Authenticity — Behind the Business

Ugh. I’ve debating even blogging this, but you know what? That’s why I have to.

The last few weeks have been a bit crazy. In the way that nothing seems to be finished. In the way where you spend hours working, only to feel like you’ve accomplished nothing at all. So instead of finishing the half dozen posts I’ve got in the works, I’m writing this.

I’ve been working on updating my about me page lately. Because, while it’s all nicely written and it took me WEEKS to write it, it’s not right. And while I’ve stared at it for hours, I still haven’t changed it. But I’m struggling.

Because it doesn’t feel like me.

Because I find myself editing the words I say on the blog. Not just for clarity, but to sound better. More like those other wedding photographers. Those people I’m comparing myself to.

But I’m not them. And that’s the thing. Their business is not my business. Their story is not my story. Their clients – the ones they want – they aren’t the clients I want.

We’re all different.

Having the house has been fantastic, especially the garden. At the moment, we’ve managed to remove a lot of dead old plants. We even paid to have our big tree trimmed (now I feel like an adult). And I’ve met with dozens of people about a variety of things, trying to figure out what project(s) to tackle first.

But next week I’m escaping for a few days to Portland. I’m going to spend hours and hours at Powell’s. I’m going to eat from food trucks and catch up with friends. And maybe, for a few days, I’ll forget that endless list of things that need to be done. I’ll go to the market and drink some wine. And I plan to have a dang good time.

Blogging is going to be a bit thin around here for the next few months. There’s a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes – the not-photography part of a photography business – but I’ll try and post occasional updates.

One of the things I’ve been working on is cleaning out my harddrives, which resulting in finding this beauty from our old apartment in Seattle. Sometimes I dress my cat up and torture her by taking her photo. She deals with it. Most days.

tuxedo cat with a bow // Emily Wenzel Photography

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Belle Journee Events Table Design — Event Rents Spokane

Tomorrow is April and I need something green and spring-like on the blog. I didn’t mean to take a hiatus from blogging for so long! Between moving into the house and a nasty cold, I’ve fallen a bit behind. But the sun is shining and I thought, I need to share this beautiful tablescape now.

Alyssa, the lovely lady behind Belle Journée Events, asked me to shoot a table design she did for the Spokane office of Event Rents. Every month, they have a different designer create a tablescape for their lobby. So I got to tag along and watched Alyssa set up (taking mental notes for future parties). Alyssa’s fresh green centerpiece had me hankering for spring even though it was freezing cold outside. It’s the perfect rustic chic table design, and manages to be fresh and spring-like without any flowers. It was a blast to spend as much time as I wanted photographing the table. During weddings, I sometimes only have a few minutes to grab table shots before guests come in. This time, I could take as much time as I wanted — and I did!

While we were there, Quincy (one of the kind people at Event Rents) even gave us a tour of their warehouse. I didn’t take a single picture, but it’s crazy huge. Stacks of chairs and tables, rows of linens, and shelves upon shelves of dinnerware. They have all different kind of fun stuff — everything from tables and chairs to sofas and wine glasses. In fact, I was tempted to ask if I could buy some of these lovely vineyard chairs at the table because I want them for my own house.

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Table, linens, chairs, and all dishes: Event Rents

Burlap roses, moss runner, and ceramic chicks: Belle Journée Events

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The Hallock Family — Spokane Family Photographer

A few weeks back, my friend Angie asked me about taking some updated photos of her boys. We schedule it for a time when their family was in town, so that we could also get a few photos of the extended family. All in all, six boys from newborn to teenager, and five adults.

Whoa. I was a little nervous. On the whole, boys don’t like having their photos taken like girls do. But these boys!

They had me laughing and snapping away so much, I almost forgot how cold and windy it was. Most of the time, I just chased the boys around a park (and parking lot) taking photos. I had to laugh, they’d find a spot they thought was cool (including this first spot) and yell out to me, Emily! Can we take my photo here?!

Then we popped inside to a little space Angie found, and took some more traditional family photos. Her little ones got a bit cranky towards the end — there’s only so much sitting still a kid can do at once — but we didn’t have any major meltdowns.

Angie, thank you for letting me capture your charming family! I had so much fun spending the afternoon with you all!

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Spring is on it’s way! If you’re looking to get some family or high school senior photos done this spring, shoot me an email, emily@emilywenzel.com, and we’ll create a plan to capture your family :)

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