Stepping out of my comfort zone with Ethan Meleg's Wildflower Workshop

 

This past weekend my husband and I packed up the car and took off for one of our favourite places, Tobermory, for a weekend. We were there for photographic learning and geeky-ness with one of Canada's award winning outdoor photographers we have the pleasure of calling a mentor and friend, Ethan Meleg. (Check out his work at www.ethanmeleg.com)

 

Two summers ago my husband Ross and I attended Ethan's Landscape Photography Workshop in Killarney and it was amazing! Beautiful landscapes, great people, and some time to get back to the love of photography.

 

This time we joined Ethan for something a little more detailed, wildflowers. The first thing I learned...we have a heck of a lot more beautiful wildflowers growing naturally in our province then I ever knew. Like...more than 50 varieties of Orchids alone with 40 or so of them calling the Bruce Penninsula home. I never would have know that if not for this Wildflower Photography Workshop.

 

From there it was about getting back to basics. Unlike a wedding day or studio portrait session, I could not move my subject to get the lighting or backdrop I wanted. I had to look around me and find the best options based on the position of the flower. I also had to explore things like...

  • my vantage point (which flowers should be photographed side on? which ones look better photographed straight down on? which angle gives me the best background and lighting?)
  • my depth of field (how much of the background do I want to show? is it adding to the image or distracting from it?)
  • and so much more!

It really took me out of my comfort zone but in some ways it took me back to basics.

 

I am excited to share more about the weekend and the awesomeness that happened there. For today though, I hope you enjoy this little video of some of my first images from the weekend.

 

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Behind the Lens: D.I.Y. Paper Flower Fun

I get some serious inspiration from pinterest and the amazing artists I have the pleasure of being surrounded with here in London. Today's inspiration comes from the amazing paper artist Laura of 2clvr 4 u designs

I recently worked with Laura on a few small pieces for my London Bridal Expo booth decor, and now am excited to be working on a much bigger project even closer to my heart.

I admit, when I spend time looking at the work of, or being around these amazing artists, I become inspired! I want to try my hand at their arts. I want to create with my hands something beautiful that I can be proud of.

After an afternoon with Shannon of Sweet Stellas I found myself painting and sculpting for days. Did they turn out at beautifully as Shannon's art? Heck no, not even close!

This time I found inspiration in Laura's work but recognized that I had neither the tools or talent for designing, cutting, and sculpting the beautiful paper flowers the way she does. Don't get me wrong, I was still determined to create something beautiful. Where did I go next? To pinterest of course! I found tutorials and printable templates and with a little patience, I made my first paper flowers that actually somewhat resemble flowers!

Take a few minutes to check out Laura's work (you won't be sorry!) on facebook or etsy. She's adding new blooms all the time!

If after staring at these beautiful blooms you're feeling inspired, off to pinterest you go! Find the printable templates for these flowers plus other interesting DIY projects on my DIY Pinterest Board!

 

Yours Enthusiastically Rebecca - Rebecca Nash Photography

 

 

 

London's Rebecca Nash is the London, Ontario based Creative Director & Photographic Artist behind Rebecca Nash Photography. She takes her emotional, elegant, artistic, and whimsical style and applies them to every portrait, wedding, or fine art experience she provides her London, Ontario photography clients.

"I believe every person’s story is different, every person is unique, and no two relationships are the same - this means no two photo shoots are the same. I thrive on the opportunity to create stunning images for amazing people all around me while giving them an experience they'll remember for a lifetime. Each client is trusting me with the opportunity to know their story, share their story, and help them in celebrating life and love in art." - Rebecca Nash

Wedding Wednesday: Floral Centerpiece Simplicity

Talk about diversity! I have seen so many beautiful centerpiece options in the last few months but today I have pulled together three great pale, stylish, and simple options for your wedding day!
Consider these options for your wedding day
  • Incorporate your table numbers into a centerpiece vignette on the table tops for beautifully simple decor inspirations
  • Keep it simple - think of simple groupings of flowers (and items that can be used again as bases are always a great idea!
  • Bigger isn't always better - small and simple looks gorgeous (and saves budget for other areas)