Aug
26
2015

{ENGAGEMENT} LOVE IN ITALY’S FLORENCE..

“I met Federica long time ago, she was already in love with Andrea. We were both studying at the university. She always told me that I would be her wedding photographer, and she kept her promise. I couldn’t be happier for that and I will not thank her enough for giving me this opportunity. Me and Lucrezia decided to shoot this lovely couple session near a train station in the Florentine suburbs. Trains are always a romantic elements for young couples giving their promises and we wanted to interpret this young and alternative couple in a different place. We chose this artistic background covered by stunning graffiti because they reflect the most honest and creative part of the society. “

huge thanks to

STEFANO SANTUCCI

for sending this bright and vibrant engagement session over.

head on over HERE for more of Stefano and Lucrezia’s wedding photography.  feeling very fortunate to have their work on the blog so definitely check out their talented work.

Aug
25
2015

{REAL WEDDING} LOVE AT SEATTLE’S COURT IN THE SQUARE…

many thanks to

MANETTE GRACIE EVENTS

for sending this one over to share. as well as

ONE LOVE PHOTO

for their wondrous wedding storytelling via these images.  so glad to have THEIR WORK on here once again.

wedding vendors involved included:

event coordinator:  Manette Gracie Events // venue: Court in the Square // officiant: Reverend Ray // bakery:  Tallant House // florist: Paisley Petals // DJ: Integral DJs // Hair and Makeup: Luce at Erin Skipley Weddings // vintage rentals: Vintage Ambiance // invitations: Minted // dress: The Dress Theory // photobooth: You + Photobooth // rentals:  AA Party Rentals

Aug
25
2015

{ENGAGEMENT} LOVE AT CHICAGO’S ROGER’S PARK…

“This engagement session took place in Roger’s Park, Chicago. The lovely couple, Lindsey and Chris, considered having their engagement session in downtown Chicago, but ultimately decided on the Loyola University campus. The campus is totally beautiful, with it’s great architecture and waterfront location (on Lake Michigan), and it’s also personally significant to the couple, since they met while they were students at the university.”

many thanks to

TENNILE SUNDAY

for sending this one over to share.

for more of Tennile’s beautiful work, head on over to HER BLOG.

Aug
24
2015

{REAL WEDDING} LOVE AT AUSTIN’S BARR MANSION…

so very happy to have the work of

KRISTI WRIGHT

on the blog once again.

always an absolute thrill to have her on here with her gorgeous wedding storytelling work.

more from this wedding over HERE, then stick around HER BLOG for much more of her latest.

other wedding vendors involved:

Venue: Barr Mansion // Flowers: Stems //  // Band: Heart Byrne (Talking Heads cover band!!) // Make Up: Maris Malone Calderon  // Hair: Bride’s sister, Anne Marie Wilson of Grand Salon in Denver  // Dress: Truvelle, purchased at Emma & Grace Bridal Studio in Denver // Shoes: Kate Spade // Suit: Hugo Boss

Aug
24
2015

{ENGAGEMENT} LOVE AT TORONTO’S HUMBER BAY PARK…

sometimes rain ends up making the engagement shoot even more splendid.

huge thanks to

NIV SHIMSHON

for sending this one over to share.

so glad to have discovered Niv’s work.  you all need to check out more over on HIS BLOG.

Aug
23
2015

{EVER OURS AFTER HOURS} DARING WANDERER PHOTOGRAPHY

#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 brought to you by

DARING WANDERER PHOTOGRAPHY

now, truth be told, i have yet to meet this one in person.  but if i ever did, i’d shower her with confetti because her work is totally beyond.  her wedding storytelling is killer and her images will just make you feel.  that’s all, just make you FEEL.  ok without further ado.  kick back and get to know Jess from Daring Wanderer.

How did you get your start in wedding photography?

I always had a passion for the creative arts. In high school, I took a film photography course and only ever shot film until I graduated from university, when my parents gifted me with my first DSLR. As I was finished up my masters in neuroscience and contemplating doing my PhD I had a yearning for something more artistic, something that moved and evoked me in ways academics did not. In an attempt to fulfill my own desires rather than expectations others had of me I withdrew my acceptance to complete my PhD and decided to pursue photography. I accepted a position as a researcher at a hospital for 9 months, just enough time for me to grow my business to where I could go full time and I haven’t looked back since.

What is unique about your style of shooting?

My style of shooting focuses on organic, in-between moments. I don’t force anything and wait for the right moment, even if that means we sit and talk about life and love and photography for an hour until the light is just right. Connecting with my clients on a very personal level has allowed me to get to know them and to see an intimate side to their relationship.

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

I love this image because it encompasses everything that I strive for in photography: adventure, spontaneity & connection. The wedding reception was in a sailcloth tent atop a hill overlooking Nicasio Valley in California. As the sun was setting we noticed the clouds parting. The bride and groom were excited and suggested we all go out there in the howling wind to watch it together. As they stood there, just before the sun disappeared beyond the horizon, the bride and groom were completely in their own element. They relished in the fact that they were married and surrounded by absolutely everyone that they loved and completely oblivious to us. Being able to witness let along photograph this was such an honour.

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

There are often new struggles that emerge and as I strive to tackle one, another will present itself. One particular aspect of photography that I am currently struggling with is staying true to my artistic self while fulfilling my service obligation to clients. Often times I know there are expectations on images that clients will receive. Although they aren’t necessarily high up on my list of images to create on a wedding day, I know that I need to capture these moments for them. After all, we are in the service industry and making my clients happy is my top priority.

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

We are already seeing a trend where weddings are more than a long-winded shot list and heavily decorated hall. People are taking the opportunity to create something meaningful to them, whether it’s an intimate backyard wedding or an adventurous elopement in the mountains. This is where I hope wedding photography continues: that couples stay true to themselves and let photographers do what they do best without trying to recreate work of others.

If you could send one message to the wedding photography world, what would it be?

Trust your gut. Always strive to be a better version of yourself both in life and in photography and don’t let others put you down. The world is a mean place and the best way to deal with a bully is to pick yourself up and be better than them.

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

Waking up every morning and being happy to be alive and to absolutely love my job is the driving force behind Daring Wanderer. Realizing that I left an opportunity that so many people would fight for so that I could stay true to myself is something that I am proud of and something that helps push me to create powerful and meaningful images for others.

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

I get to work with some amazing couples to create artistic and heartfelt images that they will look back on in 50+ years and cherish. Yet, the best part of my job is after that: the lasting connections I make and the couples who become dear friends.

massive amount of thanks to Jess for taking the time to answer these.  while Jess is Canada based, she’s available to travel worldwide to capture these beautiful love stories.  check out more on HER SITE and HER BLOG.  also she just eloped in ICELAND.  so congrats JESS AND MATT!!  *THROWS CONFETTI*

Aug
21
2015

{CONFETTI THROW FRIDAYS} NO. 75…

as a reminder,  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.

BRADFORD MARTENS

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ASH IMAGERY

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JESSICA FEY

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PAT FUREY

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AMANDA VANVELS

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STUDIO CASTILLERO

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THE MULLERS

just a reminder to all to read THIS POST.  only a few more weeks left open for submissions before i bow out and would love to have as many of you that are so loyal and supportive of this blog on here before i go.