More love for Carrie and Justin! Married in Milwaukee is holding a friendly competition for Epic Milwaukee Wedding Photos and one of their Pilot House at Discovery World images was chosen. Stop by and vote for this awesome photo for me!
I’m tickled pink that this image from Carrie and Justin’s wedding last year won 19th place in the “First Dance” category of The International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers 2012 Winter Contest. Even though Ricky Bobby’s Dad from Talledega Nights would tell me “If you’re not first you’re last ” in this case I still feel like a winner. Why? For a few reasons
1. This contest gets a HUGE amount of entries from all over the world. Amazing, amazing wedding photography in this body of work. Take some time to gander through it and check out those amazing venues in Italy, France. etc. I generally enter about 50-75 images per year and if I get a few a year chosen I’m thrilled. Sometimes I get none. There can be as many as 5000 entries in a single contest I am told.
2. Truth? This photo was a complete accident. One of my strobes misfired during the first dance creating a silhouette. During the editing process I came across it and immediately was drawn to it because of the bold and graphic nature of it. Even though it was not intentional, the happy accident of Carrie and Justin being in just the right position in front of the strobe while dancing caused the outline of them to be illuminated perfectly. I’d like to say I planned it that way…but I didn’t. Sometimes as photographers we are so concerned with getting the “safe shot” at times like this that experimenting is difficult. This photo made me take a look at how I shoot and take a few more chances over the upcoming year.
After I got the safe shot, of course
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Hi, my name is Kim. I’m a photographer, and I am fashion inept. Hi Kim!
I’m not sure when it happened, to be honest. I don’t think I was ever a snazzy dresser but I certainly wasn’t worse than anyone else, but I grew up in the 80′s. We all wore things like this and thought we looked awesome.
But somewhere along the line, I lost it. I could blame having kids, I guess, but that’s the easy way out. The plain truth is:
1. I’m cheap and have a hippy attitude towards clothes. The less I have on, the better.
2. I’m lazy. In my wardrobe I have 8 pairs of yoga pants, ever single color boyfriend T Shirt made by Target and 10 sundresses and a few pairs of leggings. Guaranteed anything that I have that is cute or fashionable was given to me or I happened upon by accident. And by accident I mean the 70% off rack at Target.
3. Fashion is too much like math. It’s all supposed to make sense and it never does. I see things on other people and it looks adorable. But nowhere in my mind does that translate to how to make it go on to my body. When I was 10 and Fleetwood Mac’s album Rumors came out, I saw Stevie Nicks on TV and told my dad “I want to dress like her”. So anything I do wear has a rule of “not touching me” . No jeans. No shorts. I like gauze-y, flow-y things that feel like I have no clothes on. Again, back to the hippy thing.
Yet when it comes to weddings, I can talk shop for days about the latest fashions and trends in gowns and bridesmaids dresses. And even more to the point, I’m actually interested in them!
This makes my job a bit difficult when talking to clients about what to wear for portrait sessions. It usually goes something like this “Um…you don’t have to match, but wear something close. And not white. And no stripes”. Lamesauce.
So, I’ve been working on this fault of mine and enter…Pinterest. I wrote not too long ago about how I want to break up with Pinterest, but now I kind of want to make out with it. Because some people WAY smarter than me have started pinning clothing combinations. GENIUS.
I know that style is important and branding is too, and I’ve actually gotten some good ideas from this that I am slowly trying to implement in my life. Check them out for some great ideas on really cute outfits and accessories that would photograph beautifully.
This inspires me so much that I might even start to shop at Old Navy if things work out.