Since fall is officially here, we had to share our trip from last September to Charlotte with a detour to do some apple picking. We planned the trip around a belated birthday present for Blake, which was two tickets to see Owl City in concert (Blake’s favorite band). We had our first stay in a tiny house in NoDa (which was awesome) and spent the 36 hours eating great food and drinking delicious coffee. Before heading back to Raleigh, we couldn’t help but make a trip to Apple Hill Orchard + Cidery for a bit of foggy-morning apple picking.
Shooting a few rolls of film while walking through the orchard was the perfect way to kick off the fall season. We headed home with a big bag of freshly-picked apples and stomachs full of apple cider donuts!
As the majority of our work consists of wedding days and engagement sessions in natural light, we decided to give ourselves a challenge by enrolling in an editorial fashion shoot led by photographer Heather Nan and stylist Benjamin Holtrop. This was one of the many “master classes” offered at the Hybrid Collective this past May in San Antonio, Texas, and we’re so glad to have chosen this as part of our workshop experience.
The shoot was a wonderful opportunity to practice photographing in low light conditions with film, as well as work with a beautifully vibrant and diverse color palette.
Photographer | @heathernan
Fashion Styling & Art Direction | @benjaminholtrop
Makeup | @ndera.breyan
Model | @miawenska of @jonesmodelmanagement
Hair | @michelletaylor.hairdresser
Photo Assistants | @mariacoronaphotography & @cathlin.mccullough
Today our friends over at The White Wren are sharing Shawn & Landi’s engagement session, photographed at one of our favorite little spots in Raleigh. It was a perfect evening consisting of hopping from rock to rock, playing with their sweet pup Airlie, and much needed sunset swim to cool off. To hear a few words from the couple and see more of their engagement session, head on over to their feature on The White Wren – https://whitewren.com/spontaneous-engagement-session-river/.
Here’s a few sneak peeks of some of our favorite moments!
Photographer: Foxtail Photography / Venue: Neuse River Dam / Dress Boutique: Altar’d State / Menswear: J. Crew / Ring: Diamonds Direct / Film Lab: The FIND Lab / Dog’s collar and leash: Bond & Co. / Intimates: Aerie
Earlier this may, we had the opportunity to fly out to Texas for the first time to attend a conference of film/digital photographers called the “Hybrid Collective.” This three day conference featured lectures from several of the pioneer film photographers in the wedding industry, and offered a variety of styled shoots and sessions for us to attend. It was our first time attending a conference specifically focused on photography, and our first time leaving our digital cameras at home.
However, the trip out to Texas wasn’t simply a matter of styled shoots and notebooks full of takeaways, but also a chance to explore the vibrant city and surroundings of San Antonio. We had the privilege of doing so with our close friends and recently married Foxtail couple, Scott & Kristi, who have called San Antonio home for a few months now.
After our first day of classes and events, we caught an Uber out to the Mission San Jose, which is a beautifully historic Catholic Church and national park. For two North Carolinians used to aged brick and pine trees, the Spanish Colonial architecture and acres of cacti and palm trees was paradise. After a few hours in the heat, we were more than ready for an evening spent downtown at the San Antonio River Walk, and of course to indulge in incredible tacos and a few margaritas. We had such a blast exploring a beautiful city we had never been to, all while saving our memories entirely on film.
After months of late nights and copious amounts of caffeine, we’re thrilled to announce our new branding and website! Since Foxtail was established in May of 2015, we have been constantly in the process of discovering and solidifying our unique voice and style, and felt that it was time to renew the visual representation of our brand.
We wanted our brand to reflect the same characteristics we strive to exemplify in our work, because above all else, we aim to create photographs that are timeless and intentional. As these characteristics developed into the foundation of our approach to wedding photography, it also helped redefine the methods we use to tell the story of our couples. As we began to incorporate film photography into our work, we found that the hybrid of medium format film and digital photography helped to preserve the authenticity of a wedding day.
To better reflect the personality behind our brand, we needed the help of a fellow fox. Ciarra of Silver Fox Calligraphy was essential in turning our ideas and intentions into works of art. Her delicate artistry and creativity helped us to create a brand image that truly felt like us.
We’re so pleased to finally share the beautiful weddings we’ve had the privilege of documenting this past year, and can’t wait for another busy fall season with a fresh brand and a clear vision.
Blake & Stephanie Cissel