Fort Worth Foundry District Wedding Inspiration

I’ve been dreaming up a funky yet elegant, colorful styled fashion shoot for quite some time now. I wanted something fun and completely non-traditional. Think bright colors, fun accessories, and bold locations. I figured early September would be the best time to do it before the busy season hits, so I reached out to some incredible vendors to bring my vision to life!

The best part? All but one are local to Fort Worth! So if you’re still on the hunt for the best team to make your wedding dreams come true, definitely contact any and all of these vendors.

Photographer: Swan Photography // Bridal Salon: De Ma Fille Bridal // Dress 1: Lumi gown by Hayley Paige // Dress 2: “Shae” skirt + “Tyler” top by Martina Liana Bridal // Bridal Accessories: De Ma Fille Bridal // Hair + Makeup Artist: Meagan Bechtel // Florist: Floralee // Veils: Veiled Beauty // Models: Katie Phillips + Colby Skiles // Bowtie: Amazon // Calligraphy: AlliK Design // Butterfly Wings: Made by London

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And voila! Don’t be afraid to add a pop of color to your wedding day. Thanks again to all of my wonderful vendor friends who helped make my dream a reality. If you’re a vendor and would like to collaborate on future projects, just reach out! I’m always down for a styled shoot.

Want to see more from everyone involved? Follow along on our Instagram pages!

Photography: @swanphototx
Bridal Salon + accessories: @demafille_bridal
Dress #1: @misshayleypaige
Dress #2: @martinalianabridal
HMUA: @meaganbechtel
Florals: @katyfloralee
Veils: @theveiledbeauty
Models: @katieaphillips + @thecolbyskiles
Calligraphy: @allikdesign
Location: @thefoundrydistrictfw
Butterfly wings: @madebylondon

Manzanita Beach Elopement Inspiration

I recently had the pleasure of traveling to the Oregon coast to attend Tyler Rye Photography’s workshop a couple weeks ago. To say that was everything I dreamed of and more is an understatement. No detail was spared and everything was styled to perfection by the insanely talented Ginny Au.

Before you see the photos, I want you to close your eyes and imagine this: a cool, coastal breeze, slightly sticky with salt… warm, soft sand squishing and shifting under your toes… lush greenery emboldened by the grey mist descending from the mountains… gold accents… tall beach grass… and a gorgeous couple in love.

Ok. Open your eyes.

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There’s something about the ocean that constantly has me inspired. Maybe it’s the rush of the waves. Maybe it’s the cascading cliffs that I never see here in Texas. Whatever it is, I can’t wait to go back. If you’re a couple (married, engaged, dating) and have an adventurous soul, I’d love to hear from you. Let’s plan an adventure to document your love story.

Huge shoutout to the incredible vendors who pulled all of this off:

Host: Tyler Rye Photography // Stylist: Ginny Au // Floral Design: Ponderosa & Thyme // Headpieces & Veil: Enchanted Atelier by Liv Hart // Dresses: Cathy Telle // Ribbons: Frou Frou Chic // Film Lab: Photovision Prints // Rentals: Classic Vintage // HMUA: Austie Eckley // Styling Surfaces: Simply Rooted // Styling Surfaces: Pilgrim & Co. // Attendee Gifts: Salt & Pepper Co. // Paper: Farmette Press // Venue: Historic Reed House // Jewelry: Victor Barbone Jewelry // Ceramics: Notary Ceramics // Sponsored by: Magnolia Rouge, Fuji Film, SquareMuse

 

So You Want To Be a Photographer: Tips for Beginners

Hello friends! I hope your Wednesday is off to a fabulous start. Welcome back to my blog page! First off, I want to apologize for not blogging as much as I should. It’s been a busy few months. We wrapped up our 6th summer wedding season with 9 beautiful weddings, then jumped into August for a “break”, which honestly felt even busier than June and July did. I started my “vacation” by journeying with my favorite woman in the world, my Mother, to my favorite place in the world, Canada! We ate, laughed, and walked our way through Vancouver, Squamish, and Whistler. I will forever cherish the memories made, and even though it was my third time in BC, I already can’t wait to go back. When I returned to DFW, things still didn’t slow down. More editing, back to back to back meetings, and of course prepping for my 5 year old son to start Kindergarten! The week after Callum started school, I hopped on a plane to Portland where I workshopped with the insanely talented Tyler Rye Photography (an entire blog post will be dedicated to that very soon)! Before the Fall wedding season begins in just 3 short days, I wanted to write a post for anyone wanting to get into photography or has just recently picked up a camera. It’s something that’s been on my mind for a while now and I just love to help when I can. First things first:

Community Over Competition. If you’ve been in the photography industry for a while, you’ve likely heard this phrase. In short, we’re all in this together. If you read/sang that along to the tune of High School Musical, we should be friends. Don’t view other photographers as your competition. We all have the same goal here, and a lot of us have different styles. Realize that not everyone is out to copy what you do, steal your clients, or book every single inquiry. Most photographers do what they do because of their love of the photographic art form, storytelling, and documenting memories. Sure, it can be lucrative; but when you’re using your camera as a way to make people happy rather than make money, you’ll see things in a whole new light (pardon the pun). Join photography forums on social media. Make friends with your fellow entrepreneurs. Refer other photographers to clients when you’re already booked. Build each other up! Over the years I’ve met some amazing people in this industry, several of whom I’m proud to call my close friends.

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Take Your Time. Businesses aren’t built overnight. For me personally, I feel like my start began in 2007. I was taking photos for friends and family when I was gifted my first DSLR. I didn’t shoot my first wedding until 2011. I didn’t incorporate my business until 2014. From first getting a real camera in my hands until the day I made it legal with the state and declared this as my career, seven years had passed. Granted, I had a lot of bumps along the way and had no idea what I was doing when it came to running a business. It was a very lengthy learning process and I can say with confidence that I learned from my mistakes. 2014 was a fantastic first year for Swan Photography, and it only went up from there. As Ginny Au told me, we’re all on this linear journey together. Some have progressed further than others, some move quicker than others, but we’re all on the same path. 2015 was better than ’14, and 2016 was better than ’15. To my amazement, I was about 90% of the way to being fully booked by the time February of 2017 started. Nearly full for the entire year. At this point today, I have booked 11 weddings for 2018. Be patient. Hustle hard. Which brings me to my next point…

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Never Stop Learning. And don’t think you know everything either. Learn from my mistakes. When I started, I thought I knew everything. I wasn’t interested in buying multiple lenses because I had my 28-135 that could do everything. I didn’t know what “variable aperture” meant and didn’t care. I didn’t need to shell out the cash for external flashes because my Canon 30D had one built in. I didn’t need to learn flash because I considered myself a natural light photographer (I still do, but you can’t just walk into a wedding reception unprepared). I wasn’t interested in second shooting because I had already booked several weddings on my own. Second shooting is a fantastic way to get a bit more creative, network with other photographers in your area, and be a tad bit less stress on a wedding day. I would recommend that if you’re wanting to be a wedding photographer but have never photographed a wedding, reach out to some of the local photographers that you admire and offer to assist, then branch out to third or second shooting, build up a portfolio. Or you can do what I did and just bust out of the gate and do it yourself. However, I wish that I had gone about it a different way. Then my linear journey wouldn’t have taken so long. Also, I recommend subscribing to SLR Lounge and CreativeLive. There are so many great tutorials on those sites. There are free options as well, but they are SO worth the money for the pro accounts. I like to listen/watch while I’m editing. Pye Jirsa, Jasmine Star, and Jerry Ghionis are a few of my favorites. If you’re more of a hands on person, attend a workshop! You can go all out and attend something like Forest + Falls, the Tyler Rye Workshop, How to Wow with Jerry Ghionis, or you can start smaller and book a mentoring session with someone in your town. However you do it, just never stop. There’s always a new technique to learn. There’s always a new way to think about composition. There’s always a way to learn how to speed up the editing process.

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Invest Where It Counts. This section is probably the most important one for budding photographers, and will probably be the longest tip of them all. There are several different points that I want to make, so I’m just going to start:

  • Build a website and pay for the URL/domain. Yes, social media is important, but you should have a website that is 100% your own. Your website is where you’ll showcase your portfolio, tell a little bit about yourself, list your pricing and services, and have a way for potential clients to contact you. This may sound a bit harsh, but I will not refer a photographer that does not have a website, and I will not refer a photographer that doesn’t have their own personal domain. To me, there’s not a bigger turnoff than seeing “www.soandsophoto.wix.186873865.com” or something similar. It’s a mouthful, and you can’t ask people to remember that.
  • Get good glass. I know, I know. Lenses are expensive. You don’t have to have the top of the line equipment to get amazing shots, but I do recommend quick, well built lenses. Like I stated above, I used to only use the 28-135 f/3.5-5.6 and after a while, I realized how limiting it was. Most wedding and portrait photographers will recommend having a 50mm (I’ve used the 1.4 and the 1.2 and they’re both fantastic), a 35mm (Sigma makes a great ART series lens that’s more affordable than the Canon L series), a 70-200 (f/2.8 is preferred, but that lens is heavvvvyyyyy. I personally shoot with the f/4 version, but will most likely upgrade soon as it doesn’t have image stabilization), and a good macro lens (I’ve used the Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro, the Tamron 90mm 2.8 Macro, and now shoot with the Canon 100mm 2.8L Macro). If you aren’t sure of what lens is a good fit for you, rent! Sites like Borrowlenses.com or LensRentals.com are a great way to try before you buy. Or if you’re wanting to save but still have great quality, try buying Refurbished or gently used. I prefer prime lenses (lenses that don’t zoom). I feel like they fit my style better, but to each their own. My favorite lenses are my Canon 50 1.2L, Sigma ART 35 1.4, and my Canon 100 2.8L Macro. I don’t leave home without those three lenses. They’re my go to for portrait sessions. I do have a Canon 70-200, but I only use it during wedding days.
  • Reiterating my last post, sign up on sites like SLR Lounge or CreativeLive (or both)!
  • Purchase external storage. Space on a computer fills up quick, especially if you’re shooting a lot. I cannot stress enough the importance of making sure your images are safely backed up. My favorites are the Toshiba terabyte hard drives, and my La Cie. The Toshibas are slim, portable, and fit in a pocket easily for when I travel. I have 3 of them and they’ve never failed me. There’s always BackBlaze too, which is an online backup service. You can never have too many backups!
  • Digital Delivery. Not only is it easier for photographers and for clients, but by using digital delivery, you’re keeping up with the times as well. Did you know that new Apple computers don’t even have USB drives anymore? Yep. Do you know how easy it is to lose a small USB drive? Trust me, I’ve done it too many times. I found out about Pixieset a few years ago and never looked back. All of my client galleries are organized in one place. Each client has their own personal gallery. It’s easy to use, clean, and has a ton of options, including a la carte print options. I’m not going to get too into all of the details of Pixieset, but if you have any questions, feel free to let me know. They have plans ranging from $0 for 3gb (yes, free) to $40/month for 1,000gb. It’s been one of my best business investments, and it’s not even expensive.
  • Business cards. I will FOREVER be praising Moo.com. I’ve used other business card companies in the past, but the quality was just meh… or straight up bad. When I switched to the luxe cards from Moo, I get compliments literally every.single.time I hand them out. It may seem like a hefty fee, but people will remember you… which is the entire point of having a business card anyway. It’s your handshake. It’s your first impression. Invest in awesome, unique, high quality cards. Thank me later.
  • Lightroom + Photoshop. Adobe has released the Creative Cloud suite where you can have access to their products for a small monthly fee. For both the current versions of LR + PS, I pay $20/month.
  • Business insurance. There are quite a few business insurance options, depending on what coverage you need and what your budget is. Trust me, if you photograph weddings (especially when alcohol is involved), you’ll want insurance. Accidents happen. Or even if you accidentally drop your camera or have your things stolen, your insurance can save you.

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Get It Legal. If you’re wanting to do photography full time, as your career, as your main source of income you NEED TO run your business legally. Please don’t think you’re above paying taxes. There are several different ways to go about it, but I recommend reading more about it here.

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Use Contracts. Regardless of what you shoot, you’re going to need a contract. I can’t stress this enough. YOU NEED A CONTRACT! The Law Tog has great info and contracts that you can buy to keep you and your business protected.

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Network. I know I touched on this a little bit when I mentioned second shooting and community, but it’s not just fellow photographers that you want to keep in your loop. If you’re wanting to be a wedding photographer, you’ll want to keep fellow vendors close! Venue owners, florists, cake bakers, calligraphers, dress boutiques, planners, rental companies, etc. I love to send off photos to the vendors who worked the wedding with me, not only because it builds that relationship, but because they can use the photos you took to further their own businesses as well. I have a good handful of preferred vendors that have been so wonderful to work with. Little things such as sending over the images can go such a long way. Those vendors will remember you and recommend you to their clients! Word of mouth is the BEST form of advertising. Better yet? It’s free. And when it comes from trusted vendors, that already sets you ahead of the pack.

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Shoot With Your Heart. Have you heard the quote, “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”? I’m sure you have, and if you haven’t, then now you have. You’re welcome!  I was realizing a couple years ago that I was getting burned out… I was working non-stop and had no work-life balance. I loved photography, but didn’t love every single thing I was shooting, mostly because I just didn’t feel like it was my strong suit or it didn’t make me want to keep shooting. At the beginning of 2017 I made the decision to only take on wedding clients and portraits associated with weddings: bridals, engagements, couples, and boudoir. I was scared to take the leap… but I just knew that that’s what my heart was in. Documenting love stories made my heart go pitter patter. Ever since I focused primarily on couples, I’ve fallen in love with photography even more. Am I still busy? Oh, yes. 2017 has been my busiest year to date! I love my couples and I love my family, and by making this decision to cut back in other aspects, I’m able to dedicate more of my time to both.

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If you made it to the bottom of this post, congratulations! I know that was a lot to process, but I do appreciate you taking the time to read through. I hope this helped! If you have any questions or comments, sound off in the comment section below! If you’re interested in learning from me in person, email me at swanphotographytx@gmail.com! If you want to see more, follow along on my Instagram: @swanphototx

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Mrs. Falcon: A Windthorst Bridal Session at St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Miss Tanna Sales became Mrs. Falcon on Saturday, July 29th in front of God, friends, and family at the historic Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Windthorst, Texas. But several weeks ago, we did her Bridal portraits in the same location.

It was a gorgeous, warm sunny day. The bride looked practically angelic! I’ve been waiting to share these portraits since the day we shot them, so I’m happy to finally be able to, now that she’s a married woman! 🙂

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Tanna, you made the most beautiful bride! I can’t wait to sneak peek your wedding photos very soon!

Mr. & Mrs. Spence: a Wichita Falls Wedding at French Country Meadow

I LOVE shooting weddings, but I love it even more when I get to work at a brand new venue. I work in Wichita Falls a lot, as that’s where I grew up, and I was stoked to find out that a family there had built a gorgeous barn to be used as a wedding venue. French Country Meadow is such a gorgeous place. Its red structure is nestled in a large field out on the rural end of Falls Town. The big windows allow so much natural light that’s a dream for any photographer. It’s just so unique to that area! I can’t wait to shoot here again!

Haylee and Ryan decorated the space in the most unique, beautiful way that I had ever seen. Mayfield Events brought their vision to life with greenery draped down a large curtain, flanked by cacti and a rustic wood sign that would be incorporated to the ceremony. Fresh florals, live moss, and antiques topped the tables in one of the most unique centerpiece layouts I’ve seen in my 6 years of shooting. Words don’t do it justice; you just HAVE to see these!

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Ryan wasn’t the only one who teared up during the Bride’s entrance…

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Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Spence! Your wedding was one of my favorites so far this season. It was so unique, and so beautiful! I hope life is well in New Mexico!

 

Vendors:

Photographer: Swan Photography
Venue: French Country Meadow
Event Planner: Mayfield Events
Florals: Shelby Viator, Mayfield Events
DJ/Uplighting/Decor: Mayfield Events
Catering: Gypsy Kit
Makeup: Kandace Burns Beauty
Dress: Willow by Watters
Bridal Salon: Lulu’s Bridal

Mr. & Mrs. Holubec: a Brunch Wedding at the Sanford House

John and Laura have been one of the sweetest couples I’ve ever worked with. I absolutely adore photographing them. At each of their sessions, magic happened! When Laura told me that they were having a brunch wedding with a donut cake and mimosas, I was even more excited! Side note: I personally live for brunch! It’s my favorite meal and I could eat it every single day. Enough about me and my love for waffles; picture time!

 

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Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Holubec! I loved everything about your wedding.

Photographer: Swan Photography
Venue: Sanford House Inn & Spa
Florist: Floralee
Donuts: Bakery Donuts
Dress: Ava’s Bridal

Chyanna + Spencer: An Austin Engagement Session

It makes me so happy when my friends get engaged, and Spencer was no exception. We went to high school and church together, and upon graduation he went off to the Air Force Academy, where he met Chy. They bonded over both having served missions for the LDS church, later falling in love.

We met up in Austin (the music capitol of Texas) for their fun filled engagement session. We started out in Zilker Park for a bit of a natural feel, then meandered over to the Hope Outdoor Gallery for a quirky pop of color. The pair will be committing to each other for time and all eternity this July in the Salt Lake City LDS temple.

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Mutual weirdness forever. ❤

Congratulations, you two! You’re the perfect match. Thank you so much for meeting me in Austin so I could document your love story.

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Forest + Falls 2017

This blog post is probably going to be pretty lengthy, so hang in there! It’s going to be pretty raw and personal as well. If you’d rather not read it and just see some photos from my trip, keep scrolling 😉

From April 23-27 I spent time with about 150 other creatives at a photography workshop in Tennessee. I had booked my ticket back in 2016 when I saw the lineup of photographers who I’ve admired for years. I had been so excited for this camp for months, y’all. If you know me personally, then you are aware that I suffer from anxiety and I’m an extreme introvert. I’m so socially awkward it hurts. It’s so bad that I’ve had people tell me (after they get to know me, of course) that they just thought I was a stuck up b**** because I wouldn’t approach anyone. It sucks to hear, and it’s the furthest thing from the truth, I just usually can’t bring myself to just walk up to people and open up. If someone approaches me, then it’s all fine, but it’s me taking the first step that’s the hard part. I went alone to Tennessee, which was about 13 hours away from home, one way. I didn’t know anyone personally, just a few casual FB acquaintances. I even posted in the Facebook group for the workshop about a week out letting people know how awkward and introverted I am. I was assured that there were a ton of people that were the same way, so I felt so much more comfortable going into it. When I drove up to the camp, my anxiety started to creep in. I shook it off and just went in to register, immediately striking up conversation with my soon-to-be roommate, Melissa. After getting signed in, I went to my cabin to begin unloading my stuff and was invited by a large group to come get a beer. While part of me was excited to be invited and involved already, the other part of me was screaming internally and I literally ran the other way, making the excuse that I had to keep unpacking. A few minutes later I convinced myself to go up, but hovered on the edges, doing my best to make conversation. How hard could it be? Everyone in the group were all there for the same reasons as me. So why couldn’t I just let go? The night went on and dinner was served. I was relieved to find a table with other quiet introverts where we could make casual conversation and people watch. I pretty much fangirled when I saw Ben Sasso and Ryan Muirhead (they’re the 2 I really wanted to learn from) and everyone at the table kind of laughed at me. Fast forward to 10:30 p.m. and Melissa and I decided to check in to the inn at the state park due to bathroom privacy issues. In hindsight, I feel like in doing so, I missed out on a lot of the connections from actually staying in the campground, but that room was almost a sanctuary to me at certain points. If you’re not an introvert, you probably don’t understand that being around large groups of people literally suck the energy out of you. The mornings were fine, but by night 2, I couldn’t even stay long enough to hear all of the speakers (sorry Benj Haisch!) because my anxiety was taking over so bad. After being so excited about this camp, the last thing I expected to do was hide away in a hotel room and cry… yet that happened on more than one occasion. As I sit here in my cozy little office at home, I’m so mad at myself for not just staying. Even after listening to Keely Montoya speak about overcoming anxiety, I couldn’t do it. I left on Wednesday evening in the middle of the styled shoots because I just couldn’t do it anymore. Instead of saying goodbye to the friends I made and photographing the beautiful models that were brought in for us in this gorgeous state park, I packed up my toaster on wheels and drove away, sobbing and so angry with myself. I should’ve gone up to the groups that I heard were going to shoot at the waterfalls or the suspension bridge. I should’ve just battled the feeling inside me harder. Instead I lost. I lost to my crippling anxiety. I lost out on making some gorgeous images in one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. I lost out on meeting some amazing people. I lost to the voice in my head saying I wasn’t good enough and that no one liked me.

It wasn’t all bad, though. The classes themselves were so, so, so informative. I came away with so much that I know it was worth it. Katch Silva reassured me that I was doing a good job and how to foster real emotions with my clients. Chad Braithwaite taught me to always have a backup or 5, and then when you have those in place, add in a couple more because losing images is not fun. Hearing the horror stories about corrupt cards, unhappy clients, theft, lawsuits, and melted computers from him and some of the other attendees made me cringe, but Chad’s Minion onesie definitely helped lighten the mood. Margaret Jacobsen taught me to see humanity everywhere and to “give no fucks” (**I apologize for anyone reading this that doesn’t like profanity. I, myself, swear pretty heavily, but I do my best to keep it in check around clients**). Sara Byrne spoke of confidence, brand building, and just being yourself, both in your business persona and how you actually are. Sam Hurd blew my mind with his magical in-camera creations. Cody Harris re-ignited my passion for travel (as if it needed it. My wanderlust is at an all time high right now), and explained that practice really does make perfect. No matter how long you’ve been a photographer or your skill level, everyone needs to practice. I do believe I was one of the first ones in the room for Ben Sasso’s class. He’s been one of my favorites for several years now, and his lesson about posing and directing did not disappoint. He also left us all with some pretty memorable quotes, like, “FUCK YEAH! I stayed that bitch DEAD!” and “We all have oceans of art inside us. Don’t let it die within you.” Ok, ok, so the first one was just for laughs. And sometimes even he isn’t pleased with every single shoot. The other one is so true. As photographers, we’re artists. We don’t just have a camera and click a button for a paycheck. For me, photography is about documenting different parts of life, savoring a moment that will otherwise be gone. My Dad has Alzheimer’s, and the photos of him throughout his life are so incredibly precious to me. He doesn’t really recognize me anymore, but sometimes when you show him photos from the past, he lights up and will occasionally tell you about what was happening in his life at the time. Gabe McClintock’s lesson segued pretty well from Ben’s, in that you need to create from the heart. “Create work from a personal place, not a public place,” he said. “Be honest with yourself and realize that you’re comparing your worst with the assumed best of someone else. You never see the entire story, only the highlight reel.” I know I can sometimes get jealous of what all the big name photographers in my area are doing, and how much they travel, etc. I’m human. It happens to all of us. But I know I just need to push myself to continually get better and remember that just a few years ago, I was shooting in little old Burkburnett, Texas and not much else. Now, I’ve been blessed to travel to Hawaii, Canada, Louisiana, Utah, and other amazing places. I feel that almost all of us start pretty small. I need to be more patient with my growth. And then there was the highlight of my entire trip to Tennessee: Ryan Muirhead. I think Ben described it perfectly when he said he has an “existential crisis” every time he listens to Ryan speak about his work. You guys, I was crying like a baby. Not only because of some of the subjects of his photos, but because his work touched me so deeply. It’s so raw, so beautiful, so real. It isn’t just about photographing pretty light and gorgeous wedding dresses. It’s about documenting reality, making the people that see your images feel something. I was at a loss for words. I remember calling my husband afterwards and just crying (yeah, I cried a lot this past week). He asked if I was upset, and that wasn’t it at all. I just felt… broken, but in a good way. I felt like Ryan really set my soul on fire. That may sound odd, but if you sit down and just listen to him, I bet you’ll feel the same way. The entire hall was silent for almost 3 hours. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time and I just didn’t want it to stop. Ryan, I know I thanked you in person afterwards, but it was probably all gibberish because I was crying so much. I connected so much because of the doubt, the anxiety, the weight from society’s expectations, the love for The Used, and the passion for photography. Even now, I’m not doing his speech justice in the least bit. It was an experience. It was earth shattering and life changing. If I would’ve spent as much as I did, driven as far as I did, and only got to hear Ryan speak for those several hours, it would’ve been worth it. Absolutely.

Now to lighten the mood with some pictures for all you TL;DR people!

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Phil Chester showing us how it’s done!

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The guy on the left is Paul and he had the most fantastic laugh I’ve ever heard. Seriously, it was infectious. Paul, you’re a gem.

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A little bit of iPhoneography from the hike down to Fall Creek Falls. My legs felt like Jell-O and then the hike back up… I thought I was going to die. It didn’t help that I was completely soaking wet. Cold water + skinny jeans + long, steep hike = exhaustion. Totally worth it though.

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These two are getting married in 2 weeks!

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These two have been married about a month. They were so in love! I could photograph them all day long.

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My original cabin was decked out with this awesome banner by Chelsea. I saw it and said, “I’m in the right place!”

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Suzy & Frank crushed it with the modeling game. So good!

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After shooting these two, I’ve decided that every couples session needs a hammock.

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Ryan Muirhead photographing Sam Hurd. I feel like my life is complete.

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Even though I may have lost to my stupid anxiety, I made some pretty great friends and overall had a fantastic time. HUGE shoutout to Cody and BJ who made all this happen. If you’re interested in going in 2018, it’s gonna be even more crazy. 5 days, 31 speakers. Until next year, friends!