I love learning about and practicing with color. In fact, I grew up in a house that regularly referenced the color wheel.
Photographers are known for chasing light, well this photographer also chases color.
I love a fun series on my blog and this year will be no different. Each month in 2017, we're going to explore color combinations together.
These combinations could inspire you while decorating your kitchen. They could inspire you when planning your wedding & picking out lipstick or a winter wedding coat. They could inspire branding colors for your new garden shop. However you see them, that's the right way :)
Bring your imagination along while we dive in. For January, classic blue + gold.
I'm using the term classic blue from "PANTONE 19-4052 TCX Classic Blue" and I've combined it with gold for one of the chilliest months of the year. A cooler tone in blue with the warmth of gold.
Blue is one of the most classically favorited colors in America even though it can often be associated with a sadness or somber feeling. Blue is also one of the most prevelant colors found throughout nature (except in natural food, there are no naturally blue foods... blueberries are really more purple if you smush them).
Gold is a massively popular trendy-color within the last few years. It's a new neutral that goes with almost anything. I'm not one for glitter and glitz but I still find a lot of beauty in gold accents, especially if tarnished!
As you can see already, finding gold touches through antiques is one of the easiest and most beatiful ways to incorporate this hue. Candlestick holders, vintage bells, rimmed champagne glasses. It all adds a touch of beauty and femininity without overdoing it.
The shades of blue are endless and I think just about any of them complement gold beautifully. Pairing cool wintery tones with warm tones (especially a "neutral") really brings a special look into play. Patterns using blue are my favorite as you can see in these vintage dishes. Luxe blue material also speaks to me like on a vintage sofa seat or in a cozy shawl.
I'd also vote for dark blue shoes; my wedding shoes were a deep midnight blue velvet pump for a November elopement. Love 'em.
A few Instagram feeds that I find use these colors often in their work or art if you're craving more:
How do you want your potential customers to see your business?
It's the first thing I'm asking if you're bringing me on to photograph your product or your business portrait. I want to know how you want to be represented. Because this isn't just about my style of photography, it's also about your style! Yes, you bring on a specific photographer based on his/her eye, their values & their styling.
But the moment you begin working together for your brand, its a collaboration.
How does working together look exactly?
It means that you'll share the reason that you to create. It means talking colors, tone & aesthetic before we even get started. We'll talk props, backdrops and what other brands inspire you.
Preparaiion happens by opening up to one another.
Then, we build something together.
It's about building a relationship that grows over time so you're on the same page. You'll build your marketing content with professional images that support the time & effort you put into your biz. You build your following.
Introducing: Retainer packages for the makers & doers.
These are partnership packages. With your vision, we will create a quick photo shoot on a monthly or quarterly basis so you have a fresh batch of images to use. These photos are handy for all of your social media endeavors, including holiday specials.
A little about the process:
We'll meet to dream up what these will look like for you. I'll ask question after question to prepare myself so these photos reflect you. We'll do our 1st session together and I'll provide 2-3 photos from the shoot with 3 different edits based on our consultation. You pick the one you want to stick with and I'll continue to edit in that fashion for you.
Packages are offered in seasonal (quarterly), 6 month or 12 month retainers. Email me to learn more!
In terms of photography, that is.
Of course your photographer will capture a bit of everything, that's why we're there! So this isn't about picking and choosing what you want photographed, this is about preparation to get the MOST out of everything that WILL be photographed.
Wedding photographers are flexible and quick on their feet because all weddings throw curve balls. That being said, how can we work together to create the best images for you so your collection is gorgeous beginning to end? 4 tips below!
Getting ready & anticipation images
These are the beautiful candid shots of a bride putting her veil on or adding the last touch of lipstick. These are the touching photos of the groom opening the gift from his bride-to-be or tying his tie.
To make the most of these, clear out the space! Find yourself a room to get ready in that won't have distracting neon green walls. Don't get me wrong, all the items you need to prepare that day will add to the story and are totally fine. A pile of dirty clothes in the corner? Not so much.
And, as always, consider the lighting. Find a space with a great window or 2. Photographers aren't afraid to escort you outdoors to get the perfect shot if necessary.
Formal family portraits
In all honesty, formal family portraits can sometimes be chaotic. Your family is there to celebrate, relax and throw back a few so the family portraits may not be their focus.
You'll find yourself needing 3 things to power through family formals: a list of all the combinations of people, a trusted friend who can put a face to a name (to gather everyone on the list when its their turn) and, lastly, time. Depending on how long your list is, 30 min to an hour should work just fine!
It seems like a given that you and your new spouse will take plenty of couples portraits after you get hitched. Something often forgotten though? Actually scheduling in time to take these photos, especially if you want to adventure out a bit for scenery! Time will fly on our wedding day, be sure to have a minimum of 30 minutes scheduled in with your photographer to capture moments of just you 2 right after family formals.
Other options to consider? Build in time before the ceremony with a romantic first-look or schedule a day after session where you can hit any location you choose!
Did you splurge on special wedding shoes? Are you carrying an heirloom from your grandmother with you? Did you spend hours and hours creating the perfect invitation suite?
Tell your photographer in advance! As the day rushes by, it's easy to forget to mention these things. If your photographer has a list of must-have shots ahead of time, you'll be all set. Have them easily accessible too!
Ok, that's it! Your day is going to be beautiful, prepare a bit in advance so you can simply enjoy it all when it comes.
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