@melissajill Takeover Day 3: This shoot was a lesson in simplicity for me. It started as an idea to include our interns in a shoot showcasing a couple dresses from a new local bridesmaid dress boutique. We had fun going to the store and having the girls play dress-up. We found more than just two we liked, so the girls invited some of their friends to join in and model for the shoot. I asked floral, hair and makeup vendors who are friends to join in, too. The shoot evolved in the planning phase, but still stayed VERY simple. Just four girls (and a groom/boyfriend not pictured) in pretty dresses in a pretty location. No other details. I didn’t have grand plans for publication, but was just shooting for myself and my portfolio. We did submit the shoot in the end, and it was picked up for the front page of @stylemepretty. I was shocked, because I have put way more work and thought into other shoots that were passed over by top publications. Lesson learned: Styled shoots don’t have to be over-the-top. Sometimes simple is better.
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@melissajill Takeover Day 3: This here, my friends, is my favorite subject to point my camera at. My sweet #dixieschnauzer. I’m a firm believer that dogs are one of God’s best creations, so I couldn’t resist including Dixie’s sweet mug in my takeover. I secretly love when I have a partial roll left over at the end of a wedding day because it gives me the perfect excuse to “waste” some film on her. Let’s not just use our abilities and the gorgeous medium of film to capture what is important to our clients. Who do you love more than life itself? I challenge you to point your camera at them today.
@melissajill Takeover Day 3: This is Murphy and Alexis during their engagement shoot in Sedona, Arizona. Two months from now, I will have the honor of photographing their wedding in the Dominican Republic. I have been blessed to get to know this couple during our time together thus far and already consider them friends. And looking at this image makes me SO EXCITED to shoot their wedding. Guys, let me remind you, just as you and the rest of the wedding photography community have reminded me countless times—what we do MATTERS. We are beyond blessed to get to tell stories through images that will be passed onto generations to come and serve as a reminder of real, true, living, breathing love. If you hit a road bump that diffuses your passion for what you do, or you work with a client who leaves your heart feeling trampled, take a deep breath, and refocus on your Murphy and Alexis—on your clients who fuel your passion—the “why” behind what you do. As photographers, we truly are blessed with an opportunity and gift unlike any other. I pray that we can encourage each other in this challenging journey as artists and business owners to be a blessing. Thank you once again to PhotoVision for having me along this week! And to my fellow filmies—thank you for inspiring me! I’ve learned so much from all of you! If you are interested in finding out more about my journey and transition to film two years ago, I’ve written way too much about it on my blog. You can find it all through the temporary link in my profile, @melissajill. XO—Melissa Jill
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