Monday, February 26, 2018

Annecy Wedding Photography ... Photographe de Mariage

Love letters, the things we write to the people we love. 
For me, styled wedding shoots are my "love letters" to my craft (photography), to the people I photograph, the couples, the weddings, and the places I photograph.

A couple of weeks ago I had the honor to create a styled wedding photo session in Annecy, France.

 I wanted to do this for some time as a way to say ... thank you to this beautiful place I get to use as a backdrop for my photography. In 2014 I did this in California, so it was only natural to create a special wedding photo session for 2018. Annecy, France is a place I fell in love with and knew there was not much styling I would need to do. I wanted the couple I photographed and the photos to speak for themselves.

I did however know flowers were a must.
I asked a local florist, Murmur, to create my flower arrangement. The boquette added the perfect amount of color to the grey February morning.

The couple, Nadia and Christophe were married a little over a year ago, but live in Annecy. They wanted photos in the place they call home, the place they love, Annecy.


Wedding Photography for me ... is my time to get to know the couples I photograph. I spend hours before each wedding getting to know my clients, and take the utmost care in telling their story on their wedding day. I look at each couple and wedding completely different. I do not have a formula I apply to each wedding .... this allows me to create thoughtful, authentic, intimate, and original photos for each couple I photograph.



I believe wedding photos are souvenirs 
that need to stand the test of time
 and that in 5 years after your wedding 
your photos will allow you to be brought back to that moment 
when you said, "I do".

While photographing in Annecy and Paris, France I would say my photography style has become more natural, less forced, and I ultimately keep things simple.


I have fine tuned my technical skills, and trust completely in my years of EXPERIENCE.
I do not believe in over complicating poses, looking at pinterest for inspiration ... I find my inspiration in who and where I photograph.


This has allowed me to create photographs that speak for themselves. Photographs that make you feel.

My top 3 things all wedding photographs should do ...
tell a story, and tell the story of the couple you are photographing. 
How will you tell their "love letter to each other" in photos?


Capture a feeling, a moment ...wedding photos need to make you feel something.


Be authentic to the couple, the day, the time, the place, the location.


Questions you should ask your wedding photographer
How would you describe your photography style in three words?
Do you have a portfolio?
Why did you choose to go into wedding photography? If you have a wedding photographer strictly into wedding photography for the money, your photos will definitely lack a sense of compassion and feeling.
What is your professional experience?

A question to ask yourself, how does the photographer make you feel? This person will be with you on your wedding with your closest family and friends, so it is imperative they make you feel good.


I feel so honored that Nadia and Christophe were part of my "love letter" to Annecy. After photographing weddings for the past 8 years, and moving to a new place to photograph this styled wedding shoot was so important to me. I feel grateful when a couple chooses me as their photographer. I love telling couples' stories visually. Your wedding photographer is not just a photographer but they are the person who you have chosen to tell your story.


In the last photo of the day, you can see that snow was lightly falling as the water glistened. 
Nadia and Christophe exchanged one last kiss and the moment was sweet and fleeting, perfect. 
Perfect because the snow was not planned, the pose was not planned, 
it was a moment .... that happened, 
a souvenir. 

I am currently booking 2018 and 2019 weddings in France and California. I am happy to travel, and would be honored to work with you. I also love to create custom wedding packages. Creative budgets are always welcome.You can find out all of my wedding photography details by simply emailing me: coeurdelaphotography@gmail.com or visiting my website at: www.coeurdelaphotography.com

Sincerest thanks, to Nadia and Christophe for letting me tell your story in a place I love so dearly, Annecy.








Saturday, February 17, 2018

"We the Doers and Creators" Annecy, Paris, and California

As a professional photographer each year I create a passion project. A project that allows me to expand my vision and work. The idea of my passion project came to me as I photographed several women last year. Each time I photographed I was told that my photo sessions ended up being more than about creating photos. The women told me that I helped them see themselves in a new light. That they felt confident, powerful, strong and inspired. As photographer this is how I felt after learning their stories, getting to know them, and after photographing them. I was even told I was a photo therapist, now that was a compliment. For me, I have always loved creating unique, original, thoughtful photo sessions that allow the people I photograph to feel.


 My sole motivation is to make people believe in themselves and the things they are doing and creating. Thus, this is how my 2018 passion project came to be ... WE THE DOERS AND CREATORS. It is of the utmost honor to present to all of you Fanny the creator of DiCY DESIGNS. Fanny is an artist, creator, designer and a powerhouse female. Her talents are limitless. Immediately after meeting Fanny I knew her potential and capabilities to succeed were endless. Now, how would I photograph this?



Before each photo session I will put in hours of brainstorming, trying to create a photo session that allows my subject, to feel at ease. I believe my background in photojournalism and literature has played a huge role in how I photograph. I am always seeking ways to say more with my photos. The story behind them, the story that has yet to be told, I love telling those visually.

So for Fanny I settled on a part of Lac d'Annecy that is at a part of the lake that allows you to look out and feel ... limitless. We picked a morning in December that was quiet, cold, and the snow had just fallen the night before, creating a scene yielding ... discovery, adventure.


This woman is incredible and her designs are pure magic. On our photo session the snow glimmered while we watched the winter lake glisten.  For me, I wanted her photographs to show that she is an artist, creator, and person with a heart made of gold.  I am so honored to photograph her.



"We the Doers and Creators" #wethedoersandcreators is my ongoing photo project in aim to photograph people in locations that bring out the best in you while doing the things you love. I hope that the photos are keepsakes that bring to life creators' passions, work, and stories.  Ultimately, you get photos that are more than just a selfie, photos that show just how unique, original, and authentic you are. If interested in participating, email me at coeurdelaphotography@gmail.com
Send me an email telling me about yourself, what you do, what you create and ... lets go on an adventure. "We the Doers and Creators" is currently in Annecy and Paris France, but will be coming to California and I am happy to travel worldwide.