it’s pretty easy to forget how big the world is and how much talent there is out there. i’m fortunate enough that this blog calls attention to that and i’m grateful that so many people reach out to me to be on here. one such talent is Greg and Nicole Peterson from
this wedding is only a glimpse of how much talent this team has. to see how they views each couple and their special day is just something else. check out more from this wedding over HERE, then most definitely mosey around THEIR BLOG for much more of his work.
#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.
about time this lady was on here. i’m so lucky to call this one a friend. pretty sure our friendship spans about 4 years? but put us in a room together and singing Disney songs in weird accents start to happen. and you wish you never put us in a room together. anyways, this one oozes talent. her work is absolutely flawless, not just for wedding photography, but her fashion/editorial work is hard to beat. not only does she run her wedding photography business, but she’s got a pretty kickass lifestyle blog, The Top Knot, on the side too. thrilled to be able to have you all learn more about…
How did you get your start in wedding photography?
I went to a college that viewed wedding photography as a joke. They pushed the commercial world on their students and considered wedding photography to be the job you do when the commercial jobs didn’t work out. The fallback. The last resort. The job that old 70-year-old men did. My last quarter of college we were required to get an internship with a professional photographer. The only one that was available for me and worked with my schedule was with…wait for it…a wedding photographer! Great. I had pictured myself working along side a fashion photographer and here I was having to do intern work for someone who my school viewed as a joke. Little did I know at the time, this internship was about to teach me things that I still practice in my own business today. After I graduated, this wedding photographer offered me a full-time job as her post-production manager. I did everything from editing, album designing, printing, archiving, and the list goes on. I knew how to run a wedding photography business before I had ever even dreamed of becoming one myself. I’m so thankful for all that I learned…and I’m also one of the only students from my graduating class still doing photography and being successful at it, so I guess the joke is on them.
What is unique about your style of shooting?
I’m never quite sure if I’m doing something super “unique” or “different” from any other wedding photographers out there, but to me it’s about much more than just being unique. The experience my clients have with me is where I try to put a lot of my focus. If I have that unique connection with my clients and I am able to make them feel comfortable and natural in their skin, then it’s really easy to create awesome imagery that feels REAL. I love getting up close and personal with my clients and that is one consistent request I get from new clients so I guess it’s working. I’ve really been trying to make my work more personal and emotional and it’s a challenge that I’ve been loving.
Include one of your images that is your most recent favorite and explain why you love it.
Well this question is impossible. I have so many favorite images, it’s really hard to narrow it down to one. I went ahead and chose this image because it’s one of my most recent favorites. I love speaking about feelings that are fresh to my mind and body and this shoot had me all sorts of inspired. This is Emma. We clicked right away and she reminded me so much of myself when I was her age. It made think about how quickly time goes by and how I forever want to embrace my youth while I have it. This image makes me FEEL and that is something I’m constantly chasing…living every day feeling everything that comes my way, no matter how ugly or beautiful is it, I want to feel it all.
What do you struggle with the most? Business or shooting wise.
Running a business is no joke. I’m constantly learning new things and trying to run my business in a more efficient/organized way and it’s really tough because sometimes that stuff doesn’t come naturally to me. If I’m being honest, the thing I struggle with most at times is self-doubt. I’m constantly dreaming up new concepts, ideas, projects, and I find myself doubting that I can make them a reality. I’ve really been challenging myself to change my frame of thinking because the truth is that we are living in such an exciting time where WE can literally DO anything we want. Leave the corporate world and start your own business? Sure, why not? Quit your daytime job and travel the world? Hell yes, let’s go. Waking up every morning and setting fear and doubt aside isn’t easy, but it’s something I’m getting better at and in return, I’m so much happier and more confident in executing my ideas and dreams.
Where do you see wedding photography heading next? Where you would like to see it go?
Photography has come so far over the years, it’s insane. I feel very proud to be part of a community that is ever-changing and challenging the public view of what wedding photography can look like. The fact that I get to photograph couples who view my work as art and are genuinely excited to be my little muses for the day…it’s the coolest thing ever. I feel very lucky and privileged to have the job that I do.
Every day there are more people becoming photographers and as easy as it would be to complain about that, I try to view it as a great thing as long as they are getting into for all the right reasons. That isn’t always the case, but I’d love to see the wedding photography industry continue to grow in the way that it already is. I’d love to see more game-changers. I’d love to see some variety. I’d love to see more support for one another.
If you could send one message to the wedding photography world, what would it be?
Clients first. You second.
Create a business that makes you happy and allows you to grow. It’s really easy to get burned out in this industry if you don’t create a business that is healthy for you both mentally and physically. This could mean anything from creating strict working hours for yourself, never booking double-headers, limit the amount of travel weddings you book, don’t book clients who are not a good match for you, give yourself a day off to have a social life, and especially don’t let your personal relationships sit on the back burner while you run yourself into the ground. It’s just not worth it.
What drives you as a person and as a wedding photographer?
As fluffy as this sounds, life and the unknown are what drive me as a person. I have a lot of moments where I just sit in awe that we get to experience something as beautiful as life. No matter how ugly it can be at times, we are here, and a lot of us are lucky enough to create the lives we want. It’s pretty amazing. The unknown is always that surprise factor that I love about life. It’s scary and exciting all at the same time…one day your life can look one way, and the next day it can be completely different. What drives me as a wedding photographer are just those little moments throughout a wedding day that are so subtle and private, but they hit you way down in your heart. When you are capturing a true, raw, and authentic love in front of your lens…there is nothing else like it. It sometimes feels like an out-of-body experience that we shouldn’t be allowed in on, but we are. It’s amazing.
What makes you throw confetti at the end of the day?
Just being healthy and alive. Oh, and a good bar of chocolate and cup of tea always makes me want to throw confetti!
this is just a tiny glimpse of this girl and her heart. you really ought to check out more on TONHYA’S SITE and HER BLOG. additionally, her LA FEMME FORTE series is coming to Los Angeles in a few week and there’s a few spots left. this isn’t just a boudoir shoot, it’s so much more. it’s about empowering women. find out more over HERE.
as a reminder, confetti throw fridays is where after spending my thursday nights scouring through my blog subscriptions and social media feeds, i picked my favorite images from any of the wedding photographers i am following and showcased 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.
have a great weekend all! don’t forget to come back on Sunday for Ever Ours After Hours.
i am SO PROUD to know this guy in real life. one of the most genuine human beings out there and thankful for his support for this blog day in and day out.
many thanks to
for sending this one over. who doesn’t love the Sutro Baths? every frame you capture there is just beautiful.
if you love this session, then you’ll really love the rest of Dave’s work. so head on over to HIS SITE for so much more.
“they are truly the couple next door. cari is a school teacher and dan is a firefighter. dan was actually the one who found this spot for us. the spot is right across the street from the fire station where he works. they sent me pictures from his cell phone and I immediately agreed. I always love when a couple picks a spot that appeals to them, especially if I’ve never shot there. I like being pushed outside my comfort zone. it absolutely paid off with this session. this couple is so in love and just have fun being together, even with a camera present. I can’t wait to photograph their intimate wedding in october. they are two of the most genuine, big-hearted people I’ve ever met. “
many thanks to
for sending this fun engagement session over.
it’s a pretty well known fact that i’m a fan of this photography team so i’m so happy to share this one from
it’s absolutely stunning and thanks go to this adventurous couple for getting in the water for those amazing shots.
for more from this engagement session, please head over HERE, then obviously stick around THEIR BLOG for more of their latest. seriously honored to have these guys on the blog whenever they send stuff over.