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The final wedding shoot of the Forage + Fern workshop (that I took part in) took place in a cove of sorts – there was just enough wind to create beautiful movement in the amazing Leanne Marshall gowns and the ocean took on a deep blue color. The algae that washed up on shore was deep emerald creating a very fairy-tale like environment. To be honest, during this part of the workshop I found myself a little anxious and distracted, worrying about some things at home that I had to face when I returned. I did not shoot as much as I usually would have, but instead tried to let the experience wash over me (no pun intended).

In fact, for the rest of workshop I chose to put my camera down (besides a few images here and there) so that I could ask questions and learn rather than worry about my portfolio. I missed out on some amazing photo opportunities, but I was able to absorb direction and receive encouragement much more when I let my camera go. It was hard, but I don’t regret the restraint I chose to embrace.

Mamiya 645 AF | 80mm F/28 Lens | Kodak Portra 800 + HP5 | Scans by PhotoVision

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I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to go on a road trip alone and do some thinking and pondering about life. I met so many amazing, encouraging people on this trip — and was wow’d by so many creative perspectives, business know-how and of course sheer talent. I found myself very emotional when I was alone in my room, feeling challenged of course in my photography…but also just to be more brave as a person and open up more.

Special thanks to Kate Holland of Magnolia Rouge for pouring so much heart and soul into all her creative communities over the years. It means so much to me and countless others.

All images taken at the Forage + Fern Workshop in Galiano Island, British Columbia.

Creative direction | Magnolia Rouge
Photography tutor | Brumley & Wells 
Photography tutor | Jonathan Canlas
Hair & make-up | Jess Wilcox 
Wedding gowns | Leanne Marshall 
Jewelry | Ryegrass Studios
Sponsor | The Find Lab 
Venue | Bodega Ridge
Scans + Processing | PhotoVision
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We all woke at sunrise to photograph a gorgeous (and last minute) bonus shoot at the Foraged + Fern workshop. The mist had settled over the grass as the early morning sun began to rise from behind the pines. Our model Maja was probably so cold but never showed it. I remember somebody yelling out “you look like a baby fawn!” – she did! It was magical and probably my favorite shoot of the whole workshop. Enjoy 🙂

Mamiya 645 AF |  80mm F/2.8 lens | Kodak Portra 800 | Scans by PhotoVision 

*Black and white is Portra 800 converted to black and white in post due to lens flare — I used the HP5 Medium Format Mastin Labs preset, with my own custom tweaks. Sometimes that will save you if you get too much light in your glass! Sometimes, being the key word – better not to get light in your glass to begin with.

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All images taken at the Forage + Fern Workshop in Galiano Island, British Columbia.
Creative direction | Magnolia Rouge
Photography tutor | Brumley & Wells 
Photography tutor | Jonathan Canlas
Hair & make-up | Jess Wilcox 
Wedding gowns | Leanne Marshall 
Jewelry | Ryegrass Studios
Model | Maja Rohling
Sponsor | The Find Lab 
Venue | Bodega Ridge
Scans + Processing | PhotoVision
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Mamiy645af | 80mm F/2.8 lens | Kodak Portra 800 | Scanned by PhotoVision

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I recently attended the gorgeous Forage + Fern workshop hosted by Magnolia Rouge. This lifestyle session is dripping in Pacific Northwest beauty – it was really fun to be able to celebrate the natural part of the world I love so much.

When attending a workshop, with such amazing photoshoots prepared for us – it’s tempting to click away and become obsessed with trying to get the shots you want for your portfolio. This time around, I wanted to focus on learning and perfecting my use of the Kodak Portra 800 film stock. The pacific northwest has deep shadows, yellowy greens and it can sometimes be tricky to find the right film stock to achieve the pastel tones I love…paired with a contrasty pop that I crave. Portra 800 has really solved my issue, along with metering a very specific way, every time. I know everybody loves the other two stocks (Kodak 400 and Fuji 400H) — and I do use them still — but I don’t enjoy pushing film (makes me nervous) and Portra 800 just gives me the wow factor I want every time. So if it ain’t broke…(boy does it hurt the bank though). I’m excited to say that most of these images needed zero editing or adjustments, thanks to the system I’m developing with my amazing lab, PhotoVision.

I didn’t come away with a gazillion images, but the ones that I took I made count. I did not give myself any permission to hit the shutter unless I was fully satisfied (which makes going through images later so much more satisfying). This also allowed me to ask more questions, observe our teachers and fellow attendees in action, as well as exercise a sense of restraint that I believe is helping me become the kind of photographer I want to be. I have a long journey ahead of me, but I feel I’m finally finding the direction I want to go.

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I met many amazing people and received the encouragement I so needed. It has been a difficult year personally for me…and that tends to trickle into your professional life if you are a creative. It was a wonderful feeling to explore Galiano, have some travel time alone and enjoy the lavish but cozy Bodega Ridge resort. It was a trip I won’t soon forget.

All images taken at the Forage + Fern Workshop in Galiano Island, British Columbia.

Creative direction | Magnolia Rouge 
Photography Tutor | Brumley & Wells
Hair & make-up | Jess Wilcox
Model | Maja Rohling
Photo Lab | PhotoVision
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I am excited to share this real engagement session that is infused with lots of romance and golden light! Even more exciting is it is featured on Magnolia Rouge, I could not be more pleased that they chose to publish this session that brought me so much joy to shoot.

PRESS PLAY FOR MUSIC — it’s Nat King Cole, doesn’t get more romantic than that!

Mamiya 645AF  |  80mm F/2.8 Lens |  Fuji400H + Kodak portra 800 film

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It was such a beautiful summer night when we ventured up above the city to do this engagement session. Kari and Aaron were so excited and a total delight to work with…don’t these shots almost look like they could be in Italy or straight out of a Grace Kelly movie? I love it.

Photography: Jenni Kupelian 

Scans + Processing: PhotoVision

Published on: Magnolia Rouge

Wardrobes: Asos, Banana Republic + JCrew

Hair + Make Up: Clarity Mettler

Bride + Groom to-be: Kari Goettlich + Aaron Voegle

Venue: Rocky Butte in Portland, OR

 

 

 

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Fall is such a nostalgic time for me…especially since a few of my favorite TV shows and movies are coming back in full force like Gilmore GirlsAnne of Green Gables and the new Beauty and the Beast trailer just aired too! That is putting me into full-blown nostalgia overdrive.

While these feelings are mostly joyous, nostalgia can bring it’s melancholy too. Do you ever wonder how you got to where you are…both the good and the bad? Do you ever miss moments in your life that have come and gone…or have had to let go of dreams that you simply can’t focus on right now? I have. I do.

For some reason, fall always brings up this mixed up bunch of feelings and bombards me with them. Those very feelings have a way of informing my work and I’m always most pleased with the photos I take in this cozy time of year. This family session was no exception with it’s cozy scenery and warm layers…these moments were the perfect way to wrap my 2016 family portrait season.

Canon 5D Mark II  |  50mm F/1.8 Lens  |  Kodak Portra 400 preset w/ my custom tweeks

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Special thanks to the Moore Family for being awesome even when the rains came. And to little Landon for having the best suspender sweater set ever.

Enjoy the rest of your nostalgic fall everyone – it’s a magic time of year!

All images taken in Vancouver, Washington near Klineline Pond.

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