I'm back again with more pictures. When I did this shoot I rented a Contax 645 and bought some medium format film. Now, I have never shot medium format and it's been 14 years since I shot 35mm film. It was a lot of fun and I was really excited to see what the results were. It's a look that is hard to reproduce digitally and I think it's special. Expensive.............but special.
Here is a picture of the Contax 645 followed by pictures I took with it.
photos by Hansel Dobbs Photography
The day has finally come and my pictures have made it to Style Me Pretty. I am so excited to get these on my blog and let the cat out of the bag. I worked a bunch of other wedding professionals from the Dallas area to put this shoot together for a feature on Style Me Pretty and we had to wait till they posted first before we could show any of the pictures.
Debby Jewesson with Branching Out Events (floral)
Kelly Simants with Sweet Pea Events
Michelle Parks with Elle Parks Photography
Jennifer Claire of Memento Designs
Megan Chumlea at The Aldredge House
Cory from Cocktails & Caviar
and of course me, Hansel Dobbs Photography, behind the camera. Enjoy the photographs and stay tuned for more.
A few months ago I had this really crazy idea about essentially putting on a photo shoot with the goal of getting the pictures featured on a major national wedding blog called Style Me Pretty. I would get to take some really cool photos, work with other wedding professionals, and get some free advertising. A potential win not just for me, but for everyone involved.
I started by sending some emails to wedding professionals in the area that I didn't know personally and no one responded. Not even a no thank you. I knew I had a good idea so I wasn't too discouraged. I had to think about how to go about finding a wedding coordinator, florist, rentals, bakery, lighting, venue, and models. So many parts and so many details. Was it even possible?
Then I remembered! I had worked with a florist named Debbie Jewessen with Branching Out Events and she was super nice. She had even featured some of my photography of her floral work on her blog. So I contacted her about this and she loved the idea. It was so refreshing to have someone else on board who was just as excited as me. I can see why brides like her so much.
Debbie introduced me to Kelly Simants with Sweet Pea Events who is always up for working with Debbie and had just started an industry get together called Thursday Therapy. So Kelly invited me to this social in order for us to meet in person and talk a little about this shoot I wanted to do. I had a blast meeting many other wedding professionals as well as Kelly.
From there things starting coming together. Debbie and Kelly knew Megan at the Aldridge House (venue) as well as everyone else needed to make this happen. We set a date for the shoot and we started dreaming about what it should look like. Now I will admit that most of the dreaming came from Kelly and Debbie. I may know how to take a good picture, but I'm not all that great at creating a table-scape.
The shoot was April 27th and it was incredible. Kelly and Debbie created such beautiful details for this shoot. However, it wasn't just Kelly and Debbie that helped create these details; it was our extremely talented model bride Jennifer with Memento Designs. She created just about all of the paper for this shoot and her talent is very evident. Brides...you want Jennifer on your team! Go...get...her...now before she is booked solid for the next decade. She was our secret weapon and her husband Ty made for a great groom...*again*.
There were so many other people that helped and pitched in with this shoot and I will talk about them as well when I finally get to show some pictures. It's going to be a while as we wait to see if we get published on the Style Me Pretty blog (fingers crossed).
I am writing all of this to say this; even if I did all of this and don't accomplish the goal of being published on this awesome wedding blog; I have accomplished so much by collaborating with other wedding professionals here in the Dallas area.
I have made some great friends, got invited to Thursday Therapy where I met even more fantastic people, took some incredible pictures, and plan to do it again. I most certainly plan to do this again.
I stumbled upon this charity event where a whole bunch of great wedding photographers that I respect auctioned off some of their time to mentor other photographers. I won two of these auctions and got to spend some phone time with The Humphries and Ned Jackson.
The Humphries used to be located in Southern California, but recently made the big move to Denver, CO. They are very well respected photographers and do incredible work. I really enjoyed my conversation with Katie Humphrey and the advice she gave me about becoming a better photographer. I finished that mentor session a little overwhelmed with everything I need to do, but it's also exciting to know just how much opportunity there is as a Dallas Wedding Photographer.
Ned Jackson was a blast to talk to. He has a great personality and works out of Boston, MA. He has grown his business organically and gave me some tips on how he did that as well as some other advice to provide a better overall experience to my clients. He has a real laid back personality that I am sure has been a big part of his success. Just an overall great guy!
I hope to have the opportunity to meet them in person one day. Maybe WPPI next year! :)