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Guest Blogger: Nancy Liu Chin

June 2, 2009

I am so delighted to announce our first guest blogger: Nancy Liu Chin!

san fransisco florist Nancy Liu Chin

Nancy is the talented designer behind the San Francisco-based floral design studio: Nancy Liu Chin Designs. Nancy is as fun, energetic and bubbly as her floral designs are beautiful and it has been such a pleasure chatting with her over the past several weeks.

Aside from running a successful floral design studio, Nancy is also a contributor to the Pink Blossom List, a great new collaborative wedding blog and resource and this November, she will also debut the Wedding Floral Academy, an amazing new workshop where she will share her tips, tricks and business advice for budding florists. If that’s not enough, you can also find her guest blogging on Wedding Bee Pro.

wedding flowers by Nancy Liu Chin

Needless to say, we’re more than thrilled to have Nancy join us here on Flights of Fancy! Nancy will be guest blogging with us every Tuesday this month so be sure to look out for her advice an insights.

If you’re not familiar with her work, you definitely must check out her website and visit her blog.

Photo Credits:
First Group
portrait by Arrowood Photography, boutonniere photo by Michelle Walker Photography

Second Group
row 1:  Lisa Lefkowitz, compliments Nancy Liu Chin
row 2: Ken Buck PhotographyWeeks Photography

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UPDATE: Quick links to all of Nancy’s guest posts can be found below:
5 Things I Love Right Now
Favorite Year Round Flowers
Modest Chic
Favorite Bouquets

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Photography Week X: Leigh Miller

April 10, 2009

Last (but certainly not least!), I’d like you all to meet Leigh Miller…

GETTING IN TOUCH…
website: www.leighmillerphotography.com
blog: www.leighmillerphotography.com/blog
email: leigh@leighmillerphotography.com
phone: 619-913-0913

THE BASICS…
Do you shoot digital or film?
i shoot mostly digital, although lately i’ve been taking an old brownie camera and a holga to weddings with me. it’s been great and i love the results.

How would you describe your style?
i think of my style as being organic. my approach to shooting weddings, or anything really, is to capture a moment – tell a story – document things as they unfold. so i would say documentary, if i had to give you one word. that being said, i think it’s important to not worry too much about labels and just look for a photographer whose work you are drawn to and love.

Do you shoot alone or do you usually have an assistant?
there are always two of us. i can’t be two places at once. not yet anyway…and having a great ‘second’ along frees me up to be more creative.

How soon after the wedding can your clients see photos?

about 4 weeks.

Do you provide an online proof gallery where clients can preview the photos?
yes. it’s great because they can also share that gallery with friends and family if they’d like.

Will you accept a job in another state or country?
of course! a huge part of my business is destination weddings. last year i shot 13 weddings that i had to get on a plane for! this year i have weddings all over the US and my first wedding in italy. so excited!

FUN FACTS…
How did you get started as a photographer?
my path to becoming a photographer was not typical. i actually went to school to be a therapist and have a masters in clinical social work. i worked for years in the areas of foster care and adoption, domestic violence and child abuse. i always have loved taking pictures. i think my dad gave me my first camera when i was about 10. in 2004, on a whim, i decided to take an intro to photography class. i was studying for a photography test during a chemical dependency training and the gal next to me had her wedding planning notebook out, planning her wedding! we began talking, one thing led to another and i ended up shooting her wedding. my first ever. in the spring of 2005 i shot my second wedding and by the fall of 2005 i was busy enough with photography work i had to make a decision, i couldn’t maintain two jobs any longer. so i went with photography! i’ve always felt my history as a therapist was a great prelude to this career. all that crisis management and understanding of relationships and family dynamics comes in pretty handy.

Aside from weddings, what’s your favorite thing to photograph?
everyday life. the ordinary.

What do you like most about being a wedding photographer?
it really is the relationship i have with my couples. i know every photographer thinks they have the best couples but i KNOW it. i love telling the story of their wedding day. it thrills me every time.

GIVE US YOUR TOP THREE TIPS FOR BRIDES…
1. i remember planning my own wedding not that long ago, it was overwhelming at first. make a list and tackle one thing at a time. it makes it much easier.

2. i know i’m biased but when its over all you have is the guy and the photography. choose both wisely ;)

3. have fun on the wedding day! don’t stress about the small stuff. when the day is over you two will be married and that’s the most important thing of all.

Thanks for sharing your work Leigh! What a great way to end the week!

Be sure to visit Leigh’s website and blog to see more of her stunning photos.

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Photography Week IX: W. Scott Chester

GETTING IN TOUCH…
website: www.wscottchester.com
blog: www.wscottchesterblog.com
email: hello@wscottchester.com
phone: 404.822.9443 (contact scott + cristen chester)

THE BASICS…
Do you shoot digital or film?
digital

How would you describe your style?
our style is modern in approach, mixing photojournalism with fine art and infusing creativity into everything we do. we are constantly seeking interesting angles, smitten with beautiful light and crazy about real emotion inspired moments. we like to have fun with our couples and document their wedding in a way that is fresh, whimsical, expressive, genuine, personal, and above all – creative.

Do you shoot alone or do you usually have an assistant?
we don’t get to  team up for all our weddings so scott shoots most of them with a second photographer or our associate, adam, who also has rad camera skills! as our girls get a bit older you may see cristen more on the wedding day scene…stay tuned!

How soon after the wedding can your clients see photos?
we post a few of our favorites on the blog about 2 weeks after the wedding as a little sneak peek for our clients! then 4-6 weeks after the wedding event we have all the images ready for our clients to preview.

Do you provide an online proof gallery where clients can preview the photos?
yes, we create a custom online slideshow using our favorite images from the wedding and we also post the complete set of wedding images on an online proof website for our clients to share with family + friends.

Will you accept a job in another state or country?
absolutely! we love to travel and we secretly dream of being nomads! not sure if our girls are down with that though : )

FUN FACTS…
How did you get started as a photographer?
scott was raised a photographer. his dad was a brilliant professional photographer + cinematographer and scott was handed his first camera at 8 years old and started playing in the darkroom around that same time and his love affair with photography began.  since then, he has pretty much been breathing photography! scott pursued a fine art photography degree and has spent many years working as a commercial + architectural photographer, which has influenced his distinctive style + award winning wedding imagery.  scott is currently ranked the sixth most artistic wedding photojournalist in the world by the artistic guild of the wedding photojournalists association (AGWPJA).

Aside from weddings, what’s your favorite thing to photograph?
our muses + amazing girls,  ava (5) + lucy (2) !!!

What do you like most about being a wedding photographer?
there are way too many elements that we love to list them all out here! simply put, we are so honored to use our photography to translate the emotion, love and brilliance between a couple on possibly their most significant day of celebration together and bestow them with the gift of artistic + thoughtful imagery that will tell their story for generations! we love that every wedding presents a completely new experience for us as artists and the chance to connect with another amazing couple that inspires us with their love and trusts our vision for their day.  we seriously have the best clients on the planet and to gain such wonderful friends in the process is like icing on the cake!

GIVE US YOUR TOP THREE TIPS FOR BRIDES…
1. hands down, finding the right photographer for your wedding is one of the single most vital elements of the entire event! we know we’re a bit biased on this topic, but it’s important to really connect with your photographer since you will be working so intimately with them the entire wedding day. for us, it’s all about collaborating with the right couple that has that contagious happiness + sweet love vibe going on…that’s what inspires us and is reflected in our imagery. so the right fit is mutual for both sides of the table. also keep in mind that after all the cake is eaten, the flowers have wilted and you’re back from you honeymoon all you have left from the wedding day is your groom and the photographs. so it’s not always about getting the most bang for your buck when choosing your wedding photographer. if your budget would only allow you to get the base package for your top choice photographer remember that the albums and other stuff can come later when your pockets have recovered from the wedding expenses. so choose a wedding photographer with imagery that really makes your heart sing!

2. find a wedding event coordinator that you love + hire them on the spot!  the investment is worth the sheer amount of stress you will save yourselves + they’re priceless the day of the wedding when any obstacles jostle plans.  if your budget only allows having the coordinator for the day of the wedding that’s fine, you’ll be so happy you enlisted their expertise.  it doesn’t matter if your super-organized mom or crazy aunt wants to do it for free…let them enjoy the party with you not fret about when the cake is going to get cut!

3. stylize your wedding to make it a distinct reflection of both of you! don’t feel pressured to keep up with the hot trends or to do what your family + friends have done at their own weddings . it’s YOUR wedding so make it all about your personality + style as a couple. if you’re crafty, this is your chance to put those fantastic DIY skills to work.  with all these great wedding blogs at your fingertips, you will run across lots of fabulous ideas and inspiration! you can always consult with a wedding stylist as well for even more creative tips. when unique elements +  personal details blend to create a celebration that is full of love + happy people having the time of their lives, that’s the wedding we want to be photographing!
other than these 3 tips….HAVE FUN, HAVE FUN, HAVE FUN!!!!

To see more work from this talented duo, visit their website and blog. Also check out the beautiful photos they shot for our past clients Sarah and Gray

Thank you so much for sharing your work Scott and Cristen!

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Photography Week VIII: Eleise Theuer

April 9, 2009

Now let’s meet Eleise!…

GETTING IN TOUCH…
website: www.eleisetheuerphotography.com
blog: www.eleisetheuer.com

THE BASICS…
Do you shoot digital or film?
I started out shooting film, now I am all digital.  Thinking about going back to film for some things.

How would you describe your style?
My style is a hybrid of editorial and photojournalistic shooting.  I love being my own art director at weddings, and look to portray weddings as joyous, colorful emotion filled events, which they are.

Do you shoot alone or do you usually have an assistant?
I shot alone until last year, now I bring an assistant to most weddings.

How soon after the wedding can your clients see photos?
Clients can see their photos about four to six weeks after their wedding.  I retouch and correct EVERYTHING and that is a time consuming process.  No turn and burns : )

Do you provide an online proof gallery where clients can preview the photos?
I do provide an online gallery

Will you accept a job in another state or country?
I travel all the time to shoot.

FUN FACTS…
Aside from weddings, what’s your favorite thing to photograph?
My favorite thing to shoot is people.  I really like photographing people.

What do you like most about being a wedding photographer?
I like working for myself.  I  have a great boss, who doesn’t breathe down my neck.  I also love to take a wedding and tell a story with it.  I shoot very intuitively, and every wedding is so different.  It is a fun challenge to find a wedding’s heart.

GIVE US YOUR TOP THREE TIPS FOR BRIDES…
1.  Sweat the details.  These are what separate publishable weddings from merely wonderful weddings : )
2.  Things are going to go wrong that day.  Accept it, and enjoy yourself no matter what.
3.  Hire a wonderful photographer.  You will never regret it.

Eleise is based in Virginia but like most photographers, will travel. Be sure to visit her website and blog for more beautiful photos.

Thanks for stopping by Eleise!