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Way Up North 2015 – Scandinavia’s Only Wedding Photography Summit

March 2, 2015 | carrie

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You may have noticed our obsession with Nordica Photography. From featuring their work regularly on the blog to having the distinct honor of working with them to judge our most recent Best of the Best contest, we adore their work, style, and approach. That’s why we are so excited to share their upcoming wedding photography summit, Way Up North, with you all! To help you better understand the benefits of attending a summit like Way Up North, we interviewed Cole and Jakob of Nordica Photography, and we think you’re going to feel obligated to attend once you read their answers!

What inspired you to create Way Up North?

We saw an opportunity to create Europe’s only English-only conference for wedding photographers, and seeing as Sweden is where we live, it was a natural place to do it. Having sold over 200 seats for the conference in 72 hours, clearly the demand was there.

We have spoken at many conferences in Europe and North America, and got a feel for what we liked and disliked, so we gathered those experiences and applied it to #WayUpNorth2015. When we say “Europe’s only” conference, we realize that other events in English have happened, but those are one-offs and come and go. Way Up North will be an annual event, and we have more plans to add to this gathering in coming years.

While attendees are going to be the biggest benefactors of the event, we want to challenge the speakers as well which is why we set the criteria for the presentations as we did. The environment might be somewhat intimidating – the theatre holds 550 people, yet feels very intimate – so our goal is for speakers to leave feeling proud they spoke at a Way Up North event. We want the event to be sort of like a presenter’s “badge of honour.” We are going to be very particular with who gets to speak and if the presenters are selected, we want them to feel like they accomplished something great and never forget they spoke at Way Up North.

Also, we are looking at the bigger picture with Way Up North. We are still working on the details, but we have something quite ambitious to announce at the event in October, and if everything goes as planned, wedding photographers around the world are going to love it.

How did you pick your speaker line-up?

We made a list of people who had excellent artistic and business reputations, first and foremost. Once we had that list, we wanted gender balance in the line-up. Many conferences are very male-dominated, which makes no sense to us, so we wanted to present equality. That wasn’t too hard, since there are so many talented artists representing both genders. Finally, we approached photographers who excited us. We put our “Selfish Hats” on and created a line-up of presenters who we would want to see present, and we removed boundaries entirely to consider anyone in the world. In the end, the line-up consisted of people from all corners of the earth, so the diversity in the line-up is exciting.

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What are you hoping artists will take away from Way Up North?

The event is intended to be practical in nature. The theme for Way Up North is “Inspired. Committed. Now What?,” and we look at the “Now What?” as the practical content the presenters will share. We are not looking to be a “rah rah rah” event that focuses solely on inspiration and motivating commitment – those are secondary benefits – but instead we want the 10 presentations to leave the attendees ready to take action with their business the next day. The topics for the presentations is “Add substance to your style”, and we know the diversity of the presenters will do exactly that for the attendees.

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What social gatherings are planned for Way Up North? What are the benefits of attending these gatherings?

Well, there’s probably no need to sugarcoat it: People want to party. Or “network”. Or whatever we’re going to call it. During the days the networking will still happen at the venue between presentations and whatnot, but we want people to enjoy a beverage at the end of the days and let loose.

Presenters will all be at these gatherings as well, so there is the chance to hang out with them too. Sponsorship will be limited at the gatherings, so attendees will not be pounded with marketing and can just relax. The gatherings are going to be fun, but loose, so people can partake as little or as much as they want.

Is this the first conference you have hosted? 

We’re not event planners, so this is our first crack at something on this scale. But of course hosting workshops and experiencing other conferences has helped. We also have other people on board helping us with various things, to make sure Way Up North will be a world-class event in every way.

Your website says you already have Way Up North 2016 confirmed; can you give us any teasers for what you have planned so far?

We’re going to make the announcement live at the 2015 event. But for now, we will say we want Way Up North to become a global brand in wedding photography content, so plans for growth are already underway.

You just celebrated Nordica Photography’s 5th anniversary (congrats, again!). Can you explain how Nordica Photography came to be, and what’s next for your studio?

Thanks! The Nordica brand is of course our “baby,” and our passion. We love what we do and feel very fortunate to work with couples on their wedding day. Right now, we are truly growing into a studio and have been bringing in new team members. It’s tricky to find people who are the perfect fit, but we have photographers who we believe will do a great job representing Nordica’s brand. We’re holding off on saying too much about our plans with this, but will say Nordica is growing and we want to truly grow into a full-fledged studio that isn’t only “Jakob and Cole.”

Ticket Update: There are only a few seats left, so if you’re ready to take your business to the next level, book your seat today!

We would also like to make everyone aware of an awesome giveaway going on right now. Album Parrot is giving away two tickets to Way Up North through a pretty inspiring giveaway. The winner of the #spreadingkarma giveaway will also win 1 free year subscription to Album Parrot, an album proofing tool built by a wedding photographer for wedding photographers. Learn more about the #spreadingkarma giveaway here!

To stay up-to-date on all things #WayUpNorth2015, be sure to follow the conference Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

xoxoCarrie5

Junebug Favorites: Top Pics of the Week – February 27

February 27, 2015 | Lexi Ross

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There was so much pretty happening this week on What Junebug Loves, which made it extra difficult to narrow down our top pics of the week! From stunning brides to beautiful couple portraits, we love the way our Junebug Members masterfully captured these quiet, intimate moments. As always, thank you for inspiring us: Pedro Vilela, Jennifer Moher Photography, Amanda BasteenYes I Photography, DS Visuals Weddings, Modern Pixel Photography, C&I Studios, JOS Studios, and Joy Marie Studios.

Tropical-Wedding-Grenada-Jennifer-Moher-28-of-33-600x401  photo by Jennifer Moher Photography

top pics of the week  photo by Amanda Basteen

Casual-Wedding-in-Amsterdam-16-of-28-600x400  photo by Yes I Do Photography

Chic-Italian-Wedding-DS-Visuals-Weddings-16-of-33-600x400  photo by DS Visuals Weddings

Glamorous-Millenium-Centre-Wedding-Modern-Pixel-14-of-35-600x400  photo by Modern Pixel Photography

One-Year-Anniversary-CandI-Studios-19-of-28-600x400  photo by C&I Studios

Whimsical-Mountain-Wedding-Oregon-JOS-Studios-10-of-31-600x400  photo by JOS Studios

Gorgeous-Indian-Wedding-Newport-Beach-Joy-Marie-Photography-28-of-33-600x480  photo by Joy Marie Studios

We’re beyond lucky that we get to work with such talent every day! Have a lovely weekend, y’all!

xoxo

Photographer Spotlight Interview with Still55 Photography – The Southeast

February 25, 2015 | Lexi Ross

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Named one of the 30 rising stars of wedding photography by Rangefinder Magazine in 2014, Still55 Photography is a name that will be around for years to come. Shooting weddings all around the Southeast and beyond, Joseph and Christina Mills are storytellers who deliver authentic, artistic imagery to their beautiful couples. To say these two feel like the luckiest people in the world to do what they love every day would be an understatement, and we’re fortunate to have them in the Junebug family. We hope that you enjoy this Spotlight Interview with Joseph Mills of Still55 Photography!

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How do you like to spend your time when you aren’t shooting weddings? A perfect day off for us would be to pack up a cooler grab towels and hit the beach. In the company of good tunes, books and bocce games across the street at the beach is where we want to be for most of the day. Early afternoon we would walk home turn on some music and start making an awesome dinner. After dinner a great movie would be an ideal way to round off the day. We keep it pretty laid back and simple on our days off.

What are looking forward to most right now? I’m really trying my best to enjoy the now. There always seems to be something to look forward to, which is awesome, but I don’t want to miss what is right in front of me today. If I have to gaze into the future (and I do a lot) I would be excited about the direction our work is heading along with starting a family in the near future. I super excited to be a dad and share in that experience with my amazing wife and family.

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Who and what gives you ideas and inspiration? That’s a pretty hard thing to narrow down but taking a closer look at it I would say people are my biggest source of inspiration. The people who inspire me most are the people closest to me like my wife, parents and friends. The Photographers that inspire me are vast but namely fashion and portraiture based, a handful of Magnum photographers and others such as Andy Anderson and Marco Grob to name a few. Although I believe inspiration can come from just about anything, I’m no different from many creative people. I also draw inspiration from the typical sources such as fashion, music, architecture, nature, films, ad’s and books.

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Do you offer albums? What do you feel is important about wedding photo albums? Yes. We offer albums and prints to our clients. We pride ourselves on our tangible products, especially our albums. The album is the first family heirloom for the couple, the album done right is a personal work of art that can be handed down through the generations; it’s the cornerstone of being a full service wedding photographer. Providing your clients with a finished product such as an album is paramount to what we do as storytellers. Our clients are always floored when they get their albums. Just this week we’ve had one bride say she cried when she opened it for the first time, and the other sent an email saying it’s her most prized possession now.

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Where do you want to shoot next? It’s easy to get wrapped up in the whimsical ideas of becoming a highly sought after destination wedding photographer. Traveling the world and capturing images from some of the most amazing and remote locations on earth. The reality for me is to take little steps and to create the absolute best work I can with the resources that are within my reach today. That said, my own backyard (the Southeast) has so many incredible places for landscapes and cityscapes, many of these towns are unincorporated and stuck in time which make for radical cityscapes. For landscapes, South Georgia has a nice variety of beautiful coasts and magnificent oaks. For dilapidated cityscapes Mississippi, and New Orleans haa some incredible interior spaces. For the refined regal couple, the Biltmore Estate would be a nice pick up for the folio too. Don’t get me wrong I’m ready to travel the world, but I’m excited about the possibilities right here at home too.  

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How do you know you’ve done a great job for your wedding clients? Usually it’s during the post wedding reveal when they get to see their images for the first time. For me it’s my favorite part of the whole process. I think its super awesome when you can see the joy rising from both the bride and groom as they relive their wedding for the first time. They get to enjoy the day through the perspective of viewer instead of subject. Typically tears of joy, hugs, laughter, a million thank you’s is about the time when Christina and I realize just how lucky we are and how awesome we have it.

Why photography? What draws you to it? It’s mystery. Photographs and the small fractions of time they represent within the frame are mysterious to me in many ways. They can be incredibly truthful, false and a host of other things. I’m drawn to the endless pursuit of perfection and the alluring mystery of self-shaping paths a photograph will always take. In my short time behind a camera I am beginning to realize that a photograph or series of work can only be perfected within the hearts and minds of the viewers not in the technical execution of the photographer. The relationship between the subject and photographer dictates the overall results of the work.

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Any direction you would like to take your photography? We are currently building out a portrait service that we are really excited about launching. I think we will always be involved in capturing the dynamic stories of love at some level but we are also aiming to become more involved in portraiture and the commercial side of photography. The grander plan for us would involve weddings, portraiture and commercial relationships. Although for the time being we are focused on growing in our craft, refining our skills and service so that we can provide our clients with the utmost in service and experience.

Describe your wedding photography style in less than 6 adjectives. Refined, authentic and unique.

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What three photographers do you admire or who has inspired you, either in the past or right now?I’m inspired by style, versatility and application. There are tons of amazing photographers out there but the photographs that come from Andy, Rankin and Oli have always drawn me in. Their images do something more for me that is hard to express. The first time I saw their work I was instantly hooked. Andy Anderson is an outdoors men that understands how to interact with his subjects to provoke authentic behavior which translates into incredible portraits. Rakin is the wild card I love to source and Oli’s portfolio is really interesting to me as well. His application of light is incredible to me, each photographer has there own style and stature but together they cover it all.

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Do you have any advice for beginning photographers, wedding or otherwise? Keep pushing, follow your heart and face your fears. To the voice in your head that says, they’re a million wedding photographers how can I make it? Keep pushing. If you’re drawn to a certain style that YOU enjoy, cultivate that style. Don’t shoot to fit in on a blog somewhere, shoot your style and follow your heart. If you’re scared of something confront that fear head on as soon as possible. Most fears are from things we don’t understand, so go learn, fail and conquer.

One thing you’d like couples to know before their wedding? You are extremely fortunate and blessed to have found a person to share life with. True love is the greatest gift life can offer everything else is just noise. Celebrate love and turn off the noise.  

Best advice you’ve ever received about being a happy human? I’ve set before you life and death, choose life.

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A huge thank you to Joseph for sharing your beautiful work and inspiring words with us! Want to see more from Still55 Photography? You can read their blog here!

xoxo

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