I won’t lie, I needed this weekend. However much I’ve worked, it’s been worth it because I feel like I’m catching up. I did take fun breaks of course too ;-) I’m trying to figure out the best way to tell you what I’ve been up to…but I feel like it’s just about to be a hodge podge!
First, ranunculus are in season! So of course I had to get a pretty bouquet for our coffee table. Friday night we mixed drinks at home… as we tend to do. And Saturday we had so much fun down at the French Market! I’ve been reading this book and that thought really struck me: “When you are making art, you are stealing time.” Such an awesome blessing and reminder of how precious what I do is. I went on a pinning spree for inspiration for KT & Josh’s wedding where I’ll be a bridesmaid next summer. I am SO excited because we’re going to wear mismatched grey gowns!! EEK. And then…of course…what Sunday morning would be complete without some delicious, huge cinnamon rolls fresh out of the oven?!
This weekend I finally updated all of the galleries on my site :-) I’m kind of embarrassed to say that I hadn’t touched them since the site went live back in November…but now they have received all new fun pictures and I promise to update it more frequently moving forward! Check out the “love” engagement sessions here!
Annnnd all new featured weddings!!
I’m SO excited to have added a BELOVED gallery to the site as well! So you can scroll through recent sessions here on the blog and see some favorites on the site!!
Also this weekend I edited Val & Theron’s engagement session! I’m so excited to share the full post with you tomorrow!
I also finished editing Sarah & Jeff’s wedding. I can’t wait to share this gorgeousness with you all soon ;-)
How was your weekend?! What were you up to?
This Friday’s treat is brought to you by Wil…and truly we have Betsy to thank too ;-) When we went home for Easter, Betsy & Wil made margaritas…which has of course meant more margaritas at home too. We tend to get on these kicks… anyway! For Wil’s perfect margaritas you’ll need two ounces of tequila (we used Lunazul because that’s what we have), one ounce of Cointreau, and one ounce of fresh lime juice (this could take a couple limes depending on how juicy they are). You will also want ice for shaking, ice for the glass, an old fashioned glass (or your choice), a cocktail shaker, and strainer.
Pour the 2 oz tequila, 1 oz Cointreau, and 1 oz lime juice into the shaker….
Add ice inside, and shake until you can see that it’s cold (normally about 30 seconds).
Then strain out over new ice :-) and mmmm enjoy
Happy FRIDAY!!!!! I hope you have an amazing weekend :-D XXOO
Yesterday I received a fabulous book in the mail written by the talented Elizabeth Messina. She says something that I have to share before I start this post. “A camera is just a tool. You are the most important component in any image you create, and you are in control of the framing, the exposure, and the perspective. You can shoot with the fanciest digital camera available or a plastic Holga. Experimenting and learning about different cameras is a wonderful way to find out what your tool of preference is.” I cannot stress this enough. These are just the tools. I started taking “portraits” and playing pretend senior pictures in grade school with an old film camera and then my parents point and shoot when we “upgraded” to digital. I take pictures every day with my iPhone. I don’t know who said it first because I’ve heard it a million times now, but it still rings true. The best camera is the one in your hand.
These are the two cameras I have in my bag. The 5d Mark III & the 5d Mark II. Both great cameras, I had been waiting a long time for the Mark III and debated even buying the Mark II last year because there were always rumours the Mark III was just around the corner. I can’t tell you how happy I am that I didn’t wait. And if I didn’t have the money saved up for the Mark III right away, it wouldn’t have been even close to the end of the world. The Mark II is a beast. It’s an amazing camera. You can do so so so much with it. Heck, they shot an entire episode of the TV show House with that camera! I think there are a lot of approaches to take with upgrading gear…but my biggest recommendation is to not go into debt for it. Buy the gear you can afford and work it till you know every single button and every single function. Which means shooting a lot. Challenge yourself to take more pictures than last year, to shoot in new environments and test yourself in different lighting situations. Save pennies, and then eventually when there is nothing left to learn and nowhere else to go, invest and upgrade. My first DSLR was the Canon Rebel XSi, and it was an amazing camera. I’d like to think I’d worked it into the ground and taught myself a lot of what I needed to know.
The Mark III is what you’ll see me carrying now, and I keep the Mark II with me as a backup. I’ve only shot two weddings and two portrait sessions with it so far so I’m definitely still adjusting to all of the nuanced differences, between this and adjusting to Lightroom 4 for editing. But I am so happy to have a backup camera in my bag at all times (previously I had to rent one for every wedding). I’ve had two lenses fail in the past year at critical moments and without a backup I would have been in real trouble.
Two other things with gear that I must say: the first is to absolutely get it insured! Make sure that if an accident were to happen that you’re covered. Secondly, get a Canon Professional Services membership. I’m sure Nikon has something similar too :-) I have the Gold membership with is absolutely worth the $100 a year just for the expedited shipping back to me, faster turnaround, and two free cleanings a year.
I feel like this post is a lot heavier than I wanted it to be! The biggest point I wanted to drive home which I really hope I’ve gotten across is that you can really take beautiful pictures with ANY camera, these are just my tools of choice for right now.
Happy Happy Thursday folks! We are so close to the weekend :-D
I’m currently reading Dan Miller’s 48 Days to the Work You Love and this into to Chapter 3 from Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet really struck me.
Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy. For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man’s hunger. And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes, your grudge distills a poison in the wine. And if you sing though as angels, and love not the singing, you muffle man’s ears to the voices of the day and the voices of the night. All work is empty save when there is love; and when you work with love you bind yourself to yourself, and to one another, and to God. – Kahlil Gibran
I could read this over and over. Which I’m pretty sure means it might be a good idea to re-read The Prophet as well. But for today, this is my reminder to be ever so thankful for this work that I love! I hope it’s a blessing to you as well.
Today I’m just posting one preview instead of a few discombobulated favorites. ;-) Aren’t they absolutely FABULOUS?! (there are a few more over here on fb…and you can check out her absolutely gorgeous rings too :-D ) Happy Tuesday! (the full post will be up next week!)
For the first time in my life I’m going to be in a wedding! I am absolutely overjoyed :-) More details to come of course, but because it’s Monday….and I’m guessing you’re just about as thrilled about that fact as I am (where is the COFFEE???)….I’m just going to leave you with a pretty picture of the bride’s gorgeous black diamond engagement ring! It’s in a carton of strawberries…because we were sitting around having cocktails last night and I had to break out the macro ;-)
Be absolutely sure to come back tomorrow, I have an engagement session sneak peek waiting for you that is TOO good not to share!
Happy Monday :-) XXOO
This week I kind of feel like life slapped me across the face. And that’s ok. Sometimes I need to just chill out and remember:
Sarah Rhoads / Tumblr / Etsy / MakingThingsHappen / GregariousPeach / EmTheGem
Cheers to a beautiful weekend! XXOO
This is my last lens! The Canon 135mm f2.0L. This is my newest lens but my absolute favorite for ceremony time! I rented the 70-200 one time with the knowledge that it is most wedding photographers’ go-to ceremony lens….and I hated it. So I looked into options, rented this, and fell in LOVE. Immediately. I love love this lens. And one of my goals for the year is to start using it more with my engagement & beloved sessions too! I love this lens because it is tack sharp and soooo “buttery” :-D
I had a little fun with this lens with Betsy too :-) She complained about being posed too “femininely” so I’ll leave you with this ;-)
Just because we’re done with lenses doesn’t mean we’re done! I’ll also be talking about flashes, camera bodies, and bags in the coming weeks :-)
Happy Thursday! XXOO
Last night my friend Frances surprised me with a beautiful gift of white roses. She had no idea they are my absolute favorite flowers! But she said she knew that I was the kind of friend who would care and would appreciate them. I can’t say how thankful I am to have people like this in my life! Not just because of the flowers, but in the bigger picture who know the real me. Friends who I can sob uncontrollably on the couch with and admit feeling completely defeated. Women who appreciate honesty. I can only wish the same on you seven times over. And earnestly hope that I can be that kind of friend.
I can’t tell you how loved this makes me feel.
These flowers also remind me of Matthew 6. “And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin….do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
It’s funny to me the questions people ask me that I never feel like I have a great answer for…like in college for example I was a Philosophy major. Upon hearing this people’s first question is ALWAYS “So who is your favorite philosopher?” Well folks, I studied logic, and don’t have a favorite philosopher….I’ve yet to find an answer that seems to satisfy the asker. Another one of those questions I get fairly frequently is…”So how did you get started with photography?” Me, “well I’ve always loved taking pictures….ever since I was a child I’ve had a camera in my hand….” Ugh, I hate sounding like every other photographer you’ve ever met. Here’s a part of the story that rarely gets told. When I was in grade school I thought that senior pictures for high school were pretty much the coolest thing under the sun. And I loved taking pictures. Okay, we’ve established that bit? My absolute favorite thing was to play “senior pictures” with my friends and dress them up in a bunch of different outfits and take pictures all over the house and yard in different poses. So I guess really that’s how you could say I got started. I didn’t even think about it as a future job….just something I loved doing…and something I had so much fun playing at with friends.
So the first real senior pictures I took were for my sister Betsy when she was graduating from high school. I took them with a point and shoot camera. And actually, considering I had no real working knowledge of light to work with…I still think they were pretty good. Here we are, four years later, and my gorgeous sister is graduating from college! I’m so excited to celebrate next steps with her as she continues on for her master’s! Please note, these are not with my parents’ point and shoot ;-)
Love you sis! XXOO