I can’t believe I can FINALLY spill the beans. I mean, it’s been a huge secret that I couldn’t post about, talk about, or even text about. You know… it’s REALLY hard to keep something so exciting under wraps for 5 WHOLE MONTHS. There was a time this last fall where I pretty much dropped off the face of the planet. Not much Facebooking, ZERO blogging, and only coming up for air for my wedding and portrait clients who were already on the books. I was living, breathing, and shooting a worldwide marketing campaign for Nikon.
LOOK. That’s the front page.
Last week at CES, Nikon introduced their latest consumer DSLR, the Nikon D3300, and a few new lenses (such as the 18-55mm and 18-140mm). Among only a couple of other photographers from around the world, I was asked to photograph (and even design some shots for) this commercial advertising campaign.
I must have visited 100 locations while scouting, my producer must have put together 100′s of outfits, and we saw 100 faces. We filled out 100′s of forms for releases, permits, and shot lists, and I can’t even count how many days I shot for 18 hours in a row. Among bright sun and the most torrential of downpours, I pushed myself to the limits technically (the histograms on my images would make any gear head weep) and learned brand new camera systems, lenses, and flashes on the fly that weren’t even on the market yet (that means no instruction manuals, ha!). Yep, I shot with prototypes that had secret code names and were taped up and blacked out like ninja equipment should be. Super Top Secret Mission stuff. And it was super exciting.
I photographed the actual camera in use, a beautiful horse, countless adorable kiddos and babies, a witty lacrosse team, gorgeous brides and grooms, some beautiful flowers, sparkly jewelry, textured ribbons, poppy candy, a vintage carousel, a modern Ferris wheel, an iconic landmark, beloved Bella Umbrellas, a violin recital, a family in a row boat, a beautiful lake, historic buildings, and create a special effects video of a bustling city. Our locations were vast, sometimes shooting up to 5 sets in locations all over the city in one day. And it’s finished.
The designers are still putting together a few more stellar marketing pieces, but here are some screen grabs of JUST A FEW of the images I’ve found digging through the various Nikon sites from around the globe. No editing or cropping allowed- All images are shown straight out of camera to show the dynamic range, color, and clarity of untouched files, while demonstrating some pretty specific camera functionality. It’s a pretty stellar consumer camera, I’ve gotta say!!
And one more thing… this is really dorky but kinda fun. I’m now a cartoon on the Nikon Japan website. That’s my hair, my outfit, and my favorite motorcycle boots. And that’s one of my REAL bride clients helping us to demonstrate some off camera AND bounce flash technique. I’m probably most excited about becoming a caricature.
Lastly, but definitely not leastly, I want to give a shout-out to my STELLAR crew: Producer Laura and her assistant Jillian, Photographer’s Assistant Tre, Makeup Artist Megan and her assistant Blanca. We never would have completed this project so efficiently had they not been on board working their buns off. Thank you ladies and gent!
If you’re interested in checking out the camera and lens, visit the Nikon USA website for the D3300 and the Nikkor 18-55 lens to read about the features. You can even download some of the my sample photos in their full resolution from the Asia websites! You’ll find TONS more images if you dig through the different continents’ websites, many of which I took (This is for you, models!! Keep lookin- you’re in there’!)
This was an honor and an experience I’ll never forget. I really hope I get to do it again sometime real soon. Wink wink, nudge nudge.
For a little “Throwback Thursday…” aren’t these just the cutest little things?! Melanie and James had us shoot their sweet little Peyton a few months back and we just remembered we took these shots of their cute little Accordion Books. They’re about the size of credit cards, but pack a wallop of a precious punch, don’t they?!
They come in sets of 3 and are under $100. You should get you some.
We’ve been talking about doing this shoot for YEARS. My dear pal and graphic designer Kerri and her screenprinting artist hubs Eldad always wanted to do a pretty post-wedding shoot for themselves. They were married a few years back and always wanted to recapture their adoration for each other in a uniquely designed setting, so when Kerri called me to say she wanted to SURPRISE Eldad with a shoot for their November wedding anniversary, well, I was ALL IN.
What resulted of the planning was a sweetly styled vintage teal, blush, and gold look, complete with suspenders, a crown of flowers, and a giant balloon.
Here are the sweet images we captured on a chilly winter day in the Discovery Park forest woods. I can’t get over this collection!!!
Floral crown, bouquet, arrangement, and bout: Floressence
Hair piece: Twigs & Honey
Furniture: Vintage Ambiance
Photography: Laurel McConnell Photography
Hair and makeup: Megan for Erin Skipley
Macarons: The Sweetside
Giant fringe balloon: Shop Spruce
The sherbert sun streams through the pink Cadillac as Steven and Stefanie sneak a smooch on this sunny Seattle day in Sodo.
Say that five times fast.
So here’s the deal. You know me. You know I got together with some friends about SEVEN YEARS AGO and created a volunteer-based charity for our industry to do something GREAT. You probably already know all about this, so let’s do it. Put on your party shoes, bring your giving wallet, and wear your best 20′s/30′s/40′s outfit (or just come in your cocktail party attire!). C’mon down and let’s party for a GREAT cause.
MESDAMES ET MESSIEURS, BIENVENUE A L’ 6TH ANNUAL BRIDAL AUCTION & GALA, WHERE YOU CAN GET GORGEOUS GOODS FOR YOUR WEDDING WHILE GIVING BACK, ALL WHILE GIVING WITH LOVE.
Put on some Edith Piaf, don your cloche and light your cigar. Chill some Lillet and mix a sidecar for your beau. Feel enveloped by the warmth of the strings and allure of the sexy clarinet coming from your gramophone. We’re excited to present this year’s Get Hitched Give Hope bridal gala in the alluring style of Art Deco, as if we were in the romantic city of Paris.
Donner avec amour. To give with love.
Who: Les mariés (you, the brides and grooms!)
What: Donner Avec Amour, our 6th annual bridal auction, charity event, and party, where you can get gorgeous goods for your wedding by giving back! Just look at a few of the AWESOME things up for auction:
- A gown from our next door neighbors, The Dress Theory
- a CUSTOM suit for your beau from Noble Suit Co
- florals from Flora Nova
- photobooth from 321 Foto
- a rehearsal dinner at the SAM
- bridal accessories from Serephine
- a party at the Redhook Brewery
- a cake from The Sweet Side
- a getaway to Roche Harbor
- AND ALL THESE OTHER THINGS, PLUS EVEN MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED AT THE EVENT….
When: November 14th, 2013 at 6pm
Where:The Four Seasons Seattle
Why: So that you can get gorgeous goods and services for your wedding, party it down, and come together for the sake of love. Your donations, bids, and tickets will be raising money for the Dream Foundation, which delivers final dreams to those who have been given a terminal diagnosis, and The Young Survival Coalition Seattle, which provides education and support to young women living with breast cancer.
How:GET TICKETS HERE. Ticket prices increase by $10 at the door, so get em now!
And if you’d like to see a teeeeeeny sneak peek of what I’ll be wearing, head on over to the Get Hitched Give Hope blog for an inspiration board, as well as all sorts of previews of auction goods and other wedding advice and stories from our guest blogger Sarah!