I’m Published, Ya’ll!

Guess who got their first article published with a pretty awesome website? THIS PHOTOGRAPHER DID.

Carrie over at Photography Awesomesauce asked me to become a guest blogger on her awesome website, and I’m SO happy to say that I’ve accepted it. I was so stoked, I sat down right afterwards, and started writing articles like crazy, trying to think of all the things I wanted to share to those just starting out, or even, those who have hit a lull–I want to encourage and build up my awesome photographer peeps, and having this exposure to do so makes my heart so happy!!!

Check out the blog post here!

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MY FIRST ARTICLE! *sniff* It’s so beautiful!

P E R S O N A L || Liam and Spring Break

TJ finished his Winter Quarter, Spring Break is underway, and Liam and I have been soaking up our time with the sunshine as often as we can! This is my final weekend before being slammed with 6 weddings over this month, and I tell you, though I’m thoroughly enjoying every minute with my beautiful family, I can’t wait to dive headfirst into these weddings! They are my second great passion! (Family is first you guys, duuuuuuh)

We love to share little moments with our family, and some of you have seen some of these on our personal pages, some on our business page, but here’s the whole collection from the last week for you to peruse. Momo makes several adorable appearances, and Liam’s eyes (which seemed green a few days ago, and are now more of a hazel color, causing mass confusion as to which eye color he’ll end up with) and thick lashes will be seen often. I can’t tell if his eyes, his toothy smile, his chubby cheeks, or his chubby little legs are my favorite. Probably all of them! <3

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W E D D I N G || Brina & Shane Carrigan – Commellini’s Estate

In school, they promised they’d only date as long as it was fun. Shane has one of the best laughs ever, and an easy smile. Brina is one of the most compassionate, encouraging, hilarious friends I’ve ever made. And when they get close to each other, you’ll often find them absent-mindedly intertwining fingers and propping each other up, constantly seeking each others eyes and smiles. It’s the most adorable relationship ever.

Their wedding was incredible. Brina has a gift for decorating and creating an atmosphere that’s warm, inviting, and full of laughter and friends. Beyond the gorgeous floral decor (from the talented Just Roses Plus), Brina infused a delicate, classic theme into every aspect of her day, which fit perfectly with the timeless, polished look of the Commellini’s Estate. Couple that with amazing, customer-driven service from the wonderful event coordinators of Commellini’s, and the fantastic DJ from Ruby Frog Entertainment, plus the amazing cake from Celebrations Bakery (shout out for your pink champagne cupcakes, Celebrations, they are soul-shatteringly good) it was the best kick off to our 2014 wedding season EVER.

Our favorites from the day are below–but we also want to share something new and exciting that we’re offering with all of our packages, our Fusion Videos. What is a Fusion Video? It’s where we incorporate gorgeous music with our favorite portraits, and also some sneaky video clips from the day. If you have family that couldn’t make it, or you just want to relive your day, we have the perfect way for you to share the essence of your incredible day. Check out Brina & Shane’s Fusion Video at the end of the blog post, and let us know what you think!

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Check out their Fusion Video Below!!
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Pinspiration Abounds!!!

If you’ve ever been on the Internet, chances are, you’ve heard of Pinterest. The chances that you’ve fallen in love with Pinterest apparently rises sharply if you’re a woman. The chances skyrocket if you’re getting married, love crafting, love photography, love plants, love making your house pretty, etc.

So basically, I’m on there about 2 hours a day, mostly in the evenings. Sometimes, after Liam goes to bed, I relax my sore muscles by languishing on my ultra-plushy couch (read: it swallows you whole when you sit on it), sip some bubbly (read: Ginger Brew), and slowly flip through the Pinterest boards, lovingly curating a selection of my favorite laughable moments, gorgeous portraits, nifty posing techniques, and hairstyles I’ll never, ever have the upper arm endurance to complete (read: waterfall braid). It’s how I wind down.

It was inevitable, really, that I would find a few boards that become a special arsenal for me. Gorgeous bouquets, stunning dresses, fantastic foods, HAIRSTYLES. So, because I love all of you, and because my toddler is making it difficult for me to edit these last two days (read: I’m furtively editing at 4:30 in the morning, praying he’ll sleep in, just to make it happen), today, I’m gonna share a couple of these beloved treasure troves with you in the weeks to come. Today’s trove is this fantastic Pinterest board from Flower Bar, located in Scottsdale, AZ.

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This gorgeous board has a collection of my favorites, but I selected a few that I couldn’t help falling in love with, and shared my personal thoughts on them below. Because my thoughts are super valuable, and you all listen to me all the time. Right? RIGHT? Right.

**DISCLAIMER: I do not know who took all these gorgeous portraits, nor do I claim to have taken ANY of them. This is simply me sharing Pins**

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Shut the front door. I dunno about you guys, but I'd rather have a ring sage than a bracelet on my other hand ANY DAY. How gorgeous is THIS.

Shut the front door. I dunno about you guys, but I’d rather have a ring sage than a bracelet on my other hand ANY DAY. How gorgeous is THIS.

|| C A S C A D I N G . T A B L E . R U N N E R S ||

Move aside mason jars and vases, the cascading table runner creates a lush, natural bohemian vibe that's perfect for any wedding. Just mix and match your favorite flowers (but we recommend you talk to your florist to make sure they can put it together for you <3)

Move aside mason jars and vases, the cascading table runner creates a lush, natural bohemian vibe that’s perfect for any wedding. Just mix and match your favorite flowers (but we recommend you talk to your florist to make sure they can put it together for you <3)

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Just when we thought we had the boutonniere (I have to spell check that word EVERY. TIME) down to a SCIENCE, they come along and create the absolutely AWESOME POCKET SQUARE. Besides, most of the time, those pockets are sewn shut anyways, right? Put the handkerchief in your pants pocket, grooms, this pocket has a greater purpose!

Just when we thought we had the boutonniere (I have to spell check that word EVERY. TIME) down to a SCIENCE, they come along and create the absolutely AWESOME POCKET SQUARE. Besides, most of the time, those pockets are sewn shut anyways, right? Put the handkerchief in your pants pocket, grooms, this pocket has a greater purpose!

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If you're having a romantic wedding, a classic wedding, or a vintage wedding, pearls are your secret weapon. Wear them like a badge, my sisters, and then add them into your decor. Use them in the bottoms of vases to stabilize flowers, hang them delicately to add a sense of whimsy to your centerpieces, even purchase long strands and hang them from one side of the reception to the other, for a gorgeous, textural look. *swoon*

If you’re having a romantic wedding, a classic wedding, or a vintage wedding, pearls are your secret weapon. Wear them like a badge, my sisters, and then add them into your decor. Use them in the bottoms of vases to stabilize flowers, hang them delicately to add a sense of whimsy to your centerpieces, even purchase long strands and hang them from one side of the reception to the other, for a gorgeous, textural look. *swoon*

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Two things: First of all, the headpiece is just as stunning as the bouquet, but I personally probably wouldn't do both. One or the other is probably best, unless you have severe allergies, then maybe neither. Secondly, I didn't think the ombre trend could get any better, and then they did this. I'm considering renewing my vows every 6 months to keep up with all the gorgeousness.

Two things: First of all, the headpiece is just as stunning as the bouquet, but I personally probably wouldn’t do both. One or the other is probably best, unless you have severe allergies, then maybe neither. Secondly, I didn’t think the ombre trend could get any better, and then they did this. I’m considering renewing my vows every 6 months to keep up with all the gorgeousness.

These are just a few of the ideas on this board, and I *love* going back through and seeing when they add new ones. If you’re a lover of geometrics, modern weddings, or unique backdrops, be sure to also check out their gorgeous geometric backdrop pins!

S T Y L I Z E D . S H O O T || OffBeat Brides Concept Shoot

It’s been almost a month since I went to United, and I’ve been holding on to these shoots jealously, because after I publish each one, I get to spend the whole day reminiscing about the amazing, sometimes surreal setting for the United conference I attended. And with only a couple more shoots to share, and wedding season starting this weekend, it’s a bittersweet post I write.

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I’ve heard over and over from friends, family, and my brides that I seem softer and more at peace since I came back. My outlook seems brighter, my photography is much more organic and emotional, and my feelings of heart-bursting joy for the people in my life has come to the front–I’m not nearly as reserved with my enthusiasm for the people I adore anymore.

These people are the reason why. They broke me down, reminded me of why I started shooting, and gave me my passion back–but more than that, they showed me, by leading from example, how to give that passion away and multiply it’s return. When you have kindness and a giving nature on a scale of over 400 people, well….that’s a lot of passion and heart to soak in–and I was the best sponge ever.

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One such example is our Offbeat Brides Shoot–a really amazing shoot that focused on showcasing brides that went off the beaten path. So often, we focus on the model brides with the million dollar weddings and amazing soirrees, but the truth is, these brides have a completely different aesthetic to what they love about their relationship and wedding–and man oh man, do I love that about them. There were three couple total, and the first pair, rocking the epic sunglasses, was my soulmate couple. Fiesty, funny, and rocking every tattoo they had, I wanted to capture them all day. Then I got sidetracked by a conversation with another photographer, and when I turned around, they had disappeared down the stretch of the beach–and I dunno about you, but walking through the sand is hard enough when you’re just holding a towel, but I had all of my gear with me. So I peace’d out that rad couple. Then there was this other couple that I literally only got one shot of, but wanted a zillion more, because the bride was an absolute SIREN you guys, she was drop-dead gorgeous, and her groom had an epic beard.  But again, I was sidetracked by conversations. In fairness to me, my husband is quiet, my son isn’t talking yet, and I was geeking out about gear, shooting in direct sunlight, and the perils of shooting on a beach. It’s rare for me, okay? Okay.

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Here’s a few more shots to share with you, and credit absolutely has to go to the creator and leader of our shoot, Carrie Swails. She’s an amazing teacher and mentor, and everyone goes away from her knowing something new that can help them. She’s amazing.

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In any case, you can bet that I’ll be going back again next year, but this time, with TJ. And we aren’t done yet! I still have MY shoot to share with ya’ll, and the Great Gatsby shoot, which you might die of happiness from looking at. Those will be coming up in the foreseeable future, friends!

Models:

Jamie Ivins – jamieivins.com
Julie Wilmes – juliewilmes.com
Mycah and Bobby Burns – redmonddigitalmedia.com
Lauren and Seth Pinson – laurenpinson.com

Outfits:
Julie Wilmes – Corset
Lauren Pinson – Dress and shoes 

Shoot Organizer: Carrie Swails – carrieswailsphotography.com

S T Y L I Z E D . S H O O T || Sugar & Spice Concept Shoot

When I was little, I used to achingly wish that I was a princess with my whole heart. They had it *made*, don’t you think? I mean, sure, most Princesses had it rough for a bit (Princess Odette was turned into a swan after being forced into a marriage arrangement from childhood, only to realize she did love the guy who didn’t know she needed to be more than beautiful, and then he declared his love for the wrong person, and she basically died, but he saved the day in the end, and they got all married anyways; Princess Jasmine fell in love, mourned his death, fell in love again with a different guy, found out he was the same guy, then got enslaved by his nemesis, and then finally got to keep dating him after her dad changed laws for it to happen; then there’s Rapunzel who lived her entire life shoved into a tower with a woman who emotionally abused her while forcing her to wear a hair style that was impractical and probably gave her wicked migraines, only to fall in love with a wanted thief who wanted nothing to do with her for quite a while, and then willingly gave up her freedom to save his life, only to have him die in her arms saving her, only to find out she had magical tears–and then she was abruptly reunited with her parents, and the responsibilities of an entire kingdom where thrust upon her now light-headed shoulders) but in the end, they had gorgeous clothing, fantastic, smooth skin, and droves of admirers. C’mon, what little girl doesn’t want that?!

We know a lot of women reminisce fondly about the time when they were little girls, dreaming of being a princess, or a warrior princess, or a punk princess (whatever your favorite might be!) but how was that captured and recorded? Did you write your dreams in journals? Did your mom sneak pictures of you while you played? What about your daughter? How have you captured that whimsical, fleeting stage of her self-awareness?

Enter the Sugar & Spice Shoot, coming up on May 3rd. Shmily Face Photography has teamed up with 3 amazing small businesses to give a one of a kind, fairy tale experience to little princesses everywhere. So what’s included in the shoot, you ask? Weeeellllll, I’m glad you asked!

 

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Though there are 10 time slots total, we are officially down to 9 slots left, with several in the works to being booked. The sooner you book, the more options on time slots you have, and the more time you have to plan for outfits! So if you’re on the fence, remember, these slots will be selling out quickly-and this is a limited edition shoot–meaning that while we’ll explore other themes for down the road, we don’t know that we’ll be doing a princess-themed shoot again anytime soon. And seeing as we only plan on doing one stylized shoot a year…..it could be 5 or 6 years. Or longer.

In the mean time, we’d love if you’d also take a look at some of our favorites we got on our shoot. While the shoot wont be in this exact location, we’re excited to give you an idea of how gorgeous taking pictures of little girls in tall grass can be. The inside pictures are gorgeous, we know, but until we can get a location that allows us to have old, vintage floors, we’ll have to make do with blossoming meadows and country roads, *sigh*. I don’t think we can lose ;)

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Tutu’s – Little Blooms
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ace Crowns: Snickerdoodle 
Cupcakes & Vintage Props : Batch Bakeshop

And a special thank you to our gorgeous models:
Mary, and her two little ones, Miss J and Miss M,
and Melissa’s sweet little one, Miss K.

Thank you Princesses for sharing your beauty and curiosity with us! It was a privilege to capture you as you are!

And finally, a very special thank you to Staci Lewis, for her unwavering support, her last minute rescuing a rained out shoot, her wonderful companionship, and her amazing talent with film photography. You’re awesome, Staci!!!

What Shmily Face Stands For

I love telling people about my photography business. I’m all about hidden meanings and crazy ideas, which is probably why I like the Indiana Jones and the Oceans movie collections so much. So when I was thinking about making my passion into something that had a banner that would give people a glimpse into the heart of what the business was about, I knew I wanted to convey three things in one.

1. I wanted to show people that *I* love them. I’m not talking like your Mom, or your Spouse, or your Children, but as someone who genuinely thinks you are WORTHY, and VALUED, and worth CELEBRATING. I love that everyone has a story, and everyone has battle scars and victories. I wanted my clients to feel that, and I wanted my name to be a warmth you felt when you read it—something that made you smile, made you maybe even want to look a little further.

2. I wanted to show people how much God loved them. Every time the sun peeked up over those hill tops, every time a bird made the perfect edition to my portraits, every wrinkle and laugh line and tendril of hair that sways in the wind that I can catch—I can personally say that I feel like that is God, or Energy, or the Earth, or whatever you want to call it—but it’s the heart of what gave us our emotive and spiritual side, and I wanted to showcase *THAT* while also showcasing how much I loved them as well.

3. I wanted people to be able to show *other* people that they loved them. That’s why we get pictures done, right? You get wedding pictures to celebrate and immortalize your love. You get family pictures to celebrate and immortalize your memories of that time of growth in your lives. When ever you take a picture, or get your picture taken, it’s because you’re passionate about something, and you want to share it with someone else. And I wanted to be helping you show love. And it’s a humbling aspect, a beautiful and tremendous responsibility, and a great task that I take on PROUDLY. And every time able to share that for you, because that’s what my gift is.

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So when I was thinking of the name of my business, I realized all three things were so incredibly important, so perfectly aligned with my heart, I couldn’t downplay any of them. And a phrase that had been uttered to me by important people in my life came to mind. SHMILY.
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S T Y L I Z E D . S H O O T || Tori & Brett || Grassini Family Vineyards

I’ve been editing like a mad woman since I came back from Santa Barbara, home of the gorgeous, aesthetically themed Spanish-Villa town on the ocean front, and home of the best photography conference in the world, United. It was such a treat to go down there, and be with a ton of photographers who believe in the same philosophy that I have, in regards to photography, in that we all believe that once we give you the pictures, you should be able to have them both digitally, and physically, as you desire–because they belong to YOU. While it’s a controversial business method, I believe that with the rise of technology, and the rise of sharing more of our lives online, it seems silly to make you pay to have the images you already paid for — and that’s the philosophy shared by this conference.

Further, our goal was to get down to the nuts and bolts of celebrating stories, organically. For me, something I wanted to get more in tune with was telling the love story of my brides and grooms without crazy posing and tons of props. I want to be able to share the way my couples look deep into each others eyes, I want her smile when he tells her he loves her to be captured for him to see. That is the real couple–not making them stand back to back, and hold hands, haha.

This shoot, done at the gorgeous Grassini Family Vineyards, was a gorgeous 50 minute drive away from the hotel. We first stopped at the ridge before the vineyard, to capture the sunrise–and even though large clouds snuffed out those lovely golden rays only seconds after that sun came up over the hills, we still had enough time to capture these gorgeous moments:

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Gah, that sun, and this couple. Augh. So gorgeous.

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After we lost our rays of sun, we focused on using the couples knowledge of each other to create real, organic moments that resulted in absolutely gorgeous portraits.

2014-03-03_0004Brett and Tori were such an amazing couple to work with. Seriously, they were so comfortable in front of the camera, which, believe it or not, isn’t very easy to be with several dozen photographers staring at you.

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After we finished shooting on a simple dirt road, (yes, those were all shot on a dirt road, which just goes to show, emotion trumps background any day!) we loaded back up and drove down to the vineyard–a stunning, well-loved vineyard. The trees were gorgeous, and HUGE, a testament to the attention they had received at the hands of the family that had worked and lived on those rolling vineyard hills for 4 generations. Even as we worked with our bride and groom, I could see the people carefully tending to the vines several hills away.

Speaking of their gorgeous, large trees, they immediately captured the attention of my lens, and the pictures that we captured under those weaving, thick branches were jaw-dropping. I actually had a incredibly hard time finding a way to share what I saw, and the emotion that was shared under that tree, because there were SO. MANY. GOOD ONES. But here are a few of my favorites, because there’s still MORE.

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And then we watched them wander through a row of the vineyard, intertwined and focused only on holding one another, and my heart hurt from how sweet the entire shoot had been. This is what I want to capture in my clients! This sort of organic emotion and love! And, thanks to our amazing instructor, Montana Dennis (yes, that’s his name, yes, he can grow a beard, and yes, he is awesome) we were able to learn exactly how to guide our couples into that sort of posing. It was so magical, out there in the vineyards, with huge, desert mountains around us, and large grey clouds hanging low over our heads.

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It was such an awesome, deep experience, and it’s transformed my way of capturing my brides, and I think it’s actually better, wouldn’t you agree? :) I’d love to know what you think!

Stay tuned for next week, when I’ll share the shoot that *I* led, using simple paper cranes, some fishing line, two gorgeous models, and some gorgeous paper bouquets.

Instructor: Montana Dennis

Venue: Grassini Family Vineyards
http://www.grassinifamilyvineyards.com

Production Coordinator: Kristin Renee
https://www.facebook.com/santabarbaraweddingphotographer

Floral bouquet by Rincon Floral
http://www.rinconfloral.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rincon-Floral/63226356664

Models:

Tori Benham
Brett Benham

P E R S O N A L || Battling My Weight and Finding Myself

It was in 5th grade that I was first told I needed to lose weight. My sisters were all blessed with athletic bodies and a far better understanding on how to maintain that. I, on the other hand, had developed a deep and abiding love for the glorious flavors that danced on my taste buds, and reveled in it. And food loved my hips, my thighs, well….all of me as well.

That story continued throughout middle school, throughout high school, and until now, I just accepted this lie that I was an overweight photographer that was lucky to get a husband. I’m not even kidding. That was where my self-esteem was at. And I don’t blame my childhood. I don’t blame anyone. I know now that what I needed was education. I had no idea why pasta and potatoes weren’t good for me—only that they weren’t. It seemed stupid that I couldn’t eat ice cream and fried oreos and gelato every day. YOLO, you know?

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But you know when you shop around on Netflix, and you can’t find a good movie, and the only Liam Neeson movie is the one with the wolves and you don’t like blood, so you find yourself in the documentary section deciding if you want to see something about losing weight or watching grown men go to a My Little Pony Convention?  So after you watch the My Little Pony documentary, you decide you need to bleach your brain with another documentary, so *then* you watch the other one?

That happened to us. Well, me, but TJ watched the first one with the same horrified/amused fascination that I did. The second one he watched because, well, he had already grabbed a blanket and pillow, and if there’s one thing we should know about TJ, it’s that he hates being uncomfortable, or moving from his couch, or being called a hipster, even though he’s totally a hipster. (Love you, honey! <3)

Anyways, so I watched Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, and then the other one (Time for Change?) and I was so inspired (seriously, watch them!) that I started juicing THE NEXT DAY. And at first, it was SO. Hard.

I won’t get into ALL the nitty gritty, because this is a blog post, not a novel, and because the detox, the subsequent love-affair with Mint Tea and Wheat Grass, and the questionable juicing my husband did is really for another time. But I will say that something shifted. I realized I *could* eat without pasta and spuds all up in my diet. I *could* be okay with eating HUGE salads.

And just like that, I realized I had found my success story.

We all dream for that, right? That moment when you find “The Diet” that gets you back to your high school size? Or even lower? It’s actually not said until after you do it, until after you’ve lost the weight and kept it off, but I’m daring myself to make the commitment and stick with it. I know that if I say “this is my success story,” on the internet, in front of a ton of people who may think I’m a little hasty, I risk failing out loud, which is a huge fear.

But I also know that it gives me a reason to choose to eat my orange—instead of my cookie. And it gives me a reason to keep at it, even when I do (inevitably, by the way) mess up and sneak a Ferrero Rocher or 4. I know that by telling my friends, my family, and my brides that I’m trying something scary that’s marred with failure, I’m giving them (you) an opportunity to help me succeed.

So here’s where I tell you what I need from you:

Follow me on Instagram: @shmilyface

Painless, right?

I’ll be sharing my meals and stuff there. And occasionally, you’ll hear back from me *here* on the blog, and I’ll tell you what I’ve learned, what I’ve struggled with, and what I want to do better.

Now, if the incentive of staring at cell phone pictures of poorly lit meals isn’t enough for you to make the right choice, I also share sneaky peeks of my photo shoots there, AND I also share pictures of Liam and Momo. And I occasionally share pictures of TJ’s beard!

So follow me, encourage me, and forgive me when I fumble, and help me to get down to a healthy weight—because even though I’m doing it for myself, it doesn’t mean I have to be by myself. <3

E N G A G E M E N T || Miranda & Robert

Miranda and Robert met and fell in love at Fast Kart Racing, here in Spokane. She knew the place like the back of her hand, because her Family owned and lovingly ran the tracks day in and day out. Robert came on to the team looking for a solid job–and found the love of his life.

This was an engagement session that was full of laughter, sweet glances, perfect moments, and love. SO. MUCH. LOVE. When we were shooting in the woods, an older gentlemen and his gorgeous husky wandered over, and quietly asked if we had seen the Bucket Tree. At first, I was a little confused, but when we made our way up the trail, we found this amazing sight: A tree covered in small disks of wood tied up with twine, and a small, sharpie’d prompt on each disk: “Before I Die….”

The wishes we found were very different, an array of hopeful to tongue in cheek, some deep and full of hope, others full of anger and reform. And there, Miranda and Robert added their Bucket Wish: To be married this upcoming September. After a few more pictures in the incredibly brisk morning air, we headed inside, where Miranda and Robert took the petal to the metal in Go Karts they had watched after for who knows how long. We had SOOOO much fun!!! TJ was floating on air by the time we had finished from the contact high to go karts, and I couldn’t wait to get back home to edit. It was an awesome session.

Take a look at the shoot we had with them, and be sure to leave them a note of congratulations!!! ^.^

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W E D D I N G || Camp Four Echoes || Ashley & Blake

I met Ashley at her Matron of Honor’s wedding a couple years back, and liked her instantly. Besides having a tattoo of Chip from Beauty and the Beast on her shoulder, she had an effortlessly beautiful smile, gorgeous blue eyes, and a equally immature sense of humor. We became fast friends.

Fast forward to her meeting Blake, the love of her life. Patient, funny, sweet, and laid back, Blake looked at Ashley with love and thankfulness in his eyes, and I squee’d behind my camera as we did their engagement shoot.

Fast forward again, if you will, to this last weekend, when Ashley and Blake said their Forever Vows in Camp Four Echoes, just off the Bay of Coeur d Alene Lake. The view was STUNNING, even if it was a chilly 14 degrees with the sun up. Ashley loved having her winter wedding, complete with a luxurious shawl draped around her freckled shoulders and bow ties on every groomsmen there, as well as the men who helped raise her. It was a ceremony full of love and real life. Their vows made us chuckle and their kiss was sweet.

With a reception and exit that left us smiling the whole way home, we decided there was no better way to begin our 2014 wedding season.

Thank you Ashley & Blake for trusting us with your incredible day–we had an absolute blast!

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A N I M A L || Bailey the Chiweenie

In case you wondered, I LOVE PUPPIES. Puppies, and owls, and mustaches, and coffee, and flowers, and photography, and people, and life, and my baby, and chocolate.

But I really, really love puppies.

Meet Bailey. She was rescued at 4 weeks old, and she couldn’t take care of herself at all. Squirmy, wiggly, happy-go-lucky Bailey found her Forever Home with the Leonard Family. Two sweet little girls, and an older Chiweenie named Molly took Bailey under their wing, and nurtured her into a roly-poly kibble-eating machine. Oh, my heart melted. MELTED.

Seriously. I want 10 of them–preferably potty-trained, and up to date on shots. BUT I WANT THEM ALL.

Enjoy this sweet look at Bailey, the two girls that spoil her rotten, and her mothering companion Molly, who puts up with waaaaay more ear chewing then I ever could.

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Oh, and finally, TJ, (the other half of the brains and beauty of SFP) came back to where we were shooting, and met Bailey for the first time, and I’ll tell you something: He can say he doesn’t want any more dogs all he wants, the look on his face when teeny li’l Bailey bounced into his arms and beard, I knew then and there, he wouldn’t turn a new dog away. <.< *plots*

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E N G A G E M E N T || Whittnie & Ross

Our vacation has been absolutely amazing so far! Even though we had some last minute clients to take care of, for the most part, we’ve been unpacking into our new house, spending copious amounts of time with family and friends, and eating a ton of good food.

Our vacation was made even more amazing because one of our couples, Whittnie and Ross, flew in from North Dakota to see family and do their engagement session. It was cold, frosty, and there was hardly any snow on the ground, but we ended up discovering so many gorgeous locations, and Whittnie and Ross kept us laughing and talking the entire time. We could easily spend a few hours drinking coffee and chatting with them.

Take a look at the shoot, and be sure to leave some love for the couple at the bottom!

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P E R S O N A L (sort of) || Mirabeau Duck

I was leaning against a large rock, waiting for a client to show up, and TJ was cleaning lenses. The cool autumn air filled with smells of leafy bonfires and snowy undertones bit at my nose, and I reveled in it. I loooove Fall.

To my left, a rustling, a soft sound of grass being tread on. I look over, then down. Next to my feet was a duck. It stared at me frankly, assessing the camera in my hand, my fluffy curly hair, and shuffled off to TJ. We both laughed, and I got a shot of the duck. We fully expected it to move away and wander on, but it didn’t. Instead, it hopped around, drinking water, shaking droplets off it’s feathers, and looking over at us, as if waiting for us to take it’s picture. It gazed at me over it’s bill.

“Paint me like one of your French Ducks, Jack.”

What the heck, why not? For the next 2 minutes, we shot the duck in the water, on the shore line, in the grass, and through the trees, and I realized I was taking shots that reminded me of a pensive senior session. The only thing missing was a hand balled up, underneath that little bill.

It brightened my afternoon, made me laugh, and when I was culling images from that shoot, I came across these, and realized the duck never got their sneak peek. They’ve probably been checking every day, and here I am, ignoring it. Sorry, Mirabeau Duck! Here’s some from our mini-session with the duck.

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E N G A G E M E N T || Amanda & Nick

I went shopping with Amanda, and that outing immediately sealed our fate as being BFF’s. Firstly, our husbands both have a weird obsession with t-shirts that should have been thrown away decades ago. Secondly, we both try not to imagine their faces when we’re spending money. Yes. We are destined to be good friends, all of us. We had so much fun in the fields with Amanda and Nick, and they were hilarious to work with, and as I edited their session, I realized loved the country, field theme we had worked with, but part of me wasn’t completely satisfied. I couldn’t figure out why–until I went out on my back porch and saw moss growing on the tree next to our balcony. GREEN. That’s what it was all missing. GREENNESS. I can’t help it. I’m born and raised in the Northwest. I love me some lush, gorgeous greens, and I realized that my heart would never feel right until I forced Amanda and Nick out into the cold November weather for one more shoot–this time, in a land rich with fallen leaves and rocky, moss covered hills. The results made my heart happy, and now, much like the Wonder Twins, this shoot is complete and ready to kick some booty! Enjoy, my friends!!! Spokane Wedding Photography Spokane Wedding Photography Spokane Wedding Photography Spokane Wedding Photography Spokane Wedding Photography Spokane Wedding Photography Spokane Wedding Photography Spokane Wedding Photography Spokane Wedding Photography Spokane Wedding Photography Spokane Wedding Photography Spokane Wedding Photography Spokane Wedding Photography Spokane Wedding Photography Spokane Wedding Photography Spokane Wedding Photography Spokane Wedding Photography Spokane Wedding Photography Spokane Wedding Photography Spokane Wedding Photography Spokane Wedding Photography Spokane Wedding Photography

F A M I L Y || The Dollar Family

Tara, my makeup artist, totally kicked butt this last year with boudoir and modern women photo shoots this last year. She showed up early with a smile, sense of humor, and a willingness to make our clients happy. She’s a rock star, in other words. So this fall, I dragged her little family out into the leaves, and we celebrated her favorite people in the world, and it was FUN! Colby and Tara are adorable together, and little Mac, their sweet baby girl, was all smiles and cheese for me, the entire shoot.

Enjoy <3

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F A M I L Y || The Kenny Family

Have I mentioned I love Fall? Because I seriously L-O-V-E everything about it. I saw a meme floating around recently that made a jab at white girls wearing yoga pants sipping a pumpkin latte talking about why they love fall–I’m pretty sure they made that with me in mind. I’m just sayin’.

In any case, enough about me, take a look at this glorious early fall shoot I had with Shelby and Matt in Spokane! I had a fabulous time with them and their still growing black lab puppy, and loved getting creative with these portraits!

I hope you enjoy them as much as they do!

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P E R S O N A L || Liam’s First Birthday

Normally, I don’t share personal pictures on here-there’s so much excitement and beautiful people to share with you, I never have time. But now that wedding season has ended on a beautiful note, I’ve had some time to lift my head up, and look around.

It’s fall! Trees are changing color, the smell of burning wood, fall leaves, and pumpkin-everything permeates the air! It’s my favorite season to dress for, my favorite season to shoot in, and my favorite season to eat in.

But more than that, Fall is now home to the celebration of the most precious and amazing gift I’ve ever received, my little one, Liam. It’s been a YEAR since he was born, ONE. FULL. YEAR. I’ve been running around like crazy preparing his party, and buying presents, and stopping to have a good cry when I realize my baby isn’t a baby anymore.

Ready or not, he’s walking, gabbing and pointing, laughing with me, and just this morning, I picked him up out of his crib, and his little hand held my cheek, and he looked at me like I was his greatest treasure. I just about squeezed his guts out, you guys. That’s how precious that moment was.

Take a look at some pictures I caught of him playing on his birthday! <3

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Do you have any traditions for your kids’ birthdays? Did you have any when you were a kid?

W E D D I N G || Sandra & Brandon || Mukogawa Fort Wright

The last wedding of the season is always bittersweet. On the one hand, I love that my brides are finally having their long-anticipated wedding day, but on the other hand, many of them become like friends and sisters to me–and I cherish our consistent coffee chats and Facebook impromptu meetings to talk about my favorite think in the whole world–weddings.

Sandra and I go back a small ways. She plays the cello. She sings beautifully, and has led me in worship many a time. And she’s a kindergarten teacher. When she mentioned meeting this red-headed bearded fellow named Brandon because his daughter was her student, and then they fell in love, AND HE PROPOSED IN HER CLASSROOM, I was excited for her. Seriously, how can you go wrong with a red-head with facial hair and the ingenuity to get engaged in her classroom? Turns out, I was right. Brandon is incredibly kind, very, very funny, and shares a love of beards and all things chin-sweater related. So when the wedding day came, I was right to be absolutely stoked.

Flannel, mint and yellow, TOMS, three first looks (one for them, one with their little girl Bella, and one with Sandra’s father), a sky that kept playing jokes on us, the most devoted bridesmaids I had ever seen, TMI groomsmen, and more mustaches than you could shake a stick at made up this incredible wedding.

Oh, and I think I cried no less than 3 times at this wedding. Hot mess? That was me.

It was the perfect end to a perfect season, and renewed in me the assurance that I was following my dream, following my path.

And oh, what a journey!

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Oh, how I love a good first look! <3


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Oh, and this first look was teary as well. When Bella ran into her daddy’s arms, I swear, TJ’s beard quivered.

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A MINT SLIP, Ya’ll! MINT. I was in LOVE with this dress.


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Not to be outdone, Bella looked like a delicate ballerina in her adorable, hand-made outfit.


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In case you ever need to have a good cry, watch a daughter do a first look with her father. It. Will. Wreck. You.


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If the Father/Daughter First Look didn’t work, then make sure to look at a handstitched handkerchief with the words from a childhood book Sandra and her mother read together, and cherish to this day.


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Can we just throw in the towel here? I love it when families honor the matriarch. Sandra held her cheek, held her close, and you could see the love in her eyes. Tears? Yes.


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If that looks like 3 bouquets tied into one, you’d be correct. Sandra, as a kindergarten teacher, thoughtfully had her bouquet divided, and then wrapped together. That way, when she did the bouquet toss, three little girls would walk home winners. One bloom was placed in the bouquet from her fathers garden, giving it an extra sentimental touch.


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Least we forget, the Future Mother in Law also got a handkerchief. Sandra aimed to make every person she talked to lose it, and succeeded.


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The lettering on all the chalkboards was PHENOMENAL.


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Little Bella went up the aisle, realized she hadn’t thrown enough petals, and went *back* down to throw more.


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Sandra was overflowing with joy and peace. It was the most incredible thing to see, even as heavy clouds hung overhead, threatening to dump rain on everyone there.


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TJ got this INCREDIBLE shot of these two having Communion together. Seriously. Round of applause for that man. I don’t care how late it is, you clap.


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This is the second wedding I’ve seen this in, and I have to say, it’s a trend that should continue–Sandra and Brandon had a special necklace just for Bella, a little ceremony, to promise that they would love and protect her, and be a family together. <3


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Chandelier cake!!!!!


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That moment when you know she’s going to hit you in the face with cake.


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F A M I L Y || Welcome Baby Quinn

Will and Ashley have been in front of my cameras twice. The first was for their engagement session–to this day, one of my favorites. The next was their gorgeous red and white wedding, where Will made a WWE entrance that was the most awesome thing ever. And now, their family is wholly complete with their little baby girl, Quinn.

Quinn has the cutest smile when she’s dreaming, unnerving timing with going to the bathroom when her diaper is being changed, and beautiful blue eyes that are full of wonder. Oh, the joy of seeing everything for the first time!!! Ashley and Will are already absolutely fantastic parents, and the level of devotion they have for little Quinn–and their cat Captain Jack Sparrow–it’s easy to see that they’re now a complete set.

Enjoy this little sneak peek of them and make sure to leave em some love!

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W E D D I N G || Morgan & Luke || Historic Blaine Schoolhouse, Moscow, ID

Ever since this wedding, I’ve been hugging my family tighter, laughing with less reserve, drinking more wine, and allowing myself the guilty pleasure of loving vintage leather shoes and my naturally curly hair.

Morgan and Luke (And Co.) transformed an old school house that was surrounded by dirt roads and wheat fields into a gorgeous venue. Calico print and handkerchief banners brightened the entryway, vibrant wildflowers covered as much surface area as they could allow, and white lanterns and bright yellow streamers swayed on the ceiling, intermixed with strands of lights.

I cried shooting this wedding. I cried while I was culling this wedding, and I’m crying right now, writing about this wedding. It was such an explosion of raw, unhindered emotion, deep family ties, unconditional love, and the greatest, most incredible group of friends one could be lucky to surround themselves with. Laughter was as constant as the hum of twilight-chirping crickets, as deep as the red hues of the sunset. Tears flowed as openly as the wine and beer (and hidden troves of something stronger), and the love. Ah, the love! The love that was shown and received all that night was enough to make everyone cast aside reserve and dance like they had something to give back.

It was the most lavish wedding I’d ever been to, the wealthiest event I’ve captured this season, and I walked away from it, and drove home, and still felt rich.

That’s the power of love. And if you doubt me, ask this guy from the wedding named Mike about it–he’ll explain it to you, using the Force as his guide.

An incredibly special thanks to my sweet sister Jamee of J. Lynn Photography for being my second shooter this weekend–she never fails to comfort me in my weakest moments, challenges me to think outside the 2×3 box I shoot in, and encourages me in my successes–just as an older sister should. <3

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W E D D I N G ||Danielle & Jeff || Abracadoodle Kennels

By the time I got to Jeff’s Mom’s house (where she raises beautiful assorted -doodle dogs), I was already in love with everything about the property. People in Spangle waved as we drove by, shop owners leaned against their door frames, beaming out at the world as though they knew exactly where the train of cars that heralded a big country wedding were headed. Rolling yellow wheat fields slowly rose and fell as we watched a bright blue sky full of towering fluffy clouds match their pace. It was breathtaking.

Equally breathtaking is Danielle and Jeff’s love for each other. After Danielle nearly hyperventilated about being able to finally get into her dress, I watched as Jeff stood with shaking hands and shaky breath, listening to the sound of the swishy dress and gorgeous redhead finally coming towards him. I cried. It’s not new, I cry at every wedding, but having known Danielle for…well…quite a while…it made the experience so much more charged for me–for everyone.

I usually don’t say much about the venue, the vendors, etc., but this wedding blew me away. From the decorations, to the elaborate zombie cake that Jeff’s sister made, to the witty and hilarious DJ that had us all entertained the entire evening, to the gorgeous sunset that hit soft blue and purple clouds and Jeff and Danielle slowly swayed at their first dance, this wedding had me enraptured. It was beautiful. It was full of love and joy, and it reminded me that what I do is a gift to me–and I’m forever grateful.

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Venue: Abracadoodles (I wish I was a Labradoodle so I could live in such a beautiful, spacious place)

DJ: Sound Structure DJ Services

W E D D I N G || Heather & Don || Downtown Spokane Wedding

This wedding was incredible. The family was close and loving, the bride was sweet and serene, the groom was a stand up guy, the lighting in the church was amazing (that NEVER happens!), and my new shoes did really well under pressure. Good day? Good day.

Go enjoy this cavity-inducing wedding, and leave the couple lovins.

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F A M I L Y || Damyka & Blaine

Sometimes, I get a couple that I shoot, and I really feel a connection with them. Damyka and Blaine are just such a couple. Blaine has a smile on his face CONSTANTLY, the guy is in love with life. And Damyka fits his personality to a T. Modest, sweet, intelligent, and witty, her and Blaine kept TJ and I entertained our entire shoot together–from the thorny patches they spun in, to the tall wheat grass at sunset–we had an amazing time. Here are some of our favorites from the shoot!

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W E D D I N G || Erin & Rob || Beacon Hill Events

Erin and Rob have a special place in my heart as one of the funniest, most giving individuals I have ever met in my life. Their wedding was proof of that. With games everywhere, tons of food and ice cream, laughter, hugging, tears, and the sweet words that every guest said–to be surrounded by such friends and family is the absolute meaning of wealthy–and Erin and Rob stood to be the wealthiest family in the world, on their wedding day.

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W E D D I N G ||Michelle & Brandon || Bigelow Arbor Chapel

Michelle & Brandon gathered their incredible families together at the Bigelow Arbor Chapel to celebrate an incredibly touching ceremony to celebrate their love. From the brooches placed with care on the elaborate bouquet that Michelle held, to the way Brandon stood with pride and peace at the front, while watching her walk down the aisle, this wedding was an absolute joy to capture.

Brandon, thank you for serving and protecting our country. We are indebted beyond words to the courage and sacrifice you have given.

Thank you BOTH for letting us have the privilege of capturing your incredibly beautiful day. It was an absolute joy.

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A very, very special thanks to the ever-talented, ever wonderful sister of mine, Jamee of J. Lynn Photography, for assisting, AND, for the first time, Thomas Arieno, the most handsome photographer in the world, and my husband, for shooting with us, for the first time. I love you guys.

E N G A G E M E N T || Michelle & Brandon

They sat in the back seat of our car as we drove deeper into the wilderness, talking, laughing, joking. Finally reunited, Michelle and Brandon didn’t want to let go of each other. The entire session, they gravitated around one another, always close, always trying to keep in contact. Their laughter was perfectly in tune with ours, and Brandon cracked me up as much as Michelle had during our previous cups of coffee together.

I’m incredibly STOKED to shoot their wedding in just a couple weeks!

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W E D D I N G || Mr & Mrs. Wall – Rockin’ K Ranch, Chattaroy, WA

They both loved the feeling of the ground flying under their feet. They both loved the feeling of racing across the track, pushing themselves-go faster, beat their previous goals, always do better. Then, one day, Stephanie noticed Brad, and asked him what his name was. “Brad,” he said, so very shy, he couldn’t get words out to know what her name was. “My name is Stephanie,” she said, supplying the answer for him. And from that point forward, Stephanie & Brad raced together, each encouraging the other, to move forward, to do better. Just the way it should be.

Their wedding was amazing. From the horse-drawn carriage that delivered Stephanie to her ceremony and reception, to the simple, sweet, perfect ceremony, to the way Brad’s hands shook, ever-so-slightly, when he was waiting for her, his perfect bride– we were in love. Every detail was perfect, and the party was unstoppable.

Steph, Brad, thank you so, so much for letting us capture your day, it was amazing, and we loved every moment of it.

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F A M I L Y || Tucker’s First Birthday

Chris, Sara and Tucker have a place in my book as Coolest Family Ever. Not only have I captured them before, wearing amazing mustaches, and braving freezing cold temperatures for gorgeous winter shenanigans, but they invited me back for Tucker’s First Birthday.

The party was carnival themed, with the emphasis being mostly on making sure every child there had a BLAST. And I do believe they did. Even though a random Thunder Storm came rolling in, and big, fat raindrops threatened to dampen the mood, everyone at the party sat back, relaxed, and pulled up some tents to carry on the festivities. The food was a mix of hot dogs, salads, watermelon slices, sweet juicy strawberries, and individual buckets of popcorn gloriousness.

Sara, I am in AWE of your craftfulness. Teach me  your ways. F’reals.
Enjoy some pictures of this incredibly good-looking family, their festivities, and CAKE.

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Aren’t they just so cute? Just wanna squish their *cheeks*!

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F A M I L Y || Spokane Maternity Photography

Michelle is my personal cheerleader, and I’m not kidding. If she didn’t have an incredibly full life to live, I have no doubt that she’d be at all my weddings, cheering me on. And I’d totally hire her, if I ever won the lottery, to do that for me, haha.

Michelle, Zach, and Ramzey are all anxiously awaiting the arrival of baby Nikole. Their little princess already has them in a flurry of activity to make sure everything, from the home birth (which I shall be capturing *eeek*) to having beautiful outfits fit for a princess, ready to go.

I absolutely adore this family, and I love it when I become more than business acquaintances with my clients. Michelle and I hang out, make paper flowers, eat cheese….yep. Good times.

Enjoy this sneak peek, and then make sure to check out her PASS Gallery for the whole kit and caboodle! Don’t forget to leave her some heartfelt congratulations and well wishes! <3

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Oh, Michelle, you are such a beautiful Momma!

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Make sure to check out her Gallery to see more beautiful family shots! And don’t forget to leave her love on her guestbook!

 

F A M I L Y || Mandy & Isabella

I’ve been so swamped lately–not a bad thing by ANY means, but it has meant less time to share what I love doing with all of you. Recently, I offered a Mini-Session event to those who either don’t want a full session, or couldn’t afford one. It’s something I plan on doing, from this point on, only once a year, it’s simple, it’s focused, and I cherish it. There’s nothing more fun than spending a day discovering new places to take pictures with different people. I challenged myself to try new spots every chance I got. I wanted to make sure that each family had unique images they could cherish for a lifetime!

One such family was Mandy, and her Iz, as she calls her. I call her a deer, as my own little joke from one of my favorite movies, Simon Birch. What an amazing duo! Mandy is a photographer as well, an amazing personal friend, and a great lover of Jesus. Iz…..well Iz loves affection, talking with other dogs, and looking at everything BUT a camera. Though, I’m finding that this seems true with most dogs.

Here’s a few favorites from their shoot! I hope you enjoy!

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E V E N T || The Myer’s Baby Shower

When I was of the average young, naive college age, I went to a church in the middle of a sweeping, wide valley. There, I was completely welcomed, embraced, and loved on by an amazing group of young adults, lead by the wise and approachable Michael.

Then, I met Kristin, the love of his life, and I immediately thought “I want to be more like her!” She was comfortable with her curly hair, laughed infectiously at everything, and when she prayed—ho, man, she prayed in a way that made you *feel* every word she said. She was one of the most beautiful women I had met, inside and out.

When her and Michael got married, I was so pregnant, I almost had to be rolled to the ceremony site. Be it hormones or just incredible joy, I bawled my eyes out when they said their I Do’s. It was a perfect, vintage-fairy tale come true.

And then on Saturday,  I finally got to meet all the women in her life–the ones that raised her, that showed her how to love others, how to graciously accept faults, and how to love herself–even when she didn’t want to. The way they honored Kristin and the next step in her life was incredible, and I cried again. This was a family to strive to become–one that loved Christ and honored their family, that was close knit, that cherished each personality as the day progressed.

Kristin’s mother, Sandee, did an AMAZING job decorating and planning this beautiful event, and should become decorator professionally. F’reals. She can start with my house.

Here’s a few of my favorite shots from the day:

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Because I’m a photographer, I have this really awesome thing where I’m like “For your gift, I give you my awesome.” So I did that with Kristin, and we’ll be doing maternity pictures later this week or next week, depending!

Want to see the whole PASS gallery? Click the link below, sign the guestbook, share images, download favorites, order prints, and more!

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Puppy and Baby Picture!

The last few days have been INSANE.

Mother’s Day was hectic, and super emotional, because, you know, I’M A MOM NOW, and then the next day TJ broke his hand, and now I’m pretty much doing all the chores, cooking, cleaning, baby moving, changing, clothing, bathing, and still trying to run a business.

It’s been two days, and I already feel like I need a vacation.

ON THE PLUS SIDE.

I started honing in on how I edit images–and I’m finding a *groove* to it. I edited an entire engagement session–and had another set up for final sharpening and vignetting (56 images, almost 4.5 hours of work), and then my husband turned off his computer, and my computer turned off, and all my progress was lost.

I spent the rest of the day on tumblr, quietly mourning.

I just wanted to upload one quick pic from Mother’s Day, because I’m EXHAUSTED. Let’s see how well I can keep up on my mission to capture life every day for the month. :3

Day 17 Challenge: BEST FRIENDS!  Momo and Liam are thick as thieves--meaning Momo knows Liam could squash her in a second, but still mothers him when he tries new things.

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Momo and Liam are thick as thieves–meaning Momo knows Liam could squash her in a second, but still mothers him when he tries new things.

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He is the HAPPIEST baby I have ever met. I’m pretty lucky. :3

Day 14: Movement

Life moves so quickly. One day, you’re thinking of a name for the new life inside of you, the next, they’re spitting their sweet potato puree in your face, because it’s “fun.”

Today, we decided to move a little more slowly–or quickly, depending on how you want to look at it. The handyman from our apartment complex was supposed to come fix our air conditioner yesterday, and did not, so we’ve been handling the heat of the bottom floor, and the top floor, plus our windows face the sun during it’s hottest times. All in all, our little abode is a FURNACE. So, we’ve been going on “drives” so we could justify using the car’s air conditioning.

Today, as we were sitting in the living room, watching Liam, barely moving, so we didn’t have to get warmer, I realized I needed to do today’s challenge. CAPITAL IDEA.

We jumped in the car, and made for the country, and the gorgeous spring colors! So, here a few “motion shots” I got of the trees, and a double exposure of me taking pictures of the trees, and a second shot of motion-ful trees.

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Okay, so, not a tree. We got home and I saw these sprinklers going, and I wanted to capture the water droplets flying over the dandelions and violets that scattered the grass. <3

Okay, so, not a tree. We got home and I saw these sprinklers going, and I wanted to capture the water droplets flying over the dandelions and violets that scattered the grass. <3

Day 12-13: Written Words, and Technology

So last night, I got home, put Liam down for bed, and had a date night with my husband. His grandfather had been in town for the last week, and had just left, so we were trying to give ourselves a little time to unwind before starting on editing, answering emails and voicemails, and going back to our crazy lives.

It was so nice to have that time with him. So much so, that after the movie was done, I just went to bed.

Totally spaced posting a blog. Silly me.

So tonight, I give you two entries: One, Written Words, and Two, Technology.

This type of image is called a double exposure. It's where you take several images and compile them into one frame to make a singular image. It's used for showing motion in a still frame, or, in this case, to create a collage of different things in one shot. This was done in camera, and the only change was a boost in color and a contrast boost.  I can't wait to experiment with it while I shoot my engagement session this weekend!!!

This type of image is called a double exposure. It’s where you take several images and compile them into one frame to make a singular image. It’s used for showing motion in a still frame, or, in this case, to create a collage of different things in one shot. This was done in camera, and the only change was a boost in color and a contrast boost.
I can’t wait to experiment with it while I shoot my engagement session this weekend!!!

Written Word: I take notes whenever I learn something of value. My 5 subject notebook is full of pages strewn with doodles, snarky faces, comments, quotes, and directions, action formulas, and occasionally, small words of encouragement--something I'll write when I'm feeling incredible, invincible, and I know the weak side of me will need to see those words. <3

Written Word: I take notes whenever I learn something of value. My 5 subject notebook is full of pages strewn with doodles, snarky faces, comments, quotes, and directions, action formulas, and occasionally, small words of encouragement–something I’ll write when I’m feeling incredible, invincible, and I know the weak side of me will need to see those words. <3

Day 11: I Think These Are In The Wrong Order.

So today, on the way to visit TJ’s grandparents, I was trying to find the image I had posted in the first blog post to figure out what my task was today. When I finally found the image, just as we pulled into the driveway, I realized I had apparently skipped a few challenges (Actually, I think it’s only one, but I like to over-exaggerate) in favor of getting Hands and Old done.

So to cover for that, I’m playing catch up and doing the forgotten challenge: Nature.

Not that hard-actually I’ve had this flowering bush pegged for shots for over 2 weeks now. I’ve been waiting to see when the tiny buds would finally blossom, AND THEY DID.

So enjoy the fruits of my patience with these loverly images–and know that tomorrow, I’m totally back on track!

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Day….What Day is this….8?…9?…Whatever-Favorite Colors is the Theme. So yeah.

I got a late start today-I tried something new. I left my phone in the room this morning, I did not check my messages, I did not read my emails, I did not play Candy Crush Saga, and I didn’t text my early bird friends.

I decided to spend the first hour of my morning with Liam. Unplugged. No TV. No phones. Just him, his bottle, and me, snuggling until he finished his meal, and gurgled at me, and tried to roll out of his boppy pillow.

We HAD to do laundry today. We slacked so badly, our room was almost impossible to get in and out of. Mountain ranges of different fabrics stood at impressive heights, making me feel like I was in the Sound of Music, and they were ALIVE. With the STENCH of BODY ODOR.

But the good news is, we found a rad laundromat with soft blue and yellow walls, stainless steel appliances, FAST machines (Loads finished in 17 minutes, and dried in 30!) and incredibly friendly staff–they really, really wanted to take Liam home. Here’s some shots of today, and my current favorite color.

Stainless steel, frothy suds, brilliant colors....it's the ULTIMATE in elementals that make this girl happy.

Stainless steel, frothy suds, brilliant colors….it’s the ULTIMATE in elementals that make this girl happy.

We switched him back to the old car seat for a *little* longer. When he falls asleep in the other one, his head hangs off to the side--I know he's okay for breathing--but he looks incredibly uncomfortable.

We switched him back to the old car seat for a *little* longer. When he falls asleep in the other one, his head hangs off to the side–I know he’s okay for breathing–but he looks incredibly uncomfortable.

When we were folding clothes after the fact, one of Liam's newborn pajamas made it into the batch, and TJ had a hard time not crying, and asked if we could keep it. <3 *sniff* I then bawled, and said yes. So hard to believe he's growing up so fast!

When we were folding clothes after the fact, one of Liam’s newborn pajamas made it into the batch, and TJ had a hard time not crying, and asked if we could keep it.

His newest obsession--hanging upside down to see what the world looks like. I got nauseated just watching him.

His newest obsession–hanging upside down to see what the world looks like. I got nauseated just watching him.

My current favorite color (and my current favorite accessory) is seafoam green. I love the soft pastel color, the cool look and sleek, preppy feel it has. I have a LOT of this color in my closet. And coral. And soft yellows. Blame my branding team, "Hey Sweet Pea." They've got me hooked on my branding colors!

My current favorite color (and my current favorite accessory) is seafoam green. I love the soft pastel color, the cool look and sleek, preppy feel it has. I have a LOT of this color in my closet. And coral. And soft yellows. Blame my branding team, “Hey Sweet Pea.” They’ve got me hooked on my branding colors!

Day 6: Books

When I was 5 years old, I could read pretty much anything. And I did.

It was especially traumatizing for me, when, hungry for some sort of readable material, ANY material, I found my mother’s romance novels.

That’s a lot to take in at 5 years old.

Grump is only 6 months old, but already, he has a voracity for books. We MUST read him Batman books every night before bed. Occasionally, I’ll slip in some Sesame Street, or some award-winning children’s book, but he doesn’t care for them. He just loves Batman.

I’ve always loved the books by Anne McCaffrey. The world of Pern held my gaze when I was as little as 8 years old-every novel was another opportunity to fight a deadly battle with a dragon by my side.

Today I did minimal editing–I upped the temp a bit on my shots, because I shot at White Flourescent lighting for the first few minutes, but otherwise, I felt like the organic feel of the images appealed to my urgent need to grasp at every little moment of time I could get my greedy fingers on.

Too soon, he’ll be walking, and then running, and then jumping, and then falling. Soon his world will be dirt, and bicycle wheels, and war wounds, and falling in love with Jocelyn in kindergarten, and giving her an earthworm ring to seal the pending marriage.

So tonight, I’m posting, and running, so I can scoop up my tiny little Grump, and listen to his belly laugh, and breathe in his baby smell, and revel in the glorious gift and mystery and even slight terror of watching another life unfold.

You should do the same. <3

He actually has a lot more books, and I thought it'd be cool to stack them next to him, but he was pretty content to make sure he could see all of them. ALL. of them. At once.

He actually has a lot more books, and I thought it’d be cool to stack them next to him, but he was pretty content to make sure he could see all of them. ALL. of them. At once.

Look! Man-Bat and Batman are fighting!

Look! Man-Bat and Batman are fighting!

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“The Portfolios of Ansel Adams”
My favorite wedding season, 2011, as per The Knot. I loved the just budding obsession with vintage and shabby chic, and the raw cut, textured skirts and ruffles of wedding dresses.
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Day 2: Smiles…or…How to Find Joy On A Day That Pretty Much Blows.

When I woke up this morning with the intention of capturing smiles for today’s assignment, I didn’t think it would be so hard. My husband was grumpy, and didn’t want to get out of bed, Liam was impatient, because he was *almost* crawling, but not enough. He was so fixated on the position of trying to get his knees under him–he barely acknowledged I was there.

Then one thing after another started going down–one person cancelled a morning hang out, and then another, and then another. Three in one day. I felt so lame. SO. LAME. Then my Pot Roast shrank from being over a foot long (and so beautiful, barely any fat on it) to the size of a softball. I’m still trying to work out that mystery.  And then I saw local photography work that I totally hated myself for judging, but I totally judged. This photographer was being published, was doing stylized shoots with people I wanted to mingle with, and I couldn’t see how. I became so FIXATED on the fact that all these people were part of this great big community, and I couldn’t get a greeting in edgewise.

I began to fall into a cloud of self-doubt. Don’t you hate that? I’m pretty confident in who I am, and I am unabashedly in love with life. I know I’m plus size, I know that I can come across as someone who can’t take anything seriously, and I really hate confrontation. But I LOVE PASSIVE AGGRESSIVENESS. Clearly, since I just wrote a whole paragraph about *someone* who had threatened me in *someway*–but the point is, I know who I am–and I love myself. Every extra pound, extra pun, and extra insecurity. I still love who I am. But today, I really began to feel like I was maybe unworthy of being liked.

There was no light bulb moment. In fact, I really didn’t notice how much my mood had lifted until I was uploading the images. But at some point through the day, I began to FIND joy, and it found ME.

Today’s theme is SMILES, and rather than capturing a smile, I decided to capture things that had made me smile throughout the day. Turns out, a lot!

While scoping the place I'm doing mini-sessions tomorrow, I found this incredible MINI LIBRARY. F'reals, you guys, this person generously places books in this library, and people can borrow them, and even drop them off at other tiny libraries.  This made me smile because it reminded me that the majority of humanity--well, they're pretty awesome.

While scoping the place I’m doing mini-sessions tomorrow, I found this incredible MINI LIBRARY. F’reals, you guys, this person generously places books in this library, and people can borrow them, and even drop them off at other tiny libraries.
This made me smile because it reminded me that the majority of humanity–well, they’re pretty awesome.

The sign reads "2 Ugly 4 Prostitution."  I mean, really, I couldn't stop laughing.

The sign reads “2 Ugly 4 Prostitution.”
I mean, really, I couldn’t stop laughing.

My incredible husband had me laughing all afternoon. He knows just how to shake me from my funk.

My incredible husband had me laughing all afternoon. He knows just how to shake me from my funk.

My baby Grump, Liam. He pretty much always smiles, but lately, when I put him in the car, or he's just looking at me, he squeezes his eyes super softly, as if to say "I love YOU more than ANYTHING." It seriously makes my heart ache with complete pride and joy.

My baby Grump, Liam. He pretty much always smiles, but lately, when I put him in the car, or he’s just looking at me, he squeezes his eyes super softly, as if to say “I love YOU more than ANYTHING.” It seriously makes my heart ache with complete pride and joy.

Usually, we meet up with TJ's best friends and have fish tacos. Unfortunately, there seemed to be some digestive disagreements the week before--so to err on the side of caution, we went and had chicken chimichanga's at a little Mexican Bakery.

Usually, we meet up with TJ’s best friends and have fish tacos. Unfortunately, there seemed to be some digestive disagreements the week before–so to err on the side of caution, we went and had chicken chimichanga’s at a little Mexican Bakery. I love our weekly get togethers, because we all get to laugh, eat, and catch up. This week was just as awesome.

Whenever we drive anywhere, I'm constantly watching for ornamental fences, beuatiful graffiti, lush vines, and strangely colored walls. I found this ornate fence--and then we found this rad praying mantis inside--and apparently, it's been around forever. My husband used to drive around with his Mom and brother, and find the mantis whenever it was moved, and make noises when they saw it.

Whenever we drive anywhere, I’m constantly watching for ornamental fences, beuatiful graffiti, lush vines, and strangely colored walls. I found this ornate fence–and then we found this rad praying mantis inside–and apparently, it’s been around forever. My husband used to drive around with his Mom and brother, and find the mantis whenever it was moved, and make noises when they saw it.

This genuinely creeped me out. Who puts a creepy, stalkerish skeleton of a Sabertooth Thing in the bushes of a parking lot. F'reals. But then the oddity of it won me over, so I had to get a shot.

This genuinely creeped me out. Who puts a creepy, stalkerish skeleton of a Sabertooth Thing in the bushes of a parking lot. F’reals. But then the oddity of it won me over, so I had to get a shot.

This is the winged-liger-gargoyle that sits in front of our apartment complex. Personally, I like to think he's the "Fashion Crisis Liger," Because I think he looks like he's saying "Guuuuurl, you did NOT pair those leggings with THAT jean jacket, Uhn-UHNNN."

This is the winged-liger-gargoyle that sits in front of our apartment complex. Personally, I like to think he’s the “Fashion Crisis Liger,” Because I think he looks like he’s saying “Guuuuurl, you did NOT pair those leggings with THAT jean jacket, Uhn-UHNNN.”

This is my official photo for SMILE: I found this tiny little BMW cruising, and then suddenly a Great Dane and a Smaller Dog emerged from the Sun Roof, jowls flapping in the wind, ears fluttering, nose snuffling all smells.  It seriously delighted me so much, I couldn't stop taking pictures...and then the owner saw me, and I'm pretty sure he was all creeped out and stuff.

This is my official photo for SMILE: I found this tiny little BMW cruising, and then suddenly a Great Dane and a Smaller Dog emerged from the Sun Roof, jowls flapping in the wind, ears fluttering, nose snuffling all smells.
It seriously delighted me so much, I couldn’t stop taking pictures…and then the owner saw me, and I’m pretty sure he was all creeped out and stuff.

So, there you have it. Joy is everywhere, and you can really change the whole tone and feel of a day, if you just step out your front door. <3

Have a great weekend, peeps!

Starting Over….or….The Blogocalypse

It’s time for a fresh sheet of paper. A gorgeous new theme, to match my beautiful website, to match my beautiful new branding that’s consistently in the works, to match my beautiful couples.

It’s kinda beautiful.

So, with that, I decided I wanted to focus on much more than posing, on perfect portraits with perfect lighting. I want to live in every moment, and find something beautiful to photograph, no matter where I am.

So, to help inspire me, keep me on task, and further the drive I have to continually improve my skills, and get my creative juices flowing, I decided to do a 1-a-day challenge for the next month.

Good luck to me, since I can't barely eat food two days in a row. (Just kidding. Food is amazing.)

Good luck to me, since I can’t barely eat food two days in a row. (Just kidding. Food is amazing.)

So, Today is the first day of this ambitious project. It was actually really cool-I ended up taking several shots that I absolutely adored while waiting to find what I was looking for.

Cheddar Cauliflower Soup from the High Nooner

Cheddar Cauliflower Soup from the High Nooner

This glorious bowl of soup is my favorite food……of the day. See, when it said Favorite Food, I was like “I can’t afford to go to the Melting Pot…..sooooo…..” And then I realized I could go the other way and be all….open minded. And stuff.

So, here’s to you, Cauliflower Cheddar Soup of Cheddary Cauliflowery goodness! And thumbs up to you, High Nooner, for having glorious avocados that I can slurp out of my sandwiches.

P.S. Your chicken is suspiciously gross and fake looking. But your avocados are AHMAYZING.

Here’s two other shots of things found whilst thrifting with friends:

While I know that there's a thing about people being shoved into trunks.....don't you think the bad guys would just.....not....buy that type of car? Because....I think I would just NOT buy that car--if I was in the habit of shoving people in my trunk.  But I don't, I just shoot them.

While I know that there’s a thing about people being shoved into trunks…..don’t you think the bad guys would just…..not….buy that type of car? Because….I think I would just NOT buy that car–if I was in the habit of shoving people in my trunk.
But I don’t, I just shoot them.

If they hadn't been size 2 1/2, I was all sorts of ready to get them. *sigh*

If they hadn’t been size 2 1/2, I was all sorts of ready to get them. *sigh*

Just a few snigglet’s of goodness. Thrifting is great, great fun!

P E R S O N A L || Weight Loss Journey :: Update

It’s been about a month since I decided to be transparent about my struggle with losing weight and keeping it off.

When I started, I had lost 14 lbs. That number remains the same. Even with cutting out most gluten (except for rare splurges with friends…..very rare) and eating masses of lean proteins and vegetables, AND adding in 20 minute walks with Liam twice a week, (I’d do more, but my knee already hates this part!) I’m just chilling there, in the same spot.

It got so distressing and discouraging I spoke with my doctor, who recommended that we get a dietician that he trusted on board, as well as run tests to see if my body is trying to tell me something! He’s a pretty smart doctor, you guys, and I’m a fan of him, so we’ll see what he says.

In the meantime, I’m feeling discouraged. And, frankly, I’m bored. I spend hours and hours in the kitchen juicing, slicing, dicing, cleaning vegetables, cleaning the kitchen, and frankly, it’s killing me. Liam absolutely *hates* it.

I wish there was an easier way to do this that didn’t involve taking tons of time to make all these dishes and foods, you know? I’m a mom with two businesses and a husband in school–this is really beginning to hinder me! My doctor asked about my eating and exercise history, and agrees that most of my work should be directed and continuing to eat healthy, and as I lose weight, my knee will no doubt be more capable of handling more work.

You can keep up with my food-eating adventures on Instagram!

http://www.instagram.com/shmilyface

And here’s a look back at some of my favorite captures from last month!

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What about you guys? Anyone ever find themselves so close the beginning, but struggling so hard? What do you do? How do you change up your routine? And do you have any time-saving tips? I’m scouring the internet anyways, but I’d love your thoughts and tips and personal stories of success OR failure! I think there’s an amazing opportunity to learn from both!

Fusion Videos: What They Are, How They Work

After United, I realized I had a lot of new, interesting ways to improve my business and differentiate myself from local competition. Fusion Videos, a concept I learned from Isaac and Karen Stott in their class at United,one of the latest trends in the -ography field, is just such a way.

Here’s my experience with it:

First of all, the most important thing for me was ease of implementation. I’m a busy mom, I own two businesses, and my husband is a full-time engineering student–so we’ve got a lot on our plate. What I did may not work for you, and that’s totally okay. Tweak as fits your needs, peeps!

What it is: Fusion Videos combine small video clips with your portraits in a slideshow with music to provide a different way to share images with your bride and groom. It’s emotional, it’s easy to put together, and it involves a little extra time, and basic knowledge of changing your camera to video, knowing how to change your portrait settings to Monochrome (for those inside videos with crazy lighting), and knowing when to get video clips, and when to get pictures.

1. Always Get The Picture First.
ALWAYS. You’re hired as a photographer, not a videographer, and unless you’re used to toggling back and forth, it’s best to get the shots you want first, and then switch to video for the clips you need. They’re a perk, but again, not what you’re hired for.

2. Have A Second Shooter
I’m of the opinion that this is pretty much necessary, if you want to succeed at fusion videos. While I shot artistically, my second shooter (read: indentured husband) took back up pictures, grabbed candid shots, and got videos. If it had just been me, there would have been 3 videos. But with my husband TJ with me, we ended up with close to 70 to chose from.

3. Shoot Black and White Inside, Color Outside.
Remember how I said keep it simple? Shooting in Black and White inside makes it simple. You don’t want to take the video home, upload it, edit it (which takes in INSANE amount of time) and then make a Fusion Video–unless you’re making a high, high end product. In which case, knock yourself out. But for the rest of us that just want something with a bit of an extra spark, shoot B&W indoors, and you’re welcome.

4. Shoot Video In 5 Second Increments
You want to have just enough emotion to tie the story together–not just enough pictures to tide the viewer over until the next clip plays. 5 or 10 second increments work perfectly to get the movement/emotion you want, without overwhelming or downplaying your amazing photography.

6. What Do You Use For The Slideshow?
I use Animoto for my Fusion Videos. If you’re willing to shell out 30 bucks a year, you can upload 10 second video clips, and your choices are incredibly limited. But if you want complete freedom, you can upgrade to their Pro package, which is closer to 260.00 a year. Pricey, but then you can have multiple songs, access to more songs, access to all their slideshow templates, and HD quality slideshow videos. It’s worth it, if you have the moolah to do it, but if you don’t, the 30.00 option works for just starting out.

7. So How Do You Put It Together?
This is actually a mix of advice from the Stott’s, and Katelyn James. On Saturday, I shoot the wedding. On Saturday Night, or Sunday morning, I cull the images, and pick the ones I want to use for the blog post/fusion video. For this wedding, it was close to 200, but to be fair, It was my first wedding fusion video, and I got carried away. You could probably get away with 100, or 50. <.< Once I get those edited, I upload them to Animoto, along with my video clips, arrange them until they're pleasing, add a text box to the beginning with the information about the wedding, tag the vendors, and share it on Monday. On Tuesday, I cull my favorites a little more, Blogstomp them, and share my blog post. By Wednesday, the rest of my images are edited, and by Thursday, I have the PASS Gallery up, I've sent a separate gallery for the vendors from the wedding, the bride has seen the Fusion Video, had blog post, and now has all of her pictures, and I'm done with that wedding.

Transparency is important, and so is keeping true to who you are and what you can handle. If I was being honest, I'd say I need to work on making sure my videos are black and white while inside (as you'll see in the video), making sure I'm not moving all over the place, and making sure I keep my focus on photography first. I'm hoping to improve on those in the next wedding.

I heard a few people asking for more information, but I'm definitely not the authority on the subject, I just wanted to share my experience, and hopefully, help those of you interested in it get more comfortable with the process!