Amanda + TJ

Amanda and Tj’s wedding couldn’t have been more perfect– I met Amanda several years back through a couple of different district church events, it’s been nothing but good times since. She is a graphic designer who has worked on TONS of projects for me. Her  skills certainly came in handy while planning her wedding.  She was all about the details and it truly showed throughout the wedding, From the Wreath Banners, programs and even the boutonnieres the guys wore, she was one busy little papering designer. Below are a couple of my FAVORITE shots from her big day that photographer Nick Drollette captured.  View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/claybrook Her bridesmaids wore different shades of her wedding colors. She wanted to keep everything in the primary family. Side Note: She wanted Fever Few Bridesmaids bouquets but it was out of season. So we used monte casino that had a very similar look. It wasn’t my first choice but Amanda was happy with it and that’s all that matters, right??

View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/claybrook Her bouquet might be one of our FAVORITES. Purple Hydrangeas, Billy Balls, Italian Pitt, Veronica, Yellow Garden Roses.. I mean who wouldn’t love it! She wanted something very airy and “handpicked”. I think we accomplished that. View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/claybrook YES! Those boutonnieres are paper. Amanda made each groomsmen, pastor, and father a paper flower bout. It was perfect and toally Amanda. View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/claybrook

 

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View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/claybrook Ok! Can we talk about this invitation suite… It’s AMAZING! She knocked it out of the park! How cute are those self portraits?!?!

View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/claybrook Details everywhere. Even the wreaths on the front doors had a hand lettered banner. I’m telling you guys, it was INSANE!

View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/claybrook Dying over these cakes. A 16 year made them. Incredible,right?!? The Banners, Paper Flowers, The Lettering all done by the bride!

View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/claybrook I try to make it a conscience effort to take a photo with each of my brides sometime through out the day! Thankfully Nick was there to capture a “real” photo. I am so thrilled I was able to help Amanda’s dream wedding a reality! She’s always such a joy to work with, and to see her work on her own wedding was so special!

View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/claybrook Oh yeah, be sure to click over to Amanda’s etsy shop! Tons of FUN things for the holidays! Her shop button over there to the right– “Stone and Feather Paper Goods”.

Vendor Spotlight: Nick Drollette Photography

I’m almost positive that you guys are well aware that everyone is a photographer these days. Ok! Not everyone, but it seems like it, right? Let me introduce you to the real deal, Nick Drollette. He’s a photographer from Montgomery Alabama that is taking the wedding industry by storm.

I met Mr. Drollette about 4 years via Facebook. I know, it’s kind of creepy, but it was all him, I PROMISE! Nick thought I was an old bearded photographer who could help him further his career. Long story short, through that silly Facebook friend request We’ve become the best of  friends (He even asked me to be a groomsmen in his wedding). Nick is honestly one of the most talented guys I know. When he puts his mind to something, he does it and KILLS IT. He’s passionate about what he does and it comes across in every photo. I’m beyond honored to get to work with NDP on a regular basis with Weddings, Events and editorials but even more import I am honored to call him and his wife friends.

With that being said, I bring you another installment of  (insert drum roll sound effect) evangcooper.com’s  Vendor Spotlight. Below I had Nick send over some of his favorite images and answer a few questions to give the blogging world a chance to get to know him a little better..

EGC: What Inspires you as a photographer?

Everything. I’m inspired by what is around me. I think there is so much that we take for granted everyday. When you shoot it is about capturing that one moment in time because it will never be the same. Seeing so many photographers out there challenge me to get better. If I am not looking at other peoples work or looking for things to learn  or ways to better my skill I end up sitting in a slump. Photographers have to be inspired and learn from each other to become better. It’s  a never ending process.  There’s always something to learn, it’s impossible to know it all. I think that’s what I like the most.

 

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EGC: How does someone become a Photographer?

Hmm…Take photos of EVERYTHING! It doesn’t matter what camera you use just take pictures. You will grow if you start to dig deeper into learning the technical side of photography. Anyone can teach the technical side. It’s learning the creative side that is the hardest.

EGC: One of today’s main discussion points amongst photographers is the use of digital vs film photography; what do you prefer? 

I love the convenience of digital, You can instantly see what you have taken. I think learning on digital was a wiser choice than  film.  Shooting film makes you slow down and makes you a better photographer. It makes you think about every shot. Most of my favorite pictures I come across on the web are film. Why would I work so hard to edit a digital photo and try to make it look like film when I can just shoot film. To me film has a romantic look . Now there are some downsides to film. Obviously you can’t see it right away and most importantly you have to be willing to trust your lab and leave it in their hands. For me, I shoot anything I can. If you like to shoot disposable cameras. Then shoot disposable cameras. It’s not the gear that makes you a great photographer it is the technique and eye.  2013-11-09_0004 2013-11-09_0001

 

EGC: Where would you see yourself with your company in 5 years? 

I’m honestly not sure. I enjoy going with the flow. Like every other entrepreneur I want my business to grow. I want to be able to travel and see many different things.

EGC: What are your favorite type of projects to work on? 

I really enjoy documentary and travel photography. I have been on several trips with my church and would love to be able to travel and shoot around the world full time

EGC: Is there any special techniques or gear that you like using?

I enjoy working on my Mac. They’re a musty have for photographers 🙂 For Digital I shoot with a 5D MK II and a Hasselblad H1 for my film work. I only shoot Kodak film.

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Hopefully you know a little more about Nick Drollette and his company, Nick Drollette Photography. Hey! And how you have someone for all your photo needs.Remember, NDP doesn’t shoot just weddings– His lifestyle and commercial photography is pretty incredible. Thanks for reading! Until next time…

 

Southern Styled Shoot

Oh how I love this shoot–  It’s just full of Southern goodness. I remember when Jennifer text me, it feels like it was just yesterday. We had a blast pulling this shoot together.  These photos were actually shot back in December. YES! December, you might think its freezing outside, but remember…we are in Alabama. It could be 100 degrees one day and 30 degrees the next. Mother Nature is so wishy washy around here.

Styling a shoot is like the “thing to do” these days. It’s a way where you have complete control over the environment that you are shooting and make sure you get the images you have imbedded in your brain. Jennifer knew she wanted images that she could use on her new site and reflected a southern style. I think we accomplished just that.

We found a local barn that was PERFECT for what we were doing. A little burlap draping, some whiskey barrels and you’ve got the start of a true Southern Wedding.

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The Groom’s attire is a PERFECT example of mixing High and Lows– His suit & Button Down came from The Gap and his Bow Tie is Ralph Lauren from Dillards.

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I envisioned something airy for the brides bouquet. We used Seeded Eucalyptus, Snap Dragons, Blue Mountain Thistle, Roses and Yellow Ranunculus to create this look.

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Our beautiful Model Autumn came to the shoot rocking her cowboy boots– They totally worked with what we were doing, so we used her boots instead of the ones we borrowed from a local department store.

 

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I guess the reason I have never worked with horses was because I have heard so many things that have gone completely wrong, but with a few phone calls we managed to pull a few strings and one of the horse trainers was kind enough to come out and spend the afternoon with us. I LOVE the way these few images turned out!

 

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No Southern Wedding is complete without the PERECT Favor, and we created something that any guest would be silly not to want to take home with them– Jelly Jars with homemade strawberry jam. The jars also acted as their place card at each table. The table centerpieces are always some of my favorite things. We used recycled pallets to make these wooden boxes. My grandfather was so kind enough to make them for us. I spy yellow striped straws– you know we had to have those! 😉

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and finally, the getaway car! isn’t it AWESOME?!?! They car itself was enough to turn heads, but we wanted to jazz it up a bit more and add a few extra special touches. What do ya think?

 

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Last but not least, no photo shoot is complete without a few fun behind the scenes shots! (Yes! I am spraying hairspray on the cotton! Gotta make sure it stays in place. Jennifer wanted to incorporate cotton so we put it in the Large focal arrangements on either side of the entrance.)

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I seriously couldn’t have made this shoot come to life without the FANTASTIC team I had working with me.

Concept, Florals and Styling: Evan and Company | Hair: Mallory Spotsworth, ME HAIR | Make Up: Makeup by Brianna G. | Venue: The Equestrian Club at Emerald Mountain | Bridal Gown: Prattville Bridal Boutique | Grooms Attire: Gap | Bow Tie: Ralph Lauren | Photographer: Jennifer Pharr | Catering: Red’s Little School House | Assistants: Morgan Cooper, Rae Culver, Leah Johnson Film Developing: Indie Film Lab

A HUGE thats to Jennifer of Jennifer Pharr Photography for letting us be a part. Be sure and check out her new site. It’s gorgeous AND she’s and extremely talented photographer! High Five Jen!

 

Louisville, KY

A couple weeks back our Fine Arts State Level Competition took place, and I couldn’t be more proud of the Students who participated in the festivities. We are looking forward to #Orlando13. We are SO EXCITED!! We can’t wait, LITERALLY. The countdown is on. So in honor of our fast approaching National Festival this year, Our trip from last year…..

Back in August we took a little road trip to Louisville Kentucky with my church Montgomery First. It is here where the 2013 Fine Art Festival took place. For those of you that don’t know, Fine Arts is a discipleship tool of national youth ministries designed to “help students discover, develop and deploy their ministry gifts. From Signing, Drama, Graphic Design, Art, Photography, and even writing. There are over 61 categories– something for every student.

A week away with 25 of your closet friends, we have a BLAST. From Celebrating my Birthday with Addy Grace in Hard Rock Cafe to taking home 2 National Award of Merits for Photography entries– it was a FANTASTIC.

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