"ALL THAT IS IMPORTANT IS THIS ONE MOMENT" | FINE ART PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER , CENTRAL TEXAS

My model looks like she is about to walk off the screen, hey eyes are piercing through, and I feel like I am right there with her. Neither of these things are achieved with digital (and it has its reasons) without major understanding of what tweaks to make. And don’t get me wrong - I LOVE shooting digital, I just prefer film when it comes to portrait photography - its true magic.

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{SANDRA&MAX) LEHNER WEDDING | TIRSCHENREAUTH, BAVARIA

There are times in life when I look back and just go: WHOAH! I am so blessed and lucky! 

Sandra & Max's wedding (and engagement session and all the times we hung out before) are those moments in life that make me realize how amazing it is to be here, today, and do what I do!

I met Sandra & Max through a mutual friend at the beginning of the summer, and I couldn't believe it when they told me they wanted me to shoot their wedding. It was an honor and an amazing opportunity to experience a wedding of this size. With 150 guests and what seemed like multiple villages, the celebration was of significant grandeur. But to me the best part wasn't just the significance of this union: it was what I got from it -  a feeling of family and friendship.

From the quite bridal morning, to the insanity of the reception, everyone involved in this wedding helped make it even better. It truly was two families uniting, it was the most honest celebration of love with so much laughter and happiness that even I wanted to break into a dance (thankfully I contained myself). 

As I go through these photos of the day, I cannot help but smile, and my heart is full, and all I want to do is repeat it over and over again: Congratulations and Thank You Sandra & Max!

Here are just a few of my favorites from their day that I shot together with Kayla Williams from Heart and Soul Photography

{DAREN&SOPHIA} KOEHLER WEDDING | BAVARIA PHOTOGRAPHER

Most every girl dreams of a fairytale wedding. I can say with absolute certainty that I did but unfortunately I never got to have one, and while I wish I had my own, I got something even better! I was a part of another fairytale, and I got to capture its' every moment.

On Friday June 1st Sophia & Daren (who by now have become my friends more than clients) stepped into the Vilseck courthouse to legally become man and wife and on June 2nd their very own fairytale wedding took place not even 5 minutes away from their home in Sorgof. 

That Saturday morning I could barely sleep. Nervous and excited all I could think about was: it is finally here! Their most important day! Their wedding day is today! I couldn't wait to pack up all of camera gear and head out to capture the celebration of their true love.

And what a celebration it was! Two days of love, laughter, tears, cheers, and of course absolute happiness. Two days of genuine beauty and memories. I am still in awe from how amazing Sophia&Daren's wedding turned out. 

When Sophia walked down the isle, Daren could hardly hold back the tears and I doubt there was anyone in the chapel whose eyes remained dry. She was pure perfection, a true Hollywood beauty with a heart of gold walking towards a man she shares every dream with. With every word of the vows, every prayer, it felt like the room filled with light and unconditional love. As they held each other's hands you could see not a man and a woman but unity, and unconditional love. I couldn't feel more honored to be in their presence, documenting their special day. 

When I think back on this weekend I realize I must have been blessed somehow! Not only did I get to shoot this beautiful rustic fairytale but I met amazing people through this journey. I can't thank Sophia enough for being some a wonderful mother and friend! And it was as if a fairy godmother gave me a special gift of my own - the day before the wedding I met another wonderful lady who helped me document the best day of Sophia&Daren's life. Andi O'Neal, my amazing second shooter, was willing and ready to help me shoot magic this weekend and I cannot express the immense gratitude I have for her! I couldn't have done this alone! Together we wish Sophia&Daren a long and happy life together as a family, we wish them compassion and understanding and everlasting love, and we are forever grateful for this amazing opportunity to meet you and now call you friends!  

Here are a few of our favorites from your very special day:  

MUA: Stefanie Coronas

Dress: Wolke7, Weiden

Florist: Derrfuss, Vilseck

Ceremony Venue: High Baptist Church, Vilseck

Reception: Landsknecht Stub'n, Sorgof

Cake: Pimp my Cake, Amberg

Catering: Metzgerei Humsberger, Auerbach

Groom Attire: Engelhardt & Walter, Amberg

Invitations: Weddingpaper Divas

Second Shooter: Andi O'Neal Photography  

{ANGELA+ANDI} FINEART WEDDING WORKSHOP | BERGAMO, ITALY

How can I possibly describe the feeling of getting my film scans back? It's not like Christmas, but yet you wait for it just the same. It's not like a birthday, but you are just as nervously excited the second the email comes in. It's somewhere in between getting your college acceptance letter and being proposed to. Your heart is pounding, your palms are sweaty, you are happy and scared at the same time, wondering what your scans will reveal - and then the magic happens...

Two weeks or so ago I got to go on my very first wedding workshop in Bergamo, Italy - organized by a very talented couple from KirandIraPhotography. I didn't know how to shoot film, I barely knew the rules. I was definitely way out of my league and had a lot of catching up to do. Mostly everyone around was a seasoned wedding photographer, and already shot on film before. And there I was - with darker film than was needed, no light meter, and a camera I have purchased JUST for the workshop. But what I did have with me was tons of inspiration images from American photographers and a desire to become more than I am. 

On day two of the workshop we met Angela and Andi - our wedding couple. They were beautiful the second they walked in so I thought this was going to be a breeze - until I left my camera bag with my extra lenses at home and didn't have the right kind of film left. Also not releasing that most of the shoot will be inside a very dark Italian palace....

To say that I hated most of my digital images is not to say much. I was very very hopeful for film to have worked out - only to realize that half the time i kept forgetting WHICH film roll i was shooting and what I was getting in the light meter. Hence, I was frantically checking my email waiting for the scans to arrive. 

And they did - a week after they were received. As promised. And each roll came with more comments and more theory on shooting film than I ever expected. My heart beat like a drum in my ears while I was downloading the scans. And now it continues as I share there images with you....

 

Workshop by @kirandiraphotography #kirandiraworkshop 
Organization @kirandiraphotography
Dress and decor @nastena_kuchinskaya
Muah @kondratenko_makeup_hair
Backstage @pavelpavel_d8b92 @iren_muller @juliamark_photo
Coordinators @yuliaturovskaya @sachuklena
Bow tie @kristakoltun
Hair accessories @neabridalmilan
Lingerie @buduar.n_collection
Calligraphy @miranchukova
Ring box @flowersforlola_goods Accessories @neabridalmilan
Couple @anzzhelina @_andy_fin_

{ISABELLA & TIM} GLAPA WEDDING

With just a few days to go before Tim leaves the Army and goes back to the United States, he and his German fiancée Isabella didn't have a choice but to expedite their June planned wedding and trade in the lush summer greens for the ice beauty of snow.

I got to meet both Tim and Isabella only a day and a half before their courthouse wedding in Vilseck, Germany simply because with so little time to plan a wedding, they did not have anyone to photograph it.

Their family friends (and my amazing clients Roxy & Oscar) couldn't let that happen so they decided to give them a chance and asked me to record their special day. 

I was honored to do this for them and decide to go an extra mile and record more than just an elopement at the courthouse and I asked Richelle of Richelle Costa Photography to join me in this adventure.  

Congratulations to the happy newlyweds and here are our favorites from their BIG day.

Makeup: Sigrid's Nails, Hair and Spa

Ceremony: Vilseck Rathaus

Reception: Angerer Hotel, Vilseck, Germany  

{LENA & JOSH} ENGAGEMENT REMIXED | GRAFENWOEHR, GERMANY

I think nature and weather smile on Lena & Josh or they posses some crazy magical weather controlling powers. Remember their wedding a week ago? Well, the week leading up to their wedding was nothing but cooler temperatures, wind, and rain. I think it wasn't just myself and Richelle who were literary praying for the weather to change to at least no rain for the day of the wedding. We definitely must have not been the only ones praying because miraculously the BIG day was clear: no rain or crazy wind and we got through our outdoor portrait session with no issues (except getting cold and Richelle getting sick). The day after the wedding turned out to be chilly but sunny and oh so beautiful, I just couldn't stop smiling and thinking that it is all because Lena & Josh got married.

But back when Lena and I were still in the planning mode we knew we have to re-mix their engagement session or do something entirely different because Josh wasn't flying in early enough from California before the wedding. I also did not want to bother them during their one week together after the Big Day. But who was I kidding - Lena &Josh offered to do either session that same week, right after the wedding. I was more than excited until the rain came and didn't stop. 

We scheduled our session for Friday and I sat by my phone checking the weather all through thursday evening only to see quite a sad forecast. I decided to message Lena in the morning, still hoping for a chance to be able to shoot and as I opened my eyes on Friday I almost screamed from excitement - Bayreuth had no rain until 1pm so we had a chance. I don't remember getting dressed and ready to go as fast as I did on Friday morning and when my beautiful couple showed up at my house we headed out ready to make some magic. 
 

As we got to Bayreuth, Josh told me something that he just realized - Eremitage was where they had their first date five years ago! That almost made me tear up! How perfect was that! And guess what else was perfect?! The weather! We got blue skies and sun - in the middle of a rainy forecast, the weather gods have given us a chance to have fun documenting an epic engagement/newlywed session. I think I can take pictures of these two for the rest of my life!

Here are just a few of my favorites from our day.