|Hi, I'm Julie ... artist, photographer, potter, etc. I am so happy you are here! I consider this blog my creative journal where I can share my recent work, ideas and dreams, and lots of little details about my life. Please make yourself at home. Whether you are a bride-to-be, a photographer, or just a visitor, I hope you will find inspiration here and even become a friend.|
One of the best components of photographing a wedding day is telling a story. Documenting individual moments ... taking those little pieces and putting them together to make a whole ... that is very satisfying. Looking back through those images allows you to experience that day again and again. I love that this is my job ... my gift to my clients..
When it comes to a portrait session the story telling element seems to get lost. I often look through the images ... and the people look beautiful and happy but what is the story? Where are the details that make the images completely personal? In an effort to make my work more significant in this way, I have started challenging my clients to give me ideas. Help me style up your session to make it more special for you. I don't want to just photograph a bride in a field any more. I want each session to be completely unique and full of all those personal details that tell your story. Because after all, without the story, its just a photo.
We scheduled Kati's bridal session about a month after her wedding in June. I asked Kati to tell me about her past experiences and things she is passionate about. She had SO MANY ideas that were inspiring we had a hard time narrowing it down. I finally settled on three main things that have each played significant roles in Kati's life ... travel, literature, and horses.
Beginning with Italy ...
Part one ... inspired by Kati's love for travel and her experiences in Italy. She lived in Venice for six months and Nathan proposed to her in Venice. She also did research in Florence before she came back to the states to get married. So anything that reminds her of Italy definitely has a special place in her heart. Here was our Italy inspired set:
Pretty right? Even prettier when you add a gorgeous girl in a gorgeous dress with a gorgeous bouquet by Lisa Foster:
my favorite from the Italy set:
I photographed Kati's session at her parents' farm in West Knoxville. The farm itself wasn't one of our three main concepts but the property certainly has played a huge role in Kati's life and is a huge element of this bridal session. Its a beautiful place.
The second portion of Kati's session focused on her interest in literature. Ever since she was a little girl she loved to read. Her under grad was in English Lit and she loves to pass the time in libraries and book stores.
I needed a little more than just "books" to style this portion of Kati's session. She told me there were a couple apple trees at her parents' property that might be fun to include. Perfect. Apples and books ... how studious! But it turns out that when I arrived the apple trees just weren't in great light. So ... we kept the apple idea but chose a different tree in better light. Trust your photographer when they choose a spot because the light is better!
My favorite from the literature set:
When it came to gathering props ... we found related objects in some of the most random places. This one is a little special to me because I have been dabbling in pottery for some time ... so the piece shown below is one of mine. I love how it fits in here!
Kati is a classic beauty ... but there is something about her so unique. Her right eye is brown with a fleck of greenish blue and her left eye is blue. Its fascinating and gorgeous. And I'm pretty sure the first time I met her I stared. Like in that rude way.
Part three of this session ... horses. Specifically Lex the horse ... Kati's childhood partner. When she wasn't reading books as a girl she was practicing with Lex : preparing for riding competitions of all kinds. As a result she has tons of ribbons and stories. I loved the connection between Kati and Lex.
So beautiful ... doesn't it make you wish you had a big farm with a horse buddy? It does me!
Thanks so much to Kati and her mom Holly for contributing so much to making this session happen. They were so patient while we set up and got every little thing in its right place. And speaking of set up ... thanks also to Sarah and Sara who helped lug and haul and primp and place all of the pieces for each set above. I couldn't have done it alone!