Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A Bryan Photo Workshop 2010

A Bryan Photo's 2010 workshop was flooded with eager artists longing to perfect their trade. Coming from D.C., Wyoming, Minnesota, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Georgia; I could not have hand picked a better group of people. By the end of our three days together we all consider ourselves friends! The group ranged from experienced to novice, but an interesting observation was that shooting with film made any photographer giddy with excitement. The idea of not having an unlimited amount of exposures was scary but at the same time so exhilarating. Everyone was taught to slow down, focus on composition and to be instinctive. The relationship was not with the back of your camera, but with your subject.   

I wanted our models to be moving and interacting which would draw more natural emotion. I set up a couple of stations with props which the photographer could use freely to accent the shots. The first station was "The Picnic." Here I had a beautiful quilt, a large mason jar with flowers, and a picnic basket with apples and sandwiches. The second station was next to the barn siding. I had given the photographers the choice of two glasses of champagne or if you wanted to get goofy, my very own hand cut lips and mustaches! The last station was set by the beautiful glade of trees. There I offered a thermos full of warm homemade hot chocolate and a box of handmade marshmallows! Oh yeah, I almost forgot, I brought a tandem bike down from my aunt and uncles house in Huntsville, but unfortunately it only made one shot because of all the rain. 

Here are a few selects from our photo shoot at the Sonnet House in Birmingham, Alabama:

Friday, January 7, 2011

Kandis and Eric

Working with Kandis and Eric really was a pleasure. Their excitement about their new baby was so evident and we are all anticipating his arrival with much joy.

I was able to incorporate both a pop of color and a point of interest with the French yellow patent leather chair that was bought in a Estate Sale in Nashville as well as the industrial stool found at the Nashville flea market.

Lauren and Gabriel

Bryan Johnson captured the feeling of this cold December morning effortlessly. Looking at this shoot makes me want to cozy up to a warm cup of Joe at my favorite coffee shop. I can almost hear the sound of porcelain clanging over the quiet murmur of visiting friends. This was Lauren and Gabriel's perfect date in NYC... Over cappuccino and a quiet stroll through central park they reminisced on their engagement and talked with excitement about what is to come.  

Here, at Cafe Lalo, is where Gabriel choose to propose to Lauren. It's located on the Upper West Side and is famous for the movie, "You've Got Mail". 

When it came to laying down the concept for the day, it was obvious where to start. After Cafe Lalo, we did what I thought was the most natural thing to do and that was take a stroll through near by Central Park. With the fur hats that Laren and Gabriel brought everything came together for a pleasant and truly intimate shoot. 

Lauren and Matt

So back in October, A Bryan Photo put together their second annual "NYC Lifestyle Shoot Giveaway Competition." The competition was hosted on wedding inspiration blog, Snippet and Ink and this year Lauren and Matt's story/video deservingly won!  

Having voted for Lauren and Matt myself, I was absolutely thrilled when Bryan Johnson asked me to come to New York and style his NYC City Christmas Shoot! 

We started in the West Village at Sweet Revenge and wound our way through the cobblestone streets to a unique bookstore, Three Lives & Company

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Lauren and Zane

I met Lauren and Zane in Charleston, SC, for their engagement shoot with Bryan Johnson. I couldn't imagine an easier and more fun couple to style.Their day was filled with fun events all around Charleston. We rented bikes, bought flowers, had oysters at Amen Street and finished the day with cupcakes at the cutest bakery, Sugars.

I had so much fun planning and styling their day!