This shoot was put together to play with the color combination of berry and taupe. As the sun set, I turned my focus to capturing Sarah in the last bits of sunlight.
I enjoy creating portraits that are dramatic yet classic. And although I usually reserve my blog for useful tips and insight, these were too fun not to share.
How rare is it for people to get their portrait taken?
On a wedding day, for a standard business headshot, a selfie when the lighting is good... when else?
Is this a missed tradition in our society?
I love looking back on memories. I hope to grow old and smile at my younger self.
How do I plan on doing that? I'm guilty of it myself, I'm rarely in front of the camera. I'm thinking it's time to change that.
When you're putting together a brand, what all are you supposed to think about?
Branding is a bit vague and a trendy word that's thrown around a lot these days.
A quick and easy list of what you'll be thinking about:
February is here and surprisingly warm! At least here in Asheville. I'm soaking it up because I know it won't last! With February being the month of Valentine's Day, I had to pick a at least one color you may find in a beautiful bouquet of flowers or a love note on the 14th.
Berry is such a versatile color. Berry can be heavy with reds or purples and still be considered "berry". It's a flattering color for almost all skin tones when considering clothes or makeup. It can also be appropriate through all the seasons!
Jewel tones such as berry often look the most striking when paired with a more natural color. It takes the edge off of a strong color and brings warmth and approachability. One of my favorite artists I see utilizing color this way is Steve McCurry. He does not shy away from vibrant colors but he also incorporates muted or natural tones to set the mood of the image. A few of my favorites of his work below.
Taupe is also a versatile color. I think we could look at a few different shades of brown+white+grey and call them all taupe. It's a favorite for wall color when you're sick of plain white and can be sophisticated shade for clothing and shoes... a taupe suit for a groom in the warmer months for example.
What's the difference between beige and taupe? Beige has warmer undertones (orange) and taupe has cooler undertones (blue + grey). I consider beige stereotypically boring and doesn't create striking combinations with other colors. I consider taupe to be more modern and definitely pairs well with other colors. Also taupe can't be too boring if it made Sherwin Williams 2017 Color of the Year!
Berry and taupe. How do these colors make you feel when paired? These photos are heavy on the taupe with the detail of berry popping out from Sarah's makeup and butterfly crown. If they were switched, and berry was the dominating color, how would this image change?
A few Instagram feeds to follow that often play with similar combos if you want to see more:
Alternative color combinations that evoke similar vibes if berry + taupe isn't working for you:
Garnet & Grey
Blush & Grey
Burgundy & Taupe
Styled shoot contributors: Thank you to Ali Lawless for the gorgeous makeup & hair, my sweet friend Sarah as the stunning model, the talented Megan of The East Western for the slave bracelet & EtenIren shop for the whimsical butterfly crown.
See you next month with a new color combo to explore!
I remember getting engaged a few (4 or 5?) years ago and was immediately ready to put all my Pinterest saves to work.
The planning part didn't intimidate me, I embraced it. I'm pretty organized and like putting the puzzle pieces together. I was a wedding planner in college so I had some insider insight as well.
Then things got sticky. Slowly the ideal wedding (still a small one) got further from reach. A bit of family flavor and geographical obstacles showed up and contributed to us ultimately eloping (how to deal with all that will fit into another blog post). But those weren't the only reasons.
The biggest factor in us eloping (by FAR)? How we wanted to spend our money for our wedding day and any day after it.
We were on our own to cover all the expenses of this wedding, no contributors. And I know we aren't the only ones that go through this! It's traditional for the bride's family to pay for the wedding but tradition isn't enough to catch up with reality ;) We had money to use on the wedding but we are pretty strict with finances and debt accumulation.
We could either blow a large amount of savings or rack up credit card debt for a simple wedding. We would also be compromising on the majority of decisions for family accommodation.
It was our conclusion to avoid drama and spend our money happily by eloping. We made a honeymoon and a simple ceremony out of it. That was the plan for us. A low-key family dinner followed about a month later at my aunt and uncle's home.
So how does my story fit into this?
I suppose my point is that I get it! Our wedding day choices are sculpted by our daily life, our family and our financial situation. Plus any social pressures we give in to (we all do it, give yourself a break!).
My simple recipe for planning a wedding (if you relate to my story in any way):
Enjoy being engaged. Soak it up. Beam with excitement. Overdose on Pinterest (for a limited time).
Sort through your emotions about what you want for the big day. Always ask why when you're on the fence.
Get an outline of must-haves, really wants and nopes for your wedding. Include your fiancee in this process.
Set a budget and know there could be push and pull here but at least you have some numbers in your head and don't go into consultations blindly.
You'll soon realize that you can create your own stationary affordably but you'll splurge on floral (or vice versa, this is just an example).
Go ahead and book your must haves. Find your dream vendors that you can't go without and BOOK 'EM.
Then move on to your really wants. What "bonuses" can you add in for charm and character?
And your nopes will still pop up in conversation as you chat with people. Keeping checking in with yourself and your fiancee to confirm that they're still nopes ;) For example, you may decide to forgo boutonnieres but your mom thinks they're necessary... do what feels right and politely say "no thanks"!
This is my simple recipe for happy planning for the modern person who's engaged.
They're excited to have this romantic moment but they're going to do it with their head on straight. They're going to splurge on some things and save on others. They're going to set themselves up for a day that they'll never forget. Not a stressful day with a big bill.
My favorite resources for planning:
A Practical Wedding
WeddingHappy (free app)
And if you're curious, my own planning in review:
Find a photographer that I can trust and I will splurge on this (no surprise!). I was lucky to land a duo that also offered a short film, making the elopement all the more easy to look back on.
I tried on several dresses from Zappos (surprising source right?!) and Nordstrom, both offer free shipping + free returns. I landed a Nicole Miller dress for under $1k from Zappos. Then I splurged a bit on a handmade veil. I got shoes at a DSW or something similar, they were affordable but just as beautiful as I'd hoped for.
I did my own hair and makeup which was fine but not sure I'd recommend it. We also skipped flowers given the set up and that we were traveling.
My husband picked out his ideal dinner spot for after the all the hoopla.
I think that covers it, best of luck planning and may it be easy-going and simple. And if you're worried about handling it all, consider a day-of coordinator. They work wonders and truly let you enjoy your day.
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