Jess and Dave | Brookside Country Club Wedding

This past fall we shot a beautiful outdoor wedding at Brookside Country Club! The day couldn’t have been more perfect as the sun was shining, the leaves were bright in their fall colors, and love was in the air!

I really loved shooting Jess and Dave’s wedding. I just loved how genuine their love seemed. When Jared asked Dave what he was most looking forward to about the day Dave replied, “Im most looking forward to the ceremony because of what it stands for…” So often we hear in response that the giant party at the end is what most look forward to. It was so refreshing hearing a groom look forward to what the ceremony means to him.

Brookside Country Club is a great place to host your wedding. Callan, the coordinator there, is the BEST and we actually are going to be shooting her wedding this coming May! YAY Callan!!!:)

 



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Thanksgiving!

Its early in the morning. The cool blue November light barely lights through my foggy window as I just enjoyed the last sip of my warm cup of coffee. I have two lit candles by my side; one Balsam and Cedar and the other Warm Woodland Walk. I can’t make up my mind whether or not to burn a fall candle, or a winter candle. And that completely sets the tone to how most of my days operate. Cant decide, I’ll just do both… But on this cold fall morning, the day before Thanksgiving, Im completely overwhelmed with how blessed we are. Im thankful for my tiny little house that provides us shelter and warmth. And I completely love that I can see all four walls/rooms while sitting in the perfect spot on the couch.

Im thankful for my husband who works so hard to make me happy. Constantly. And Im thankful when he flat out tells me if Im being kind of a brat. Im thankful for my family members who provide me with countless amounts of entertainment and love! Im not really sure what the bandanas were for but we just went along with what my Stepdad wanted us to do;)….

Im thankful for my friends who always make me laugh! Always. Who needs the gym when you can have gut busters with your friends?

 

Most of all, Im thankful for my God and the gift that Jesus gave to us on the cross. Without this gift of grace I would be incredibly lost in my ways. He has carried me through the darkest of days, he’s laughed with me in the happiest of days, and he has loved me for all of my days. That is the best gift anyone could ever receive.



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The problem with Pinterest | Repost from Amie Grover

Last year one of my favorite photographers (yes, I have my own collection of favorites) posted an OUTSTANDING article on her blog about the hazards of Pinterest. I shared it on my Facebook when she originally posted it, but with the ever increasing amount of brides who come to me with overwhelming amounts of “must haves”, I felt it deserved another share…..

 

Copied from Amie Grover

It’s incredible how Pinterest has taken the wedding industry by storm. We have always been, and still are big supporters of Pinterest. It has been such an incredible tool for our business and has helped so many brides find our work. It can be a great place for brides to gather wedding ideas, color schemes, flowers they love, ect. It wasn’t until recently though, have we started seeing the negative affects of Pinterest on wedding photography.

Pinterest can discourage the creative process.

As photographers, the images we create are like one-of-a-kind art. There are so many aspects that go into composing a photograph, most importantly the lighting, environment and the subjects. Sometimes, the most amazing photographs happen by chance and can’t be re-created. Unpredictability is one of the things we find most inspiring and exciting about photography. We love when we are able to blow our couples away, and give them images that are better than anything they could have ever dreamed up or expected. We are able to create these images when we are given time, complete trust and artistic freedom.

A few times this past year, we have had brides send us Pinterest boards of photo inspiration for their wedding day. We whole-heartedly believe that it comes from a place of sheer excitement for their big day…and that they are just trying to be proactive in sharing what they like. Even though we know that they have the best intentions,  as we scroll through the photos, we can’t help but initially feel discouraged. Brides are pinning the BEST of the BEST photos (from an already curated body of work) from hundreds of different weddings. I think it leaves us wondering…Did they hire us because they like our style? How are we going to be able to meet/exceed their expectations?

My recent struggle with Pinterest lead me to research other people’s thoughts on the topic. One of the most compelling articles I read said something really profound,  “Pinterest is not a source of inspiration, it’s a collection of completed ideas“ (The Problem With Pinterest). Such an interesting thought. Is that why as artists we can sometimes feel discouraged by Pinterest instead of inspired?

It may appear simple, but there are a lot of things that make up a good photograph.

As photographers, We see photos in a very unique way. We notice the lighting, coloring, the location, time of day, the natural elements (wind, sun flare, fog), the posing, the height of the couple, ect. We know from experience that ALL of these aspects are what create the mood & feel of that particular photo. One of the best examples that comes to mind is this photo by Amelia Lyon. We have seen it on just about everybody’s Pinterest board, heck, it’s probably on one of ours somewhere too. It is SO stunning.

Notice how the wind is sweeping her hair just right, how it’s the perfect time of day, how she has a subtle passionate look on her face, how he is just the right height to be kissing her forehead, how beautiful the jewels on her sleeved dress look.

Wow. It really is one-of-a-kind and that’s what makes it so special!

 

 

Another photo I have seen appear time and time again on Pinterest is this getting ready shot by Becker. This is an insanely beautiful bride, but I think there’s something else about this photo that so many brides are drawn to. She looks so cool, calm and collected oh her big day…like she has actually has the time to sit and “smell the roses.”

Notice how her hair and makeup are finished early, her bouquet arrived timely to her suite, how the room isspotless, the bed is made, the bedding is simple and beautifully accents her cute robe, how flattering her legs look resting on the perfectly placed bed frame, how just the right amount of light is seeping in, how her bouquet is rounded allowing us to see her beautiful face.

The fact that all of these elements aligned for this Cinderella bride is pretty amazing…and that is what makes it nearly impossible to duplicate – especially on a wedding day when time is not on your side.

 

 

When our focus is on re-creating, we aren’t able to truly create.

Knowing how important all of the elements are that go into a photograph are what make us feel discouraged when presented with a Pinterest board of inspiration. We jump into problem solving mode…how are we going to create that wind swept beach photo in a hotel garden setting? How are we going to shoot that epic bridal portrait in a messy and chaotic bridal suite? How are we going to serve our clients, but still do our best work? Re-creating someone else’s photo takes a lot of time to stage correctly. When time is something we are always working against, that time that could be better spent creating something unique. We photographed a wedding this past year – where we spent so much time trying to please the bride, and fulfill her Pinterest “must haves,” that we never had the opportunity to really shine and do our best work. In the end, the photos were beautiful – but we didn’t feel like they represented our style, or who we are as artists. We want to feel proud of the photos we create for brides and grooms.

So, if you want to get the most out of your wedding photos, here are a few tips for brides:

1. Use Pinterest early on in your planning process to pin photos that you like & are attracted to. Then, use your board to help determine what style you are drawn to and find a photographer consistent with that style. Once you’ve chosen your photographer – give them your trust & support to capture your big day.

2. Remember your wedding is about you and your day. You want to look back at your photos and feel like they are the best representations of who you are….not just an okay rendition of a photo you saw on Pinterest. Give your photographer the green light to choose poses and locations that flatter you and your wedding aesthetic.

3. Be realistic about how you will be feeling on your wedding day. In the past, we’ve had brides come to us with lofty photo ideas – traveling all around a city or walking down steep paths to the beach on a hot summers day. Once they are all dressed up, reality sets in. Their dress is heavy and stiff, the tulle is itchy, their shoes aren’t comfortable, the humidity is ruining their hair, there are tourists in bathing suits everywhere. Somehow this seemed like a much better idea their mind. If you want to be comfortable and portable on your big day – wear a dress and shoes that allow you to do that. This past bride of ours, Kelly – really got the most out of her photographs because she wore a simple dress that was easy to move around in and made it effortless to look natural in poses.

 

 

As photographers, we would rather be spending the precious time we have on a wedding day experimenting with a couple and figuring out how they work together in poses that feel really natural. We also want to be inspired by the surroundings we’re in and be able create new one-of-a-kind shots. In no way is this post meant to offend any brides out there, it’s really just to share a photographer’s perspective and thoughts on the topic. As much as you want to have incredible photos and memories…we want to take an active part in creating them.

<3 Aimee Grover



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Ashley and Alex | Married

Ladies, let me tell you something! Ashley’s wedding day weather was one that would frightened almost any bride. The forecast called for scattered severe thunderstorms and points of the day where we could have DOWNPOURS! Well, the day started off beautifully sunny, not a cloud in site and you questioned whether or not the weather man got it right. How could it rain on such a beautifully warm day? Well, it did….RIGHT when we needed to be outside taking portraits. This isn’t a story to scare you. Its a story to inspire you. Ashley and Alex had complete ease about the day. Yes, it was POURING down rain, YES they were a wee bit late to the reception, YES everything worked out great! Ashley wasn’t afraid to get a tiny bit wet during the portraits. If it was only sprinkling, we were out there getting what we could in record time. If it was pouring, they were snuggled up under an umbrella laughing about the circumstances.

Brides, what Im trying to say is… you are only going to wear that dress ONCE. You are only going to have ONE chance to get outside, dance in the rain with your new husband, and have an amazing story to tell when your older. Don’t be afraid of a little rain, a little grass or a little smudge. It’ll be worth it, I promise!!! See for yourself!!!

Ummm…..Dad’s expression? Pass the tissues.

Behind the Scenes: 

 



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Julie Fisher Langley -

Beautiful pictures. What a fabulous photographer. What a fabulous bride and groom.

Sandra Jones -

So glad we were present to witness the love shared between Ashley and Alex. Beautiful pictures.

Julie Lutz Anderson -

Rachel Jacobus you do such a great job…can’t wait to have you take pictures of our family!