(Annnndddd I’m on the cover, to boot!)
I was absolutely floored earlier this year to receive an invitation to submit an article to Stampington & Company’s Artful Blogging, and in spite of the rest of the crazy this year brought, I said YES and hammered out an article and photo spread for this beautifully inspirational magazine. I am beyond thrilled to announce this four-page print feature!
I think it is so fitting to be published first in a blogging magazine, considering that blogging is where I really got my start with photography. I’m so happy and honored, I don’t know what to say.
I can’t tell you how much I hope you will go out and buy a copy so you can hold my work in print alongside so many other fabulous artists. There is even a chance to win an issue (or to get $5 off!) at Somerset Place, the Stampington & Company blog!
It is not every day that I get a shoot published before I have finished processing everything for my bride. I am still waiting for the film I shot two weeks ago at Tiffany’s wedding, when I first released these images to her friends and family, but I am so pleased to get to share her bridal session today at Elizabeth Anne Designs. Tiffany had mentioned her love of EAD to me when we first met to talk about her wedding, and though I had decided not to submit her wedding, I thought she would love a chance to be featured at her favorite wedding blog!
P.S. I just have to say, Tiffany is giving Rachel a run for her money on a favorite wedding dress for me. I mean, POCKETS. Lord, I’m still swooning over it!
Kim and Donald’s wedding was one of my favorite moments this spring (I’ve had a LOT of those – I LOVE EVERYTHING, I guess!), and I shot it mostly on film! I’m beyond thrilled that Grey Likes Weddings is sharing their day today – you won’t want to miss it. It is *so* Charleston, and *so* beautiful!
(P.S. Leave some love there for me? I always love to give my publishers as much attention as possible!)
Emily and Andy were my first session of the year, shot on a cold January morning on the beach at Sullivan’s Island. I knew when I finished the shoot that it HAD to be published – it was something so different from anything I’d done before, and it was headed solidly in the direction I planned to go in 2013. I sent it to one place and had it declined, sent it to another, had it declined. Finally, I took a deeeep breath, risked a submission that I’d ruled out already, and shot Emily and Andy’s wedding while I waited to hear back from Style Me Pretty.
I have to tell you something before I keep going with this story. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been watching a lot of hockey with Pete, who is an avid hockey fan, and one of the things I noticed was the number of times his team would come up to a goal trying to control the puck control the puck control the puck – only to have it snatched away from them and rerouted to the other end by the other team. Pete kept yelling at them to just SHOOT IT, but they kept waiting for “the right shot,” instead of shooting and seeing if it would go in the net.
They missed 100% of the shots they didn’t take, and went on to lose the series they were playing.
At A Lovely Workshop (you see, I’m not departing from my recent theme here!) Shira Savada, the weddings editor for Martha Stewart Weddings, told us in her session with us that many of the weddings they choose for print are just “pick-up weddings” that have been submitted that fit with their theme. She encouraged us to just send something, to “take a shot,” and see what happened.
Y’all, it’s revolutionizing my perspective on publication. If you take a shot, and keep taking shots, if you wait patiently and dare things you haven’t dared before (like sending an engagement session to a wedding blog for publication instead of holding it back for a more “logical” place to publish), things can happen that you don’t expect. Do your research. Practice hard so you can play well, but DO PLAY THE GAME. TAKE THE SHOTS. You could win.
I bet you know what is coming now… I got a yes on a Very Long Shot at a much bigger blog than the small blogs that had rejected me before. Emily and Andy went LIVE at SMP when I was shooting at the Goodstone Inn with Rebecca Gallop, Tia Stockton, and Rebekah Pizana in Virginia on Friday.
I’m only giving you a little bit of the session here – to see more (lots more!!!!), head over to Style Me Pretty and explore the beautiful gallery and see the oh-so-wonderful things they said about this session! I am still practically crying with happiness here – even after knowing about it for three days!
Photography + Floral Design: Kelly Sauer Ltd. Co.
Location: Sullivans Island Beach in Charleston, South Carolina
Floral Source: Tiger Lily Florist
Food: DIY, Recipe from Camille Styles
Hot Chocolate: Silly Cow Farm Hot Chocolate
Homemade Gourmet Marshmallows: Haypenny Confections
Bride’s Hat + Necklace: Old Navy