I DIY'd an Artifact Uprising Wood Block Print Holder

I often have clients ask me where to print their photos (if you didn't know already, my packages ALWAYS give clients full print release and allow you to print your images where you want!). I usually recommend Blurb for low-budget albums, and Artifact Uprising for higher budgets. Next month, I'll share a Blurb print I'm making (and I've actually shared a Blurb album before), so now I want to share an Artifact Uprising print. This was a 2mm ultra thick print that can hold its own weight when placed in a wood block holder, which I DIY'd since they cost $18 on their site!

The holder was as simple as using a hacksaw, an orbital sander, and some sandpaper to widen the slot to fit the print. (Though I'm a novice, I LOVE woodworking and will find any excuse to put my tools to use.)

This ended up being a Chrissy present for a rellie, but I'd recommend these ultra thick prints for anyone who wants the best small heavyweight print money can buy. (But make your own wood print holder!)

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Alex | Fashion Portrait Photography
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This shoot is incredibly late to the blog and I was recently reminded that it never made it up here! And what a shame it took this long, since it was one of my favourite shoots this year. 

Alex is a beautiful girl from Colorado State University who needed portraits done to complete an assignment reflecting on her life. She knew she wanted to be in water swathed in white fabric, so together we found the perfect location and got to it.

The first and last image in this series are film - hence the grain - and the rest are digital. I could see these being really beautiful as part of a mixed media work with embroidery or paint...any mixed media artists want to take up the challenge?

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Bhakti + Jordan | Golden, Colorado Engagement Shoot
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Blogger Bhakti Fawn and music producer BLISSS are a power couple with matching tattoos and septum rings to boot. They just returned from a trip around the world, where they collected forearm ink on the US Pacific coast, engagement rings in Thailand, and a stick-and-poke on Bhakti's middle finger done with a traditional bamboo stick.

It was SO HARD to cull images from this shoot yesterday as I used some new posing techniques and couldn't have been happier with the outcome. These guys are getting 150 images from about an hour's worth of shooting - much more than I used to deliver, but a few new tricks in my book are doing my assistant and me good. 

If you're interested in this couple's beautiful story, suss out Bhakti's blog and Youtube channel. You'll be fawning in no time. Err, OK, that's enough from me then. x

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Bianca + Manuel | Littleton Backyard Wedding Photography

Another fun DIY wedding with a whole lot of family. This one had incredibly challenging lighting conditions as the ceremony was in a dark living room with the curtains down for ambience. It's a great example of a time when black and white edits usually end up looking better than the colour ones, because of yellow light bouncing off cream walls. That said, I'm thrilled with what my assistant and I were able to capture for this couple in just 90 minutes of rushed shooting: 250 edited images of family, bridal portraits and ceremony candids. We had less than 10 minutes to catch these couple portraits - and it all happened in their own backyard! What a whirlwind!

Hiring a photographer for just a few hours is a great way to get the shots that are important to you from the photographer of your dreams without compromising on your budget. It was a blast to be able to do that for Bianca and Manuel. Congratulations lovers x

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This was totally candid! I turned around and happened to catch them pashing :)

This was totally candid! I turned around and happened to catch them pashing :)

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I wish my nails looked like this every day.

I wish my nails looked like this every day.

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