Life doesn't just happen in the areas where we live. Everyone gets that bug in them every so often that tells them that they NEED to travel. Trust me, it's even worse for a photographer. I get super jealous of photographers that live in areas with crazy architecture, open oceans with pristine beaches, or amazing white capped mountain ranges. I love Indianapolis, but there are definitely times I want a change of scenery. With Alegiant Air now offering SUPER CHEAP flights from Indianapolis to Las Vegas, it was the prefect chance to go do some sessions out in the City That Never Sleeps!
Speaking of never sleeping, Maddie, Tony, and I went out to take on the Vegas Strip pretty late at night actually. I met Maddie and Tony out there in Vegas and they couldn't wait to go out and take some photos. We were going from spot to spot down the strip and I was trying to travel fairly lightly. I had only a single light stand and my shoulder bag because every bit of the strip is private property owned by the casinos and resorts, but as long as you aren't impeding traffic you are pretty free to do what you want, so I wanted to make sure we could get a few shots and then move along quickly.
What I did NOT expect at all was that as we were making our way down the Las Vegas strip and stopping to pose and take some shots, passersby were noticing the flashes going off and me taking photos. At one point some other random person started taking photos next to me. I have no idea who they were but we needed the shot so I just kept shooting. While I was checking the shot on the back of my camera a person, who had obviously had a few drinks before this point, leaned over and whispered to me, "ummmm, who are they?" Without missing a beat I replied, "You don't know Tony and Maddie?!" Just after I took one more shot and then packed up to move out I heard him say to the woman with him. "I told you that was Tony and Maddie...you know from that thing"
We had a blast and I had managed to turn Tony and Maddie into Celebrities, at least for one night. The only thing that could have made it better was if people had started asking for autographs! Never a dull moment on one of our shoots!
Tell us in the comments, If you could do a photoshoot anywhere in the country (or the world) where would you want to go?
We LOVE styled shoots! We love the ability to just be as creative as we possibly can be. We had the amazing opportunity to collaborate with the fantastic Denver Wedding Photography Jewels Gray while we were in St. Louis! Magical things happen when you get more than one wedding photographer together! It's always great to look back at history and think about famous or legendary couples of the past. During the Great Depression one of the couples in American history was Bonnie and Clyde. Jewels became pretty obsessed with the legend and love story of Bonnie and Clyde and imagined "what if they got married?" What would it look like?
Fun Fact: Many people are unaware that Bonnie and Clyde were never actually married. Bonnie actually married at 16 to a boy named Roy Thornton. She eventually left him before going on her crime spree with Clyde but never actually divorced Thornton.
With us being from Washington, DC, at the time, and Jewels being from Denver we obviously couldn't fly with an entire table setting, so Jewels found the lovely ladies from An Affair to Remember to help us with a place setting.
So take a look through the past and get lost in the 1930's made possible by the wonderful history at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel and imagine the marriage of Bonnie and Clyde!
What famous couple in history would YOU like to be a guest at their wedding? Or even emulate in your own wedding? Leave us a comment! Maybe that will be our next styled shoot!
Venue: Union Station Hotel | Models: Joshua Brett Adams & Monica Grewell | Hair & Makeup: Jewels Gray | Dress, hairpiece, & bracelet: d’Anelli Bridal | Other jewelry: Jewels Gray & Chris’s own rings | Formalwear: Jos A. Bank, Cherry Creek | Invitations, printed: Jewels Gray | Flowers, rentals, &table scape design: An Affair to Remember | Prop Guns: 30 Black, LLC.
If you've been paying close attention to our website and social media pages, you may have seen information starting to change. It's time to finally and officially announce that we are moving to Indianapolis! The very first thing we'd like to say is how thankful we are to have had the absolute most AMAZING Washington, DC clients that any photographer could ever ask for! You all have been so gracious and kind to us in our time here in DC and we wouldn't be close to where we have come in the past six years without you.
With that being said, we've had our struggles here with finding our place in the absolute sea of photographers in the DC area and we have hit a plateau with our business. Sometimes when you need to take your career, your business, your relationship, your life to that next level, you have to do something drastic! And by that I mean, Brandy is going to dye her hair pink! Because when life gets tough it's time to do some crazy stuff to your hair! J/k :D (but seriously how amazing would Brandy look with Pink hair?!... comment below) In all seriousness, it was time to move and Brandy and I looked at several options: Texas, South Carolina, Missouri, but it ended up coming down to moving back to my hometown of Indianapolis!
The cost of doing business in DC is high and with 2 kids, having a babysitter for 8-12 hours for a wedding is a large part of our expenses which means we had to charge more to cover that. Here in Indy we have family nearby (yay Grandma!), which means we can do long weddings without hundreds of dollars going to childcare. We might even be able to do destination weddings now! We can do shoots, meet with clients, and plan styled shoots during the week now, which previously we only did on weekends. The population of photographers out here is not nearly as dense as it is in the DC area where we basically compete with three states (DC, MD, and VA) worth of photographers all competing against each other. There are a few really good heavy hitter photographers here in Indy already which we hope to meet with, network with, and hopefully become friends with in the coming months! We have huge plans for this fall and winter and hopefully can fill our 2017 calendar before Jan 1! We still only want to do 12-15 weddings ayear just so we can continue to give the well-deserved attention to each and every one of our brides need! What does this mean for all our faithful clients in DC? Fear not! There's still plenty of business for us to do in DC, so if you're a fan and you're in DC and you still want to have photos done please don't hesitate to still contact us and let us know! As long as we have some time in advance to plan we can still make it out to DC for photos! Again, we can't thank all you enough and hope you'll stick around our social media pages to see what Indy has in store for us and the amazing things WE have in store for Indy!
To Celebrate our new life here in Indy we are giving $500 off all wedding packages for 2017 Brides! How exciting is that?!? If you know someone in Indy please share this post with them! We'd to start meeting new people and building some great relationships with new clients!
Every summer we take some time to do some editorial senior sessions just for us and our own creative release. One of the things we obviously need for these sessions is models! So how do we pick our models? The seniors who come to us and book their senior session with us in their junior year or even earlier will get a chance to be a part of these shoots on top of their booked session. We don't charge have to be a part of two or maybe even three sessions for the price of one. Plus you get some amazing images that can be outside the box! How awesome is that?!?!
That brings us to Alexandra! We have wanted and wanted to find a ballerina to work with and we finally found one! Once we found out Alexandra did ballet and could stand on pointe we started working on a concept. We started looking for inspiration and kept finding the same thing. Plain leotards, pink tutus and these bright airy soft images of beautiful ballerinas in gardens and things like that. They are beautiful images, but we decided that we were going to try and do something different. So different that it was out of our own comfort zone and even outside of our usual style of more bright, airy, and fun images. For this we wanted something raw, edgy, and gritty. Ballerinas are strong and train incredibly hard. We wanted to portray that in these images. One of Brandy's favorite movies of all time is Center Stage, so we started thinking about all the training they went through in that movie and how amazing the scene in the red leotard was at the end of that movie. When Chris was thinking about training he immediately thought of all the training montages from Rocky with stairs, alleys, meat lockers, and dark rainy places. Then it hit us...why not do both!
We pitched the "Center Stage/Rocky Mashup" idea to Alexandra and her mom and they were super excited about it. The night we met up with Alexandra and her mom it was cold and raining and it took a bit to get everything set up but once we got into a groove it was absolute magic and Alexandra was just killin' it! We started out with just her tennis shoes on because of how wet it was and we didn't want her to slip, get hurt, and then end up losing half the session, but by the end when we took that final shot down the alley way along the train under those awesome overhead lights. That was the image we wanted. That was the entire concept we had come up with in a single image!
Every time we pick up a camera to do a shoot we try to think: If we could walk away from a session with only 1 image, what would that image look like? What is that signature image that our client might hang over their fireplace. That was the image.
If you are a sophmore or junior this year and want to have truly unique, incredible Senior photos during your Senior year, and also have the opportunity to be a part of our conceptual shoots like this one! You gotta book early! Email us today! And then leave a comment below about YOUR idea for a concept shoot!
Here is part two of our amazing styled shoot session at the Inn at Kelly's Ford! Take another look at the beautiful work of these amazing vendors and our model Bride Nicole. We absolutely fell in love with the Inn's vintage pickup truck! Be sure to check out part one if you missed it. Our favorite part of this whole thing was getting to mark off one of the items on our photography bucket list; getting to photograph a bride with a horse. There is just something about a bride and horse that is just amazing! Let us know what your favorite part of this shoot was down in the comment section!
Model Bride: Nicole
Venue: The Inn at Kelly's Ford
Cake: Karen, Cakes in Art
Coordinator: Jennifer, MAYJUNE Events
Flowers: Kristen, Affairs by Ayres
Stationery: Barbara, Mayla Studios
Wedding Gown: Ava Laurenne Bride
Hair & Makeup: Jacquelyn Rodriguez from Enlightened Styles
Catering: A la Carte Catering