Venue: The Baltimore Museum of Art
Production: Revolution Event Design & Production
Tabletop rentals: Select Event Group
Florals: Flowers & Fancies
Dresses: Garnish Boutique
Jewelry : Rachel Mulherin
Suits: Christopher Schafer Clothier
Hair & Makeup: Soiree Salon
Cake: SugarBakers Cakes
Models: Allie Snyder Dattilio, Amy Hawkins, Paul Hutson
Planning and Design : STEPHANIE BRADSHAW
Today is the day.
Today is the day I can finally share this big, fat secret I’ve been holding onto for months. And let me just say, it’s been like trying to keep an inflated bouncy castle stuffed in a tiny shoebox.
Give me a minute to put myself back together.
What is the Top 30 Rising Stars?It’s a HUGE accolade. One of the most prestigious in the industry. Just to find out I’d been nominated had me floating for weeks. When I started out in wedding photography, some of the people I admired most had been on this list. I never thought I’d find myself on it.
In order to make the list, your work has to be technically stellar, and disruptive to the genre of wedding photography, and you have to show “exceeding talent, as well as [a] spark for directing the industry to new, exciting heights.” Entrants are nominated from around the world by the best of the industry and Rangefinder editors. Following that, you submit a portfolio, and wait. And wait. And try not to think about the judges… well, judging you.
I got the email in September and have been holding onto it since. This is one of the biggest, brightest, and most lovely moments in my career so far. I’m not going to lie. Getting this meant a LOT to me. I wanted it more than my 8 year old self wanted a SNES for Christmas. I wanted to show that magazine to my mom and cry with her because she’s part of the reason I’m a photographer today.
*(Hey that’s me! Leah Huete!)
Thank you to the people who nominated me and shared their advice with me.
Thank you to Jacqueline, Libby, and the rest of the Rangefinder team for this great honor and for your assistance along the way! (Libby was responding to emails well past midnight over the submission deadline)
Thank you to everyone else who helped me along the way. I shine brighter because of the lights around me.
Stay tuned for part two — I’ll walk through the submission process, a sample of the images I submitted, and what I did to polish my brand.
Con sangre, my friends.
Sometimes the skies reach down and kiss you on the forehead. It did for Rich and Elyssa (who both climbed over a big white fence to get to this spot).
I caught this guy rolling across the landscape behind some sunset photos with the bride and groom.
He had his own plans.
It all starts to unravel.
Foiled. By pants.
Cheers little man. Maybe next time.