Evan’s Favorite Thing: Day 3

Most of you guys have caught on by now, right? It FAVORITE THINGS. I’m spreading the Christmas cheer buy giving away 7 of My ALL TIME FAVORITE THINGS. There’s still time to enter to win from our posts on Monday and Tuesday. All the details are at the bottom of each post. I will be randomly selecting 7 individuals Sunday evening and posting the winners in a complete Favorite Things Run Down post on Monday!

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Day 3 giveaway is certainly something you will catch me jamming out to in the car driving down the freeway. Katy Perry’s NEW album Prism. Her single Roar reached almost 450,000 downloads in the first week of it’s release. It’s one of those feel good songs, makes me feel like I can conquer world. When I was in LA last November we drove past her house, they had to keep me contained. I wanted to hop the gate and and sing Fireworks with her on her front lawn. Double Rainbow, It Takes Two, Unconditionally and By the Grace of God are my go to songs on the album. I PROMISE you won’t be disappointed. When She releases her US tour dates I can assure you that Me, Morgan, Lindsey and Hannah will be sitting beside the computer. 😉

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To Enter #evansfavoritethings it’s simple, all you have to do is Subscribe to my blog (on the right hand side of the blog homepage under the social icons) AND leave a comment on this post. You might win extra points if you post on Instagram and Facebook and use the hashtags #evangcooper #evansfavoritethings. ;)

I can’t even tell you how many compliments I have gotten on these fun “red sweater” pics. HUGE Thanks to my friend Aubrie Moates for shooting all of the. She’s the BEST!

How to Address Wedding Invitations

Hey Ya’ll! I hope everyone had a Fantastic Veterans Day Holiday! I know I sure did enjoy laying low and having the day off. It was the a Perfect Monday complete with a new episode of NBC’s The Blacklist. Did you see last night’s episode? OMG! OMG!!

Ok, Back to the reason we’re here…

Being in the wedding industry and having planned over 20 weddings this past year I have been asked numerous times, “How do you properly address wedding invitations?”. Some Brides budgets don’t allow for them to hire a calligrapher but still want to make sure addressing her invites is done properly. My friends over a Kim Box Photography host a feature post each week on their blog titled, “Wedding Wednesday”. A couple weeks back it was all about the process of addressing invitations. Since the post, I have sent it to 2 brides who have asked that infamous question. Kara of Kara Anne Paper created these awesome graphics to give Brides a prettier visual of how it should be done.

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“Remember it’s important to include the children’s names on the inner envelope. If you do not, guest will assume that only adults are invited. If you invitations do not include inner envelopes it is acceptable to include their names on the outer envelope. Children under 18 can be included on their parents invitation. If they are over the age of 18 and still living at home it is best to send he or she their on invitation.”, Kara Says!

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Addressing invitations to Couples or Families is actually the easy part. Addressing Invitations to a Doctor, can be a little tricky. Kara created another graphic to make sure everyone is on the same page and gets those invites addressed just right.

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I hope this quick post was a helpful  “how to” to all you Brides to be. Be sure to keep an eye out on Wedding Wednesday from Kim Box Photography– Exciting post from local Planners, Calligraphers, Designers and there’s always pretty pictures too! Happy Tuesday!

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…

 

Vendor Spotlight: Poppy Pedals

In the wedding industry I am always running into new photographers, floral designers, planners and even stationary designers. If you follow me on Instagram you have probably seen me tag @poppypedals quite a bit. Why? Because she is FREAKING AWESOME! If not, 1.) you should follow me and instagram (@evangcooper) and 2.) Let me introduce you! World, Meet Courtnie Johnson. Better known as Poppy Pedals. 

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I was introduced to Courtnie’s work by my sweet friend Kim Box.  I took one look at the birth announcement she did for Kim and I was instantly a fan. Since then Courtnie and I have worked on several projects together. From Wedding Invites, photo shoots, Bridal Faires, baptisms and our most recent project #TheChapelMarket. We’ve had our share of fun and exciting projects together and I’ve enjoyed each of them every step of the way! Poppy Pedals is seriously one of my FAVORITE local vendors and I am blessed to work with her often.

This is that adorable announcement Courtnie designed for Kim. Isn’t it GREAT?!

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With that being said I thought it would be fun to showcase and highlight some oh her work and also give the blogging world a chance to meet Courtnie. She’s seriously one of the most precious people you’ll meet and it doesn’t help that she does good work too! 😉 Below is some of her most recent work shot by Crazy Talented Local Photographer Suzanne Williams and a few fun questions so you guys can get to know her a little better.

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EGC: So, tell me some basics about you? Where are you from, where you went to college, what you studied why you got in to this and why are you passionate about it? 

Poppy Pedals: I’m a mother of three, and this December, I will celebrate 10 wonderful years of marriage with my husband, Marc. I grew up in Eufaula, Alabama. After high school, I attended Troy University and was fortunate enough to connect with a great counselor. I had no clue what I wanted to major in, and he helped to sift through my many interests and point me towards the art department. Although I took a few fine art classes, my focus was more in the digital art realm. I was hooked from the beginning.

EGC: How did you get started in design and how long have you been doing it for?

Poppy Pedals: I started designing in college, but I never intended to transition to invitation design. It’s something that has happened over a long period of time. Right out of college I worked as a designer at a local advertising agency. I worked there for five years before moving to a part-time position at my church. My position at the church is more slow-paced, allowing me to explore and experiment more. Believe it or not, children have also had a huge impact on my design transitions. Birthday party invitations, birth announcements and baptisms were all in order, and I found it ridiculous to pay for invitations when design is what I do. The more invitations I designed, the more interested I became. After a while, I started entering minted.com invitation competitions. After being chosen a few times, I opened an online Etsy shop, connected with various stationers that could incorporate my calligraphy, and met local event and wedding planners that have introduced my services to brides. This year marks my ninth year in graphic design, and I’ve been doing lettering and calligraphy for about 3 years now.

EGC: Who would be an ideal client for you right now?

Poppy Pedals: An ideal client would be a passionate, open-minded bride. I’ve been lucky enough to work with many of these lately!

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EGC:  A lot of designers tend to ask a lot of specific questions when going in to a project, what do you usually ask? What do you do when a client comes to you and doesn’t have a lot of direction?

Poppy Pedals: I always ask each client to create a Pinterest board for inspiration. It allows me to get a feel of what the client intends for their business or event. By looking through other boards they have created I can get a sense of their style and interests. It definitely depends on the project.When a client doesn’t have a lot of direction I try to ask more questions and again ask that they provide a Pinterest board. It’s important that they understand what they like and don’t like or you’ll be running in circles, wasting too many design hours in the process.

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

Poppy Pedals: I love anything that incorporates calligraphy or lettering. Starting out with pen/pencil and paper is my very favorite.

EGC: Do you use any special techniques or supplies that you like using?

Poppy Pedals: I love supplies so I’m just going to list a few things! Bristol smooth paper (http://www.dickblick.com/items/13329-2023/), Tracing paper (http://www.dickblick.com/products/blick-studio-tracing-paper-pads/?clickTracking=true), Micron pens (http://www.dickblick.com/products/sakura-pigma-micron-zentangle-sets/?clickTracking=true), Oblique pen holder (http://www.paperinkarts.com/carobl.html) , Brause EF66 nib (http://www.paperinkarts.com/bref66.html), Brause blue pumpkin nib (http://www.paperinkarts.com/brs361.html), India ink, Dr. Ph Martin’s pen white (http://www.paperinkarts.com/inks-dr–martin-s-pen-white.html), Dr. Ph Martin’s Iridescent Copper Plate gold (http://www.paperinkarts.com/irides.html)… just to name a few

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EGC: Where would you see yourself with your company in the next five years?

Poppy Pedals: That’s a tough question. I’ve tried to be very intentional when it comes to the growth of Poppy Pedals. My children are still very young, so I’m in no hurry to grow too much. In five years I hope to see Poppy Pedals thriving, but I can’t really say what my idea of thriving looks like right now. I’m hopeful that it will continue to be as enjoyable as it has been thus far. It’s a true blessing to do something that I whole heartily love.

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Hopefully you know a little more about Courtnie Johnson and her company, Poppy Pedals. Hey! And how you have someone for all your design needs. Thanks for reading! Until next time…