Monthly Archives: January 2011

I’m a planner…

So, I’m a planner… big time.  I like knowing what my schedule looks like in advance, and having a plan.  So that’s what I did for WPPI this year.   My plan was to arrive early Sunday, grab some In n Out and rest up in the hotel room before all the craziness began.  I hunted for a great ticket, booked my classes and found amazing roommates – and then it happened… plans… on the day I was going to fly out.

Let me back up… I sort of have this “6th sense” (no, I don’t see dead people), but I do have this gut reaction to things and I’m normally right (but I constantly second guess myself).  So, I’m sitting in front of the computer booking my ticket to Vegas and I get this twinge… “This is going to fall through!  Spend the extra $20 and get trip insurance!” my gut says.  I say “Nah!  What could go wrong?  No way, not this close.”

If you’ve been following my tweets you know that I’ve been booking weddings that are 2, 3 and 6 weeks out; which is great when I have an equipment wish list as long as my arm!  With this trend in mind I should have purchased the trip insurance.  Ack!  And that’s exactly what happened…  I tried referring this bride to every other photographer I knew that would treat her wonderfully, and after 2 very long conversations about my trip… I agreed to move around my plans and accommodate her wedding.

So here, my friends, is the NEW plan…

Shoot Wedding
Leave Wedding by 9pm
Go to directly to airport, do not pass go, do not collect $200
Fly out of CLT arrive in DFW at midnight
Stay with friends for 5 hours overnight
Fly out of DFW (at 6:30am) arrive in Vegas at 7:30am
Get to my 8am class…

I know, I’m insane.  But hopefully those few hours of sleep that I get, a few 5 hour energy’s and In and Out for lunch will carry me through.  Keep in your prayers ya’ll!  This is going to be crazy!

Get the Shot… No Matter What

I’m a firm believer in getting the right shot no matter what.  My interns will tell you that I told them (mostly joking) that you’re not a “real” photographer until…

1. You get dirty &/or
2. You stop traffic

I do whatever it takes to get the shot.  Period.  Example… I found this super fantastic window to shoot the bride’s dress up against.  The light was filtered, beautiful and clear… but it was in the church sanctuary.

This was the end result…

And this is how I got the shot… (notice the bare feet) – captured by intern Jen!

Thank God my mother put me in gymnastics as a kid… and that I still do yoga (:

Peter & Samantha Get [Married]!

I love love.  When I met Peter & Samantha you could sense that they have an overwhelming love for each other, but also a very realistic view of life and how their relationship works.  This couple is one for the books ya’ll.  Every time I met with Sam it was amazing… she came across so organized and well put together.  Peter was a different story… he made me nervous.  His questions were so direct and well thought out that I walked away from our initial consult wondering if they even liked me at all!  Come to find out Peter had to be the one holding Samantha back from calling me right after the meeting wanting to sign!

I remember before the wedding we needed to get together to go over the time line of the day… So I showed up to their home with albums in hand, and was greeted at the door by Simon… Peter & Samantha’s Maltese.  Now, my mom has a Maltese and they are one of my favorite breeds… but Simon likes to play it coy.  He knows you want to pet him, he knows he’s cute and doesn’t give you the time of day until you ignore him… And then he’s ALL OVER YOU.  If it wasn’t for a small mishap with Schroeder last week Simon would have had a new playmate!

This wedding was fantastic and so much fun!  Hope you guys enjoy it.

Ceremony:  St. Gabriele’s Catholic Church
Reception:  Embassy Suites
DJ: Johnny from Split Second Sound
Bride’s Dress: Camille La Vie
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Tux’s: Calvin Klein, Men’s Wearhouse
Flowers: Party Blooms Inc

2 hours for pictures in between?  Uh, yes please!
Details, Details, Details… (dontcha love how the bouquet matches the lamps?)
And they’re singing to each other… LOVE it.

Boogie fever, got to boogie down…

And my favorites…