Category: Styled
Spring Film Styled Wedding Shoot

I got together with my lovely friend Jade of “The Kind Pear” to do a styled spring shoot in the almond trees. Our inspiration behind the shoot was simply “spring time.” We pulled light color tones of whites, blushes, greenery, peaches, and pinks. We had a bride (Jory), a little flower girl (Zoe), and even a baby mini pig! (Kevin)

We put Jory in two different wedding gowns and Zoe in two different flower girl dresses. The first gown we had Jory in was a white lace dress, it was a drop waist and was unbelievably flattering on.. We styled this with a floor length veil that looked just perfect with Jory’s long curled hair. Jory’s second gown was also lace but this one had an illusion cap sleeve and the most beautiful buttons up the waist. It was a natural waist A line with a plain tulle skirt and train. Both of them were absolutely stunning on her. Zoe’s first dress was a pink number that was lace on the top and tulle on the bottom, it was giant and came all the way to the floor. Her second dress was a simple white one and slightly shorter. She was just so cute in them!

Jory and Zoe had a fun time playing pretend as we took pictures of bride and flower girl. However, the icing on the cake was our little pig, Kevin. We all thought that she was the most adorable little piggy ever! (How can you not think that?!)We had a blast playing in the springtime afternoon light. As with any styled shoot, I shot all film. There isn’t an image that I didn’t love!

 

Styling and Floral by The Kind Pear

Perfume by Smith and McCain

Pig owner Kristin Smith

Dresses: Ladies and Gents Bridal

 

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Under Water

Ethereal yet desaturated was the mood for this underwater shoot featuring Erica Morgan as our model. There is something spectacular that is captured in an underwater shoot, something magical and mysterious. In the water there is a natural resistance that is felt between the subject  and the water. As the model or subject is forcing their body down, nature is forcing them back up. When a subject/model can become one with the environment is when beauty is truly captured. Makeup artist, Erica George created a distinct look for our model with a bold red lip against nude skin and tousled dark hair and the  contrast was striking underwater. The photographic team puts in numerous hours to prepare for the day.
Usually consisting of a team of at least three people, there is much that goes into preparing for this type of shoot. The pool is prepped the day before with careful attention to the details of the lighting in order to ensure zero light leaks through the protective barrier.  Each shot is extremely valuable as it takes so much time to set up and limited amount of daylight to shoot. Special props are used and placed for the models, models are prepped on how to move in the water with heavy fabric or clothing. Much of the  team spends the actual shoot day attempting to bring the artist’s vision to life. What starts out as a gorgeous model or the neighbor next door in a standard swimming pool becomes artistry at its finest.

 

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Makeup: Erica George

Model: Erica Morgan

La Boheme Styled Bridal Shoot

Recently featured in Smitten Magazine, this La Boheme styled bridal shower shoot is everything a bride would want. Set in the backdrop of Central California, our eyes beheld cerulean colored glasses sparkling in the sunlight, tribal accents that flanked the table with an arrangement of rich succulents from White Oaks Florist and so many more beautiful details.  When Lotta (owner of Mint Design) and I met for collaboration, the idea of earthy colors and boho style was a must. The models in the shoot were draped in very textured fabric which added depth to the shoot. Models also wore sheer textiles for an airy laid back bohemian vibe. Thanks to La Dulce Vita Salon, big hair, braids and relaxed curls floated in the wind. One can’t help but notice the hair adornments from Jolie USA.

The styled shoot was shot in April with a medium format camera, Mamiya 645AFD.  I love the sound that a film camera makes.  It’s so old and loud…music to my ears.

 

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Vendor Love:

 

Design & Styling: Mint Design

Rentals: Borrowedblu

Sweets: Decoeur Bakeshop

Makeup: Makeup by Devina

Flowers: White Oaks Florist

Paper Products: Matinae Design Studio

Jewelry: @birdsofafeatherdesigns

Hair: La Dulce Vita Salon

Head Pieces: Jolie

Jam: Sweet Lady Cook

Models:

@natamals  @brittanymwelch  @valeriemya  @brookelynnehoward  @jadegonzalesxo  @maddiewarren

Ballet Bride

Film photography and ballet are quite possibly two of my favorite things so it made perfect sense to put those loves together for a styled shoot!  We teamed up with Mint Design and Enchanted Bridal Boutique to capture the beauty and simplicity of dance and flowing fabrics on film.  The late afternoon sun gave us some amazing light and we had so much fun photographing this ballerina bride.

 

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Styled Snow White Almond Orchard Shoot

Is there anything more beautiful than an almond orchard in bloom? Every February, we get our very own version of snow, and I am always inspired. This year, I collaborated with Gimme Some Sugar, House of Flowers, Simply Shabby Chic, and Enchanted Bridal Boutique to pay tribute to one of my favorite subjects: Snow White. Our model, Samantha Holcomb, wore the 2011 Snow White dress from the Disney Dream Collection by Alfred Angelo. We used colors inspired by the almond orchards; whites, creams, light pinks, and browns, then used bright red apples, lipstick, and florals to highlight our Snow White inspired theme. We even brought in a “magic” mirror and all of the photos were shot on film (my first full film shoot!)!!!

“With a smile and a song, life is just a bright sunny day. Your cares fade away and your heart is young”-Snow White

 

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Cake and Desserts: Gimme Some Sugar

Flowers: House of Flowers

Dresser: Simply Shabby Chic

Dress Shop: Enchanted Bridal Boutique

Dress: Alfred Angelo