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I recently lost someone very close to me to cancer and this loss has been a lot more trying and complex than I could have ever imagined. Having to work through the grief and pain of loss has been quite trying. My achievement of the week? Starting to find relief and peace (I know its a long road) – and remembering the beauty in life and good times.
In the mean time, news from my studio:
Can You Spot Me On the Cover?
When I was asked to be a part of a photo shoot at WPPI in March, I didn’t know I would be on Rangefinder‘s cover! Michael Greenberg arranged the shoot for the Graphistudio‘s Day In The Life of WPPI 2011 book. Most of the other photographers were informed of the shoot – I did not hear of it until the night before. I was told to do something creative. Due to the late notice, I didn’t have any props and I decided to make a dress out of magazines that I have been published in. Very last minute, but a lot of fun!
Awesome Week in the Big Apple
It’s always fun to be in New York City and I wasted no time to catch up with clients, editors and friends, such as Adorama’s social media darling, Joel Meisels. Being based in the West Coast, I usually only talk to my East Coast friends online or on the phone. It was great getting facetime with people. I can’t wait to go back!
TWiP #192: On Lady Gaga & Copyright
In this episode of TWiP, Frederick Van Johnson, the “Godfather” Rick Sammon, Tyler Ginter and I discuss how Lady Gaga demands the rights to her concert photographs and copyright issues, the tragedy in Japan, and autofocus. Listen to our engaging banter and watch out for my tip on lighting and gear picks of the week: Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2.0 & HDR Efex Pro
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When I first forayed into wedding photography, one name kept popping up over and over again in industry circles. Grace Ormonde. The exotic name conjured up the image of a glamorous filmstar of yonder such as Hedy Lamarr or Marlene Dietrich, and although I knew that Grace Ormonde Wedding Style is one of the top wedding magazines worldwide, I didn’t realize at the time that Grace Ormonde is a real person!
Earlier in my career, as a fresh face in the already crowded industry, I knew I had to learn the ropes, the ins and outs, and get my work to the right people. Being selected for publication by Grace Ormonde, Editor-in-Chief of Wedding Style magazine, was a dream come true for me. I photographed an engagement session in New York in the style of the 1940s and the final product was amazing. So I sent a package of the engagement session prints to Grace and waited eagerly for a reply. Not only did I get a reply, I was blown away when I heard that my images inspired a special feature on engagement sessions. That first piece of success led to even more of my work being published in the magazine over the years.
Last year, after countless faceless exchanges with Grace, I finally put a face – and a handshake – to the name. For those who have never met her, you might think someone of her stature and position might be a diva. In an earlier blogpost, I affirmed that Grace Ormonde is not a diva. In fact, she is the complete opposite – she is truly kind, engaging, down-to-earth and sincere. No airs.
I’ve been so fortunate to have Grace as a supporter of my work. Case in point: her recent publication of my wonderful story of my generous gift (an exquisite Vera Wang gown) from client Alyssa Fanelli-Benza as well as countless selections in WeddingStylemagazine.com‘s Inspirational Galleries.
Thank you, my friend. I thank you personally for contributing to the success of my studio and the recognition of my work.
Read my wonderful story of how I received a Vera Wang gown from a gracious and generous client here or in the text below.
Many of you may know Catherine Hall: the New York transplant photographer now living in San Francisco, but most of you don’t know what she hanging in her closet.
This self-proclaimed geek, whom I consider to have a very endearing personality and incredible eye, first came to my attention in 2007 when she submitted an engagement shoot evocative of the 1940s that was so compelling it inspired a story in the 2008 issue of Wedding Style New England. Over time she has sent me countless submissions that have resulted in miscellaneous picks of my favorite images in random nooks of the magazine, as well as selections featured in our inspiration galleries (which we are in the process of launching new sections daily).
Most recently, after meeting Catherine in person at WPPI last year, she sent me an oversized package complete with 11×13 prints (yes, real hard copy photos) and a letter that made me want to share her story about Manhattan bride Alyssa Fanelli and her Vera Wang wedding gown.
And here is Catherine’s story:
Alyssa is a bright-eyed Italian with effortless elegance and formidable intelligence. She planned a sumptuous outdoor ceremony in Yountville, located in California’s wine country–a town so quaint there’s not even a gas sation. I attended Alyssa throughout the morning of her wedding day, capturing images in the dressing chamber of Groezinger Estate. Then, the moment arrived that the bride made her final preparations to walk down the aisle.
I was right beside her, offering encouraging words and gushing about just how breathtaking she was in her Vera Wang wedding gown. Just as Alyssa was about to process toward Brett–her handsome groom, who similarly works on Wall Street–she turned to me and smiled, “The wedding gown, it’s yours. I want you to have it after today.”
While Alyssa’s generous impulse was lovely, I knew to take it with a grain of salt–any bride on her wedding day is in a flurry of emotions. The following Monday, we spoke to one another by phone, recapping highlights from her celebration. “I still want you to have my wedding gown,” she said, going on to explain that she considers her gown fine art and has absolutely no interest in storing it in the recesses of her closet for the next 20 years.
“I’ll have to get back to you,” I said. After all, I’m not even engaged! Her generosity was almost too much, but after sleeping on the offer, I realized I would be crazy not to accept.
Thank you so much Alyssa and Catherine for sharing this story. It epitomizes what our celebration of “love month” is all about and I look forward to the moment when Catherine gets engaged and sends us pictures from her wedding in this gorgeous gown. xoxo
The WPPI is always a fun week for me – seeing old friends, playing with new toys from awesome companies, judging albums and discovering new artists. This year, it will be especially fun, because I have the chance to learn the secrets of success from other top women photographers!
I am part of an amazing group the WPPI dubbed “top women in professional photography” that will be discussing how we have succeeded in an extremely competitive market. Don’t miss tips, ideas and philosophies from Lindsay Adler, Jules Bianchi and Joy Bianchi Brown, Jessica Claire, Kay Eskridge, Sarah Petty, Dawn Shields and Jasmine Star. And me, of course!
I am so honored to join them and those of you attending to talk about the challenges facing women in photography today as well as how to emerge as notable leaders in our extremely competitive field.
If you see me at the WPPI, please say hi! I’d love to connect with you. My schedule is as follows, but it’s not just all work; I’ll be at many of the fun parties of course!
Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 19 and 20)
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday (Feb. 22)
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Women in Contemporary Photography panel discussion
Wednesday (Feb. 23)
1 p.m. to 1.30 p.m.
Leather Craftsmen Booth
Catherine Hall is an elite commercial, portrait, and wedding photographer whose breathtaking images have inspired audiences for over a decade. Her fine-art photography has been exhibited throughout Europe and the United States, and international assignments have taken her to more than thirty countries on five continents.
Catherine’s work regularly appears in leading editorial publications like the New York Times and National Geographic. Among her prestigious roster of commercial clients are industry-leaders Pricewaterhouse Coopers, News Corp, Reuters, and John Deere. Her professional sponsorships include Epson, SanDisk, and Adobe. With nearly two million social media followers industry leaders like Google, Macworld,and WPPI regularly seek her out as a speaker and judge.
She is the former co-host and producerof TWiT Photo (named “Best New Tech Podcast” on iTunes) and the creator of Top Model Release, a revolutionary iOS app that digitizes and simplifies the model release process. Catherine is a driven perfectionist, unapologetic tech geek, and charismatic public figure. She loves dancing to electronic music, skiing bluebird powder days, and singing really loudly when no one is around.