Vintage Inspired

A few weeks back I partnered up with Leah Astore of LPA Studio on a tennis-inspired fashion shoot. Molly Bello had approached her for a collaboration and it was really kind of funny the way it worked, because we all went to Bridgewater State and worked on the student newspaper together. Molly was a freshman when I was a senior and it was pretty cool to catch up and work together on something again! I hope the three of us can team up again soon. 

So without further delay, more from my first ever fashion shoot, featuring Leah Astore, Olivia Rodbell and Molly Bello – who styled the shoot with touches of modern mixed with her very own grandmother’s vintage clothes.

It was such a blast to shoot with these ladies and try something new! Thank you guys for asking me to be a part of it and sharing your talent with me.

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Throw it Hard & Do it Well

Oh, Arizona. I’ll always think of you as a place where I found a piece of myself. A pretty little piece filled with adventure, independence, and new beginnings. Back in April I spent a week in Scottsdale and Sedona and between the AJ Workshop, the desert and the red rocks – a girl just isn’t the same after.

On Christmas Eve I decided to put myself on the waitlist for the AJ Workshop. I had been admiring (stalking) photography supercouple Amy & Jordan via social media for months, reading about the workshop groups before mine, learning tidbits from their weekly Monday Minute, and wishing for a way to learn more, do more, and take next steps with my photography.

Never underestimate the power of two days, friends. They can open up your world, make you a better person, make you better at what you do and give you the power to make changes in the rest of your life. The AJ workshop and the rest of my week in Arizona did all of those things for me and more.

Here are some of my photos from our incredible styled shoot and golden hour session in the desert! I’m so excited to finally be able to share these,  since they’ve been under wraps while Amy & Jordan waited for them to be published. Thanks to all of the incredible vendors (listed below) who helped make this gorgeousness happen!

One of the biggest take-aways for me was something that Jordan said at the very end of our two days together as a group. He told the story of David the shepherd boy, protecting his flock of sheep and slaying Goliath using only a stone. 

“In this life, you have one stone to throw,” he said. “Throw it hard and do it well.”

When I’m having one of those days full of doubt or second-guessing, wondering whether my efforts will pay off in the end, those words echo in my mind. Throw that stone as hard as you can.

Thank you eternally to Amy & Jordan Demos, and this incredible group of fellow photographers I was able to learn with and from.

 

EVENT DESIGN: EMILY SCHIESL • LVL WEDDINGS & EVENTS

VENUE: THE CLAYTON ON THE PARK

BRIDE’S GOWN: BHLDN • CAKE AND DESSERT: RUZE CAKE HOUSE • FLORAL DESIGN: AZ FLOWER BAR • HAIR AND MAKEUP: TOP KNOT BEAUTY • LINENS: LA TAVOLA FINE LINEN • MENSWEAR: BROTHERS TAILORS • PAPER GOODS:VEE CREATIVE • RENTALS: CLASSIC PARTY RENTALS • SPECIALTY RENTALS: FANCY LOU DESIGNS 

 

 

Photo Booths are a Girl’s Best Friend

So here’s a bit of a different one: I recently did my first Bachelorette Party Photo Booth. And who better to test the waters with than your very best friend in the world? She gets married to her second best (can’t well demote myself can I?) friend in two weeks and I couldn’t be happier for her. 

What’s better? Taking some exceedingly silly photos with all of your girl friends to remember the days before you became a Mrs.

The amount of fun we had really speaks for itself, so without further adieu: 

If you’re interested in having a photo booth at your event, contact me! I’ve already booked my second bachelorette and I can’t wait to see what those ladies have in store for me.

 

Becca, Age 15 – Pitcher

  “Playing sports shows my personality and what I do best. I’m a whole different person when I’m playing.

“Playing sports shows my personality and what I do best. I’m a whole different person when I’m playing.”

Becca makes 4 in the series, and what a great session we had together. I love that these girls come with their ideas, but also with Becca, my most lovably skeptical subject so far… humoring me with some of mine. It feels like a collaboration more than a photographer and subject, and we had fun and made each other laugh. 

At 15, Becca is right in the middle: she has younger girls looking up to her, but she also plays with a lot of older girls, so she feels like she has to impress on both sides. She may think it’s hard, but she makes it look easy.
She’s definitely got a natural leadership and an intensity that’s infectious.

Becca knocked the portraits out of the park (pun intended), and when we started on the game face shots, I had no doubt it’d be the same. It was funny, though. As we started in on the second half she said, “I’m not tough, though.” Wrong, lady. You ARE tough. And strong. And a total badass. I knew it from the get-go and then she said this during our interview:

“A lot of guys think I can’t do things, or that they can do them better, just because I’m a girl
… until I prove them wrong.”

Amen, sister. Always know how tough you are. I hope these photos remind you.

And some more of this incredible young woman…

Get after it, girl.

Becca is featured on my website and Facebook page under “We’re Not Here Just to Have Fun” and you can see more of her comments there!

Interested in being a part of the series? Contact me today.

Sarah, Age 15 – First Singles

“ I feel like in a match, I can just put myself out there, play the sport, and focus on what I’m doing. I’m confident when I’m playing.” 

Guys, these sessions are THE BEST. I got to meet this incredible young woman, listen to that satisfying thunk of a tennis ball well-struck, and shoot a whopping 600+ shots in under an hour. Does it get any better?

Without further adieu – meet the third in my series: Sarah. A beautiful and intelligent girl who is incredibly talented and driven, and also just has a love for the game that is so obvious. Keep scrolling and you’ll see it, too. 

Sarah is as much of a natural in front of the camera as she is on the tennis court and she says she used to be really shy, but I’m not sure I believe it. This court was her stage and she absolutely rocked our session. It’s no wonder, really. This girl joined varsity as a freshman and was playing first singles in no time.

Sarah said one of the best parts of playing tennis was that it empowers her to connect with people. From coaches, to teammates, classmates and little kids who want to learn how to play tennis, she’s had so many more opportunities to meet and become friends with people she wouldn’t have met otherwise and come out of her shell. 

When she told me about how she feels when she’s playing a match – focused, confident, and like she can put herself out there – I completely understood. At her age, I felt the same exact way whenever I was playing basketball. Whatever else happened that day, it fell away with my first layup, and if nothing else, I knew I was good at it.

When we got into the action shots & game face portraits – I really wanted to capture that focus and intensity. This girl is happy, smiling & sweet, but don’t let that side of her fool you. She’s a force to be reckoned with. Just look for yourself:

Sarah is featured on my website and Facebook page under “We’re Not Here Just to Have Fun” and you can see more of her comments there!

Next up, look for my session with a softball pitcher named Becca! Interested in being a part of the series? Contact me today.