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

HVL Travels | St. Augustine, Florida | Film Photography Series

HVL Travels | St. Augustine, Florida | Film Photography Series

Earlier this fall, my family and I went to St. Augustine as we have in years past.  With me, I took only my film camera and my iphone for photography purposes.  These were all taken before Hurricane Matthew decided to make a visit to the Oldest City.  Historically, St. Augustine is resilient city and I know that it is well into the clean up and restoration phases post hurricane and we can't wait to visit again!

Chateau Elan Proposal

Photographing this proposal alongside Michelle Stanislo was one of my most favorite things.  Siarra was completely surprised and her reaction was just perfect!  Calan proposed on the balcony at Chateau Elan and then we walked around the property for an impromptu engagement session.  I shot hybrid (film and digital) for this session while Michelle used her trust Mamiya to shoot only film.  To see Michelle's post, head over to her blog HERE.

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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!


Colorado Hiking Adventures | Film Photography

A couple weeks ago, my travel loving friend, Caitlin, and I set out for Boulder, Colorado where we got to enjoy the outdoors for a week.  I of course took along my trusty Pentax K100 and shot a couple rolls of film.  Here are some of my favorites from the Fuji400H.  The Portra 160 will have to come later :)

First stop, a hike through The Flatirons.

Next stop, Horsetooth Reservoir in Fort Collins, CO.  Great suggestion by my girl Amanda over at Sunday Supply Co.

Last, but not least, was our treacherous and steep hike up Mount Sanitas in Boulder, CO.

 not even halfway to the summit....

not even halfway to the summit....

...and then I switched film.... Portra160 coming soon! (Then you'll get to see us at the top!)

NEW! We made it to the summit!  Here are the final photos on Portra 160 from our trip up Mount Sanitas in Boulder, CO!

Danielle + Stephen Film Anniversary Session | Atlanta Film Photographer

Earlier this summer I purchased a medium format film camera and wanted to do some playing so I called up my dear friend, Danielle, to see if she and her husband, Stephen, would be down for a little film session.  Danielle is also a talented Wedding Planner through Chancey Charm - if you are in need you should definitely hire her!

All shot on Portra 400 with my Pentax 645NII

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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!

Jessica & Brandon | Atlanta Engagement Session | Film Friday

Happy Film Friday! I recently bought a Pentax 645NII film camera and wanted to test it out, so who other to test a camera on than this beautiful couple who will be tying the knot in October!  

For this session we walked all around Cabbagetown in Atlanta.  All shot on Portra 400.

Where did you two meet?

Tinder :) and Trinity Anglican

Describe your fiance in three words.

honest, servant, hard working

How did he propose?

On an all day scavenger hunt that ended in Piedmont Park

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!

Hickory + Asheville, North Carolina | Personal

I love getting to travel and go see good friends.  A couple of weekends ago, I went to North Carolina to visit my friend and former roommate, Caitlin.  I got to see the small town she lives in and we trekked over to Asheville to go the Biltmore.  I had so much fun even though it was a quick weekend.  I brought along one of my film cameras just for fun and shot through a roll of Portra 160.  Here's a few little moments from our trip!

First, Caitlin toured me around Hickory and I got to see some of her favorite spots including a cute little downtown area and lake hickory.

 At Cailtin's apartment... it's all so very Caitlin.  I love it :) 

At Cailtin's apartment... it's all so very Caitlin.  I love it :) 

 on lake hickory

on lake hickory

 I made her be my model for a few shots downtown.

I made her be my model for a few shots downtown.

 so goofy... please don't kill me.

so goofy... please don't kill me.

 That's me on the right with this cute little green porsche.  I loved it.  I want one so bad now!

That's me on the right with this cute little green porsche.  I loved it.  I want one so bad now!

 Then we headed over to the Biltmore or Downton Abbey as I like to call it.

Then we headed over to the Biltmore or Downton Abbey as I like to call it.

Maddie & Ben | Atlanta Film Photographer | Grant Park | Valentine's Day

About a week before Valentine's Day, I had my dear friends Maddie & Ben do a session with me - on film! I had 3 different rolls of film on 3 different cameras - all with a handful of exposures left.  These 1960s/70s 35mm cameras were acquired from my Dad and Grandmother - the original owners being my grandfathers.  It was so fun to get to enjoy these nostalgic pieces while also being able to capture some moments on film.  I'm still learning about film and how to shoot it, but I wanted to share a few of my favorites :) 

Thanks again, Mordens, for being my awesome models!

The first set of images was taken on Fuji400H with a Canon AE-1 program.  I only had a few exposures left on this roll.

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The next set of images was taken on Tri-X with a Pentax K1000.  I LOVE black & white! These have to be my favorites.  I had almost an entire roll left for these.

This last set is some expired Kodak taken on a Canon EXEE.  Again, there were only a few exposures left, but I was surprised with how well they turned out considering the age of the film.