— getting real excited for January. I have the whole month off, I’ll be living in Los Angeles, and I have plans for some much-needed creative projects + focusing on adding a few new elements to my client experience. but for now, I’ve got six more love stories to tell in 2018. off to atx today for a double header weekend! xx
— one of my favorite moments of axie + kyle’s day was when they took communion together. they laughed, they prayed, they cried. it was beautiful. p.s. if your name is kyle there’s a good chance I’m photographing your wedding. I have had a total of EIGHT grooms named kyle!
— these two’s fairytale day got me thinking about the storytelling aspect of my job as a wedding photographer. it really was what drew me to weddings in the first place. but what would it look like to truly document the day as it happens? there would be no “okay, now stand here and then your dad will come in that door for the first look.” there wouldn’t be scheduled time for bridesmaids photos, instead you’d need to just be present with each other and let those be the moments you cherish. it would take a lot of prepping family and friends to be more aware of themselves and to not try and be perfect for the camera. I probably would need to invest in an invisible cloak. or maybe just a little more time getting comfortable with the wedding party before I start taking pictures. any expectations of “must have” photos would have to be released. it would not look like any one else’s day or any photo on Pinterest. but all that being said, how incredibly beautiful would that be? to have your day truly documented for every little moment that it was. and as a photographer, I think it would be very freeing. what do y’all think? would you want something like this for your day? photographers, do you think it would even be possible given how much thought is put into timelines, dreams of perfect photo poses, etc.?
— these cool kids get married today, & I’m just really excited to see them because it’s been TOO LONG since we adventured together out west.
— some of the best photos aren’t the posed ones. they’re these moments. I’ve been organizing all of my weddings / editing schedule today and came across this photo from Ariel + Kyle’s day. I cried. but for all of you who may be reading this or looking at this photo, I want you to remember to not compare it to your own love story. this is Kyle’s way of showing emotion and love. this is what he genuinely felt and that’s what makes it beautiful. your moments after the ceremony may look like hugs and tears too, but maybe it’s excitement, or kisses, or laughter, or tequila shots (lol I’ve seen it happen). don’t let Instagram make you think your moments are any less special because they don’t look like someone else’s. but do let it remind you to be present with your emotions and find a photographer who makes you feel comfortable enough to fully express them. xo