Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Contemplative Thoughts

I am currently up in Wisconsin at my cottage working on a project for an upcoming photoshoot.  Yes I forgot to post something about Father's Day and painting is not as high on the priority list right now.  I feel crazy.  This time in WI is not of rest and relaxation which is normally what this setting entails.  I am working around the clock to finish something that is just easier to work on on our massive dining room table (without a kitty at my feet).  From here I head to a florist's to work on a seating chart, and then home to complete a couple other projects before heading out of town again for my sister's bachelorette party in Michigan.  It feels like a whirlwind that I am standing still in the middle of.  Time and projects, but my brain has a moment to just think as I slowly progress on my work.

It made me think about how I work and the confidence you have to have going into and starting a project made by one's hand.
Trust me….

You have to look ahead, but not too much and know that where you touch down is a good place to start, even if you have to adjust things along the way.  As time progresses, you begin to trust yourself a bit more and become familiar with your surroundings…and you no longer have to fear.

I got all this while painting some words…..and without drugs.  Wow…..maybe I should do drugs instead.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Meet the Photographer | Kate Maxwell Photography

It's about time I've given you an update on Jill and Doug's painting. Here's a bonus too….an interview with their amazing photographer, Kate Maxwell. Thanks to Kate for providing me with some pretty spectacular images for this painting!

1.  How long have you been in business?
I have been a professional photographer for about 4 years. I dropped out of law school and jumped into the wedding industry with both feet! It's been a party!

2.  Toot your own horn....what’s your specialty?
I am absolutely happiest when I am putting others at ease. It is sometimes no fun being in front of a camera so I do my best to keep everything relaxed and efficient!

3.  Who or what are your favorite subjects to photograph....your dream photo session?
I love couples - even more on their wedding day than during an engagement session - If that is ok to say! :) They are just filled with joy and that comes through on film! Beautifully happy people = beautiful photos. It just makes my job a cinch!

4.  Craziest thing you’ve captured on camera?  
I am always noticing beautiful things to photograph while I'm driving. And a few times I have whipped out my giant DSLR while in the driver's seat and snapped away one-handed. Probably the most crazy/criminally negligent thing I've done!

5.  What do you like about working in the wedding industry?  
Seriously - the happy people. And getting the family formal portraits done as quickly as possible. Oh, and the CAKE!!

6.  What is something you wish your clients knew about your job? 
That most of it entails sitting on my bum in front of a computer. But that my happiest moments are when I am with them!

7.  When you are not working, what are you up to?  
I fiddle around with all sorts of other hobbies. I LOVE woodworking and hiking. And reading nerdy Sci-Fi novels!

8.  Anything new and exciting coming up that we should know about? (either professionally or personally)  
Because I am living away from Portland (my main wedding network) for a couple of years, I have started a stock photography arm of my business on the side - selling pre-styled stock photos on Etsy. I create beautiful backdrops for graphic artists and web designers to drop their designs onto for a sweet-action professional look in a jiffy! KateMaxShop.etsy.com


pinterest: @KateMaxPhoto

Jill and Doug!!!
Etsy photo stock

Thank you so much Kate!!!  We can't wait to see what you create next!