Hello everyone! We just stepped out from behind our cameras last week for some updated headshots of ourselves and boy was that an rewarding experience to have! It made it so much easier on us because some of our very best friends were taking our photos, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t still totally looney tunes leading up to our shoot. Coordinating outfits, finding the perfect spot, making sure I wouldn’t break out…but then we were totally at ease during the shoot because we hired amazing photographers that we know well. These are some of my favorite images of us we’ve ever had done and I think it’s a large part because we were so relaxed because we were with our friends. It reminded us about how important it is that we get to know our couples so that you feel comfortable around us too. We thought this would be a great time to do an updated intro and share some fun facts with you all.
♥ Between the two of us Evan is the calm one and I tend to be more easily stressed and short tempered. Although when it comes to the business he is the “idea man” and I have to keep him grounded.
♥ In addition to being an awesome photographer Evan has also been a filmmaker since high school. He serves on the Board of Directors for The Gasparilla International Film Festival, and is currently wrapping up his newest short film- a romantic comedy he funded on Indiegogo called Daryl & His Friends.
♥ My semi-hidden talent is painting & drawing. Though my focus was always photography, going to an arts school trained me in many mediums and I love working with acrylics and charcoal.
♥ Evan does not like concerts because they are “too noisy” but we have seen Jimmy Buffett in concert 4 times- which Evan is okay with because he can sit down and relax at those.
♥ I have been a long-haired girl my whole life and just chopped 18″ off two months ago and donated it to Children With Hair Loss. (This is the main reason we needed updated headshots) Having short hair is so different and I love it!
♥ We are huge movie buffs- our new portraits were taken outside of a building that was featured in a recent movie that was filmed in St. Petersburg, Florida! Can you guess the movie?
Images by Sarah & Ben
Everyone loves seeing our behind the scenes shots so I wanted to share a couple from a Erin & Steven’s Engagement Session we did in downtown St. Petersburg. Even though Evan is so tall, he’s often the one who is getting down low on the ground. He can get into some pretty funny positions sometimes but then it ends up being magical so I can’t justify making fun of him.
It’s obvious how much we love shooting around the murals of downtown St. Pete. When Erin & Steven told us they wanted a fun, colorful and urban vibe I was really excited to break out this new spot I’d been keeping in my back pocket for the perfect couple. Erin & Steven are tying the knot in just 3 weeks (!!!) at Cross Creek Ranch. Here are a few fun facts about them:
♥ They met in high school in Physics class
♥ They are home bodies and love downtime and vegging out at home
♥ They both have the same exact coffee order as me (iced coffee with caramel and cream only from DD)
During the session we explored around downtown, starting at a cool boutique hotel and then ventured to the Grand Central District. I just love how laid back these two are!
Everytime Kendall & Nick step in front of our cameras we capture some of our favorite portraits ever. Just refer to their totally effortless perfection from their engagement session. Their wedding day was of course just as magical with perfectly golden light and clear skies during their ceremony on Sand Key Clearwater Beach in October. And those bridesmaids were awesome to work with too. A cooperative and laid back bridal party makes all the difference during portrait time. But back to the lovely bride and her groom- they really made our job easy that day. So quick to cuddle without being asked and holding kisses for just a little longer than needed, we loved spending this day with them!
Venue: Sheraton Sand Key | Floral Design: For Better For Less | Cake: Publix | Hair & Makeup: Destiny & Light | Bridal Gown: CC’s Boutique | DJ: Jaey with Music On The Move
Saturday we spent the day with two amazing families and Confetti Events at The Don CeSar for Caitlin & Matt’s beach wedding in the sand. When Evan captured this image during the wedding portraits I don’t think he knew just how impactful it would be. Call me a sappy wedding photographer but I teared up when I saw his final edit and I knew it had to be the first portrait from their wedding I shared here on the blog. Can;t wait to share this entire wedding day with you all.
If there’s a common theme among most guys it’s this: they don’t like photo sessions. Now there’s a good reason for this, a lot of guys assume that any photo session is going to be rigid, stuffy and posed with a whole lot of PDA. There’s all kinds of photographers and the really good ones make this process easy without even trying but just in case you wind up needing a little help, here are some tips.
Step 1- Appreciate It. Understand the value of the engagement session. The session serves a couple of purposes. Not only does it give you a chance to rehearse what your wedding day portraits will be like it give you something you’ve likely never had before. Most people have never had a professional portrait session before and this gives you a chance to have some really great pictures of you and your fiance. As soon as you get them back, you’ll suddenly start hating every “selfie” you’ve ever taken. There’s nothing quite like having great pictures of yourself, it’s not about the vanity of looking great in a photo it’s about finally seeing yourselves the way you see yourselves.
Step 2- Be Involved. She’s been planning this for a long time so you can’t come in like you own the place. But believe me when I tell you that if you show some excitement about the session and throw out some ideas she will fall in love with you all over again. So take a look online at some engagement sessions if your area and find some locations that you think are awesome.
Step 3 – Look Good. Pick up a GQ and take a look at some modern style that fits your personal style. If fashion isn’t your thing, don’t be afraid to ask for help. She will be going through her entire wardrobe the night before trying to find something she looks good in and then once she finds something she’ll realize that you have to match her too and the whole thing starts over again. Help her with this. Pick an outfit in a magazine that looks awesome and replicate it. Show her in advance and if she digs it then pick up something similar at the store. Give her enough notice and you can really help her choose her own outfit.
Step 4 – Act Natural. Look at the poses in this article and elsewhere online. If you’re photographer isn’t already posing you the way you feel comfortable just act natural. Acting like anyone other than yourself is the best way to look awkward in a photo. Hold her the way you normally would, give her a kiss and smile the way you would if no one else was around.
Step 5 – Keep it light. Don’t take any of this too seriously. Have a drink beforehand if it helps. Just focus on having a good time and have some laughs even if you’re laughing about having to be on camera- all smiles are good smiles.
That’s it. All you have to do is follow these tips and be her rock. If she’s getting nervous just be there for her and remind her how excited you are to be a part of it. And remember; you’re just going on a date with you finance, never mind the clicking.
One of my favorite elements from shooting weddings is the styling and capturing of the details. Little things like the rings or invitations are so much fun to arrange in creative ways and tell the story of the day. Bringing me to another type of photography that I love- commercial product photography and prop styling for Easy shops and various other brands. Over the years I have done many invitation and stationery shoots with literally hundreds of props. Well I was thrilled when I was chosen to photograph some gorgeous handbags and totes from an Etsy shop I follow, Juneberry Stitches. I did two types of image sets for each product- lifestyle with a model as well as styled desktop flatlay images- common now as stock images on social media like Instagram. I am thrilled with the way these turned out and hope to gather many more commercial product photography clients like this in the future.
It’s seriously the best thing in the world when two people realize how perfect they are for one another. And when two people can be Disney-addicted-Star-Wars-loving nerds together that’s even better. We first met Billy 4 years ago when he was the Best Man at our then-client-now-dear-friends’ wedding. We’ve known Billy and Jess since they first started dating and were actually surprised to learn just how nerdy they are when they mentioned we’d be shooting a pretty geeky engagement session in downtown St. Pete with them. Now you might be wondering where this geekiness is going to come into play. Because they look completely normal and cute right? Well Evan and I look normal too and you should just hear the weird conversations we have around our house, this week it was the Jar Jar Binks Theory. Well Jessica is a book worm and loves the Harry Potter series. You know how after you’ve been together a long time you get each other hooked on your favorite things? Well Jess totally got Billy to love Harry Potter and Billy totally *brainwashed* Jess into loving Ohio State. These two are fun and love going to theme parks together, especially Universal Studios and especially Harry Potter World. Jessica was pulled on stage during a Harry Potter show (the one where you get paired with the perfect wand for you) and that wand was described to her as representing protection, devotion and faithfulness… and then low and behold Billy was proposing! Amazing right?! I just love that story. Scroll down to see what I think was an epic outfit change-
Are you ready to get your geek on?……
Seriously they still make geekiness look adorable. These two awesome humans are getting hitched on Star Wars Weekend (who’s excited!!!) so incorporating light sabers seemed like the natural choice. We are so happy to be part of your wedding day you guys. Oh and warning, Ohio State attire below.
Brittny & Mike are just exceptional people! They had a garden ceremony and reception at The Postcard Inn on St. Pete Beach. It was a celebration that really made everyone a part of it. The gorgeous florals were created by Brittny’s Aunt and the couple did something that I thought was an absolutely brilliant idea- they had benches surrounding the dance floor so everyone was celebrating even if they didn’t feel like dancing. It made for a lively evening in the garden at PCI underneath the lanterns. I just loved Brittny’s style- her floral train on her bridal gown was stunning (and completely trendy right now) and the small floral appliqués used for Brittny’s hair piece and Mike’s boutonnière were so simple yet stylish. The photo booth (complete with ribbon backdrop) and candy bar further gave the guests an amazing time. And my favorite thing ever- two of their dogs, Baxter and Beasley, watched the ceremony from the back- they obviously had to watch their parents get married! It was such a fun night with a very laid back atmosphere that weddings at PCI are know for.
Venue: Postcard Inn | Rentals- Linens : Connie Duglin |Officiant: Rev. Rick Lakore with Sensational Ceremonies | Florals: Kathy Phillips | Cake: Cakes by Carolynn | Paper Products: Paperwhite | Band: Breezing’ Entertainment | Hair & Makeup: Femme Akoi
I have such a treat and a passion project to share today. We were asked to be part of a fabulous styled editorial shoot with the theme of ‘friendsgiving’ in collaboration with some very talented food bloggers in the area. Nichole, the mastermind behind the whole thing is obsessed with FRIENDS. (We have this in common and Evan and I watch the whole series every year). Don’t you love how they always did a Thanksgiving episode every season? Our group of friends did a Friendsgiving once and it was so wonderful. Lots of fun, and even though that year did end in a pie fight (completely amicable of course) it was completely drama free. Wheyey better than regular family Thanksgivings. They do say friends are the family you choose after all. Well Nichole’s idea for this shoot was to do have friends getting together for a less traditional but very fun event and really make the whole thing a group collaboration. The inspiration was jewel tones, earthy details and of course amazing food. Getting involved in the shoot early on, I got to bring in a couple of my favorite local wedding & event vendors and also work with some I’d been admiring from afar for the first time. It was such a labor of love and I adore the way the whole thing turned out. Here was our amazing vendor team:
Planning and Event Concept: Casa de Crews | Rentals (table, place settings, driftwood chargers): Set Event Rentals |Rentals (chairs): The Reserve Vintage Rentals | Florals: Belle Fleur Studio | Venue: Creative Loafing Event Space | Paper Products: Tiny Prints
And now for the other side of the talent: the recipe crafters. We kept the photos super secret until the big reveal today and you can visit each blogger’s site for each of their parts in the shoot. Each of these amazing ladies created one or more recipes to share, and trust me you should make some of these part of your Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving) celebration. Here are the links to all the scrumptious recipes:
Cheese Plate with Figs and Honey by Casa de Crews
Cranberry and Goat Cheese Crostini by Casa de Crews
Harvest Kale Salad by Supper for a Steal
Turkey with Dressing by Out of the Weeds
Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta Caesar Salad by An Appealing Plan by Krayl Funch
Spinach Gratin by Casa de Crews
No Bake Pumpkin Pie by Happily Audrey
Bundt Cake with a Cream Cheese Drizzle by Melissa Creates
Pear Sangria by The Flair Exchange
Now without further adieu, the entire styled shoot!
So which recipe do you think you’ll be most likely to try? And how cute are the garlands from The Flair Exchange?! These are hanging in Remy’s room now and overtime we play with them she yells “party!”
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