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Featured on Burnett’s Boards // Forest and Fern // Styled Bridal Shoot

I am so thrilled to have my first feature on Burnett’s Boards today with a styled bridal shoot I did back in November with a team of really wonderful wedding vendors. I love putting together shoots that are inspired by outdoor elements and this one certainly was. You can read some more about my thoughts and planning elements that went into this shoot if you click on the image. Even though this was a fairly simple shoot to put together (for example there was only one model and no tablescape decor), they still take a great deal of planning to pull off. And I put a lot of thought into the concept, theme, colours, and decor elements to ensure that the “storyline” doesn’t look too contrived and that it flows naturally. I always strive to make sure my styled shoots “make sense” and don’t have certain props just because they are trendy at the moment. I storyboard the concept in my mind and have a list of shots that I need to get in order to create a cohesive story. I’ll be posting the full shoot in a few days time, but until then, you can see a selection of images on Burnett’s.

Contributors:

Model: Irene
Dress: Truvelle
Hair and Makeup: Makeup and Hair by Atefah
Jewelry: The Borrowed Collection
Floral Design: Garden Party Flowers
Cake: Sweet Naturally Bakery
Calligraphy: Fox and Flourish

Pop Up Wedding Shoppe in Vancouver, BC

This is something completely different and it’s the Pop Up Wedding Shoppe Vancouver, BC which is running from January 15 – February 28, 2015. We are heading into our second week so be sure to stop by to say hi!

The Pop Up Shoppe was something created by Patty of Pure Magnolia with more of a retail focus so prospective brides could come to the store to try on wedding gowns and peruse other wedding vendors, including yours truly. I’ll be there for four weeks until mid-February. Most of the vendors are in on the weekends and it’s a great opportunity to meet us face to face to have a little chat. We have a wonderful location in Gastown at 140 West Hastings complete with gorgeous wood floors, brick walls – everything you would hope for for this kind of shop. And Pure Bread is across the street so when you are done browsing/trying on dresses, you can pop across the street for a delicious treat and coffee.

This was the first ad campaign that we did for the Pop Up Wedding Shoppe that included Pure Magnolia gowns, Mirror Mirror Bijoux, Green with Envy, and Vignette Studio. Initially planned for the outdoors, we decided to do it inside as the weather was particularly frosty and I was sure the models wouldn’t really want to subject themselves to those kind of temperatures. These images were used quite extensively for the shop and can be found on social media at various outlets. I really love doing these kinds of shoots – I am super detail oriented so this kind of  thing was right up my alley!

Here is some info for the Pop Up Shoppe and please feel free to share this post!

Website: Pop Up Wedding Shoppe

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By the Sea Styled Wedding Shoot – Preview

During this time of year when it gets a bit quieter for weddings, I like to try to plan a few of my own shoots for a few different reasons. I like to work with new people or sometimes with people that I already know and love their work. It’s a chance to do some of the ideas that are swimming around in my head (there are usually far too many to carry out!) and it also provides some wonderful new content for my portfolio. It’s also a chance to get published on some of my favourite wedding blogs. Plus, it’s fun to shoot some new and different things during a season that is generally a bit quieter so it helps keep me on point.

This particular shoot was inspired by the ocean so I wanted to do something that was simple but not necessarily bridal. I had visited Frocks Modern a few weeks ago and I saw this lovely French Blue Amsale bridesmaid dress that I knew I had to use for this particular shoot. Inspiration and ideas for shoots come from anywhere and I will often build a shoot around a colour, a type of landscape that I really like, or in this case, a dress that helped to move the concept along. Once I had the dress settled, the rest of the theme came along and I titled this shoot “By the Sea.” The rest of the images won’t be released for a little while, so this is all to show for now.

I really loved this shoot and I have to thank my model, Meghan, for coming out and being barefoot on the rocks on such a blustery day by the water. It was beautiful and sunny, but still chilly. I also have to thank Frocks Modern for the lovely Amsale dress, Atefah Shojaie for the wind-swept hair and the striking makeup, Amy at Garden Party Flowers for the absolutely stunning bouquet and Leah Alexandra for the beautiful labradorite earrings and statement ring. I really love working with local talent when I can – this city of so full of wonderfully creative people.

‘Til next time!

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Big Changes in 2015 (Rebranding)

So next week (on the 18th to be exact), I am beginning the long process of making some  big changes in 2015 for Simply Rose Photography. I’ll be kicking it off with the rebranding process with Point of Vue Design, a Pacific Northwest based photographer/designer. The goal of that will be a completely new look that can carry me into the future and something that matches the direction of my work. Then it will be time to start developing the new site with assistance from Bon Accord Creative and then working with Janine Duff, a copywriter, for the final piece of all the text. I’m thinking that by the time everything is complete, I will be ready to launch anytime between early summer to early fall 2015, depending on how things go. I’ve never had this kind of team before for marketing purposes and I have to admit, it’s very exciting to have such wonderful people on my side. This kind of process however, always makes me incredibly nervous as well. I’ve gotten it wrong before and it’s a really big investment so it’s important to me to take the time to think about the tough stuff. I’ll be honest, the business stuff does not come naturally to me. Marketing and finance especially. I have worked really hard to get to this point and am constantly learning and trying to improve aspects about my business to make them better. Some things succeed, some things fail. I learn and try again.

But perhaps you could help me with something?

I know what I think when I see my work but it’s hard to know what everyone else thinks. What words come to mind when you see my work. And this can be helpful for the branding process. I don’t know how many people this blog reaches but if you had a bit of time, I’d love some feedback on my work. In the comment below, just let me know three words that you think describes my photography. I would really appreciate it and it would help me understand a bit better what everyone else out there is thinking.

Thanks!

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JC - Pure. Clean. Timeless.

Year 2014 in Review

Wow.

There it is. Year 2014 in review.

This took me a better part of Tuesday to review and prepare this blog posting and I must say it was a real treat to spend some time going over my work this past year. I have never done this before but I think I might continue doing this on an annual basis because I really enjoyed the process of going through each wedding, each family session and some of my own personal work. There is a way that an image can transport you back in time to that very moment so you remember what you were feeling at that point in time. Even for myself as I look at some images, I remember too what was going through my mind at the time and it makes me smile knowing that these photos have created tangible memories.

It has been quite the year and I feel like I have come a long way. For the past few years I had been juggling a full-time job, trying to grow a full-time photography business and all the daily things that go along with running a household. And then some really bad things happened in 2013 – my Mom nearly died from a brain hemorrhage but stabilized enough to move into a nursing home, my health and stress levels had hit a wall shortly after that and I spent 6 months recuperating trying to restore my mind and body. And during that time while hiding away in my house because my anxiety was at an all-time high, some big decisions needed to be made – do I quit my stable, well-earning position with the government? It was something that we had been discussing for at least 4 years and I knew that I could not continue doing everything. We were always waiting for the “right time” and it was never seeming to come. Until everything hit the wall and my life felt like it stood still for the first time in a long time.

We decided that I would take any wedding that would come my way for 2014 and that my end date would be a few weeks before wedding season started in June. I went back to work in January with this secret for a few months and after I gave my official notice in the spring, I couldn’t remember a time that I felt so scared yet so free. It was the most liberating thing and I knew that I was heading in the right direction. I had a piece of yellow note paper on my cubicle wall that read, “Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong – Mandy Hale.” It was this that kept me going the last 6 months of my job, even though the prospect of going out on my own scared me to no end. What if it didn’t work? How will we afford to live? But my husband was so incredibly supportive and we knew what we needed to do for my own sanity. We would worry about the money later.

Even though being self employed has all its own set of interesting issues, I do not regret my choice for one moment. I’m now 6 months on the other side of leaving the office behind and I am fully looking ahead. I have a mental clarity I have not had in years. I have time with my family on weeknights and weekends. I have time to pour into what I really love to do and to meet new people in an industry that I really enjoy. This is not work to me. It’s so much more than that. The decision to leave has given me my life back.

So, you see, this year was really important to me. A really big milestone. It’s scary leaving the security of something into the great big unknown but not much has really changed in our lives, actually. I don’t know what I was waiting for. The “right time” will never arrive. Sometimes you just have to make your own path.

I am really excited about 2015 and what will happen. I don’t really know yet. All I know is that I am finally somewhere I belong.

Signing off for 2014 –

Rose

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Yolanda - LOVE everything about this blog post, Rose! Hope to work with you again in 2015! Xo!