life has been so crazy since we have returned home from Australia!! We were home for 11 days and when we left for Alaska! We had an awesome august but the traveling isn’t over! We shot a wedding in Seattle this past weekend and we have two other weddings this month that require flights… plus 4 days at the incredible P31 conference in Atlanta!! Whew! I’m starting to think I live on an airplane!! We are so thankful for these opportunities. When Michael joined me full time, this is what we hoped for. We’re young, we don’t have kids and we love to travel…
and so crazy months like these are possible for us. They don’t drain us and they don’t leave us burnt out. If anything, it’s inspiring! However, with all of the traveling that is happening these days, we have neglected the “Behind the Scenes” blog post from our Australian workshop!! I can’t believe it’s been a MONTH! It’s been a full month since we met the most amazing group of photographers in the quaint city of Adelaide in South Australia! We arrived to our rental house and immediately realized that it was a bit on the stark, modern side! It’s a good style if you’re going for the “Clean and Sterile” feel! So Michael and I left and went to buy groceries and flowers to make it feel a little more welcoming! Besides the white walls, floors, and furniture, it was the PERFECT beach house for a home-based workshop!! We are SO thankful that we rented this space instead of a conference room somewhere. One of the best decisions we have ever made with our workshops was to move them into our home!!! So why not do that same thing in Australia?! Matt and Katie, an incredible Australian husband/wife team, gave us so much advice about the workshop and we’re so thankful they encouraged us to rent a home! Definitely look them up!! :)
So we arrived to Adelaide after a few days in Sydney and we went straight to the house. We traveled in on a stormy day and so the wind was ridiculously strong and I worried that the styled shoot wasn’t going to be able to happen outdoors. However, by morning, the skies had cleared and it was perfectly sunny! The winds had died down and it was day one of our very first international Workshop Experience! WOOHOO!! Our attendees showed up in the morning and within the first few minutes of meeting them, I knew it was going to be an amazing group!! I could have listened to their accents forever! We were so blessed with such an incredible group of photographers from ALL OVER Australia! They were excited, eager to learn, grateful, patient and genuinely happy to be together and to have new friends in the industry! I can’t wait for you to meet them via some behind the scenes images!!! Enjoy!!If you know me, you know that purple is not my color… not even close. However, this was all that Michael could find in Adelaide supermarkets in the dead of winter! :) “Tea” is a big deal to the Aussies… they couldn’t believe we didn’t even own a “kettle” back home! :) We started in a smaller room downstairs while the styled shoot was being setup upstairs on the porch! We had to find a house with a rain plan and this porch was perfect! It wasn’t raining but the light was so awesome that it was the best place to start the shoot! Then we shot in broad daylight… but it worked! Sand is a GREAT natural reflector!! We love these people so much!!!!!!! Love this!
Ah! It’s our FINAL STUDENT SPOTLIGHT!!! This July post has been a long time coming but it’s HERE and it’s LIVE and I want you to help me celebrate these amazing photographers who are making their dreams happen!!!
This six month update feels like it’s weirdly disproportionate compared to other monthly updates! Why is that? Well, last month I posted a couple of sets of images that were actually at the beginning of his sixth month and THEN we photographed multiple weddings, had several trips away from home for a few days and the dads were for several days!
Hope and Jesse are the sweetest couple. You can just feel it when you’re with them! You can see it when you watch them interact. You can hear it in the stories that their family members and best friends shared about them. They are truly soulmates and best friends. They have an undeniable love for one another and that is why even a rainy, misty wedding day could be incredibly vibrant, warm and joyful!!
Rhett’s fifth month was full of fun. It’s crazy to me that I know I only take my big camera to about 10% of the things we do in a month and yet each month is SO full.
This beautiful wedding day took place in the rolling hills of West Virginia, just past the Virginia state line. Wild Goose Farm is a venue that I’ve never photographed before and let me tell you, it was a treat! We didn’t even have the sun join us for most of the day and yet we were able to capture beautiful portraits! Between the horses, old fences, stunning estate home, lily pad covered pond, old stone walls, rustic barn, open fields and a historic stone arch, I was in photographer heaven!
This session was just as sweet as it looks. We spent the evening with Megan and Tim in the country outside of Harrisonburg, Virginia. We were tucked away in the rolling hills in between beautiful fields and family farms. It reminded me all over again why I just love Virginia. We really have it all… beaches, mountains, history, and great schools! JMU, while it did play a role in Tim and Megan’s story, isn’t actually where it started!