I’ve known Jessi for years now. We met through work, and if I could work every single wedding with her, I would be happy. She’s one of the best planners out there! But our work relationship has blossomed over the years into a real life friendship and I’m so lucky to get to do life with this one. She’s a really incredible lady. And this incredible lady has an amazing family… her husband Adam is smart & funny and their daughter Violet is ohmygod adorable. Shooting the three of them was a breeze. Why are they so cute?!
Violet turned one in January, and she’s growing up so quickly! I remember getting the email with her very first pictures, I was in Amsterdam and had logged in at a coffee shop. She was so tiny and beautiful and I was so happy for Jessi & Adam. Now, she’s EVERYWHERE. She’s not so tiny anymore, but she’s still so beautiful, and now she’s smart and funny and engaging. These three people are so lucky to have one another!
Jessi, Adam & Violet – shooting the three of you was such a pleasure! The three of you are such role models for Chris & I, and I hope we can do this parenting thing with half of the grace, respect & love that you have. Love you kids 🙂
The people in the wedding industry are really really incredible people and I’m lucky to call a lot of them my good friends. Not my good work friends, but my good real-life-I’m-having-a-crisis friends. I consistently ask myself how lucky I am to know them! So, it would make sense to me that their industry friends would be pretty incredible people too. When I go to networking events, meeting those people are the highlights of my evening. But it’s loud, you’re pulled in a million directions and there are so many lovely people to hug and catch up with, that it’s usually a brief encounter. I wanted to get to know them better, I didn’t want to yell over a crowd and I didn’t want to leave my house. So, I hatched a plan.
Plus One Lunches. I invite three of my good industry/real life friends, and they in turn invite one of their industry friends. I cooked a few simple things (the butternut squash recipe is here!), opened a few bottles of rosé and we gathered around the table. We talked about real life and work life. We had an impromptu How to Take Better Instagram Photos. We talked about where we’d been and where we were hoping to go… with our lives and our businesses. We shared and we laughed and I kicked myself repeatedly for having this amazing idea a year ago and never doing anything about it. But it’s going to be a monthly thing now and I can’t wait to see how it all evolves!
Jessi of You & Me Events, Heidi of Heidi Ryder Photography, Yoleine of Yellow Bird Events, Kacee of Kacee Geoffroy Hair & Makeup & Amanda of Rosebud Floral Design were my fantastic first guests and made it so easy. I was nervous, thinking that this whole thing was crazy and we would just stare at each other with nothing to say. But that was silly because these ladies are incredible 🙂 Thank you so much loves!
I didn’t take any pictures while there were people here, and I really must get better at that (next time!). But there are a few on the instagram, under the hashtag #plusonelunch
The worst part of my job is culling. At an average 8 hour wedding, my second shooter and I will snap about 5,000 frames. And on Tuesday, I spend about 8 hours going through each and every one of them. I shoot a lot, to hope I can snag one that has everyone smiling, at me, with open eyes (it’s significantly harder than you might imagine) or to make sure I’m getting the perfect angle on the incredible bouquet. So, even though I can narrow it down to the amazing 800-1000 images that you’ll see, I have to dig through 4,000 that hit the cutting room floor. It’s tedious and boring and I curse myself every week for shooting way too much. I literally stand up and clap for myself when I’m done. This usually wakes Basil and he looks at me confused and disoriented.
But, the 800-1000 picks that I fall in love with make it so good, and the images my second shooter takes of me are like the icing on the cake. Some of them are truly truly terrible, and I can’t share them because I’m embarrassed. But I keep a folder for the other ones and will glance through it at the end of the year. Here are a few of the behind the scenes from 2014… well, maybe not so much behind the scenes, as in the middle of the scene. You know. 🙂
Light testing pictures are always ridiculous. I should get a better pose for them I think.
Where all the magic happens! Ha, I guess… its’ where all the behind the scenes happens, and that’s kind of magic 🙂
In 2008, Chris & I bought an enormous fixer-upper of a house. We’ve spent six years renovating it, stripping each room down to its bones and building it back up. It has been an incredible process, one of the most amazing adventures we’ve had… tough and expensive, but an amazing test of our skills and resources. Also, we have fun and it makes me look at my husband with so much pride and love. Working together on these projects makes our marriage stronger, and for that, I love him even more.
Today I’m sharing a bit about my office over on my personal blog, Cocktails For Breakfast… you can see the post here! Enjoy!
The Hazels are growing!
If you follow me on Instagram, I actually posted about our new addition a while ago! And then never thought to talk about it on the blog. So, here’s the newest of the updates… Baby Hazel is a SHE, which was super shocking to both Chris & I, as we’d been calling her him for about 10 weeks. We’re hoping for my nose and Chris’ ankles, and it looks like we might be right! She’s healthy and growing, I’m feeling totally normal and also growing. Because it’s been such a run-of-the-mill and super easy (knock on wood) pregnancy, it’s hard to believe that it’s a real thing! But this week, we’re rearranging the house to prepare for her arrival and all the new stuff that comes with her. When that crib arrives, I’m guessing the realness of it all will start to settle in!
From a photography standpoint, I’m going to be taking 2015 a little bit slower than normal. I want to make sure that I can give my full attention to the clients that I do photograph, so I will only be booking about half of the weddings I normally would. I’m nearing my limit for the season, so if you’re interested in booking a 2015 wedding, let me know soon! Other than that, I’m hoping to keep things running as normally as possible when our world flips around on itself! It’s going to be a great year kids 🙂