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Wedding Trends

Planning a wedding?

As a wedding or portrait photographer I am always looking for inspiration through my peers, locations, and articles. I found this one this morning on trends. This is so applicable to a wedding coordinator, bride, photographers, actually anyone in the business. It can also be for other specialties such as senior photography.

Some of the trends are creating “insta=worthy” photos. Instagram is a HOT social trend. We are seeing this in Eureka that many young couples are opting for a venue other than a church. But an all in one venue, ceremony, food, drinks, etc. Staging different areas to add more variety will be important.

Read the article!

According to Bridebook.co.uk, 23 per cent more couples - compared with five years ago - are choosing to extend the celebrations into a two or three day experience.

They want post-wedding brunches - did somebody say avocado and smoked salmon? - and pre-wedding pamper parties/meet and greets, so look for a venue that has options on offer to make your wedding a ‘mini break’.

He was from Canada and she is from the U.S. We wanted to incorporate this on their very special day. Tthe biggest take away is make it your own, and if you are in the service industry, think about how you can do this for your clients. Enjoy the article.


Where is the time going?

Wow, what a wild and crazy ride the summer has been. Today is July 15th and half of summer has just flown by. I cannot believe my last post was in April! Like really???? REALLY????

Well I hope everyone has been enjoying summer. I wrapped up senior photos for 2019, couples photography, weddings and now renewals, including my own. Yep! My husband (Mike) and I have been married 25 years. We were married at the court house and decided to have fun this year. We invited family and friend in for our renewal and had a weekend celebration.

Well let me tell you, it was wonderful, but on my goodness…..to the brides out there, I feel your pain. No really, I FEEL YOUR PAIN! The planning, the details, the last minute items that were forgotten and oh yes, an outside celebration with rain. Oh yeah, bad decision to straighten and THEN curl my hair. You know the curls girls, the nice big bouncy loose girls. Guess who ended up with a frizz head? You got it. But I did not even worry.

We danced in the rain, my husband and I stood for minute and looked at all the people who joined us and just reflected at how damn lucky and blessed we are. Cheers to us, and cheers to the couples everywhere!

In the meantime, here is what I have been up to! Enjoy!

Oozing of happy - Jazmine & Matthew

I had the opportunity of photographing an elopement at a cabin along Beaver Lake just outside of Eureka Springs, AR. Of course I had chatted with the bride on several occasions but had yet to meet her. Once I arrived at the location and she opened the door to the cabin, welcomed me and my assistant in, my first thoughts were happy. This gal just oozes with happiness. I instantly wanted to capture HAPPY! She and her now husband Matthew just laughed and smiled at each other sharing a connection that you knew they were meant to be. Meet Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Brown, our happy couple.


Anyone that knows me knows that spring is my all time favorite season. Everything just comes alive from the winter months. The birds are singing their opera, the flowers bloom into beautiful masterpieces. The ozarks come alive. It seems after a calm long rain, you wake up to the trees with green leaves, the redbud trees in the blazing glory of color, the dogwoods with their delicate pink and white blooms. The smell of fresh dirt. Is just doesn’t get any better. Here’s a little spring for you.

Congratulations to Davin - Class of 2019

My last senior session for 2019

This senior was so easy going but I knew he had a definite artistic side to him. Davin would love to be a tattoo artist after he graduates. I would love to photograph his work! He was so easy going and game for anything. I stuck with a more urban feel for his shoot and added some textures and edginess to some of his images to fit his personality. Here is a sneak peak!

Congratulations Davin, 2019 graduating class of Eureka Springs High School!

Destination Weddings & Elopements

Did you know that we do “I do” anywhere in the world? Here we are in Nuremberg with this wonderful couple. There are many advantages to hiring us for your destinations as we cover so much more. Let us help you with the planning as your destination ex·tra·or·di·naires! We research the culture, cover part of the honeymoon, and of course offer you incredible images of your wedding. Call us for more details.

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I Do Destinations


What are your wedding colors? Let Patone help!

With so many colors out there, how do you choose which you want for your wedding or vow renewal? I have always love the combination of pink and green, but if I were a bride, how would I coordinate it all together? Pantone has a great tool to use to help you. There are so many beautiful color combinations, which one grabs you?

The Pantone Color Institute partnered with WeddingWire, a global leader in the wedding industry, to deliver aspirational, yet attainable inspiration for couples planning to wed in 2019.

Color is one of the first details couples think about when establishing their wedding style and theme. The 2019 Wedding Color Palettes by WeddingWire x Pantone Color Institute were curated by the Pantone Color Institute to help set the stage for nuptials of newly engaged couples throughout the year.

“Color is a powerful tool – not just for enhancing aesthetics that are critical to every element of a wedding – but to evoke emotion and create the special mood that a couple wishes to communicate throughout their special day from playful and adventurous to romantic and timeless, and everything in between.” said Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute. “In concert with the resources and planning tools from WeddingWire, these custom palettes created by The Pantone Color Institute are intended to help couples navigate their color and design choices in an inspiring, meaningful and uniquely memorable way.” Pantone’s wedding colors Information taken directly from the website.

While there are trends, go with what you love. You do not want regrets later. If you love the vintage look, go for those colors, or perhaps you like light and airy, then choose the pastels. Also, be sure to find a photographer that matches your style as well. Look at their website, ask them questions, can you see your wedding photos matching this style? No one style is wrong or better, but each photographer does have their own. You want to be sure it is a good fit.

Another site that shows beautiful coordinating color combinations is from Magnetstreet.com.

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Cutie Patootie

Did you know we do head and model shots? Take a look at Journey, isn’t this he cutest? We did both Mom and Son.

What Will Your Wedding Colors Be?

I love color! I love Pantone! Join them together with weddings and they can help you find the perfect combination! Wedding Wire just released a quiz to take to help you find your perfect colors! And who doesn’t love quizzes???


FYI - Pantone picked Living Coral as the 2019 Color of the Year. Expect to see a lot of this!

FYI - Pantone picked Living Coral as the 2019 Color of the Year. Expect to see a lot of this!

Here is a great article from the NY Times informing us how Pantone decides on the color. This is important info as many designers in clothes, furniture, fabrics, cars, anything with design watch for what Patone is publishing. What the hottest colors for your wedding? Incorporate coral!

Grow through what you go through.

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Happy Friday everyone. Time to reflect on the week. I have been thinking about exploring an idea I have had for a while. I always strive to be a better person, this is not only personally but professionally as well. There are many ways in which we grow. Sometime it is hard as we can be insecure by another person or by exploring outside the box. It is easy to be afraid or threantened. But will you grow from what you go through? You won’t know unless you try.

Sometimes life throws a curve ball at you and when it does you have to decide how you will let this define you. I am starting something a bit new with Lema Street Photography and have honestly gone back and forth with implementing this idea. Well I am moving forward. Why? This will introduce me to new people and anyone that knows me knows I LOVE people! Secondly, I get to use my camera…..duh right? Well, sort of, I am using my photography skills in a different way. I am growing with trends and will see where it takes me.

So my motto this week is grow through what you go through. More to come on this!

Have a safe and happy weekend.

Ciao for now!


Find Your Space

Do you sometimes feel you are lost in time and space? I think we all have from time to time (no pun intended). This is when it is important to create boundaries with no guilt, if not we find the blood gets sucked right out of us. This is soooo not good for yourself or those around you. This photo is one I took just last night capturing the Super Blood Wolf Moon eclipse.

2019 Blood Wolf Super Moon

Find Your Space

Lost in time and space.

I thought what am I doing out here other than to see this beautiful moon. I have work to do, sleep to get and then as I was in my element, tripod up, happily snapping away, I was in the moment. Not only looking at my camera settings, but stopping and looking at this moon. Looking at my husband looking at the moon. I thought how incredible. I am so lucky to not only see the solar eclipse of 2017, but now to capture this.

Normally I would have gone to bed and woke up to incredible photos. And I would have had that sinking feeling thinking I wish I would of…..again. Well I did. I found my space. My husband (my number one supporter) warmed up the car and we loaded up and off we went.

Our first location (very convenient to our home) was too bright with parking lot lights. So we loaded up again (totally confusing our dog) and off to an abandoned property with no lights. It was kind of creepy, but that feeling left as soon as I was shooting.

My point is we need to find our space. Find what is important to us with no regrets and set our boundaries. I purposely did not schedule any bookings for January 2019 as there were things I wanted to learn and do and read. December was a kick butt month, but I needed my space. This allowed me to refresh and rejuvenate. This allowed me to think about how I want 2019 to look like. I can’t say I know for sure, but I am feeling pretty darn good right now being in my space. Set your boundaries and enjoy your new space.

Ciao ~ Susane

Congratulations to Nick & Baylee

Baylee marries her Prince Charming, Nick.

This is a love story come true for Baylee and an emotional story. Baylee truly did meet her Prince Charming. Baylee has given me permission to share her story as she is an advocate for abused women. Her first marriage was not a happily ever after ending. Baylee was abused, lived in a women’s shelter with her two little girls and has had to have therapy to move on with her life. But the happy ending, she is doing it. And in the midst of a nasty divorce trying to get her life back on track, she meets Nick.

Nick is a kind and gentle soul who helped Baylee with love and patience one day at a time. Together, they are building their marriage on love, trust, patience and honesty. Baylee wants all of the women out their who are abused to know you do have options, you have to be brave and take the step to get help. Baylee did, she finally realized it was not her fault, it was ok to have another person be kind to her and she did deserve it.

I am so fortunate to be a part of their very personal and special day. That Baylee felt comfortable enough in me and trusted me to share her story, and now her love story. Congratulations Nick & Baylee, I know you this and the world is now your oyster! Together you two can handle anything.

Inspiration - China at the dawn of photography

There are times I am my own worst enemy. I get into a fixed pattern and when I start to see it, I know it is time to challenge myself. Break down this mental barrier I developed without realizing it. But when I do, I begin to ask questions such as what if, why, can I? I want to push boundaries, look for variety, look for newness and challenge myself. Getting out and about and making things happen. Starting a project and feeling that awesome sense of accomplishment when I get it done.

I am always interested in articles or documentaries on photography. This article on CNN was inspirational. The internet is a tremendous resource fo information and inspiration. Sometime we tend to look at what we see posted but forget about basics. This article shares 19th century work with a video interview from Chen Men that I found thought provoking on visual language.

I then went back to very basics, to a collection I purchased from a flea market and refresh some of the foundations needed to produce the perfect image. Click on the link, inspiration comes in many ways. Color combinations, scenes, expressions. Perhaps you will find some sort of inspiration too. Let’s see what kind of trouble we can get into!


Life Library of Photography

“When I have a camera in my hand, I know no fear.”
– Alfred Eisenstaedt

These boots are made for walking

It’s officially here, 2019 in all it’s glory. The resolutions are flying, gym memberships going up, and new fashion trends are starting. As a photographer I watch for new trends in fashion, color and of course photography. I went to get my hair done and a young college student who is studying fashion merchandising in NYC was working for the holiday break. She had on the CUTEST boots ever. WHITE BOOTS! I swear I have loved white go-go boots as I called them since the 60’s so I am for one excited to see them comeback. Well I love boots! My favorite go to are a pair of Dr. Martens with red roses embroidered on them. I have cowboy boots, tall brown boots, fun rain boots, well too many boots. Wait, did I say too many? Nah…..never!

Today’s trends are not your grandma’s go-go boots, they are showing them in many styles. And do you know what? I want a pair! Yep, I turn 60 this year and I am getting those damn go-go boots. Ok, more like booties for comfort that I can wear while shooting and yet be fun and fashionable.

I can see these boots on brides for a western or bohemian styled wedding, or seniors dressing in the latest trends.

What about you? Are you into the white boots trend? Post below if you have a pair, I want to see them or just share what you think about them.

These boots were made for walking…….

These boots were made for walking…….

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Steve Madden

I love these boots by Steve Madden. Perfect for shooting photography in!