Okay, okay, so Justin and Mary’s workshop isn’t really called “Rock Through A Wedding,” but to be honest, there was no walking here, it was ready, set, rock it! After tackling day of details, bridal portraits, and ceremony lighting, it was time for some reception fun at the Aragon Theater! I have seen some amazing things come out of all the other WTAW workshops on their tour, but in my (definitely biased) opinion, they really brought it in Chicago! Fittingly, our theme was “Chicago” the musical! Take one killer location, one hot flapper-esque dress, a gorgeous couple, some dramatic lighting, and you can’t really go wrong!
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Now, I have to admit, I am almost happy these WTAW blog posts have been postponed so long. I know that sounds a bit backwards, but back in June, when I participated in this workshop, I met this couple quickly and within minutes, we had 20 cameras in their faces. I knew nothing about them beyond that they were gorgeous and completely adorable together! I mean, that is enough to take pretty pictures, but photographs should tell a story and reflect genuinely on the couple. After the workshop, I stumbled upon a blog post of an amazing photographer named Christy Tyler, who was reflecting on modeling for a WTAW workshop with her husband. Yup, it was the Christy and James! Our wonderful models for the day! Ever since, I have been religiously following Christy’s blog and getting to know her a bit via twitter. (Isn’t social media fun?!) 3 months later and, now, these photographs are more than just pretty pictures to me. They tell the story of Christy and James, a hardworking and crazy talented photographer with a dedicated husband, who loves her so much that he not only brings her ice cream on a Sunday night, he also agrees to model in a photographer’s workshop on little to no sleep, to make sure his wife has the opportunity to be a part of it. See, it matters. To have a story, to know the couple. To know the love reflected in this photos wasn’t just modeled for us, it was real.
If Christy hadn’t just gone full-time with photography (So very excited for her! Not to mention, totally inspired!), I would suggest she take up modeling full-time! She killed it being on the other side of the camera! Between her fierce looks and adorable renditions of Adele songs to make James smile, I couldn’t get enough of photographing these two!
I am so grateful to be a graduate of Justin and Mary’s Spread the Love and Walk Through A Wedding workshops. I gained so much new and invaluable knowledge that I am already putting into practice everyday! From learning how to manage my time while trying to build a successful business to learning to embrace the shadows to create dramatic lighting. These two days with the dynamic duo from Conneticut left me with a truly renewed passion for my craft. It was just what I needed this year to keep pushing myself towards my dreams and goals. Thank you Justin and Mary! And thank you to Christy and James!