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Pincurls & EcoVintage Jewelry with Designer Mark Edge

In my late teens, I had a conversation with a commercial photographer who told me about his first few gigs. “People would call me,” he said, “and ask, ‘Can you photograph watches?’ And I’d say, ‘Of course! Watches are my specialty!’ And I’d book the job, then I’d get off the phone and go learn to photograph watches.”

For better or worse, I took Mike’s advice to heart, and with little exception I learned to say yes to just about every job that came my way. Now if I turn down don’t a job, it isn’t because I can’t; it’s because I don’t want to.

When my (brilliantly creative) friend Jill reached out to me to shoot some new images for (the insanely talented) Mark Edge’s website, I knew I wanted to do it. I also know I would have to teach myself. I knew nothing about photographing fashion or jewelry – not really. So I scoured Pinterest and played with my lights and figured out the hows/whats/wheres of the project.

This is my second year shooting for Mark Edge, and I feel pretty awesome about what we made together.

Big thanks to designer/stylist/model Jill, and special appreciation to my assistant Justin, pictured below making out with Mark’s dog as he helps me test my lighting setup.

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7 Photos: Jason & Jeff In NYC

It’s hard to describe what it’s like to photograph not one, but two good-looking grooms. Let me tell you: it’s a TOUGH job. So tough, in fact, that when the end of the night came and I was done shooting, I continued to hang out with these handsome gentleman and share cocktails with their entire wedding party at a bar in midtown. I mean… someone has to do it.

These first few photos are from Jason & Jeff’s terrace at The Benjamin. Not too shabby!

I got to hand-pick this spot in Central Park where Jason & Jeff got married. We just wandered in, looked for some pretty light in a semi-secluded area, and set up shop. Their friends and family gathered around, and it was nothin’ but love.

After the ceremony we wandered through Central Park and made so many great photos. The next two are a couple of my favorite weird little images…

There’s really nothing more beautiful than an intimate celebration of love, with only a couple’s closest family and friends in attendance. I’m tremendously honored to have been part of Jason & Jeff’s wedding, and even more honored to now call these two friends. I have a pretty fantastic job!

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In that way…

I’ve been bragging for a month that I had a new website coming on June 1st. My husband/in-house web developer/graphic-designer-in-residence has been feverishly working with me to finalize this beast, and we were READY to launch.

But four days ago I realized: I was about to launch the same ol’ bullshit I’ve been trying to avoid for years – and it wasn’t me.

Despite my original motivation (to do a better job of presenting myself and my story via my website), I’d slipped into the rut of familiarity and was about to put my stamp of approval on the website-iest website EVER.

So we’ve gone back to the drawing board.

I feel sorta like an idiot for being basically the worst client ever (to my husband) and the worst launcher ever (to the rest of the world.) But I’m SO. EFFING. STOKED. to be making something that’s really, honestly, seriously me.

I just wanna leave you guys with a quote by Emmet Gowan, which I read in this stunning piece on The Guardian:

“If you set out to make pictures about love, it can’t be done. But you can make pictures, and you can be in love. In that way, people sense the authenticity of what you do.”

Whether you’re making pictures, or designing websites, or screen-printing t-shirts, or installing car engines, I’m reminded over and over and over again that success is the byproduct of authenticity. Be who you are, and your tribe will find you.

Thank you for being part of my tribe.

Permalink to Melanie & Nolan, Some Cake, & a Ring-Bearer | Roswell Mill

Melanie & Nolan, Some Cake, & a Ring-Bearer | Roswell Mill

In case you didn’t know, I like kids at weddings. (I even wrote an entire article on this issue that wound up on HuffPo!) And it’s funny, because I’m childfree-by-choice and never even enjoyed babysitting in high school.

But I seriously, genuinely like weddings where children are present.

This photo is one of the reasons why.

Permalink to Lauren & Patrick & Confetti | Park Tavern | Atlanta, GA

Lauren & Patrick & Confetti | Park Tavern | Atlanta, GA

6 days >>> New Website!

But first…

Sparklers are the go-to, tried-and-true way to see newlyweds off. So I get pretty excited when a couple decides to switch it up and blow bubbles or throw rose petals or toss confetti — in this case, earth-friendly Ecofetti. YAY! Congratulations, L&P!

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Blanca & Nguyen Dancing On Their Wedding Day

On Monday, a federal judge struck down Oregon’s marriage inequality laws. Meanwhile, here in Georgia, where such laws still stand, I celebrated the union of these two beautiful women. Through my work, over and over, I see love thrive where it should wither; I see families take root though there is no fertile ground; I see beauty shining through the darkness.

“Let us look less to the sky to see what might fall; rather, let us look to each other … and rise.”
- Judge Michael McShane

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