wedding day firsts | baltimore wedding photographer

You know what I hope for all of my brides? That the wedding planning process is going more smoothly than this month’s weather has been acting… what is up with mother nature?! This morning I¬†woke up to snow falling steadily outside as it stuck to the ground for a few hours before melting quickly as temperatures rose to the 50s by 4pm.

While gearing up for our final coordination meeting this week for our first wedding of the year, I wanted to take a breath and invite you to relive some of my favorite ‘first’ moments from last year (and some from the year before)… I’m pretty sure they’ll be just what you need, if you’re in the mood to smile! ūüôā

first morning waking up to this view at rixey manor!

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first time wearing betsey johnson’s shoes.

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first time seeing her dad, as a bride.

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first time seeing her girls, as a bride.

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first time celebrating¬†their anniversary in a greenhouse…

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on a flower farm…

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and in a cornfield.

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first time crossing (close!) paths with a rooster.

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first time pouring beer into your fiance’s mouth and not spilling it.

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first time hearing “introducing mr. and mrs…”

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first time a bride embraced her curly hair and kept it down during the wedding.

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first look to end all first looks.

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first dance hilarity.

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first married walk in fells = photo bomb time!

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Here’s to a fabulously memorable 2017 wedding year ahead! May the weather be manageable¬†and your smile always just a tiny bit brighter than the sun… ūüôā

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debbie + mitchell | remington wine company | baltimore anniversary photographer

Those of you who remember Chesapeake Wine Company, will remember it for the neighborhood fixture that it was when Debbie + Mitchell owned it. As one of our original #urpcouples, their wedding reception at the CWC store itself speaks to the charm and vitality that exuded from it! Fast forward 5 years to their newest labor of love, Remington Wine Company, adjacent to R House. After investing so much of their blood, sweat and tears into renovating this space to be the inviting local wine shop that it is, it was the obvious choice for an anniversary photoshoot!

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Mitchell’s passion for wine and knowledge of the process, industry and small-business ownership is invigorating. Debbie’s love for supporting local food talent, understanding¬†well-designed spaces and establishing an inviting yet unique sensibility to¬†their new Remington¬†store, has created¬†the perfect blend.

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how to make a floral crown (and have fun while doing it!) | everyday rose events | wedding inspiration

If you’re considering making flower crowns for your bridesmaids and/or flower girls to wear on your wedding day,¬†you’ve come to the right place…

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The flower crown making at our workshop at Bird in Hand in Charles Village (Baltimore’s new cafe and bookshop in one), was ON POINT! Mallory, owner and designer at¬†Everyday Rose Events, led the Galentine’s group and broke it down into extremely manageable steps. ūüôā

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But first, a little history…

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Besides being beautiful accessories for special occasions, did you know flower crowns are full of tradition and meaning? They have been a symbol of love, fertility and celebration throughout history and around the world. They date as far back as ancient Greece where they were worn to honor the Gods.

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These design tips are helpful to keep in mind:

  • After measuring twine to the right length for your head, cover twine in foliage. Secure to twine with floral tape or wire.

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  • Cut flowers leaving 2-3 inches of the stem.

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  • Secure flowers with wire, remember to leave the end of the wire facing out so it doesn‚Äôt poke you in the head!

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  • Decide if you want a symmetrical or asymmetrical crown.

 

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  • Spray final product with water – flowers will still soak up water through the petals/leaves.

flower-crowns-baltimore-wedding-photographer_0005I think my favorite tip that Mallory shared was to take a break if you get frustrated and sip some ros√©… you may actually like your friend’s crown better than yours, at first. Workshops are great for¬†that – inspiration, creativity and education all in one place! After a few sips of wine, all is right in the world of beautiful blooms and headpiece accessories! ūüôā

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After all the crowns were assembled, we had to head outside for a mini-photoshoot… and let’s just say, these ladies were the definition of gorgeous and oh-so-photogenic!

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FAVORITE!!!

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Strike a pose.

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If you’d like to be a part of our next workshop,¬†get in touch with me or Mallory! We can’t wait to add more pretty to your¬†days… ūüôā

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…love, it’s in the details.

“What the world needs now, is love, sweet love…”

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Love comes in many shapes, sizes, colors and textures. We all know this. But what we often forget and fail to see, is how gorgeous and memorable an event can be when you collaborate with others and let each artist contribute their talents.

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my role¬†in the wedding industry, it’s that giving a professional¬†the freedom to be creative and express their passion, can result in an experience far superior¬†than the initial concept ever was.

Our sugar and spice inspired styled shoot is a testament to that and was featured on Charm City Wed earlier this week!! I was honored to have worked with so many talented local artists Рhere is a small sampling of what we accomplished (and much more to come in a future post)! Hand crafted details like these are some of my favorite things to photograph because so much love, care, effort and knowledge has gone into their final look!

The most important¬†thing I learned from our shoot is to overestimate how much time you’ll need to capture them all. Because like most events you plan and look forward to for months (here’s looking at you, wedding day), the sun will literally set faster than it ever has before…

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A romantic relationship is similarly¬†about passion, give and take and trust. To those of you heading out on your first date tonight, embrace¬†that butterflies-in-your-stomach feeling. ūüėČ I was in your shoes¬†11 years ago tonight and I can happily say that feeling is still there… 8.5 years of marriage and 2 kids later.

 

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To those of you getting engaged tonight, well, I just hope you have more of an idea that it may be coming than I did (ha!), and you have an amazing outfit chosen for that¬†first photo of you with your¬†FIANCE!¬†Or, at least some sparkly¬†jewelry…

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And when you’ve taken enough deep breaths to wrap your head around the fact that you’ll soon be a Mrs., it’s time to start adding another element to your daily getting ready routine: polishing that BLING!¬†ūüėČ

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To the newlyweds out there, get dressed up and hold hands as you head out on this¬†adventure. It won’t be long until you’re ready for dessert…

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And to the non-DINKS, my married with kids crew,¬†enjoy the process of creating a date night that’s different than your usual netflix-on-the-couch-with-a-bottle-of-red-wine. There’s nothing wrong with that, but maybe just for tonight, it should be a bottle of ros√© as¬†you slow dance in your living room to your wedding song.

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Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! I wish you nothing but the sweetest of memories to be made!

Not possible without the most talented vendor team in the land:
Floral Farm: Butterbee Farm
Floral Design: Everyday Rose Events
Hair and Makeup: Beyond Brides
Jewelry: Rachel Mulherin
Cakes: WinniE’s Bakery
Tea: Wight Tea
Dress: Rent The Runway
Bowtie: xoelle

xoxo,
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6 tips for timeless getting ready wedding day photos

The most stunning getting ready photos are full of incredibly emotional moments that often have had a lot more thought go into them than you may realize… after 5 years of capturing¬†weddings,¬†the question I get asked the most is¬†related to how much time to allow for these photos. While answering that question with¬†a number is helpful (approximately 3 hours +/- before the ceremony is when I like to arrive at your getting ready location, FYI), there’s so much more to it than just a portion of time!

Here are some critical¬†lessons I’ve learned, in the hopes that it’ll help with your planning and create a seamless and relaxing getting ready experience!

  1. Location, location, location… there’s no such thing as too much natural light!!!

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    Spacious rooms are great, but if I had to choose between a large space and one with many large¬†windows, it would definitely be the latter. Of course, spacious AND¬†well-lit would be a photographer’s¬†dream, but prioritize the light and let it guide you. ūüėČ ¬†When light is coming in from various angles, it washes you in a softness that compliments everyone and gives your images that dreamy, ethereal quality.

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    Bonus points if the area right against the window is clear¬†and open –¬†standing close to the light source is ideal.¬† If there are a few items to move out of the way, having your bridesmaids help relocate these¬†items would be a great thing to do before your photographer arrives!

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    And if you need to remove a¬†ladybug on your dress, consider it good luck. ūüôā

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  2. Clean the clutter… create a¬†zone.

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    Time during a wedding day is precious and if we spend a good portion of our time cleaning up, it means less time for photos of you. Throw away trash; hide suitcases, boxes against a far corner or under the bed, move extra clothes and shoes into the closet. Keep things organized to allow us to capture photos quickly.

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    A good rule of thumb is to have your girls monitor¬†a sort of ‘bride zone’ closest to the window; this zone should remain free and clear of any stuff (which can quickly accumulate!) so that we can photograph there and bring different people in and out of the photos as you transform into the stunning bride¬†we all can’t wait to see!

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  3. Designate a ‘holder of all the things’… everything in ONE place (generally).

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    The last thing we’d want to happen is to be missing important items¬†from all¬†your¬†bridal details! I’ve found it most helpful if you can designate one person who knows where everything is or better yet, gathers everything into one place for me to start shooting right when I arrive. The list may include some or all of these: the rings, jewelry, perfume, heirloom photos/prayer books, hairpiece, veil, shoes, garter, letters/gifts and bouquet.

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    If you happen to have a special hanger you’d like your dress photographed on, ask your bridesmaids to take your dress out and hang it up on the hanger¬†prior to your photographer’s arrival – steaming it (if necessary) would¬†be a great thing to do early on¬†too since a dress shot is one of the first details¬†a photographer will capture.

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  4. Don’t forget your man… and all of his details.

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    Oh yeah, your groom… ¬†it may seem silly to think that you’d forget about him, but what I really mean is, his details deserve some thought too. Those are what you both may forget to plan ahead for, especially if you’re getting ready in different physical locations/buildings.¬†Be sure someone is accountable for¬†his cologne, boutonniere (and all of the guys’ flowers for that matter), ties/bowties, letters/gifts, watch and cufflinks! He may not know how to tie his bowtie and that’s ok… (that’s what The Art of Manliness is for!) and it makes for fun photos when all the guys band together to figure out how to make it happen. ūüėČ

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    Protip: EMPTY your pockets, gentlemen. No need for bulging, unflattering pockets.

  5. EAT, drink and be merry… you have a long, important day ahead!

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    Amongst all the excitement, fun and memorable moments, please don’t forget to eat and drink (mimosa, water, repeat…) while you’re getting ready!¬†The last thing we want is for you to get to your ceremony and realize you feel lightheaded¬†and haven’t eaten anything all day. Hours fly by like minutes (trust me!) – so if there are snacks and hydration available, be sure to indulge! You’ve made it this far, so I think you’ve earned at least¬†a cookie or two.

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  6. Enjoy yourself… it’s not everyday you get treated like royalty.

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    Trust that we will capture not only gorgeous details, but candid moments as well. For timeless, authentic and classic getting ready photos, it’s important that you relax, take it all in and enjoy each element¬†as it unfolds; we will be sure to ask if we need anything from you. Put on some music (whatever makes you loosen up!), keep a sense of humor and sip some champagne…

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  7. BONUS TIP! Ask your photographer for advice with timing… we’ve done this more than once. ūüėČ

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    Start your day by looking out the window and taking a deep breath. On my wedding day, a hurricane was rolling in (no joke!); it was cloudy, thick and gray outside. I was in a hotel room with my sister and after tears started forming since¬†I wasn’t going to have the bright and sunny day that every bride wants, she helped me realize it didn’t matter. We were working with talented photographers that were going to capture the beauty and emotion of the day no matter what! Some things are out of your control for a reason… remember that.

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    Please use us for all of our acquired knowledge over the years! I’d highly recommend reaching out to your photographer if you have any timing concerns or specific shots/moments you want captured as you’re getting ready (looking forward to a father/daughter first look? We’ll need to build in time for that, so it’s definitely worth a mention!). They also may have suggestions based on your getting ready location, if they’ve photographed there before.

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2016: a year in review!

I love having time to reflect, review, contemplate and plan ahead. These days, those moments are few and far between with family time equally a priority, but done is better than perfect, right? ūüėȬ†I’m so excited to share with you¬†the culmination of one of the best year’s Urban Row Photography has had yet!

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None of this would have been possible without all of the incredible vendors, friends, mentors and clients¬†I’ve met throughout the year who have helped me grow, trusted me with your¬†memories and¬†enabled¬†me to share¬†authentic stories¬†that come¬†from our¬†conversations, everyday moments and sentimental¬†details¬†of our time together.

While it would have been nice to choose 16 of my favorite moments¬†from 2016, that was truly¬†impossible! So, how about¬†my favorite¬†50 images from the past year instead? ūüôā

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What would a year in review post be without some behind the scenes fun? ūüôā

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The award for best photography workshop and mentor, goes to Michelle Lieb, of Lieb Photographic who has inspired me and been a tremendous resource, friend and teacher in so many ways!

 

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I wish you all a delightfully fabulous 2017, with the cheeriest color, sparkliest love (is sparkliest a word?) and most loving relationships with friends and family, one year can bring! Cheers!!!

 

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main street ballroom | ellicott city wedding venue | baltimore wedding photographer

Have you ever googled ‘unique Baltimore wedding venue’?

Or maybe ‘unique Maryland wedding venue’… since you’re searching for the perfect wedding reception venue¬†that has a combination of charm, character, amenities, flexibility, indoor/outdoor spaces and enough capacity to accommodate your large guest list?

Let me introduce you to Main Street Ballroom in Ellicott City!

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Originally built in 1920 right on Main Street (hence the name, lol), if you’re planning a wedding and looking for a unique space that you can dress up to make your own,¬†you will probably fall in love with this ‘ballroom’ pretty quickly, as I did!urbanrowphoto-mainstballroom-19

 

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I had the pleasure of photographing mini engagement sessions back in November on Small Business Saturday when Ellicott City was abuzz in a post-flood grand reopening event. It was so reassuring to see so many people out and about, supporting so many local, small businesses!

These fabulous couples spent part of their afternoon with me and were so much fun to get to know as we explored the facility on a chilly day. You can see more from my time at the ballroom, here and here!

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There’s something so intimate about being in a space that is made up of so much history; solid stone walls with natural light pouring in, a clean, neutral aesthetic for you to make your own. Add some candlelight and let’s talk about the romance factor…

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Painted brick. White barn doors. Gray board and batten interior walls. Exposed stone foundation walls. Concrete floors. A river running outside the future patio. Yes, please!

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I can’t wait to see this new venue host many memorable events in the future! I look forward to photographing more couples and weddings here; I know that Kate, is ready to transform your day into one that is easy-going, flexible and fun!

 

 

 

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courtney + mike | federal hill | baltimore engagement photographer

Courtney + Mike are my kind of people… dog people. ūüôā They also live in a rowhouse in Federal Hill with amazing city views and so much character.

Meet Chubs! When I showed up at their house, Courtney showed me this sign that her mom had gotten Chubs to wear during our time together. Is it not the cutest accessory?!

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So much of their story (first date… surprise proposal…) started with Ryleigh’s in Federal Hill, so it was a must¬†during our time together! I love when my couples choose to be photographed in meaningful places to their relationship; it adds a level of comfort, familiarity and fun to all of our photos. Not to mention, when standing in front of popular bars on a Sunday, you become an instant celebrity and the paparazzi effect is in full force… why not rock it, like these sweet¬†lovebirds did?!

I love their love… fun, easygoing, hardworking¬†and supportive; there’s nothing these two won’t do together!

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FAVORITE! Can you guys be any cuter?!?

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Oh wait, yes.

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This right here… golden light, golden love, golden gorgeousness.

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Used my newest lens for most of these shots, the¬†Tamron 85mm 1.8, and I’m totally obsessed! Crisp yet¬†dreamy… just how¬†I like my images and couples. ūüėČ

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We are SO excited to capture your Fall wedding at B-More Kitchen next year!! And please let Chubs know that I’m always looking for furry models…

xoxo,
Naomi

 

 

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annie + chris | canton waterfront | baltimore engagement photographer

she’s sassy. he’s super tall. she speaks her mind. he’s pragmatic.

Annie is a director/teacher at a Baltimore preschool and is one of the most creative, artistic and easygoing¬†people I know. (Ask her about the chocolate bark she makes with whatever baking ingredients you have in your pantry… I’m obsessed.) We met almost 3 years ago at my daughter’s preschool (I’m telling you… engaging and educating 20+ preschool kids day in and day out takes a special type of person!); I’d always hear¬†mention of her boyfriend and wondered who this guy was… !

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I’ll never forget the day she texted me saying “it’s official!”…the story of their proposal was one filled with complete excitement, love and pure joy, surrounded by Chris’ family at his parent’s house in their backyard. Annie and Chris are such warm, family-oriented people, it was the perfect surprise proposal for Annie, who had been literally waiting for this day for years. ūüėČ

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Did I mention our time together left me cracking up behind the camera? Seriously, these two lovebirds are constantly making each other laugh!! #notevenjokingalittlebit

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A dress with pockets!?! ūüôā ‘nuf said. I absolutely love Annie’s classic, timeless style. I can’t wait to see you in your wedding dress, girl!

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I love the way he looks at her and the way they snuggle up together. Just so perfect.

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And, after cloudy, dark, dramatic skies we got to wrap up our session along the water with a sky like this… Chris thought we were done and then I turned around and saw this color! Haha,¬†they were such good sports¬†for me. But come on, how could we not take advantage of this backdrop!?

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Annie + Chris, we’re SO excited for your spring wedding¬†next year! We are honored to be able to capture these memories for you!¬†Congratulations, friends!

xoxo,
Naomi

 

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sparkle, shine, macro filters… oh my!

At first I thought this post would mainly be helpful for fellow photographers… but really, the lessons learned are for anyone with the desire to use what they have and can afford at the time, to better their craft! ūüôā Can you tell I’m a glass half full kinda gal?

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I’ve recently added a new lens to my gear collection and I’m SO excited for it! It’s an 85mm and an incredible portrait lens… however, it’s not what I originally thought I’d be able to buy anytime soon. I’ve always had my eye on¬†a 100mm lens to allow me to take those dreamy closeup shots of jewelry, food, flowers and all things larger-than-life beautiful.

New gear is what gets my creative juices flowing,¬†but it’s also what keeps me up at night since it’s so¬†pricey! I constantly second guess myself when it comes to making smart business¬†investments (any fellow small business owners¬†struggle with the same anxiety?).

 

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When I met Ines at the¬†Summer’s End Workshop (see even more from that amazing experience here¬†and¬†here!!!), she shared an unbelievable tip with me… if you can’t afford to take the 100mm lens plunge now, try macro filters that cost a fraction of the cost¬†of¬†a macro lens. Excuse me, WHATTT. I’ve heard of these filters, but had never had the chance to try them out in a setting like this. She not only let me try hers, but shared a bunch of veteran¬†tips on how¬†they work (a centrally placed subject is best!),¬†how you need to shift your camera juuuuuust so, to hit that sweet spot of incredible crispness and¬†which filter is best for which subject type.

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Consider me SOLD!!! I needed to snag these fabulous filters right away (thank you Amazon Prime!). Over the last few months I’ve used them for numerous detail shots and am happy to say, they’re life changing. Well, maybe that’s a bit extreme,¬†but honestly, after a bit of practice and getting the hang of the nuances, I think this addition to my arsenal was money well spent if for no other reason than to allow me to save up for the 85mm AND still get those wow shots of your¬†super sparkly¬†jewelry¬†and sexy¬†wedding day¬†heels! ūüėČ

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PS – these STUNNING Rachel Mulherin pieces below were from my¬†recent sugar and spice inspired styled shoot at Butterbee Farm… I CAN. NOT. WAIT. to share more with y’all! Have you ever seen jewelry like this!? Unique, custom, handmade geode¬†stones that appear to be dipped in gold and dangling from your ears. HELLOOOOO gorgeous!!! Statement pieces like this are all you and your bridesmaids need to add that extra bit of glam and sophistication. Seriously, I could find a reason / outfit to wear¬†them all. #lifegoals

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Here’s wishing you loads of fun playing with whatever new gear is on your holiday wish list…¬†and if you can make it work for you AND your budget, more power to you. Rock on, friends!

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Oh, and speaking of rocks, the ice blue gemstone¬†you see in the background of some of these shots, came from my new favorite local shop, Love That. They recently opened in Belvedere Square and have SO MANY one of a kind¬†finds… need a housewarming present for your coworker? Check! A sweet little baby present for your neighbor? Check! A prosecco scented candle for yourself (I had no idea that was even a thing!)? Yes, please! You definitely need to add them to your #shoplocal efforts on upcoming Small Business Saturday!!!

Stay tuned… I’ll be sharing more macro images using these filters from¬†my recent photoshoot at Bond Street Social next week! Small creative bites made for sharing – you might want to get those thanksgiving pants out and ready! ūüėČ

 

 

 

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