Sara Kauss, Owner/Photographer of Sara Kauss Photography
What she is obsessed with: Capturing emotion. Creating a feeling from a photograph that tells a story, makes you feel like you were right there in that moment!
What is so 2011: Wait! It’s not 2011 now? Time flies. Every year offers new friendships made, new exciting events and growth…in photography, I’ve noticed a huge shift to people really wanting photojournalism more and more in their photos, less of the “fake photojournalism” requests. Fake PJ is when clients “say” they want you to only capture the day as it unfolds as a fly on the wall. But, REAL PJ requests have been happening, where the bride trusts her photographer to truly do their thing! No shot lists, no special requests, just really giving the photographer reign to capture their wedding day as it should be told! Love this trend.
What’s the next big thing? Well, it’s my 30th birthday this month! To be a great wedding photographer you have to stay fresh! And yet create timeless images. I think the next big thing is couples really looking for the fresh, yet timeless look and I see photographers offering this more and more, it makes me happy! The old, over edited, over photo-shopped, heavy contrasty, images are being replaced by simple, clean, color and black and white images. I think the next big thing is actual reverting back to the simple photography concept of capturing an image in a unique way “in-camera.” In this day and age, we are all knowledgeable in photoshop, but photographers of 2012 are spending more time creating poignant images and less time in front of the computer.
What should brides and grooms already know before contacting you? Before contacting your photographer, you should have an idea of the style of wedding photography you like. Each photographer is unique, has their own style and their own personality, just like each wedding! You should dig deep into their website, does the photographer show lots of details and candid photos, or do they show more posed, traditional photos? Photographers’ websites are showcasing their very best work! Do you like it?
Also, knowing your photography budget helps too. Whoever you choose to capture your wedding day, please choose a professional that has a history of photographing weddings. A great photographer can make an “okay” wedding look like a million-dollar wedding day! You’re going to spend lots of money on your wedding day, hire a photographer that will create a memory of all those details you worked so hard for over a year to create that one special day! At the end of your wedding, you want to look back at the photos and remember the sweet note your groom left you, or the expression on your fathers’ face as he walked you down the aisle.
What is your specialty? Wedding Photography and photographing Artist Album Covers and Live Concerts.
Deep in the heart of Florida are some country roots that run from Jacksonville and Tallahassee down through Lake Okeechobee and on out to the ‘Glades. So for all our boot scootin’ brides, we collected some of our favorite down home country wedding pics. Whether you’re dressing up a barn with sparkling chandeliers and draping farm tables with sculptural floral runners or mixing wildflowers and mason jars with cowboy boots and honky tonk, this is a style that can tip the rustic-to-glam scale at either end with amazing results. Yee haw!
flower table runner via Style Me Pretty; tree stumps with wildflowers via Intimate Weddings; indoor barn reception via Vignette Designs; boots and heels via Pinterest; branches chandelier via Beyond Beyond; bride and groom via Style Me Pretty; barrel table via Bliss Event Productions; boot with ring via Style Me Pretty; outdoor barn reception via Heart Love Weddings
Summer in sunny Florida practically screams for bare feet, late summer sunsets, and sweet, sweet watermelons. So if you’re a card-carrying Lilly lover, take a cue from this sunset hue and incorporate watermelon into your floral arrangements (try ginger, carnations or ranunculus), linens, fashion accessories — and even your menu! Contrast colors like bright white and kelly green add a delicious touch of Palm Beach prep that we can’t get enough of. There are a million ways to soak in the juicy sweetness! What’s your favorite?
floating candle via Elizabeth Anne Designs; drink station via Belle the Magazine; falling flowers via Gabba Gabba Gorgeous; shirt and tie via Bows ‘N Ties; pink shoes via Elizabeth Anne Designs; bridal party via Wedding Gawker; table and chairs display via Homegoods; watermelon frosty via Lunch Box Bunch; ranunculus via Wedding by Color
Could there be anything dreamier than an entire field of soft, wind-blown lavender? How about a rustic romantic wedding incorporating the aromatic herb into every aspect? From charming dried lavender letterpress invitations to striking sweet-smelling bouquets (and a champagne cocktail garnished with a sprig of fresh lavender in between), the heavenly scent and cool color palette create a perfectly peaceful atmosphere for saying “I do.”
Cake photo courtesy of Ossai Bridal Accessories; Flower girl photo via Tulle and Teacups; Escort cards from Brides.com; Bride and Bridesmaids photos from Style me pretty; Champagne photo via Brides.com; Lavender letterpress invitation available on Etsy; Heels via Heels Fan.