Monday, April 30, 2012

beauty in simplicity

Here in the last several months, and especially here in the last few weeks, I have really been thinking a lot about who I am as a photographer.  What is my style?  What is it that I want to do with my craft?  Where do I want to be in five years, or even five months?  What am I struggling with and how can I overcome it?  In a market overflowing with photographers, and especially living in a small town full of talented ones, how does one not bleed into the crowd?  Staying true to yourself and your own vision.  I recall Tim Walker mentioning somewhere that one of the best pieces of advice he received while working as an assistant for Richard Avedon was "to shoot what you love."  And that's exactly what I want to do.  I want to go out and seek the beauty in the simple things.  Write beautiful lyrics with light! Meet new people and make wonderful music together!  Easier said than done sometimes, especially when you're also trying to find ways to earn a living with your craft.  But that being said, I've come to realize that making photographs that I love will work to my benefit because it will clearly show people who and what I am as a photographer.  

My copy of Elizabeth Messina's new book, The Luminous Portrait, finally arrived a few days ago.  I love her style and the fact that she considers herself a "natural-light photographer".  The way she approaches her subjects and her craft are similar to my own. Seek out the best light and capture beauty in authenticity, even if it's a stylized shoot.  After reading it this weekend, I felt rejuvenated and empowered, anxious to get back out with my camera and make some beautiful imagery.  My goal is to come up with ideas for conceptual photo shoots and putting together the plans to make them happen.  I think after having put together our mock vintage wedding, this should be a piece of cake!

Before I let you go (and thank you for reading my ramblings this morning by the way) I want to direct you to my good friend Zila Longenecker's new blog, Thistle & Fern.  Zee's work always whispers beauty and simplicity.  I hope to feature Zee and her new blog here soon, but until then walk on over to her serene and beautiful space.  Until next time friends!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Happy 4th Blogiversary!

Wow, four years.  A lot can happen in four years.  A lot HAS happened in four years.  There have been many times where I have thought that maybe keeping up with this blog was too much and that really I should let it go.  Despite the fact that I have been horrible at posting, I am at the point where my blog has a lot of sentimental meaning to me.  I can look back over the years and see both growth in myself, in my family, and in my photography.  Because of this blog, I have been able to make friends from places far away, some where I have yet to step foot in.  Sitting here, I can tell you that I am so thankful for this little corner of the internet world where I have been able to just "talk".  I am even more grateful for those of you who have been following me on my journey to . . . somewhere.  Ha ha!  You all have helped to make this adventure so much more fun and meaningful.  Thank you.

So where do I see myself and this blog going in the year ahead?  Well, I finally opened up my photography business here in Wilmington under the name The Reverie Tree, so that's going to be a big directional pull and hopefully a great motivator to create and make photographs.  There are projects that have been floating in my head for years that really need to come to fruition and I hope we'll start to see that happen this year.  I'd like to get published somewhere.  I've got my eye on a few places I plan to submit to and hope to one day grace the pages of.  Probably the biggest thing I want to see happen this year is a way that I can give back to my community.  Locally.  Nationally.  Globally.  Not because it's what everyone else is doing, but because I have a lot to be thankful for and I feel a great need to see that any talent that I may possess be given back in some way.  So much of the time I think we get caught up in the hype of giving that too often we lose sight of what's really important:  a genuinely deep experience where one's heart is not just moved, but changed.  I need this to happen, not just for myself, but also as an example for my daughter.  I want her to grow up knowing the importance of making positive changes in the world around her, and especially in the life of another because I truly believe this is what God intended us to be here for.

Thank you again for coming to sit down to a cup of tea with me, and letting me share my reveries.  :)


Be the change that you wish to see in the world.  - Mahatma Gandhi

a sweetheart ceremony

Several months ago, my good friend Blaire Johnson and I came up with an idea.  With both of us wanting to reintroduce ourselves into the wedding business, we thought that it might be a good thing to revamp our portfolios.  Our idea was to photograph, or in Blaire's case film, a fun, eco-friendly, vintage wedding.  How does one accomplish this?  Throw one yourself apparently.  Which was exactly what we did.  With the help of several local vendors, an awesome band, the sweetest couple, and many of our friends, yes, YES, a wedding came together.  Due to time constraints and the high probability of getting pelted by hail stones and rain, we didn't get to throw the wedding we had originally planned for.  But despite all that, we pulled it off.  We got to meet and work with talented individuals who we wouldn't have met otherwise.  We were able to dust off our wedding caps and kick our creativity gears up to a whole new level.  As worn out as I am, it was worth it.  We had a great time and I hope these photos reflect that.  There are a few more photos on my new Facebook page.  And to watch this wedding unfold, simply watch the video created by Green Hope Productions below.  Long live slide whistles and kazoos!!

The Vendors: 

Photography | The Reverie Tree
Cinematography | Green Hope Productions
Wedding Gown and Maid-of-Honor Gown | Camille's Closet
Bride and Maid-of-Honor floral hairpieces | Joanne Miranda Designs
Bride's Hair & Makeup | NSalo Salon
Jewelry | Rachel Andrews of Jewel Kade
Officiant | Shannon Mackay 

A big BIG thank you to Sarah Elizabeth and Jason, and to all of our friends who came out, dressed up and helped out.  You all are so absolutely wonderful.  Blaire, Alex and I cannot thank you enough.  We are truly, and eternally grateful!