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Anna Bé: Her Life Magazine October Trendsetter

I know I haven’t posted our September cover yet for Her Life Magazine and usually try to post them in order but since the 2011 wedding season just ended and the start of the 2012 wedding planning is underway I think it’s only appropriate to post our October Trendsetter for Anna Bé first. If you’re planning a 2012 summer wedding and not wanting to purchase a wedding dress “off the rack” now is the time to order your dress so what better time to show some awesome dresses to give you some inspiration. I LOVED the dresses we got to use for this photo shoot! No cliché wedding gowns you’ve seen hundreds of times on bride after bride. The idea behind the shoot was centered around the 1920’s with a modern spin. It was great to get to work with male models as well for this one to change things up. Other than our AWESOME models I have to say this shoot was one of my most challenging to date. I personally am happy with the end result of the images but nothing seemed to go right for this one the day of. You won’t typically hear me complain about photography (other than it is a LOT of work- I LOVE it anyway) but I think sometimes it’s okay to share that not everything goes smoothly every time and like most people’s jobs we have days that it just seems like our boss and the world are against us and this just happened to be one of those days. Everything from being told from the venue midway through the shoot that we weren’t allowed to use the fog machine, accidentally pulling a cord that brought one of my lights crashing down, rushing through the second half of the shoot due to some delays in getting ready, being told to keep my day job (as a firefighter) and some troubles working with the clients were all part of our day. I was definitely ready to hang up the camera for good after this one but I think in the end that the pictures turned out great (even if it’s just my opinion). Here’s some of my favorites- would love some feedback on this one!

Our AMAZING Models: Lauren Cisneros, Alex Emerson, Rachael Brink, & Jonny Blanciak all from Donna Baldwin Talent

Volkel Image - November 22, 2011 - 9:28 PM

Thank you so much Leta! I can’t believe it’s already been a year since Traci & Jeff were married- where did this past year go? I definitely agree that sometimes our biggest challenges are our best learning experiences and while they may be difficult going through them when looking back you realize the lessons that came from them are worth it. Thanks for the encouragement!

Leta Barrientos - November 21, 2011 - 3:44 PM

These are awesome pictures..as always!! It has been a year since you did Traci and Jeff’s wedding and I still check out the website because you do such great work!! Sorry it was such a challenge on this one. Something I wanted to pass on….”If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” Leta Barrientos (Traci’s mom)

Volkel Image - November 10, 2011 - 8:40 PM

Heather you are awesome and so sweet!!! Thank you so much for the kind words. You are beautiful photographer yourself so don’t forget that! We really appreciate the feedback it really makes us feel good after such a difficult shoot. It was very stressful so glad that in the end it was worth it!

Heather M. Smith - November 10, 2011 - 6:50 PM

Hi Dusty and Michelle! Well, I’m by NO MEANS on the same planet as you guys are in skill level, creativity or conceptualizing or anything. But, since you asked for comments specifically, I had to say something. If you hadn’t said anything, I don’t think anyone would be the wiser! If you had challenges, I don’t see them. Matter-of-fact, I am literally slack-jawed at how amazing the images are! I am absolutely devouring everything about these images! The concept, the execution, the location, the ambiance, the skill and technique behind the photography, your vision…I mean, I could go on and on and on….

Btw…I think my favorite of the set shown is image #15. That dress, in direct and equal opposition to the candles in the chandelier, is utterly and stupefyingly STUNNING!!! Her dress literally looks like it’s reflecting one of the candles. I have no idea if that was intentional or not and, really, I don’t think I want to know. It’s MAGICAL and some things should remain as such!

So, I don’t mean to gush, but it’s about all I can do…your images evoke a blubbering, stuttering, stupefied, and virtually speechless response and in the best way imaginable as I am practically left breathless by your work.

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