Friday, 14 December 2012

wedding blog feature



Guys, photographs of some details from my sister's wedding this summer is featured at Hostess With The Mostess today! I am majorly chuffed.

Hop on over and check it out, why don't you?
Right here!

Monday, 12 November 2012

wedding album | magnus & jenny



I was finally able to finish the photo album with the photos from the wedding of my BIL and his lovely wife. It's been a long time coming, constantly being pushed back by one thing after the other. Then my dear friend Liv of Liv.e Design stepped up and offered to help me on my way by creating a set of templates so that it would simply be for me to plop the photos in and finally get it finished.

I am so pleased with the results, and the album is on its merry little way over here as I write this.
The pages are completely focused on the photography, with just a very light background paper. Liv's excellent templates helped me stay true to my vision. The template set will be available at JessicaSprague.com on Monday November 19, 2012.





If you would like to see the whole album just click the button below and sit back.

 

Friday, 5 October 2012

interlude

After almost three days with a killer migraine I needed something to bring a smile to my face. This did the trick.



Now, carry on  ...

Thursday, 13 September 2012

wedding shoot | magnus & jenny pt 1



My wonderful brother in law and his beautiful wife asked me to document their wedding day on August 25. When being asked something as monumental, I felt honoured and fortunate. But also completely stressed out. After learning the lesson at my sister's wedding, I promply made a (very large) list of must have shots and then I researched as much as I could. Like for days.

The came the wedding day. With hail storms, rain, wind, and an unnatural eye piercing light that seemed to come from everywhere. Also, a white dress on a dirty ground, and a nervous wedding party. The lesson for me this time? I'm not ready for wedding photography. Bride's assistant and problem solver? No problem. Wedding planner? Yes Siree. Photographer? Not really. I couldn't deal with the stress and I feel it shows in my work. The bride and groom are gorgeous, but I wish the photographs were equally stunning. Funny story here; I looked at that huge list of must take shots twice and couldn't read what the words said. Literally, my eyes were flowing over weird combinations of symbols that were impossible for me to dechipher. Stressed much do ya think? Ha!

But anyway, please allow me to humbly share some of them with you. These are all from before the wedding ceremony; from the bride getting ready to the portraits in a local park.

The bride getting ready!








Portraits time!




















The groom!






The bride and her sister, the maid of honour




The groom and his brother, the bestman (and my hottie)


The wedding party (and this is where it all started to turn into a disaster, lol)



Like, for reals. This is too hilarious! I couldn't stop laughing at this one.


The boys standing up for the groom




Love




There will be more coming soon, from the ceremony and reception.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

card making | wedding gift

I know it's been really quiet around these parts for a while. I have been working really hard to finish all the stuff for the wedding this weekend. It's over (took place yesterday) and it went really well, but I am wiped and need rest. But in the meantime I thought I could share the card and gift that we gave the beautiful couple.

I made a large card with a bit of a retro design based on an ad I saw on Pinterest a while ago. It's actually one full 12x12 paper folded in half. Pretty cool with big cards, I think.





I used digi papers from Hometown Proud by Design by Dani and Country Lane by Pink Paislee for this card.

We decided to give the couple some good wine to enjoy at specific dates; a Brunello for the one monthiversary, a Portuguese wine for the six monthiversary and a champagne for the first anniversary. I arranged the bottles in a wooden box that the husband was able to charm his way into at the wine shop with two red wine glasses (they will have to use their own champagne glasses in a year). The box originally contained wine from the Priorat district in Spain, but I don't think that really matters as it is pretty.



I also created tags that matched the card for each bottle that stated the date when the wine is to be enjoyed.


The husband and I both commented that we were jealous of the gift, LOL. And I can't even drink red wine!

Hopefully I will be able to share some pictures from the wedding in the coming week.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

photo book | wedding

I am so excited to share the book I put together for my sister and her husband with photos from their wedding.

I chose to do a very sleek design and I am so happy I did. The photos are the sole focus each page. Of course, I did have to add something, I couldn't leave all the pages bare, and went for some nice diagonal stripes here and there.

The book is ordered and scheduled to arrive in about a week or so. I just cannot wait!


Friday, 13 July 2012

wedding shoot | frida & jocke



Let me just come out and say it. My sister is absolutely stunning. Her husband is totally handsome. I was so not ready for the challenges of being a wedding photographer (that also needed to get home and switch to baker)! Haha!

Please allow me to share with you some photos from my sister's wedding. I took the photos after the wedding in a park in the city of Lund, apart from the first two that were taken just outside of city hall where they were married.









































I wasn't prepared for feeling so stressed about hitting every shot. I wasn't prepared for forgetting about 80% of the shots I had planned to take - lesson learned here to write it down and actually bring the list to the shoot. I wasn't prepared for forgetting basic photography rules and techniques. LOL!

A few other lessons learned?
I don't shoot in landscape a whole lot. Need to change it up a bit.
What I thought would be tons and tons of pics turned out not to be. Need to push that button even more.

I 've been spendning the nights this week going crazy with editing. I've done five different edits for each photo only because I can't decide which I like best. Do photographers do that?
For this post I decided to only use two of the five to keep it consistent. We'll see what I do for the couple's album.

But now, back to editing! Thanks for looking!