Photographers experience burnout. I think partly because we generally have no control over what we photograph. We arrive at a given location and set out to use our skills and eye to photograph what is before us. Now, you know I am one for loving documentary. There is a beauty in truth and the rawness of real. but sometimes we don't have control over things we NEED to make a good picture- light, time, location, etc.
And, it was in the throws of this burnout that I decided to direct and style my own shoot, so I could take back a little bit of the control and create a piece I loved.
I did the hair and makeup, the table styling, all the indigo dip-dyed elements you see below (i went indigo crazy! even dip dying the ultra skinny taper candles! kind of stinky, but so worth it), I created the centerpiece (so beautiful, want me to do a tutorial?) and gathered some of my favorites to work on this with me- namely The Dress Theory out of seattle for our beautiful Vienna gown, Portland Farm Tables for their handmade trestle tables (you can rent them for your wedding!) and Graceline (www.gracelineart.com) for calligraphy of the vows, menus, and escort cards.
Basically, if I were getting married on the Oregon Coast... this is what it would be like. who wants to come?
Also, do not delay! today, the 20th, is the very last day to enter the wedding giveaway! the full details are HERE , but just write in to email@example.com and tell me about yourselves, and why you want the investment you make in wedding photography to also go to wonderful charitable causes. this closes at midnight. you dont have to be fancy. dont overthink it. just be real with me and talk to me like we've known each other for years. so excited to finally read all the entries (i've been keeping them on lockdown until tomorrow!).