I'm ››so‹‹ incredibly thrilled to be sharing this with you today
A while ago I teamed up with some amazing vendors in Portland and today the photos are being featured on Green Wedding Shoes!
Really just a day full of awesomeness all around.
I'm so crazy honored to have interviewed by Eugene Weddings Magazine! I was chosen to give my two cents about wedding hair styles and accessories (if you have seen my Instagram you might be able to grasp how obsessed I am with hair garlands!) Having Scottish-highland-worthy red locks myself and an 8th grade best hair award under my belt you could definitely say I'm a 'hair person.'
The issue will be out for the entire year of 2014, I recommend finding a copy so you can swoon over all the talented vendors and check out the article. Or you can read it here
'Wedding photographer Melissa Jane, of Jane in the Woods Photographie, says that brides used to plan their wedding around their colors, which were sometimes the first detail they decided on. Not anymore. "No one starts talking about their wedding with their colors," she says. Instead, it's now more about what brides want the "feel" of their wedding to be. And more and more, that feel is intensely personal, whether it ends up being classic or country, vintage or vineyard.
For hairstyles brides are increasingly turning to natural materials rather than veils or tiaras, and hairstyles that they do themselves for a fresh look. "I've noticed a lot more people wearing flowers in their hair," Melissa Jane says. "And I hardly ever seen people with their hair done." She says they bride often opt for their hair worn simply down, embellished with nothing more than a few springs of fresh flowers. "They made use flowers that they found or that a boutique made for them, but it's really natural," she says.
The natural feel is often described as a romp through the woods or a stroll through the garden. One of Melissa Jane's favorite bridal headpieces on Instagram is a single fern leaf. She has admired brides with long braided hair adorned in baby's breath or thin wire strung with small pearls. "Nothing too fussy," she says. "It's bohemian, natural, but with a little bit of glam." '
The most perfect creamy orange right here.
Since moving to Oregon I am endlessly inspired by the seasons. My color palette is always changing, evolving and inspiring. Not to mention that the blooming flowers here evoke my definition of beauty and what I thought nature was capable of, so very thankful for this wonderful scene in which I get to call home.
››› so in love with these gorgeous little munchkins ‹‹‹
My lovely florist friend Sarah at The Green Dandelion really has the best eye for florals around. This photo has definitely stood the test of time, a major factor in being a photographer is being able to edit, edit, edit and always just go with your gut.
A narrowed and focused path is the path to true beauty. I feel so blessed to be able to work on developing my eye everyday. I am an artist because it is what I was created to be.
››› Sometimes two people are so in love you can literally see the joy swirling around them. For this I am thankful.
It's never to late too count your blessings & it's never too to have a wonderful year! I am feeling completely inspired and ready for a new year of adventures.
››› Baby, there ain't nothin' but blue skies ahead ‹‹‹
Maybe one of my favorite shots of the year??
Every time I look at this photo I feel peaceful.
I am always completely floored at the number of stunning side shots I get from wedding days. All that love & inspiration in the air creates so much magic in so many unexpected ways!
Even though being a photographer is our dreamiest of dream jobs, it does not make us immune to falling into a slump, rut, routine, or whatever else you've decided to call those monotonous days full of the same task. However, as a whole, we are a pretty darn lucky group in that art is always our goal. No matter what is in the front of our camera's lens, perusing art consistently claims the crown in importance. In that moment before the shutter snaps, the thought running through your mind should be, 'how much art can I fit into this frame'? Think... how do I make better art?
Here is an idea you can do today to develop the right side of your brain. Being in the presence of design you admire can help you achieve new ground in your own portfolio. Create a photo shoot for yourself as if you were shooting for your favorite catalog. What would you choose to shoot if your work was entirely art focused?
A place to start: Photograph your favorite piece of jewelry/clothing/decor. (If you're really feeling stumped, feel free to run out to your favorite boutique and pick up something fresh that makes you feel like you're living exactly the life you want. It's all in the name of career development, right? A friend's closet is also an excellent place to start!)
After you have your item, think about how you would highlight all its best features. What kind of set do you need? Explore several places and take test shots. Maybe the item will look best on your wood floor? Or perhaps it will shine laid out in the garden in a more natural setting. Think about the best light for the item. Should it be hanging in the window for some natural backlight? Or does it need a white reflector and flash for a crisp and clean feel? All these things to consider may be second nature when you're on a job, but how often do you take the time to shoot something you actually love and really enjoy.
In this shot (above) I chose to contrast the organic curves of the chain with the sharp lines of the folded paper. This makes the shot dynamic and yet still subtle enough to keep the pendant as the focal point. There is just enough visual interest to keep the eye moving around the frame without being distracting.
Here I wanted to highlight the era of the necklace and tell the tale of the woman who wore it. The letter underneath written in cursive is indicative of centuries past. The addition of a single botanical helps tell a story of romance.
Books are another way to play with and embrace art that you admire. Thisi s another opportunity to treat yourself to some new inspiration. Head to a bookstore an pick up something that really speaks to you, or head to your grandmother's bookshelf and hunt for a vintage treasure. Find something that makes you want to crawl between the pages and live in the photos. Flip through the pages and spend some time with them. Imagine what it would be like to be int hat space and what details you would find interesting if you were there. Use your lens to tell the story as you are interpreting it.