Victoria {Just Because}

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I don’t consider myself to be a big blogger. I’ve always struggled not only to say what I want to say in a blog post, but also just to find things to say that I think people will actually want to read. Having new work to share always helps and I could gush about my wonderful clients all day, but when wedding off-season comes, I struggle! You may or may not have noticed that my blog has been unusually quiet lately. That’s both for the reason I just mentioned and because I’m back at work full time temporarily. For anyone who doesn’t know me personally or just doesn’t know a ton about my life outside of photography, I’ve worked in an office job since I graduated from college in 2006. That job worked much out better than expected. It helps that I work with some great people. When I started my photography business in about 2012, I quickly became overwhelmed and realized that I couldn’t function as both a wedding photographer and a full time office manager. Fortunately I was able to start working part time and that has worked out well since then. In the past few weeks I’ve been needed full time temporarily, which worked out well timing-wise since there aren’t a ton of weddings in February and March. All that to say, I haven’t blogged because I’ve been very busy at work and once I got home, I frankly just haven’t felt like sitting in front of my computer and trying to think of something to blog about! However, when I realized that I hadn’t blogged in almost a month, I knew I needed to make the time. Fortunately I quickly remembered that I shot a session JUST FOR ME months and months ago that I only ever shared a handful of images from. I enjoyed going back through them after this long and I’m excited to share them with you.

A LONG time ago, I asked around to see who might have a tulle skirt I could borrow for a session I was envisioning. My friend Sarah lent me the skirt shown in these pictures that she made for a Halloween costume! I had the skirt for ages before I finally decided I needed to make it happen. I asked my sister-in-law Victoria if she would play model for me and luckily for me, she was all for it. She is a wonderful dancer so we decided to incorporate some dance elements like an old pair of pointe shoes. She was even gracious enough to spend several hours shopping with me to find the perfect neutral top. My other wonderful friend Jill did a fabulous job on Tori’s super-dramatic makeup that I had in mind. Thank you SO much to Sarah for the skirt, Jill for her time and talent, and to Tori for being beautiful as well as patient with me while I gave myself room to be creative.

It started out as a beautifully sunny evening but quickly clouded over and got rather dark. Even so, I’m glad I had the chance to shoot just for fun. I don’t make time for that often! I hope you enjoy a few of the shots from our time together.

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Corey Novotny - March 4, 2016 - 3:52 pm

Beth,

I would like to read a blog post about where you thought your photography would go when you first found the passion and how that differs from where you are? Where you want it to take you in the future and what setting you would want to shoot if you had boundaries? African safari or maybe a specific shot you always had in your head as a dream since the day it all started? Maybe even something like an Alice in wonderland shot that is not conceived as possible without the imagination or photoshop or something? Just food for thought. I always had the vision of a half shot taking a cartoon image and splicing it down the middle with a set up true environment to try and match. Blend reality and a dream with your camera.

bethhamiltonphoto - May 12, 2017 - 3:20 pm

Corey, I’m somehow just getting around to seeing this comment! That’s a good thought, I’ll think about blogging about this in the future. Thanks!

Caitlyn {Bridal} Chrysler Museum of Art

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Caitlyn’s bridal session was very short and the weather was not awesome (cold and about to rain any minute!), but everything still came together beautifully. Caitlyn purchased a gorgeous faux-fur wrap that was the perfect finishing touch. It gave a great sense of the season and added an extra touch of styling to her incredible Martina Liana gown. She was such a beautiful bride and I’m so happy we had the chance to capture these!  View full post »

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2015 Wedding Favorites

It’s crazy to me to think that Nick and I are coming up on our five year anniversary this year! When I think back on our wedding day, there are so many little moments that I remember. One of my very favorite parts of our wedding day was our first look and the time we spent together afterward having portraits taken. There aren’t many moments on a couple’s wedding day that they will spend surrounded by other people, but portrait time is one of those times. Of course, the photographer is there too, but honestly I remember very little about my photographer during this time. I just remember being with Nick! As a photographer, that’s one reason why portrait time is something I prioritize on a wedding day. I want couples to actually enjoy spending this time together. Things like scheduling enough time for this part of the day is crucial so that it’s not rushed and you CAN enjoy it. My hope is that all of my couples look back on their wedding day portraits and remember how happy they were together! Here are some of my favorite wedding day portraits from 2015!

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2015 Engagement Session Favorites

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I’m a little behind this year, but I still wanted to go back and recap some favorites from last year. Today I’m sharing some favorites from engagement sessions in 2015. I forgot how much fun it is to look back through my work this past year and relive these sessions. Some feel like they happened ages ago! When I think about my own engagement session almost 5 years ago, I remember how excited I was not just to have nice pictures of Nick and I for the first time, but especially how excited I was to marry this man I loved so much (cue “I Thought I Loved You Then” by Brad Paisley). I’m so grateful to these couples who allowed me into their lives and chose me to capture these images that I hope they’ll look back on in 5, 10, even 50 years and remember how excited they were! View full post »

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Caitlyn + Matt {Wedding} The Chrysler Museum of Art

Ask anyone who has planned a wedding recently or is in the middle of planning one and they will tell you that there is SO much that goes into it! Decision after decision and detail after detail. When a bride really puts her heart into pulling everything together, it really shows! It was so obvious that Caitlyn focused on every little detail of her wedding day. She and Matt had a black, white, and gold theme to their day and it extended all the way from the invitations to the ribbon wands that the guests waved at the end of the night. There were so many contributors that helped it all come together. The Chrysler Museum of Art was a gorgeous setting for their big day, Tina from Quintessential Events kept everything running smoothly, Caitlyn looked positively stunning in her Martina Liana gown from Pure English Bridal Couture, Kelly Gish Floral Designs never disappoints with her florals, and Blue Steel Lighting Design’s uplighting gave Huber Court the perfect finishing touch. Caitlyn and Matt, I’m so grateful to have been a part of your wedding day! Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy my favorites from your day!
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