American Beauty | Mike Colon Styled Wedding Shoot
If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the course of my photography adventure it is to seize every opportunity, especially when it comes to learning. So when I got the chance to shoot alongside the super talented Mike Colon — a man who helped transform and transcend the landscape of high-end wedding photography throughout the world — I knew it was an opportunity I simply could not pass up.
A few months ago, I spent an afternoon soaking up all the knowledge I could from Mike Colon during a fabulous Americana themed styled bridal shoot at Riley Wilderness Park on Coto de Caza. It was extremely hot that day, but despite the elements … rattlesnake/cricket noises (yes we couldn’t quite decipher the difference), bugs galore, millions of ants, mountain lion country, field mice, and 90 degree temps while I wore a black sweater, leggings and Uggs — yeah I know *Ugh* … nothing could stop me from making the most of this *golden* opportunity. Yes most people don’t realize locations aren’t always as glamorous as they appear to be in photos, but I think that’s part of the creative challenge and wonderment of it all 😉 Finding an angle and makin it work is always the key!
Now for the record, I am smitten by amazing world-class photographers who remain humble, helpful and so so kind to photographers still fairly new to the business like me. Mike Colon is the epitome of this special group … he is as nice, giving and inspiring as his photos are incredibly beautiful. And if you haven’t seen his work, it is out.of.this.world. Times 100 … oh and he’s pretty funny too 😉
Here’s a few images from this styled shoot via the Mike Colon shooting workshop …
And lest I forget, special thanks to all the vendors who made this shoot every bit of fabulous …
Creative Direction and Wardrobe Stylist: Kat Harris, Mike Colón Photographers
Hair & Make-up: Rachel Burney, Remba Productions
Models: Henry (Brand Talent); Rachael
Linens: Dahlia and Veronica, Designer Speciality Linens-OC
Pies & Treats: Mary Lallande, Jays Catering
Paper Goods: Amber & Ashley, Typologie & Co.
Assistant: Matt Cotter