Cristha from Cristha Design makes handmade shoes in Guatemala. Her shoes are all leather, and made with love. As you may know I'm quite committed to supporting and photographing for companies that ethically/sustainably make their products. Cristha is a perfect example of that. These boots are beautifully made and have a very unique pattern on the back, which makes her boots really stand out from other leather booties. She is currently crowdfunding, please go check it out!
This shoot also included a pair of clogs from Lotta from Stockholm . These clogs happen to be mine, and I adore them! They are so comfortable, and so cute to wear with jeans, skirts, dresses you can dress them up or dress them down. Lotta's shoes are also handmade in Sweden!! Go check them out!
This maroon dress is from Due South Lafayette. Due South, is an adorable boutique in Lafayette Colorado.
Fall shoot with Mata Traders!!
All of the dresses shown are from Mata Traders and so is the jewelry. The bags that are featured are provided by ShopJoyn.
The purpose of this photoshoot is to showcase Mata Traders fair trade dresses, and to give inspiration on how to layer them for Fall and Winter.
This shoot is also great inspiration for the Dressember campaign that happens in December, to fight sex trafficking. The goal is to wear a dress every day in December, to raise money for anti-trafficking efforts. This shoot can help you see how to accessorize and wear short sleeve summery dresses, and wear them comfortably for the colder weather. The hashtag during Dressember is #youcandoanythinginadress to show that girls can wear dresses every day of a month, no matter what you're doing - you can do ANYTHING in a DRESS!
These are dear dear friends of mine, and it was a complete honor to photograph their engagement session, even more so to get to photograph their wedding this December. Which I'm so excited for!!
Thanks for adventuring with me Colin & Brittany, you two are champs for braving the cold.
**Brittany's three dresses are from awesome ethical companies, don't forget to check those companies out!
Some collaborators included in this shoot!
Earrings/Speckled Necklace - www.shopmazi.com **gives 25% of profits to World Vision
Clothing - www.anthropologie.com
Beaded Necklaces/Bracelet - www.thesparrowstudio.com
Headband - www.dellala.com
Another session to inspire you on how to dress ethically, and fashionably for your engagement/anniversary/couple portrait session. These two, Anna and Peter are some wonderful humans. Anna is a rad photographer herself, you can see her work here. They were so generous to model for me, and represent these wonderful companies that they are both wearing. We got eaten alive by mosquitoes, but it was all worth it!!! Chatfield State Park, is a dreamy place.
First outfit! Anna's white top and kimono shirt are from Judith and Joe. Her necklace is from the Bluma Project, but you can shop this particular piece at the Honeycomb & Co store in Denver. Honeycomb also provided the beautiful bouquet. The brass cuff ring that Anna is wearing is from Purpose Jewelry.
Peter's button down is from United by Blue. Anna's dress is from one of my favorite ethical dress shops, The Simple Kind. Let me brag on this company a bit. The owner and founder is Molly, and she has a tremendous heart for fighting justice and for God. And, she's a dear friend of mine and I love her to pieces!! The Simple Kind dresses are made by Molly, and by women in Latvia who have been rescued from sex trafficking. Check her out, please. The Simple Kind is also a Denver online shop!
Anna's Polka Dot shirt is from United by Blue. I was so in love with this shirt that I bought it, and you might just see me in it for the rest of the summer. I'm not ashamed about it!
SHOP these brands, or at least check them out, give them a follow and consider them as future gifts or birthday wishes.
Michael & Jillian are two of our best friends. They have been married for almost 3 years, and we've been friends with them ever since. Big news - they are in the beginning stages of securing their first home!! Talk about some real adulting. My husband and I are so excited for newest journey of being homeowners. It was a complete joy to photograph them, and I dragged them around for 3 hours, so they were real troopers! I partnered with a store in Denver, Judith & Joe they sell only ethical made or USA made apparel and I literally love all their clothes. Some of the clothes that both Michael and Jillian are wearing are from her shop, specifically the two shirts they are wearing above. Michael's blue dot shirt is from United by Blue and Jillian top you can shop for right here . I will continue to point out the ethical clothing they are wearing through out the shoot, but go check out Judith & Joe!!
Michael & Jillian's outfits in this photoshoot are a great example of how you can wear ethically made clothes to your engagement session, anniversary photoshoot, or anything really! Let's be the change, by starting with where we shop! Get out their Denverites and support your local shops.
A guide to planning a wedding while giving back...
As a wedding photographer and a part time prevention director with an anti-trafficking non-profit in Denver, giving back is a deep passion of mine. Raising awareness for fair paying wages in factories, and in countries around the world, is another deep passion of mine. I'm so thankful that being immersed in the wedding industry gives me the opportunity to education brides and grooms on how to creatively use your wedding day for something SO MUCH BIGGER.
I wanted to create a list of some realistic and inexpensive ways to do so from companies that I know and love --
We'll start with accessories and such for the BRIDE!!
100% of the proceeds for Purpose go towards women being rescued from sex trafficking. They sell beautiful jewelry that's so reasonably priced you should never have to shop at Charming Charlie's again! *Purpose is a great option for bridesmaids gifts.
UNCVRD fights sex trafficking in California with the jewelry they sell. UNCVRD is a little higher on the price range, but they give 40% of their sales to their partner non-profit organization. *UNCVRD would be a great option for a brides jewels!
For you Denver brides, the Sparrow Studio is based in Denver and two lovely ladies with a passion for fair trade started it. They have beautiful, and very ethnic looking jewels. Depending on what kind of theme you have going on for your wedding, these pieces could be perfect. *Denver based, supporting a local company that's supporting artisans overseas!
Another jewelry company that fights sex trafficking in California. Their companies proceeds give back to a non-profit called Generatehope, and soon they will be able to let survivors be part of the creative process. *Higher priced jewelry, but all made with good materials!
A company that is mostly known for their Punjammies, which are beautiful Indian pajamas. Sudara's clothes are made in India by women who are either at a high risk to be trafficked or are survivors. Every purchase goes towards job-training and empowerment of these women to build a new life for themselves and their children. *Higher priced, but would be a great gift for yourself as something to lounge in on your honeymoon, OR a generous gift to all your bridesmaids for pre-wedding activities.
This company sells both dresses and jewelry, but for a wedding I would check out their dresses as there could be some unique options for bridesmaid dresses. Mata Traders is an ethical clothing company, and if you are in Colorado, Fair Trade Winds (basically the same store) has a location in Boulder on 1625 Pearl St. *Fair trade and reasonably priced, made with beautiful fabric and great for bridesmaid dresses
Naja is an ethical lingerie shop that seeks to empower women. The women who make Naja's lingerie are mostly single moms, and Naja pays them above market wages and gives them healthcare benefits. Through the sale of their underwear Naja employs women in the slums of Columbia as well as supporting the garment workers children, who receive all schooling paid for (books, school supplies, uniforms and meals). *Ethically made lingerie, helping women, and their prices are comparable to Victoria Secret, but their lingerie is WAY cuter.
Moving on to GROOM accessories, and gifts.
United by Blue, is currently one of my favorites brands. All of their apparel is made ethically, and with each product sold they remove a pound of trash from the ocean. I bought a ton of their products for my family for Christmas. *A pricey option, but great durable apparel. Their socks would be perfect for groomsmen gifts.
Nisolo sells beautiful, handmade ethical shoes. Their women's shoe options are incredible as well, and I think they will be my summer shoe this year. *Great option for a groom's shoe choice. Higher priced, but shoe's on your wedding day are a good thing to invest in. You want your groom to be comfortable.
Sustainably made tie's, made in Texas!! Awesome hipster tie's with a mission. Apart from ties and bowties, they sell all things needed for a means suit accessories - lapels, pins, handkerchiefs, pocket squares. Check them out!
This company is a great guide for small gift options for groomsmen and for bridesmaids, some fun and unique options. 10% of every order goes to support Pencils of Promise, which builds schools and funds education overseas in Ghana, Guatemala and Laos. *Great gift options for bridal party, and reasonably priced!
Now moving on to VENDORS for your wedding day, the people who make your vision come to life. This section is mostly dedicated to Colorado brides, but I will make a list of vendors who I know that specifically give back. *If you are a wedding vendor reading this blog, please send me an email to learn more about ways to let your wedding packages give back.
I know the owner of this floral business personally, and she's incredible and has a heart of gold. Tristin, believes in giving back, specifically to the community in Denver. With every wedding, she donates two fresh floral arrangements to men and women in the community. She partners with many organizations in the Denver area, and they deliver flowers to single-mothers, safe-home, refugee families, elderly and people facing severe illness. "We think that it is appropriate that every wedding we design flowers for fuels the same message of love to our community." -Tristin