Styling a Photography Session for a Wedding Blog Feature

Such exciting news today because my styling work has been featured on Green Wedding Shoes today!
I work with my daughter styling the engagement sessions and we really wanted to do something that showed off her evolving film photography style.  We live near the Idyllwild California which is so pretty and the community is very artsy.  There is a tunnel of branches in a spot called Double View which we decided to use for our stylized elopement session.  My son in law is a very talented film maker for wedding and adventure videos so it was a fun family project.

My job was to create the setting and the flowers for the session.  It is something I have done as an event planner.  So excited to do this because I feel like an elopement can be a wildly romantic thing to do without Las Vegas or an ugly courthouse.  I have done these before, they are so much fun for a few close friends and family to share in!
 You can even include your dog!  We used the cutest VW bus, the dog got to wear a hat and it was all inspired by a book by Jon Klassen...I Want My Hat Back!  Wait til you see the dog in her red hat.

What's more romantic than a dinner for two in a pretty secluded spot at the end of the day?  Idyllwild has Bed and Breakfast Inns, cottages to rent and you could even camp after your nuptials for an incredibly memorable honeymoon.
We were also inspired by some amazing paper mache hats on Etsy.  The link for the masks is in the blog post.  The theme tied together perfectly.  You can see more by going to Green Wedding Shoes.  Don't forget to watch the video!!! 

I also made some forest pop tarts with home made peach preserves.  I'll have to post the recipe tomorrow on my recipe blog... The Vintage Recipe Smith


Other People Say Such Clever Things!

So I am back to blogging because I am a pretty sick puppy and can't sleep with the growing sack of concrete in my abdomen.  So I read posts in photography groups.  Yeah, there are lots of groups on the internets but I have to say...photographers are a funny bunch of people.  The crack me up in the middle of the night while I sit perched on my swivel chair listening to the rythmic snoring of my old man.  

One such discussion started with someone asking about Kinfolk Magazine and Anthropologie.  Us photographers notice imagery and often have our favorites.  We note trends to use in our wedding and portrait work to make our clients happy.  They like when they feel like they are magazine worthy.
Some of us noticed that maybe our favorites are a little bland and repetitive and this is my favorite comment...(I gave it a heading...my new inspirational poster).  

A note about ARTISANAL.  I chose it over Artisan because I associate the latter with Starbucks Baristas and their tendancey to pronounce it Artesian.  There's a difference between Handmade and Water!  With all the college education amongst Baristas working so hard to pay off student loans, you would think they could properly pronounce the word!

Back to the funny photographers...more cleverness ensued.  I asked to quote Ms. Christina and she replied with this gem...

Now I find this even more perversely funny with the recent controversy in the photography world by a certain rockstar photographer instructor regarding plagiarism.  (Google Jasmine Star and plagiarism if you must know).  I certainly did not want to participate in such a hot button issue as a word thief.  So I've immortalized her words and will repin them as well.

In the spirit of irony, I leave you with one of my creative endeavors which I'm thinking of printing really big and hanging in my dining room as sentinels during dinner parties.  I promise not to text invite anyone after others have cancelled.  I hate that!  http://www.pinterest.com/pin/168110998564456945/