A fantastic day with friends, at the most gorgeous new seaside wedding venue / Air BnB, Beautiful Kahana located in Punalu'u, Oahu.
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Venue: Beautiful Kahana, operated by Wendy Cantere
Gown: Something Old, Something New Boutique (Eagle, ID)
Styling: Macie Shigeta
Models: Kiana & Avery
Getting urban out and about with Chris Foster.
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These two met in high school but never dated and were just friends. Tyler was a bull rider since his youth, but was injured in 2012. In 2016 when Allie returned from Florida they reunited and the rest is history.
Allie found me on referral from a friend of hers and we scheduled their couples/engagement session at my assistant's ranch. Horses, tractors, sunsets and wide open spaces. I was immediately smitten with the two of them, there are just some couples who even when you are shooting them, you and the outside world don't exist and they only have eyes for each other, as if they are quietly telling each other stories and taking your direction at the same time. The fact that I am a hopeless romantic makes it even worse, and bless the two of them for always letting me fawn all over them! I have always called myself more of a 'visual storyteller' than just a straight up photographers and when I was asked to photograph their wedding it was like full circle of their love story and I was thrilled to add that chapter. And then for Miss Allie to tell me they were expecting and I will be photographing their gender reveal?! Pinch me! I just adore these two and documenting their adventures!
To bear down, grit it out, stay the course.
One of the first things I noticed and pondered the meaning of when I met them. Little things spark my keen interest when I meet people, and this was one of them. Whether it translates to bull riding and 8 seconds, or raising children, or seeing things through the good times and bad, or committing to your job to provide? There is something in that phrase and meaning we can all apply to ourselves in way way or another with something in our life and maybe that's why I like it so much.
I met Emma many years ago when she stepped in to be a model for a calendar I was both shooting and producing, I think she was only 18 or 19 at the time. I was immediately taken with her poise, her positivity, her spirit and her reliability. We remained friends and she continued to model for me through the years for various projects and also became one of the few people I relied on to help me with my children when needed when my husband was deployed or I was in a work schedule bind. There's something to be said this day and age when someone of today's younger generation possesses work ethic, punctuality, organization and is really just a good, reliable person not asking for handouts or thinking the world owes them something. So, yes I have a soft spot for Miss Emma! But enough with me carrying on my own thoughts and respects toward her...
Emma met Spencer (who I have come to adore and is hilarious) while they both worked at Fork Boise restaurant downtown. So it was only fitting that during our hopping around from site to site for their engagement session we went back to where it all started and captured some moments with a toast there.
Scott Grady and April Matson are two actors here in Boise, April has been featured in several TV shows when she lived in Los Angeles. She runs Platform, Boise, which is an acting studio and film & theater production company based in Boise. I met the two of them when Scott contacted me several years ago about wanting to set up a surprise pinup session for his girlfriend April. We incorporated him into it as well, and their production company and had so much creative fun with it it is to this day one of the more memorable couples/pinup sessions I have ever shot and we have remained friends ever since.
Scott proposed in the most fantastical, surprise way imaginable, definitely fitting for two performers! Even Boise's newspaper the Idaho Statesman thought so, and they featured the whole escapade. I received the call asking if I wold photograph their wedding and we all cried together! Just kidding, we didn't cry but I could have!
Their ceremony was gorgeously intimate, with so much affection and excitement surrounding them. I had my private moments with each of them separately, as we talked about the going's on of the day. April's dress was unique, Danyale Cook her hair and make up artists/impromptu lady in waiting was beyond fabulous (I kept teasing April, that is so you lol), and really, they lived happily ever after.
" For you, there'll be no more crying,
For you, the sun will be shining,
And I feel that when I'm with you,
It's alright, I know it's right."
~~ Songbird | Fleetwood Mac
Alexandra and I started discussing the kind of look and feel she wanted for her session; mainly being laid back, outdoors, possibly a barn. A friend's home turned out to be perfect, and the freedom to shoot where we wanted and how we wanted was very important to me, instead of being tied into a venue with rules of what we can and can't do.
I immediately just adored the two of them, posing and intimate moments came so easily as I directed them. It turns out these two have known each other since high-school so I am not kidding when I say that this session basically in my head was every country romance song come to life. I was like, sunsets, cool breezes, wide open fields, horses nearby, Montana here I come! Ok ok, just kidding. But yes it was inspiring :D
Tyler's knuckle ink kept striking me through the shoot, I felt it alone told a story of his way of thinking, how he viewed life, work ethic, relationships, fatherhood, maybe more.
Thank you, Allie, for having me capture this exciting time for both of you in your lives!
To bear down, grit it out, stay the course
Brenda is a very striking model and hair & make-up artist who I coveted to shoot over the past year. She's the opposite of most female models though in the fact that she is indifferent on having her schedule packed with photo sessions and is decidedly selective on who she spends time working with in front of the camera. After we started narrowing down a date to get a session done, I knew I wanted to do something different than she HAD done in the recent years; which meant no heavy make-up, no rock and roll clothes, no vamp or glam or 100% vixen. I wanted softer, minimal everything, natural light, a direct connection with just her, her surroundings and myself. Everything just pared down and bared down.
When she arrived for the session pretty much fresh faced with barely any make up, she remarked how "naked" she felt and almost vulnerable, definitely out of her comfort zone. And that's exactly what I wanted to hear because I wanted that feel to come through the pics. Yes we still wanted confident, alluring, feminine - just a different KIND of those things. What made me most satisfied was the fact that she trusted me and what I was visualizing to not only jump in with both feet, but to not doubt me or question me about how I wanted to stylize this minimalistic set.
Seeing a model shine in a way they hadn't expected to and therefor being a catalyst in a new way they see themselves is one of the reasons my job is so rewarding.
In a year full of barn weddings and boho vibes, it was a welcome change to shoot an elegantly styled winter bride. Whatever happened to jewels, dramatic veils, and intricate gowns full of tulle and lace? This gorgeous couple brought it to life and some of their images look as though they are walking on clouds. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...
All photos © Carrie Hampton Photography
Gown/Veil/Accessories: Something Old, Something New Boutique, Eagle, ID
MUAH: Beauty by Chelsea / Just Wing It
Assist: Brian Tanner
Styling/Direction/Bouquet: Carrie Hampton
I met a Anessa and her family at the park and she braved the cold and was just glowing. We did several different looks for her session, including her boyfriend and her dog in a matching scarf, now that was pretty funny. She's expecting a boy soon and I was so happy to be able to capture these moments for her.
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