It’s All In The Details!

T&H Rings

I have always loved the details of a wedding day,  from the perfectly picked out veil or a passed down family heirloom that means so much, all of these items tell the story of the bride on her special day. These details are so important and styling them properly is not something that comes easy for everyone.

I’ve been asked several times at styled shoots or other workshops to help others with styling details. So I decided to share my tips and host my first workshop for photographers! The Venue at Murphy Lane was the perfect spot for this workshop with its bright white walls and its floor to ceiling windows spilling all the natural light we could handle into the room! A photographers dream!

We started the day with each attendee creating their own styling boards with canvas (see tutorial here), then we got right into the heart of styling.

Special shout out to Lisa Shay Photography for taking these awesome behind the scenes images for me!

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I carry a styling kit to every wedding and I went over all my essential items as well as each lady received their own starting kits to take home with them!

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We had two talented creatives share their knowledge with us. Amanda Duke of Duke & Co Media. gave everyone tips on how to get published and knowing your brand. Michelle Carlton of Just Styling went over what a stylist is and how to work with one. So much great information shared from these ladies!   KandiDanielStudios_WorkshopBTS-26.jpg

Then we got to styling! We had so many beautiful items to play with thanks to all of the amazing vendors who lent us their items (see full list below)!
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The most stunning rings were provided by Trumpet & Horn!

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Flare Men’s Accessories sent us these handcrafted feather bowties.

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My sweet friend Kimberly of KCreatives hand calligraphed these pieces for us. I had some fun with a double exposure with one and some flowers!

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Carli of The Brumby Nest is so talented, check out these beautiful invitation suites. I was over the moon about the custom Murphy Lane one, I mean that barn was perfect!

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The most delicate and intricate veil and garters were provided by Recherche Bridal.

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Stunning florals by the talented ladies at The Funky Shack.

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Heirloom vow books by Wedding Story Writer

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Sweet stamp sets by Verde Studio (each attendee also got a set of these in their kits!)

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Unique jewelry provided by Styled by Markie went perfectly with hair accessories by Hair Comes the Bride.

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Last but not least.. the shoes!! These shoes by Bella Belle are a perfect addition to any bride’s wardrobe and the attendees were so excited to photograph them.

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Thank you to each of you ladies who invested in yourselves and allowed me to show you a few tips and tricks to make your bride’s wedding day more memorable. I was so impressed with the images you delivered to me and I know the vendors will be too! Networking and collaborating are so much fun and I couldn’t have hand-picked a better group to be my firsts! The next workshop is already underway if you’d like more information go join the Facebook group here!
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Vendor Love

Host: Kandi Daniel Studios
Venue: The Venue at Murphy Lane
Guest Speakers: 
Michelle Carlton of Just Styling
Amanda Duke of Duke & Co Media
Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes
Rings: Trumpet & Horn
Invitation Suites: The Brumby Nest
Vow Books: Wedding Story Writer
Calligraphy Word Canvases Kcreatives
Flowers: The Funky Shack Flower Market
Women’s Jewelry: Styled by Markie
Hair Accesories: Beautiful You by Nancy Hair Comes the Bride
Veils & Garters: Recherche Bridal
Stamps: Verde Studio
Bow Ties: Flare Men’s Accessories est. 2017

 

Styling Kit Swag

Styling Cloth – Green Earth Studio
Ring Box – Marcia May Designs
Ribbon – Sonnets of Silk
Scissors – Utopia Tools
Stamp Packet – Verde Studio
Ring Dish – Marbella Dish
Rodan & Fields Sample – Linzi Cochran RF Consultant
Lanier Bridal Magazine
Not as Famous Cookies

Why I love film photography!

All of my favorite photographers that I look up to and obsessively love their work all have one thing in common, they all shoot film. Someone who has taught me so much and is so talented is Shauna Veasey Photography. I met her when I attended her workshop in 2016 for creatives called Thrive (it was so good I went back this for this year’s workshop). I knew Shauna was a person I wanted to know and I wanted to learn from. I can’t thank her enough for sharing her knowledge and love of film with me. So here’s a little bit of why I incorporated film into my sessions.

As a wedding photographer, I’m not only capturing moments in time, I’m also capturing feelings. Those feelings include the excitement of families coming together through marriage. There are hopes met and stages set for the future. It’s a fleeting occasion that, if done right, is made timeless through photos. And nothing says timeless like film photography. There’s something about how it forces me to slow down and focus on the moments that I want to capture because each shot costs money.  The moment of that pause before the shutter clicks is beautiful and brief, and the film photo will ensure that moment never goes out of style.

I haven’t given up on digital, it still works best for some situations like receptions. Lighting can be scarce, making it difficult to shoot film. By incorporating hybrid photography, I can capture every detail of the day without losing those aspects in the photo that tell the whole story. Hybrid photography is essentially shooting a combination of film photos and digital photos. The digital also gives me the opportunity to take lots of photos in succession so I don’t miss anything. And if something should happen to the film, as a hybrid photographer I have digital photos as a backup so that memories are captured no matter what.

I love to shoot at least one roll for every session that I can so that I have a good starting point for how I want my images to look. I wait until I get the film scans back from the lab and then match my digital edits to those images. I want my images to look like what we see with our eyes; soft, colorful, and detailed.

I have fallen in love with film photography and am learning something new about it every session. It’s like Christmas morning every time I get that email that says “your film scans are ready”! Below are some comparisons for you of film versus digital captured at the same time, with roughly the same settings.

Film is on the left and unedited digital is on the right.

Film Verses Digital Cake

Film Verses Digital Flowers

Film Verses Digital Details