Over the past couple of months, I’ve had the opportunity to help style, design paper goods, and put my thrifted glassware to use on two very different but equally exciting wedding inspiration shoots.
For the first shoot (Modern Watercolor Wedding Inspiration as Green Wedding Shoes dubbed it), my wedding photographer-turned-good friend Katie Pritchard invited me to help style various vignettes at the OC Mix Mart, alongside a talented team of vendors (including gorgeous paper goods designed by Alex Choura!). Not only was it a great way to meet new people, but I learned so much about what goes into a pulling together a shoot of this magnitude. So inspiring! Here are some of the beautiful photos from the day, as captured by Katie:
For the second styled shoot, I worked with another good friend, Kate Doherty of La Rousse Photo, to bring a romantic, elegant, and slightly untraditional wedding inspiration shoot to life. After meeting up for coffee and exchanging e-mails back and forth to nail down the details of the shoot, I designed the paper goods, pulled aside some of my favorite thrifted pieces, and the had a blast pairing everything together on the big day. Not only is Kate an absolute dream to work with, but all of the other vendors and models were a delight as well! Here are my favorite photos:
If you’re looking to collaborate on a creative project, let me know! I love helping others bring their creative visions to fruition :)
In this class, I share all of my favorite techniques for styling, shooting, and sharing your photos + your personal voice to create blog posts that represent the amazing person you are! I divulge all of my top secret tips and tricks, including:
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Although I was lucky enough to take a few awesome photography classes in college, the majority of the tricks and tools that I use on a daily basis for photo editing have come from personal experimentation. In fact, I’d say that statement applies to the bulk of my formal education vs. real life knowledge. I learned so much during my four years of college, but getting out into the real world and having to figure things out for myself has been the best classroom setting of all. So today, I’m sharing one of my go-to photo editing tricks: adding fade!
Adding fade to my photos is one of my favorite ways to create an ethereal vibe or to temper a color palette that doesn’t exactly jive with the look I’m going for. This effect is often seen on Instagram through the help of the Afterlight and VSCO Cam apps (shown above), but can also easily be achieved in Photoshop. Here’s how I do it:
1. Open a photo in Photoshop.
2. Edit it to your liking (I always adjust the levels, contrast, brightness, and curves).
3. Go to Image > Exposure > Offset and play with the dial to achieve your desired “fade” effect.
4. The over-saturated colors have been dulled a bit to create a more subtle, moody image. While I’m positive that I will never master Photoshop, it sure is fun to try!
What Photoshop tricks or techniques would you love to learn?
The other night while watching the 100th episode of Parks & Rec, I was completely inspired by Jenn Barkley’s (very expensive) advice to Leslie Knope regarding running a smear campaign to get back into local government:
Jenn: ”Terrible people defeat great people all of the time. I should know, because terrible people have paid me so much money that I have a condo on every Virgin Island. Now…you might win. You’re smart. But why would you want to?
Leslie: Because it’s my dream job!
Jenn: Then dream bigger! Look, you love this town. It’s being run by monsters and morons. Get a better job. Rise above their heads. Affect change at a higher level. Don’t be the kid that graduates high school and hangs out in the school parking lot. Look, Pawnee has done you a favor. You’ve outgrown them. You’ve got talent, you’ve got name recognition, and that means that you have a bright wide open future with a thousand options! State Senate, federal jobs, even Congress. All of these are doable for you. And you can trust me. Because I don’t care enough about you to lie.”
This week has been super exciting in the world of post-wedding bliss because not only did we survive a month of marriage, but we received our photos AND our sneak peek video!! Needless to say, I’ve been spending waaaay too much time on the computer staring at myself. HA!
Yesterday I shared my top seven photography tips over on Amy Tan’s blog. Be sure to check it out and let me know what else you would like to learn about taking pictures! I may or may not be putting together a big photography + styling online class in the very near future ;)
In the 46 years that John and I have been together, we’ve never had more than a few photos taken of us at one time, much less a professional shoot spanning several hours! Even though a certain fiance o’mine despises being in the front of the camera (boys…), I think he nailed it. We started off the afternoon in downtown Ventura and ended up atop Meditation Mount as the sun set over Ojai. It was perfect. Our photographer did an amazing job and we are so grateful that we had the opportunity to see what we actually look like on camera before our BIG photoshoot rolls around (Note to self: never attempt closed-mouth smiles. Like, ever.).
For two people that are far more accustomed to being behind the camera than in front of it, posing for our engagement photos was an interesting + rewarding experience. Even though I couldn’t help but wonder what in the WORLD my face looked like at any given moment (“Does this half smile look like a smirk?” “Are my falsies still on?” “Could we look anymore awkward?” Ha!), our amazing photographer was a total pro and put us at ease instantly. And then when I saw the quick photo (above) that Katie snapped with my iPhone, all my worries were put to rest. My falsies were in place, my dress was cooperating, and my smile was genuine. Phew! More photos to come :)
Two months ago, I had the absolute pleasure of playing photographer at the amazing wedding of two amazing people. Jess + Jeff are the salt of the earth; one should be lucky enough just to be invited to their wedding, much less photographing it! Needless to say, I smiled a big fat smile from hair + makeup all the way to the final farewell. It was a long, beautiful day that taught me so much about what it takes to photograph a wedding (hint: it takes A LOT)! Here are some of my favorite shots from the day:
This past week has been nothing short of crazy, nonstop, and life-affirming.
Last Tuesday, my dad had open heart surgery. Even though it was a preventative measure to repair a faulty valve, it was terrifying for my whole family and rocked our world pretty hard. (There’s nothing that makes you want to take care of yourself more than spending countless hours in a cold + scary hospital.) THANKFULLY everything went well and he is now resting at home. Huge shout out to my amazing mom who is not only the heart + soul of our family, but a natural caretaker who will nurse my dad back to health in no time at all. Also! Major props to Jim Gaffigan for being a welcome distraction as he had me laughing until I was crying every night with his insanely funny book, Dad is Fat.
On Friday, I spent all day + night helping to photograph a beautiful wedding in Camarillo. Not only did it remind me how much I LOVE to take photos, but it was a great practice run for my own wedding! Thank you Jeff + Jess for letting me be a part of your special day!
And of course, throughout the whole week, I’ve been working like a mad woman trying to finish up a myriad of CHA projects. Yesterday was a DOOZY of a work day (sprinkled with a healthy dose of expletives) that started at 10am and didn’t end until 4am! I still have a long way to go before I can cross everything off my list, but I am finally starting to see the light at the end of the (effing) tunnel (;
All I can say is that I am SO looking forward to this upcoming holiday weekend. John has four days off and I am already dreaming of big things for us to do. And by big things, I mean a trip to Lemonade and a long visit to B+N for wedding and crafting inspiration. Living the dream!