03.25.2010 | filed under: engagements

This session was the first I shot after returning from an inspired week at WPPI in Las Vegas. Aside from a terrible cold & a STRONG desire for fresh air, I walked away from that week with a renewed sense of why I do what I do. I made a promise to myself to break boundaries this year, to allow creativity to lead the way, and to not be stifled by rules. As artists, we have to push ourselves to step outside of our comfort zones. We have to remember that the only failures are unrealized ideas, and our inability to try new things. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten a flash of an idea for an image ( usually requiring me to scale a 6 foot wall & hang from a tree…all while trying the get the shot ) and written it off as “crazy” & convinced myself its just not possible. The thing is…history proves that crazy ideas have the potential to be the most memorable, and the most brilliant. Consider Jackson Pollock & Andy Warhol…two famous artists who forged their own path despite negative reviews, and wowed the world with their originality. I’d be willing to bet they heard the world “crazy” a few times on their journey…but refused to be afraid of breaking the rules. My 6 year-old gave me the best advice as we were playing a game of monopoly recently. He said “don’t follow the rules mommy…lets make up our own.” I have a feeling he’s going to be an artist :)

So I don’t think it was an accident that Beatriz & Dwayne were the first session I had on the books last week. They are my photo soul mates in every way. Willing to climb through thorn bushes, sit on broken glass, and lay down in a field that…well, lets just say it didn’t smell like roses ;) Bea didn’t even bat an eye when I asked her to climb a crazy hill for the last silhouette shot. And I have to say I’ve never had a groom more willing to put the time & energy into turning an idea into an image… it made my day when he said “wow, that was fun” as we wrapped the shoot. We connected so much during this session that there was talk of planning a “Trash the Dress” shoot near their home on Jersey Island, off the coast of France.

Thanks to Bea & Dwayne for an inspiring session…see you guys in June!














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  1. Absolutely STUNNING photos Kellie! I am in love with this shoot.

  2. Oh Kellie, these are amazing! The light is perfect, and I love your creativity. The processing is gorgeous too…

  3. just wiped the drool from my chin after seeing these. wow is the only word i have.

  4. WOWZA! These pics rock, Kellie!

  5. OH MY GOD!!! Kellie – I want to cry these are so amazing!!! Thank you. What an honor to work with you and be a part of your creative vision. Can’t wait for June!

  6. Incredible!

  7. Yep, if you play chess with your six year old he beats you in three moves every time. I’ve gotta learn those rules. The Hassy shot is another award winner in my book. This is chill bumps material here.

  8. Kelly, your talent exceeded our expectations. Words can not describe what you captured in these images; amazing work of art!!! The proud Mom.

  9. Absolutely GORGEOUS!

  10. was a great pleasure working with you Kellie – so grateful Bea did all the homework to find you. and thanks for the compliments but Bea and I were just clay in the potter’s hand :-)

  11. Kellie, seriously lady! I don’t know how you do it. I adore all of them especially the forehead kiss…geeze my favorite! They are all stunning. :)

    and you’re right Emery is going to be something else when he grows up! Its in his blood to be some kind of artist. And he’s going to be amazing! Just like his mommy :)

  12. So Romantic! Love it!

  13. A M A Z I N G

  14. I love them all. Great job! I especially like the ones from the 5th photo onward and the black and white ones. Ooh, the sunset one is great too!. awesome.

  15. gorgeous shots (as always) kellie!! And thank you for the tweet the other day :)

  16. I love the one where he is looking at the camera and it’s just the one eye. Wow, really creative!

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