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Tuesday, August 8th 2017

3 Tips for Beautiful Wedding Photography by Bek Smith

A photographer we love for her moody frames that spill with emotion and draw your eye to tiny poetic details that might otherwise go unnoticed, we caught up with Bek Smith to discover her top 3 tips for beautiful wedding photography...

1. Let Go

Its been said a million times, but it truly is the best advice I ever had, and repeat it to every couple over and over... Let Go. Leave all your stress, worry and concerns at the door on the day. Let your suppliers and planners take over (that's their job) and enjoy what the day is all about: You and your loved ones. A glass of champagne is a necessity and taking a moment to yourself without the hair + makeup team, bridesmaids and Mothers. Take a walk or have a cup of tea by the window. Really simple but truly calming.

2. Focus on your partner

The best way to relax in front of the camera is to focus all your attention on your partner. Photographers will always give you some form of guidance or instruction, take this advice and then move on from there. Movement, real emotion and laughter are what we want to capture at the end of the day. The more you are yourselves, the better the photos.

3. Ask your guests to leave their iPhones behind

Technology is wonderful. But asking your guests to leave their phones, cameras (and iPads) at the door is one of the best things you can do during your ceremony. Encourage your guests to be 'in the moment' and let the professionals capture the magic as it unfolds.

View more of Bek Smith's portfolio on The LANE Directory or via her website 

Friday, July 28th 2017

Cosmos Photography Retreat.

Art is a reflection of the self. It is a tale of becoming and unbecoming, a map of our stories and an impression of our lives. Our craft mimics the murmurs of our hearts and the whispers of our souls, it traces our growth and our change, it is but an apologue of all that we have learnt and all that we are.

Unfolding this October in the Tuscan Hills, Cosmos is a four day retreat that invites photographers to grow, learn and explore their craft. Intimate and immersive, the gathering is a celebration of art and life, a dedication to the photographic process and all that it entails.

Led by LANE favorite Lelia Scarfiotti, the retreat offers opportunities for female photographers to grow as an individual and a business, through group learning, styled shoots and one-to-one feedback sessions from the likes of Bek Smith, Alli Oughtred, Miryana Slivenska and Alessandra Santini. We'll also be attending, and discussing all things Art Directing, Branding and offering advice for marketing your work. 

More than just conference or retreat, Cosmos is a creative pilgrimage, a collaboration between artists who appreciate the beauty in imperfection, the drama in simplicity, and the strength in growth.

Need to know:
Cosmos is a photography retreat for women taking place from October 29 to November 3, 2017. The event will unfold within the grounds of Castello di Spaltenna, an ancient monastery turned luxury hotel nestled in the heart of Tuscany.

Attendees will have the opportunitiy to participate in three days of technical and business advice to enhance your photography skills and elevate your business, three assisted styled-shoots to learn and build your portfolio, one-to-one reviews to evaluate your existing portfolio, your website and all images taken during the retreat.

The total cost of the event is 2500€ per person, which includes five nights accommodation and all meals throughout your stay.

Registration for the event is now open. More information can be found on the Cosmos website or through Lelia Scarfiotti

Monday, July 17th 2017

Nevenka's New Black Swan Collection.

We had the dreamy new Nevenka collection, Black Swan, in The LANE office this week, and fell in love with these ethereal pieces in weightless layeres of transparent lace and delicate tulle. For us, luxury is always about the little details and the poetry of Nevenka is in the way each gown falls, how fabrics feel against your skin, the intricacy of every lace panel, the delicacy of a ruffled neckline, and the story behind every stitch... sensory details that truly needs to be experienced in person. See and shop the full collection online

Friday, July 7th 2017

Seaside Spaces: Beachside Dojo Manly.

A dreamy afternoon spent at one of our fav Sydney haunts, Beachside Dojo Manly exploring their newly renovated beachside venue... a private event room with floor to ceiling glass bifold doors and sweeping views of Manly Beach, that open onto your own private split-level balcony. Finished in bleached timbers, raw textured wooden tables and white washed walls, it's the perfect blank canvas for weddings inspired by the rhythm of the sea. Head over to the Beachside Dojo website for more info. 

Wednesday, July 5th 2017

Nonchalant Romance.

Every bridal fashion week there are stand out shows we fall in love with, pieces that capture our attention and  dresses we dream of long after the runways.  For us this season was all about the smaller, boutique labels who are breathing new life into the traditional world of bridal.  One of our favorites was New York City based, LEIN with a dreamy collection that blurred the lines between bridal, ready to wear and resort, with exquisite textural finishes that added a rawness and nonchalence to weightless silhouettes and gauzy cottons...pieces that had us dreaming of barefoot weddings and summer vacation escapes. 

We caught up with LEIN founder and designer Meredith Stoecklein to find our about inspirations, fabrics and her muses... 

What inspired the latest collection? 
‘I wanted to evoke Americana spirit, which to me is the toughness and natural grandeur of the West, but keeping with modern luxury and staying true to the romantic and feminine make-up of the brand. Sheer gingham fabric, cotton & silk faille, ruffles, double faced chiffons, brushed white denim, raw edges, relaxed fit, tough but feminine, elegant but daring.’ 

Who are your muses that you'd love to see dressed in LEIN?
‘I have a major girl crush on Clemence Poesy. She has this perfect tomboy style but with a feminine edge that makes it both timeless and fresh. She is the girl I design for, and a girl I want to be friends with. Effortless is a term that is so overused but I think she really is that. She has that natural cool girl confidence that exudes the "I didn't do anything to my hair" look. Plus, she's always in denim - a girl after my own heart. 

I also always find myself referencing Brigitte Bardot, but the off-duty Brigitte as a muse. I love finding an old snapshot from her skiing in Aspen or hanging at the beach with friends - barefoot, hair undone and in her favorite pair of jeans. ‘

We love how experimental you are with fabrics... and this season we saw pieces created unexpectedly with denim (which of course only you could execute to perfection!) Tell us a little bit more about this fabric...
‘I love denim, if I could wear jeans and a tee shirt every day I would. It's such an ode to the Americana lifestyle and is such a nostalgic fabric – it reminds me of my summers out west. So when I found the brushed denim it felt organic to this collection. The brushed finishing is soft to the touch and with the stiffness of denim, it becomes a really elevated look. I also just love the juxtaposition of the organza and the cotton denim, feminine and utilitarian. I like to find that happy place between girly-girl and tomboy. And, I always prefer a raw edge as it makes it a bit of that “undone” I love, while still looking put together.’

Discover and shop the full collection on the LEIN website

Thursday, June 29th 2017

An LA Haven for Artful Jewels

High on our list of places to stop by in LA is Esqueleto - a haven spilling with eclectic jewels (seriously one of the most incredible edits of unique stones in handcrafted settings from the likes of Lauren Wolf, Mania Mania, Satomi Kawakita...and the list goes on), and a rotating collection of prints, wall hangings and gifts from emerging visual artists. This beautiful white washed space inspired is our absolute go-to for artful jewels and antique engagement rings and those unique, hard to find gifts! But for those who can't head over to their LA or Oakland boutiques, everything is available on their e-boutique.

 

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