Keep reading for ideas for if it rains during your elopement or photo session ☔️ —— It’s springtime which means it can rain (or heck even snow) randomly out of nowhere or for lengthy periods of time. So that’s why I’m sharing with you some of my tried and true tips as a couple on what to do if it starts raining on your elopement day or even just during any photo session!!! • while getting ready; ask your makeup artist to use waterproof makeup on as much as she can to help your beautiful day of makeup stay looking fresh and clean without getting washed off ASAP. • pack extra clothes and some towels in your car or pack so when your all done with your photos you can quickly dry off and change. If it’s raining during your elopement and you don’t have endless wedding dresses to pop on 😉*please note the humor here lol* pack a couple of jackets and some towels and interchange those. • ask your photographer if they’ve got black, white, or clear umbrellas for you. If they don’t, run to a convenience store and pick up two umbrellas, neutral or clear are best! • pick boots over heels because mood and heels have never been friends. Also, pack extra socks for the man in your life - he’ll appreciate the thought of keeping his toes warm and dry! • hand warmers and a Thermos of something really warm to drink is NOT being extra! Pop the hand warmers into pockets and down the dress to help keep you warm and save some for when you get back to the car. A blanket also isn’t a bad idea! • bring along a lightweight scarf to tie over your hair to keep it sheltered and in place while walking around. • before the day of; have one or two backup locations planned out that may work better with the weather change to make it as easy as possible! • one final tip; have fun with it. Pack Welly boots, splash in puddles, accept your dress will be getting mud on it. Enjoy the time because these memories will never die and the photos you’ll get from this experience will be so uniquely yours 🖤 Have any other questions (or even ideas) on what to do when it rains during your photo session or elopement? Let me know in the comments!
Lately, I’ve been finding more and more how the simpler things, the things that give me roots, the things I’ve fought for so long are in fact the things that are bringing me the purest joy. I’ve fought pets for so long because pets = responsibility = traveling is harder to navigate. Well in the last 10-days I’ve gained 7 baby chickens, 1 5-week old bunny and spent my weekend helping my husband and in-laws make a chicken coop (if you want to see more, go check out my personal gram @pickingwildheather_ ). I’ve noticed changes over the last year in how I shop; focusing more on quality and versatile and ultimately comfortable clothing versus shopping for each season. Finding new deeper connection to this business of mine and the direction I want to start going with it...capturing those sweet gentle moments for you to savor for a lifetime. Giving myself more grace to eat out a night a week but also learning how to cook simple yet beautifully and healthy as well. Diving back into reading consistently and blocking out time to drink coffee and journal in the am. There’s been more wine, more bubble baths, more walks in the evening before the sun slips away, and more often then not, I have dirt under my nails from gardening orDIYS. It’s these little gentle moments I’m finding sweeter and sweeter these days. Finding roots are okay, motherhood is messy, stressful and beautiful, pets (even if it’s chickens lol) are a connection to our soul and art, culture and food is the center of what makes our lives so special. Double tap if you agree and save for later if you ever need a gentle reminder to essentially “stop and smell the roses!”. —— photography: @heather.woolery design: @maeandco_creative education: @annigraham / @immersed_education jewelry: @treemyriah florals: @brierandivy
What is freedom? Is it something you own or feel? Something you're born with buried in your soul. Or something you earn or steal in the depths of the night? Is freedom artful, possible, something achievable or is freedom only dreamable? We sing about the free little bird who sits on our window but are they truly free? Or are they chained to the ever-on-going clock for survival. Constantly moving, migration, not freedom. Is freedom what we tell ourselves we have. Freedom - the adult vision of “make-believe and pretend”? There are slivers of time I have found myself in this meta state of bliss. My hand out the car window on a summer night blasting music. Listening to the cicadas song. Wrapped around a campfire with those I hold most dear. These blips of time where everything and anything feels possible rip up that primal instinct of freedom. Of openness. Of roaming and growing and just being. But are they freedom? What is freedom? I’m just curious to know! Because every damn time I turn on the news I see another black soul shot, another woman torn down, another child missing from the playground and I’m sitting here sick, Sitting here frustrated, Sitting here so freaking God Damned mad knowing that, this isn’t freedom. Knowing it’s going to take every single voice we can muster, Every signature, Every cry out, To get those wolves to hear us. See us. Acknowledge us. It’s going to take everything in us to demand that blanket of comfort that’s fabled to us; The comfort we all desire, the comfort we all deserve as humans, as God's chosen creation. Freedom. -Heather W.L. —— #blacklivesmatter #saytheirnames #freedom #writersofinatagram #artistsofinstagram #worldartday #dauntewright #BreonnaTaylor #GeorgeFloyd #enoughisenough #blmally #bipocally
"this is the recipe of life said my mother as she held me in her arms as i wept think of those flowers you plant in the garden each year they will teach you that people too must wilt fall root rise in order to bloom" ––Rupi Kaur —— In honor of #gardeningday and the lessons our gardens and plants teach us quietly. ——— Photography: @heather.woolery Florals/vail: @brierandivy Venue: @kamkamdunes Styling: @maeandco_creative Education: @annigraham / @immersed_education
B-Roll Moments. Detail Shots. The In-Between. Whatever you call them, these small detail shots are so impeccably important when it comes to telling your story. Photography is such a beautiful form of storytelling, capturing those little b-roll moments makes the story real, raw, and honest. Yes, I love the big perfect images that I pose 100% (I mean who doesn't?) but it's these little detail shots that always steal my heart when I'm editing. So some tips for the next time you get photos taken • First make sure your photographer does this, if it's not typically something they do - then you can't expect them to do this. • Make sure your timeline has room for these shots to happen. When your rushing, slowing down to take these shots can become more stressful the enjoyable. • Be comfortable. Wear what you love and feel comfortable in, take some deep breathes, take a shot, put on the tunes, whatever is your jam, soak into the experience. Whether it's a 2-hour session or a full-on wedding day. This experience is once-in-a-lifetime as every day is new so just sink into it and enjoy the experience. —— Go save this post for later as a quick reminder and Let me know if these tips helped you down in the comments 🖤
Question of the day: Which is your favorite? First or Second - let me know in the comments! —— Photography: @heather.woolery Planning/Design: @saramichelleweddings Couple: @alexcolbergg @alexthelionwilkins HAMU: @shawna.hines Earrings: @weavegold Florist: @jewelsfloral Cake: @flourchildboise Dress: elsca.bride Paper Goods: @amandascottcreative Macrame: @macramebymama Rentals: @blushcreekrentals
When your couple is a quirky and whimsical as you are - you knnnnooow it's gonna be a rad day 🤘🏼 The wind was blowing so hard and it was FREEZING guys but these two were IN IT TO WIN IT and just went for it and holy moly I wish I could hug them a million times because how these images turned out are freaking 🔥 🔥 🔥 If you're wanting to plan your day out of the box - oh friend - please do! Trust me! The most important piece of advice I can tell anyone getting photos done for whatever reason is this DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY! Ain't no one ever made themselves gutturally happy by following the crowd. If you've followed me for any amount of time you'll know I love it when my couples and clients dream big and I can use that art degree. If you want to plan a day that's anything but vanilla, hit your girl up because I'm forever here for it! —— Photography: @heather.woolery Content Director: @caramia Stylist/Creative Director: @hannahruthstyling @peanut.s @tyreek.j @janerhyanthecollection @petaltothemetalslc @caramiacreatives
If Your Eloping (or having a micro wedding) ➪ Don’t be afraid to get a little wet ➪ Let your dress get dirty ➪ Loosen up your timeline (make room for pit stops + laughs) ➪ Bring some bubbly (or beer) it tastes better outside ➪ Dance together when the sun is going down ➪ Hire a good team to make your day stress free ➪ Roll with the weather, your making memories ➪ Pack your headlamp + jacket, this is going to be a damn good day! AND MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL ➪ Remember this is your day! Celebrate it however you feel is right for you and your partner. Want more info on planning a rad elopement or micro wedding? Girl I got you, I've got several *free* planning guides on the blog! Go check that link in the bio and plan your perfect day! ---- Photography: @heather.woolery Design/Planning: @greatergood_events Florals: @thewildblume