Today I wanted to sit down. Turn off the email. Stop the Twittering. Just focus.

I’ve had a new website in progress since August, and it’s been 95% done since October. Ohhhh so close. It’s like a bad dream where you can see a light at the end of the tunnel, but no matter what you do, it haunts you and you yearn to reach it, yet it’s still there despite all of your efforts. Frusterating. Right?

For whatever reason, I left the hardest and most time-consuming part for last: the wedding “All-Time-Fav’s” gallery.  There are 8 or 9 or 10 galleries on the new website, but this one…. this one…. is nearly 9 years in the making and I feel it will define me as a photographer, since the focus of my business IS weddings, afterall. Searching through hundreds of thousands of images is a daunting task (yes, we embed metadata, but STILL. Favorites change!).

Tonight, looking through weddings from nearly a year and a half ago, I came across a favorite. It was a favorite image at the time, but I just wasn’t sure what to do with it, it didn’t fit anywhere with my current favorites. Like a luscious piece of fruit, I think it wasn’t ripe yet. As I mentioned, favorites change through time. Today’s influences were different than yesterdays, and although I feel like you should take a step back as a photographer and really absorb your images so that you can choose ones that will stand the test of time, it’s fun to get caught up in the here and now and act on your impulses.

This image was originally an 0ld fashioned rendition of sepia- the wedding was turn of the century inspired on Seattle’s favorite old floating venue, the Skansonia. Pleates, ruffles, cameos in gold, muted roses and sages. Today it is a different type of vintage; it hints at the dramatic while glamorous is just barely turning the corner.

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Enjoy. Happy Monday nite.