Breathe in, breathe out. Daily reminder. Little crazy at the moment, but wanted to share a few musings of the last couple of months. It’s been such a fun mix of wedding, engagement, commercial & editorial work. More, more, more!
I’m always interested in how people find me. A referral, a blog feature, word of mouth. No matter which way it comes in I want couples to have a unique experience with me. Their stories are always different, their needs are always different, and I want to be able to capture it in the best way possible… a way that’s true to them. I also want them to have confidence in this choice….in me. That without a shadow of a doubt, I’m the photographer for them. And with these two, I’ll say this: fom the initial email to the consult, I KNEW these two were for me. And I for them. We hit it off, chatted over cocktails, went on crazy tangents…it was like sitting with two friends who I had known for years. Factor in their wedding plans — small, intentional, lush conservatory — and I’m in. Just my cup of tea, people. Give me this everyday and I will die happy.
One of the sweetest moments was witnessing Lillie’s sister walk her down the aisle and give her away on behalf of their father, who had passed. It was moments like that I’m extremely humbled and thankful I get to be an “outsider” looking in. Getting a snippet of something so special in their lives — such an awesome feeling & role to have.
Congrats to Lillie & Byron, you two are the sweetest and I’m wishing you nothing but true, true happiness.
A funny thing happens when I start talking with clients, getting to know them, and practically going through the engagement process with them — and it’s something I love — we actually become good friends. Other than sharing exciting news on what venue they booked, or what craft project they’ve finally completed, you share excitements in life & love & everything in-between. This is one of those gals. Brianne was one of the first people to book me for my 2014 season because she booked in November of 2012. Erik was in the military, so they had planned to get married once he had completed his duties and was able to live back in Seattle. That left 2 years of getting to know Brianne and not only chat all things weddings, but support her in her endeavors, excitements in trips to see Erik, and I can truly say I’ve really enjoyed that time. She’s one of the kindest, thoughtful, funniest, and let’s be real….design-oriented clients I’ve ever had. There was NO shortage of amazing little details to shoot here…Brianne is unreal and made EVERY flower at her wedding out of paper. Pretty dang cool.
The last thing I ever want to be is a vendor. I want to be part of the action, the commotion, the love, the chaos and be able to celebrate with people I’ve come to know and genuinely capture their day. I’m so happy I got to be there for theirs. Cheers to B & E!
And a big thanks to Amber Zbitnoff to seconding this one for me…some of the images below are hers.
Oh where to begin with this one.
It was such a fun, emotional, creatively fulfilling, and just HAPPY day. Not only for me, but for a dear dear friend of mine, Kate and her man Adam — who pulled off one stunning proposal. I’m so honored to have been a part of this and capture such a milestone for them. Plus, we had a fabulous day actually shooting for fun (mind you, I love what I do, but sometimes it’s nice to just let loose and do whatever) in a beautiful place, with good friends. Doesn’t get much better. However, let’s start at the beginning, shall we?
My boyfriend and I had ventured out to Eastern WA a few months ago to do a little hiking and exploring and had stumbled upon some sand dunes. Spending an hour or so there, I knew I had to get back there and shoot. Whether it was with friends, clients, etc. didn’t matter. The fact was they were stunning and I needed to return (plus, I had no idea they even existed in Washington!) However, the desire to go out and shoot here quickly grew a second agenda — a proposal.
A bit before we had set our plan in stone with some lovely girlfriends, I get a phone call from Kate’s boyfriend, Adam wanting to see if he could pull of a proposal out at these sand dunes. UMMM yes, sir, you can certainly do that. He was about to walk into one of the best documented proposals in history…3 photographers with cameras on hand waiting to shoot in one of the most picturesque places. Talk about well planned! We spoke, schemed, and figured out a way to make it happen during our day trip to Frenchman’s Coulee. Here are a few photos from the day prior to the engagement…read on.
You guys. It’s finally here. Alive, in it’s flesh, for the whole world to see (okay, maybe the 10 of you that actually read this thing and my mom). I HAVE AN ACTUAL PORTFOLIO SITE for the first time since I’ve started this crazy business. And it’s loaded with not only weddings & engagements, but commercial work, lifestyle work, portraits, travel, etc.
I’m also so excited to reveal my new branding! A lot of blood, sweat, and tears went into this thing over the last year when I originally started this whole crazy idea of “hey, I can totally do this myself!”. And of course, as the months moved on, I procrastinated more and more. That’s the funny thing about branding yourself — you can take your sweet ass time because you’re not running up a bill. And that’s the most awful part….I have a million chances to change something and second guess myself. Well, it ends now. Clean, simple, bright, but considered. I’m happy, proud, and think this is the truest reflection of allowing my photography work to shine.
A new website, a new blog, business cards, thank you cards, envelopes, zip drives, packaging and custom wrapping paper. There’s also a slew of behind the scenes things like a custom contract, questionnaire, client pdfs, welcome booklet & pricing guide (which you can see pulled up on the iPad at the end). Whew. I don’t think I’ll be taking on another one of these bad boys for a loooooong time. Throughout the post, I’ll point out all vendors involved in case you’re interested.
Here it is in all it’s glory — the new Carina Skrobecki Photography. So go, wander around & explore. Hope y’all like it! My business cards were printed through the Pike Street Press by my buddy Sean — 220# Crane Lettra with a deep blue and a copper edge painting. Love the way they turned out!