Monthly Archives: October 2014

Taylor & Chewy – An Ashland Engagement

You may remember Taylor and Chewy….they were the couple that had the Crossfit Engagement Session earlier this year. I have some exciting news about these two lovebirds: They are officially my first couple to book a wedding! Congratulations and welcome to the Forstner Photography Family! I cannot wait to celebrate your marriage next April!

Since their first engagement session was way back when I still was warming up to using my camera in manual, it seemed fitting that we have another engagement session. What’s even more fitting is that since Taylor didn’t want to wait some 18 months to marry her best friend in her favorite season, we decided that a fall engagement session would suffice. We spent the day before Halloween in Ashland, VA. Let me tell you – this was the perfect day for an engagement session. The air was crisp and cool, the leaves were a prefect mixture of oranges, yellows, and some still green. Taylor’s wardrobe decisions for both herself and Chewy were spot on.

After spending the afternoon with these two, I have decided that everyone should have a fall wedding. As much as I loved our summer wedding, the colors for all just POP and EXPLODE with brightness you can’t match in spring or summer. The vibrant hues of yellow, orange, maroon, and green that show up this time of year in Virginia are amazing.

To Taylor and Chewy – Thank you both so much for trusting me to capture your love and happiness. Thank you for letting me share some of my vision with you and trusting that it will work for your needs and desires! It is so much fun to work with you an even better to be able to call you both friends! Just 5 months to go before your big wedding day!


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Another Saturday Wedding with Amber Kay

I know – you’re shocked and surprised. I spent yet another Saturday with Amber Kay Photography.

This time, we were in Bethesda, MD for a beautiful October wedding at the gorgeous Strathmore Mansion. This venue was absolutely amazing and gorgeous! It was one of the most unique venues I have been to yet! Every room in the mansion featured some type of art work and and was left out for the guests to enjoy. There was even a bathroom that was for the bridal suite that included an amazingly gorgeous claw foot tub!  This couple was so adventurous and easy to work with, they hopped right into the tub for a few unique photos. The couple was as sweet as could be and truly new how to throw a party. They even had a photo booth which I had the pleasure of running! As always, it was a pleasure to work with Amber Kay Photography and learn a few more tips from her. Enjoy the photos and best wishes to the lovely couple!

Stay tuned later this week for the last installment of Forstner Photography working with Amber Kay Photography in October. This upcoming post is a personal favorite – it features all things Virginia Tech!

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Thankful for Good Fortune

I’m not certain how I got to be so fortunate, but I have a few ideas. In no particular order they are:

  • Being in the right place at the right time
  • Connecting and continuing to build relationships with some pretty amazing photographers
  • Working hard to learn my equipment and even harder to understand the “rules” of photography so I can make the best choices to break them when I choose :-)
  • Saying yes to any opportunity that I perceive as something that can help me grow in my photography skills any chance I can
  • Being able to “get” photography and have somewhat of an eye for it
  • Having a personality that puts others at ease – especially when working with large groups and needing to keep them moving but calm
  • The good fortune of having a blessing from the powers that be

I list these items because so many of these are the very comments I have heard from other photographers I have had the good fortune to work with.

For me, so much of where I am right now is because someone took a chance on me – myself (choosing to start my own business), my husband (buying me my 2nd DSLR and encouraging me to reinvest in my business and in myself), clients who trusted me to capture their memories (family sessions, engagement photos, maternity photos, newborn family photos, and so on), my friends and family (for encouraging and supporting me in this endeavor), and so many other people that wanted to help a new person in their field of work learn and grow (like those I have assisted/2nd shot with). For those who fall into this aforementioned statement, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I have been so fortunate to be able to chat with local photographers – from those who are seasoned veterans to those who are starting out just like me. I’ve been able to ask questions and get honest answers. I’ve been able to chat for a few hours and learn a thing or two from other new photographers while also being able to share my experiences with them. It’s been an exciting time to be able to give and receive advice, tips, tricks, and build relationships in uniquely close knit community.

My good fortune is also partially due to the hard work I put in. While working a full time job, I am still able to find personal time to learn more about my talent and how to hone my skills. My husband has been so incredibly supportive and encouraging when it comes to sharing our weekend time with others or my research needs. So much of what I know is through my own education and research. I have been lucky enough to be able to listen to others advise me, show me, and let me try my own things. However, the time, energy, and effort I have put forth to learn outside of this has been great. I am so incredibly lucky to have that time.

Lastly, my good fortune, I believe, is because I have been blessed by the powers that be with so much. I have been blessed with a husband who supports me in a dream that I almost missed seeing. He encourages me and applauds me. He doesn’t 2nd guess my choices and catches my excitement when I share things with him. I have been blessed with a full time job that allows me to be able to support my passion with no issue – the time off on the weekends and nights has enabled me to foster my education and growth without impacting my job duties. I have been blessed with a talent that I felt the need to hone and share with others. While this talent is still young and I’m still working to understand all the ins and outs of it, others see the potential that it could have. The clients that I have and the photographers that have encouraged my growth are such great blessings because they provide me real time constructive feedback to help me truly grow. This is a blessing and I am so lucky that I have the means to develop it. I am also so very thankful that I can share it with you!

While so many people are posting throwback Thursday photos, flashback Friday memories, and all around reminiscing, I’m taking a time out to share with you just how thankful I am for the good fortune and blessings I have regarding my photography business, where I am now, and looking forward to see where the future leads me. I can’t wait to see where I am in a year from now and just how much growth has occurred! Happy Friday friends!


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