My daughter Eleanor turned three today. It has been an amazing three years. I’m so lucky to have such an amazing family. Eleanor’s secret identity is Dr. Princess Girl. Her secret is safe with us. Happy Birthday sweet pea!
Last week I spent five days in Huatulco, Mexico with 40 incredible wedding photographers from all over the world. We spent it at the amazing Las Palmas Resort. The photograph above is the view at midnight. It was a reunion for the three Genesis Workshops which have been held in Philadelphia, Memphis and Las Vegas. We had an incredible time in an incredible place. I ate some form of taco for every meal of every day. I even ended up capturing a proposal and engagement session while we were in town! Check out the preview blog for that entire amazing story! Enjoy some highlights.
In March of 2012 I attended the last of three Genesis photography workshops in Las Vegas, Nevada. I spent my time in Vegas learning from and working with some of the top photographers around the world. These people were amazing photographers, and even more incredible, they were outstanding human beings. Although I was a bit intimidated by these giants, they took the time to push me creatively and technically. The knowledge I gained was immeasurable, but the Genesis experience wasn’t isolated to just learning. I began fostering friendships with people in a way that is hard to come by in this busy life. And I wasn’t the only one that felt this way. Something incredibly special and dynamic was happening between members of this group, and so started the Genereunions. I was unable to attend the first reunion in the Outer Banks. I promised myself that I would not miss the next one.
Fast forward to Tuesday the 14th of January 2014. The sun was showing off it’s spectacular golden hues as it hung low in the sky slowly giving way to darkness. I had been in Huatulco, Mexico for the second Genereunion for a few days and I had only taken a few quick snapshots of the resort where the Genesis crew was staying. I decided it was time to start making a record of my journey, so I grabbed my camera bag and descended the dusty gravel ridge from Las Palmas to Playa Violin beach. I had no idea that in a moment when I reached the secluded beach that I would have the most epic, serendipitous experience of my professional career, not to mention the best possible start to 2014. As I climbed down the rock face onto the beach, there in the sunset stood a young couple who had just gotten engaged. They had no idea a wedding photographer had just stumbled upon their proposal when they asked me to take a photo with their iPhone. I pointed to my bag full of photography equipment and told them I was a wedding photographer and we did an impromptu shoot right there on the beach. We exchanged contact information and I invited them to the 80′s party we were having at the resort that night. Sam and Dan attended the party where we shared drinks and a new friendship blossomed, regardless of the fact that I was dressed in my underwear as Tom Cruise in Risky Business. A few days later we shot their engagement session in town and enjoyed a fantastic dinner. It was perfect.
I started shooting professionally as a means to scratch a creative itch and provide for my beautiful family. What I didn’t realize was how many stories would touch me so deeply, and I certainly had no idea that so many new and wonderful friendships would be fostered as a result of picking up a camera. Please enjoy these very special selections from Dan and Sam’s beach proposal and engagement shoot, and don’t forget to look for their wedding photos in 2015!
2013 was an outstanding year. We met so many incredible people and got to be a part of a lot of really cool weddings. We can’t thank our clients enough for allowing us to join them in their celebrations. On a personal note, capturing genuine emotions and moments has become one of the true pleasures of my life, and I invite you to relive some of the best moments from 2013. Now booking for 2014 and 2015.
I couldn’t help but post a few extra photos on the blog for this wedding. For one thing it was a great wedding with a great couple. It was also my second of the weekend and last wedding of 2013. I had just finished up a wedding at Bear Creek Mountain Resort and was ready for another. It was an awesome year and I have awesome clients to thank for it. I look forward to lots more weddings and blog posts in 2014! Check out some highlights of Lauren and Matt’s incredible wedding day. Lauren and her dad had the very best awesome medley father daughter dance I have seen yet. We had an a great time and I think you can tell! Congrats to the happy couple and Happy New Year!