Let’s talk about weddings for a second. Did you have / do you want to have the whole big shebang, or something intimate?
I tooootally get that everyone is different and I can see both sides, but I think I would want something more similar to an elopement! I don’t mean like fly to Vegas randomly and get married, but I would want something more private.
After shooting so many weddings, I’ve thought about this a lot. I’ve seen a lot of beautiful weddings, happy brides, and days that go by so smoothly (like yesterday’s with @mariapauline, or @amandajohnsondc) but I’ve also seen brides that deal with SO MUCH STRESS. I watch girls spend hours upon hours, heck, months upon months, planning something that lasts a couple hours. Oh and not to mention all the dang money! Then the bride and groom spend their entire reception trying to make sure they say hi to everyone that came, including their mom’s work friend they’ve never met before. Let’s be honest.
Don’t get me wrong, I definitely grew up wanting to be a princess and have a huge celebratory day. I also understand it’s extremely important in some religions and has so much more meaning, but I’m not extremely religious. SO. We’ll see what Michael thinks if the day ever comes, BUT right now, I want to get married on top of a mountain, with maybe 10 other people and Lily. Then I’d wanna take some bomb pictures for an hour. Then we’d all eat pizza, drink wine, and hang out while the sun set.
What about you guys? I swear I don’t hate weddings, I love them, I’ll always shoot them, and I’ll shoot 12 hours of a day and love EVERY minute of it. But everyone is different in the way they envision their own day and what’s important to them. What is/was YOUR dream wedding?
It’s so dope getting to work with people that inspire you. If you’ve ever wondered who I recommend for wedding photography and video, check out @courtneyleephoto and @sambaiamonte. Had such a blast shooting with you guys ❤️❤️📸🎥
And suddenly I blinked....How has it been a whole year since this special day? A day I wish I could re-live again and again. So grateful though that this day simply signified the beginning. The beginning of so so many wonderful days, memories, and moments shared with my best friend. I love you endlessly, Alex Popp. Cheers to a trip around the sun as husband and wife! Here's to many more...
These two share a love that is deep, true, and beautiful. A love that can't help but point you to the Cross. Thank you Alyssa and Josh for allowing me to share in your special day!! It was truly an honor.
Truly one of the most amazing things I have ever seen is the spring Sandhill Crane migration in Kearney Nebraska. One of the great things about photography is reliving an experience just by looking at the pictures. When I look at this picture I remember silently walking out to the blind in the dark. Setting up the camera gear. Listening to the sounds they were making before the sun came up, and then when it was light enough to see them, being stunned at the sheer number of them. Multiply the number in this photo by 15 and you get the idea. Even if you are not a "birder" take my word for it, If you have an opportunity to go witness this, do it! You won't regret it. Once you watch them dance and jump with joy, and the more you learn about the amazing journey of these beautiful birds, the more respect you will have for them.
ILCE-7RM2 with FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS
ISO 400 ¹⁄₅₀₀ sec ƒ / 5.6
Sitting here wondering HOW IN THE WORLD photographers make it out of the “starting out” phase because trust me guys this biz is sooo expensive to start and it can be a little discouraging. Extra praise to all the dope photographers I know that are kicking butt like it’s no big deal, you are simply amazing. Also, friendly reminder that before you complain about the cost of a photographer, please think of how much even just their equipment costs, never mind all the manyy other expenses that come up they have to pay for. holy moly.
Final statement: thank you to this guy that has been nothing but supportive to me and my passions, what would I do without you?