Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Goin' Up, On A Tuesday...

I seriously can't watch this trailer again. I think this is the most emotional, heartfelt wedding story I have ever had the pleasure of telling, and have sat in front of my iMac sobbing while editing this film. Geez, I get a lump in my throat just when the opening note of the music starts. I am SO tired because it's literally draining to watch - in the best possible way.

Jeni and Oscar were destined to be together. After dating 14 years ago, they walked very different paths for a long time, and something bigger than them brought them back together. The thing is, I can't even properly describe their love for each other. They have this incredible connection that very few people find in their lives, but the absolute gratitude that they share in having found each other, is something beyond the word 'love'. Spending those few days in Mexico with Jeni and Oscar, with absolute bedlam all around them (Mexicans + Tequila + Bunnies = Carnage!) I just watched their relationship exude a feeling of utter contentment and a deep peace with one another.

No matter what was happening - they were always right there together in the moment. A momentary glance across the party, a shoulder rub by the pool, tears, laughter and lots of dance moves. I guess if you get a second chance to find that thing that makes you happiest in the whole world, you grab it with both hands.

We often tell stories of chance meetings, and fate conspiring to bring two people together, but Jeni and Oscar's story is not exactly like that - and maybe why I like it so much. I love these two souls and their relationship together and it really gave me a different perspective of finding another person in your life. When we lose something precious, and we look all around and still can't find it, then I guess you don't have to be completely heartbroken. Everything and everyone has a place to be. It’s just a matter of how they get there and when. Even if it seems like the chance has gone - you still have that child-like part of you that provides a comfort, knowing that one day when you grow up and are free to travel your own path, you can go and find it again.
#SobbingAgain


Nick x









Friday, 27 February 2015

I Woke Up Like Dis...

We got to work on a rad project on our last trip to California, shooting modelFIT's pop up shop in LA. They ran classes all week, kicking asses into shape through a mix of pilates, yoga, balance stability and functional training.

If you haven't heard of modelFIT yet, it is the fitness brainchild of Vanessa Packer and Justin Gelband, and they are already shutting it down over in NYC. Victoria's Secret models are there rubbing shoulders with us mere mortals on the reg. Teaming up with Sweaty Betty, Beaming and Fiji, the LA pop up a huge hit, with famous babes like Julianne Hough, Jamie Chung, Riawna Capri, Chrissy Teigen, Jen Atkin, The Haim sisters and Taylor Swift all making an appearance.
If it's good enough for them, it's good enough for us! Looked like super hard work from behind my camera....


modelFIT LA popup at Catchlight Studios with Sweaty Betty and Fiji photos by STUDIO 1208


modelFIT LA popup at Catchlight Studios with Sweaty Betty and Fiji photos by STUDIO 1208

modelFIT LA popup at Catchlight Studios with Sweaty Betty and Fiji photos by STUDIO 1208

modelFIT LA popup at Catchlight Studios with Sweaty Betty and Fiji photos by STUDIO 1208

modelFIT LA popup at Catchlight Studios with Sweaty Betty and Fiji photos by STUDIO 1208

modelFIT LA popup at Catchlight Studios with Sweaty Betty and Fiji photos by STUDIO 1208

modelFIT LA popup at Catchlight Studios with Sweaty Betty and Fiji photos by STUDIO 1208

modelFIT LA popup at Catchlight Studios with Sweaty Betty and Fiji photos by STUDIO 1208

modelFIT LA popup at Catchlight Studios with Sweaty Betty and Fiji photos by STUDIO 1208

modelFIT LA popup at Catchlight Studios with Sweaty Betty and Fiji photos by STUDIO 1208

modelFIT LA popup at Catchlight Studios with Sweaty Betty and Fiji photos by STUDIO 1208

modelFIT LA popup at Catchlight Studios with Sweaty Betty and Fiji photos by STUDIO 1208

modelFIT LA popup at Catchlight Studios with Sweaty Betty and Fiji photos by STUDIO 1208

modelFIT LA popup at Catchlight Studios with Sweaty Betty and Fiji photos by STUDIO 1208

modelFIT LA popup at Catchlight Studios with Sweaty Betty and Fiji photos by STUDIO 1208

modelFIT LA popup at Catchlight Studios with Sweaty Betty and Fiji photos by STUDIO 1208

Nx

Monday, 23 February 2015

As Long As I Got You, Baby...

Brittany and Willem's gorgeous Southern California outdoor wedding by Sitting In A Tree Events. Photo by STUDIO 1208
On a beautiful, warm (ok, pretty hot) day in Southern California, Brittany and Willem were married in an outdoor ceremony under gigantic trees, surrounded by all of their closest friends and family. To say the day was perfect would be an understatement, and to say that these two are kinda cool or pretty good looking, would also be a gross understatement. I can't forget the best man, Spencer's speech, when he said "Anyone who meets them wants to become their friend - anyone who is lucky enough to become that friend wants to stay that way forever." How true that is. These people are good - great, even..and the people they surround themselves with just proves that you are the company you keep.

Even if you stripped back all of the beautiful details, the beyond gorgeous location and the impeccably styled..everything (thank you, Sitting In A Tree!!), this wedding would have been wonderful and memorable and perfect. It is about the people and the commitment to being absolutely present in every moment - letting everyone in to the magic that makes the two of you a team. All the rest is the icing on that perfectly styled (and delicious) wedding cake!

We couldn't be happier for Brittany and Willem and their inner circles. Thank you all for letting us in and throwing the best party ever. And to the girl who lost her damn mind during "Turn down for what"... you are my spirit animal, and I love you!

And if you missed their beautiful trailer, please check it out HERE

To view the film, simply type: studio 1208

xx
Maria

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Rozayyy Errr Dayyy...


I just love Sundays…the idea of sleeping in, eating a nice brunch, and just enjoying the day at a pace only to be described as lazy. Usually I like to do nothing work related on a Sunday (if I'm not shooting), but sometimes, you just feel really excited about something, and you kinda feel like a kid on Christmas. That's how I feel about this next film we are about to show you.

In the post for their wedding film trailer, I already talked about how Priscilla and I met, how epic their wedding was, how delicious everything was, how ridiculously good looking they are…and I touched on how much we love these people. I only touched on it because I didn't want to give everything away just on the trailer, but WE LOVE THESE PEOPLE. Like real love. Like going on vacation together love. They are the finest of the fine, the highest quality in human that you can get, and we get to keep them. It's just such a bonus to work with people that are so RAD! We miss them and their people, we miss their party, and I know a certain little boy who misses P's croissants…that sounds so wrong. But I miss them too.

It's with great honor and joy that I share this wedding film with all of you. Watch for Misha's entrance into the party and for Priscilla's serenade to her man (you can also find out what she was singing if you listen closely!) EPIC.

To view the film, simply type: studio 1208

xx
Maria

Saturday, 10 January 2015

I Loved You Then And I Love You Now...

Happy Friday, everyone! Tough to get back into the swing of things after a nice holiday season, but we are so excited to share this wedding film trailer with you today! Not only is is gorgeous, but the story is beyond sweet too. Bonus!

Courtney and Matt met in college…you know, frat guy meets sorority girl, but more like super nice handsome guy meets beautiful go-getter girl. As cliche as it may sound, these two were completely meant to be and they continue to prove this with how they support each other through triumphs and tribulations. That's what it's really all about, isn't it? Being there for each other in a way that no one else can be, and being a support system for your partner through the good and the bad. Courtney and Matt are a great example of this, and the love they have for each other is impossible to ignore.

We loved being a part of their day, and the hilarious, sweet, thoughtful, teary moments we got to share with them and their nearest and dearest. They really are a great team. Speaking of team, we also loved working with the ever amazing Amber and her posse of badass ladies from Amber Events, who made this wedding truly spectacular in every way! Can't wait to share the rest of this amazingness with you!



xx
Maria