Client Welcome Gifts with That's Darlin' Gifting

When trying to curate the perfect gift for L&L Couples, I hit a huge decision-making road block. How in the world will I ever find the perfect arrangement of items that not only say how excited I am to photograph their wedding day, but also set the tone for a high-end, effortlessly chic experience that L&L would provide throughout their engagement? Whew. That was totally a run-on sentence. But you get the gist, somebody call for backup! I needed someone to pull in the reigns on me because I was all. over. the. place. with excitement and ideas. Enter Malissa of That's Darlin' Gifting

Malissa and I exchanged countless emails brainstorming products...Malissa constantly pulled me back to reality explaining logistics of each product and how to make my brand truly shine. I am definitely a picky client, and Malissa was patient and kind when we went back to the drawing board to find the perfect champagne bottle (the label has to match everything!) and little clutch (the best white leather only, please!).... you see what I mean?! I am the worst. But it was all worth it! In the end, Malissa created a mockup for my final approval.

Once we finalized the gift design, Malissa did the rest. While I spent my time creating the L&L Bridal Guide, (an 80-page magazine which helps each and every L&L Bride plan their day) magic, Malissa ordered EVERYTHING for me and packaged them carefully in custom mailers. This way, each time I connect with a couple, their welcome gift is ready to go at a moments notice! She's kind of the gift fairy. With confetti.

I very much want to share the custom gift we created together, however I really don't want to ruin the surprise for my 2017 couples! So with them in mind, here is just a little peek! I will reveal it in full after 2017 is fully booked...until then you will just have to wait and see! ;-)

Oh! If you are a professional looking to work with Malissa, you'll have to watch the brand movement film done by my friend, Dana of between sleep and awake. Dana and I love collaborating with brands and small businesses to create content for your website and social media to truly connect with your clients and show them your passion and all that you do. While Dana films, I snap away so you have cohesive photographs and film to tell your complete story. Check. it. out!

Secrets of a Stylist Workshop with Summer Watkins in Los Olivos, CA

Oh man, I have been wanting to blog this FOREVER. No seriously, I attended this workshop with Summer Watkins of Grey Likes Weddings in July of 2014. Yes, two thousand fourteen, as in almost two years ago. Where was I with my business back then you ask? Well, my blogging was definitely lacking back then - ha! But really, I had just shot my fourth wedding for Love & Light Photographs, I was second shooting like a maniac, and very much in love with my new career. I was determined to learn as much as I could and spent my time drooling over every California wedding out there. The golden light and perfect landscapes were calling my name and I needed to be a part of it.  So when I found the opportunity to learn from Summer at the Secrets of a Stylist workshop, I decided to give it a shot.

The workshop took place at The Crossroads Estate at Firestone Vineyard in Los Olivos, CA. The first part of the day, Summer chatted with us and provided us a ton of tips from her perspective and what editors are looking for. I found it very helpful to see how she browses submissions from photographers for her blog and how quickly she can decide if she will accept or decline. I learned to shoot editorially and with purpose, with your client in mind of course, but for the planner and editorial team as well.

Later that day during golden hour, we were able to put our new knowledge to use shooting at different setups and styling them accordingly. This was when Summer showed me her new venture, The Mrs. Box, which you can see below. It was incredible to see Summer put together a styled shoot bursting with so much inspiration for brides and I had so much fun pushing myself to capture it beautifully and editorially. Oh, and I have never received so many emails over the striped bridesmaid dresses! They really did steal the show. Looking back at this experience, I am very thankful for what I gained from it. This is when my shooting style really started to develop into what it is now, and it goes to show you that you should never stop learning and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone.

After the workshop, I roadtripped it to Big Sur with my friends Erin & Michelle! You can see that post right here!

Workshop: Secrets of a Stylist // Venue: The Crossroads Estate at Firestone Vineyards // Creative Team:  Anna Le Pley Taylor // Soleil Events // Love and Lace Bridal Salon // Lele Patisserie // Spa Elan