You Can’t Always Get What You Want

but if you try sometimes…

you might find….

you get what you need.

Elizabeth booked a shoot with me months ago so while I’m now shooting film, she booked a Collection with me before that change so I shot her with mostly digital and only brought a couple rolls of film with me. Which, I exhausted right before we arrived for the last look of the day, the beach. I’m kicking myself as we speak because I know the film shots would blow these away. However, these shots are straight out of the camera (except for desaturating a couple for B&W) and I did ZERO retouching. Yes, the light was that beautiful and YES so was she. No skin fixes, no bringing in of waistlines, nothing. Just raw gorgeousness. I didn’t have film, which is what I wanted. But I definitely got what I needed.

More of her shoot coming soon!

Elizabeth - Danielle is absolutely amazing – I think her work speaks for itself, but in case it doesn’t – I couldn’t have been more impressed with how she handled the whole process. From preparation to shooting, from scouting out different settings to expertly directing you so you knew exactly what you were doing… She made it so easy and so enjoyable, and, well, the finished product is nothing short of phenomenal. THANK YOU DANIELLE!!!!October 28, 2010 – 2:58 am

Bryn Clark - Omgosh, you are so gifted. The light in these are spectacular. I love how warm you caught the sun on her skin, amazing amazing amazing. I don’t know how you kept the sand out of your cameras with angles like these!October 28, 2010 – 6:51 pm

Scenes from an October Wedding

Christina and Mike…

Venue: Flying Cloud Farm
Flowers: Vanda Floral Design
Makeup: Audrey Crandell of Glowing Bridal & Outer Beauty Skincare
Hair: Rachel of Rouge Parlor

To a beautiful couple, so in love… I hope you have internet in paradise!

Audrey Crandell - So elegant and lovely. Great job, Danielle. Christina, you’re a class act, lady!October 12, 2010 – 11:00 pm

Jenn - Lovely photos as always! :) October 13, 2010 – 5:56 am

matt - that perfume shot is great. very creative! beautiful work, by the way!October 30, 2010 – 8:02 am

None of it’s in the details…

As a photographer in the ‘wedding industry’ I see a lot. A lot of Weddings and Wedding blogs constantly featuring the freshest and cutest. What I’ve noticed is a difference in focus. In case you’re not ‘in the industry’ when a Wedding photographer is trying to get published in a magazine or popular blog, more often than not, they’re asked for one very important thing. Details. They want detail shots of table settings, favors, cake toppers, they want to see something unique, adorable, gorgeous, amazing… something that is special and no one else has thought to do in quite that way. And dare I say it… something that is marketable. Brides see so much emphasis on the details because they’re everywhere when you’re planning a Wedding. They feel so much pressure to spend an exorbitant amount of time planning amazing design details because… well, because we’re only human. Details can be truly fun and beautiful, especially when they’re sentimental. However, when we are bombarded with the notion that our Wedding day has to include birds crafted out of twigs from the tree in the first home that we will share and be studded with rhinestones from our grandmothers jewelry… (hey, that’s not a bad idea!) we tend to not focus as sharply on the only thing that matters. The love.

There is nothing wrong with beautiful details. Not a thing. I can get as absorbed in them as the next girl. But at the end of the day… an image of a vintage bookcase in a field carefully designed with flowers and nick-knacks or a hundred crystal chandeliers with crimson velvet bunting behind them and 4 foot tall floral arrangements in front of custom die-cast charger plates while beautiful in design… just don’t give me the same feeling that an image of real love does. Hopefully, they never will. I know magazines can’t sell you love and I know I’ll probably not see spread after spread of adoring gazes, spontaneous laughter or emotional vows. But a girl can dream.

Here’s a couple images from Sarah and Greg’s romantic wine country Wedding that to me anyway, speak volumes of love. And not a single ‘detail’ in sight.

Tara - Well put, Danielle! Just coming out of wedding mode, I agree as a bride, there is sooooo much pressure to have every detail just perfect. I tried my best to stay focused on the prize but even I got swayed by ring bowls, hair flowers, guest trees, etc., etc. I’m thankful you snapped a few details (which I worked so hard on ;) ) but I am uber thankful of the love and joy you captured which will speak volumes for years to come! xoxoxSeptember 10, 2010 – 1:48 pm

Erik Patton - Hi Danielle,

I couldn’t agree with you more. I was recently told by a successful planner here in Boston that I had too many people and not enough details in my blog postings. Really? I though I was photographing weddings and not craft fairs. But I gave in and put lots of details in my last couple of postings and was told by an October bride how much she loved all the detail shots. Go figure. I think brides love to look at details of other weddings before their own, but in the end will treasure the images of the people at their wedding more than the birds made of twigs. At least I hope so.

Thanks for posting.
ErikSeptember 10, 2010 – 2:33 pm

Amanda Pryde - Very well said. I agree, and I enjoy reading your thoughts!October 14, 2010 – 10:46 pm

Rosaura Sandoval - Wow! Such a great post. I totally agree with what you said and how you said it. :) Thanks for your beautiful photography and this post!November 11, 2010 – 10:31 am

Real Things

I didn’t get to sleep until after 2am last night. And I wasn’t partying. I was obsessing over something having to do with my business and I’d been stuck all day, sitting at my computer trying different things that frankly were just plain awful and finally had an idea around 1am. Hence the VERY late morning blog post. Today, I think I’ll have to take it a little easier and enjoy life ‘out there’. You know with people not avatars. Air not media space. Textures and objects not pixels. And my favorite babies in the world, my doggies. Here’s Bijou at about 1 year old. There’s a person in there, I know it.

Jenn jenn - Cutie patutieSeptember 9, 2010 – 7:57 pm

Love and Tahoe

We decided at the last minute to take the tram up Heavenly. Something I did several times as a child. You know, before the bubonic plague warnings. I would sit and feed the chipmunks who would come take peanuts out of my hand and I thought I could stay there forever, in this magical place. It has been probably close to 2 decades since I’d been up there and I didn’t recognize it. Like, at all. The lake was down at the bottom but nothing else was the same. It made me a little sad. But I was there with my man and I’d just overcome an ENORMOUS fear of heights to get there so it had to be documented. In fact, there may or may not exist some video of me, on my knees in the gondola, hands over the seats, head between my arms screaming ‘I can’t believe we paid $60 to DIE!’. Yeah.

And while we were up there, it started lightly snowing! It was amazing! We got warm sun and fun on the water the day before and then snow and an incredible view… I couldn’t have asked for more. This photo was as always one in a series of camera phone photos… you know, those phones where you never know when you’re taking a photo? This is as good as it got, lol.