in a world where social media is booming, it is easy for photographers to get lost in the excitement of becoming known by others in their industry. we use twitter, facebook, and blogs to stay in touch and promote the industry. this all comes at the expense of our time - time that is taken away from other tasks. now i'm not saying that social media isn't important - it gives our clients an understanding of our personalities and what to expect. it also helps us learn from one another and improve our image quality. it's *extremely* important. but it needs to be balanced in order to keep our skills sharp and to continuing learning. after all, our client is the #1 priority.
i wrote an FAQ post about gaining inspiration from other photographers and have since had a couple of e-mails asking who i follow. i tend to follow people who have a similar, but not exact, style as mine. i learn something different from each of them and it has shaped my own unique style in the process. all of these photographers have also achieved the balance between networking with other photographers, and providing quality service to their clients.
locally, for Houston wedding photography, i regularly meet up with Jenna Dee and Grant Detro of Stuio|Detro, Kris Fulk, Alex Garza, Deji Osinulu, and Christine Tremoulet... mostly at First Thursdays. they are all AMAZING wedding photographers and i know i could count on any of them in a pinch.
i also follow a couple of other photographers nationally who i think are absolutely incredible...
Donna Von Bruening - Donna is a Savannah wedding photographer and holds a special place to me. she is who i selected as my own wedding photographer in 2008 and inspired me to follow my 6-yr long dream to become a photographer. she started her business after the loss of her father and, ever since, she has been capturing those sentimental moments experienced by a family during a wedding. she is playful, warm, and extremely talented. she may be one the busiest people i know and her strong work ethic inspires me to push harder each day. here are a couple photos from her most recent wedings.
and if you're on the edge of your seat wondering what my photos looked like, i'll just happen to provide the link to the blog post! oh yeah... for my wedding, my mom begged me to dye my hair closer to its natural color (dark blonde) so you won't find any firey red haired bride here... the secret is out!
Susan Stripling - Susan is a New York City wedding photographer and has some of the best use of light i have ever seen. some of her photos are absolutely breahtaking. i love that i can read her blog, and be moved by each wedding she has shot. i followed her blog before i was even a wedding photographer and have always loved her work - it has gotten more impressive every year. here are just a couple of examples of the beautiful way Susan uses light.
Chelsea Nicole - Chelsea is a Las Vegas wedding photographer who i just recently stumbled across. i emailed her to ask about a few of her photos and received a response the same day... she's an open book and i love it. she has an incredible portfolio filled with images displaying sharp, saturated colors. so many photographers use a shallow depth of field to blur out a dull background. instead, chelsea embraces her surroundings and finds the background that is going to add excitment to the image. these are the two images on Chelsea's blog that made me immediately fall in love with her work.
i just heard back from Erin of Fuller Edge, the last of the 4 photographers i follow religiously, with permission to post a photo, so i had to be sure to add it to this post.
Erin and Chad of Fuller Edge - Erin and Chad are a husband/wife team for Calgary wedding photography. i started following them when i was branding my business... i would meet with graphic designers and always described my desired brand as "edgy". i got a lot of weird looks followed up by "what does that mean?". so i looked to google for some examples, and came across Fuller Edge when i typed in 'edgy wedding photography'. it was like love at first site - their saturated colors and sharp, grungy backgrounds reminded me of a magainze page pulled out of its publication and pasted into the web.
although their main focus seems to be weddings, their maternity shoots are phenominal. when i eventually decide to have kids (in like... 15 years... yeah, that's about right...) i will be flying to Calgary for photography. partly because they are amazing, and partly because i want to see them work. ;) here is a fabulous photograph Erin sent me one of their weddings - *LOVE*
thanks ladies (and Chad!) for permission to use your pics on my blog! you're fabulous photographers and i'm honored to be a part of the photography industry with you.