Brian and Eun’s photography session took us from Discovery Park to downtown Ballard. They both love the lush nature of the Pacific Northwest as well as the hip urban restaurants, cafes, and bars that Seattle offers. When they told me they wanted engagement photography in Ballard, I was thrilled.
This was such a fun shoot. Congratulations to you both!
One frame from a perfect Pacific Northwest engagement session at Treehouse Point in Fall City, WA with Jay and Aura. I love summertime.
What is the Musea Gathering?
When Michael Howard, the founder of Musea told me about what he was doing, I was thrilled.
You see, Musea is not just an awesome, zen-like proofing site. It is an idea. A mission. A business with purpose.
With every purchase of a print through Musea, you make a positive impact on the world:
- 1% of every sale goes to The Musea Fund to financially support meaningful personal photography projects
- 2% goes to water.org to help end the global water and sanitation crisis.
Not only that, but Musea represents a fundamental shift in the wedding photography industry itself: It shouldn’t be about rock stars telling you the easy way to start a wedding photography business in 10 steps. It should be about being true to yourself as an artist and serving your clients with every ounce of creativity and caring that you have.
We need to dial things back a notch and ask ourselves WHY we are wedding photographers and what our motivations are. Musea has spearheaded this new movement away from commercialization and flash, and they need our help. That is why I, along with several other wedding photographers have come together to support Musea.
The first Musea Gathering will start restoring the authenticity and love that wedding photography has shifted away from. I am so very proud to be part of it. The gathering will only happen if enough people make it happen. It is a crowd-funded campaign supported by like-minded individuals. Please join us.
My Two Day Workshop at the Musea Gathering
This one word informs my approach to wedding photography. From first client contact, to shooting the wedding, to delivering to the client, and getting nearly every wedding published, the process is simple and clear.
You donʼt need another ʻLʼ lens. You probably donʼt need any new gear at all to transform your business or transform your artistic vision.
You also donʼt need any LR filters or Photoshop actions to create a look that is unique to you.
Believe it or not, you already posses most of what you need to succeed as a wedding photographer. This isnʼt the PPA. This isnʼt pee-yellow skies or weird textures over your photos. This isnʼt 18,000 wedding photographers all buying the latest actions or flash modifier. You donʼt need more. Of anything. In fact, you need less and I will show you how to shed those things that are holding you back.
This is about connecting with your clients, and rediscovering the passion and vision that brought you to photography in the first place.
This is simplifying. And thriving.
In my two day workshop, I will cover the following:
- Creating a brand filter and staying true to it. No compromises.
- Transforming your business and artistic voice through self-editing.
- Attract the clients you want by staying true to your vision.
- The 80/20 rule and how it will inform how you shoot a wedding or engagement.
- Creating the best environment possible for a shoot months before the shoot happens.
- Learning to work fast and effectively in any kind of light without the need for strobes or reflectors.
- How to specifically shoot for publication and never spend another dime on paid advertising.
- How to spend the least amount of time possible on Social Media and getting the biggest return.
- How shooting film can save you money and give you your life back.
To sign up for this workshop, head on over to the Musea crowd-funding page. Together, we can make the gathering happen and start changing the industry from inside-out: from being seen as just consumers of more photographic junk, to being true artists using the tools we have to express ourselves creatively.
That is why I got into photography in the first place. Isn’t it your reason too?
When: Feb. 4th, 2013 – Feb. 8th, 2013
Location: Nashville, TN
Monday, Feb. 4th, 2013, 7pm – 10pm – Musea Celebration
Tuesday, Feb. 5th, 2013, 9am – 6pm – Presentations (We are limiting this to 1000 seats)
Wednesday, Feb. 6th, 2013 – Starting at 9am – Beginning of the sponsored workshops. These will range from 1-3 days. Each workshop is limited to 15 seats.
Win a seat at my workshop! Details here.
Amy and Steven’s wedding was rustic and elegant. Willows Lodge wedding photography combines views of the wine country near Woodinville with the rustic charm of the Willows Lodge with its on-site gardens, outdoor ceremony area, and fire pit.
Even in spring, the weather was warm and full of golden motes of dancing light. Their friends and family mingled outdoors and walked the gardens after the ceremony. It was such an intimate and friendly wedding.
I’m excited for Amy and Steven’s new life together as they are such kindred spirits and I am proud to finally be able to post these photos!
14580 NE 145th Street
Woodinville, WA 98072
Kate and Mario were really fun to photograph. They are both adventurous and I could tell that they had many stories to tell from their time together.
Having this shoot all come together took the work of many people, and I am really happy with the way everything turned out. I look forward to their wedding!
Special thanks to the following people for their contributions to this shoot:
the Attic | A Vintage Rental Company
Alisa Lewis Event Design
Heather Washburn Hair Design
Shasta Hankins Freelance Makeup
Couple of Chefs Catering
Abigail Hancock Calligraphy
… and Indie Film Lab for these great scans.
One frame from an engagement session on the highway in Idaho near the Palouse. More to come.
One frame from a beautiful wedding at Villa Academy. I’m looking forward to sharing the rest of Amy and Steven’s wedding soon.
There’s a lot of warmth in both Alyssa and Aaron’s families. Everywhere I looked, people were smiling, laughing, hugging, and reconnecting.
Sodo Park wedding photography is a joy when you are in an environment like this.
Alyssa and Aaron, in welcoming their large families to Seattle from as far away as Norway, put a lot of time and energy into transforming Sodo Park into a home away from home with many special details dear to their hearts.
I really enjoyed getting to know their friends and family members. And, as I raced around getting portraits of Aaron and Alyssa’s loved ones, I realized how genuinely happy everyone was to see the two families combining through the love that Aaron and Alyssa have for each other. It was a very special night.
Sodo Park by Herban Feast
3200 1st Avenue South, Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98134
Wedding Design and Planning:
Amy and Steven are dear to my heart. When they explained to me how much food plays a part of their relationship, I could already visualize how great this Seattle cherry blossom engagement session would be. We started at the Le Fournil bakery in Eastlake, where Amy and Steven would hang out during college, and then moved on to the rows of cherry trees at the UW quad. Throughout the entire shoot, food was a source of inspiration. I loved that they brought their own picnic basket with sandwiches and desserts. I can’t wait to shoot their wedding. Their love for each other and their fondness of food will make for a very special wedding.
Peter and Julia are a creative, ambitious, and fun loving couple. Undeterred by rain or cold, they loved, laughed, and danced with their close friends and family in one of the most beautiful places I’ve photographed.
Nestled in the Marin Headlands, the Marin Headlands Center for the Arts is a decommissioned military base that was transformed into an artist-in-residence space and gallery. When Peter and Julia walked me through the space before the wedding, I think I told them at least 10 times how awesome the patina on the walls looked and that the window light was to die for. Marin Headlands wedding photography is easy when you have such great people and locations to work with. Coming from Seattle, the rain and weather was quite normal for me, and it was second nature to use the soft light that the cloudy skies provided for clean, clear, portraits and candid photos.
Peter and Julia are not only best friends, but true soul-mates. When their friends sang an acoustic version of Bob Dylan’s ‘Forever Young’ during the ceremony, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. I really enjoyed spending time with Peter and Julia and their amazing friends. I know Peter and Julia will have an incredible marriage.
Marin Headlands Center for the Arts
944 Simmonds Road
Sausalito, CA 94965