Saturday, May 30, 2009

Green Saturday- Eco Friendly Wedding Idea

I'm just starting to write about some ideas I'm finding on how to have an earth friendly wedding and I found the coolest idea I think I've heard of yet! You can actually get your wedding invitations printed on plantable paper! Check out these awesome invitations :0)

They actually have seeds in the paper that will grow into wildflowers! Now that takes recycling to a whole new level! I saw some where you can have a picture printed on it too! Wouldn't that be great for a thank you card?

They do so much more too- I'll be checking them out for my Christmas cards... that is if I get around to sending them this year! :0P

Laura Siivola- Photographer.
Organic wedding and portrait photography based in the Phoenix Arizona area.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Rachel and Kirk's wedding at Tapatio Cliffs, Phoenix

I love shooting with Rachel- she is so fun to work with! :0)

It was kinda funny to work with a bride with the same name (although I'm sure it wasn't the first time for her!) Rachel and Kirk were married at A Different Pointe of View Restaurnt at The Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs. A totally awesome setting!

On to the photos!!!

I am in love with these bouquets and boutonnieres!!!!!

cute cute!

just having some fun :0)

And one last shot- it was so windy that none of us lasted long!

All in all simply a great evening!

Laura Siivola- Photographer.
Organic wedding and portrait photography based in the Phoenix Arizona area.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Scottsdale/Phoenix Green Photographer

I can't believe it- I'm actually announcing that I'm going greeeeeeeeeen!!!

For any of you that already know me this probably comes as no surprise at all! hehe But I've been reluctant to call myself green. So why the hybrid driving, CFL bulbing, (that's not even a word- I know it. :0P) garbage composting (why yes, I do have corn carpet!) and pretty much environmentalist freak won't call myself green?

Because I always want to do MORE!

For some reason I didn't feel that being green in my personal life translated to my business. What kind of business practices do I do differently to qualify me to be green? It got me thinking…

It's hard to be environmentally friendly as a photographer. I want my products to last forever! I want your grandchildren to hang your portraits in their hallways and laugh over how the people in your wedding album dress so funny! But being eco-friendly is absolutely about the material and product choices I make- those that won’t need replacing. But I, in good conscience couldn't call myself green until I had even MORE green business practices in place.

  • I work from home (no wasted gas!)
  • I turn off all my computers and equipment each night. (This is great on two levels- it saves energy and lengthens the life of all my gadgets!)
  • I have this awesome programmable thermostat that I have set to turn the A/C & heat off automatically when I’m out for even a little bit like taking the kids to school each day.
  • Although I do tend to book most of my clients via email, when we do meet up it’s in my most favorite car ever- my hybrid! :0)
  • I only buy 100% post consumer recycled paper and of course recycle the waste.
  • I use rechargeable batteries.
  • My product information and pricing are all digital so no trees were harmed in the process! :0P
  • I shoot all digital- unlike film, no more chemicals are used!
  • Offer only matte papers for printing. (Most lustre and gloss papers contain petroleum products.)

The more I think about it the more I realize this *is* my life... and my business. :0)

So be on the lookout for more posts from me about how to have a greener wedding. Also I’ll be reviewing green options for photographers. Hopefully this will help others in their pursuit of greeness! (Yep, another non-word, but this one will catch on, I’m sure of it!!!) hehe

Laura Siivola- Photographer.
Organic wedding and portrait photography based in the Phoenix Arizona area.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Peter and Jill's wedding at The Sanctuary Resort

Jill and Peter had the perfect brunch wedding at The Sanctuary Resort.

They decided to meet before hand and we got lucky- this gorgeous house was not occupied and one of the staff drove us up! :0)

The guys hanging out...

The awesome music set the mood perfectly, you have to check this guy out! :0)

Love the little details!

And I have to say that the cake was the best by FAR! It was made by a friend of Jill's and it was incredible!

And thanks for inviting me to stay you two, the meal was absolutely wonderful and your guests were pretty cool too~! hehe :0)

Laura Siivola- Photographer.
Organic wedding and portrait photography based in the Phoenix Arizona area.