Today we get to show off Tim and Kelley’s lighthearted wedding. You can see how the beginning of their wedding day went right here. After and adventurous morning, things settled down and everyone enjoyed a wonderfully emotional ceremony and reception. Tim and Kelley now live in Washington DC. Seeing so much of his friends and family who chose to fly across the country to witness them get married in Kelley’s hometown was a testament to their character. We enjoyed photographing all of the details that Kelley and her family made. It’s already been almost 3 months since they have been married! We wish them all the best as they pursue their careers in DC.
Welcome to my office! Notes from my kids taped to the side of my desk, empty glass from my coffee that morning, cables running everywhere from my (gasp!) PCs, books elevating my too-short monitors.
I posted a picture a couple of years ago of our office in our old home. Now that we’ve moved I wanted to share with you all my workspace. For my fellow photographers who follow nationally known photographers and other professionals like them in our industry, you have probably seen pictures posted of their amazing offices: perfectly decorated, color coordinated and it is even so cool they call it their “studio space”. I would look at their offices and dream about what mine could possibly look like some day. I started to feel inadequate because my “office” at the time was a Craigslist desk in the middle of our basement from 1986. It was less than stellar.
Photography is one occupation that must have an online presence. With that, we can all see into each other’s work and personal life a lot more easily than other professions. This leads to a lot of comparing and potentially self-doubt about our ability and “success” as photographers. Thankfully, I have a husband who keeps reminding me that our photography isn’t about how amazing my work space is. There are less than a handful of couples that meet us at our home. We have built a business catered to busy, working professionals who are getting married in a destination location and plan to do almost everything for their wedding online. If they prefer to meet in person, we try to save them time by meeting them in their hometown, usually at a coffee shop next to their office. So what my office looks like really doesn’t matter. It’s a place to get ‘er done! It’s a place to be inspired. And getting inspired means a myriad of things depending on who you are. There is a small canvas of the first wedding Ben and I photographed. I love remembering how our business came to be. There’s also a big empty space on my wall. This coming week I will be putting up a huge cork board. I have a big binder of magazine pages of inspiring images. Fun poses, cute dresses, beautiful make up… I want to put them up where I can see them daily. Seeing others create cool images inspires me to push toward where we want to be a photographers. So, if you are a new photographer out there and feeling not so great about where you work, don’t worry. Use the time and money that you would have spent on your office on your clients! Give them a personal experience that no one else can give them but you. Think about who your clients are and what your workflow needs to be to cater to your combined specific needs.
Michael and Jennifer were married at Wapato Point Cellars on August 3rd. Jennifer and all of Michael’s friends call him by his last name, Brophy. I find that that suits him much more than Michael. He is super easy going, fun and ready to party! They both work hard and love to play hard. They now live in Boston, but have spent many fun vacations in Lake Chelan and knew that they wanted to come back here to get married. It was a great mix of west coast-east coast people. I loved Jennifer’s thoughtful decorations that incorporated the winery theme. They used old wine bottles and corks on the table tops, naming each table a different kind of wine. They also wanted to make the day kid friendly, so they had kid packs placed at the tables filled with games, snacks, and small toys. Brophy and Jennifer wanted to make sure that all of their out-of-town guests had as much fun possible, so they hosted an after party at a local bar where they ate the best bar food around and sang karaoke until the early hours of the morning! We loved photographing their commitment to each other. We wish you two a very happy first year of marriage!
It has been a while since I blogged last. Like a really long while. I sat down today to write and looked to see it has over 2 months since I have shared anything here. I couldn’t believe it! I am always torn about our blog. I read all the time that I have to post something at least once a week otherwise people will think we haven’t been working. Which I am not sure why that is a bad thing. Everyone needs a vacation! I will say, that we have been working. Very hard! We photographed more weddings in one year than we have in previous years, which is why I have been so quiet here. I don’t like throwing up unthoughtful, short posts for the sake of posting, so I haven’t. But now that our wedding season has come to an end, I am happy to pick up where I left off in August. Starting Mondays, I will be sharing a wedding from this summer! I am so excited to share our couple’s wedding day stories with you all and I love that I now have time to talk about all of the fun details of their day with you. I hope it will give you inspiration for your wedding! Also, on Thursdays I will be sharing something personal about our little family and photo life to help you get to know us. If you are a fellow photographer with questions, feel free to email us and I’d be happy to post any tips,tricks or advice!
In the meantime be inspired with the cuteness of our new puppy! On top of a full wedding season we bought a house and got a puppy. His name is Springfield (after the gun maker).
We had the pleasure of photographing Karle last weekend! She is a senior this year in Lake Chelan. We had fun getting to know Karle as we walked around her family’s property. We started down at the wine cellar and worked our way back up to their house. She does shot put for track, along with volleyball and basketball. She started working at the restaurant in the winery too, so she is one busy girl! We wish her all the best as she plans to attend UW next fall.