Once upon a time, there was a young woman in a hospitality program at a four year university who was a little lost. She wasn't quite sure what she wanted to do with her life when a school counselor suggested Disney could be the perfect place to start her career. She decided to make it happen then never looked back, and even started telling everyone she was leaving New Hampshire for California in six months, well before she had even applied for the job. And guess what!? That young woman was me! And, surprise - I got the job! I was accepted to the Spring/Summer 2009 Disney College Program. When I chose the position of a Photopass Photographer, I had no idea how much my life was about to change.
"There may be something there that wasn't there before." - Beauty and the Beast
You may remember Emma and Connor from their midtown Manhattan engagement session this past spring. We spent an amazing, chilly afternoon exploring the city streets near their studio apartment. (Read about how they met unexpectedly and see their photos here!)
Fast forward to the Friday before Thanksgiving 2016, just as the sun began to set, when they became husband and wife. Over the last five years their closest friends and family members from coast to coast have surrounded, supported, and celebrated them. On November 18th, they all came together to share in the love of one of the happiest, most wonderful couples I have ever known. It was such an honor to witness and capture all the special moments throughout their romantic, glamorous wedding day, with just a touch of Disney magic.
"Please, be our guest!" - Beauty and the Beast
There were so many stunning details which made Emma and Connor's wedding unique. They shared many laughs during their sunset unity sand ceremony. Cocktail hour featured an ice sculpture of the Enchanted Rose, along with themed signature drinks. One of the best men played guitar and sang Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" during their first dance. The most special detail was how much love you could feel!
Emma and Connor are meant to be. She is the Beauty to his Beast, he is all the books in her library. Congratulations to this happy couple!
"Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme." - Beauty and the Beast
Don't forget to check out all the vendors who helped make this wedding this beautiful below
Venue: Clarks Landing Caterers
Hotel: The White Sands Hotel
Makeup: Milan Melendez
Hair: 217 Beauty
Dress: Essence of Australia
Flowers: Narcissus Florals
Cake: Bovella's Pastry Shoppe
Videographer: Bahr Cinematography
Special thank you to Alie of Love Charm Photo for being the best second shooter!
*Originally written August 26, 2015.
Hey! This is my very first experience with blogging.
Last year, I went through some major changes personally and professionally. I have always been afraid to put myself out there, to be vulnerable, to risk the opinions, critiques, and judgments of others.
Recently, I realized I was holding myself back. The world is a big, sometimes scary place, but if I don't do it now, when will I? Maybe people won't like what I have to say or my work, but maybe they will. Maybe there will be a negative comment, but maybe there will be others offering support and love. I had a bad experience with an anonymous comment long ago and I let that influence every other online interaction since. Not anymore. I have a voice and a good eye! So why not now? Why not choose TODAY?
Last year I joined an incredible movement, the Rising Tide Society. This community lifts me up, motivates me, provides support, encouragement, and the kindest words. It has inspired me in many ways and introduced me to wonderful people. I'm learning, making new friends and having fun! It's made me see it is okay to be vulnerable.
In order to get out of my comfort zone, I decided to get in front of the camera! I've never been comfortable having my photo taken. I'm definitely one of those people with a "good side". No matter how hard I try, being on the wrong side makes me uncomfortable and my smile becomes forced. Photographers have ignored this in the past and I wasn’t happy with the results. This actually helps me empathize with clients who feel the same.
Last weekend I had my girlfriend/assistant, Olivia, take over as photographer. What a learning experience for us both! Observing her direct me gave me a fresh perspective for the way I direct my clients. It was interesting and eye opening. Olivia did a great job making me relax. It was a fun way to spend the afternoon together!
In 2015, I gained more confidence in myself as a person and as a photographer. I can't wait to see what happens next!