Dec
15
2015

{CONFETTI THROWERS UNITE} NIRAV PATEL…

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i know you’re supposed to be your own individual creative self.  that’s what everyone tells you.  but i’m pretty sure wedding photographers each have said this before about this guy’s work.  even i have thought it too.  “i wanna be like him when i grow up.”  this wedding photographer’s work doesn’t just tell beautiful stories and captures the most gorgeous stills ever, but each and every shoot and image evokes emotions.  with every click of his button, there is so much heart behind this talent that every photo of his, whether wedding or editorial or just personal work… emotes.

NIRAV PATEL

sent his first submission January 12th, 2011.  that’s almost five years ago.  i remember opening up his submission and squealing.  these were my exact words to him in my response: “Are you kidding me?!  You want to submit to my blog?!  Omg, that session is so amazing!  I don’t even know where to start!!  IMG_6298 made my non-existent arm hairs stand up.  I’m so flattered you want to share your work on my blog and you bet your bottom dollar, I’d feature it.”  this happened a lot back then and still does to this day.  but i remember feeling so proud that someone of Nirav’s talent wanted to send his work to be featured on MY blog.  it meant i was finally doing something right to have the privilege to showcase his work and i damn straight better curate it right.

flash forward five years and Nirav has truly made a name for himself.  he’s shot one of my friend’s weddings and broken so many creative boundaries.  yet, he remains the humblest of my friends and while he hasn’t been on the blog in a while, constantly still checks in with me to see how i am.  i feel so fortunate to have you as a dear friend, Nirav.  thank you so much for the love you have given this blog from the very get go.  it’s been a true blessing and honor to have your work on here.  thank you for giving us all such joy and emotion from your images.  keep it going.  and i look forward to seeing what else is around the corner for you…always.

it doesn’t need to be said, but i’m going to anyway.  if you don’t go to NIRAV’S BLOG to see what else he’s been up to, then you’re just stupid and missing out.  so just go now.

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as a reminder, all the last features on this blog are dedicated to those wedding photographers that sit on the blog’s sidebar.  since i never believed i could guarantee bookings, i never have asked these guys to pay for advertising.  yet, they still wanted to be on here and call the sidebar home.  it genuinely has been my pleasure to have them on here every day.  each of them are immensely talented wedding photographers so throughout these last few weeks, please do me a favor and check out their work.  it’s the tiniest token of thanks i can give these guys.

Dec
14
2015

{CONFETTI THROWERS UNITE} RYAN FLYNN…

yeup, i know.  another PNW photographer on the blog.  but if it isn’t evident above, then i’ll repeat, but how perfect is the storytelling with this wedding.  from the first look to their journey to their ceremony all the way to their exit.  that’s how it’s done.  no frills and no fuss.  the right emotions, the right moments, and all the perfect captures.

all thanks to

RYAN FLYNN

who i reached out to back in April 2010 to feature a wedding and from there, a chance to follow some of the best work out there.  i am so lucky to call Ryan and his wife, Emily, dear friends and part of the #tcogtfo family.  they’ve been nothing but the sweetest.  and for the past 5 plus years, it’s truly been an honor to follow Ryan (and Emily)’s work and seeing how the backgrounds change, but the images remain timeless and the moments raw and sentimental.  that’s how it should be done.  head on over to RYAN’S BLOG for so much more of his work.

Ryan and Emily, thank you so much for supporting this blog, for showering so much love on it, and then better yet, becoming friends in real life.  have always loved our google hangout sessions and whenever we get the chance to meet up.  and we’ll always have Bestia.  love you both dearly.

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as a reminder, all the last features on this blog are dedicated to those wedding photographers that sit on the blog’s sidebar.  since i never believed i could guarantee bookings, i never have asked these guys to pay for advertising.  yet, they still wanted to be on here and call the sidebar home.  it genuinely has been my pleasure to have them on here every day.  each of them are immensely talented wedding photographers so throughout these last few weeks, please do me a favor and check out their work.  it’s the tiniest token of thanks i can give these guys.

Dec
13
2015

{EVER OURS AFTER HOURS} SACHIN KHONA…

 #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.  it’s just be a chance for photographers to kick back after shooting a wedding, grab a coffee, and have a lazy Sunday read.

i think this is one of my last #everoursafterhours.   i might be able to squeeze out one more next weekend, but we’ll see.  either way, this one is a good one to leave you with.  as you know, this blog has always stood for the wedding photography community and being able to showcase and feature talent, but also connecting talent.  i’m glad i got the chance to meet this guy and see him develop, not just with his work, but with his community.  it makes me glad that he’s continuing my belief on how it’s important to get to know artists out there and be inspired.

SACHIN KHONA

is out there not just breaking his own creative boundaries, but helping others get inspired via his site called ARC.  simply put, it’s a place where you get the chance to read about the “why” and “how” behind certain photographers out there and not just in wedding photography, but elsewhere.  love that Sachin is bringing light to talent that flies under the radar or just a deeper look at artists you may already be familiar with.

but back to Sachin.  first met him over gelato and we became fast friends.  i’m so glad to have had his support and love for this blog over the years.  can’t wait to see where he heads next and to see his work grow and leave me in awe.  here’s your chance to get to know this guy just a little more..

How did you get your start in wedding photography?

I’ve always enjoyed exploring, connecting with new cultures and generally experiencing new things. I caught the travel bug off my folks at a pretty young age and would always take a camera with me.

I was invited to a friends wedding in Goa, India in 2008. I took my camera and shot bits of the wedding day and ended up giving them an album of my photos as an added gift. I loved capturing the story the way I saw it and that opened my eyes to the potential within wedding photography.

I started to research photographers online and was blown away by what I saw. I pretty much told everyone I knew that I wanted to shoot weddings and soon I was put in touch with friends in the industry that would let me shoot alongside them on weekends.

I ended up assisting (basically holding a reflector and carrying bags), to shooting a few bits of the wedding, to finally second shooting at the end of my first season. I then second shot weddings each weekend for the next season before feeling ready to shoot my own. My first proper booking was in February 2011.

What is unique about your style of shooting?

I can only say its unique because its mine. I draw a lot of inspiration from some of my favourite wedding photographers but at the end of the day, I can only shoot the way I see and feel things.

I hope that what I capture and show are genuine, real moments that express my own creativity and love for what I do.

Include one of your images that is your most recent favorite and explain why you love it.

This is the moment that Kristian saw Kelly for the first time on their wedding day. His reaction was perfect.

 

What do you struggle with the most? Business wise or shooting wise.

Shooting wise, I’d say layering in images is something that I’m working on. Achieving multiple stories in one frame.

I really enjoy street photography and layering is something that I like to practise within that.

Where do you see wedding photography heading next? Where would like to see it go?

This has probably been happening for a while, but I think wedding photography is going to be even more about real moments and story within images.

If you could send one message to the wedding photography world, what would it be? (Basically, your life motto)

Live in the moment.

What drives you as a person and as a wedding photographer?

New opportunities, new lands, different people .. I’m definitely excited by new experiences :)

What makes you confetti throw at the end of the day?

Feeling like I gave that day my best shot.

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SACHIN is based in Vancouver, but is known to travel everywhere.  i don’t think he really likes to stay in one place quite frankly.  take a look at HIS SITE and HIS BLOG to see where else he’s been and the beautiful stories he has captured.

Dec
11
2015

{CONFETTI THROWERS UNITE} BENJ HAISCH…

he first sent over his work in May of 2010.  to this day, i still find it hard to believe that i got the opportunity to feature his work multiple times because he’s definitely one of those wedding photographers who has changed the landscape (quite literally) for wedding photography.  a mover and a shaker in this industry of our’s but always the most humble and most kind.  my thanks to

BENJ HAISCH

for being an incredibly loyal supporter of this blog and being such a dear friend outside of this blog.  he’s not only encouraged my confetti antics, but always spoken about my blog to others and i’m pretty sure the PNW would have no idea about this blog if it wasn’t for him.  he also happened to be in NYC the very weekend i found out Mikey passed away.  the morning after was a blur for me and i somehow ended up lost in Central Park and found my way to the Museum of Natural History.  i met up with Benj there and ended up wandering around for a few more hours.  those few hours helped me clear my mind and were my first attempt to find peace even though we didn’t talk at all about my shock and grief, pretty sure we just gabbed about the wedding industry and where i wanted to take my blog.  but notice this trend of wedding photographers being there for me?  i am so lucky to have people like Benj (and his dear wife, Maddie) around me and more so, during times of sadness.  this blog is more to me than just some digital space thanks to wonderfully talented people like Benj.

Benj has the capability to tell the story and love how it is between two people and their loved ones.  while capturing the most gorgeous backdrops, he highlights the smallest of moments which end up being the best moments as evident above.  check out more for yourself on HIS BLOG.

 Benj, thank you for your friendship and encouragement for this blog and myself.  you have been ever so kind to me the past five years and i am incredibly grateful.  you have been one of the proudest i am to feature and always cheer on and i look forward to all the great things you keep accomplishing, including adding a bundle of joy to your family next year.  love to you and Maddie.  *throws confetti*

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as a reminder, all the last features on this blog are dedicated to those wedding photographers that sit on the blog’s sidebar.  since i never believed i could guarantee bookings, i never have asked these guys to pay for advertising.  yet, they still wanted to be on here and call the sidebar home.  it genuinely has been my pleasure to have them on here every day.  each of them are immensely talented wedding photographers so throughout these last few weeks, please do me a favor and check out their work.  it’s the tiniest token of thanks i can give these guys.

Dec
10
2015

{CONFETTI THROWERS UNITE} JAY EADS…

this one has been a friend since the beginning.  while i haven’t had the chance to have him on here too often, it doesn’t mean that i haven’t been following along and getting to know him personally.  that’s what it was always about with this blog, knowing these photographers personally and being able to write more than one sentence about them and their work.

JAY EADS

is one of the first out there that was a storyteller first and foremost.  his photography always painted the beauty and love between the couples and their loved ones.  it’s been truly amazing to see what he’s captured and done since i first started following him.  he doesn’t necessarily follow the typical route wedding photographers do, he stays under the radar, but every image, not just weddings, is absolutely raw and so beautiful.  it’s been a privilege to have his work on here and to call him a friend.  please check HIS SITE out for yourself and you’ll be left in amazement.

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as a reminder, all the last features on this blog are dedicated to those wedding photographers that sit on the blog’s sidebar.  since i never believed i could guarantee bookings, i never have asked these guys to pay for advertising.  yet, they still wanted to be on here and call the sidebar home.  it genuinely has been my pleasure to have them on here every day.  each of them are immensely talented wedding photographers so throughout these last few weeks, please do me a favor and check out their work.  it’s the tiniest token of thanks i can give these guys.

Dec
09
2015

{CONFETTI THROWERS UNITE} KALLIMA PHOTOGRAPHY

i have loved every minute of getting to know this talented team of photographers for the past few years.  in fact, i still remember to this day that Rebekah had tweeted at me when Mikey had passed away with a photo of a poster with beautiful words on it and that they were all thinking of me.  i don’t remember what the words on that poster said, i just remember how much it meant to me in that moment of the love they had poured on me and to try to lift me up in spirit and support.

thank you so much to

KALLIMA PHOTOGRAPHY

for wanting to be on here multiple times.  it’s been an absolute honor to have your work on here and more importantly, i feel incredibly lucky to have had you as dear friends even on the other coast.  it’s been a joy to see their work and see how each and every time each of the stories they capture are more beautiful than the last.  exquisitely and elegantly.  you simply must head on over to THEIR BLOG for much more of their work.  Ben and Rebekah, thank you for your friendship and love and thrilled to still keep cheering you on from the sidelines and throw confetti your way whenever i can.

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as a reminder, all the last features on this blog are dedicated to those wedding photographers that sit on the blog’s sidebar.  since i never believed i could guarantee bookings, i never have asked these guys to pay for advertising.  yet, they still wanted to be on here and call the sidebar home.  it genuinely has been my pleasure to have them on here every day.  each of them are immensely talented wedding photographers so throughout these last few weeks, please do me a favor and check out their work.  it’s the tiniest token of thanks i can give these guys.

Dec
08
2015

{CONFETTI THROWERS UNITE} DEREK HUI…

this guy’s work leaves us all in wonder and in absolute awe.  he pours his heart and soul into his work, not just with his wedding photography but also his fashion and editorial.  and the best part is that his passion for it is endless.

DEREK HUI

is truly gifted.  i have loved being able to share his work on here quite a few times and followed his work.  i love that he constantly is trying to push himself with his creativity and with such a youthful playfulness too.  it shines bright and through his work.  see for yourself over on HIS BLOG.

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as a reminder, all the last features on this blog are dedicated to those wedding photographers that sit on the blog’s sidebar.  since i never believed i could guarantee bookings, i never have asked these guys to pay for advertising.  yet, they still wanted to be on here and call the sidebar home.  it genuinely has been my pleasure to have them on here every day.  each of them are immensely talented wedding photographers so throughout these last few weeks, please do me a favor and check out their work.  it’s the tiniest token of thanks i can give these guys.