Meet DeeDee and Darius.
One of my favorite things about photographing couples is getting to know a little more about their stories. Not just their love story, but really hearing about who they are as people and understanding what their passions are. This is something about my job that I love and I think that is one of the main reasons I hold a deep love of wedding and portrait photography.
Many of you know my grandmother was a wedding photographer for most of her life. Not only was she a professional inspiration she was just inspirational as a person. She was one of my closest friends and hardest losses when she passed away last year. I will always remember her stories about her brides and the things she learned about their families. It was like once you were her bride you were friends for life. End of story. I think I lean a lot in that same direction simply because of her example.
Her photography style was birthed in a much different era of photography. My grandmother shot very traditional wedding portraits. Back in the day, we use to haul “backdrops” to weddings to take photographs. Just imagine, cover the gorgeous cathedral with a pull down background for your pictures. I cannot even believe this is what we did… but it’s what we did. And at that point in my life, my job was to carry the bags and help set up lights, not call the shots… plus it’s what everyone did. I don’t think anyone could have imagined anything different.
Although I am an engagement and wedding photographer and I do feel like I ‘followed in her footsteps’, my style of photography is very different. I (and my team) shoot for the story. Our end goal is to tell a love story with images. I still don’t really know what it’s called. There are so many different names for this type of photography: lifestyle, editorial, photojournalistic. But whatever you want to call it, it’s about telling a story.
Photographs that move me deeply are ones that I can look at and see the story behind them. That I can wonder about the person and their thoughts. The joy or the sadness they’re expressing. That I can see a couple on their wedding day exchanging a look that will last 50 years, or their mom and dad exchanging their ‘look’ on that same wedding day. Those images are timeless to me.
I learned a lot of things from my grandmother. Be kind. Be brave. Genuinely care. Gush obsessively over every one of your brides because they’re all so unique and beautiful… but the biggest thing I think I learned from her is to value people’s stories.
DeeDee and Darius are sweet, fun, talented people. Darius is the kind of guy that wrote (and recorded) a love song for DeeDee to try and show her how he feels towards her. Although they’re from Atlanta, Georgia, they fell in love with the Treasure Coast and moved just north of West Palm Beach this year. Our session was inspired by a very linear look, with clean modern lines. Amazing jewelry pieces as focal points loaned from a private collection. We added floral with oranges/brown hues to compliment the bronze/gold look we had with the jewelry. We had two locations, both on Palm Beach Island. One on the very top of Worth Avenue and the other only a few blocks away. Being from California, I don’t think I’m ever going to get use to this water everywhere, everything is an island thing. It really does feel like you’re standing on the edge of the world at times.
I tell you, Palm Beach has my heart for so many reasons but it is a little bit of a never ending supply of fantastic looks and sweet little corners to grab amazing images. I have been saying it’s a really “cute” little city because it’s so tiny and yet has this amazing combination of modern architecture and beautiful historic buildings. Be still my heart.
DeeDee and Darius, thank you for allowing me to hear your story. It was beautiful.
Everyone else, enjoy.