It is so important to play and create things for fun when you are in the visual arts. I had been finding myself scouring through images on Pinterest and noticed a bit of a gap between what I was naturally consuming (lifestyle - beauty, food, sacred moments) and what I was producing (bridal). I was itching to create looks for my own portfolio that were non-bridal, but still extremely soft, romantic, and still within the realm of being achievable. I envisioned a very simplistic backdrop with great light to let the hair, makeup, and personality of each girl take center stage. I knew I wanted props, but only just a few.
I love working with brides. It is definitely a niche that requires a lot of warmth, listening, understanding, skill, patience, and love of the occasion. Many times I feel like instead of styling, I am treading in a sea of wedding-day-timeline matrices, switching around schedules like domino pieces, and making sure everything will get done well and on time.
One of the best pieces of advice that I have received is to create the art you want to see (thanks to Austin Kleon in his booklet Steal Like an Artist). Some of my favorite ways to relax on my days off are to go to the farmer's market, get a cup of really really good coffee, and snuggle up with a book. So I had this idea to create looks I would want to wear, for activities I enjoy, with a hint of romanticism.
I am so thankful that Nancy of Nancy Ray Photography said yes to this. Quick background: Nancy and I met in 7th grade and were best friends by 9th grade. Even then, she would tell me "Sam, I want to be a photographer and have a studio in my house some day," and she would read books on photography technique. That's Nancy for you, you guys. She would always invite me to get in front of the camera as a guinea pig and for that reason too many blackmail photos and also my favorite life images exist.
Brooke and Priscilla of the Mim's House were gracious hosts, and I am so thankful! The Mim's house has beautiful, historic walls and great light, with plenty of space indoors and outdoors for all of us to move around.
Katie, Hannah Grace, and Kristin were so amazing to hop on board and let me create looks on them. We chose items of clothing from their own wardrobe to keep things authentic and simple. No false lashes or smoky eyes for this one. Just real life!
I am so proud of the way these images turned out. Nancy had the suggestion to go ahead and submit them, and Style Me Pretty Living was so wonderful to publish the hairstyles in particular with some tutorial steps from myself. I hope everyone has enjoyed them! And seriously - if you try one of these looks, can you tag or message or let me know somehow?! I'd love to see!
A very special thank you to Nikelle of Wylde Flowers for her lovely bouquet, Stephanie Drummond for assisting in creative direction & styling, Aislinn Cobb for helping look after Kristen's beautiful kiddos, and my husband John for being there and cheering me on!
With blush & bobby pins,