Pure Joy | Yellow Inspiration | National Cathedral School | Washington DC Wedding Inspiration

I had the privilege of traveling to Washington DC for the Jeremy Chou Workshop there last August.  One of my favorite days was our shoot at the National Cathedral School - home of the Washington National Cathedral.  

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In the words of Elizabeth Gopal of East Made Event Company, "Yellow. An often underutilized color in fine art wedding design, yellow exudes joy, happiness, and cheer. Goethe wrote, “We find from experience that yellow excites a warm and agreeable impression… The eye is gladdened, the heart expanded and cheered, a glow seems at once to breathe toward us.” Coming from a desire to demonstrate how the boldest, sunniest color can be elegantly subdued, the inspiration for this bridal session was drawn from the blush tulle, rose gold sequins, and yellow appliqué flowers on an exceptionally designed Emily Riggs gown. 

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Paired with a second, equally detailed, white gown, the yellow color also shines in the floral arrangements by Sophie Felts and in the vintage glassware, originally owned by stylist Elizabeth’s great-grandmother. More minimal elements, like the invitation suite by Julie Ha and a vintage ostrich feather fan, balance the appliqué embellishment. Photographed in the newly renovated chapel and on the back lawn of the National Cathedral School in Washington, DC, the shoot mimics the bridal portrait elements of a real wedding day. Our bride is first posed in front of large windows for portraits, and later, gracefully swishes her gown on the lawn behind the impressive European-style architecture of the school. Dainty tablescape and dessert displays round out our details, ensuring that the overall design is “warm and agreeable” indeed. "

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Photography: Holly Von Lanken Photography

http://www.hollyvonlanken.com/ @hollyvonlanken

Workshop: Jeremy Chou Photography

http://www.jeremychou.com/ @jeremychouphotography

Creative Direction: East Made Event Company

http://www.eastmadeevent.com/ @eastmadeeventco

Florist: Blossom + Vine

http://blossomandvine.com/ @sophiefelts

Calligraphy: Julie Ha Calligraphy

http://www.juliehadesign.com/ @juliehacalligraphy

Hair & Makeup: Georgetown Bride

http://www.georgetownbride.com/ @georgetownbride

Desserts: Fleur and Flour & Black Pearl Tarts

https://www.fleurandflour.co/ @fleur.and.flour http://shop.blackpearltarts.com/ @ blackpearltarts

Gowns & Gold Crown: Emily Riggs Bridal

https://www.emilyriggsbridal.com/ @emilyriggsofficial

Ring: Susie Saltzman

https://www.susiesaltzman.com/ @susiesaltzman

Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes

https://www.bellabelleshoes.com @bellabelleshoes

Rentals: White Glove Rentals

http://whiteglove-rentals.com/ @whitegloverentals

Model: Haley from Modelogic http://modelogicmidatlantic.com/ @modelogic
@haleytalton97

Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic

http://www.froufrouchic.com/ @froufrouchic

Styling Surface: Simply Rooted

http://simplyrooted.co/surfaces/ @simplyrootedsurfaces

Venue: National Cathedral School

https://ncs.cathedral.org/ @nationalcathedralschool

Setting The Mood | Anderson House | Washington, DC

Last August, I had the pleasure of traveling to Washington DC for the Jeremy Chou Workshop where we were able to participate in a few different shoots.  The inspiration for this shoot was "Setting the Mood".  It turned out that this day was dark and dreary outside which helped in setting the mood for us.  Shooting inside with little light proved a bit difficult for film and was definitely a learning curve for me, but Jeremy taught us a little about pushing film and shooting hybrid and below are the results.  A big thank you to Jeremy and to Elizabeth for her vision and direction.   

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Photography: Holly Von Lanken Photography

http://www.hollyvonlanken.com/ @hollyvonlanken

Workshop: Jeremy Chou Photography

http://www.jeremychou.com/ @jeremychouphotography

Creative Direction: East Made Event Company

http://www.eastmadeevent.com/ @eastmadeeventco

Florist: Wild Green Yonder

http://www.wild-green-yonder.com/ @lori_tran

Calligraphy: Julie Ha Calligraphy

http://www.juliehadesign.com/ @juliehacalligraphy

Hair & Makeup: Georgetown Bride

http://www.georgetownbride.com/ @georgetownbride

Cake: Fleur and Flour

https://www.fleurandflour.co/ @fleur.and.flour

Gowns: Emily Riggs Bridal

https://www.emilyriggsbridal.com/ @emilyriggsofficial

Hairpieces and Earrings: Maggie Wu

https://www.maggiewustudio.com/ @maggiewustudio

Rings: Susie Saltzman

https://www.susiesaltzman.com/ @susiesaltzman

Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes

https://www.bellabelleshoes.com @bellabelleshoes

Models: Patrick and Fontaine from Modelogic

http://modelogicmidatlantic.com/ @modelogic @patrickkearney_official @fontainelexis

Furniture Rental and Tabletop: White Glove Rentals

http://whiteglove-rentals.com/ @whitegloverentals

Candlesticks

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Ribbons: Frou Frou Chic

http://www.froufrouchic.com/ @froufrouchic

Styling Surfaces: Simply Rooted

http://simplyrooted.co/surfaces/ @simplyrootedsurfaces

Venue: Anderson House

http://www.societyofthecincinnati.org/ #andersonhouse

Love is the Only Gold Inspiration | Anderson House | Washington, DC

Back in August, I had the pleasure of attending the Jeremy Chou Workshop in DC.  During our workshop, we had the opportunity to participate in several different styled shoots.  Each one was carefully designed and crafted by Elizabeth of East Made Event Company.  For this particular shoot, the inspiration was "Love is the Only Gold" using fine gold details in a gold room at the Anderson House in Dupont Circle.

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Photography: Holly Von Lanken Photography

http://www.hollyvonlanken.com/ @hollyvonlanken

Workshop: Jeremy Chou Photography

http://www.jeremychou.com/ @jeremychouphotography

Creative Direction: East Made Event Company

http://www.eastmadeevent.com/ @eastmadeeventco

Florist: Wild Green Yonder

http://www.wild-green-yonder.com/ @lori_tran

Calligraphy: Julie Ha Calligraphy

http://www.juliehadesign.com/ @juliehacalligraphy

Hair & Makeup: Georgetown Bride

http://www.georgetownbride.com/ @georgetownbride

Bridal Boutique: Carine’s Bridal Atelier

http://www.carinesbridal.com/ @carinesbridal

Gown Designer: Berta

http://www.berta.com/ @berta

Veil Designer: Peter Langner

http://www.peterlangner.com/ @peterlangner

Hairpiece: Maggie Wu

https://www.maggiewustudio.com/ @maggiewustudio

Ring and Earrings: Susie Saltzman

https://www.susiesaltzman.com/ @susiesaltzman

Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes

https://www.bellabelleshoes.com @bellabelleshoes

Model: Jillian from Modelogic http://modelogicmidatlantic.com/ @modelogic
@jill_models

Settee: White Glove Rentals

http://whiteglove-rentals.com/ @whitegloverentals

Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic

http://www.froufrouchic.com/ @froufrouchic

Venue: Anderson House

http://www.societyofthecincinnati.org/ #andersonhouse

Pink Coastal Bridal Inspiration | Beaufort, South Carolina

Last November, I went to Beaufort, SC and had Taylor Doehrman of Taylor Dawn join me for a couple shoots.  We did one at Anchorage 1770 then woke up super early the following morning for a sunrise beach session on the coast.  If you've ever thought about doing a morning after the wedding shoot, I'd highly suggest going someplace like this.   We found this quiet little sandy beach and it was the perfect dreamy spot.

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Location | Beaufort, SC

Photography | Holly Von Lanken Photography

Design | Taylor Dawn

Bridal Boutique | Fabulous Frocks of Atlanta

Top | Garnish and Frill

Skirt | Jenny Yoo

Model | Anna Schuler

Film | Portra 400 on Pentax 645nii

Film Lab | The Find Lab

 

Katie | Ambient + | Maternity Session

Baby June has made her way into the world and she is precious! For Katie's maternity session, she wanted to go for a studio vibe so we got a place at Ambient +.  Katie had a few different looks to show off her bump and personality.  Also, we can just talk for a minute about what a yoga all star she is?! I'm pretty sure I cannot do most of what she did even without an extra bump to throw off balance.  She's amazing.  Also, I should note that June decided to make her way into the world about week after these photos were taken... so there's that. Beautiful Momma and Beautiful Baby! 

Dress | Pink Blush

Dress | Anthropologie

T-shirt | The Bee and The Fox

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Minimalist Modern Wedding Inspiration

I had the pleasure of photographing the Maybe to Yes Workshop hosted by Pop and Fizz earlier this year with some of my favorite creatives.  The workshop was geared towards educating wedding planners newer to the industry.  To show them how a styled shoot can show off your style and best work, this stunning shoot was created and is featured on Ruffled!  

Host and Planning | Pop and Fizz

Photography | Holly Von Lanken Photography

Style + Design | Taylor Dawn

Venue | 433 Bishop

Floral Design | Jacki of Stylish Stems

Paper | Mallory Overton

Dress | Kelly's Closet

Cake | Classic City Confections

Model | Sara Gerber

Hair and Makeup | Angelika Marie

Jewelry | Kendra Scott

Shoes | ALDO

Linens | I Do Linens

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Elegant Peach and Green Styled Shoot | Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club Wedding

This past February I had the pleasure of working a tremendous team of vendors to photograph this styled shoot!  The shoot came together because of the workshop for brides that Simply Catering hosted called Simply Foxhall Workshop.  Brides were able to meet vendors, taste yummy food, and hear from different speakers.  Before the event began, we styled a shoot because if you've ever been to Foxhall, you know exactly why.  

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Host | Simply Catering

Photography | Holly Von Lanken Photography

Florals and Design | Amberly Odom of Wrennwood Design

Dress | Atlanta Street Bridal Co

Invitation Suite | Mel Made Designs

Hair and Makeup | Vigilante Cosmetics

Cake | Pastry Shells

Groom's Suit | The Modern Gent

Venue | Foxhall Stables

Vintage Rentals | Vintage Rental Co and Weddings for You Too

Videography | J&W Photo Video

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10 Days in the Life of a Wedding Photographer

"You’re a photographer, right?  So, like, what do you do all day when you're not shooting?"

I get this question often.  It’s not that people are trying to discredit my profession or think that I just sit at home watching Netflix all day.  They are just genuinely curious.  It’s not a typical 9-5 job.  There is the flexibility that I can do laundry while I’m working or take a personal day if I need to, but many people don’t realize that running a photography business is actually less time shooting and much more time actually running a business.

To show people what I do, I decided to keep a record of everything I did for 10 days.  Each week could look different, but this may give you a good idea as to what a photographer does behind the scenes and what the day-to-day might look like.

DAY 1: Sunday, February 19th

10:30am - Church

12:30-5:00pm - Simply Foxhall Workshop - Hosted by Simply Cater.  I photographed the styled shoot element, shot some behind the scenes of the event, and spoke.

Side Note: I don’t typically work on Sundays, but an opportunity came up for me to speak and photograph at this event.  Last week I was talking on the phone with organizers, emailing, and preparing my talk - “How to draft your perfect photo timeline.”

BTS of Amberly, of Wrennwood Design, lighting the table at the Simply Foxhall Workshop

DAY 2: Monday, February 20th - President’s Day

Some of my friends with 9-5 jobs had this day as a holiday, some didn't.  I decided to go "halfsies".  Also seeing as I worked the day before, I felt no guilt about taking a half day.

AM- uploaded, culled, and began editing photos from Sunday

PM - took off to spend time with friends, rest, and read

DAY 3: Tuesday, February 21st

AM - Did some styled and BTS photos for Maybe to Yes Workshop at 433 Bishop

Then, had to leave for a little bit to go meet my clients for their engagement session in Cabbagetown.

PM - Returned for the afternoon portion of Maybe to Yes for more BTS shots.

At home “after hours” - uploaded engagement photos and day one of maybe to yes and culled images, Sent headshots to a friendor. 

BTS of Taylor, of Taylor Dawn Design, at the Maybe to Yes Workshop

DAY 4: Wednesday, February 22nd

AM + PM - At Maybe to Yes all day - headshots, styled shoot, and BTS photos

"After hours" Started drafting blog post for Brianne McMullan Events

DAY 5: Thursday, February 23rd

AM - uploaded and culled Maybe to Yes workshop and styled shoot photos from day 2, Returned emails, Booked an engagement session, Called ga doe about log in info

Went to the Atlanta Youth Academy (AYA) to hang out with my mentee, Precious.*

*Yes, this is one of the perks to making my own schedule.  I can volunteer in the middle of the day!

Returned groom’s suit from Sunday’s workshop

PM - Finished editing Simply Foxhall Workshop photos, Uploaded to online gallery, Returned more emails

Some goodies from Grice Grove that were at her pop up shop at Simply Foxhall Workshop

DAY 6: Friday, February 24th

AM - Chapel at AYA and 2nd graders were leading. (When I went the day before, Precious and her teacher asked if I was coming and who could say no to that sweet child so I went two days in row.)

Posted blog post and promoted on social media

PM - Uploading the rest of SFW photos to online gallery, Reviewed a portfolio/ website for a newer photographer, Met her for lunch, Sent Simply Foxhall Workshop photos to the organizers of the event, Edited MTY headshots

Our new Tuesdays Together Atlanta leaders and speakers at Maybe to Yes - Kristen Green and Sarah Chancey

DAY 7: Saturday, February 25th

8am - Engagement Session at O4W park - again I don't normally do portrait sessions on Saturdays that I don't have weddings, but she was flying in from Nebraska and thus, I broke my own rule again... must get better at that.

No more work this weekend! 

DAY 8: Sunday, February 26th

Church

Sabbath aka no work or emails for me today!

Taylor taught attendees about styling and they got to play with pretty paper, ribbon and jewelry

DAY 9: Monday, February 27th

AM - Emails - following up with brides, discussing engagement sessions, with my CPA to file my taxes, Submitting shoots to publications, Signed up for webinars, Editing -worked on MTY, finished editing an engagement session, Planning/ dreaming for future fun things like workshops, mentoring sessions and a summer intern. Be on the look out for all these fun things potentially happening in the future!

PM - Exported engagement sesh and uploaded to online gallery, Posting to social media, Blog post planning

DAY 10: Tuesday, February 28th

AM - Respond to emails, Finish blog post, Post blog post, Cull images for styled shoot submission

PM - Went on a run (again with the work perks - I give myself freedom to run in the middle of the day), Submit to publication, Research engagement shoot locations, Listen to Ashlyn Writes Webinar, Start editing MTY Workshop day 2

 

So there ya have it - 10 days in my life and what I did.  Like I said before, every week, every day could look different depending on what is necessary to accomplish that day.  Some days look more exciting with workshops and photo sessions while others tend to be a bit less exciting like doing taxes and talking to people on the phone at various government agencies.  Through it all, I'm happy to get to run my own company for as long as the Lord wills it.

Peace up, A-Town down,

Holly

 

The Big Fake Wedding - Atlanta, GA | Three Taverns Brewery - Decatur, GA

In January, I had the pleasure of teaming up with several other amazing vendors to be a part of The Big Fake Wedding!  This event is a bridal show in the form of a fake wedding where a real married couple has a vow renewal ceremony and reception and the guests/ brides-to-be get to experience the vendors in real life!

You can see the feature over on Ruffled Blog, You've Been Noted, and The Big Fake Wedding Blog!

We had so much fun and I can't thank enough my wonderful assistants that day - Danielle Hulsey and Taylor Doehrman of Taylor Dawn Design.

The incredible vendors, whose products and services you'll see below are top notch and you should check them out!  The theme for this event was Parisian Twilight.  All photography by yours truly.

Venue - Three Taverns Brewery in Decatur, Ga.  You may have been to this establishment for a pint, but did you know they do events too?

This beautiful registration table at the entrance to the brewery was designed by Kara Nash Designs.

There were four beautiful invitations designed by stationers for the event.  This first hand-painted suite with the Bridesmaids cards were designed by Sweet Art Paperie.

This illustrated, whimsical and romantic suite was designed by Lisa Clow Studio.

Above: Vivid and Romantic suite by Lizzie Peach Designs.

Below: Modern, Navy and Gold foiled suite by Robbin's Nest Design Studio.

The bouquets and boutonnieres were designed by Bloom with Jenna.

Hair and make up were provided by the Davao Hair Studio team.

Our Big Fake Wedding couple was Sara and Jared.  These two along with their 'groomsmen' own a new coffee company in Atlanta called East Pole Coffee.  You should check it out!

Bouquets by Bloom with Jenna and Bride and Bridesmaids dresses from Bride Beautiful.

Each of the tables in the reception space was designed by different vendors.  I loved seeing everyone's take on Parisian Twilight!  This table was designed by  Sometheme To Talk About.

Rentals were from Miss Milly's Event Rental and Design.

The table below was designed by La Soiree Chic Events.  Calligraphy for menu and placecards by JBell Calligraphy.

The tables above and below were both designed by Kara Nash Designs.

Table three below is getting me excited for the new Beauty and the Beast movie! This table by Sometheme To Talk About.

Above: These delicious cupcakes were created by Liquor Infused Confections (L.I.C.)

Below: Stunning Cake by Pastry Shells.

Table 9 above was designed by La Soiree Chic Events.

Table 1 below was designed by Bloom with Jenna.

Sometheme To Talk About also designed the ceremony backdrop.

The head table was designed by Lionhearted Events.

Table 6 was also designed by Bloom with Jenna.

My table with calligraphy by Taylor Dawn.

Above: Cookie Bar by Tasty Prayer...The Cookie Box and Ice Cream Bar by Frozen Functions.

Above: Landrum Sitten, the Atlanta Production Manager for the Big Fake Wedding.

The ceremony was coordinated by La Soiree Chic Events.

Entertainment and Music was provided by Emerald Empire Band.

Other vendors included Catered Southern Events, Forester's Financial, The Boyer Agency - Farmers Insurance, Share Your Photos App, Shutterbooth, Laura Wick Photography, Photography by Zelda, Simplified it Products, Eco Love Apothecary, Paper and Posies, Piper and Leaf Tea Co, and Epperly Travel.

Videography by Rivet Events.

Amanda Jewel Floral Workshop | West Elm Ponce City Market | Atlanta Photographer

This past spring, I had the pleasure of photographing a pop up workshop at West Elm - Ponce City Market for Amanda Jewel Floral Design.  Amanda is so super talented and West Elm was the perfect backdrop for her stunning blooms.  Attendees came together to learn from Amanda about the art of flower arranging and got to take home their very own bouquets!  I love getting to be surrounded my pretty things and wonderful people.  

You can see Amanda's post HERE. 

Can't wait to see more of these pop up in the future.  See her site to see when they're offered.

Personify Shop | Tour + Interview

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Personify Shop in Lakemont, GA and spending some time with the shop owners there - a mother-daughter team who have created a beautifully curated shop to help customers "personalize thier world". I loved everything in their shop and did a little shopping of my own after our session.

 Meet Maddie Morden + Tammy Lopez- The mother-daughter team behind Personify Shop

Meet Maddie Morden + Tammy Lopez- The mother-daughter team behind Personify Shop

When did Personify Shop open?

We opened in May 2014 and then launched our website in October 2014.  Stay tuned for a Personify Shop Atlanta location in 2016.

Personify Shop's Lake Rabun Location: 8452 Old 441 S, Lakemont, GA 30552

What made you want to open a shop like this?

We have always loved design and treasure hunting together.  I (Maddie) remember loving to find new blogs, artists, and designers ever since I was really young.  I always remember my mom (Tammy) decorating the house, rearranging the furniture, and waiting for the perfect thing to put in our home that we could love for years to come.  Our goal is twofold:  offering our customers unique & curated goods to help them "personalize their world" i.e. surround themselves with things they love, and to encourage artists to keep up the good work by selling their goods. 

What is your favorite product in the shop right now?

It changes all the time but, I have a huge weakness for pottery.  I'd have to say it's a tie between Honeycomb Studio Cermaics and Amanda Blair Dexheimer Studio Ceramics. - Maddie

I really love the antique and one of a kind furniture pieces.  But a classic favorite is the Votivo Red Currant Candle.  You can't beat it. - Tammy

 I love the Capri Blue Volcano candles + those from P.F. Candle Co

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 I totally bought one of those Pendleton Mills Towels hanging on the rack - I'm using it as a blanket as I type.

I totally bought one of those Pendleton Mills Towels hanging on the rack - I'm using it as a blanket as I type.

You support local artists in your shop, and you also happen to be artists yourselves.  What do you each create?

I make Women's jewelry called Pepper and Orange and Kid's jewelry called Basil the Dog.  It's become a nice creative outlet for me and a little break from the business side of the shop.  I currently sell at our shop, on Etsy, and at Crafted Westside in Atlanta. - Maddie

 Left: Basil the Dog; Right: Pepper & Orange

Left: Basil the Dog; Right: Pepper & Orange

I'm a landscape and floral painter primarily using acryllics.  I started painting 7 years ago and have found it to be a nice escape.  I'm drawn to bold, saturated colors and impressionistic renderings of pathways and roadways.  My work is sold at several galleries including our own and the Lake Rabun Hotel. - Tammy

 An original by Tammy Lopez

An original by Tammy Lopez

What is it like working as a mother-daughter team?

Ha ha good question.  It's nice because we get to spend a lot of time together and collaborate freely.  We are also very honest about products we like or don't like and potential new lines.  We fight sometimes but have learned to push through that. - Maddie

I love getting the opportunity to work with Maddie.  We get to learn how to build a business together and I get to see her take on new leadership roles as the business grows. - Tammy

What are your dreams and plans for Personify Shop in the future?

We are very excited about looking for a second location in the Atlanta area for 2016!  I can't wait to be a part of the growing Atlanta design and art scene.  Our online store continues to grown and we hope to build upon a following all around the country.  My favorite thing is to be able to support new artists so the more we grown the more I can bring new products in.  That makes me happy. - Maddie

I'm looking forward to Personify Shop growing to bring more people onto our team and create a community where people can flourish. - Tammy

 A Pendleton blanket and a cabinet full of Volcano candles.... it feels like a dream.

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 Loving my S'well Bottle and who doesn't love King of Pops?

Loving my S'well Bottle and who doesn't love King of Pops?

Favorite song to groove to in the shop?

If you've come into the shop the past couple of months you've heard me play "Bad Self Portraits" by Lake Street Dive.  They are soooooo good! - Maddie

I leave the music choices up to Maddie :) - Tammy

Simple and Elegant Wedding Inspiration | Senoia, Ga Wedding Photographer | Fine Art Film Photographer

I always love it when I get to second shoot with my sweet friend, Vic, of Vic Bonvicini Photography.  She is so kind and a joy to work with.

Alix and Eddie had a beautiful and simple wedding at a historic home near downtown Senoia (Home of the set of The Walking Dead for all you fans out there!) and the day felt so calm.  I loved it.  I also brought along one of my film cameras and finished off a roll of Portra 160 I had previously started.  Here are a few of my favorite images from that day.  

Enjoy!

These next images were taken on film.  Can you tell the difference?


Mommy + Son | End of Roll Session | Atlanta Film Photographer

I had a roll of Portra 400 to finish off recently so when I visited my friend Katie at her and her husband's new house, we had an impromptu mommy/teddy photo session!  I love this sweet friend and the fact that she makes one of the best models (and her baby too!) and isn't even wearing make up.

Featured over on Beyond the Wanderlust.

Enjoy!


New! Albums | Holly Von Lanken Photography | Atlanta Wedding Photographer

Guess what? The time has come and albums are now being offered by Holly Von Lanken Photography!  I've already had many of you asking about these albums so I thought I'd give you a little preview.  

Holly Von Lanken Photography will be offering a variety of products for you to choose from based on your wish lists and budgets.

The first, is a stunning hard back linen cover book with a custom dust cover.  This book is great for bragging about your fabulous wedding and showing off your photos that may not be the ones you put in frames all over your house.  Because, let's be real, you don't need to print every single photo to hang on your walls.  It might make you look a little self absorbed ;)  

However, my favorite albums, are these beautiful heirloom albums made with thick archive quality paper, lay flat pages, and leather bound covers.  There will also be a linen option with these albums.  These albums are sure to stand the test of time and easily wiped clean from spills, and will serve as your first family heirloom to be passed down to your children and grandchildren.  Display them proudly on your coffee table for your guests to oo and ah over every time they visit.

Email hello@hollyvonlanken.com or use the CONTACT page to find out more information, schedule a meeting to view books in person, or order your album if you have been or will be photographed by Holly Von Lanken within the past/future calendar year.

The Experience with Holly Von Lanken Photography | Noi Tran Photography

I recently got to spend some time with my friend, Noi, of Noi Tran Photography.  This lady is a super talented film photographer in Atlanta and I'm so thankful I got to spend more time with her.  We met up at Cacao in the Virginia-Highlands, but after a minor mishap we relocated to Noi's home for a simple indoor session.  I love how these photos turned out and I hope you enjoy getting to know a little about me and enjoy watching me get ready to send off Mr. & Mrs. Collin's Wedding.

Thank you again, Noi, for the beautiful photos.  To see this session on Noi's blog, head over to her website HERE.

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Things I enjoy: coffee, this outfit, beautiful photos, film, and calligraphy.  It's all right here in these photos.  I believe the experience you get with a wedding photographer shouldn't just be on your wedding day.  It's a culmination of everything from the engagement session, to planning how the flow of the day will go, all the way down to the package that arrives on your doorstep.  One of the things I want to offer my clients, in addition to beautiful images, is that they are delivered just as beautifully and wrapped up in love.  Here are just a few things I include in each set of wedding packaging.

Calligraphy is by my talented friend, Mallory, of Castle Paper Co.

Once all the packaging is together, it gets wrapped up in love and sent with a hand written thank you note.  I believe in thanking my clients.  They could easily have chosen one of the many other talented photographers around and so, each wedding is an honor and a privilege that I get to photograph.  They let me into their lives and their families for a day and it brings me much joy to create something beautiful for them.

Thanks again, Noi!

Film Friday | Atlanta Film Photographers

I recently started getting into film after I received some of my grandfathers' old 35mm cameras.  To me, film just looks beautiful. However, it's trickier and definitely more expensive than digital, but I'm enjoying the learning process and all the wonderful people I've met.  

There's an Atlanta Film Photographer's group that has monthly meetups and this past month, our theme was a camera swap!   Everyone brought their gear and we got to try out different cameras while walking around downtown Atlanta.  

I got to borrow my friend, Leilani, of Elle Golden Photography's Pentax 645N using Portra 400, shot at 200 and now I'm hoooked - already been searching ebay for my own... goodbye, money!

Here are some of my images from that day on my first ever try of medium format!

Atlanta Harvest | Atlanta Urban Farm

This past week I had the chance to go explore an urban farm local to Atlanta.  It's called Atlanta Harvest and is lead by an incredible team.  You can start finding this locally grown lettuce in restaurants and stores like Bennett's in Grant Park and Lucy's Market in Buckhead.  

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