I’m refreshing my wedding styling kit (because I seem to have lost everything somewhere during my last wedding of 2018.. ). Fellow photographers, what are your styling must-haves? ♥️ Floral design by @terrabellaeventflorals, planning by @polkadot_planners, shoes by @aquazzura, jewelry boxes by @the_mrs_box and @essellesf, styling board by @heirloombindery, shot on @fujifilm_profilm and scanned by @photovisionprints.
Preparing to bunker down later this week when the rainstorm hits, but for now, I’m so excited for my dear friend @annawuphoto’s epic high tea birthday celebration today! ☕️🍰 looks like the sunbeams are going to stick around for the party too ☀️ here’s a recent sunset snapshot from Land’s End in San Francisco. Shot on @kodak with my #contax645 and processed by @photovisionprints. This print is available for purchase in my travel gallery ♥️
Here’s my face. Photo by the talented @annawuphoto 💕 What can I answer for you today? Ask me anything!
It isn’t always possible to scout all my sessions beforehand, but good ole’ satellite maps on Google comes through every time. Image from Elisha + Adam’s Point Reyes engagement, taken on my #Contax645 using @fujifilm_profilm and processed by @photovisionprints.
I’ve been having some THOUGHTS lately about how I personally capture engagement photos (oh no, she’s about to go full steam into another crazy caption!!). What parts are natural and organic, and can these sessions be overly made up and contrived? My strong opinion is: it is 100000000% the photographer’s job to ensure that the client receives beautiful, effortless, and true images. It is our duty to plan and prepare for these sessions as much as possible in order to ensure this. I work together with my clients on many of these decisions, but I recognize that I have a directing hand in choosing meaningful locations, ideal times of day for lighting and crowd control, even the minute details of outfits and accessories for the session that I know will photograph best. It is never my client’s responsibility to curate all these elements on their own. That’s not to say that I simply choose locations for my clients based on where I want to shoot next. Every decision is made with a huge amount of consideration for the client - what scenes do they love most? How do they best communicate with one another? What environments speak to them and add to their relationship? I love the increased focus on detail and emotion as I prepare for these shoots with my couples, and the elevated feeling it brings to the photographs. I’ll shout it again: it is our DUTY as photographers to art direct our sessions, even if it feels like so much planning just to capture that “everyday date night” feeling. I vow to never go into a session without already knowing exactly how I plan on capturing it (even if that plan evolves along the way!!). However, the end goal is always to capture something that was already there. That love story is ever-present, and I always want my images to feel completely real to the couples that they depict. Image from Sallie and Jake’s engagement session in Atlanta, GA. Photographed on @fujifilm_profilm with my #Contax645 and processed by @photovisionprints.
I really enjoyed curating some of my favorite travel images into a prints gallery yesterday and wanted to share a few here on Instagram! 1. Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA. This is one of the first images I ever shot on film, shortly after I moved here. I’m still just as in love with watching @karlthefog dance around the city as I was that day. This print currently hangs in our living room. 2. From the Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto, Japan. The main shrine structure was built in 1499, but the earliest structures were built as early back as 711 😱 There are around 1,000 torii gates on the main path leading into the shrine. It became a custom during the Edo period to donate a torii in order to grant a wish or give thanks. I was mostly thankful I caught an empty moment between tourist groups for this shot! 3. Our favorite breakfast cafeteria in Kyoto 😆🐟🍚 I believe we ate here three times in a row. 4. The Palais du Luxembourg in Paris, France. Wow, I went down a deep wiki hole reading about all the fascinating historical figures that lived here. Needless to say, it’s an incredible spot full of centuries of untold stories. I particularly love the friendly group of schoolmates gathering for photos in the middle right of this image. It’s a little meta, and a fun blending of the past and current. 5. A quiet boat at @rockys_lake_estate in Woodstock, GA that both @4cornersphoto and I just really loved. The water was really that unbelievable teal color. I hope you all enjoy! If you’d like to see more, just message me and I’d be happy to share the travel prints gallery link with you! ♥️
SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY. Shot on my #Contax645 with @fujifilm_profilm and processed by @photovisionprints. All planning and direction by @beautifulwilddesign, styling support and love from @4cornersphoto, dress by @elayavaughn and beautifully worn by @mccall.mitchell, ring by @susiesaltzman, hair and makeup by @vigilantecosmetics, shot onsite at @parkstudios.co.
No flower zone 🌿 a closer look at a recent ultra-modern invitation suite that I had the pleasure of photographing at @crockerart. Paper goods by @theephemerie, photography by @cassievalentephoto, floral design and concept by @thistle.and.honey, planning by @wilderlandstudio, ring by @trumpetandhorn, styling board by @heirloombindery, photographed on-location in Sacramento, CA. Image taken on my #Contax645 using @fujifilm_profilm and processed by @photovisionprints.
The absolute height of my romantic daydreams in middle school involved visions of holding! hands! with! boys! at the local shopping mall and seeing how far I could stretch my $10 allowance (quite far actually, those days). The memories of those times stay with me. I am now 27-going-on-13, Michael has the nicest hands to hold, and while a sandwich in San Francisco averages $14, I’m never going to stop dreaming about owning that gigantic @pusheen doll at Japantown someday 🙏🏻 Planning + coordination + guest film rolling talents by @spreadinglovely, floral design by @laurasfloras, hair and makeup by @aprilfosterbridal, dress by @sarahseven, suit by @theblacktux, film scanning by @photovisionprints, shot on location at @tygewine.