Y'all the photography world is tough! Way tougher than I imagined it would be. I jumped into this thing at a time where the phrase "everyone is a photographer" isn't just words but kind of a reality. With cameras on phones literally everyone is a photographer. There are also tons of pro and semi pro and hobbyist photographers out there and sometimes I struggle. It's so easy with facebook groups and instagram to see just how many people there are out there and that we are all competing. I used to tell people, don't worry, there are a lot of people out there, there's enough for all of us. I still believe that, I really do, but I have also learned that it's really really hard to cut through all of the noise to get to those people. The people who aren't looking for a deal, the people who value what I do and how long it took me to learn to do it well. Which brings me to my next struggle. Am I doing it well? I like to believe that I am. It's so easy to second guess yourself though when you see all of those other amazing photographers doing their thing. It's hard not to compare yourself to them. It's hard not to see this person's or that person's work and it looks nothing like what you're putting out and then you see that they seem to be doing really well and getting tons of clients so you start to change your style to try to match this person's or that person's but no matter what you do you just don't like the way your pictures look with that style of shooting and editing so you bang your head on your desk and revert back to what you have been doing because it's what you love for your pictures. In case you haven't figured it out the "you" in this scenario is in fact, me.
I do this, I scroll through my IG feed and through my FB groups and I look at the other photographer's in my area and see that my style is quite different than most. After seeing this quote by Mark Twain "Comparison is the death of joy" I don't actually do this as much as I used to because it was killing my joy. I was constantly questioning myself, my abilities, my style. Now I live and work by this quote " if you continuously compete with others, you become bitter. If you continuously compete with yourself, you become better". I look at my past work compared to my current work and there is a marked improvement. I love my work and my style of shooting and editing and I know there are people out there who will and do love what I do too.
So I am going forth in the world doing my thing, my way 'cause I gotta be me!
"with this ring, I thee wed". Last week my husband and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary. 13 years ago we stood in the Mon Bel Ami wedding chapel in Las Vegas and said our vows to each other. Well, I giggled my way through them because that's kind of what I do when I get really nervous or excited. Although at that point we had been together for 12 years and were fully committed to one another, I will say that being able to call the man I love with all of my heart my husband took it to another whole level. We've had some ups and certainly some downs over these years, but I wouldn't trade them or him for anything. These are my rings. I was practicing ring shots when I decided that I would share my own little love story with you. At one point a couple of years ago I had lost my wedding ring. Did my marriage mean less because it was gone? Of course not, because it's just a thing. Was I a little sad? Yeah, a little bit. After two years I figured it was long gone, then one day it turned up. I'm not gonna say where, because honestly, it's a little bit embarrassing. I am happy that I found it though. My rings aren't shiny and new like the ones you see in most wedding pictures. They are weathered and worn, they show their age. To me though, this is what makes them even more beautiful than the day they were first slipped on my finger. Their scuffs, marks, and broken prongs show all the years and what they have been through. Each year bring new scuffs and marks, but that makes them even more beautiful, because every year they are worn is another year with my beloved. Another year of triumphs and tribulations. Another year of us.
Love stories are probably one of my favorite things ever to document with my camera. Whether your love story is just beginning or years old I would love the opportunity to tell yours. If you're newly engaged or celebrating your years together, contact me and we'll tell your story together.
Last month I found myself in the lucky position of being able to attend a lovely styled photo shoot hosted by the wonderful Amanda Lynn from Mermaid Lake Photography who not only styled the shoot, she was offering up her own tips and tricks as she shot her images.
It was a beautiful near 60 degree January day (again lucky) which made for an amazingly beautiful afternoon with several area photographers coming together to photograph the amazing models Dakota (Groom) Lauren (bride) Ronnie (bridesmaid) and Amanda (bridesmaid). Lake of the Woods provided the lovely backdrop for this shoot. If you have never been to this community it is absolutely picturesque with it's beautiful parks and beaches and of course the lake.
The bride began the shoot in a gorgeous white gown then later changed into a stunning red gown. Who doesn't love a lady in red, am I right? The groom was in a traditional suit and red bow tie. The bridesmaids were outfitted in fabulous sparkly sequinned form fitting gowns in a gorgeous rose gold. All of the lady's hair and make up was just beautiful thanks to the talents of Sydney and Hailey.
Details were provided by stylistic planner and rental designer Nance's Rustic Rentals who provided some set ups from a beautiful tablescape, a kissing booth, and multiple other pieces that along with acake and cookies from Sorby Sweets and the melt in your mouth donuts from my favorite bakery Doughlicious everything was just perfect for making beautiful images of a special day.
On Instagram? Check out everyone Below.
Event Organizer - @mermaidlakephoto
Floral - @randysflowers
Jewelry and Shoes - @traceystreasurezboutique
Hair - @hairbysydney_
Make Up - @xoxoartistry
Wedding Gown - @amandastouchbridalandformal
Bridesmaid Dresses - @lulus
Grooms Tux - @menswearhouse
Cake & Cookies - @sorbysweets
Donuts - @douglicious
Calligraphy - @mnhcalligraphy
Decor & Styling - @nancesrusticrentals
Groom - @sportster_fanatic
Bride - @lauren_ritz_
Bridesmaid - @ronnykay123
Bridesmaid - @amandarose_realtor
I tend to edit mostly in color. I love color. I really, really love pops of bright color. Like when an image has a pop of red, bright pink or yellow, I for real swoon. But sometimes, every once in a while I will be editing, trying this and trying that to get that perfect look that I want just to keep going back and starting over again.Then I think " maybe the problem is that this one isn't supposed to be colorful, let's find out" . Then I do and suddenly the image that has been frustrating me to no end makes me happy again. 😍💗😍💗😍💗😍
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I am so honored and excited to have been invited back to participate in this wonderful event again this year
Hi y'all, after reading these words "you're too expensive" I sit at my desk this morning struggling with whether or not I should even write this post. I worry that it's going to come across as whiny or even worse, bitchy. That is not my intent. My intent is to illuminate and educate. Too many people think that a button is pressed and voila! The work is done. I'm not sure that people realize that there is so much more that goes into a session than the hour or two spent pressing the button.
Hi there! Today I wanted to share with you a little bit of what I am working on.