A year ago we were just beginning to put feet to a dream.
In May of 2009 we were invited to attend several local fashion shows in down town Los Angeles. From the minute our feet hit the floor with our cameras, we were smitten. The lights, the runway, the beautiful faces and powdered brushes, we loved being in the middle of the action. We began to dream about taking what we loved, photography, and doing it more often and developing a craft. The next few months were spent shooting shooting shooting! When we weren't running around with our favorite upcoming models, stylists, make up artists and hair stylists, we were putting in time learning what it means to own your own business. From classes at the local college, to standing in line to get our business license, we embarked in this adventure wanting to do it right.
I (Lauren) began following some photographer's blogs when began planning my wedding in 2007. I found myself checking their blogs daily looking for new updates, and always thinking, "If I could do anything..." When these doors began to open for us last year, I started thinking "Why I can't I?" I didn't realize it, but these past three years of following other photographer's blogs has really began to develop in me what kind of photography I like the most and am drawn to. I know that my style and creative preferences will continue to evolve through the years, but have several influences to thank for not only direction but inspiration to even try this in the first place.
We'd like to thank our brides of 2009 and 2010 who put their faith in us early on, allowing us to capture one of the most important moments of their lives. We have been blessed to work with some really amazing couples, whose love inspires us. We also have met some very talented artists, models, stylists and vendors. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to grow & learn. Thank you to Jamie - who has not only encouraged us from day one, but practically forced us to value our work & spent hours upon hours helping us develop truly respectable packages that we can offer our clients.
This summer has been full - full of work but also play. Here's a peek into what we've been up to :)
Our first adventure this summer was a trip to Las Vegas. I can sum it up in one word HOTfun.
We also were blessed with a trip to Kauai, HI. It was one of the most amazing trips full of relaxation, beauty and quality time together.
I brought a low quality underwater digital camera. It would only allow a certain amount of exposures and it was frustrating and exciting to use a camera with no immediate gratification of viewing the image and wondering out the photos would turn out :)
But the biggest news of the summer for us is that J and I are expecting! We are so excited to welcome our own little bundle into the world in February :)
My summer was a cloudy one, and if you live in Southern California, you know what I mean; however, it goes without saying that this summer was an adventure - concert hopping for TwilightMOMS.net, photography adventures, cinema in the cemetery and journeys through the hollywood hills and downtown Los Angeles. I took this summer and tried to take time off from the "art of editing" and in its stead shoot more "raw" photos. It was a fun experiment that reminded me how much I love black and white, and God's natural colors.
On the few days that there was sun
we all made it to the beach. We sunk
deep into the sand, and enjoyed the nature that God had given us.