February GoalsFebruary 3, 2014

Valentine's Flowers

Ah, sweet February. Somehow this month always seems rather hopeful. Maybe it’s because we’re inching closer to spring and I’m generally past the post-holiday doldrums. Maybe it’s Valentine’s Day. Or it’s the 2014 Olympics?! I’m excited about this month just because of that!

This February I have no weddings, and I’m hoping to soak up this restful time before crazy March hits. I’m envisioning afternoon naps with Rosie, getting caught up on business and branding stuff, reading some good books, keeping up with my BALANCE New Year’s resolution and turning those goals into habits (hello stretching every night and drinking more water).

After completing almost every, single one of my goals in January (man, does that feel good), I’m looking forward to an equally successful Feruary!

  • Read two books (25 in 12): The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe and Film is Not Dead by Jonathan Canlas (I was an overachiever in January and read three books instead of my two. I highly recommend I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and will be doing a review soon!)
  • Start exploring film (super excited for this one!)
  • Set up Square
  • Eat desserts only once a week (we’re attempting to rid ourselves of our sugar addiction! Healthy/Natural > Processed)
  • Finish up month #1 of Insanity (I forgot to take skiing into account last month!) and finish most of month #2
  • File taxes
  • Finish 2013 vendor discs (I’m so embarrassed that I’m still working on these! Whew, got to get them done!)
  • Finalize all branding except for website
  • Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a fun date night!
  • See two more Oscar-nominated movies (I like to have an opinion while watching the Oscars. American Hustle was great! I’m hoping to see Dallas Buyers Club and Philomena next!)
  • Go through all old magazines and get RID of them
  • Organize our junk room.
  • Host friends for dinner and try new recipes
  • Continue working on my good-side split (per #93 on my 101 list)

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2013 | Behind the ScenesJanuary 23, 2014

I’ve had a “Behind the Scenes” folder sitting on my desktop for more than a year just asking to be shared (so, spoiler, a couple of these are from before 2013!). I figure it’s about that time. :) Note: Being a wedding photographer is NOT as glamorous as it may seem.

Behind the Scenes at a Wedding

Oh, my awesome assistant Emily. This girl is fantastic and has photographed about 20 weddings with me over the past few seasons. She’s going to go out on her own this year (SO bittersweet for me!), but I thought it only appropriate to share how great she is through these hilarious photos. Emily is the best at posing for me while I test my light. Obviously, she’s giving a toast here.

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I asked Nathan to pretend he was at a wedding reception so I could test my off-camera flash. What a ham.

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I have approximately 156 photos of Emily at the front of churches.

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If only I was a liiiitle bit taller!

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This is my I-really-really-really-hope-it-doesn’t-rain face. Thanks to my friend Brittany for the photo!

And speaking of which …

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Brittany is the dog whisperer. For real.

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At any given time, you will find Nathan flexing. And Markie being cute!

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Hahaha, these are my favorites. Emily is a pro at acting out whatever might be happening when I’m not just testing my light. The couple ran through sparklers just a few minutes later, duh.

Behind the Scenes at a Wedding

Shout out to Anthony Codispoti! He’s not really part of the LBP team, but he’s an awesome videographer. Check him out. No, really.

Behind the Scenes at a Wedding

Working for a fraternity for five years taught me how to hang with the guys (among lots of other things!).

Behind the Scenes at a Wedding

I wear dresses to weddings (you will notice the same ones over and over again. I need to expand my wedding wardrobe!) so I blend in with the guests. See, you can’t find me, right?

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Carolyn is looking mighty fierce. Emily didn’t get my memo. :)

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Cute Brittany!

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This photo isn’t in focus but it cracks me up. Nathan is talking to me so seriously, almost like he’s NOT wearing a clown nose and feather boa. This was our first photobooth!

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Oh, Emily. I’m going to miss having you along at weddings!

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Hahaha, the secret’s out.

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Nathan really wanted to get his hair did, but I had to remind him that we were there to work.

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She’s literally singing in the rain! It’s always a good time with this girl!

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And we’ll end with the photobooth! HUGE props (no pun intended!) to Nathan and his assistant, Matt, for all their hard work at each and every wedding.

Behind the Scenes at a Wedding

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2013 Client Holiday GiftsJanuary 20, 2014

I love gifting my clients with a little something fun around the holidays, and I start thinking about it months in advance. I am sooo incredibly grateful for all the brides and grooms who trust me to document one of the biggest days of their lives that it only makes sense to spoil them a little!

This year, I decided on a “my favorite things” theme, complete with my favorite tea (Muggswigz Orange Market Spice), a Volcano candle from Anthropologie, colorful Le Pens, salty caramel sauce from my very favorite Sweetie Fry, and an inspirational print.

Photography Client Gifts

I use color-coded Le Pens in my Simplified Planner to help keep me organized. Yes, I am a nerd.

Photography Client Gifts

The idea to make tea bags from loose Orange Market Spice tea came from fellow photographer Mikaela Ruth. Tea filters are such a great and easy way to enjoy loose-leaf tea!

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The lovely Rachelle Sartini Garner, who is currently working on my re-brand, designed my holiday cards. She is one talented lady!

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Rachael & Nick | Canton Ohio Winter WeddingJanuary 17, 2014

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One of my very favorite things about weddings is family. The bride and groom becoming their own family unit, two families becoming one and family members from all over the world coming together to celebrate. I love observing the bride and groom with those they love most, happy that everyone is in one place, at least for a little while.

Rachael and Nick have awesome families. I know their marriage will be strong and supported because they have fantastic people behind them every step of the way. Watching them with their families was my very favorite thing about their wedding. That and seeing the two of them get married in Rachael’s home church, which was so very important to her. (Fun fact: My mom was Rachael’s youth minister and she got to marry them!)

Rachael and Nick, you guys are just fantastic. What an honor it was to photograph your marriage. Thank you for the privilege!

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Nick was a little nervous before the ceremony, but his groomsmen kept him laughing during portraits. :)

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It was a tad frigid outside. Needless to say, these ladies are awesome!

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Rachael. You are gorgeous.

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Rachael’s aunt put together all the beautiful flowers, most of which were complete with peacock details!

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Such a sweet moment between Rachael and her dad …

and Nick and his mom.

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This picture cracks me up. These kids had about enough of the slow dances and just wanted to get out on the dance floor! (See below.)

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Ceremony: Trinity United Church of Christ
Reception: La Pizzaria
Florist: Cathy Cowgill Flowers
Bakery: All Occasions Bakery
DJ: Beach Boyz Entertainment
Hair Stylist: Sherry McAfee
Makeup Artist: Nate Sexton
Bride’s Dress: Linde’s, Mori Lee
Bride’s Shoes: Michaelangelo
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Linde’s, Bill Levkoff
Tuxes: American Commodore, Ralph Lauren
Honeymoon: Hawaii!

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