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I LOVE presents and present giving. I really do. I am absolutely one of those people that gets really really excited to give someone a gift! I also love the challenge of gift wrapping creatively! I usually go to the store and pick out something really fun and gaudy but this year I was feeling the Kraft paper vibe and went for it. I knew I’d have to do something special to dress it up and so I decided to print out some of my favorite pictures from around Chicago in the Winter to use as tags and I like the way they turned out.  I decided that I didn’t want all my presents to look exactly the same so I used a combination of pretty ribbons from Anthropologie, bakers twine, and some different washi tapes from my hoard…er…collection! I think all three worked well with the printed out photo tags, don’t you?! Our tree is too small to put presents under so we have a present stack next to it! I can’t wait to watch my family tear into these! Do you get as excited about paper goods as I do?! XO
CARLY + RYAN // BACKYARD WEDDING

Hello! I’m back and inspired! I’ve been wonderfully busy traveling, shooting and getting obsessed with Game of Thrones (judge me if you must). I’d like to make a better effort at sharing the weddings I shot here. I am so lucky to work with the sweetest, most loving and creative clients! Each wedding is filled with individuality and so many personal touches and I’d like to share those!

Carly and Ryan had a small, intimate backyard wedding. Carly’s parent’s backyard was a beautiful place for the occasion. I loved all the table settings, they were all different! I was so excited to shoot all the little details of their day, which was so laid back and elegant.

Some of my favorite things included the cute tie that Carly made Ryan, the bruschetta bar (genius!), the fact that they took time to visit their favorite little spot for a bloody mary with their friends, and how much Ryan & Carly enjoyed themselves with their family and friends.

I have such a rad job! I’m so thankful I have a job that gives me a glimpse of the love two people have for each other!

I’m so stoked to have one of my photos grace the pages of the May issue of Rangefinder Magazine. The feature I was in is can be found in the “Trends + Technology” section of the magazine. The article entitled, “The One Thing…” interviews 5 wedding photographers and asks them what the one thing that sets them apart is. I addressed the fact that I shoot instant photos at weddings, duh! The photo that went to print was of a couple holding their Impossible Project portraits! 

A great big thank you to David Carol for interviewing me and being awesome in general!

XO

As soon as I saw the Kickstarter for the Instant Lab by the Impossible Project, I funded it right away! This magical box transforms your iPhone photos into tangible Instant Prints on Impossible Project’s lovely array of films. I LOVED this! There are so many times I take a picture with my phone where I wish I would have had my Polaroid camera with me. The Instant Lab makes it so that you can have all those moments, in your hands, on film!

Here is an example of a digital photo that I used the lab to make a few instant prints with to send off to a client:

If you’d like to see a step by step of how the lab works, take a peek at this post which explains it.

The folks over at Impossible are super rad and have given me an Instant Lab and a pack of Impossible Color Frame film (my very favorite of their films right now, each frame is a different color!) to give away to one lucky person in the U S of A! 

Entering is a piece of cake, two easy steps:

1. Follow me on Instagram @xoazuree

2. Post an iPhone photo you’d like to print with the lab and tag it #xoinstantlab

Don’t forget to use the hashtag so I can track your entry. One lucky winner will be announced Wednesday, April 23rd! 

If you can’t wait to get your hands on a lab, you can grab one here! The price on the lab recently dropped! Be inspired by all the rad stuff you can do with your lab by taking a peek at this recent Impossible newsletter. Doesn’t that panoramic photo look awesome?! I want to try that next.

I can’t wait to see some fun entries!! Good luck!

XO

I am so happy that Words To Shoot By is back in action. If you aren’t familiar with it, a collective of photographers are given a word to shoot every other week. The words are usually open to interpretation. I love seeing how different everyone shoots each word. I also love participating because it keeps me shooting through times where I lack inspiration. 

Take a peek at the latest, coffee

XO