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C + P | Flying Caballeros Ranch | California Wedding Photographer

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Flying Caballeros Ranch Wedding

A few months ago I had the honor and fortune to fly out to San Luis Obispo, California for Caroline and Paul’s wedding. It’s actually been a while since I last photographed a wedding out in California – but of course it’s always great (mostly because it’s not Georgia.) (ha but don’t get me wrong – I love Georgia weddings – duh – and I’m not just saying that because I’m SO RICH FROM ALL THE GEORGIA WEDDINGS) – but you know. California is so awesome! And I’m not just saying that in some kind of desperate wedding photographer sort of way (you know – when on their website they’re like, ‘available for destination weddings WORLDWIDE.’ – uh. That’s like DUH. Of course you’re available for weddings anywhere people will pay you. Stop begging.

Oh right. Caroline and Paul’s wedding – it was at the amazing Flying Caballeros Ranch out in San Luis Obispo, California. SO AWESOME. I actually flew into LAX and then drove up the coast to get there and aside from the traffic – it was a great drive… IDK. I like the beach. I didn’t get to go to the beach and I barely saw the ocean but ummm, okay maybe I’m desperate for the beach and even driving by it made me happy. Okay. Right. Where was I?

Oh yeah. Caroline is Andre’s sister and Andre is an amazing photographer (artist) that worked with me a few years ago here in Atlanta. So. It was great that Andre referred Caroline to me because that’s FAMILY. And you don’t refer someone to your family unless you think good things about that someone. Plus. Photographers – we’re awful petty people so a referral from another photographer is a BIG COMPLIMENT. You know what I mean.

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Right. See? Wasn’t that awesome and amazing? Look at that landscape. Look at those people. Look at those… IDK – all those wedding things in the wedding photos! So pretty! So… awesome! So… oh yeah I was also fortunate enough to work with my friend Markie Jones on this wedding – she actually flew down from Washington state to help me out so yeah – all kinds of AWESOME RIGHT?! YES.

Now if you follow me on Instagram or if you’ve kept up with us over the years – you know that we’ve been fortunate enough to photograph weddings all over the country semi-regularly. Like more than I EVER thought I would. Seriously. Especially for wedding photography – cause come on – there are AMAZING wedding photographers EVERYWHERE. And these people could always hire someone closer to them than hiring me to fly out of Atlanta all the way to… wherever they are. Right? RIGHT. In fact – most of the time these days whenever I get an inquiry from some far away state I’m usually like… are you sure you haven’t look around locally? Because I’m sure I can find someone pretty awesome that’s RIGHT THERE.

And then sometimes they still hire me. I know. Crazy right? I don’t get it either. But I do appreciate the f*ck out of it.

AND HEY! 500 words! I’m OUT.

 

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Kristen + Martin | Las Vegas Destination Wedding

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I’ve literally known Kristen for something like 47 years – so it was a real honor to be there to photograph her destination wedding with Martin – IN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA! We (me and Kristen) grew up in Phoenix – so Las Vegas was never very far – but I actually haven’t ever photographed a wedding there – until now!

Kristen is actually one of my oldest friends (because you know – I don’t have many friends and that’s a whole other story) so… I honestly would’ve attended the wedding anyway – even if she hadn’t hired me to be her photographer ūüėČ

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BUT – if you’ve ever heard me talk about it – I would always rather be photographing a friend’s wedding than simply attend it. Because come on! If I’m photographing the wedding then I get to hangout with the couple ALL DAY LONG. Not only that – but I get to pull them away from people, I get their attention, ME ME ME ME. Right? ha.

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Compared to if I just attend the wedding – sure I get to eat the food and party and stuff – but I maybe get 3-8 minutes talking to the couple. And that’s cool…. BUT NOT AS COOL AS BEING THEIR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER!

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It was only a few months earlier that I photographed Kristen’s sister’s wedding (Melissa + Dan) down in Phoenix, Az. – so it was also an added bonus of getting to hangout with her family twice in a short span of a few months. And any wedding photographer will tell you that it’s always great to hangout with clients that you already know. Because… you really do end up feeling like a part of the family. We stayed at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino – and their wedding took place at The Hartland Mansion and Wedding Chapel. Now that venue – it’s… all kinds of amazing. A total ‘Classic Vegas’ vibe circa Elvis circa Liberace feel – complete with lots and lots of candelabras…

Of course – being an Atlanta Wedding Photographer – it was a real treat to be able to fly out and photograph something a little different than what I’m used to – specifically photos on Las Vegas at night time! After their wedding we headed over a few blocks to Fremont street for the Fremont Street Experience (which is like… day time at night) – so lots of lights, lots of loud music, lots of drunk and not drunk people – you know – downtown Las Vegas. And that’s where we did another portrait session with the two of them because come on – when you have a destination wedding in Las Vegas – you NEED those night time portrait session photos right? Or else it’s just… desert photos, or casino photos or… IDK – but it seems like any wedding set wouldn’t be complete without some night time photos with all the lights and the lights and the lights. Did I mention the lights?

Kristen and Martin – You. Are. Awesome.

 

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Videography: Indie March Film

Venue: The Hartland Mansion

 

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What are your Wedding Photography Goals? | Vlog

One of the most important things you’ll want to consider or think about – in regards to your wedding – is what is/are your wedding photography goals?

Basically – in about 4 weeks after your wedding, when you receive your wedding photos – what will you see in the photos that will make you think†wow Mark didn’t totally F*ck up our wedding photos!

That’s the baseline rule of thumb – what are you looking for that would make the wedding photos a success for you. Whether that means some ridiculously amazing portraits of the two of you – or great intimate documentary photos of moments that just happened – or ALL OF THAT AND MORE.

Share your wedding photography ideas and goals with any of your potential wedding photographers and see what they say. See if they understand what you’re describing and if they have more ideas or input on the subject. If they ask more questions or are open to talking about that with you more – that’s always a great sign. You want someone that will photograph your wedding the way your wedding needs to be photographed. Not just someone who will run their ‘wedding photography’ program and pump out their usual work.

Because honestly – your wedding is different and special. Like you.

Alright that was probably totally just generic ‘you’re a special snowflake’ copy but still – there will be moments during your wedding day that are unique to you guys and your wedding – and your photographer should be capable enough to capture those right the eye and attitude.

Alright. If I don’t see you on your day – have a great wedding and I’ll talk to you later.

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How to have a Really Relaxed Wedding | Vlog

If you want to have the most relaxed wedding day possible – you simply need to do as much planning as you can, up front. Get as much done as you can BEFORE the morning of your wedding. Not only that – if you can’t do it – make sure someone ELSE is in charge of getting it done. Whether that’s a wedding planner/coordinator – or one of your friends or whoever. SOMEONE OTHER THAN YOU.

People also shouldn’t be calling/contacting/texting you for directions or asking what time the wedding is that day. They shouldn’t be asking you questions that someone else should be answering. You shouldn’t even really be making any decisions at that point since they will have already been made – or the person you appointed is smart enough to just take care of things.

Oh – AND you need to be okay with that.

But basically – on the morning of your wedding – let it go. You did everything you could and things will happen the way they will happen. So relax.

Alright – if I don’t see you on your day – have a great wedding and I’ll talk to you later.

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The Classic Getaway Car (Your Wedding Exit)

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Your ‘getaway mobile’ is literally the very last photo-opportunity that will occur during your wedding day.

Obviously – some people care about what they drive off in – and some people couldn’t care less.

These are obviously the people that†care – because they went to the trouble of hiring not just nice cars, and not just a plain limo – but vintage classic cars. The type of car you don’t normally see driving down the road on your morning commute. Clearly these couples wanted to drive off in style.

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When ideas come to life | by +Krisandra

As a creative, I am always trying to push the limits of my ideas. I have notebooks with sketches, words, print cut outs. I collect wedding magazines. I have notes on my phone, images saved. I have tons of Pinterest boards. I have IDEAS. But, it’s one thing to have ideas and quite another to have those ideas come to life. It isn’t easy (at least for me). It takes planning, timing, confidence, but mostly it takes me.

Planning my FIRST styled photo shoot was probably almost as stressful as planning a wedding! Months and months and some more months went into this shoot. I had to find a stylist. I had to find a hair and makeup artist. I had to find the location. And I had to coordinate all this on one day that worked for everyone involved, even Mother Nature, for my ideal shoot. I had to make sure my ideas of what I wanted showed and do this in front of fellow photographer and friend, Philitha, all the way down from CT.

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From the very first wedding I second shot back in 2006 I have been stuck in awe of the bride on her wedding day. I have yet to photograph a wedding where the bride didn’t make me at least teary eyed at some point during the day.

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Wardrobe Stylist: Sarah Hermann
Model: Brittany Berndt

 

The Truth About Marketing to Wedding Clients

It feels like we’re marketing all the time, everywhere, to everyone. The truth is that our marketing is only geared toward 30 specific couples.

That’s 60 people total. All year.

Sixty people we probably haven’t met yet. But we know who they are. Long ago we identified who we want hiring us.

Thirty couples that†get us. Thirty couples that want us to be their photographer more than anyone else.

Yes. The truth is that every year, all of our marketing is only for 30 couples.

There is a clear difference between a message that’s meant for 30 specifically amazing couples, and one that’s meant for hundreds of anyone out there.

There’s a difference between a photographer who will work for anyone, and one who is selective about who they choose to work with.

Every Year. Thirty (30) specifically amazing couples. That’s who we work with.

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Moving Right Along | Goodbye from +Krista

Today, I’m posting on LeahAndMark.com for the last time.

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I have a story for you. I moved out on my own two days after my 18th birthday. Two! DAYS! Now that I’m actually a grown-up (because let’s face it: when you’re 18, you’re not a grown-up), I can say with complete and utter certainty, that that was nuts. So much could have happened to me. Bad stuff. Mistakes. Poor decisions and no money to pay bills. Failure. BUT.

Moving away from home when I did was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in all my twenty-seven years of existence. And not because I hated home, or hated my parents, or hated the safety and comfort of my cozy little bedroom. I had one of the happiest childhoods I’ve ever heard of, actually, and my parents have somehow, in that weird full-circleness of life, become some of my very best friends. I left home not in spite of the lovely things I had surrounding me but because of them. I needed to be on my own. To make decisions myself. To risk mistakes and crappy judgment and empty bank accounts. To chance failure. And I wasn’t entirely alone anyway- I brought along my tall, dark, and handsome high school sweetheart to chance those things alongside me. I had a partner, yes, but the experience was all my own. And it shook me and shaped me into the evolved version of myself that I am today: strong(er), smart(er), and even more fiercely independent than I was even as a kid. That experience of jumping into the unknown is what did it for me.

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So now, I’m leaping from the nest again so to speak- still shooting, still blogging, still growing as a photographer every single moment, just over at KristaTurnerPhotography.com instead. It’s weirdly parallel to how I’m feeling now and how I felt when I was 18. Excited, anxious, impatient, and scared shitless too. Applying for the LeahAndMark.com internship was the single greatest thing I’ve ever (EVER) done for my photography, and right up there in my top ten for best decisions of my life. Coming onboard as an Associate Photographer- with that fancy little + sign in front of my name- has been equally life-changing, and soul-shaping and mind-bending and FUN. The things I’m coming away from this experience with, well… they’re things you’re not going to find anywhere else. (Trust me. I looked.) And the best part of it all is the camaraderie you’re building with these other incredible photographers- it’s awesome because you’re surrounding yourself with so much creative energy, you can only go up from where you started. And it’s because of Leah and Mark that I’ve been able to experience this.

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And so, thank you, Mark and Leah, for bringing me into your family and showing me who I am and how to appreciate it. Knowing you both has changed me forever, and there aren’t a whole lot of people I can truly say that about. Thank you for helping me. Thank you for trusting me. Thank you for everything.

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Thank you to my fellow Pluses– they’re beautiful, talented photographers and you should definitely continue to follow their journeys too. Also, they know what it’s like to wrangle Mark. These ladies are simply amazing.

I’m not delving into this new chapter alone. My tall, dark, and handsome high school sweetheart is now my husband, and he happens to be my very favorite person in the world to have next to me when it’s time for a new adventure. Plus he makes me laugh and fixes me coffee late at night whenever I ask. (I’m so very lucky.)

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I remember on my first night as a new Intern, a million years ago it seems, Leah was talking about the importance of our blogging. She said we’d have readers, even if we didn’t realize it, and so it was important to keep writing (and shooting) for them too. And she was right: so many times, I’ve felt like I’ve been talking to myself in my blogs, which is totally cool because writing is a ridiculously therapeutic habit to get into. But then I’ve been out, and people I’d had no idea were even paying attention would start conversations to punctuate whatever I’d talked about in that week’s latest blog. And†that†has never ceased to feel really really neat to me. So thank you for reading along. I guess I like talking to myself a little, but I like talking to†you†so much more.

xo,

Krista

You. Are. Beautiful. | by +Krista

I have a confession to make. I haveÖ a tattoo. A whole whopping ONE tattoo. I know. Iím a rebel. (My grandma doesn’t even know about it. She also doesn’t know how to check her email, so I think my confession is safe.) I got it three or four years ago, during one of the most trying, confusing, bittersweet times of my entire life. Itís simple and small and hidden under my clothes, which I actually kind of love. I did it for myself and the meaning of what it represents to me is private and JUST FOR ME.

My first boudoir client of the New Year was Sara, who is intensely private and yet, pushed aside any nervousness she mightíve had to have boudoir photos taken for herself first and her husband second (Her words. Obviously, Saraís awesome.). She also rocks some pretty amazing tattoos, hidden out of sight because sheís a teacher. Now. My number one rule for my boudoir clients is that I never, ever post a single image on my blog unless you say itís okay. (Remember me and my little hidden tattoo? So yes. I know how you feel.) Saraís photos are all totally private, except for this one that she chose to share. Itís a really good reminder that no matter what you have hidden underneath- inside or out, you are beautiful. Really. Iím talking to you.

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Trash The Dress | by +Krista

Last Saturday, on perhaps the most perfectly beautiful Saturday of 2013 thus far, my lovely client Arley and I trashed her wedding dress. Abandoned houses. Countryside. Muddy (freezing) rivers. And a century-old cotton mill! Because rivers and muddy wedding dresses are awesome and everything, but theyíre not quite enough to satisfy me (and my badass clients) on shoots like this. We need MORE. So we go get it.

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Trash-the-dress shoots (or rock-the-frock or fearless bridal or whatever sassy/ Suessical name you want to call it) are controversial still. The very idea elicits impassioned responses from both sides, so much so that it can start to feel like election-month Facebook. Really. It gets people going. Maybe you loved your dress and want to preserve it forever and ever. Thatís awesome. But maybe you only sorta loved it and love the idea of doing something crazy and artistic and ridiculous with it MORE. Or maybe you really loved your dress- that beautiful dress that fell serendipitously into your life at the perfect moment and it was just youÖ AND†maybe you want to symbolize moving on to the next great adventure. Arley said the best thing to me during our shoot: ďItís a dress. Itís not my hopes and dreams. My marriage is a whole lot more than this dress.Ē BOOM. YES. What she said.

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I†didn’t†love my wedding dress. It just†wasn’t†meÖ AT ALL. It was given to me for free, and my parents were already paying for our entire [amazing] wedding and when youíre offered a free dress under circumstances like that, what you do is, you take it. And itís okay. Weíre in our ninth year now of post-wedding life and Iíd rather have the marriage. I do still have the dress too- itís lived in the back of our closet ever since our wedding- but not for long. I practice what I preach, and Iím trashing my own dress this year too. My grandma will probably think Iím crazy, my husband will tell me to go have fun, and Iíll come home with amazing pictures + more memories + more room in my closet. The definition of winning.

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2013 | by +Krista

Well hello there! It’s been about a hundred years since I’ve blogged- really. My husband’s grown a beard in the time I’ve taken off from regular blogging, and that’s saying something. Christmas shopping and family gatherings and messy living rooms and school breaks and a million things later, and now? It’s time to get back to work!

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This past year has unfolded in ways beyond anything I could’ve ever imagined. It’s been more challenging than I expected, more exhausting than I’d prepared for, and more fun than I’d hoped for. Iíve had some recent years where, honestly, I was glad to leave things behind. End chapters, move on. Swift, clean, tidy. Some things just belong in 2009 or wherever they came fromÖ and there they stay (I hope). Other things stay behind too, but really, theyíre just a preamble to something even greater. 2012 was the best preamble yet.

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One year ago, I applied for an internship with LeahAndMark.com. I’d been working as a photographer for a few years already but needed a push and decided the challenge sounded good to me. I poured my heart into that application- and then did it again when I made it past the first round of cuts. I still have my acceptance email saved in my inbox. Iíd devoured every review and blog posting I could get my hands on, but I still didnít really have a clue as to what I was about to experience.

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Applying for the internship was the single best thing I have ever done for my photography… and one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself. There’s no such thing as being “above” an internship. Sure, I was already a photographer- I had clients and weddings and fancy things like print releases under my belt. But I wasn’t done learning. I’m still not done learning. Life is about pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, because right over that line is where the good stuff actually happens. You could stay where it’s comfortable, and that’s totally okay (I guess). But adventure is out there! It’s just that adventure, like opportunity, is often dressed in overalls and looks like work. I was craving adventure and adventure I got: first in the form of flinging myself into a brand new environment with a bunch of insanely talented strangers (who turned into mentors, colleagues, friends) and then again, after the internship was over: in the form of a little + sign next to my name. And now a new gaggle of slightly crazy Interns are about to embark on their own adventure as another season begins. Slightly crazy in the bravest, most adventurous way. Itís a little like Groundhogís Day, but itís also really amazing to watch.

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Now, itís January. The beginning of every new year has always appealed to me immensely because I love the idea of a fresh start- a clean(ish) slate, and another year full of moments and challenges and adventures that you HAVE NO IDEA ARE GOING TO HAPPEN TO YOU YET. Thatís AWESOME. And a little terrifying.

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But mostly, itís awesome. Sixteen days into the new year and Iíve already booked more weddings than any year before. Iím traveling more this year. Iím hustling more. Shooting more. (And editing more.) I feel like Iím finally settling into the best rhythm for myself and my family, too. More vacations. (Because more weddings allows that now, for which Iím forever thankful.) More books. More parks. More swimming. More walks. Less junk and more slowing down to watch my daughters as they grow into their own skins, with hopes and dreams and crushes. And most of all, setting more of an example to them that adventure waits for them too. They just have to go after it.

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Boudoir is an Adventure | by +Krista

Boudoir can be a lot of things. Glamorous. Romantic. Sexy. Empowering. (And also slightly terrifying. I know.) But most of all? Boudoir is an adventure.†Seriously. The idea of it is still taboo to a lot of people, which I wholeheartedly understand but fiercely disagree withÖ because it shouldnít be. Itís okay to dress up and be glamorous and sexy. (And really, itís more than okay. I think itís required. On [at least] an almost daily basis.) But to step outside of your comfort zone in such an in-your-face, no-holds-barred kind of way is the truest definition of an adventure. So it’s really awesome that I’m also continuously surprised at the number of women who, after it comes up in conversation, have actually been dying to do a boudoir shoot too… and just never gave themselves the permission to do it. Oh, I just really want to do that too because it looks like so much fun. And the thing is, it IS fun. And beautiful and empowering and all that jazz I talk about all the time.

My latest boudoir shoot was back at the W Hotel again, which is fast becoming my favorite spot for boudoir in the city. (The stairs in the lobby make me feel like Cinderella and the best papaya martini in existence lives here. Boom. Instant love.) This time, we got started early in the morning and the sunlight streaming in through those beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows was perfection. And my lovely client, who made my day when she said she was doing this for herself more than anyone else, got to jump in and have fun, feel empowered, be sexy. IN YOUR FACE.

She did awesome. Of course. Afterwards, I asked her if she was glad sheíd done the boudoir thing. Because the idea of boudoir can be scary and just a little intimidating, I always ask this question. I really want to know. Even†more so†than making beautiful photos that make my clients feel good damn good about themselves, it’s my goal to make sure theyíre glad they did this, even (or especially) if it was a little daunting. Because if you’re going to toe the edge of an adventure, then jump in with eyes open, it better be worth it. She was SO glad she’d done it, she said. And guess what? Youíd be glad too.

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