Monday, August 31

Matt & Emily | Summer of Love WINNERS

Time for some honesty, because let's be honest, who couldn't use a little more honesty in their lives? Here goes... All too often I think I forget the whole reason I'm doing this photography gig. I find myself caught up in the rat race (photography has become more than a little competitive...), wanting to get better and better and somehow prove myself to those who are further ahead than me. I want to be impressive to them. And so I miss the point. But... My clients bring me back to Earth. They melt my heart, they show me that there is absolute beauty in being human. And that there is no competition in that beauty- we all share it, we all embody it. I love to get a beautiful couple in front of my lens, to capture their true love and to come home and be touched to tears because of how perfectly imperfect they are and how awesome that is. Am I making any sense? Probably not... but the fact is I am grateful. I'm grateful for my extremely human clients who trust me and who are just as in love with their "perfect imperfections" as I am. And that is why I'm doing this. And I don't care who likes it, who approves of it, or how well-known my work is. At least I'd like to think that's how I feel about it, but let's not forget I am human...

Remember when Matt & Emily won the Summer of Love contest? They are in love a little bit. And I love them for it... because it was way fun doing their session!

Time for you to see their pretty faces in the longest blog post ever...



















I saved the last one for last because I knew there would be some questions on it. :) So I have an old Argus Seventy-Five that I rigged for Through the Viewfinder (TtV) shooting. You can google it- but basically I built a tube around the view finder and shot through the tube with my camera. I got a couple really cool shots that I liked- this camera is pretty dirty and so I got a lot of neat texture and the borders looked just as grungy as I wanted them. So in Photoshop I just picked my favorite shots and made a little "storyboard" out of them. Sweet!

Soundtrack for today: Jenny Owen Youngs - Here is a Heart... listened to it about 30 times while editing Matt & Emily's session! :)


Jess August 31, 2009 at 7:06 PM  

You are awesome and I absolutely love your work. This has to be one of my favorite posts so far!

Candace August 31, 2009 at 8:02 PM  

These are awesome, Carly!!!! Love them all!

Rach August 31, 2009 at 8:58 PM  

these are awesome!!

Ally September 1, 2009 at 9:05 AM  

Cant get over how amazingly talented you are!

Meredith September 1, 2009 at 9:39 AM  

these are so beautiful.... I love the last one!! beautiful. I also love the blurry one of them lying down in the orchard! You're so talented!

Alexa September 1, 2009 at 10:01 AM  

Quite possibly my favorite session yet. Love. It.

Kristen September 1, 2009 at 2:22 PM  

you are pure genius. A SHOPPING CART!?!?

I've got a tlr and i think i'm going to try what you just mastered.

thanks for the inspiration, lady!

Vanessa September 1, 2009 at 5:02 PM  

Ok so...These are PERFECTION! I love them!! I just pulled them up and even Zac thought they ROCKED!!! The one with the sun and the lush green...FABULOUS!!! kick some serious TRASH!!!!

tiffany izatt September 1, 2009 at 9:52 PM  

Fan freaking tastic! I love the shots where they are laying down. What a great way to remember why you are doing what you love.

Lindsay September 2, 2009 at 11:20 AM  

Those are absolutely breathtaking. good job.

Laci September 2, 2009 at 9:22 PM  

I Love these! My fav-And more importantly you just stated how I feel.exactly. Thank you :)

Vanessa September 3, 2009 at 12:44 AM I have looked at these a 100 times...still freaking in LOVE!

Anonymous September 16, 2009 at 7:19 PM  

I love #4 and #5 - so good!

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