Chelsea and Trey have been nothing short of amazing to work with. Not only is Chelsea just the sweetest human being but her now husband Trey is hysterical and always kept me on my toes with his sarcasm. Plus….. a little tiny detail of their wedding who stole the show was their little yorkie Squirt. I mean what’s not to love about a wedding day with a dog ring bearer in a tux?!!?!
Even a bit of a rainy windy day could not spoil the fun and joy of their day and I am so so so excited and pleased to share with you all a look inside their wedding album which is now being hand-crafted in Italy to be on it’s way to us very soon.
Note to 2019 brides… our 2019 wedding schedule will be very limited so that I can ensure plenty of time to give my very best to each couple and we have some exciting new collection options with wedding coverage starting at just $1400 and fully customizable collections ranging from $1900-5000. Give us a call today to schedule your consultation and reserve your wedding date.
Today I get to show off Jessie & Derek’s Columbia, MO wedding day. This lovely bride is actually my cousin so this wedding was a really fun one where even my little one got to attend and dance her heart out at the reception (when she wasn’t ‘assisting’ mommy by clinging to my leg while I photographed said dancing!).
I don’t work often back in Missouri but being home those central MO weddings have a very special place in my heart (session too!). It’s so much fun for me to be back photographing at places where some of my very first sessions took place. There’s nothing more nostalgic than heading back to downtown Columbia, MU campus or even the Capital to photograph again. Add in a super fun bridal party, the sweetest couple, beautiful lighting, the cutest reception decorations plus a good friend second shooting with me and this was a perfect wedding day!
If you’re a Missouri bride, bring me home! The best part is central-Missouri weddings include FREE travel!!
I cannot tell you how reinvigorating my week in this Tennessee mountain cabin with 19 other EXTREMELY talented photographers was for me. I have always thought that continued education is a MUST for our industry. I’ve been in business full time for 7 years and another 6 before that part time and I can tell you photography as a whole looks nothing now like it did nearly 14 years ago when I started and I guarantee it won’t look the same in another 14. But while I’ve attended HUGE conferences with thousands of photographers, learned from hundreds of instructors from all over the US and the world, I’ve never been to a retreat like this one.
In three days, this group of 20 photographers went from ‘omg we are legit living with these people for three days’ to ‘omg how are we going to be states away now?!?’ … friendships were formed that I expect to last for years to come. And while we learned from two top-notch educators we also learned from each other. Seriously, guys this cabin was dripping with talented photographers yet somehow no egos, it was a beautiful thing.
Ok, enough about everyone else, what about ME (haha)… this retreat is just what I needed! I LOVE (like LOVE LOVE LOVE) what I do and thanks to all of you I’ve been able to build a business doing what I love right here in Central IL but I want more. No, I’m not talking about wanting more money, more fame (ha) or anything like that. But I felt I wanted to give you MORE. That I wasn’t giving all I had/could but I couldn’t see where to go next, what to do next and I’m THRILLED to tell you that both instructors connected these dots for me. Not only do I know what we were missing but I know HOW to give it to you and our road forward is not only bright and exciting it’s flipping paved in glitter (ok ok I might be just a bit excited).
So what does this mean for SJP and specifically YOU? I promise you’ll see very soon but for starters you’ll want to follow us on snapchat and instagram if you don’t already because that’s where we’ll be leaking a few early peeks at what I’m working on for you. And sign up for our monthly E-Zine which will hit your inbox ONCE a month with the latest news and exclusive offers ONLY available to our VIP list.