Vendor Spotlight: Elizabeth Friske Photography

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Oh friends....I can't believe it's been so long since I've featured a vendor friend! So today I'm breaking the silence and inviting you to learn a bit more about one of my all-time favorite wedding photographers, and my incredibly sweet friend, Elizabeth Friske Photography! Beth and I actually went to high school together, but the wedding industry is what has brought us so close together. I've loved sharing the ups & downs of entrepreneurship with her. She's someone that I always know I can go to for honest, sound advice...but she'll also always make me feel proud of myself. That's one of the best qualities you can have in a friend. She's also someone that I always know I can trust to take care of my couples and I never hesitate to throw her name in the hat when a bride is looking for a beach-loving soul to capture her wedding day.

Tell us about Elizabeth Friske Photography!

I can't believe it but I've been in business for EIGHT years! Time flies! I got started without a clue as to where I wanted this hobby to go. Once out of college I entered the corporate world filled with a windowless cubicle. And let's just say cubicle life left me a little unfulfilled. I needed a creative outlet and something of my own. My husband, a man of many hobbies suggested I get a hobby so I picked up a camera. Little did I know, our marriage and my passion for freezing couple's moments would lead me to where I am today. My love for the sea and for marriage continues to inspire me both professionally and personally. I am a Coastal Virginia Wedding Photographer supporting couples who are gravitated to the sea and are committed to each other, sharing a life together that won't be perfect but believe it is always worth the ride. I am also the owner behind Soul of the Sea Print Shop showcasing my love for the ocean and all the sea treasures I find along my beach walks and travels.

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What is your favorite part of the wedding day? 

Honestly, this is one of the hardest questions I find to answer as each portion holds so much meaning. But my favorite part of the day is ceremony. Watching as he looks at her walking down the aisle toward him, the emotion in both of them and all their families. This moment is why they are all there. The promises, the vows, and the celebration is about the marriage. Not the booze or all the pretty details... it is about bringing two families together and being witness to the start of a journey that will never be perfect but will certainly be the wave of their lives. Those words exchanged and the weight in the meaning is what pulls on those heart strings!

What are your top 3 tips for couples choosing a photographer for their wedding day?

I actually just blogged about this... you can read that here. But to sum it up there are a few points that I believe make for a successful relationship with your photographer and from that relationship, beautiful images you are excited to pass down to your future children.

1. Connection - It is no surprise that couples should connect with their wedding photographer. In order to feel comfortable in front of the camera, you must first feel some level of connection with the photographer. Your photographer is likely the one vendor who is with you for your entire wedding day. Like, really with you the whole time. There should be a level of connection and friendship there so you don't feel that a stranger is taking pictures of your most intimate days but a friend is with you along side you as you pledge to share your life with your person. Connection in my opinion is the key to getting photos that you see yourself in. Photos that reflect YOUR relationship.

2. Heart - Choose a photographer that clearly LOVES what they do. You can feel their soul in their work and the life that breathes within the four corners of each frame. Heart inspires creativity and fuels passion for a job. Every love story is different and you should hire someone who shares that passion for marriage just as you do as you embark on the journey. Heart is seen in their interactions with you, in their own story, and in their social presence.

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3. Style - A photographer's style is their art. Their crafted way of expressing how they see moments. Hire a photographer who's style you like rather than a photographer who you hope to change their style into something you like better. A photographer's editing style is how they light their subjects and how they make slight improvements to an image. Their style should be consistent. That leads into the other two tips in this blog post I recently published... What to Look for in a Wedding Photographer.

What has been your proudest moment as a small business owner?  What’s your biggest goal?

These are tough questions... I think my proudest moment was when I finally started to come into my own.  When I started speaking to my own voice, telling my story, and sharing my heart. I recently launched, well last week, my new look that exudes who I am as a person and the heart behind what I do. When I started focusing on what I had to offer and the couples I serve, amazing things started happening. I started to grow into my skin and serve the couples that I was meant to serve. That is a beautiful thing. Speaking from experience, there is only one YOU, own it, and be proud of it. It is always a journey discovering who you are and who you want to become but realizing you worth breaking the fear and leaning into your self and your own creativity is an incredible accomplishment.

What kind of future do you see for Elizabeth Friske Photography?

I'm not sure what the future holds but I hope it includes more joyful couples who have a heart to build lives together and celebrate their love stories!! 


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Like she mentioned above, Elizabeth just launched a gorgeous new brand & website for her business last week! So much hard work, long hours, and HEART go into a launch like that, so make sure to head over to her site and leave her lots of love. It truly is so beautiful and represents Elizabeth so well!

And if you're a beach lover, make sure to check out her Soul of the Sea print shop. This lady really does have such a knack for capturing the most beautiful parts of the ocean! I have a few of her prints framed in my home office and they make my heart so happy every time I see them!

Thanks so much for sharing about EHP, Beth! I'm so thankful to do this small business thing with you and to have you as my friend! Now let's go get an orange crush! xo

2017 Behind the Scenes

It's time for one of my favorite posts of the year! I so love looking back through the behind the scenes images photographers send me after busy wedding days. They're usually filled with hilarious faces I tend to make, genuine interactions with my amazing couples, and moments of pure gratitude for everyone that helps make the season as wonderful as it is. 2017 sure didn't disappoint! While getting to work with some of the sweetest couples and talented vendors, some crazy fun times were certainly had. Take a peak at a few of my favorite moments!

 These are the faces of two girls carrying over a hundred chairs off a stormy beach and loving their job!

These are the faces of two girls carrying over a hundred chairs off a stormy beach and loving their job!

 I'm so lucky to have friends/past brides/fellow vendors that are willing to step in and help me out when I'm short handed! Adore you Katelyn!

I'm so lucky to have friends/past brides/fellow vendors that are willing to step in and help me out when I'm short handed! Adore you Katelyn!

 Whenever Angie and I get to work a wedding together, we make sure to get a picture with our couple. It's my FAVORITE little tradition!

Whenever Angie and I get to work a wedding together, we make sure to get a picture with our couple. It's my FAVORITE little tradition!

 The tradition continues!

The tradition continues!

 This is a horrible cell phone picture, but I had to document 2/3 of the Wolfpack being at the same wedding for a change!!

This is a horrible cell phone picture, but I had to document 2/3 of the Wolfpack being at the same wedding for a change!!

 This was easily the hottest day of the year and I loved every minute of it spent with these two!

This was easily the hottest day of the year and I loved every minute of it spent with these two!

 Especially since it was my first time working a wedding with my beautiful gem of a friend!

Especially since it was my first time working a wedding with my beautiful gem of a friend!

 I have the most amazing couples!

I have the most amazing couples!

 When your dog thinks the train of your dress is a dog bed! Hahaha!!

When your dog thinks the train of your dress is a dog bed! Hahaha!!

 Forever fixing those trains and loving every minute of it!

Forever fixing those trains and loving every minute of it!

 These are the faces the bridal party makes when you deliver hors d'oeuvres during portraits.

These are the faces the bridal party makes when you deliver hors d'oeuvres during portraits.

 I love my brides!!!

I love my brides!!!

 This sweet friend of mine helped with so many of my wedding this year and I'm so thankful!

This sweet friend of mine helped with so many of my wedding this year and I'm so thankful!

A million thank you's to my 2017 couples and their sweet families & friends for letting us play a part in your beautiful wedding days! You are so loved!! Also, a big thank you to the photographers that are so great at capturing me making hilarious faces throughout wedding days. Angie McPherson Photography, Elizabeth Friske Photography, Cramer Photo, Elovephotos, & Leigh Skaggs Photography ... Ya'll are the real MVPs!

My Goal to Get Outside

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Back at the end of 2016, I made a goal to get outside more. Whether it's taking the dog for a walk around the neighborhood or tramping into the woods to hunt with Wes, being outside has always been my favorite place to be. But somehow in 2016, I let life, business, and general laziness get in the way of that. I wasn't spending nearly enough time out in the elements to make my heart happy, so I knew that 2017 had to be different. I wasn't sure exactly what that would look like, but I knew that I needed to make it a priority.

Just a little while after I set that goal for myself, I saw a post by my friend Jessica of Jessica Ryan Photography. Jessica was always outside doing the things I wish I was doing. She and her now husband were always hiking and exploring and taking their adorable dogs along on their adventures. Every time she posted pictures of their outings, it pushed me a little harder to make the time for those things myself. When Jessica posted about the group she was putting together, Her Hike Collective, I knew this was the universe at work, pushing me to meet my goal.

Jessica created Her Hike Collective for a number of reasons that she explains best on her website. But one of the reasons was to introduce other ladies to the great outdoors. There are so many of us that wish we could do something and we just need that little extra push. We need that hand to hold to show us the way and make us realize it doesn't have to be overwhelming or scary. That's exactly what Her Hike Collective was for me.

This year, I was able to go on a total of three hikes with the group. Definitely not as many as I'd hoped, but way more than I made time for in the past. I hiked over 20 miles, climbed rocks I never would have pushed myself to attempt before, spent time with old friends, and made a surprising number of new friends that I didn't realize I needed.

Here are some of my favorite pictures that Jessica took on each hike and a little information about each one. I can't wait for the next one. I'm also sharing my hiking bucket list below!


Sharp Top Mountain - This was the first hike I got to go on back in January and I had no idea what to expect. To say it was incredible would be doing the whole thing a terrible injustice. In fact, the girls kept laughing at me because I just kept saying that it was the "best day ever" all day long. I started off the day only knowing Jessica and ended it feeling like I had been friends with everyone for a long time. This was a pretty emotional day for different reasons for each lady there and it was absolutely perfect.

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Raven Rocks - The second hike I was able to make it to was back in April to Raven Rocks in Bluemont. We crossed the Virginia-West Virginia line at one point, we watched some other climbers repel down the rock wall below, and we had the most insane view to look over while we ate our lunch. 

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Buzzard Rock - We hiked Buzzard Rock in September and this hike was extra special because I convinced my bestie to join us! We also had two dogs along on this hike and you all know how much I love a dog!

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To say the hiking bug has bit me would be a huge understatement. I've caught myself dreaming of new places to hike often. Here's a little list I've put together of hikes I'm determined to go on in the next year or so. Let me know if you've done any of them!

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Old Rag Mountain 

Grandfather Mountain

Dragon's Tooth 

Hanging Rock

Bill Goat Trail 

Crabtree Falls

 

To Jessica: Thank you times a million for creating this group, for opening your heart to each of us and sharing your love of the outdoors. Thank you for pushing me to stand on scary ledges to take once-in-a-lifetime pictures. Thank you for documenting these memories for us. Thank you for being an amazing friend and helping me accomplish my goals. Love you to pieces and so happy to know you!

 

Emily & Hogan - Cape Charles, VA

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The last wedding of our 2017 season was definitely one for the books! Emily & Hogan were married in her parents' backyard on the Eastern Shore and it was the perfect day, despite the moody weather. The days leading up to the wedding had been rainy and pretty miserable, but it cleared up that morning and stayed dry throughout the ceremony, cocktail hour, and even most of the reception! They had buried the bourbon a month prior {if you're unfamiliar with this southern tradition, check it out here...it's a favorite of mine for sure!} and it definitely did the trick!

One of my favorite parts of the wedding was the ceremony. In our first meeting, Emily told me that she wanted to have a circular ceremony setup, using gorgeous antique church pews provided by Eastern Shore Events & Rentals. I loved helping to bring her vision to life and I think it turned out to be one of my favorite setups ever!

This group was such a blast! The bridal party was rowdy and hilarious, and it was super apparent how much they love their friends. Hogan kept Emily laughing all night long, even after it started sprinkling later in the evening. Emily had decided to embrace the elements and wore white rain boots under her dress and she danced the night away with Hogan and partied with all their family and friends.

To round out a perfect evening, the couple arranged for a food truck to bring freshly baked pizzas for their guests to snack on. It was the coolest late night snack ever and their guests loved every bit of it!

I had the best time working with Leigh Skaggs Photography for the first time and I'm pretty much obsessed with the images she and her team captured. Here are just a few of my favorites! Be sure to check out her blog for even more!

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Congratulations Emily & Hogan! Thank you so much for letting me and my team play a part in your perfect day! I can't think of a better way to have ended 2017 than with the two of you and your sweet families!

Also, a huge thank you to the incredible vendors that made the day possible!

Venue: Private residence in Bay Creek // Planning: Just Dandy Events // Photography: Leigh Skaggs Photography // Catering: Hook U Up Gourmet // Cake: Corner Bakery // Florals: Simply Fresh Floral Creations // DJ: Tony Campbell // Beauty: 76 West Salon // Rentals: Eastern Shore Events & Rentals // Pizza Truck: The Thirsty Frog

Wedding Shoes

This is going to sound so weird. But one of my favorite things to do on a wedding day is to see what type of shoe the bride is going to wear. They are always such an awesome expression of her style & attitude about the day and I LOVE THAT! Gone are the days where brides are expected to wear plain ivory pumps throughout their wedding day and I'm so glad. Those pumps aren't usually all that comfortable!

So if you're looking for some less traditional options to wear on your wedding day, here are a few of my favorites!

 Shannon Moffit Photography

Shannon Moffit Photography

 Elizabeth Henson Photos

Elizabeth Henson Photos

 Angie McPherson Photography

Angie McPherson Photography

 DCPG Photography

DCPG Photography

 Elizabeth Henson Photos

Elizabeth Henson Photos

 Pullen Weddings

Pullen Weddings

 Angie McPherson Photography

Angie McPherson Photography

 Andi & Zoe

Andi & Zoe

 Cramer Photo

Cramer Photo

 Angie McPherson Photography

Angie McPherson Photography