There comes a time in the life of a photographer, when they hit a wall. That wall usually turns into an identity crisis. What kind of photographer am I? What does my work convey? What sort of clients do I want to attract? Basically all the question you ask yourself at the start of your business seem to come barreling back with a vengeance. No? This is just me? Well fine then…I suppose I’m an identity crisis overachiever. I’ve hit this point in my business more than once, which if I’m honest, is in part due to the fact that I never solidly answered those initial questions nearly eight years ago. Eight years ago I started my business and eight years later, I still cycle through times of wondering wether or not I’m the photographer and artist I want to be.

You may recall a styled shoot Florals by the Sea and Ivey Weddings and Events and I collaborated on. It was a time where I was able to push myself and experiment. I got my “safe shots” and then I pushed myself to use natural light in a different way. Typically shooting indoors scares me to death because I’m so comfortable outside in the sun but I wanted to grow, I wanted to get better. I also decided to try film again.

FILM?! Yes, film. I shot some film!

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I am not a film photographer. But, as an overachiever in identity crisis, I found myself down the rabbit trail of “everyone loves film, so many photographers are film now, film is so pretty, film is successful, film is desired, maybe I need to do film.” Word to the wise, when your rabbit trail begins with “everyone else…” your going on a long journey to no where. I am not everyone else and while yes, I love the nostalgia of film and how it feels and how it reminds me of my first camera, it’s not a business aspiration. And since this session, I have discovered that I have no desire to become a film wedding photographer at this moment in time in my business. I’ve learned a long time ago to never say never, but when it comes to weddings, I just cannot imagine handling the stress of being a film photographer on a wedding day. Film  for now, will remain a personal aspiration and I will continue to love my digital photographer self and producing images that make me happy. And hats off to all you film photographers out there that tackle weddings cause I don’t know how you stay sane!

Photographer: Olimb Photography >>> Event Planner: Ivey Weddings and Events >>> Floral Designer: Florals By The Sea >>> Dress Store: Ivory Beau >>> Cake Designer: A Cupcakery By The Sea >>> Invitation Designer: Leo Lamb >>>Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Mens Warhorse >>> Makeup Artist: POWDER & PAINT

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So! I have been sitting on these images now for awhile. BUT FINALLY the feature went live on Every Last Detail. What a great way to start off the new year, am I right?! You can find the feature here >>> CLICK ME!  and now, it’s my turn to share!

A little group of us local vendors wanted to play with something pretty. It happens as a creative, you find yourself bored in the off season and just want to make something pretty. After a little bit of brainstorming, we planned this lovely little shoot, focusing on a clean, organic, modern elements…all based around concrete floors! Have you ever tried to find a venue with “nasty concrete floors and a bright white room” because let me tell you, that was a task! Turns out, if you’re in the middle of a mini home reno, you become willing to rip up your carpets and have a styled shoot in your home! A huge thanks to the vendors who made everything happen…and who put up with my torn apart house!

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Photographer: Olimb Photography >>> Event Planner: Ivey Weddings and Events >>> Floral Designer: Florals By The Sea >>> Dress Store: Ivory Beau >>> Cake Designer: A Cupcakery By The Sea >>> Invitation Designer: Leo Lamb >>>Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Mens Warhorse >>> Makeup Artist: POWDER & PAINT

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No better version of me I could pretend to be tonight…No other versions of me I would rather be tonight. And Lord, she found me just in time. She’s gonna save me, call me ‘baby’, run her hands through my hair, she’ll know me crazy, soothe me daily. Better yet….we’ll name our children…raise ’em on rhythm and blues. – Jackie and Wilson, Hozier

 

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If I could be the reason your hair’s a mess, the bass drum beating way down deep in your chest. If I could be the voice on your radio, then I could be your long ride home. If mine could be the name that changes yours, the wine in your glass, the wing on your porch, the dollar in your pocket, and the peaceful in your sleep, then I’d be what you mean to me. Standing here watching you turning every head in this crowded room, the lights down low, the dancing slow…oh, if falling’s how you feel and perfect is what you see then I’d be what you’d mean to me. If I could be the fire in your firefly, the cool in the rain, the spark in your eye, the answer to your prayer and the faith that sets you free, then I’d be what you mean to me. Brett Eldgredge, Mean to Me

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I love to watch the sunset as it fades behind the trees. I love to talk with God and get down upon my knees. I love the times I spend with family and friends. I love to dream about all the places I’ve never been. And I love to watch you laugh and smile. I love to watch you dream. I love it when you take my hand just to let me know you believe in me. I love it that you’re my girl and I love that I’m your man. Now that you’re in my life,  I know exactly who I am. Wade Bowen, Who I Am.

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