If I could describe my ideal bride in one image this right here would be IT. A woman who picks out the killer dress yet doesn’t mind gettin it a little dirty. She is fun, down-to-earth, let’s her hair hang down. She is happy to hike a little bit for photos, and even comes well-prepared! 🥾 Heading back to Joshua Tree this weekend but this time the 📸 ain’t comin with. It’s time to unplug! Happy weekend friends, And are you an adventure bride? Cauuuse I might be yo girl 🤙🏻
I get asked from time to time if I offer mentorships. People want to know how I got started, how I was able to grow so fast and so quick. Here’s my story: After my own wedding I was drawn to the wedding industry (ironic cause I was always a tomboy). After a few glasses of wine while watching a webinar on “how to be a wedding photographer” or something like that I called up my husband and unleashed my dreams to him (After already clicking “confirm purchase” to a $1000 course - ya know those things at the end of webinars that suck you in? I got sucked in). I had no camera experience, no business degree, no CAMERA! I spent a month researching & in the meantime I created content with my iPhone 5S for an Instagram following of 50. What even was a #? As soon as my camera came in the mail I got to work. Literally that day I took it out in a heavy snowstorm (really, what was I thinking). I didn’t wanna wait for summer to begin shooting and learning it. I started posing my friends and fam, grabbing baby’s breath and some blue fabric and taking silly pictures outside in the cold (this one is still one of my favorites - swipe for my first few images Ever!)👀 I created all this content and scarily put myself out there for the world to see. I didn’t spend years second shooting or taking camera courses before I felt ready to take on weddings, I educated myself and believed in myself so hard that clients believed in me too. I designed a style shoot for spring, built a website with those images, and shot my first wedding solo that summer - the rest was history! So my advice? Be a little insane, but know yourself from the beginning. Create content and put it out there for the world to see **before** you feel 100% ready. Know your brand, know your ideal client, and don’t settle. Especially in those awkward beginning stages when you’ll want to say yes to everything that comes your way. Don’t! I said no to my first wedding inquiry because I knew it wasn’t a match. Patience, self love, and some serious determination will get you far🙌🏻 I don’t offer mentorships at the moment but I’m definitely not ruling it out. Are you a newbie photographer? What do you need to know?
Although group photos are a more directed portion of the day, I still strive to keep these looking less cliche and more natural, **beauty in the imperfections**. Every group is different, I love shouting out a command and photographing the reaction. And most importantly- I like to keep it quick! No more than 30 mins for the whole wedding party - photos of just the girls, just the guys, and both!! (any longer and people are over it anyway). I’ve never walked away from a wedding feeling like we didn’t get enough in that half hour. Photos are important, but I know there’s also other important things going on, and I never try to keep you from your party too long🍻 Are you a bride with a laid back vibe? 2020 dates are open for grabs!
The suspense is over! 👏🏻Jack & Brittney’s 3 page spread in @wisconsinbride magazine is now over in my stories. And thanks so much to the friendors back home in WI who were kind enough to send me vids & snapshots of it. You da best ♡ Always surreal seeing your photos published in print, head over to stories for all the pretty deets!
Very honored to announce Jack & Brittney‘s wedding day has been featured on 3 whole pages in the newest @wisconsinbride Magazine 😍. And I won’t even be able to see it til April (wah, killing me!) . . Who’s got their copy? Did you find me? ((Bonus points if you hook a girl up with a pic!😉))
I love taking on new locations, traveling a little further, hiking a little longer. Brides - if you find the photographer you love hasn’t shot your location or venue before, don’t let this be a deal breaker! It could actually work out in your favor! Some of my best work has been times I was pushed to think a little differently, try something new. My creative brain kicks into overdrive, so many fresh new ideas and inspiration fill me. It may feel safe to go with a photographer whose shot your location millions of times, but more important than location is connection. Who do you connect with? Artistically? Personally? Hire that person. Photo taken above as a @joshuatreenps first-timer (see stories for the rest of the session!) Are you planning a #destinationwedding or #elopement? Let’s connect!👋🏻