Inspiration - Post 1

 I can't do it.  I just can't get weekend weddings on the blog by Monday.  I'm working on two posts right now, hoping to get them up before this next weekend.  Both of them.  And then I'll be all caught up.

I know some people fly through blogging and get things posted so quick, but I just can't do it.  While I was working on pictures today, I realized why I'm so slow.  I look through the pictures over and over.  I get emotional about them all over again.  Sometimes I'll just take my hand off my mouse and look at everyone's faces in the picture.  Maybe it's not the most productive or efficient business system, but that's ok with me.   Weddings are emotional and touching, and I love that.  I love that the people in my pictures are real people at their real wedding in their real lives.  They aren't models or magazine covers, they are all real.  Though I think all my couples could grace any ad, I love that their pictures usually just end up in frames in their house.  I never want to do anything different. 

But I do want to get better.  I want to be a better photographer, a better emotion-getter, a better real-life documentor.  One of the most inspirational photographers to me is Phyllis Lane.  She gets it.  Her pictures are SO emotional, and SO happy. 
Everyone loves a good "serious" face every now and then, but I am a HUGE fan of big, huge, happy smiles.  I'm a fan of laugh lines, scrunched noises, mouth's yelling "YAH!"and an occasional snort or two ;)  I don't know any of these couples from Phyllis's website, but I feel like I do.  I feel like I can touch their love and it makes me smile just to look at their faces. 
I'm so inspired.  And Monday's are going to be "Inspiration Days."  I have folders of photographers or pictures that inspire me to actually feel, and hopefully their awesomeness will rub off on me ;)  Or maybe it will inspire you too!  "Cause we're on in this together! *clap*" or maybe "Mmm, it's always better when we're together." 

Whose work inspires you? And why? I'm super curious and would love to see! Leave a comment, we can be inspired together :D

all photos credit to: phyllis lane


  1. kristen: YOU inspire me :D
    oh.. you were looking for someone OTHER than yourself ?? hehe well.. that's easy : jasmine starr.. ohhh boyyy does she inspire the daylights outa me.. i want to be just like her when i grow up :D
    and of course right behind her would be the amazing jessica claire & [B]ecker :D i could list you off a whole bunch of others, but those would be my 3 big inspirations right there :D
    (ohhh and can i add a 4th? melissa jill too !!

  2. Ashley Rose Photography inspires me. I love her work. It seems very raw and unforced.

    It was fun to see you in action yesterday, I was definitely trying to pay attention to see how you worked! Can't wait to see the final pics!

  3. In all seriousness, you do. But another list of big-time inspirations, for the same reason you love Phyllis Lane? Tara Whitney. Sheye Rosemeyer. Davina Fear. (and my 4 awesome sisters:) Someday I hope to learn from you, if you ever feel like traveling to CT!

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  5. Check out this UP themed engagement shoot my sister showed me.

    PS. I'm a huge fan of your pics. I have you tabbed on my computer. My friends make fun of me for looking at your stuff so much :) Use the talent and passion God gave you!

    Ephesians 3:16-19 "I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."

    And you should totally ignore that anonymous person. haters gunna hate. :P

  6. You! =) I love your work. Also, Color Me Katie blog.


  7. You sure do!!! But if there was one person who I'd die to be like, it's the amazing and ever so cool Amanda Suanne. 'Nuff said, you should go and check her out if you've never seen her. Pure awesomeness, I'm telling you!!!


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