me … the photographing bridesmaid

Two weekends ago, my cousin Anthony married his soulmate Theresa. It was a wedding I was looking forward to for over a year, and it was a special wedding for me because I was a bridesmaid in their wedding. :)

I loved every moment of being a part of the wedding party and all the excitement around the wedding. But let me tell you, it was SO hard to not be behind my camera all day. I wanted to document Anthony and Theresa’s love all day long (and all of the little touches Theresa worked so hard on), but I forced myself to put my Nikon down and actually be. Photography by Imagine captured the day, however here are some of the photos I was able to snap in little moments in between.

Congrats again to two amazing people. I love you!

Vendor List

Hair :: Adam and Eve

Make-up :: Tara B Artistry

My List of Goals :: June

I can not believe how quickly the month of May came and went! It has been a whirlwind of a month, and I know that the months ahead will only get craziner with personal and professional commitments. But let’s be honest. I LOVE crazy, busy days. :)

As May winds down, I wanted to update you on my progress from my goals and let you know what is on the list for June.

Read one book for pleasure. I’ve been reading so much about photography and having a business that I have neglected reading just to read. I managed to exceed this goal with flying colors. I curled up on the couch and outside to read 3 fiction books this month including Fifty Shades of Grey. (I mean after all the buzz…how could I not?)

Books and Photography Books that Brittany Bekas Photography is reading

– Blog more about industry ideas, tips and personal posts. This will always be on ongoing goal for me, but I think that I blogged a decent amount this month, and that I was able to share some helpful info to all of you, right?! :)

Continue to be happy with less. Since coming home, I have been eliminating so many things that I do not really “need”. I want to keep letting go of things and only hold on to the things I really treasure. A few days after posting my goals, I was packing up my boxes to move into a new apartment. I eliminated (and left behind) a lot of things, however every day I am looking for something to let go of. For every new thing I get, something old must leave.

– Start doing the things that I have pinned via Pinterest. I’m a pinning machine, but I keep forgetting to actually make the crafts, cook the recipes, or use those helpful tips and tricks. I am still pinning more than I am doing, but I used a lot of my photography inspiration boards this month for shoots with my clients. I made a delicious orzo soup. And I started rounding up and executing some great ideas for my dear friend, Molly’s, bachelorette party.

– Stop comparing myself to others – especially other photographers. I think we can all agree why this is not good to do. Sigh…..this was a bit harder for me. After my sessions, I would come home and critique my work…comparing it to my inspiration shots. The positive of this is that I am forcing myself to grow and improve.

– Get back into working out (regularly). ehh…I am doing a lot more walking around the city. That counts, right? This will be a June goal…again.

Hot pink flamingos in aruba by brittany bekas photography

– Submit my work to photography competitions and blogs. I got so caught up in the day-to-day that I did not submit to any competitions or blogs. However, I do have a creative review with a photography studio. That is progress…I think.

– Be spontaneous. This is something I am constantly trying to work on because my Type A, planning personality likes everything figured out…however my boyfriend is the opposite. :)  I made baby steps on this when my high school best friend expectantly came into town…that counts, right?

– Continue to tell people about my business and look for new ways to grow my business and surprise my clients. I passed out business cards and created some new marketing plans. I even have an industry networking event scheduled for June.

 

Here are my goals for June. :)

– Network with other photographers and learn from their experiences/mistakes

– Photograph the bachelorette party I am hosting like a stylized shoot. Submit it for publication on wedding blogs.

– Get back into the gym. For real. It is beach season now….

Mexico beach in Playa Del Carmen by Brittany Bekas Photography

– Use my speedlight more including as a fill flash on outdoor shoots

– Increase my number of Facebook likes on Brittany Bekas Photography.

– Make 4 new recipes. At least two recipes need to include meat for the boyfriend.

Hope that June is an amazing month for you all.

 

Tell me your proposal story & win an engagement session!

It is the question asked the whole year leading up to the wedding. How did he propose? You have told it over and over and over again, and yet you still do it with a smile every time because it was one of the most special moments in your relationship.

So future brides & grooms, if you still have “get engagement photos taken” on your to-do list, I am giving away an engagement session for the best proposal story. Here’s what you have to do:

1. Like Brittany Bekas Photography on Facebook (if you don’t already). You must be a fan to enter the contest.

2. E-mail me a photo of you and your fiancee along with your proposal story to brittany@brittanybekas.com by May 17th.

3. Beginning May 18th, the stories and photos will be posted on Brittany Bekas Photography’s Facebook page to be voted on. Have your friends and family vote on your story via the like button, but they must be a fan of Brittany Bekas Photography for their vote to count. Voting ends May 26th at midnight central time.

4. The couple with the most votes will be announced May 27th. The lucky couple will win an engagement session with me. Please note, the session will be in the Chicagoland area.

I look forward to hearing all the romantic/funny/sweet/quirky ways that you got engaged!