I'm so honored, humbled, flattered and thrilled to be named one of the top sixty nine wedding photographers by Martha Stewart Weddings magazine
. The Spring 2014 issue is gorgeous, check out the article on newstands or on your iPad!
Recently my great-grandmother passed away -- she was almost 96 years old! In her lifetime, she really saw the modern world come to be. I created this short slideshow for my family and at the end, I added a little clip of her sharing a memory of riding horses. (I had recorded her for a project I worked on in college about growing up on a farm.) Bringing together voice, music and imagery really touched our emotions. If there is someone you know who has stories to share, it's fairly easy to gather an oral history and you should do it while you can! You can interview them using a digital voice recorder (easily found online starting for around $25 on Amazon
.) I liked this guide
to how to interview someone. I edited the audio with a free program called Audacity
. Then I scanned in photographs on my little desktop scanner and finally, I made the slideshow in iMovie. It took just a few hours and was such a special presentation for remembering her.
Recently one of my 2013 brides asked me for advice on framing her photographs. I put together these idea boards for her using some frame images I found on IKEA's and West Elm's websites. Here are four tips on putting this together:
1) I would start by getting the frames first. I like IKEA, West Elm and Pottery Barn for frames. (Maybe you have a favorite source?) You might consider getting all of one size frame or a mix of layouts.
2) Lay out a collage on the floor of how they will hang. Then, select your favorite photographs you'd like to frame. Narrow it down using smaller sized prints, laying them out on the frames. You might also consider using a program like Pages or Photoshop to make the little collages like I did.
3) Grouping images by black and white makes a statement. Mixing moments with portraits gives a sense of the day.
4) Consider taking the matte out all together to have a full bleed style image that goes directly to the frame. Make sure you measure the glass size, instead of the matte opening.
I give all of my brides and grooms some starter prints with their digital files. In an era of digital imagery, I think having physical prints on your wall, desk and in your hands is so important. I hope to continue working on ideas for my clients this year, helping them enjoy their photographs even more.
I'm so thrilled to kick of 2014 with a feature article in the magazine Click
. The magazine is a part of the Click
community--women professional and hobbyist photographers. Their mission is "to provide women with a safe and supportive community in which they can share images, form friendships, network as businesswomen, find their passion, and grow as artists." I subscribed to the magazine last year and I've really enjoyed it! I like the updates on new products and inspirational stories about other photographers--I highly recommend. The article written about me, titled "True Romance" is about how I got started shooting weddings. In summary, I had gone to school and studied history and museum studies, but found myself working in a job in politics and in a cubicle--not loving it. I took my photography passion into my profession...with years of crazy long hours and hard work. The article talks more about specifics and my approach to my photography today. I also spill the beans on what's in my camera bag. I'm so flattered and honored to be featured in the issue and hope my story might inspire someone! You can get an iPad edition or a print copy of the magazine which just came out today. The cover image is by Sue Bryce
and there's a wonderful story about her as well.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 | holiday
A Happy New Years Eve to you! I'm toasting with a little concoction I discovered in England...a mix of sloe gin and champagne.
(styled here by the Ritzy Bee crew)