Monthly Archives: September 2011

editorial - wedding

inspired by : something new

09 29 11

I know I promised this post a while ago. This inspiration shoot started with a simple something old – a wedding dress from a thrift store  – and evolved into this. Something new.

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Here’s what went down. (If you aren’t interested in the technical aspect of photography then I excuse you to skip to the photos. I promise I won’t be offended. Really. I swear.)

We were out shooting this session at basically high noon. There wasn’t much shade to be found and when the sun is that high overhead it creates pretty harsh shadows. So after we did our first few shots in front of the white brick wall we drove around for a long time looking for something else in the shade. We didn’t have the luxury of waiting until the magic golden sunset hour since my models had to go to work at 3.

So, we went to my garage.

I had just purchased a backdrop set and triggers for my flash to be set up off of my camera. I had also experienced the blessing of going to Justin + Mary’s Workshop earlier this summer, where Justin reminded me of a dream. He actually has a similar one – and that is to take more classic portraits. The kind in Vanity Fair. The kind with celebrities. The kind that never go out of style. At Justin and Mary’s workshop I learned just how to start moving in the direction of that dream… practice with flash.

I know what you’re thinking. I love natural light too. And flash is tricky. Technical. Complicated. But I really feel like as my business grows I don’t want to stay comfortable doing one thing. I want to be able to take an amazing photograph, at any time, anywhere. I don’t want to be dependent on the ever-changing sun. I want more.

What better opportunity than this? But I was scared honestly. What if I messed it up? Nat and Tim looked amazing and what if I didn’t get any photos that I really loved?

The payoff for pushing beyond your comfort zone and your creative limits is ALWAYS worth the risk. It will drive you forward.

I’m so excited about these images, and excited for another “studio” session. I feel like I’m moving towards something really exciting. So, who wants to hang out in my garage?

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classic studio bridal portrait

retro groom with a bowtie

bowtie and suspenders

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pink suspenders and orange bowtie groom

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I’d love to know what you are doing this year to push yourself forward, leave a comment and let me know. There is accountability when you say it out loud.

Thanks again for always being such an encouragement to me my friends.

xoxo,

Em

wedding

eurjean + bobby : palo alto wedding

09 23 11

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The best weddings leave you with a sense of who this couple is, what they are passionate about, and where they are going next.

Eurjean + Bobby’s wedding was filled with their passion for their heritage – from holding it in the church Eurjean grew up in, to the chopstick escort cards, to the traditional korean paebek ceremony. It made me so happy to capture not just the sweet love they have for each other, but the passion they have for where they have come from.

Reminders of Eurjean + Bobby’s mothers, who were both lost to cancer, were there in the little things and in the speeches. I know both of them would be immensely proud of who they have become and who they are about to start their lives with.

Eurjean + Bobby, I’m so thankful for you. Really. Thank you for constantly affirming me and encouraging me as I got to photograph you. Thank you for serving me. I don’t know how you ended up doing that, but I think that’s just a testament to the kind of people you are. Good ones.

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green orchid bouquet and bout

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bright green wedding party

i give you my heart

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korean girl japanese guy figures

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bright and happy wedding cake

orange and lime wedding details

orange and lime wedding reception

newspaper heart table number

wooden figure cake topper

mochi

 

super big thank you i love you forever to kelly stonelake for assisting me at this wedding. and for getting so many killer shots of grandma!

xoxo
Em

personal

the cottage

09 21 11

I never used to understand when photographers I admired told me to shoot for myself… “to do more personal work.” My business is me. Is my relationships. Is interwoven into my life. It all felt personal to me.

As I look through these images I took a few weeks ago of my grandparents at their summer home in Canada, I understand.

In the midst of a week where I am feeling overwhelmed by every little mistake I make and each new problem to solve, these images push me forward. Past my weakness and failings, they remind me that I am an artist.

They remind me that photography is more than business. It is documenting the things that we want to hold on to. To make them beautiful and keep them safe. These images speak to me. They say Keep me. Protect me.  Share me. And I will live forever.

Life is heartbreakingly short. I want my family to live forever. The truth is they won’t. But my love for them in these images, that will. And I pray that it honors them. Forever. It’s all I have to give.

I doesn’t feel like enough. There’s too many already lost, that I never had the chance to honor. These are for them too. With all my heart.

xoxo
Em

all images shot on Canon eos-1v, fuji 400h + fuji neopan black and white

wedding

amazing omaha wedding : candace + rich

09 15 11

ice cream parlor wedding photo gem photo

If there were just one image that captured the essence of Candace + Rich, their wedding, and Omaha itself – it would be this one.

Warm, inviting, wonderful, sweet + silly. This is everything that I love about them, and it doesn’t even fully describe it.

Candace + Rich, your wedding was such an amazing experience for me + Aaron to be a part of. I cried behind my lens multiple times. I shed a happy tear when I saw so many in these images, too.

I was blessed beyond belief to experience the love that you guys have not just for each other, but for your family. You made us feel like family. I am reminded how amazing my job is when I get to work with people like you two.

Thank you for loving so deeply and allowing us to tell the story.

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first look magnolia hotel omaha

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priscilla of boston wedding gown

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priscilla of boston gown

candace + lindsey. you are beautiful sisters. really.

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Ted + Wally’s old fashioned ice cream. I don’t know what was more amazing – the freshly made ice cream or the images that follow. Favorite. Ever.

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Candace is amazingly talented. She crafted everything for her wedding by hand. If you like all this amazingness, you should check out her website.

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milk and cookies wedding reception

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xoxo
Em

editorial - wedding

inspired by : something old

09 09 11

We were just at the thrift store looking for something outrageous, as per usual.

Natalie pulled the off-shoulder ivory gown out of the rack and raised her eyebrows. I commanded her into the dressing room.

And just like that, the idea grew wings and took flight. The next thing I know we’re at the mall looking for hot pink and feathery things and recruiting our friend Tim to join us. “What’s that? Oh, yeah it’s a wedding themed inspiration shoot. Don’t all guys want to do that on a Thursday afternoon?”

Bless you Tim. And I love you, Natalie. For challenging me always. I love these images more than I can stand.

cat eyes pink lips and feathers

hot pink vintage inspiration

feathers and hot pink

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sunflower bouquet

pink and feather inspiration

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vintage wedding dress inspiration

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cat eye

off the shoulder wedding dress

bowtie and hat

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feather earrings gem photo

white brick wall and a wedding portrait

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pink and ivory inspiration

Part II … coming soon.

xoxo
Em

wedding

palm coast wedding : mike + monica

09 07 11

When I first met Mike + Monica, I liked them both immediately.

Sweet, easygoing, friendly. Exactly what you might expect from a Southern gentleman and Canadian gal.

I should have known, based on their sweetness, that the crowd that would gather for their wedding at the Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Florida would be just as lovely.

What I had no way to expect, was how much this crowd would bring down the house.

Seriously – the South (and Canada!) knows how to PARTY.

I would elaborate, because you know I like to, but in this case my words really won’t do it justice.

The photos say it all.

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hammock beach wedding gem photo

oh, hey. Who says your wedding photographer can’t take a minute to get on the dance floor. Obviously, not me.

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hammock beach wedding gem photo

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hammock beach wedding gem photo

most awesome photo ever

Leaving you with what may well be my favorite reception photograph. Ever.

Mike + Monica,

I was so blessed to be a part of your wedding day. And I am SO GLAD you live in San Francisco now.

We will be having Kinect dance party double dates. Soon.

xoxo,
Em

p.s. Thanks also to Tracy for being so stellar and helping me at this wedding! I heart you!