Writing a ‘year-in-review’ post is a pretty neat trend in photography these days. It’s a way that photographers can consolidate all their absolute best images into one post so that they can show prospective clients the depth and breadth of their work.
I started working on one of these posts a few weeks ago, but it wasn’t just to compile images for an internet show, I was preparing for my first booth at a local bridal show. Now these things can get out of hand, some vendors pack an entire Ikea living room into an eight foot square booth. I had a few goals in mind with mine and started by choosing images according to the following criteria:
Diverse – In 2012, I met so many awesome couples and every one of them was unique. Their stories were different, their weddings were a reflection of their uniqueness and I had sought to show that in my work.
Natural – I hate cheesy, posy photos as much as everybody else does, and I love that I’m able to take photos so often of people being themselves and enjoying the company of the people they are closest to.
Fun – I love seeing people have fun and I love capturing those moments. I wanted people to feel that energy and excitement as soon as they saw my work in the booth.
I couldn’t have put this show together if it weren’t for the people who I was privileged to work with this year. As I sought to represent all of you in this display, the booth became my 2012 ‘year-in-review’. Given a little more space, time, and money, I would have quickly doubled the photos in this booth because there was so much to choose from. In this, my first year of business, I’m humbled by the support of the people around me who’ve allowed me to be here.
So here’s some photos of the booth at the show. It was an exciting experience that I’m very glad I did. The response was excellent and the excitement I saw in the brides as we talked about the work I do was such an encouragement to me. Besides coming away with a stack of over 50 couples’ names and phone numbers who said they’d like to schedule a consultation, this experience gave me a very real sense of success at what I’m striving to do.
The entire set was hand-made with a stack of bamboo that I bought from home depot. It was quite the process trying to figure out a way to show everything in a natural, DIY method without spending a ton of money on prints or materials. Bamboo is simply amazing. Light, strong and looks fantastic!
I strategically placed a bowl of candy near the outside of the booth to attract grooms… It was also ironically placed beneath this stunning photo of Maria, a dentist :-)!
We also gave away free chap stick, something useful for the winter season! This idea was spearheaded by my awesome lady, Stacy.
A card to hand to people talking about how I approach wedding photography and a brief overview of our wedding package. The bottom part tore off for couples to leave their information.
I transferred a few prints to wood for a truly rustic display medium. They got a ton of attention, as did the sample album featuring Joe & Sarah’s Wedding and the slide show of Nicole & Adam’s wedding.
This wall featured a photo booth collage display along with some more lovely couples.
And here it is in all it’s splendor… The 20″ by 30″ wood transfer of Devon ‘planking’ over the top of he & Danielle’s wedding party may have been the show stealer. Not only were people attracted by the medium, but they loved the relaxed and natural feel to their wedding.
I may still post a “2012 Review” in the winter months if I get a period to slow down, so stay tuned. Next up you’ll be seeing Crystal & Frank’s family session, Theresa & Will’s engagement photos and the whole story of Maria & Keith’s wedding from December.
Here’s to a splendid 2013! It starts this Saturday with Gina & Bryan’s wedding at Woodloch!