We are approaching the end of 2015 and the dawn of the new year! This has been a fun, exciting, rewarding, and challenging first year of business. I have loved watching this business grow and myself right along with it. This year I have had the opportunity to be a part of several weddings, a graduation, 4 styled shoots, a branding shoot, an adoption shower, a mini-styling workshop and an expo! Today, I am recapping just a few of these events and sharing my top 15 photos (in no particular order) from 2015. Happy (almost) New Year everyone!
1. Maggie's Misc Branding Shoot
Back in June I had the pleasure of working with Annamarie Akins of Annamarie Akins Photography on a branding Shoot for Maggie's Misc! She is one extremely talented photographer so I was beyond thrilled when she agreed to work with me. The shoot was done at Paisley & Jade, which proved to be the perfect location with their white walls and all of the natural lighting. I learn something new each and every shoot and this one in particular blessed me greatly as it gave me the opportunity to have some pretty photos to use for marketing purposes. AND it's being published on a blog mid-January!
2. Table Setting from "A Day at the Derby" Styled Photo Shoot
This photo is from the table setting I put together from the "A Day at the Derby" styled photo shoot that I was a part of back in March. My idea for the shoot came from a mixture of images I had seen on Pinterest and the scene with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere at the polo match in Pretty Woman. I wanted to show brides that something masculine like a horse race could be be adapted into something soft and even feminine. And BONUS: we were apparently ahead of the game here with Pantone 2016's colors of the year Rose Quartz and Serenity! Not to mention that the shoot was featured on Glamour & Grace Weddings Blog! Shalese Danielle Photography and One Sweet Day in May helped take this table to the next level! Rentals: Paisley & Jade
3. Cake from "A Day at the Derby" Styled Photo Shoot
Okay so one more from "A Day at the Derby." This cake created by Cakes by Graham was one of the most popular wedding images of 2015. I saw this cake popping up all over the place online and it was even featured on Glamour & Grace as one of their top 10 cakes of the year! I love the contrast here of the natural wood and the gold leafing on the cakes, the soft pastels of the flowers, and the light and airy photography. Photo: Shalese Danielle | Flowers: One Sweet Day in May | Paper Goods: English Tea Paperie
4. My Very First Solo Wedding
Of course I have to have one from my very first wedding! This wedding took place at Pocohontas State Park back on April 11th on a day with almost perfect weather.
5. "Jamie and Claire" from the "Outlander" Styled Shoot
The Outlander Shoot that I did with Tiffany Heidenthal Photography was my first styled shoot and I learned A LOT! It was freezing cold in the middle of January with snow on the ground, but hey you gotta do what you gotta do! The shoot was later featured on the Frosted Petticoat lifestyle blog. Fun fact: the poor groom had the flu the day we shot.
6. Sarah + Chris at The Branch Museum
In June I had the opportunity to work with Tiffany Heidenthal Photography for a second time. This time, I wanted to do a shoot that was bright and fun with lots of personality! These yellow chairs by Paisley & Jade were the perfect touch against the lovely green backdrop. Fun facts: a) I hand-painted several of the records and created a hanging installation out of fishing wire b) this shoot was done at my mom's house c) I lost my body weight in sweat that day. The shoot was later featured on the Every Last Detail wedding blog! To see more photos visit here.
8. Models from "Our Quirky Love" Styled Shoot
9. UnBoundRVA Graduation
As part of my business model, I do one pro bono event per year. This past year I had the priviledge or organizing UnBoundRVA's first ever graduation event. UnBoundRVA is a small business incubator that works with underprivledged individuals and helps link them to the resources they need in order to start a business. They are doing amazing things for low income groups in Richmond, and I am excited to see where they go next! Photo: Tara Pattengale Photography
10. Tuesdays Together Mini-Styling Workshop
In September I got to participate in a mini-styling workshop hosted by Handspun Cinema and Paisley & Jade. The workshop was for creatives in Richmond to come together and to learn about styling for Instagram. I was one of three stylists. We each had a styling bar, and attendees took turn rotating between the three stations where they got an opportunity to take lots of photos. To read more about my experience, visit here. Photo: Kim Stockwell Photography.
11. Claire + Kevin
Photos: Michelle Renee Photography
13. Table Setting from "A Savoir Faire" Styled Shoot
In October I worked with Nicki Metcalf Photography and The Proper Petal and what is now my favorite styled shoot to date. I wanted to stretch myself creatively and create a shoot that was more artistic and "moody" if you will. I drew my inspiration from 171th and 18th century European art and literature. I just love how this turned out. It showed my clients (and myself) that I can offer design services within a variety of styles and tastes. To see more of these photos, visit the recent blog post, here.
14. Don and I from "A Savoir Faire"
Photo: Nicki Metcalf Photography
15. One More of Me and the Hubby
I truly think this may be my favorite photo of he and I to date. I honestly hit the Jackpot with this one. I don't know why God chose to bless me with him, but I am so very glad that he did. I feel like Nicki perfectly captured our personalities in this photo. I just love it.
Well there you have it. It's by no means all of the photos I like from 2015, but just a little recap of some of my favorite moments. I hope 2016 finds you well and leaves you with happy and joyous memories. God bless.