Black and white weddings 👌🏻
Cruising into the New Year like. ☺️ I love the start of a new year... creating a divide between what has been and what we hope to be. I have a good feeling about 2019 ❤️
PART 3/3: I booked it as fast as I could to that street a few blocks down. While running there, all the people I had let down flashed through my head. The sweetest lady and new business friend in England who had created the paper suite, the sweet girl who graciously did makeup and hair that Mallory had so kindly set up, Mallory who gave up most of her day for my little shoot, the ring that was flown in for it... If you were involved, I saw you. I got to the street and frantically asked some guy sitting in a lawn chair if he’d seen anything, I guess he was policing the street. He hadn’t, and he wasn’t very nice about it- but I ran around him and... nothing. Until I got a little closer and saw a black bag barely peeking out behind a bush. I found it. IT WAS JUST SITTING THERE! It was as if my valuables were completely invisible to others... don’t they see its value? Why didn’t anyone just walk off with it!? It was the single worst and BEST moment of my business life this year. I was being watched over. So.. here’s to the shoot that almost wasn’t. Here’s to a new year with new adventures. I’m hoping the only casualty in 2019 is the stress I mounted on myself in 2018. 🥴 Here’s to being a one woman show but knowing I’m not alone in this. God sees us... he knows what we care about and he cares about it, too. Here’s to being human... to accept grace and give it to others. Here’s to a New Year. 🥂 #breakoutthecider #2019
PART 2: About the time we were getting kicked off the street I decided to have my husband just drop me off out front at the mission. I didn’t have enough hands for everything (dress, flowers, shoes, hair piece, styling kit, invitation suite, camera equipment, probably tons more I didn’t need but had to have “just in case” (remember- over planner) but I knew I’d get help from Mallory... better yet, they had wagons to use! Super easy-to-push-your-stuff-never-falls-out, kind of wagons. 🤨 We checked in, which was nerve wracking enough. They didn’t allow us to take our styling boards in and they had very specific rules. The check in took some time. We only got 60 minutes to shoot there, and we were dealing with a bit of rain plus the need to get Mallory dressed and hope everything fit and the style I imagined in my head would come alive. So once that’s all settled and I start to just concern myself about the pretty pictures I’ll take, I look around to realize my camera bag isn’t there. My thoughts went to: “oh! I left it in the lobby during check in!” Not there. Called my husband thinking I left it in the van. They were enjoying lunch downtown and thankfully got a close-by parking spot on the street. Checked the van: not there. Now I’m panicking because the only other place I could’ve left it was on the busy sidewalk in front of the mission right by a bus stop. My mind went to how someone found it and now they are tens of thousands of dollars richer with my camera that isn’t being made anymore and they’ve caught a bus to Timbucktu with it all... that when added up, is my entire business. I tried not to panic, the worst case scenario, it’s gone forever but at least I have insurance...? Does my policy cover mom brain? When it wasn’t in front of the mission I ran back inside of the lobby and suddenly the thought came to me: “what about that first street?” The street I stopped at 30-45 minutes earlier? The one where tons of vendors would soon be setting up? If I left it there, it’s gone. It’s been too long. Either that or they have a bomb squad on it because the state of California takes unattended stray luggage seriously. I took off my sandals and booked it
PART 1 The shoot that almost wasn’t: I lost my camera bag this day. I’m talking, all 3 cameras, my 4 extra lenses, @holdfastgear strap, reflector and a bunch of other extras. I was so frazzled and embarrassed about it I never told my sweet model Mallory... plus, by some miracle, I got it back after 30+ minutes without it. That’s the long story short. Here’s what happened... I’m a one woman show. I may say “we” here and there on my website because sometimes I hire second shooters if the wedding requires it, but otherwise it’s all me running the show. In the case of my personal projects, that’s still basically true. I love it when vendors agree to work with me! Without them none of my personal projects would fall into place. When traveling out of state for a shoot that I put together myself, there’s a special kind of added stress involved one cannot quite describe. My “little projects” have been forgotten about before by vendors here and there... so I sometimes over-plan in the event I’m in a bind and people cancel. Side note: Remember when I did a shoot in D.C.? The dress never arrived. I contacted the company hour after hour the day before hoping they would respond. I had already paid for it and made the arrangements but it wasn’t coming, I resolved. So, what ended up happening is I went to Georgetown and bought a couple different options only to finally get ahold of the rental company who overnighted it to me. So what picture I’m trying to paint before I launch into the story I intended is: from throwing the concept together to setting it all up, it’s a lot of work with a lot of moving parts, and anything can happen. We couldn’t find parking. We finally turned down a street that was surprisingly empty - parked - only to find out there was going to be a market night set up there in 30 minutes and we’d have to move. I had my husband driving and four kids in the back in our super glamorous mini van. We stopped there for the time being so I could reset and get together only what I actually needed. We had random bits of our luggage mixed with my boxes of “styled shoot stuff” and I pulled everything out of the van to go through it.
Featured today on @utahvalleybride • Photographer: @connieballuff Film Lab: @goodmanfilmlab Stylist / Planner: Alexandria at Over The Top Events: @overthetopevents.ut Floral Designer: Heidi at Over the Top Events @overthetopevents.ut Dress Designer: @nataliewynndesign Rentals: @diamond_rental_events Accessories: @jbrooksjewelers Venue: @thisistheplaceweddings @thisistheplaceheritagepark Cake Designer: @flourandflourish Hair & Make-up Artist: @janelleingram Paper Suite: @weddings_by_eccentricity Model: @alexischanelkener Shoes: @nordstrom Earrings: @katespadeny Linens: @green_earth_studio Blush Glasses: @crateandbarrel
So thankful for this crew of mine. I’m thankful to everyone here as well for your support of my little photography business.
“Kiss ‘em like you mean it”:
I loved photographing this elopement recently. Here’s a sweet moment during the ceremony 💕 The day could not have been more beautiful!