We are headed out to Charlottesville Virginia today to photograph our third to the last wedding wedding for this year. I can’t believe we have gotten through this season of 35 weddings with so much less stress than past seasons where I had only have of the weddings I had this year. That is definitely is all because of my amazing team: My hubby, Meg, and my editor Katie. I can’t wait to see what 2019 brings! ⠀ Floral Styling | @astyledfete⠀ Hair & make-up | @eleganceartistry Jewelry | @bernierobbinsjewelers⠀ Invitation Suite | @veralyco⠀ Shoes | @badgleymischa⠀ Venue | @tylergardenweddings ⠀ Host | @openaireaffairs⠀ Planner | @eleveeevents⠀ Headpiece & Dress | @jennifersbridal #stacyhartbride #phillywedding #theknotweddings #marthaweddings #fineartweddings #communityovercompetition #realweddings #huffpostido #trendybride #filmweddingphotographer #phillybride #philadelphiawedding #delawareweddingphotographer #phillyweddingphotographer #philadelphiaweddingphotographer #magnoliarouge #phillyinlove #weddingguidephiladelphia #phillyweddings #dcweddingphotographer #virginiaweddingphotographer #baltimoreweddingphotographer
When she first contacted me she told me she loved my work, but that my mention of wine + charcuterie all over my site closed the deal for her. And that line made my heart skip a beat. I knew immediately we were going to be friends, and I knew instantly she was a perfect #SHPBRIDE. That, my friends, is how I know my brand is working. It's kind of silly, but it took me a long time to realize a brand can involve something so trivial such as wine + cheese, and a mutual love of olive those whitty and cheesy puns out there. 😜🧀 As I wrapped up this engagement session and shared some great conversation with these totally rad human beings, over a glass of Pinot, my quality time love language tank was being filled to the brim. My business has never been transactional for me, it has always been about the relationships, but I struggled for the first couple years defining what that was to me, and how to make that connection with my clients. This couple right here... they get me, and I get them. If you are a small business owner and you struggle with where to start your brand, start with what makes your heart sing, and what you talk about the most. For me, it's quality conversation over a glass of wine and charcuterie. And because all of that is so very important to my brand, we have decided to make cheese and charcuterie even bigger for our business. I can't tell you all the details, but let's just say next year will be betta than feta. Just you wait! #charcuterieboard #charcuterieboards #charcuterielove #wineandcheese #wineandcharcuterie #bridetobe2019 #bridetobe2020 #engagementphotos #timetoplanawedding #newlyengaged #shpbrides #shpbride #cheeselovers #coming2019 #wineandolives #cheeseandolives #rebrand #comingsoon2019 #engagementphotography #charcuterielife #oliveyourstyle #oliveyou #betterthancheesecakefactory #bettathanfetta #bridetobe👰 #engagementsession #justengaged #engagedlife #engagedlife💍#filmphotography
I was having a conversation with a friend this weekend while I was in Tampa and we were talking about the importance of dreaming big. I was casually mentioning to her the dreams I have for my business and my family, and as I was speaking about them those dreams suddenly began to feel too big. I started justifying all of it, “I probably won’t make all of that happen…” And before I could go on she said, “Nope, you can totally do all of that. You just have to visualize and declare what you want, and you will get it. “ I smiled and politely agreed, but internally I was telling myself “Yeah, right! It’s not that easy.” And then as I was driving around with her amongst the Palm trees and Spanish moss covered trees, a switch flipped in my heart. I AM doing it, Stacy!! I have always wanted to travel for my business and this year I traveled to Italy, California, Florida, and Massachusetts for it. I have always wanted this business to grow enough to fully sustain our family’s lifestyle, and that is exactly what we are doing. I have always wanted to have a platform to speak truth about biblical marriage, gospel parenting, and faith topics, and now I have a podcast. So why on Earth do I doubt those other dreams I have? So here is my daily reminder for me, and all of you: God doesn’t put our dreams in a box, we do! God doesn’t give us our callings and passions with parameters because we aren’t good enough...we put those limits there. God uses all kinds of people in all walks of life for His will. And most often he uses the people who are seemingly unequipped to do His work. For this girl that’s a hot mess momma who loves entrepreneurship, her family, and her faith. So, how about we all become a little less focused on what we’re not doing so we don’t ignore all the work He already has equipped us to do. And, a friendly reminder that if you have friends who support and encourage your dreams, you should definitely keep them around. . . . . . . #traveltuesday #wandermore #travelready #traveltagged #travelflorida #staysaltyflorida #roamflorida #pureflorida #entreprenuerlife #goalsetting #dreambigtravelmore #dreambigneverquit
We are on our way back home from a short weekend getaway/work trip with my best girl,#sweetaddisynfaith in Florida. I think we lived it up, and there will be many more special mommy/daughter trips, but we sure are missing our sweet boys. In the meanwhile, this blog post is coming out this week. I can’t even wait to show you how sweet it is. #weddingphotographer #engagementphotographer #fineartphotographer #fineartwedding #love #inspiredbylove #engagementinspo #engagementinspiration #californiaengagement #engaged #engagementphotos #engagedud83dudc8d #engagedandinspired #phillyengagementphotographer #phillyinlove #phillylove #fujifilm #ishootfujifilm #fuji400h #fineartbride
I’m off to Florida tomorrow to shoot a family shoot and miss my daughter #sweetaddisynfaith so much I decided to bring her. This past month has been a whirlwind, five engagement shoots and six weddings and now a trip to Florida. I feel incredibly blessed...tired, but blessed. Check out more from this epic shoot in my stories. #stacyhartphotography #stacyhartbride #annapolisengagement @c1ickmatch #portra400 #jcrewmodel @jcrew
You have 2 DAYS LEFT to book your December 1st mini session at OUR EARLY BIRD rates. AND, in honor of Election Day, we are making an executive decision 😜and giving you another gift. Anyone who has already booked or books a session before midnight on November 7th will receive $25 off your deposit and a complimentary upgrade of your entire gallery for download with print release. More details below. Authentic. Joyful. Unposed. These are the three words all Stacy Hart photographers use as an approach during each photo shoot. We aim to make a mini session feel like a unique-to-you full session with a variety of moments photographed to give you a fine art gallery to share with your loved ones for Christmas. Here are the Deets: December 1st session, December 8th rain date (or money back) -3 LOCATIONS to choose from (Blackbird Forest, Historic Odessa, and Killen's Pond State Park) -20 Minute Session -A minimum of 30 retouched Fine Art images -Print + Download release -Guaranteed gallery delivery by December 8th (yay, epic Christmas cards!) Reserve your Early Bird rate today by clicking the link in my profile. From there, choose your desired location + time slot. Two easy payments of $125 (deposit + remaining) Tag a friend who might be interested and please share, share, share! #delawarefamilyphotographer #familypictures #minisession #delawarefineartfamily #delta3200
Just delivered the most stunning wedding to these two love birds! If dusty blue and burgundy is your idea for your big day, do I gotta blog for you coming SOON! Also, @misshayleypaige you sure know how to make a bride love her wedding day even more, and all the wedding photographers thank you for it! 😘❤️ #stacyhartbride #phillywedding #theknotweddings #marthaweddings #fineartweddings #communityovercompetition #realweddings #huffpostido #trendybride #filmweddingphotographer #phillybride #philadelphiawedding #delawareweddingphotographer #phillyweddingphotographer #philadelphiaweddingphotographer #magnoliarouge #phillyinlove #weddingguidephiladelphia #phillyweddings #filmisnotdead #portra400 #virginiaweddingphotographer #baltimoreweddingphotographer
“Through it all, my eyes are you. Through it all, it is well. Let go my soul, and trust in Him. The waves and wind still know His name...It is well with my soul” This song is one of my favorites, and also the one that convicts me the most in my worship and my spirituality. I often sing with outstretched arms and with tears in my eyes, more for the desire to want to actually believe in the words and not because I get them. I want to feel that it IS well, and some days I listen to this song (like today) and it doesn’t feel like it is well. My desire to trust in Him is present. But, the truth is I don’t know how to let go and live *in* that desire. How can I believe in His promises when it seems the world around me is crumbling? How can I feel His presence, when it feels like I’m doing it alone? I was chatting with two friends this week at separate times. Both of which have carried more grief than I ever thought I would see in a lifetime. We shared some thoughts about gratefulness. They desire to feel that “it is well” just as much as me. And so these past few weeks we’ve been writing down daily gifts that God has given us. But the past two days, it’s been tough for me. My mind is occupied with all the “wish I could be...” thoughts and not living in the blessings I’ve been given. I know I have also been distracted with work and business so I’m going to start tonight with being more present. This probably isn’t the most business savvy thing to do, especially after launching my mini session marathon, but for the weekends I’m going to start checking out from social media. Be still and reconnect with Him. Starting tonight! I hope you all have a happy weekend friends, I’ll see you on the flip-side. #presentoverperfect #virtuouswoman #proverbs31woman #lampandlight #weekendvibes #weekendmotivation #itiswellwithmysoul
I put my feelers out yesterday to see if anyone would be interested in mini sessions on December 1st and the response has been an overwhelming yes! I'm so excited to share that I'm moving forward with this plan and will be hosting a mega-mini session marathon with myself + two associate photographers working to photograph all the interested families + couples. We'll be announcing the details soon (there will be 3 different locations available - say what?!), but in the meantime please take a look at this recent mini session of the stunning Autumn + her littles to get inspired for your own. I just loved their style, the laughs, and that light. Raise your hand if this has you so excited to book your own mini! The details will be sent to SHP newsletter subscribers first, so make sure you're signed up (p.s.-there's a direct link at the end of this blog so go find it.) tag a friend who wound be interested!
I’ve always loved the rich and deep tones of film, but never guessed I would look into my viewfinder and get transported back into time.. It’s different than digital. It’s purposeful and rich, and it’s slow and well composed. I just love, LOVE this shot of Marc and Alyssa and can’t wait to deliver their whole gallery today. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #stacyhartbride #phillywedding #theknotweddings #marthaweddings #fineartweddings #communityovercompetition #realweddings #huffpostido #trendybride #filmweddingphotographer #phillybride #philadelphiawedding #delawareweddingphotographer #phillyweddingphotographer #philadelphiaweddingphotographer #magnoliarouge #phillyinlove #weddingguidephiladelphia #phillyweddings #dcweddingphotographer #virginiaweddingphotographer #baltimoreweddingphotographer #mamiya645 #portra400 #ishootkodakfilm #kodakportra400
details details details! Bouquets get me every time and this stunner by @astyledfete are the perfect colors for a fall wedding ⠀ _________⠀ #stacyhartbride #phillywedding #fallweddinginspo #asfshpcollective #marthaweddings #fineartweddings #communityovercompetition #realweddings #huffpostido #trendybride #filmweddingphotographer #phillybride #philadelphiawedding #delawareweddingphotographer #phillyweddingphotographer #philadelphiaweddingphotographer #magnoliarouge #phillyinlove #weddingguidephiladelphia #phillyweddings #dcweddingphotographer #virginiaweddingphotographer #baltimoreweddingphotographer
October has been filled to the brim with pretty epic wedding day celebrations. I know all my brides and grooms are patiently waiting for sneaks, and trust me, I’m dying to share with you. Thank you for being the best clients a girl could ask for! Venue | Lewes Yacht Club Event planning | @eleveeevents @melissalprice #stacyhartbride #phillywedding #theknotweddings #marthaweddings #fineartweddings #communityovercompetition #realweddings #huffpostido #trendybride #filmweddingphotographer #phillybride #philadelphiawedding #delawareweddingphotographer #phillyweddingphotographer #philadelphiaweddingphotographer #magnoliarouge #phillyinlove #weddingguidephiladelphia #phillyweddings #dcweddingphotographer #virginiaweddingphotographer #baltimoreweddingphotographer
Steve and I recorded our 13th podcast episode tonight about one of our favorite marital books, The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman. This is a book that has been with us from the beginning, from dating all the way through our 10+ years of marriage. We believe in it so much that we wanted to share with you all the good stuff. In the podcast we tell you our own love language test results, as well as why we love all of the fabulous points in the book. Raise your hand 🙋🏻♀️ if you have heard of and/or read the book. If so, tell me your primary love language. And if you haven’t heard of it, give the podcast a listen by visiting @datenightdiariespodcast or clicking on the link in my profile. Then come back and tell me what you think about the book. We would love to give away a free copy to one of our listeners, so be sure to let us know if you gave it a listen or if you are interested to read the book. We will give a free copy away by the end of the weekend, so be sure to comment below here, or on our recent post on @datenightdiariespodcast #thefivelovelanguages #marriagequotes #marriagebootcamp #marriage365 #fiercemarriage #qualitytimetogether #communityovercompetition #podcastlove #podcastersofinstagram #entrepreneurmindset #beating50percent #marriagerocks #marriedatfirstsight #realmarriage #realtalk #datenightdiaries #podcasters #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitevalley #christianmarriage
To love and be loved is the greatest gift. Love in action, and not in expectations. #delawarefamilyphotographer #familyphotography #thefountcollective #lewesdelaware #capehenlopen #virginiafamilyphotographer #lovemultiplied #quietthechaos #collectivelycreate #fineartphotography #portraitphotography #phillyfamilyphotographer #familyportraitphotographer #ishootfujifilm #fuji400h #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #kodakportra #filmscans #photovision #portra400 #photovisionprints #mediumformatfilm #profilmlab #filmscan #mamiya645 #filmprocessing #filmlab #processfilm #printlab
It’s FriYay, and I’m about give myself some much needed family time, which looks like window shopping for a new couch we can’t buy yet. The torture! But before I go, here is some motivation and my favorite advice I have ever read about pursuing my dreams. Jon Acuff (@jonacuff) wrote in his book Start, “People are mistaken when they think chasing your dream is a selfish thing to do. As if perhaps being average is an act of humility. As if perhaps wasting the talents you were given is proof that you’re a considerate individual.” Friends, if it’s a dream, God gave you that passion for a reason. If it’s a feeling that you feel deep down in the core of your being, that is a divine nudge for you to get after it. If it is something that gives you energy, it is something you were meant to do. Stop the excuses and start after that dream of yours. What will happen when all those excuses you are using have gone away? Will you then pursue that dream, or will you create more excuses? In my first year of business I made about $7,000 and now my business is making over six figures. I didn’t fall into 6 figures, I worked my butt off to get here over eight years. Each year my business has been growing steadily, and the one thing that hasn’t changed is that I have never given up. One thing I go back to is the idea of being, “Awesome!” I used to think Awesome meant, 30K + followers and having all the style that someone “Awesome” clearly needed to have, but that is simply not true. Now I believe I *am* awesome and Acuff explains it perfectly, “I learned a simple lesson about being awesome: always play to the size of your heart, not to the size of your audience. Awesome doesn’t let the crowd determine the size of the performance. Awesome gets up for two people or 200. Awesome writes great books even if no one is going to read them. Awesome sweeps the parts of store floors that no foot will ever touch. Awesome can’t help itself. Awesome has a huge heart. And that’s what it always plays to. The size of the crowd doesn’t matter. The applause of the audience doesn’t matter.” So cheers to all of you pursuing your dreams and being AWESOME in the process. Happy Weekend!