growing in spontaneity

Every now and then…you just have to get away. To clear your mind, calm the noise, awaken your soul, challenge your creativity, and ignite your passion. It’s easy to get lost in chaos…never taking time to just be and refuel.

Over a year ago, I remember having the same feelings as I did this past October.  Needing more. While at times my reality is grounded in reason, I still have a spontaneous spirit and a heart for wonderlust.  Sitting at my desk one Sunday afternoon in October…the latter took hold, as I hit submit to being creatively inspired.

November arrived and I boarded my first flight out to LA for Junebug Weddings’ Fashion Forward Wedding Photography Workshop.  Even though I’m a wedding photographer, the element of fashion forward was slightly out of the box for me, but one I always found to be intriguing.  So I set forth to learn and be challenged from photographers who {each different from the other} I have admired and adored for quite some time.

Brian and Allison Callaway are photographers who I found a few years back…no lie…via twitter {@MrFrostings} and my guilty pleasure for The Bachelor. It’s the honest truth.   Stumbling upon their work, I was instantly captivated by how it put a genuine and bright smile on my face! Spending the afternoon with them, Brian and Ali were vibrant, infectious, full of laughter and so down to earth in their honesty of how they shoot and run their business as destination photographers.  Watching them interact with their clients and the way they saw light was eye-opening and gave way to a new perspective.

2012 was my first time to WPPI {Wedding & Portrait Photography International Expo} and while walking through all the prints hung from print competition, there was one image that caught my eye.  I’m not exactly sure how long I stood in front of this particular image…but it’s probably safe to say, people were most likely becoming concerned for my well being.  It was then that I learned of Roberto Valenzuela.  His romantically timeless images had left me truly speechless.  and I’m not one of few words. usually.  His work needs no words….I could sit in silence all day long and be in awe of his talent and the way he captures beauty.  However, I highly suggest he not remain silent…listening to him talk is entertainment in and of itself!  Learning from him was a surreal honor.

The every so lovely and incredible Sue Bryce.  I could probably spend a whole day talking about how not only can this lady capture a woman’s beauty in a way I’ve never seen…but her heart of gold is true beauty at it’s finest.  My words are far from doing any justice to the person Sue is…but by the end of day two…there I stood 3 feet in front of her while she spoke with unstoppable tears rolling down my cheeks.  Every word that left her tongue was empowering, encouraging, and so utterly raw, there was no way to walk away not being completely moved and challenged.  Mixed with her Australian humor, her words also brought an unquenchable laughter to my tear and mascara smudged face.  Sue left my heart with an irreplaceable warmth and encouragement…where in the grand scheme of things may be small…but to me…it was truly great.

As forever grateful as I am for all the photographers and vendors involved who gave and taught graciously, I have to give a huge thanks and big hugs Christy and Blair {of Junebug Weddings} for offering such a wonderful opportunity and experience.   My words of gratitude, I know, fall short for each and everyone one of these individuals….but for this girl who took a spontaneous step forward, now feels as though she stands a tiny bit taller!! So thank you! xo

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Photography Instructors: Sue Bryce, Roberto Valenzuela, Callaway Gable

Teaching Assistant: Nikki Closser

Venue: Vibiana

Decor Design: Revelry Event Designers

Tabletop Floral Design: Eddie Zaratsian Custom Florals & Lifestyle

Tableware: Casa de Perrin

Invitations & Paper Goods: East Six

Candy Table: Two’s A Party

Hair & Makeup: Tammy Yi

Wedding Dresses & Veils: RMine Bespoke

Floral Hair Crowns & Accessories: Celadon & Celery Events

Jewelry & Accessories: Enchanted Atelier

Models: Dylan Marie Quigg, Monique Victoria, Jamie Litt

Videography: Long Haul Films

Sponsors: Rayce PR, Fotofafa, ProDPI, Scott Robert Lim, WPPI, Peachpit Publishing, Rangefinder

Photographed at the Junebug Weddings Fashion Forward Wedding Photography Workshop.