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My husband always gives me the most thoughtful presents

“My husband always gives me the most thoughtful presents – for example, beginning 50 days before our wedding, he wrote posts on his family blog each day with a reason as to why he was excited to marry me.  Then on our wedding day, my present was a book that contained each post published with our engagement pictures.”

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inspired by: garden roses

colorful garden roses

This month in northern California, the roses are out in full force. I’m feeling inspired every time I glance over at the pots of blooms all over our little house.

It’s more difficult to use garden flowers in wedding arrangements because they’re unpredictable. They’re all different sizes and shades of lovely, and they open up seemingly by whim. Their life rhythms are adjustable based on weather patterns, and an untimely gust of wind might take out an entire crop.

It’s exactly these factors that make garden roses absolutely delightful. Something about the imperfections make them more desirable.

And… oh, the fragrance!

feedback… not contrived but is very honest.

I’ve had a rough couple of weeks trying to keep my head above the water with all the cute familes and multiple portrait sessions for the holidays. I’m currently pulling an all-nighter until I get some photos up for Thomas and Kristin, my delightful final Boston wedding.

Glancing at email just now, I noticed a thoughtfully-written inquiry for a 2010 wedding. The mother of the bride wrote to me to ask about my availability and consideration. It’s obvious this woman grew up in a pen and ink culture.  I want to share a small part of her message, because this made my week feel special.

“I have recently viewed your website gallery and admire your work very much…

“I referred my daughter to [a recent couple]’s gallery and she was equally impressed. We’re very attracted to your style as it is not contrived but is very honest. You are able to capture the beauty and joy in your couples and their families. My daughter is planning a wedding for September 2010. We are interested in securing you as the photographer for her wedding.


“Thank you for the courtesy of considering our offer.  I look forward to hearing from you.”

There is much more to her message, but this snippet is the perfect reminder that good photography is real and honest and beautiful because it is true. It can be soul-draining as a photographer to receive email after email from price shopping brides and others who are not looking so much at the quality of work as the quantity in a package. If I had five dollars for every time I was questioned about the pricing of my work, a carefully considered cost, I could probably retire wealthy next year.

Thank you so much to those of you who take the time and effort to share a bit of your heart and breathe words of life back to the artist.

a must read.

I’m busy doing final projects before headed out the door for Bulgaria, but this article made me stop, look, gasp, and nod. It’s the most on-point, grounded, and well-written article I have read on the topic…. and the photographers the author shadows (John and Joseph) are literally the photographers whose work I most admire.

By Cody Ellerd
source: Seattle Bride Magazine

Please pass along this article to any couples you know who are thinking through their options in regard to budget, photography, and their wedding.


Also, related: here’s a blog post I wrote awhile ago about experience and wedding photography. [ Is Experience Necessary? ]

a word of thanks

Dear Rachel,

I think I speak for both Erik and I that we couldn’t have chosen a better photographer for our wedding.  I knew the moment we had our meeting at Starbucks when you immediately commented on my freckles that you were the right person for the job.

The pictures from the wedding are beyond amazing, I don’t think I can even tell you how much I love them.  I can really see what the day was through the pictures you took because quite honestly I’ve already forgotten so much.  I can’t get enough of them, they really ad the last final touch to a wonderful experience for us.

I also need to tell you personally that you really made me feel great during this whole experience and I was very nervous as I was not a skinny bride.  I was in awe how beautiful you’ve always made me look in ways I didn’t think was possible.  I was worried the whole thing would actually make me feel worse about myself but it ended up being quite the opposite.  I can never thank you enough.


best shoes ever.

I love watching the work of my wedding photographer friends around the world.

Are you ready for this? OC photographer Sarah K Chen first posted about these shoes and inspired Serena Grace to get some for her own wedding (as photographed by Mark Brooke above). They come in cream and red and some other crazy colors and I really can’t wait until one of my hot little brides wears them for a bridal, boudoir, or engagement session. You can get them from Endless and some colors are now on sale! Luichiny shoes are wonderful.