A Lens on Love Winners - Getting Ready Theme

Sheryl Fish, of Oobaloos Photography, Jen Fredette of Mountain Pearl Photographyand I have joined forces to create a place that celebrates wedding photographers. We created a space for members of our industry to learn, grow, support each other and build relationships. A Lens on Love is dedicated to all things wedding photography with some of the top wedding photographers from around the world participating in weekly themes. We also have amazing guest judges sharing inspiring work and selecting the top images for each theme.

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We were honored to have the super talented and always lovely Rebecca, of Rebecca Keeling Studios, with us as guest judge for our {Getting Ready} theme. 

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Here's what Rebecca shared with us about her photography  journey:

I fell in love with photography the way you fall in love with your first born child, effortlessly and consumingly. From the moment I bought the most expensive camera I could afford in 2004, we were instant BFFs. Moving to England the following year stirred in me a creative need that I had never felt before. The beauty of the country, the architecture, the green green pastures, the smell of the earth, even the near-constant mist, all contributed to this life-altering experience. It made me see differently. It made me feel differently. There were days when I would put my son in his little backpack and just go walk. For hours. The location didn’t matter. Just him, me, and my little Nikon CoolPix camera. It was just a point and shoot. Nothing special. But it was where my love of photography began. It was the means through which I could take the incredible images I saw with my eyes and keep them with me forever. It was the cathartic tool that helped get me through many days of a painful divorce. It kept me grounded. And sane. Two years later I started my “official” business and now, ten years later, I look back every single day and can’t believe how far I’ve come. I have three sticky notes above my desk that read “honest”, “connected”, and “real” which are a constant mantra when I get behind my camera. I photograph relationships, not people, and I truly love it!
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Our theme winners as selected by Rebecca are:

3. Love Bee Photography

Love the perspective, composition and bokeh.  The editing also feels very natural stylistically with what seems to be the type of wedding it must have been…if that makes sense!  Haha!  Meaning, it looks like it was a bit rustic, vintage-y, outdoorsy and the editing style really goes with that feel. - Rebecca

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2. Codi Shandel Photography

I’m a HUGE fan of b/w images during the getting ready part of the day, especially when they are a little dark and moody like this one.  It’s just drop dead gorgeous with the tones/highlights/shadows and the film feel is simply beautiful. - Rebecca

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1. Vita Vestra Photography

Everything about this image makes me want to jump into the photo and see what else is going on.  I can almost feel the anticipation!  Her hand on the window, the way she’s looking out into the field…it’s a very natural pose and seems to truly be a “moment” that was just captured as she waits to walk down the aisle. -Rebecca

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Many thanks to Rebecca for sharing her time and talent with us! Be sure to check out more of her work and connect with her! IG: @rkstudios FB: @rebeccakeelingstudios

Congrats to our winners and thank you to all who participated with us! Our current theme is {Bokeh}. Pop on over to A Lens on Love and share your favorite images with us for a chance to be featured!

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A Lens on Love Winners - Perspective Theme

A Lens on Love Winners - Perspective Theme

Sheryl Fish, of Oobaloos Photography, Jen Fredette of Mountain Pearl Photography, Kristi James of Kristi James Photography and I have joined forces to create a place that celebrates wedding photographers. We created a space for members of our industry to learn, grow, support each other and build relationships. A Lens on Love is dedicated to all things wedding photography with some of the top wedding photographers from around the world participating in weekly themes. We also have amazing guest judges sharing inspiring work and selecting the top images for each week.

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A very heartfelt thank you to Emilee Patrishkoff for lending her time and talent as our guest judge! Emilee is the owner, photographer, and videographer at Emilee Rose Films based in Rochester, MI.

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When I asked Emilee why she became a photographer, she jokingly told me that she wanted to be a seamstress, but her sewing projects never turned out (not a joke), so she picked up a camera instead. She continued on though, to explain that with her mother having been a portrait photographer as well, that she understands how important it is to document our lives in a way that evokes those original emotions.

Emilee chose the theme PERSPECTIVE which brought such unique interpretations and we were amazed but your image submissions!

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The winners for the Perspective theme are: 

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#3 - Ginamarie Photography "This persepctive makes it clear that they are each other's whole world and nothing else matters, just beautiful!" - Emilee

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#2 - Jane Louise Photography "I feel like I can learn so much about this sweet couple without even seeing their faces, great shot!" - Emilee

And Top Honors goes to: 

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#1 - 3 Cats Photo "I love the cool shadows, warm light, and impressive perspective!" - Emilee

Congrats to our winners and thank you to all who participated with us! Our current theme is {Getting Ready}. Pop on over to A Lens on Love and share your favorite images with us for a chance to be featured!

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A Lens on Love - Week 9 Winners

A Lens on Love - Week 9 Winners

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Sheryl Fish, of Oobaloos Photography, Jen Fredette of Mountain Pearl Photography and I have joined forces to create a place that celebrates wedding photographers. We created a space for members of our industry to learn, grow, support each other and build relationships. A Lens on Love is dedicated to all things wedding photography with some of the top wedding photographers from around the world participating in weekly themes. We also have amazing guest judges sharing inspiring work and selecting the top images for each week.

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Our awesome guest judges, Danielle and Emily of Deerlace Studios, based on Ontario, ON joined us this week and shared some background about their engagement and wedding photography business:

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We’re photographers who decided to team up two years ago and start a wedding and engagement photography business together. We love meeting new people, having fun, and having the chance to get creative with young, adoring couples in love!
We love every aspect of the wedding day - it’s such a monumental life event, and so much planning, preparation, and love goes into that one day. Having beautiful wedding photos is important to us, because after the day is over, the photos are sometimes the only thing you have to look back on to remember everything.
We’re inspired by the love between our couples. We always end up working with such fun, open-minded young couples, and they way they look at each other and interact with one another always amps us up!
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We are so grateful to these talented ladies for spending time with us this week! Be sure to check out more gorgeous work from Deerlace Studios on their blog!

And the winners for the "Simply Sweet" theme are: 

1.  Four Dots Photography  "A timeless image, so beautifully captured. Every bride wants a moment like this on her wedding day!" - Danielle & Emily

1. Four Dots Photography "A timeless image, so beautifully captured. Every bride wants a moment like this on her wedding day!" - Danielle & Emily

2.  Codi Shandel Photography  "Romance at its best! A vineyard, a gorgeous couple, a sweet, private moment...Perfection!" -Danielle & Emily

2. Codi Shandel Photography "Romance at its best! A vineyard, a gorgeous couple, a sweet, private moment...Perfection!" -Danielle & Emily

3.  True Era Photography  "Beautiful colors, a sweet moment between the soon-to-be Mr. & Mrs., and beautifully edited." -Danielle & Emily

3. True Era Photography "Beautiful colors, a sweet moment between the soon-to-be Mr. & Mrs., and beautifully edited." -Danielle & Emily

Congratulations winners! We applaud your work!

We had an awesome turn out last week. Many thanks to those participated! We truly love seeing your images come in each week! Don't forget to submit for this week's theme "Come Rain or Come Shine." Happy shooting! 

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A Lens on Love - Week 7 Winners

Sheryl Fish, of Oobaloos Photography, and I have joined forces to create a place that celebrates wedding photographers. We created a space for members of our industry to learn, grow, support each other and build relationships. A Lens on Love is dedicated to all things wedding photography. We have some of the top wedding photographers from around the world participating in weekly themes. We also have some very exciting guest judges sharing their inspiring work and selecting the top images for each theme. It is the perfect place to make friends in the industry, learn from each other, and grow our audience while having a ton of fun along the way!

Big News!! This week A Lens on Love welcomed a new team member: the fabulously talented Jen Fredette of Mountain Pearl Photography! Sheryl and I are thrilled and grateful that Jen will be lending her enthusiasm and immense creative talent to the team!  Please pop by, say hello to Jen and welcome her in style! 

And without further ado - on to this week's winners for our theme, "The Dress". Our accomplished guest judge was Richard Blain of Richard David Blain Photography, serving North Yorkshire, North Wales and Ayrshire, U.K . Richard's documentary wedding style produces images that capture poignant and memorable moments in the most naturally beautiful way. Be sure to check out more of Richard's gorgeous photos on his website and follow his page on Facebook. Thank you Richard for spending time with us this week! 

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Top 3 Winner for "The Dress" 

1. True Era Photography Great story telling and use of what seems like the bridal party. I'll use this idea for a natural pose if I can myself, so thank you for that inspiration. Love it - Richard

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2. Lisa Marie Halliday  Classic use of an amazing room with the dress still stealing the show. - Richard

 

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3. 3CatsPhoto Anyone that can get the bride to walk in the sea with her dress on deserves credit. Well framed with cool and fresh tones. - Richard

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Congratulations winners! We applaud your work!

Many thanks to all who participated! You certainly make the selection process difficult. We truly love seeing your images come in each week and we are SO inspired by your talent!! Don't forget to submit for this week's theme "Just the Guys." Happy shooting! 

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A Lens on Love - Week 6 Winners Announced!

A Lens on Love - Week 6 Winners Announced!

What is A Lens on Love? I have teamed up with my dear friend and talented British wedding photographer, Sheryl Fish of Oobaloos Photography, to create a space just for wedding photographers. We wanted to create a place for members of our industry to learn, grow, support each other and build relationships. A Lens on Love is a Facebook Page dedicated to wedding photography. We have some of the top wedding photographers from around the world participating in weekly themed competitions. We also have some very exciting guest judges sharing their amazing work and selecting their top 3 images for the theme. It is a great place to make friends in the industry, learn from each other, and grow our audience while having a ton of fun along the way!

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Our theme this week was {Emotion} and we had some amazing entries! Our talented guest judge was Codi Shandel of Codi Shandel Photography! She shared a little about her business journey: 

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"My goal in this life has always been very simple: to create art. I've been a professional photographer for three years photographing everything from newborns to weddings and have fallen more in love with every second. My style is a mixture of editorial and lifestyle posing, thick with nostalgia, emotion & authenticity. The quiet, peaceful, the elegant, the chaotic, wild fits of laughter...I want it all. I am so inspired each and every day by my clients and the trust they instill in me. Wedding photography specifically is the best kind of challenge. You are there from beginning to end, capturing the emotion and details of a once in a lifetime event. There is nothing more beautiful that two people madly in love surrounded by everyone who loves them, celebrating together. I'm not sure how I got so lucky, but I wouldn't have it any other way."
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You can find Codi and her fantastic work here: 

http://www.codishandelphotography.com/
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Our three winners for the theme as selected by Codi are:

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Image by Right Start Photography "This one, oh me oh my! It makes me nostalgic and it's not even my Dad! Giving your baby away is not something to take lightly, and it's clear that the photographer was in the perfect mindset for this shot, focused in the exact right place." -Codi

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Image by Of Fate and Chaos 

"I really love this one because of the spectrum of emotions shown. It's not everyday that you can photograph so many emotions in one image!" -Codi

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Image by True Era Photography

"The joy in her expression is priceless. I love the joy - she is clearly in the right place." -Codi

That's it for Week 6. Congrats to the winners and many thanks to all who joined us!

The theme for Week 7 is to be announced on the page shortly by our new guest judge!  Be sure to submit your wedding images on Facebook by Sunday evening 8/14/16!

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