Not sure where March went, y’all?!? In like a lion, out like a lamb…isn’t that how the saying goes?
Anywho…just in the nick of time, excited to share this month’s fellow creative + business owner feature. I stumbled upon Estudio RoJo thanks to good ol’ Instagram sometime last year. Fast forward to the beginning of this year when owner Jasmin Black reached out wanting to send me some samples of her work. (Um, yes please!) And thanks to those samples, our IRL relationship began.
I had the pleasure of working with Jasmin a couple of weeks ago as she was a big part of a styled shoot Sarah Pascutti and I did at Loray Mill. (Can’t wait to share more about that later!) Not only is her work truly beautiful and awesome, the gal behind it all is as well…and passionate, kind, and darn interesting.
I’ve been looking forward to sharing this feature for days so am excited the day is finally here!
If special elements like a velvet settee, vintage chairs, or old church pews are something you’re looking to incorporate into your wedding day, look no further than Samantha Mason and Old South Vintage Rentals. This southern lady has built an awesome vintage and boutique rental company. The pieces Samantha has curated are amazing and she’s always adding new items to her inventory. She’s creative, has a great eye for design, and loves helping make your vision come to life. Samantha is based here in the Charlotte area, but loves to take her pieces to places like Highlands and Asheville and all over the southeast.
Before we completely dive in here, I want to preface this post by saying…one of the things I wanted to do better this year is make sure I use this blog thing a little more often. And by more often I don’t mean every day, but maybe just a little less sporadically. (I don’t think I’ll ever set the blogosphere on fire…definitely not a goal but hey you never know!) Anyway, my creative solution at the moment is to feature a fellow creative professional, brand, or business on the third Thursday of each month. So, here we go!
I am so thankful that my friend and wedding photographer, Erin Kranz, was up for helping me kick this off. I met Erin last year at a wedding and event professionals networking meeting. She is so kind and easy to get a long with. Erin also took a chance on me early on and asked me to participate in a styled shoot that she was looking to do over the summer. (And when I say early on, my business cards weren’t in yet when I met her and my website was no where near being live!) I’ll always be thankful for her kindness as I got Hart & Co. up off the ground, but more thankful for the friendship I feel like I’ve gained since we met. Oh, and she’s talented, y’all!
Without further ado…check out the below and get to know Erin. Yay!
Down to Business… How did you get your start in wedding photography?
Sort of by accident actually! I went to UNC for photojournalism but was pretty sure I didn’t want to work for a newspaper. I interned with The Charlotte Observer after graduation and got assigned to cover a summer evening wedding. That was pretty much it! Everything we were told in j-school was to “look for moments,” and weddings are filled with them! It clicked right away how special it was to capture these important memories for new couples, and I haven’t gone back since.
Your mission is to capture Real Moments for Real Marriages. What does that mean to you?
Marriage is a wonderful thing, but it can also get really hard. I know a wedding is only one day in a marriage, but it symbolizes so much. And how often are all the people you love and care about in one room? So whether it’s through genuine-looking portraits, the first time you see each other, or your family together on the dance floor, my mission is to provide you with images that will always remind you of why you chose to make this commitment, how it felt to have your closest family and friends around you, and how much you are in love.
What’s one thing you wish couples knew about wedding photography? One thing I wish couples knew about wedding photography is that its value actually grows over time. Not only is it one of the only things you get to keep after your wedding day, but down the road having all the big and small memories to look at and hold will be priceless to you and your family.
What piece of advice would you love to offer newly engaged couples? Have fun during your engagement! And yes, you’re planning a wedding, but don’t forget to plan for your marriage also. Do premarital counseling together that’s at least four sessions long so you can really open up and learn more about each other.
Just For Kicks… When you’re not behind the lens or editing, what can we find you doing? I love being outside – hiking, paddleboarding, or just going on a walk with Will and our dogs. More than anything though I love to travel and explore new places.
It’s karaoke night. What’s your go-to song? This is so silly, but Vitamin C’s ‘Graduation (Friends Forever).’ I’m super sentimental and never grew out of my love for 90’s music.
Dream vacation destination? Italy. And somewhere with crazy beautiful mountains!