The Way of the Artist Photographer and Why You Really Want One for Your Wedding Day

The Way of the Artist Photographer and Why You Really Want One for Your Wedding Day

1. The Artist Photographer lives and works from their heart.
Think about it. Don't you want someone who lives from a passionate heart photographing one of the most loving, passionate days of your life? A day where you see your Dad cry? And your Aunt and Uncle who have been divorced for a decade laugh and dance together? And your sister's kid gurgling with giggles, eyes wide with wonder, toddling up to each guest as they try to make it down the aisle? That's a big, heartfelt yes. 

"If it's both terrifying and amazing, you should definitely pursue it." - anonymous

Photographic Artists Suzanne and Mike Ofeldt of Shewanders Photography make living their art and their play, they stay open to all experiences and inspiration and sometimes muse:

  • What would you be doing in an alternate reality? 
  • Who would you be? 
  • What would you create?

Suzanne and Mike say "Art and photography are our favorite ways to explore new realities. New realities within ourselves, others and the world around us. This month, we have been experimenting and recreating memories, dreams and other visions with portraits, groups and landscapes. We love being inspired with a wild perspective and making it come to life through photography."

2. The Artist Photographer is looking for beauty in, sometimes, the most unique places. As Suzanne told us "I entered into a photo contest with an entry called, 'The Town'. Our beginnings and endings, trials and errors, questions of identity and worth, dreams and risks can take place on any street. This is my collection of images and wishes that seeing beauty in a space might help others to see beauty in each other." We just love her!!!! 

    3. The Artist Photographer stays in the moment so they can capture your soul. Artists capture spontaneity and joy on one of the most [sometimes overly] planned days of your life. That's because they are staying in the moment, looking for the light and the love and the art in your day.  You must be in the moment to stay in touch with emotion and when that happens and you are a talented photographic artist like Shewanders...we think magic happens.

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    4. The Artist Photographer stays inspired ... because life is magical and there's always some new adventure around the corner.  "Suzanne and I meet to discuss a new chapter of The Artist's Way on a weekly basis. This process has changed who we are as artists and as a couple. There are questions at the end of each chapter with subjects that hit deep and get to the root of our inner child and artist. It's a safe place to explore and be really open with each other, sparking conversations that bring greater connection and vulnerability. It's hard for me to always be super emotional, but this book makes it simple to realize the art that is already inside of you. It reminds you and gives you the confidence to experiment." - Mike

    You may ask what about the tradition wedding shots we need? Of course the artist captures the photos you need like the wedding party, bride with family, groom with family, etc., but they also make sure to fly free to capture the spontaneity and the feels of your wedding so they can gift to you what they do best; images that will evoke the magic of your wedding day and inspire generations to come.   Thank you Suzanne and Mike for always inspiring us too!!  xo

    Two of our favorite things come together for a lovely wedding photo

    We love it when two of our favorite things come together to make such a beautiful finished product and Tim Otto Photography and the gorgeous La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla are two of our very favorite things and we think it's easy to see why.... 

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    La Valencia hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla (known affectionately as the Pink Lady) offers some of the most beautiful wedding settings in Southern California. Tim Otto is one of the top wedding portrait, engagement and special event photographers and when these two come together well we're just in awe! 

    Black and white portraits; still creating beautiful art after all these years

    There's something about black-and-white imagery that is so beautiful in portraits, allowing us to see a person's soul without getting distracted by color. Photographic artist and expert Stacy Childers of House of Style is well known as a top stylist and photographic artist for major brands, professional clients and wedding couples, she's been teaching other photographers the skill of capturing beauty with a camera for years. Stacy loves to work in black and white often and we can see why. 

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    Still life with life: a 'day in the life' portrait series captures a humble, intimate beauty in the everyday

    You wouldn't think that the day in and day out of living your life; working, getting your kids to school, getting everybody's teeth brushed and the myriad mundane tasks of a normal day would be considered art, but that's exactly what the super talented Red Trolley Studios created when they spent 24 hours with local photographer Holly Ireland and her family at their home. These touching, intimate and loving day-in-the-life images showcase that when you love people and you love what you do you can capture art in the simplest of moments.

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    We think this is the most beautiful series of images ( and we see a lot of beautiful images !) the trust that this beautiful family put into their photographer is evident in the amazing quality of honesty and emotion in these photos. 

    It's the Great San Diego Engagement Shoot Contest! Win a $500 engagement shoot on Valentine's Day!

    On February 14, 2016 Valentine’s Day at The Wedding Party EXPO, this ‘Romance’ theme show will have a special Engagement Photo Shoot Prize featuring some of the areas top photographers capturing the love in a FREE engagement session right at the show! 

    4 lucky couples will get an engagement shoot right at the show. Each couple gets paired with a top area wedding photographer [like the incredible Tim Otto Photography - see some of his work below]. This photographic artist will spend a little time with you at the lovely Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Resort get to know you a little and to see your unique beauty in person and then do a FREE engagement shoot in gorgeous pre staged areas designed by Lauren Sharon Vintage Rentals! 

    Each winning couple gets all retouched engagement photos from the shoot… plus an 11” x 14” print of their fave photo from the shoot … and all images on flash drive……… total value $500! 

     Enter to win just click here!

    With decor sponsored by Pop Up Picnic a division of Lauren Sharon Design & Rentals.

    Source: http://www.sandiegoweddingparty.com/great-san-diego-engagement-shoot/

    Save the date February 14, 2016 for the romance themed wedding party expo

    San Diego's great big beautiful wedding planning show for all engaged couples is back at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay on Sunday, February 14 of next year and we can't wait! 

    Brides, grooms, maids, groomsmen, moms, dads...everyone loves the Wedding Party! 

    The Wedding Party has the most stylis, on trend wedding fashion shows in the country.

    With fabulous food and fashion you'll love this show famous for its open and stylish format. 

    Gorgeous displays from top wedding resources are like a living Pinterest board!  

    Meet top caterers, florists, rental companies, photographers, videographers, DJs, musicians, bands, event planners and some of the finest reception and ceremony venues in the country

    A heartfelt plea from a professional wedding photographer asking guests to unplug goes viral.

    Why is it that in less than 24 hours a photographer's self proclaimed "rant" on Facebook got almost 80,000 likes and was shared by 60,000 people? Because wedding professionals deeply and profoundly care about your wedding experience that's why. They care about both your day-of experience and the memories that you will have for the rest of your life. Photographers know that they have a window to capture all the love, all the joy, all the power, all the family connections and magical moments with one of a kind looks and the feels that you want to remember for the rest of your lives, and yet sadly there are obstacles that are placed in front of them at every turn of a wedding. We love the message that Australian photographer Thomas Stewart Photography (clearly a very talented photographer as you can see from these images) shared with the world. Having been in the wedding field for almost 20 years we've heard some pros emoting about this issue (and the issue of guests making better doors than windows seems to get worse each year) but we love the way Thomas stated it. 

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    Please read and learn and for heaven's sake insist on an unplugged wedding day for your own sake (if not your photographer's) and at the very least keep your ceremony unplugged and enjoyed the way it was meant to be: 'in the moment' and by all.

    Here it its in its entirety - (used with permission): "Right, I've had enough. I want to talk to you all about guests using mobile phones / cameras at weddings. I want to plead with you, and I'm going to make this very simple: brides and grooms, please have a completely unplugged wedding ceremony.

    Look at this photo. This groom had to lean out past the aisle just to see his bride approaching. Why? Because guests with their phones were in the aisle and in his way.

    This sucks. And i'm not blaming these guests in particular; I actually take a large amount of responsibility for this occurring. In the past I should have been more specific with my clients in explaining to them why guests should be told no photos. Well, from now on, I'm going to make a pretty big deal about it.

    If you're planning a wedding, please consider these points:

    1. Guests with phones, iPads and cameras get right in your photographer's way. They have no idea how to stay out of our way. They often ruin many of our shots. They will make our photos worse. You're paying a photographer quite a bit of money; that means you want great photos. We cannot do our best work with people getting in our way.

    2. These same guests will get in YOUR way. You will miss moments of your own wedding day because there'll be an iPad in the way. You will miss seeing your partner's face in the aisle.

    3. The guests' photos are usually crap. I'm sorry, but it is true. You can't take great photos with your camera phone by leaning into the aisle of a dark church to photograph a moving subject. Hell, even lots of professionals have trouble with this.

    And finally, the most important point:

    4. Imagine you're in the middle of your wedding ceremony. You're elated. You decide to take a quick glance towards your guests as you're sure they're sharing these happy moments with you, possibly even shedding a tear of their own. What do you see? NO FACES AT ALL AS THEY ARE ALL HIDDEN BEHIND PHONES AND CAMERAS! I highly doubt this is the way you want to remember your wedding ceremony.

    In your invites, tell everyone you're having an unplugged ceremony: no technology, please, Write it on a chalkboard which guests can see as they arrive on the day. Tell your celebrant / minister / priest to tell the guests at the start of the ceremony. HIRE A PLANE TO WRITE IT IN THE SKY!

    And guests, you've been invited to this wedding to share and celebrate the love that two people feel for each other. They didn't invite you along to take photographs that they probably won't really look at anyway. They want you there with them in heart and soul, and they want to see your tear-filled eyes as you form part of their wedding ceremony. You are witnesses to their marriage, so for goodness sake, watch them with your eyes and your minds, not your phones.

    So guests please, for my sake, and for sake of the two people getting married, leave your cameras at home and put your phones / ipads away:)

    // end rant //"

    We say 'well said Thomas Stewart' xo

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