First Place Winner | Boardwalk Empire Editorial for Solution's Bridal

posted on: Wednesday, June 12, 2013

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Marissa was art directing the shoot I was being invited to join and when I heard her say that she was thinking a 1920′s style with sparkling headpieces and a slinky gown on the boardwalk I couldn’t say no. I had a fantastic time working with this creative team. We also won first place! 

Creative Team: 
Art Director & Stylist: Marissa, Solutions Bridal 
Photography: Becka Robinson, By The Robinsons 
Cinema: Imprint Cinema 
Makeup Artist: Flawless Faces by Alicia 
 Hair Styling: Jasmine Santiago 
Model: Lindsey

Jeff & Vanessa on Black Frame Spectra

posted on: Tuesday, June 4, 2013

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I brought one of my vintage Polaroid cameras, my Polaroid Spectra, to Vanessa and Jeff’s wedding at Cypress Grove Estate House to play with one of my favorite films, Black Frame Spectra from The Impossible Project. The camera is from the 1980′s and shoots a wide polaroid image.

Each of my polaroids is different, and being vintage, they each have their own quirks. This Spectra produces dreamy and slightly ghostly white edges on most of the frames. It’s almost like you are looking through a tiny keyhole to a black and white dream. These are my three favorite frames from the Spectra of the day. I especially am in absolute head over heels love with the first frame below-a double exposure of Vanessa in her dress and veil layered with beautiful wildflowers on the property.

A SURPRISE Wedding...

posted on: Saturday, June 1, 2013

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I will admit, I did think it was strange when I found out that my mom’s fiance had invited his kids from Iowa to come to the beach weekend. But even stranger, he had invited some of his old family friends from Iowa. My mom said it was as a thank you for helping him in the recent past. Of course, we all believed her. My mom never lies.

My mom may have fooled everyone. But not me. I figured it out about a day before we left Orlando. I told Nate that I had a feeling. And we packed an extra camera. We were told by my mom that we had to arrive NO LATER THAN 5pm for a special dinner the first night that she had planned. She was strangely adamant about the time. I made sure to straighten my hair and put on makeup… just in case. 

When Lee (her fiance) came knocking on our hotel room door at 5:05 to hurry us out to a group of everyone except my mom I knew I was right. I whispered to Nate to get the camera out and set it for me. By the time I handed Cadence off to my aunt, my mom had stepped out of her hotel room in the most beautiful dress I’d ever seen. I looked around at faces that had no idea what was happening still. “Don’t you look nice!” a few voices said. It was like time stood still.

My Uncle (who was not supposed to be there) popped out from around the corner. Everyone looked at him, confusion for his sudden presence mixed with excitement to see his face. “Well I don’t know about you guys, but I’m here for a wedding! Follow me!” he shouted. Cheers and laughter erupted as one by one all the family and friends figured it out. Everyone except my aunt that is. Who figured it out once we arrived at the ceremony location on the beach and then freaked out for my camera. (Thanks Aunt Laura for the best photos of your surprised face!)

My mom’s brother officiated the beautiful and short ceremony under three palm trees and beside an altar of beach boulders and stones. Cheers, champagne, and surprise rounds of shots from fellow resort-goers awaited us all back at the hotel. And then we spent the weekend celebrating my Mom and Lee who are now on their honeymoon in the Florida Keys.

This is what it’s about ya’ll. It’s not about a banquet hall or a building. It’s not about the lighting or the matching bridesmaid dresses. It’s not about the mason jars or the handmade boutonni√®res or the details at all. It’s not about the timeline or the hair and makeup trials. It’s not about keeping up with the Joneses, so to speak. It’s not about the perfect order and having everything and everyone in their own perfect places. It’s about people, and promises. Strip it all down to just family and friends who love you. To vowed promises to love someone else, To happiness and the kind of hugs that only family can give. And, okay, a round or two of apple pie shots. This is the stuff wedding albums are made of you guys.

"I Never Wanted To Grow Roses"...

I am so excited to share this project with you. It is very close to my heart. The idea for this project (and other future projects in this style) came years ago. I had been waiting for a perfect story to tell in this style before jumping into the idea. As photographers we get to capture pieces of time. Physical pieces of it in the form of light and energy and transform it into something tangible that you can hold in your hands and remember. We can take a photo, using tricks of composition and light, and make you look at whatever we want you to be looking at. We have both the honor and the heavy task of documenting once in a lifetime moments before they are lost forever to the shadows of time. But weddings aren’t the only stories. And still photographs aren’t the only way to tell them. 

I first got the idea for storytelling in this way from a slideshow I saw on Time Magazine’s website. It was of a sweet 16 birthday party. It was a video, with video style sound. But the images were still photographs. I thought, how interesting to make a movie of split seconds instead of motion. To be able to freeze a moment but then allow someone’s mind to put it into motion by listening to the sounds associated with it. I knew I wanted to tell some stories in this way. But who? And how? 

 When my grandfather, who I grew up living less than a mile away from, told me on the phone that he had Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Diseases it immediately came to me that my first attempt at a project of this type would need to be with him. He has had overflowing gardens of roses, azaleas, and orchids for as long as I can remember. He has been given the distinguished honor of the title “Master Rosarian” for his skill in growing and showing the most beautiful roses. Sadly, his green thumb did not genetically get passed down to me so the story of his garden and images of him in it are precious memories to me. I wanted to capture them for myself and for Cadence to give these memories immortality.

I hope to do a lot more storytelling like this in the future. 

I hope you enjoy this very short story about my Nano, the Master Rosarian, as he tells how he first got into the art of growing roses…

Then Come Kiss Me...

"In delay there lies no plenty, then come kiss me sweet and twenty. Youth's a stuff will not endure." 

Wendy & Greg's Boardwalk Wedding at Disney

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So this is love, mhmhmmmm, so this is love. 
So this is what makes life divine. 
I'm all aglow, mhmhmmmm, and now I know.
The key to all heaven is mine. 
My heart has wings, mhmhmmmm, and I can fly,
I'll touch every star in the sky. 
So this is the miracle, that I've been dreaming of...
So this is love.