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UNEXPECTED INSPIRATION

One of the more challenging parts of being a photographer is constantly working to keep yourself inspired. Working in a creative field is incredibly fun, but also incredibly challenging – especially if you find yourself shooting in the same places or the same thing over and over again. It’s easy – all too easy, in fact – to find yourself just shooting things the same way. Because, hey it worked last time! But sometimes when we’re out in new places, having new experiences, inspiration just strikes. It’s this weird feeling I can’t quite explain or predict. For me, that happened this last weekend visiting the workshop of George Nakashima. To be quite honest, I had never heard of him until then. And it wasn’t my idea to go visit this place either. But while we were there, perhaps with all the sawdust swirling about in my head, I was instantly inspired.

I mean, seriously friends, I came home fantasizing about learning how to build furniture in my free time. So though I had no camera in hand, I trusted my iPhone to capture all the beauty I was taking in so I could remember it, even briefly, when I need some inspiration. Many photographers complain about how technology like the iPhone has made everyone think they are “a photographer” but you know what? I think that’s what I love most about it. No matter where I go, no matter what I am doing, when inspiration strikes I have something there to capture it so I can hold onto it forever. They might not be the highest quality images, or captured quite the way I would take them otherwise, but they are there all the same. It is in this that we are all photographers in some way and maybe just maybe that will help others appreciate the work of the professional photographers even more, rather than less.

Anyway, if you are into DIY, design, interior design, or art of any kind and ever find yourself in or near the New Hope, PA area, I highly, highly recommend checking it out for yourselves.

What about you? Have you found yourself inspired by something completely unexpectedly?

The Wood-Working Shop.

The Finishing Shop.

And, my personal favorite (for all the little details): The Chair Shop!

Last but certainly not least: The Showroom

And, the ever awesome wood stock beneath the showroom. Aren’t all those incredible pieces of wood just amazing?

All images in this post captured with an iPhone 4s and processed with Lightroom 4.

Jenna - Holy cow Jim would probably die here. Looks like we’ll be planning a road trip!February 21, 2013 – 7:39 AM

LIZ & ALEX’S WEDDING AT WALNUT HILL COLLEGE – PHILADELPHIA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Have you ever heard of The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College? Yea, I hadn’t either…. that is, until Liz & Alex told me they were getting married there. Surprised to find the venue just a few minutes from my house, I was tickled to find just how charming the interior is with its European-style bistro decor. Let’s also insert here that Liz has gifted me some sort of baked good pretty much every time that I’ve met with her, other than maybe our initial consult. And, I’m pretty sure they get better and better each time (homemade banana bread, double fudge chocolate brownies…. are you jealous yet?). Given her culinary expertise, I wasn’t particularly surprised to find out that she’s also incredibly crafty – hand-making all their flowers, table decor, etc. Just wait until you see it!

For the day, Liz & Alex opted to see each other beforehand (love the first look experience!), do portraits around the city, and then head over to the college for their ceremony and reception. After their engagement session, I had no doubt that their wedding would be a blast – and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Enjoy a peek at their charming day…

Got to check out the back of the hair! Every girl knows this routine…

And then it was on to portraits!

And then off to the ceremony/reception we go… seriously, guys, can you believe she handmade all those centerpieces?! UNREAL.

Tina - Um, that venue?!? Amazing! I want to shoot there! Who knew that was in Philly. Oh, and I’m in love over the flowers – they’re ALL handmade? They look real!February 19, 2013 – 8:30 AM

Jenna - OMG I think that is the officiant that married Jim & I! :) Gorgeous photos as usual, my dear!February 21, 2013 – 7:37 AM

Dee Nikolaidis - Very beautiful. Such love and happiness in the pictures !!! Love it !February 24, 2013 – 8:01 AM

Ange - WOW! This so SO BEAUTIFUL! She looks so INCREDIBLE AND HE IS HANDSOME. LOVELY CHILD & JUST AMAZING PHOTOS. OMG <3 THIS IS SERIOUSLY MY DREAM WEDDING :(..June 11, 2013 – 12:46 PM

JANUARY SELF-PORTRAIT: BEHIND THE GLOWING SCREEN

While most wedding photographers in the north typically spend the greater part of January loafing around in their sweats, I was fortunate enough to land a rare January jam-packed full of weddingy goodness – despite the arctic climate. And my oh my, what wonderful weddings they were too! This means, of course, that I spent the greater part of the month tucked at my little station, far more hours of the day and night than can be healthy, staring at this little (ok, big) ol’ screen of mine. And means, too, that there’s just that much more to share with you, friends. In the meantime, I present…

January: Behind the Glowing Screen

…here’s to getting out more in February. And a healthy number of days curled up reading a book (in bed, in my pajamas) in my near future. Before wedding season, at least!

For more information and a full explanation about the self-portrait project, please see this post.

THE SELF-PORTRAIT PROJECT: YEAR IN REVIEW

Last week I went to prepare my January self-portrait when I realized that I’d be remiss to post it without a review of the last year of self-portraits. It is, after all, my favorite part of the self-portrait project. Unfortunately, as you may or may not remember (we’ll just pretend you’re paying attention enough to remember, ok? Ok!), I spent a few months last year taking a social media hiatus and, thus, there are only 6 instead of 12 months to share. Nonetheless, it is fun to see them all together and remember exactly what I was feeling when I took each one and how much has changed since then. Here goes! And then, this January’s will be up next… I swear.

January: Finding Peace
February: And So It Grows
March: Painted Progress
April: Self-Reflection
May: Back In the Swing of Things
December: Great New Heights

For more information and a full explanation about the self-portrait project, please see this post.

 

SURPRISE PROPOSAL AT THE MÜTTER MUSEUM – PHILADELPHIA PROPOSAL PHOTOGRAPHY

When Michele of The Heart Bandits contacted me about shooting a proposal I couldn’t have been more excited. For starters, I actually have never had the opportunity to shoot a proposal before, so I was pumped for my first. Secondly, this was to take place at the incredibly unique Mütter Museum in Center City – a fascinating tribute to medical history and also a few blocks from my studio. Lastly (as if that weren’t enough already), this would require me to dust off the cobwebs of the acting skills I learned as a kid; five years of summer drama camp will do something for you, right?

So, on Saturday, my good friend and trusty assistant Laura and I headed on over the museum, met up with the minds behind the plan, and got into place. Colin and Wendy would be arriving and taking a “private tour.” When they entered a particular room Laura and I would be there waiting and approach them as journalists for a local paper that were working on a story about date ideas in preparation for Valentine’s. We asked them to come with us to a private room for a short interview and with a little persuasion/insistence later had them tucked away. Laura then asked them a series of questions leading finally to “how long have you been dating?” and then “well, jeez, what’s taking you so long to propose?”

And, that’s where Colin stepped in… explaining that he had wanted to ask her father’s permission first, but he had passed in the last year. So he brought flowers to his grave as a tribute and had artwork made of the act. Read along for the full story!

Here’s when we first got to the room. At this point Wendy and the girls still think they are being interviewed for the paper.

This is when the jig is up – Wendy realizes that something is going on, but I don’t think she completely got it quite yet.

Until there was a bended knee involved…. 😉

But I love most that her first reaction was to say “what do you think girls?”

The answer was yes…. if you were wondering!

He then gave her and each girl a rose as a sweet token.

But one of the best parts was how stunned Wendy was when she heard all the lengths he had gone to to make it happen. Such commitment!

Many, many thanks to Michele of The Heart Bandits, Dan of Catering by Design, and Lauren and Evi of The Mütter Museum for all the planning and perfect execution. It was a pleasure working with all of you!

Tina - Such a fun story! Love it!February 11, 2013 – 2:19 PM

Cait - Loved reading along – such a fun story! Congrats to the couple! Nice acting :)February 12, 2013 – 12:21 PM

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