Saturday, January 31, 2015

January 2015 {all wrapped up}

It’s the end of January, the skies unloaded a decent amount of snow in the last two weeks and yet, I am already missing warmer days. From where I sit I can hear the wind’s tantrum across the landscape. Howling through the boughs on trees and against my wind chimes on the front porch, even my door seems to be buckling against its might.

In this early hour it is quiet. My toddler is fast asleep and I am able to wrap my head around all the thoughts I have and purge them into written word. This feels good. It satiates my hunger for creative release. Sometimes, being an artist is a torturous thing in and of its self, more so on the days I am stifled and unable to disappear into my studio- sadly, those days are more numerous than they have ever been.

I am staying positive and not falling back on those dark thoughts at this time. My goal here, right now is, is to recap my January here at Shadow Horse Studios, LLC.  One major change that you may have already noticed was the site revamp. The second, a name change of my photography subsidiary. I am no longer operating under the name Glass Eyed Pony Photography, but instead, Lyndsey Warren Photography.

Why the name change? The oversaturated equine photography market and that fact that Glass Eyed Pony Photography was a name many in the wedding industry didn’t understand. By the way, a glass eyed horse is a horse with a blue eye and not actually a glass eye!

My current wedding pricelist can be see at Lyndsey Warren Photography 2015 Pricing Guide.

The name change allows me to focus exclusively on wedding photography while I am able to return full time to my commercial art and design during the week. Another change: I am also returning to teaching! I am accepting a limited amount of private lessons, pre K through adult, everything from fine art, design, and photography. I am certified and licensed to teach in VA and MD. My focus with children is on homeschoolers in Loudoun County.  More information will be made available through my website and additional media sources as I move towards accepting more students.
In Progress Example
Where my design is concerned, I have a new partial web client! Rock’N’Horse Fitness! Rock’N’Horse fitness is a Pilates and fitness program that focuses on equestrians. The business was conceptualized by Robing Kockler, PMA-CPT Mind/Body Director Sport & Health at Regency and Rock’N’Horse Fitness. Site will be live once domain transfer is complete from the originating host.
A partial web client is a client who opted for a design package that only includes design and minimal support. In other words, I am doing the design and layout of her website, which includes the imagery and support, when needed. Robin is going to learn how to maintain and update it herself while I am there as support. I also included in her custom package a brand new logo and I really love this one!

A full web client is someone I take on entirely. Which means, I design their page, I create the social media pages, the blogger platform, the imagery, and client is subscribed to monthly services and maintenance. The domain and web design and marketing is maintained by me. If you’re interested in web design and marketing please contact me for pricing!

Now, let’s talk about one of my New Year’s resolutions! No, I am not talking about health or fitness, though I should be, and believe me, those too are goals of mine, but typically, those are the same goals every year since I hit 25. No, this resolution is about supporting creative professionals and small businesses as a whole.

Each month I plan on showcasing a creative professional I have purchased from. I am making it a priority to support a creative professional each month. This month I will showcase a fabulous jewelry maker I found on Etsy. Bl├╝cha from Cottered, England, United Kingdom, who specializes in vintage style jewels, handcrafted with vintage glass rhinestones. Her work is inspired by Downton Abbey & jewels from bygone eras ~ as featured in Feb 2015 Make & Sell Jewellery Magazine!

I purchased this lovely Dandelion Seed Necklace, Make a Wish Good Luck Charm,Real Dandelion Glass Pendant. All images taken with my iPhone 4s.

The pride she has in what she does is evident in the way she packages her items! CUTE as a button!

Even inside everything is all nicely and carefully bundled!
I have a secret love affair with the Taraxacum and their pappas clad achenes! I wrote a poem the year before my son was born.

Common Dandelion
I want to be free like a weed-
A floret from taraxacum parachute ball released to breeze
A bright future nourished from a promising seed,
Land where I want to, taking root where I please.
This is the way I would like my life to be-
No worries not troubles, just a wild weed
In the moment living free
No constraints and my own creed.

When I saw this necklace, I knew I had to have it!

Again, take note of the packaging! Simply stunning!

If you are in love with vintage era things, especially jewelry, then check Blucha's Etsy store!

~January 2015, is a wrap!

Lyndsey Warren
Shadow Horse Studios, LLC

Friday, January 30, 2015

Stephanie & Edwin {Sept, 18th 2014, The Piedmont Country Club, Haymarket Virginia}

On Thursday, Sept 18, 2014 Stephanie and Edwin tied the know at the Piedmont Country Club in Haymarket, Virginia. It was a gorgeous, the venue was perfect, the wedding/event planner, Alicia Cooper of Tina Lane Events, was stellar!


Alicia Cooper of Tina Lane Events with the bride and groom!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

First Look {At A Glance}

You've asked, "What exactly is a first look? Well, simply put – it’s when the bride & groom spend some time before the ceremony in a private moment where we get to capture the intimacy of them seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day. Yes, we are breaking tradition, actually, I like to call it, "starting a new tradition"! For those clients with a fast paced wedding timeline, it may be the best option for photography!  Typically, the photographers will scout out a spot that is remote and away from guests. Then we’ll lead the groom over to wait anxiously for his bride to tap him on the shoulder so he can turn around and see her in her glorious beauty, share true & intimate emotions, and admire who he is about to walk down the aisle with.
During a recent wedding this summer, I was shooting solo, yep, no assistant at this wedding and to make it more challenging, the sky opened up and rained. We were limited to shooting inside on a stairwell, which was the main entrance to the golf club. I had to work around arriving and exiting golf patrons and hope the guests would follow directions and stay out of the way for our shooting. It worked and I was happy with the results! What follows is just a sampling of a few of the images. More images to be shown in the final blog about this beautiful New Jersey wedding.

There are some circumstances that truly call out for a first look, such as: *You have an evening ceremony and you want to use natural light to capture your important photos.
 *You have a tight wedding schedule and you need to do all of your group/family photos before the ceremony. Some photographers include the WHOLE wedding party in the first look session, whereas typically it is just the bride and groom portraits.
 * You want to have plenty of time to venture out for your bride/groom photos.
 * You don’t mind trying out this new tradition.


Not only does this make for some amazing memories & photos, but you get to share a moment together in the rush that can sometimes be your wedding day! Most couples say that their nervousness is completely gone afterwards, and that despite having seen each other before the ceremony, they still feel equally special when they walk down the aisle and see their bride/groom again. Why? Because both moments are completely different. Nothing can ever replace seeing your bride/groom at the end of the aisle, locking eyes for the first time and realizing that in a few minutes you will officially be a married couple!

The first look, on the contrary, is more of a moment spent together, in privacy, at a slow pace – in what otherwise might be the hustle and bustle of your busy wedding day. It’s a chance for you both to soak it all in and enjoy one another.
How is the first look session beneficial to photographers? It gives us the opportunity and the time to artistically plan photography work, whether if we are working with lighting  (flash, studio, etc.) or natural lighting. We are not so rushed to quickly capture your moments, but have the time to devote directly to your images without worrying too much about a quickly paced timeline, providing our clients plan ample time in their schedule to accommodate for a first look session.  We recommend 2-4 hours depending on the size of the wedding and if the client wants to also included the entire wedding party and understand that sometimes, it rains!

Photographers like to believe that our clients not only hired us to document their day, but because they love the art that we create in our photography and that they want that same style for their own wedding photos.  At Glass Eyed Pony Photography, we strive to produce the best images possible as nothing brings us more joy that seeing our clients happy and in love with their images!

Images are memories captured, they last a lifetime and beyond! When you invest in great photography, you are investing in your memories!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Marriott Ranch {A Wedding Venue}

The smell of Autumn is still but a hint on this mid summer's breeze, but, it awakens something deep rooted in my soul. My belly fills up with that warm tingling sensation of excitement as nostalgia suddenly arouses the memories I cherish so dearly.

I am a New England girl at heart, born, raised, and transplanted in Northern Virginia. I miss the dense forests of my native New England. There, the trees paint the skyline in hues of brilliant oranges, golden yellows, deep burgundies, and scarlets. Leaves crunching beneath my hiking boots is music to my ears. When I notice the leaves turning their colors, here in my Virginia home, I grow eager for the beginning of the Autumn wedding season. Even early in the year, during bookings, I grow excited whenever I have a bride-to-be inquire about Autumn dates.

I am an artist through and through and color is what I love and lots of it. Autumn colors, in my opinion are far richer, livelier, and more vibrant than spring's colors. Its nature's last hurrah before winter slumber, and nature has a way of putting on a grand finale. When, editor Cindie Reinhold, of Brides and Weddings Northern Virginia inquired about my availability to photograph magazine coverage for the Marriott Ranch, I was elated!

"The Marriott Ranch is situated on 4200 acres in the foothills of Virginia's majestic Blue Ridge, Marriott Ranch and the Inn at Fairfield farm provide individual travelers and small corporate groups with a unique alternative to the standard style of larger facilities. Offering a historic Manor House as the property's centerpiece, the Marriott Ranch lets you experience true hospitality while relaxing and retreating in a natural setting. The Inn at Fairfield Farm operates on the Marriott Ranch as a traditional Bed and Breakfast with ten rooms and also serves as an unparalleled site for small, effective meetings or retreats. Privately arranged individual or group activities include horseback riding, jeep adventure tours, clay target shooting, western style cookouts, flyfishing ponds, event areas for small and large company picnics and the perfect spot for weddings and other more elegant social events."

I welcome you to revisit last Autumn, October 2013, with me now, through images captured by Glass Eyed Photography. I am honored to have been able to work aside of CurvyGirls Bridal, Carolyn Cutshall of Hunt Country Jewelers,who was also our model during the shoot, Mary E. Taylor of Brush Strokes Salon, Victoria Wu of Cakes by Happy Eatery, Cynthia Damico of Design in Bloom, Lori Shepherd of Everything Linen, Stephanie Dasch of Diamond Events, Stephanie Thimons of Marriott Ranch, and of course, again, Cindie Reinhold, editor of Brides and Weddings Northern Virginia. Also, big thanks to my assistant, Iryna Krutchko, and our rookie photography apprentice Aubrey Ryan.

Carolyn Cutshall of Hunt Country Jewelers,was also our model during the shoot!
Mary E. Taylor of Brush Strokes Salon
Carolyn Cutshall of Hunt Country Jewelers,
Behind the scenes of course! Fitting the dress and GEPP apprentice Aubrey Ryan Finding the light.

Decorations and  more by Lori Shepherd of Everything Linen, & Stephanie Dasch of Diamond Events!

This stunning cake was created by Victoria Wu of Cakes by Happy Eatery.
The beautiful Carolyn Cutshall of Hunt Country Jewelers
Dress supplied by Ruth Sutton of CurvyGirls Bridal 
Flowers by Cynthia Damico of Design in Bloom

Bouquet by Cynthia Damico of Design in Bloom 

The beautiful Carolyn Cutshall of Hunt Country Jewelers
Bouquet & Flower Crown by Cynthia Damico of Design in Bloom 

The beautiful Carolyn Cutshall of Hunt Country Jewelers and flower crown by Cynthia Damico of Design in Bloom

The beautiful Carolyn Cutshall of Hunt Country Jewelers
Dress supplied by Ruth Sutton of CurvyGirls Bridal 
Photographic Fine Art Piece by Glass Eyed Pony Photography
Textures and Actions created by Shadow Horse Studios LLC

Brides and Weddings Northern Virginia Cover