I love autumn! Im a November baby, thats one of the reasons, but come on! Its beautiful! The leaves change, the weather is perfect and everyone seems happier just looking forward to the Christmas and Thanksgiving seasons. Weddings filled my calendar! October was my busiest wedding month for the second year in a row, and I see why. My own wedding was celebrated in that month too. Late september and my 40th birthday on November 1st were also wedding dates for me! More DIY prettiness; two more ladies celebrating; beautiful drives to a winery, to Richmond and Charlottesville; a nor-easter storm to contend with and the prettiest backyard wedding Ive been to complete with a sweet “first look”! I also got to attend a beautiful styled shoot & workshop hosted by my favorite photographer (read about that here) which has really impacted the way Im looking at my business now! 2015 will be better than I could have dreamed! Its thanks to mentors like that, and clients like YOU, as well as beautiful weddings like these!
I have one last pretty wedding this year, coming in December, but for now, here are some of the images I just love from autumn!
In this very blessed second year of my business, I was beyond thrilled and excited to be the photographer telling the stories to the following spring and summer brides! I was fortunate enough to see two beautiful elopements in the outer banks, attend a tea party mad hatter style, shoot in downtown Richmond at an old railway, plant a tree in a storm on arbor day, capture seriously romantic DIY country weddings, travel to Ohio for an old friend, capture beautiful brides saying I do, go out on a cruise of July 4th, ride on some awesome golf carts to get the perfect shot, literally see a “shotgun” wedding and watch a sailor come home from deployment and finally get his girl! To each and every one of my spring/summer brides, I dedicate this blog to you!
I knew that I wanted to take my little business in a new direction. Something romantic, timeless, vibrant and me. Well, YOU my amazing clients, but MY interpretation of you. My split second capture of a moment you share. An image I couldn’t wait to get home and edit and see in front of me and get to relive!
I knew to do this, I needed to connect with the type of clients that wanted ME to capture these cherished moments. To have me tell their stories. Clients who trusted me to do a great job and show their laughs, smiles, tears, hugs & kisses in ways they themselves didn’t get to see.
I knew to attract these clients, I needed to stand out. I needed to start with my brand.
Before selecting my amazing designer, I started to shoot what I wanted. What drove me to work harder and what excited me: Weddings, Families, Maternity Sessions. A sort of circle of life. I shot using editing techniques I loved, at times I preferred where the light would be pretty, and in places that represented the natural rustic feel that I felt was my style.
It worked!! My amazing families and couples rocked every session, and we were blessed with amazing light! I was steadying up my style and it was showing fluidity. I was going to workshops and taking classes, to gain the skills to propel me forward. Now I was finally ready to have the look that told the world about me!
Sami Proctor Photography & Design was who I needed. Who I wanted. And after our first email, when she asked who I was and what I loved, she sent me the inspiration board to what would become my new branding look, and I was IN LOVE.
She kept the red that is my favorite, and brought in my love of the gothic era, and a lll things old fashioned. I mean, my girls got me a quill for mothers day this year, and that is me to a T!
Over the next few weeks, we communicated openly and drafts were sent back and forth until ultimately, I had in front of me a group of images that those who I sneaked a peek to truly thought looked like me! We had met my goal! I was ready to launch, and on my 40th birthday, on November 1st, the new Debbie Laughlin Photography site was ready to go! Click on my name, and Sami’s, to check out her amazing work for yourself. She was courteous, she listened, she answered and she produced! I couldn’t be more thankful! I hope you love it as much as I do, and hopefully you can picture yourself up on my new site, in your very own set of stories that I get to capture for you!
Did I have one?? Some of my friends seemed to think so, and even though I disagreed, since my relationships had been with VERY different people, I heeded advice.
IS this what date 1 was so much not like me at all?? Was a I subconsciously seeking a “type”?
After the cold debacle of my first online experience, I decided to go against type. To look for other “types”, or at the very least, establish a type.
As a society, we label people all the time, so I assumed this could be socially experimental, and offer me a chance to meet people that I wouldn’t normally meet if indeed I had been limiting myself. After all, if God has a plan for me, then wouldn’t my denying the experience of meeting people be my going against a God I love? Yes.
Date 2. The Funny One.
I consider myself to have a funny sense of humor, so maybe since laughing was a trait I wanted, Id read the online profiles to find a hilarious one. I did, and it really truly cracked me UP! He was smart sounding, his intelligence was dry, and sharp. Being from the UK, I fancy myself as a similar type, so I imagined laughs and giggle all night.
The date was set.
The hair was curled.
The outfit ready.
The place found.
The butterflies started.
The date didn’t show.
Not. SO. Funny.
Lesson from this, I can actually get a lot of reading done and don’t mind dining by myself, something I treat myself to now.
Date 3. The Christian.
Faith is a biggie on my list, so it only made sense to seek someone out who was on a similar path.
Again: Date set.
Again: Hair was curled.
Again: Outfit Ready.
Text after 10 minutes of not so patiently waiting, telling me after considering my profile, he didn’t think we were going to be compatible as he got a sense that I was going to be difficult to date having children already.
Well. Wow. Ok. Hey, at least he was honest. Still stung like crazy. I felt weak.
I also finished a really good book.
Date 3. The Nice Guy.
I mean, after all Ive gone through, THIS was someone I needed to meet, and asap before “all the nice ones were gone”. I looked, I “winked” online, I conversed. Mr nice likes kids, seemed polite, could spell, and had everything interesting to discuss. No mention of faith but thats private to many, and he wasn’t on the mission i was after all.
He also showed up. Well, he IS nice. We stayed there having a beer, laughing, talking, and before you knew it, 3 hours passed. He even put this as his status on social media after, how nice it was to not realize 3 hours passed. Sweet. NICE. Sad thing is, we were actually compatible friends in the making. I knew I wanted to retain a friend here, and in fact he became my daughters soccer coach, and we hung out an an ODU game, and he attends my church now. He is really nice. I hope he finds someone equally as nice.
And yes, he knew about this blog 🙂