parts of our 15 day adventure to the west coast that just seemed surreal…. like the moment I saw my images displayed life-size at the PASS booth on the WPPI Tradeshow floor! Or the time I saw my name on the WPPI speaker list for the first time! And the moment Buddy and Jill walked into our hotel room after we spent a full day thinking that their flight was going to be cancelled!! So many amazing moments with amazing people. Michael and I have told so many people who have asked about our trip that it was exhausting but so exciting at the same time. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
There were definitely moments of stress and worry and hours spent preparing for presentations… but all of the in between moments were spent will such amazing people!!! It was sad to say goodbye to these friends that we only get to see once a year! Our time together in Santa Barbara and Vegas was a blast!! It’s one thing to see friends for a week at one conference… it’s a totally different experience to do two conferences in a row with the same people! We were one big Shoot&Share family and it was so much fun!! So, because it’s easier to share about a trip in highlight form, here are some highlights from our 15 days out west!! :
Highlights:1. The guys at PASS blew me away. I do NOT deserve this but they used Ross and Brittany’s wedding images EVERYWHERE! I was just in awe every time I saw them on display at the booth, in Rangefinder Magazine, in the Shoot & Share Magazine, life sized on the booth walls… etc. Such an honor!!! I’m still in shock! AHHH!!!!! Ross and Brittany, thank you for being gorgeous! :) platform talk at WPPI, I was also a speaker at the Shoot and Share Theater two days in a row! LOVED it!! It’s such a different experience speaking on a tradeshow floor with a Britney Spears microphone! 5. Our custom #KJKREW Tshirts from Buddy and Jill!! We died laughing when they arrived wearing these!! Hilarious!!! So much fun… and the story of how hard they worked trying to make them is even funnier!!! Bahahahah!! 6. Our mini-adventure to the Hoover Dam! When we’re with these two, we have to do at least ONE crazy adventure. Last year it was the epic RV Vaca !! This year, it was a 2 hour trip the the Hoover Dam in a rental convertible! So fun! We were totally trying to re-create this picture!
7. LOVED hanging out with these amazing people!! And so many others!! And here are some instagram highlights!! : – Meeting up with of my our KJ couples! Justin and Chasity loved seeing you two!!! – FINALLY met Tash!! LOVE this amazing lady!! – And we met baby JAX!!! What a cutie!! He may have thrown up on me immediately but I’m considering it an sign of endearment! – I had the opportunity to speak on a Shoot and Share Panel! So fun! Not long enough though! I had so much more to say! – Jordan and Amy! LOVE THESE TWO!!! Had such a blast with them! – SHOCKED to see one of my images used on a WPPI promo poster!! woohoo!
It’s been a while since I’ve photographed an engagement session at beautiful Maymont Park. Meeting Ryan and Danielle there was perfect even though I totally forgot that Maymont closes so early! We heard a reminder that the park would be closing soon and just as I started to feel a bit panicked, the clouds cleared, the sun started to shine and I was able to capture the most beautiful light before we unexpectedly had to leave the park!
This beautiful day began in the historic manor house at Belmont Country Club. Abby was showing me her details and then she gave me a gift and told me to open it. I questioned her because it just didn’t seem right for the photographer to be opening a gift on the bride’s wedding day but she insisted! Abby had made me a custom cross-stitch of Michael and I with cameras in our hands! It looks JUST like us and I was just amazed at her talent and thoughtfulness!
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.