Wedding season is officially over! 2014 was a crazy, crazy year, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I’ve had the chance to shoot in some crazy beautiful locations with the best people in the world, and I wouldn’t trade that for anything. Now that it’s officially the off-season, though, it’s time to evaluate the year as a whole.
One thing that helped make my 2014 weddings successful was the introduction of AGP Shooting Interns. I got the idea after a mentoring session with my wonderful friend Katelyn, and after launching a search and receiving WAY more responses than I thought possible (75-80 applications!), I settled on the three most amazing ladies out there. Folks, meet my 2014 Shooting Interns!
Kaitlyn of Kaitlyn Phipps Photography
I’ve known Kaitlyn for several years- we actually go all the way back to days at Conservatory Ballet! We reconnected at Radford, and she shot with me a few times last year as well. Kaitlyn’s work has grown leaps and bounds over the past two year and I’ve been so proud watching her grow! This gal is always good for Harry Potter references, Disney sing-a-longs, and Pitch Perfect quotes. Also, prayer on the way to a wedding if we’re riding together, and that’s something I couldn’t be more thankful for. She has such a sweet heart and I’m so grateful to have had her along this year! And, she wrote this awesome post about shooting with me that you might enjoy reading :).
Megan of Megan Chase Photography
We met almost two years ago when Megan came to the Q&A Rebekah & I hosted, and then again when she attended my first ever workshop! This girl is hilarious- she is ALWAYS good for a laugh when you’re going on hour 12 of a wedding day and all you want to do is sit down and stuff your face with marshmallows. Megan’s sense of optimism and her hilarious sarcasm are always a hit with my bridal parties, and she knows how to wrangle unruly groomsmen like a boss. Also, she and I have managed to match each other at half our weddings together this year, so clearly her style is on point.
Shalese of Shalese Danielle Photography
I knew from the first 2 minutes of our Skype interview that I was going to love this girl! Her sense of humor is totally in sync with mine and I always laugh a ton when we’re working together. Shalese is such a gracious second shooter, I know I tend to be kind of scattered but she’s always willing to go and get this light stand or grab this bag whenever I need it. I’m so grateful for her willingness to serve cheerfully! Also something I appreciate about Shalese: we BOTH thought the lyrics to Blank Space were something about Starbucks lovers. Thank you, Shalese, for confirming that I’m not a total loner in my inability to accurately interpret TSwift lyrics.
These ladies made my 2014 season. Not only could I rest easier at every wedding knowing I had a reliable second shooter, but being able to look forward to their company was so appreciated! Kaitlyn, Megan and Shalese? You three are the bee’s knees!