London Grace is the 10 week old daughter of Heather Crabtree--my friend, fabulous wedding consultant and owner of Outstanding Occasions. Heather is great--I've had the chance to work with her on a couple of weddings and she does live up to her business name. She took me to lunch today (thanks Heather!) and then I shot a few photos of London who is SO sweet.
So it's monsoon season in Arizona. For those of you not familiar with Arizona weather "monsoon" is desert language for storms. We have a ton of them in late July and August. There's your standard rain, thunder and lightening and then sometimes there's dust storms where the wind kicks up all the desert dust and dumps it on our cars and in our pools. Arizonans don't know what to do when it rains. We're not used to it. So we drive slow and get in lots of accidents.
Today I was working and heard the wind and rain kick up outside. It was so windy and rainy that water was coming in under my front door and a tree was blown down on a fence in my front yard. I got in the car to drive to shoot Megan's engagement photos and had to dodge some branches that were down in the middle of the street. And Megan ended up being super-late because she was stuck behind a huge accident where someone ran into a light pole that fell across the highway. Such excitement!
So by the time Megan arrived at her home an hour and a half late, we were out of light. But luckily I brought my handy lighting equipment so we carried on.
Megan and Ari got married last November and I got to shoot their engagement photos. They're super sweet and I'm so excited that they're having a baby boy in September!! His name is Brody and they are all set to welcome him into their world.
I think Megan looks so beautiful in the top shot. She's one of those girls that just looks super-cute pregnant.
I liked their front door--it was opaque so I stuck my soft box outside to flash the light through it and this is the effect it had:
One more shot with Ari's hands in the photo:
If we get a chance we'll have to finish the shoot with some natural lighting to get some more variety for them but it was fun to do what we could with what we had to work with after the monsoon tried to stop us altogether :).
This is generally a non-issue for brides who hire me but for those of you brides-to-be and wedding coordinators out there--let's all agree to kill the photography shot list once and for all!! Who's with me?
There are photographers and brides out there whose weddings a shot list might be appropriate for. For instance--possibly a traditional film photographer who will only be shooting a certain number of photos on the wedding day. Or a bride who prefers traditional staged photography. But if you want to hire a photographer who is going to tell the story of your day in an artistic manner--capturing the emotions and moments as they happen--it is of utmost importance that he or she be free to shoot whatever it is their eye and heart is drawn to. As an artist I would hate to come to a wedding and constantly need to be referring to a list throughout the wedding day. It would kill my creative juices entirely. Now, I do make an exception for formal portraits which I do at every wedding. There is a very short list of standard portrait groupings that I make sure to cover at each wedding and I am happy to customize this list as each family is different. You can view my list here. Also, if there is something unique about your wedding that you want to make sure I know about in advance such as a special relationship with your father or a sentimental story behind the favors or something of that nature, I would love to hear it! The more I know about you ahead of time, the better your photos will turn out. But let's all agree to kill the detailed shot lists that many of the online planning sites and planning binders give you these days. It's really in everyone's best interest if you want quality, artistic photos that capture the emotion and the personality of your wedding day. Remember--when you hire a photographer--you are hiring an artist. When looking at different photographers make sure you hire one whose photos cause you to FEEL something. You are hiring an artist with a specific eye and heart. You want to resonate with how they see and capture the world around them--specifically relationships. If this is accomplished, you can then feel free to trust that they will capture the important shots of your wedding day. Trust is of utmost important in your relationship with your photographer. And if we have your trust, we do not take it lightly. I work extremely hard, shooting an unlimited number of photos throughout the day to make sure that every detail and moment is captured in order to preserve your memories of your most important day ever.
If anyone has thoughts or comments on this--please post them--I would love to hear from you!
Jina attended Alex and Ryan's wedding awhile back and called me up to see if I would shoot portraits of her and her husband as an anniversary gift to him. I think this is the first shoot of this kind that I've done, although it surprises me because it's such a great idea! Not only do you get beautiful photos with your spouse, but you get to cuddle and kiss on one another for an hour in public which basically has a better effect on your relationship than a great therapy session :).
Mike and Jina were fun to work with--I felt like we were old friends by the end of the shoot. Can you believe they just celebrated 9 years of marriage in June?? Unbelievable. They look way too young to have been married that long. And they were super-cute together. During this shoot we explored downtown Chandler. Here's some of my faves:
Today I got the chance to meet Crystal Goss, a talented photographer I admire who lives in Arkansas. She flew in to shoot a wedding tomorrow in Sedona and contacted me and Kim to see if we wanted to go to lunch. We went to this cute little cafe in downtown Mesa that has the best jinormis cookies. :)
Crystal is a super-sweet southern bell and I really enjoyed getting to know her a little bit. Awhile back I came across her blog and read a post about a wedding she shot where the bride broke her leg 2 weeks before the wedding day. It was such a touching story that I linked to it back then. Turns out the wedding was recently featured in People Magazine! So cool!!
We talked a bit about the photography community out in Arkansas and Crystal said that most of the photographers she's met still view one another mainly as competition. It kinda made me sad for Crystal. Hopefully Arkansas will catch up with the times and realize how beneficial forming community with other photographers can be. Hang in there Crystal!
Here's some goofy photos of Kim and Crystal together. Hopefully Kim won't kill me for posting these :).