Behind the Scenes: Allan & Katie Hitched! Foodie Wedding at The Ashby Inn Paris, Virginia

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This gem just arrived in my inbox from bride Katie. Allan & Katie’s friend, Olivia Lau, PhD, was snapping awesome polaroids during the festivities at The Ashby Inn and captured this great shot. Thanks, Olivia!

In case you’re wondering… here’s the final image from that moment!

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More to come from Katie and Allan’s wedding… so much more! Stay tuned…

Available: Sassy red-headed photographer. Have stepstool, will travel… and will document the heck out of your wedding.

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Starring as a guest blogger on AnyTrip.com

A few months ago, I was contacted by AnyTrip.com and asked to contribute a blog post for their month-long Paris campaign. I (who, of course, always loves gabbing about my favorite spots in Paris) was thrilled! My guest post is up on their site and is featuring my photography as well.

Check out the article here!

Thanks to Leah at AnyTrip.com and to my sweet Paris…. I’ll be seeing you soon!

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Contests! “I Heart Faces” & “3rd Ward Open Call”

Voila! My entry for the I Heart Faces Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadows. Fingers crossed, everyone!

Don’t forget to vote today over at 3rd Ward Open Call for my portfolio. $1000 is up for grabs and man could the Mark II fund use it! Just click the far right star once everyday (and we figured out it’s per network…so vote from home, work, your cell phone, and your neighbor’s internet, too!)

Shakespeare & Co. Blog on Foreign Capital

Check out my other blog and the photos of Paris’s Shakespeare & Co.

http://foreigncapital.wordpress.com/2010/12/13/needed-second-hand-bookshop-in-d-c/

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ELLE Photo Shoot: Moroccan Summer + Snow?

Got pulled on as an assistant for my friend, Paul Empson, on Wednesday and Thursday. The whole concept behind the shoot was supposed to be summertime bohemian chic in Morocco. Well, French weather had other plans. Behold the snow that paralyzed France and definitely threw our work way off.

I have to say that this was my favorite shoot that I’ve done because everything went wrong: snow, overcast day, not optimal space to get the photos we needed, etc. It was a disaster. So to make it work, we had to get creative and unconventional at times, and therefore, I learned so much in one day. And we had a great time doing it because the conditions were so ridiculous that we all became giddy and punch drunk.

 

All transport (cars, taxis, buses, trains, everything) was late, cancelled, or just shut down completely. We were an hour outside of Paris in Coubron and stranded. The only solution we could find was to hitchhike; not an easy feat with 9 people, equipment and clothes. Thanks to the kindness of strangers, we made it to the train station and eventually had a train back into town.

On day 2 of shooting, we scraped the idea of the house and headed over to Le Studio Rouchon to fill out the rest of the story. Here are some photos of the other assistants, Loc and Nicola, and the model, Annabel. It was a lovely last shoot for a while in Paris. I’m moving to Washington, D.C. in a couple of weeks. Read all about the move at Foreign Capital.

Loc Boyle

Nicola Avanzinelli

Annabel van Toledo

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ELLE Lingerie Shoots

On Saturday and Monday, I had the pleasure of assisting Paul Empson on two photo shoots for the ELLE Magazine Lingerie Issue.

From my point of view, the whole experience was surprising. My personal work has generally been very photojournalistic. I get my kicks by catching a moment that is completely spontaneous and that other people would have missed. In that sense, there are no do-overs, no retakes, no one to come and make sure that the hair, makeup, clothes, etc. are pristine. It is or it isn’t and that’s the game. So I wasn’t so sure if I would like fashion and was approaching this as a learning experience; A chance to learn about lighting, client relations, equipment and whatnot. I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did.

I really appreciated the satisfaction of building an image from scratch. From the lights and the shadows to the positioning of the model to the direction of what her face should show emotionally… the whole image is ultimately your creation. And there is still the thrill of the stolen perfect moment when you capture exactly what you want on film (or I guess memory card these days) and you know you’ve got it.

I also loved the collaboration of it. The fact that you are blending the creativity of the photographer, the photographers’ assistants, the creative director, his or her assistants, the hair stylist, the makeup artist, and the model is just intoxicating when you think about the end product. I’ll run the risk of sounding cliché when I say that I got a little high off of the energy of it all. And don’t even get me started on the happiness of being surrounded all day by people who love what they’re doing.

I had a fantastic time working with Paul, Gregory Gex, Joris Rossi, Romina Manenti, Noreen Carmody and the rest of the crews. Thanks for being so welcoming and bringing me right into the fold.

I’ll let you know when the issue comes out so you can check out Paul’s gorgeous photos!

Here are some candids from the Iphone:

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