Morgan & Cooper’s Reid Chapel & Haven Wedding, Birmingham AL



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Photographer: Heather Durham | Assistant Photographers: Rizza Phillips | Planner: Magnolia Vine Events| Floral Design: Thorne & Thistle | Wedding Gown: Heidi Elnora | Bride Shoes: Kate Spade |Tuxes: Joseph A. Bank | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale from Bella Bridesmaids |Wedding Invitations: Annabelles Too| Hair & Make Up Stylist: Emily Summerville| Silk Ribbon: Cocoon Silk Ribbon | Ceremony: Reid Chapel on the campus of Samford University | Reception Venue: Haven | Cake Artist: Pastry Art | Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited |Entertainment: Norris Dates and The Power Surge

Film Images from The Hybrid Collective Workshop Hosted by Lauren Fair in Nashville, TN

Last month I invested in me. I invested in my business. I surrounded myself with hundreds of incredibly talented photographers from all over the world. I met with owners of film labs to learn more about their processes and how I can deliver the best images to my clients. I met with print labs to discuss new partnerships for the fine art prints I have always offered my clients, since the beginning of my business over 16 years ago.

It’s always important to me to attend at least one industry conference each year. Continuing education is invaluable. I never want to feel like I’ve learned everything there is to know. I want to always be a student, honing my skills. Conferences are always a shot in the arm of inspiration, but sometimes they can also make you feel “less than” or overwhelmed with information and how to apply it to your business right away. As soon as those feelings creep in I try to realign them with the truth that I am enough. My worth is in Christ and I am created to be me, not anyone else. I do me. I stay true to my style, my goals and my desire to keep learning and pursuing the best ways to serve my amazing clients. Then I stop for a minute, take a deep breath and realize how deeply grateful I am that THIS is what I get to do every single day. It brings me so much joy.

I already shared the shoot hosted by the talented Eric Kelley and you can see that post here. Now, I want to share some of the film images from an inspiration shoot and workshop hosted by another leader in the wedding photography industry, Lauren Fair, who has been named Top Wedding Photographer in the world by BRIDES and The Knot. I enjoyed meeting her after following her work for a while now. She and her husband Tim are kind people and wonderfully humble educators. I love how this shoot turned out because of the efforts of an incredibly talented vendor team. My business started with film exclusively over 16 years ago. After a long sabbatical, it feels good to slowly weave film back into my workflow as a hybrid shooter, which just means that I’m an artist who chooses the medium (film or digital) that best suits the client, the situation and the light. I hope you enjoy this lovely wedding inspiration shot on film…

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Nashville Wedding Styled Shoot at Green Door Gourmet Farm by Heather Durham Photography Hosted by Lauren Fair

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Credits/Vendor Team + Instagram Accounts:
Workshop: The Hybrid Collective @TheHybridCo
Workshop Host + Lead Photographer: Lauren Fair @laurenfair
Photographer (Images shown here): Heather Durham @heatherdurhamphotography
Film Lab: Photovision @photovisionprints
Creative Direction: RSVP Events @rsvpeventdesigns
Floral Design: Melissa Broadwell @melissabroadwell
Venue: Green Door Gourmet @greendoorgourmet
Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier @moniquelhuillier, @moniquelhuillierbride
Hair & Makeup: Erin Ryser @erinvryser
Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes @bellabelleshoes
Paper Goods: Ink & Press Co @inkandpressco
Lingerie: Girl & A Serious Dream @girlandaseriousdream
Garters: The Garter Girl @gartergirl
Jewelry: Walton’s Antique & Estate Jewelry @waltonsjewelry
Menswear: Street Tuxedo @streettuxedo
Tabletop Rentals: White Glove Rentals @whitegloverentals
Linens: La Tavola @latavolalinen
Cakes: Copper Whisk Cakes @copperwhiskcakes
Styling Surfaces: Locust Collection  @locustcollection
Mixology: Bar Magnolia @barmagnolia
Ribbon: Tono & Co @tonoandco
Furniture Rentals: Please Be Seated @pleasebeseatedrentals
Candles: Creative Candles @creative.candles

Colorful & Modern Wedding Inspiration Shoot at the Hybrid Collective Workshop Hosted by Eric Kelley

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Hybrid Collective High Fashion Editorial Shoot by Heather Durham Photography with Eric Kelley in Nashville TN

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Credits/Vendor Team + Instagram Accounts:

Host Photographer: @erickelley 

Photographer: @heatherdurhamphotography

Producer and Set Designer: @type_a_society 

Floral Designer: @melissabroadwell 

Wardrobe Styling: @lexfordays 

Hair: @locksbyleslie 

Makeup: @jordanbyers 

Cake: @trouvaillebakery 

Jewelry: @sarahojewelry + @trumpetandhorn 

Couture Bags and Jewelry: @mindylamjewelry 

Shoes: @badgleymischka 

Earrings: @jenniferbehr + @lili_claspe 

Backdrops: @telicialee styling mats @jrd_artshop 

Rentals: @maykercreative 

Plates, Silverware and Glasses: @greystonetable 

Stationary: @yonderdesign + @aerialistpress 

Ring boxes: @voeu_du_coeur 

Floral Pedestal Columns: @lavendersflowers 

Jane Elizabeth & Taylor’s Mountain Brook Club Wedding, Birmingham AL

Jane Elizabeth and Taylor’s April wedding….it was stunning! Just wait to you see the reception floral design. It’s next level gorgeous! The couple even brought their lab “Honey” along for portraits after their First Look. My favorite image of the day? As you are scrolling, look for the black and white, wide reception room shot with JE and Taylor in a moment as if they were the only ones in the room. That image is what I look for at every reception. It encompasses the story of the entire day from planning and design by the talented Meghan Cease of M. Elizabeth Events, to all the important people in your life celebrating with you, and most importantly your joy and emotion in the midst of the moment of it all coming together. It’s everything!

I loved spending the day with this Alabama girl, Arkansas Razorback and their sweet families! I say this every time, but y’all my brides are the sweetest! I feel truly blessed to be invited into your lives.

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Jane Elizabeth & Taylor's Cathedral Church of the Advent and Mountain Brook Club Wedding by Heather Durham Photography

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Jane Elizabeth & Taylor's Cathedral Church of the Advent and Mountain Brook Club Wedding by Heather Durham PhotographyHDP-NechtmanDouglas-406_-WEB.jpg

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Jane Elizabeth & Taylor's Cathedral Church of the Advent and Mountain Brook Club Wedding by Heather Durham Photography

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Jane Elizabeth & Taylor's Cathedral Church of the Advent and Mountain Brook Club Wedding by Heather Durham Photography

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Photographer: Heather Durham | Assistant Photographers: Emily Kicklighter & Rizza Phillips | Planner: M. Elizabeth Events| Floral Design: Mary Donald | Wedding Gown: Custom redesign of bride’s mother’s dress by Katherine Vier | Bride Shoes: Stuart Weitzman|Tuxes: Mr. Burch | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale from Bella Bridesmaids |Wedding Invitations: The Scribbler| Bride Hair Stylist: Melissa Bogardus| Ceremony: Cathedral Church of the Advent | Reception Venue: Mountain Brook Club| Cake Artist: Magic Muffin| Lighting, Draping and Rigging: AG Lighting | Rentals: Prophouse Birmingham |Entertainment: Atlanta Groove Factory

 

 

What to Wear for Your Engagement Session

I always get asked the question, “What should I wear for my Engagement Session?” and my answer is always a long, solid-color fluid dress, heels and classic jewelry — estate or family pieces if you have them. Long dresses are very feminine. They catch the wind and add beautiful movement when you walk. That movement adds so much interest to your images. And, the fit of your dress should compliment your figure and show off your shape. If an outfit off the rack needs to be altered to fit you well, then do it to look your best. The reason we love so many celebrities’ outfits is that they are custom made to fit their bodies. My favorite silhouettes? It’s no secret that I absolutely LOVE a one-shoulder dress. It’s a hint of sexy, but classy at the same time. I also love simple slip dresses and wraps that accent your waist.

When choosing a dress, keep in mind that solid fabrics are best, because prints and patterns can be trendy and distracting unless they are tiny florals or classic patterns like stripes or checks. Plus, so many trendy outfits can date your images very quickly. Same goes for big, chunky accessories. Choose simple and delicate instead. I love heirloom, estate pieces that connect you to your family and give just enough sparkle. Ask your grandmother if you can borrow her pearl and diamond earrings, or your mother her diamond necklace. If your location makes it a little hard to walk in heels, you can take them off. Holding your shoes as you walk gives the images a more relaxed feel (even though you are dressed up) and also gives you something to do with your hands.

For a second, more casual outfit, well-fitting jeans with heels and a dressy blouse or a tailored jumpsuit, is what I recommend. Both are always a win.

So, to sum it up in a few words…solid, flowy, delicate feminine, and classic with a just hint of sexy and a touch of tailored. If every piece you choose to wear for your session can be summed up in those words then you’ve nailed it and your images will be beautiful and timeless.

Be looking for my next post, which will be a Q&A with Walton’s Jewelry on how to confidently shop for and choose estate jewelry and antique engagement rings.

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Dresses: Nordstrom | All jewelry: Estate pieces from Walton’s Jewelry, Franklin TN