Every wedding I've ever photographed was a celebration of love and commitment filled with happy tears and beautiful touching moments. I absolutely love being a part of such wonderful events and I never take it lightly! I take great care of not missing any little moments and delivering the gallery that tells the story of the day in full!
That's why I love starting my day with photographing all the details the bride and groom put so much thought into! Everything has to be captured - from the wedding dress and grandma's handkerchief to the fun groom's socks and vow books. Shooting details serves as a creative warm-up for me and sets the stage for the whole wedding day!
To assure you get those wonderful detail shots from your wedding day, set some time for it in your timeline. I usually work on those while my brides are still in the early stages of your hair and makeup.
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Still swooning over this gorgeous bouquet! Such a pretty combination of textures and colors, especially love that little pop of orange!
I find myself loving colorful bold florals more and more every day! It's such a fun way to brighten the day and make it feel like a party right away! Truly hope to see more fun textures, colors, and shapes implemented in wedding designs this year!
Just finished writing down my resolutions, plans, and dreams for 2019. I've never done it before and to be honest it was a lot of fun until it got scary! What if at the end of the year nothing gets done? What if I'm actually not as good as I want myself to be? To ambitious? (Is it even a thing?) I was sitting behind my desk for what seemed like forever, thinking of all the failures, all the things that can go wrong. Then, my mind got calm, my thought clear. Just like that!
Here the conclusion I came to - setting goals and dreaming are good things. Being a little scared is natural. We can only achieve our big goals by pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone, stretching our abilities and trying new things. Nothing can be changed towards better in a blink, it requires a lot of time, work and dedication.
I'm going to do my best to accomplish all the things I wrote down today, but most importantly I will try my hardest to always stay kind, spend a lot of time with my loved ones, and learn from my mistakes!
During this season I often find myself reflecting on the past year, all the events that happened, places I visited, people I met, and love stories I had a chance to capture.
Life rarely goes according to the plan, but I guess it's the magic of it. I had my high and lows this year, I've been both happy and upset, but I'll surely remember my 2018 as a year that brought some absolutely wonderful people into my life (both professionally and personally), taught me how to stay strong and positive, showed me that I can do much more than I sometimes think I can!
This truly makes me so excited to continue my journey, learn and meet new friends, I can not wait already for what the next year will bring!
What is your highest point of this year and what are you excited about in the next one?
A good holiday season should look something like these shoes, classy with a little blink 👌
So how is yours? Do you feel festive already? Have your tree up? Already making sugar cookies? Or maybe you can't believe December is already here and you still have too much work to worry about decorations and other holiday nonsense?
So many travels lately! Just got back from Lake Chelan and am already on my way to Roche Harbor, and I'm still planning our trip to Europe this fall! I already have so many places in my bucket list! If you have any recommendations for Netherlands and Belgium, send them my way ❤
What's you travel plans for this year? Any fun destinations?
Holy moly! Can you believe it's August already? 🐥 This summer is rushing past me with a crazy speed! Funny how, when you're little, parents tell you that time goes by much faster once you grow up, and you're like "meh, whatever". I remember how long a season felt when I was in my early teens, so many things could change in three months! Now, time goes by so fast, things happen so quickly! I guess it's just one more reason to take it all in and enjoy every moment 🍃
Editing this shoot today and can't stop admiring this full of blooms elegant bouquet by @mariegracedesign
I've honestly always been a fan of bigger bouquets with lots of greenery, but this one makes me reconsider 😍
I'm full of tips and tricks on how to make people feel more comfortable in front of the camera, still, I can't help myself but feel a bit awkward when it's my turn to get my photos done 🤣 And, you know, it is normal to feel that way, especially at the beginning of the session. Not a lot of people are used to having a camera pointed at them and it's the photographer's job to make them feel beautiful and relaxed.
I believe, one of the best things a photographer can do, besides being fun and encouraging all the way throughout the session, is to check what is your favorite side for pictures. From my experience, about a half of ladies that I get a chance to photograph have a favorite side! I know I do too, and I know I would almost never show or post my pictures from the side I don't like.
Recently I listened to an audiobook that I absolutely hated... well, maybe not hated, but definitely had this wired unpleasant feeling about. The idea was appealing, but the execution clearly had some room for improvement. Throughout the whole book I was waiting for it to recover itself, just become fun and start making sense, but when the book ended, I had so many questions about the plot and the characters of the story.
There was one little thing that spoke to me though. The main character kept telling himself "Think of the solution, not the problem". I didn't really get it at first and didn't pay much attention to this phrase. Only yesterday, when I had this "self-reflection" moment again, I found myself remembering this saying! It totally changed my perspective. Instead of focusing on the problems, I intentionally started thinking of how I can fix it! Seems simple enough, but it saved me from weeks of anxiety!
I had a lovely dog play/coffee date with Petra from @beauforteventsco today and we had a great talk about the wedding industry in general and our businesses in particular. Sometimes it gets really overwhelming to run your own little business, constantly try to set it apart from everybody else's, provide an outstanding customer service to your clients, maintain your social media, find your own vision in the world of Pinterest and Instagram, and more! Even thinking of so many things is a lot.
That being said, I chose to become a photographer because I love it more than anything else, I love the artistic side of it, I love capturing such important parts of people's lives and I love constantly learning about my craft. It's easy to get lost in the hustle, but we need to remind ourselves why we decided to do what we do. This is what keeps us going.
I always loved sunny days more than overcast ones, especially for photos. Sunlight brings all that pretty warm glow to the images and makes them look radiant. This last week though, I can't help myself but wish for some clouds and maybe even rain! This weather is simply insane!
That's exactly how I never look behind the camera 😂 Except that one and only time when @juliannajphotography and I got up before the sun and went to Joshua Tree to get some cute photos of each other! The 3am alarm and a 2-hour drive was totally worth it and I would do it again any time!
As some of you might know I just got back from Ukraine, and even though it was a personal trip I couldn't resist this beautiful shoot with @kvitalnya and @alenaleenabridal ❤ Thanks for such fun evening, ladies!
How pretty is that braid by @lisaboehmbeauty ? I adore when brides are getting a little creative and chose some untraditional hair options over classic up-dos (which I also love, don't get me wrong here 😉). To be completely honest, I would probably just get some beach waves for my own wedding day as I don't have nearly enough length for much else 😂
Loving when we get that beautiful golden light here in PNW! It's one of my favorite light scenarios and I always suggest my clients start their session two hours before the scheduled sunset when the light is the dreamiest. It allows us to get those romantic soft images and gives us time to fit in two outfits in one session!
Oh hi, it's just me being sassy and dancing on a beach during sunrise, ya know.
Anyways, today is almost Friday and I decided it's right about time for #fridayintroductions ! Why today? Because I strongly believe in underpromise-overdeliver strategy. So here we go, 3 things you might've not known about me. Flashback edition.
My mom always dreamed to become a doctor and even dissected a frog with a kitchen knife when she was little (kids don't know mercy...). So I thought I'll make my mom's dream come true and become a doctor myself until one day in 9th grade I realized that I'm so not interested in it.
I was 18 when I saw mountains for the first time in my life! It seems a bit crazy to me now, considering that I live surrounded by them now! But I grew up in a completely flat area and didn't travel much until I graduated from school.
I spent a lot of time at my grandma's when I was little and loved that time so very much. I can't wait to go to Ukraine and visit my favorite childhood place in less than a month from now!
Love soft simple feminine portraits, ones that showcase the beauty of the subject, bring all the attention to the face and offer no destructions for the eye of the viewer.
When I look at this particular portrait I love to think that my life would feel like that someday - clear, simple, confident, with no distractions. I love to think that, but I also know that it would most certainly never be as easy as that. Life is complex and even though it might feel like such a hot mess at times, there is always light. I now learn to embrace that, I learn to create time and space for myself to be present, reflect on things and see that light.
Things that helped me personally are yoga, long dog walks, and healthier food habits. These allow me to take a better care of myself and create an opportunity for me to take a better care of the people I love and my clients, they allow me to become a happier person and (I want to believe) a better artist.
I hope my burst of thoughts here will inspire you to pause and add on a little more self-care to your routine!
Looking back at this photo from our fourth-anniversary session last year makes me realize how fast the time is flying! I remember so clearly how we first started dating, moved in together, moved to another city and then to another country together! Those years flew by so fast, and I'm more than sure it's not going to slow down!
More and more I find myself analyzing my past work, looking back, thinking of how I can improve the photographs I'm taking. It's a constant struggle that can be pretty unsettling, but I accepted it as a part of myself long ago. After all, self-critique is what makes me moving towards my goals and dreams.
I'm always learning. I'm always thriving to create better photographs. The once that mean something to me and to the once in it. In the wedding industry, it's easy to get lost in the little pretty details and forget the "why" behind all the decor, the story those photographs suppose to tell.
This greyishness and cold outside make me want to crawl under my blanket, eat too many sweets (I would definitely not mind a piece of that gorgeous cake by @thesweetsideseattle ) drink hot cocoa and watch movies all day long! Ahhh!
So bad I can't actually do that as I have too much work to do 🙈
I think it'd be fun to share a few random things about me! Don't judge! Hah!
When I was 17 I was obsessed with all Tarantino and Guy Ritchie movies. I watched them over and over. I think it wasn't healthy...
I listen to all kind of music except country. Country is evil and makes me cringe.
My favorite color is aquamarine or muted light green. That said, I don't have anything of those colors, I just like looking at them.
Once I made a mistake of saying "do whatever" to a hairstylist and she cut my hair so short I looked like a bad version of Natalie Portman from Leon. It was 1.5 years ago...
I love plants and flowers but I have hard time keeping them alive. There is just one palm-kind-of-a-plant at my place that seems to feel alright. #shame
I feel like most of the things I shared are bit embracing, but there's all the fun right?
Spring is the season of love, fresh greenery, and bird songs. It's certainly my most favorite time of year and I can't describe in words how inspired by all the things around I feel.
That being said, mid/late spring is also a great time for engagement sessions. If you still aren't sure whether you should have your engagement photos taken by your wedding photographer or not, head over to my latest blog to learn why you should consider it!
I was so excited to wake up to the first day of spring today! All the tiny leaves and more sun every day make my soul so happy 💚
Today I make an exception and finishing up working earlier than usual so I can take Susy for a walk and enjoy some of that beautiful weather! We all know that sun wouldn't stay long 😅
Happy Valentine's day everybody!
Beyond happy and grateful for this guy being always by my side ❤
Do you have any special plans with you other half for tonight?
4 10514 February, 2018
My heart couldn't be happier than when I hear from my clients "You made it so fun and easy!" when the session is over!
For lots of people taking their photos done is an overwhelming process. If you are one of those people and you've ever said "I feel so awkward in front of cameras", I'm here for you with a few tips!
First - Plan your session ahead. Know where you're going and when, if you need any permits to get there, what is the best time of the day and year to shoot at the location you chose, etc. Having all things nailer down ahead of time will definitely help you feel more relaxed during the actual session!
Second - Wear outfits that you LOVE! It might be pretty obvious, but I'll word it - when you feel comfortable and beautiful in what you're wearing, you actually look that way and it shows in your photos!
Last but not least - Hire the photographer whose work you like and whom you trust! This one will make a huge difference in a way your photos come up. Trust is crucial and when you know your photographer can take a good care of you on the shoot, fix your hair when needed, make sure you turned to the camera with your best side (right girls!?), then you can simply relax and enjoy the process, you know photos will look great! ❤
Here is a little sneak from the Bohemian session I did about a month ago in #easternwashington .
I had an idea to do a bohemian styled shoot in mind for quite some time and just was waiting for sun and warmth. I planned it, gathered all the props and found everybody for this session by myself. Every little detail I got at the different antique and thrift stores, it took me THREE months to find everything I wanted. Candlesticks, little antique glass box, glasses, fabrics for the tent, pearls for the bridal belt, tray, pillows etc.
I will share little bits of this session every week and I hope you would love it as much as I do!
Chad & Brandon's engagement session just joined the blog! ❤️💛💚💙💜 Don't miss this post, those love birds are the sweetest!
Follow the link in my bio to check the full session out and let me know what do you think!
It was like a double date, but instead of going to a restaurant we went to Discovery park to practice some shooting and posing techniques for the wedding season and to try the "client's shoes" on ourselves 👠