30.5.10

Lessons from a camel... on posing...



So I took the kids to Lazy5 Ranch here in Charlotte NC yesterday and I was super impressed by the fabulosity of this camel.
Work it OUT camel.

She was all... oh... hold on folks there's a photographer here... pardon me... and then she posed like she was on America's next top model.  Then she tried to bite my 7-year-old who tried to get in her shot.
I get it camel. 
This is about YOU... not him... 


Sorta feel like I should go back for an engagement session with this dude.... 



22.5.10

Compliments that really mean something to you....

I'm the kind of person who appreciates nice feedback.  I don't really care if you are rich and famous... it doesn't matter to me.  If you see something in my work and let me know... I really appreciate it...

Sometimes... there are people who you really with all your heart look up to.

For me... Celia Tejada is one of those people.  From a design perspective... she is the top of the heap to me... My friends will know this already.  Celia is the creative powerhouse behind.... POTTERY BARN.. yeah...

Now... those of you who know me know... there are not many things that make me happier in life than Pottery Barn.  And sure... everyone loves Pottery Barn... so what is it that makes ME love it so much?  It's their unending creativity.  You simply never look at a new catalog without them KILLING it again and again... using a found object as wall art..... or a bird cage as a lamp... sure everyone does it NOW... but they did it FIRST.

Know why?   CELIA.  SHE is the one who's style you see in the pages...

Maybe 15 years ago I saw an article in House Beautiful Magazine that featured her home.  I was floooooooored.  I think Brian and I were still dating!  I was dreaming of what I'd love in a home.

Her style was so... elegant... but wild... totally unafraid.... THAT is my favorite part about her.

Those of you who know me won't find that hard to believe either!  (Remember my chocolate brown kitchen?)

She'll hang a bucket from a rope over a clawfoot tub and fill it with sea sponges and soaps and you have never seen anything so beautiful.

She is not afraid to express herself through her interior design.... I ADORE that about her.

I feel like a home should reflect your personality.... I actually designed my house  from the ground up!

It was super fun.  Now I'm working on the inside... when it's finished I'll post pics here.... so you can see more of my own style... SOOO influenced by my all time- super- top- favorite designer in the universe...


OH... and here's my point.  I emailed her to say thanks for inspiring me...
And she emailed back... no really!  The head designer at Pottery Barn!
Here's what she said!

"Jeremie, i took a look at your website ,you are very talented ,a great eye! .......
Keep in touch,
Celia"
I think I need to go take a moment... this is better to me than a rockstar or the President.... or both.. :)

13.5.10

What 'Engagement Sessions' are about to me...

I just got this note from a bride after she saw her engagement photos......



Jeremie! Okay, so I was a little nervous about how our engagment pictures were going to turn out because I am so awkward in front of a camera and all that jazz but oh, my goodness! The pictures are seriously absolutely WONDERFUL! Thank you so much! I knew you were an amazing artist/photographer before, and now I know it so many times more after seeing our pictures! You are seriously awesome!





Now....
a)   this kind of response makes my day.  I want nothing more than for you to have an emotional reaction to your photos.... 

b) it struck me how nervous she was because this girlie is a knockout!! 

So I wanted to write a little bit about how I view my sessions.

I enjoy doing "inspired sessions".  I think they are super fun and adorable.... and so if that is what you are looking for... let's go for it...
If you have a special hobby together and love to golf.... or love picnics... I will break out a bright red picnic basket so fast it'll make your head spin!

BUT... what I am not super into is photos that are 'trendy' or 'themed' but have zero to do with YOU as a couple!

If that means me sacrificing my 'blog time' on Style Me Pretty..... so be it!

I would rather deliver intimate, meaningful photos that will take your breath away 25 years down the road... and take you right back to the way you feel today.

That is my entire goal... not just to take cute photos... but to help give your marriage a strong foundation... in my own tiny way... visually... 

I think most of us in this industry believe in love and believe that what we are doing helps to form a stronger bond between a couple.

Sure- sometimes things in the wedding industry get out of hand or over the top... but I guarantee... if you sat any wedding professional down and had a real heart to heart to them... they would tell you their reason for doing this is.. deep down... that they are moved every time they see their work add to a bride and groom's joy.

And if that is not true- nobody tell me otherwise because that is what I choose to believe! :)

Brides and grooms- and families for that matter... what I want to give you is what YOU dream of. 

That is what is important to me...

I am a doctoral candidate from Syracuse University in psychology... so I take time to read each couple (no... not too deeply.... ) just enough to try to see who they are so that I can capture some of that relationship between them... whatever it is that makes them THEM.

I don't care if their clothes aren't the trendiest or they haven't lost the last 5 pounds!!! I haven't either!  

WHat I care about and what makes me so happy- is seeing the LOVE that you bring time and time again.

I am still waiting to see that couple who just should not be together... or who is in it for the wrong reason.... etc... have yet to meet them!

My couples are typically romantics and super in love! 
So sure... bring your white shirt.. you know me!  But other than that... show up with your love and your photos will turn out great! 




 

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