In August of this year, I received the email that said,
“Congratulations! This email is your official invitation to submit to Rangefinder’s 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography competition. You are receiving this email because you were nominated by an industry professional or someone on the Rangefinder team.”
It was such an honor to submit my images into this competition for a second time, and Id like to share parts of my application and the 30 images I submit with you all.
I was asked to share about my growth as a photographer: “
I am almost to the end of my third year as a wedding photographer, and I feel like I have finally moved from the stage of “creatively copying” to a place where I am creating images and experiences that are unique to me, my style and ultimately my clients story. Since the Covid-19 pandemic especially, I have spent more time brainstorming ways to capture more meaningful images for my clients rather than more creative images for my portfolio.
I use to feel like I had to be in control of the timeline and schedule in order to get the best images, but now I simply lean into the day and document. I confidently embrace a portrait session scheduled during the brightest time of the day. When a reception is lit solely by hot pink lights, I don’t freak out and automatically run to grab my flash. I recognize that they intentionally chose those lights to compliment their decorations and I adjust my normal way of shooting so that they can have images that truly reflect their experience. (Shout out to you Aryana).
2020 has been a big year of remembering its not about being seen or liked by the larger photography community. I’ve had to push through drama and understand that at the end of the day being a wedding photographer isn’t about me at all. It’s about documenting honest and meaningful images that provide couples with a tangible legacy they can pass down and have for a lifetime.”
I am so appreciative to all the couples and vendors I have had the pleasure of working with over the past few years, and I can’t wait to see how things change and grow in 2021.
If you’d like to take a look at the winners this year, here is the link!