We’ve gone through the vintage phase, the rustic phase, but timeless always comes back around. I think men with tailored suits and tuxes and ties that fit their lapels will be more of a common theme. I think more formal attire will be coming back to the forefront of the wedding industry. I love it going that direction, because it’s more my style and aesthetic. But really there’s always going to be space for the other stuff. As long as we’re all humans, and have different upbringings and passions there’s going to be an endless wave of weddings styles and themes. The traditions in the wedding world now are that there are no traditions. Do what you want with your wedding day. Make it your own. Break the rules.
If you could send one message to the wedding photography world, what would it be?
Be present. Be You. Your voice matters. Your perspective matters. Your creativity is altogether separate and unique. The world needs your creativity. Dream big. Chase your dreams with reckless abandon; it will free those around you to do the same. We truly are all on this journey together!
What drives you as a person and as a wedding photographer?
My vision for my life is to empower and encourage young women to embrace their beauty, identity, value and worth. My photography is a vehicle for that. As a wedding photographer I get to connect deeply with my clients, and my brides specifically for sometimes up to 2 years. What drives me is the possibility that I could encourage these brides to love themselves, to own their beauty and voice, and to share with them that they matter.
What makes you confetti throw at the end of the day?
When I am connected to myself, to God, to my family, to my community, and to a deeper sense of purpose in my life I will throw confetti all day long to that!
if that doesn’t inspire you to start checking out KAT HARRIS, i don’t know what else will. oh maybe the fact that on top of running her photography business, she runs an amazingly stunner of a fashion blog with Emily Scott called The Refined Woman. check that one out as well as KAT HARRIS’ WEDDING SITE and FASHION/EDITIORIAL SITE.
now let me just start off with the fact that i really do not normally feature styled shoots. it’s just not my jam. i’ve always preferred things that just happen naturally and probably why i stick to submissions that showcase the best storytelling. however…HOWEVER, when the photographer’s work is gold and the reasoning behind the shoot is something i can 100% support, then it’s totally game for a feature. and this one above is one of those.
huge thanks to
Jess’s vision for the shoot aligned with what i said above:
“The goal of this shoot was to appeal a more adventurous type of couple–as you can see it was raining and the couple was standing in the river and this couple is embracing it. I also wanted to incorporate beautiful, high quality vendors so while it has a wild, organic feel it still remained beautifully elegant.”
head on over to JESS’ BLOG for more of her latest work. it’s all so beautiful that you’ll want to see it for yourself. no really, guys. i’m super excited to discover her work and to follow along now.
major thanks to
for sending this styled session over to share. Wendy has been a huge supporter of this blog since the very beginning. so while i don’t really featured styled shoots, i’m more than proud to help showcase the work that she’s done. while also highlighting the work of
thanks for sending this gorgeous French-inspired styled bridal session over,
absolutely in love with that last frame. so elegant and stunning.
other vendors involved included:
excited to have the work of
on the blog with this stylized engagement session.
“This Stylized Engagement Session was so much fun! One of my favorite things about photographing couples is getting to see the excitement for one another shine through their images. Zac & Madilyn are no exception – you can tell they are completely head over heels in love with one another.
Zac recently enlisting in The United States Army to become a Fire Support Specialist, with less than two months before he departs to Oklahoma for his training, both him and Madilyn thought it would be fitting to do their engagement session showcasing their love for one another, the great outdoors, Black & white photography, and coffee.
The shoot took place in their home town of Twain Harte (population 2,226) – a quaint little town nestled in the foothills of California. With Zac working as a Barista in one of the towns local coffee shops, both Zac & Madilyn spend a great deal of their time enjoying each other over a good cup of coffee. Madilyn told me “coffee is an everyday thing for us”. We thought it would also be fun to incorporate the beautiful town in which they live and bring the coffee outdoors for a little coffee date in the woods.
While no date is set yet for the two lovebirds, both Zac & Madilyn hope to wed this Fall depending on where Zac will be in his training.
*A little fun fact about the shoot: Madilyn loves taking B&W photos and made sure we incorporated photos taken by her of the two of them over the course of their relationship.”
check out more of Erin’s work on over HERE.
other vendors involved with this shoot: