This is a long overdue post from the time I spent in Charlottesville, VA at the Belle Lumiere Magazine workshop. These workshops are designed to help photographers have a creative outlet, work with other like minded creatives, and continue to learn and hone in on your craft. I was able to do just that and more, it gave me the opportunity to try new things, sharpen my skills as a photographer so I’m able to take better photographs and be a better photographer for my clients.
The weekend started out with a roundtable discussion with some very talented individuals in the wedding industry, they shared their insight and knowledge regarding being in this ever changing industry. It’s easy to get consumed in your everyday work (emails, editing, more emails, phone calls, more editing, and then the good stuff, the actual photography!) Listening to these speakers made me excited again and made me realize I can take risk with my work, I can be creative with the images I take!
The next part of the workshop was filled with the most beautiful styled brides and wedding details! We had free rein to photograph our hearts out, it was truly hard to stop clicking that shutter button! I used 3 new types of film stock to capture the beauty in front of me and boy am I glad I went out of my comfort zone! I was able to find a new favorite film to use (and I’ve been using it ever since), I’m obsessed with the deep and rich colors this film is able to capture, how it creates a timelessness to every image.
From the bright florals and Jimmy Choos to the flowing silk runner, there were details everywhere! Here’s what Lauren Emerson had to say about her envision and inspiration for this beautifully put together shoot:
Where tradition meets fine art” is our motto at Lauren Emerson Events & Design and we absolutely wanted that to translate into our shoot at Pippin Hill. We had a beautiful dress by Rime Arodaky that was a large inspiration for this shoot. The lace long sleeve top screamed tradition, but the open back and pleated skirt gave a nod to our fine art and modern style. We wanted a bouquet that would play into the juxtaposition of the dress and the ruffled petals of our Grace Rose Farm blooms and cleaner lines of the tuberose did just that. Our table scape was a continuation of these clean lines and softer accents. We went with a monochromatic typography menu with a border placed on top of soft linen napkins. Our table runner was generously lent to us from Stella Wolfe and we absolutely loved how it draped over the hard edges of the wood and iron hairpin table legs. No detail was by mistake, we even chose the bentwood chairs to mimic the table leg shape.
My favourite detail of the shoot by far was the cake created by Sweet Fix. Not only were the sugar flowers spot on with the selections we made for the bouquet and centerpieces but the overall texture and colour of fondant were to die for. Amanda created a soft marbled almost paper like appearance that we just couldn’t help but go gaga over.“
EMILY BLUMBERG PHOTOGRAPHY BELLE LUMIERE MAGAZINE PIPPIN HILL FARM LAUREN EMERSON EMILY TUCKER BROWN LINEN DESIGN KYLIE MARTIN PHOTOVISION PRINTS – STEPHEN WOOD PAISLEY AND JADE AVERY BY RIME ARODAKY DELILAH BY RIME ARODAKY STELLA WOLFE TYPO BOUTIQUE Ashton Gardner Brianna Sumey THE DRESS THEORY VIVIENNE BY FLORAL BLUSH SWEET FIX