Jan 17, 2017

Mentoring Session with Life Created

Details. Everything is about the details these days. It’s so amazing to look at all the thought, creativity, and work that went into every aspect of the wedding day. Rings, necklaces, ties, shoes, cufflinks, watches, veils, centerpieces, shoes, letters, invitations, flowers, lockets, etc. All the small pieces add up. So many memories tied up in each detail. It’s amazing!

As I went through weddings I would get some strong detail shots that I loved (amid some that weren’t so strong), but I didn’t really know why it worked and not knowing the why made it hard to replicate. I knew that if I wanted to up my details game, I needed help. Stephanie of Life Created is a still life and details guru. She makes absolute magic happen! Her style is natural and real. The everyday looks beautiful through her camera and style. I followed her for months and drooled over her photos while I struggled with mine. I knew that if anyone could help me learn to get the shots I wanted, it was her! So I reached out to her and signed up for a mentorship.

Best. Decision. EVER!

Mentoring day arrived and I was so excited. I checked the location on the map so I would know how much time to plan from where I was staying to where we were meeting. I carefully watched the clock all morning. Finally time came and I headed on my way. I opened my maps app, saw that Zoe’s Kitchen was in the menu so I binked on it and off I drove. I was so proud of myself for showing up early. The parking lot was only half full, the weather was great, and I stood there talking with some girls working the booth outside. Before long I got a text from Stephanie saying that she was there, but having trouble finding parking.

And then it hit.

I opened my email, looked at the address of the meeting place, and realized I was in the wrong spot! For some reason the Zoe’s Kitchen I binked on when I started driving wasn’t the same Zoe’s Kitchen that I’d looked up earlier that morning. I was 20 minutes away from where I was supposed to be. After a few phone calls back and forth we decided to just meet up at the Zoe’s Kitchen I went to as it was less crowded. Proof you don’t grow out of dork moments. I felt like a doofus, but Stephanie was so sweet about it all.

I loved sitting and visiting with her over lunch. It was great to get to know her and to visit about our businesses. After eating she brought out the laptop and we dove into her presentation and my portfolio pictures that she sent. She went over her method and we were able to discuss what makes a strong photo, how to set up a shot, and what made my photos work or not. It was amazing! I knew which details shots were good, but I didn’t know why at all. Going over what makes a details and still life shot work and pop was exactly what I needed. Seeing each picture dissected was so helpful. Knowing WHY something worked or didn’t was the best thing ever! This was exactly what I needed to know.

After lunch and talking, it got to be play time. We re-met out at The Simple Farm in Scottsdale where Stephanie brought so many AMAZING props to set up and shoot. Invitations, flowers, jewelry, boxes, boards, paper, fruit, perfume, vases, etc. It was so fun to put into practice what we had just discussed. I loved being able to watch her set things up and see the angles she shot. I love discussing approaches with her. It was so much fun!!

All I wanted to do when I got home was to pull out everything I could and take detail shots. A whole new world had opened up! I’m so grateful for other photographers who are willing to share what they know and to teach others.

I can’t wait to put what I learned into action in all my weddings this year!

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  1. Sara O'Hara

    January 17th, 2017 at 9:26 am

    STUNNING!!! I need a details lesson in my life this year!

  2. Marquette LaRee

    January 18th, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Do it! Find a still life photographer and go visit with them. This was so fun and really I learned so much!

  3. Joanna M

    January 17th, 2017 at 10:01 am

    What a gorgeous setup!

  4. Marquette LaRee

    January 18th, 2017 at 8:40 am

    She had the coolest props for this!!

  5. Karen

    January 17th, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    These are gorgeous! I’d love some of these beauties hanging in my house!

  6. Marquette LaRee

    January 18th, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Oh you are sweet, thank you!

  7. Ashley Durham

    January 17th, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    What a cool thing you got to experience!!!

  8. Marquette LaRee

    January 18th, 2017 at 8:41 am

    It really was neat! I’m glad I did it!

  9. Candi

    January 17th, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    These are beautiful shots!!

  10. Marquette LaRee

    January 18th, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Thank you! She had the neatest props!

  11. Misty

    January 18th, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Great work on those details shots!!! They’re SO pretty!!!

  12. Marquette LaRee

    January 19th, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Thank you! It was such a fun and good mentoring session! I learned so much!

  13. Julie

    January 19th, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Great idea! I need to work more on my details too. Beautiful work!!

  14. Marquette LaRee

    January 24th, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    This session was just what I needed! Thank you!

  15. Michelle

    January 21st, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    I absolutely love her! You took some beautiful shots!!

  16. Marquette LaRee

    January 24th, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    She is so amazing, isn’t she?! I loved my time with her!

  17. Jill

    January 22nd, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    I LOVE that you did this- these are such BEAUTIFUL images, and it seems like it was so worth it for you! Amazing!

  18. Marquette LaRee

    January 24th, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Thank you! I loved getting to focus on one narrow aspect of photography…I want to find more people to mentor from now!

  19. Stella Throop

    January 22nd, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Soo pretty! All that fruit makes me drool … beautiful shots!

  20. Marquette LaRee

    January 24th, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    She had the prettiest fruit there!

  21. Ashley Ziegler

    January 23rd, 2017 at 12:00 pm


  22. Marquette LaRee

    January 24th, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Ah! Thank you friend!!