The day was cold, the wind was blowing...but the skies were AMAZING! Bright blue and clear! A beautiful contrast to the stark and vast nature of the desert landscape. Victor Sizemore a Kentucky native who now lives and works in Orange County, CA arranged this shoot. Lizzie who was kind enough to model for us is one of Victor's brides this year. Our fingers were frozen by the end of the shoot, but it was completely worth it.
We were able to get out of the city a couple of times, which to be perfectly honest were the highlights of my trip. I am very rooted in the Louisville area, but I must say that being out in the vast desert gave me a sence of wander lust that I have not experienced before. The red rocks were breath-taking! It was completely inspiring to shoot in such a different environment, and I loved every minute of it! So...any brides who would like to take a trip to Vegas or anywhere for that matter - just give me a call. I have so many great ideas for bridal and engagement sessions.
Earlier this year I heard a photographer discussing the importance of creating timeless art pieces that the family can use to decorate their homes. I was inspired to do a better job documenting the growth and development of my own family. Her point was that when you (the parents) are gone the most important legacy (material legacy) you can leave are the photographs of your family. The reality is that you can't go back, if an opportunity is missed it is gone forever. If you were to visit my home you would find large gallery wraps featuring my beautiful children. I worked nine months on each of them and I am convinced that they are the greatest artistic contribution that I will ever make to this world.
I took this shot of Joshua about an hour ago, and I'm already picturing it as a 16x24 2.5 inch gallery wrap.
I have decided to spead the fun out over several posts! We had such a great time in Vegas, but honestly how could you not? Twelve thousand of the world's finest photographers converged on the MGM for an outstanding conference. It was so much fun to meet new people and hang with old friends. It is so important for professionals in this industry to continue their education and stay on top of new trends and tecnology.
There was a great group of Kentucky photographers this year!
The picture above was taken at a party hosted by Robert Evans...cool! Featured are yours truly, and two of my best friends Sarah Jane and Aurelia.
Kristen and Keith Broady are two of the best people on the entire planet and it is a privilege to call them our friends. After we heard that two Jeffersonville officers had been shot I knew that it was his shift and immediately had a sick feeling that one of them might be Keith. We spent last night at the hospital waiting and praying. It is such an out of control feeling...just sitting for hours with very little information or updates. It just hits so close to home when you realize that life is so precious and ultimately so fragile. It was heart wrenching to see his two year old daughter playing in the waiting area completely unaware of the severity of the situation. We received word of his condition around 2am and we hope and pray that the recovery will swift and uncomplicated.
The picture above is a shot that I took about a year and a half ago. (This picture will be outdated in a couple of months when they have their first son!)
We are always looking for fresh new ideas and ways to make our images different and unique. After a few days of being bundled up at home we decided to grab our camera gear and shoot a bridal session in the snow. I had a couple of locations in mind, but for the most part we would drive until we found a cool (in the literal sense too!) place to shoot.
Speaking of new ideas...I am headed out to Vegas this weekend for the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International convention (WPPI). We will have a great time!
We take thousands and thousands of outstanding pictures throughout the year, so when the time comes to update the website it is difficult to narrow down the selections. Our goal is to display examples of our work that gives you a glimpse into who we are as photographers. The quality and integrity of our imagery is our highest priority. We want to present our clients with photographs that they will treasure for generations. Weddings present the opportunity to capture beauty, emotion, relationships and so much more. It is our passion to create an artistic body of work that our clients will always enjoy.
With that said...hop on the website and check out our most recent updates!
I love winter weddings! Shooting outdoors in daylight is not always an option so it pushes the photographer to be more creative with location and lighting. Generally, I find that my best work happens when I am working outside of my normal comfort zone. One of my favorite shots happened with the bride and groom outside after dark.
Dana and Dan were great, the wedding was beautiful and we had so much fun working with both families. The ceremony was at Christ Church United Methodist; in fact it was the first wedding in the new sanctuary. The reception happened to be at my FAVORITE venue! The Pendennis Club is fantastic!! The staff is outstanding and the event was amazing.
Just as a note on the fire truck... :) There was an unplanned fire drill at the church! This was definitely a first for me, but as usual my philosophy is to make the most of every opportunity so we did not hesitate to take a few shots with the fire engine.
Best wishes and have a wonderful time in Costa Rica!
My most humble apologizes to my wonderful blog readers. It may have seemed as if I fell off of the planet, but I assure you that we have been hard at work designing some fabulous new products for 2009. The first few weeks of January are possibly my favorite time of year for forward thinking, goal setting and product development. I love the chance to barricade myself in my office to work on all of the ideas and projects that have been pushed aside during the busier times of the year. Along those lines I will be headed out of town for a few days to attend KPPA - Kentucky's annual photographer's convention. I hope to come back with some fresh ideas for 2009.
Merry Christmas to all of my wonderful friends and blog readers! I will be signing off for a couple of days to spend some quality time with my loved ones. As the song says..."Have yourself a merry little Christmas!"
A client called a few days ago wanting a print for a Christmas present, which gave me the happy opportunity to revisit some images that I shot over a year ago! After looking though the session I started to think about the importance of having your children photographed on a regular basis. This image is beautiful and timeless - what an amazing gift to pass on to future generations. I know that I am so thankful for the beautiful portraits that I have of my parents, grandparents, great grandparents and great - great grandparents. It is a wonderful legacy. But life is CRAZY and all of a sudden it is December and you are scrambling for gift ideas and it is too late to have the kids photographed. (unless you go to one of the same-day McDonalds style places - let's just throw this out there...you get what you pay for!) So...NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION #1 give Amy Shepherd Photography a call sometime after the first of the year and schedule a session for your family! Which means that by May you can have virtually all of your Christmas shopping finished and we can even start working on some fantastic Christmas card ideas!
Kellie and Mick are such a great couple! The story of how they met sounds like the plot for a Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks style romantic comedy. The ceremony was held at St. Bertrand downtown and the reception followed at the beautiful Pendennis club. What a fantastic venue!! It is super exclusive, but if you can pull the necessary strings to get in it is a must have for a wedding venue. The planning and details were orchestrated by Kellye Linebach. She was great to work with, and really connects with her clients. I have been so fortunate to work with such great event planners this year. If you are planning an event PLEASE find a qualified wedding professional to help - they are worth every penny that you spend. You will enjoy your day so much more if you and your mother are not stressing over all of the details. You would not even believe all of the "behind the scenes" stories of disasters that were averted because a competent professional was there to take charge. Anyway...that is my opinion!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I will be celebrating with my family...and I get to sit at the big kid table this year :)
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