Pet Friendly Hotels | Columbus, OH

Happy Thursday to my favorites!

There is a huge demand for animals participating in weddings, but in Columbus, the dog laws are a bit strict and don’t necessarily accommodate our furry friends.  That’s why I’ve compiled a list of pet-friendly hotels that will allow your pets to be a part of your wedding day, even if it’s just the “getting ready” part!

1) Hotel LeVeque is a 5 star hotel at an average rate of $229/night. I’ve personally been to the tower (which is partially residential as well!) and it’s STUNNING and worth every single penny, even just for the photography opportunity for you and your pet! Check it out for yourself!

 

https://autograph-hotels.marriott.com/hotel/hotel-leveque/

2) Drury Inn & Suites Columbus Convention is also downtown and accommodates pups. It is a 3 star hotel, meaning it’s a bit more affordable and in a friendly price range. Average cost per night is $150!

 

https://www.druryhotels.com/locations/columbus-oh/drury-inn-and-suites-columbus-convention-center

3) Hilton Downtown Columbus is one of my all-time favorite hotels in the city, not only because they’re pet friendly, but because the Gallerie Bar and Bistro is one of my ALL TIME favorite restaurants in the city! Bill, the executive chef there, has an incredible menu and is sure to have you leaving with a full and happy belly. If you’re into sharing your human with your furry loved one, they’ll leave just as happy!

 

http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/ohio/hilton-columbus-downtown-CMHDWHH/index.html

4) Hampton Inn and Suites downtown also accommodates pets for a fair price of $150/night and is centrally located in the middle of Columbus! The reviews of this hotel are 4.5/5 and you can tell the staff here strives to make their guests leave happy and have a superb experience. Check it out for yourself!

Bristol | Second Birthday

Happy Sunday, friends!

I hardly ever get into 4D work, but this past weekend, I experimented with iMovie and retouched a quick video of my sweet niece on her second birthday! Her Daddy spoiled her with a Minnie Mouse convertible and let me tell you, isn't her reaction to the horn THE BEST?! Sometimes, I wish I was into video, as I find it really intriguing. A good challenge for my future? HELL YES!

Have an amazing weekend, y'all! Thanks for reading! Here are the stills from her party! 

Really, though. Who IS Whitney Brewer?

A few of the many looks and faces behind Whitney Brewer Photography!

Finnegan Enthusiast

...and lover of "sheels" (sneaker/heels)!

Mechanically Inclined

...and loves to get her hands dirty...anywhere, anytime!

Steeeeeelers!!!!!

...and has a small obsession with motorcycle boots.

(See Boots?)

...fan of dresses, tattoos and hats! AND dancing in the street!

Patch Collector

...and an adventurist/adrenaline junky. Fun fact? I've jumped out of two airplanes and have been riding motorcycles since 2014!

Supporter of Self-Love

...and pushes for HUMAN empowerment!

Luna Lovin'

...and rebuilding her from the ground up!

I hope I've fueled your Monday with eagerness to learn something new, explore a little more and love just a little bit harder. Have a great week, everyone!

Who is Whitney Brewer?

Lately, I've been thinking about "my brand" and what it means to myself AND my clients. I want to attract like-minded individuals as my future clients AND keep the amazing clients that I have already!

So, who IS Whitney Brewer? What is her brand? Who is she trying attract? What is she trying to accomplish through her photography business? What sets her apart from other photographers?

I come from a family of mechanics, cooks, bakers, business owners, music-lovers and life-livers (note the well-roundedness!)! I started my business in 2016 with a bit of encouragement to quit working for “the man” and in turn, follow my dreams! After all, life is really short. We don’t have much time on this planet to actually live life, so I grabbed life by the balls and made moves to be genuinely happy!

My brand?

Well, I feel as though I’m aiming to focus on what makes me happy and run with it. I don’t want to be someone I’m not in this industry, trying to compete for the ideal client that will pay me thousands of dollars per session to photograph something special. Instead, my brand represents myself and my interests, which include traveling, my Harley, my dog and focusing on PMA (Positive Mental Attitude). With these passions, I plan on attracting my ideal client by sharing similar interests and in turn, creating memorable and meaningful relationships with them outside of photography!

 As far as the word “success” goes, simply creating amazing and meaningful relationships through this business means more than anything. My definition of “happiness” is doing what you love all the time with the people you love most! Making people feel good makes ME feel good!

What sets me apart from other photographers? Well, A LOT! I studied photography and through this business, I’ve discovered that a lot of photographers are self-taught! Not saying that’s a bad thing, I’m just different! I feel I have a trained eye that it takes to be a professional photographer and am able to capture moments that some artists/photographers take for granted. Although I’ve studied the art of photography, I tend to lean more towards the “avant garde” style of it all. (Avant Garde meaning “new and unusual or experimental ideas, especially in the arts, or the people introducing them”)

Last week, I had an opportunity (a break in the weather) to snag some headshots that represent my “brand”…but let’s be honest. We’ll save most of them for my next blog! For now, here’s a little snippet of "professional me"!

Homan | Maternity

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of working with Jess and her husband, Craig, for their first maternity shoot! Jess is best friends with my cousin Erica and oddly enough Erica referred me from FLORIDA to be Jess’ maternity photographer!!! Jess and I met up for dinner before our shoot to talk details about expectations of her shoot. We decided doing a lifestyle/in-home shoot would be most personable, so that’s where we started…and let me just say-I think they turned out better than I had imagined! From there, we moved to the Franklin Park Conservatory and then changed outfits (IN THE CAR! Note to you Columbus photographers/models/etc. The Franklin Park Conservatory has a strict “no changing” policy in their building, so if you’re wanting to do outfit change, be prepared to do it in the car or another building surrounding the park!) Jess and Craig’s outfits for all three locations were on point, as were their vibes and smiles! I can’t wait to meet Baby James. He’s going to be the raddest little one yet!

A huge “thank you” to Jess and Craig for letting me invade their personal space and Erica for the amazing referral!!! (PS-you too, Jonah and Gina!!!!! Love you two!) Enjoy these GORGEOUS images!

 

Josh and Allison | 2.10.18

We are long overdue for a blog! January and February have been insanely busy but also incredibly eye-opening and humbling for us.

ANYWAYS-

Josh, where do I begin? The guy in these photos (well, most of the photos…) is my cousin. Well, to be honest, I’d call Josh more of a brother than a cousin. We are closest in age out of my 26 cousins and we’ve pretty much been inseparable since birth. He has influenced my music tastes and shared his love for motorcycles with me. He has a heart the size of Antarctica and would give you the shirt off his back. He may look like a hard-ass on the outside, but a lot of us know he’s a softy deep down…

Years back, Josh started the music venue (his dream come true called The Auricle) with his brother Nick. Shortly thereafter, little Miss Ballerina Allison used her ballerina magic and “Allégro-ed” her way right into Josh’s life. In December 2017, I found out that Josh was going to propose to Allison while she was in the middle of class with her students (she’s a ballet instructor!). Within no time, the time was here, she said “yes” and they started wedding planning!

If anyone could pull off a killer wedding in 8 weeks, it was them! They used The Auricle for their venue, had cupcakes and donuts for their “cake”, substituted a DJ for Josh’s brothers, who are also very musically inclined. Their photobooth was handmade by Josh using leftover wood and an iPad with a ring light! Innovative, right?!

I had the pleasure of spending a ton of time with Ally in January of 2017. We got to know each other really well and I’m stoked that she’s a part of the Brewer clan now! Plus, she makes my brother happy…and that’s the moral of the story, right?!

 

Elisabeth | Granville Flower Company

Featured on today's blog; Elisabeth Gibson of Granville Flower Company, based out of Granville, OH! I had the pleasure of working with Elisabeth at a recent styled shoot in December at the Hilton Downtown. Her flowers were as vibrant as her personality and her arrangements were incredibly unique and allowed her personality to shine through! She was extremely professional, knowledgable and in tune with what she was looking for to provide the right arrangements for our "styled" look! I highly recommend her for all your floral needs, she never ceases to amaze me! Below are sample images of her work and also some portraits of Elisabeth so you can familiarize yourself with her face!

Q: What is your favorite flower and why?

A: That is an ever-changing answer. Today I would say ranunculus. I love all their layers. They are delicate and romantic. I am trying to grow them for the first time this year. I planted Amandine and La Belle series in pastels and white. Fingers crossed!

Q: What inspired you to start Granville Flower Co?

A: Long story! We were in contract to buy 21 acres that we planned to build a house on. As we were thinking about what to do with all the land, I decided I would do something with flowers because I have enjoyed planting flower gardens and landscaping at the homes we have owned. These were always perennials though and I knew I didn't want to become a landscaper or designer, so I started to do some research on jobs with growing flowers. This led me to flower farming and I became a member of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers. I started reading everything I could find on the topic and planning my farm. The 21 acres fell through but we found a 4 acre spot that was even better, so it all worked out in the end. 

Q: What is your approach to working with clients?

A: I like to hear ideas of what colors and styles they like and then build an inspiration board to share. I ask them to do the same and then we meet face to face to go over things and decide a plan. 

Q: Can you work around anyone’s budget?

A: To some extent. If I can't meet their wish list, we can discuss alternative flowers to use to cut costs or different styles that might work better for their budget. I am also open to selling buckets of flowers for clients that want to DIY. 

Q: What kind of services do you offer?

A: Weddings, events, and everyday flowers. I offer subscriptions for homes or businesses so that they can have a new arrangement weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly.

Q: Do you offer services of drying/framing flowers after an event?

A: No one has asked me to do this yet. I wouldn't be opposed to it, I would just want to do all my research to make sure it's done right. 

Q: What does a day in the life of Granville Flower Co look like?

A: I'm a mom first, so that takes up the majority of my day.  I have three kids, ages 9, 6 and 3. I try to make time for myself by attending CrossFit about 5 days a week. In terms of business, I follow florist and flower farming groups on FB and skim those to catch up on tips and tricks. Since my flowers won't be ready until spring, I usually visit a wholesaler weekly to fill orders. 

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

A: This is my second year, so I know I will have grown tremendously in 5 more years. I love growing flowers and designing with them. I just want to keep honing my skills and growing my client list. 

Q: What do you find most challenging in your profession?

A: For me it's living in Ohio and not being able to grow everything I want to year round. I love when I can just go outside and cut from my own flowers. 

Q: What is your favorite part of being a business owner?

A: I am doing what I want to do and for the most part I make my own schedule. 

Q: How can our readers stay in touch with you?

A: In whatever way they are comfortable! Phone/text: 614-425-0705, the website: www.granvilleflowercompany.com or through Facebook Messenger: https://www.facebook.com/granvilleflowercompany

 

Stephanie | Columbus Cream

This weekend, I'm featuring Stephanie Anderson, the face, talent and awesome energy behind Columbus Cream Bakery! I've known Steph for a few years now and ironically, back in the day, we both worked as Baristas at Starbucks. We connected while I was working at Starbucks on Broad St, downtown Columbus in 2016 and she was one of my loyal customers; my early morning ball of energy! It turns out, Steph and I have a mutual friend (or 5, who knows?! This city gets smaller and smaller by the day!), Windi Noble who is the sole proprietor of Run to an Elopement here in Columbus! When Windi and I decided to plan the styled shoot, we thought of Steph as our baker immediately, no hesitation! 

I love hearing about artist's stories how their hobbies became their passion/profession. Steph is a perfect example of this! Thanks for sharing, Stephanie!

Q: When did you realize that you loved baking? What inspired you to start Columbus Cream?
A: Every holiday, my family was surrounded by the most delicious sweets. I was blown away when I realized that my grandma, aunts, and mother made everything themselves! Nothing was bought at the store. The pies, cookies, bars, everything was made at home. This was some of the way that these amazing women in my life shared love for their family. Love and baking was always around me, it was a natural think for me to pick up.

I started to watch and enjoy the process of what home baking looks like. Even though I was told “ALL KIDS OUT OF THE KITCHEN” quite a bit, watching what one woman and one whisk can do inspired the hell out of me. So I became that one woman and one whisk. As the matriarchs in my family baked to share, it was all I thought about doing. But I was supported by a great community that encouraged me to open this business and take this love and talent further. So Cream Bakery was born.


Q: What do you find most challenging in your career as a baker?
A: Time. I can’t bake a cake or cookies for an event or client a week in advance. Well, I guess I could, but the quality would not be good and that is not how I roll! Time management is the most important part of being a home baker. There is a fine line between baking too early in case there needs to be a remake and baking too late. I’ve become a pretty good tightrope walker.

Q: What is baker’s percentage?
A: Ratios. I may be losing clients right now, but anyone can bake anything if they know the ratio. Wanna make cookies?  The ratio is 3 parts flour: 2 parts fat: 1 part sugar. Ratios in baking are essential when making larger or small batches of something. It makes it a lot easier. Baking is a science. And the building blocks are easy to get the hang of. The rest is elaboration and that something special that my mom and Grandma taught. That je ne sais quoi!

Q: What does a typical day look like for you?
A: I wake up at 4am each morning to get to my daily 5am Ashtanga Yoga practice. I come home, get ready, and leave for my 7:30am – 4am job at the Attorney General’s Office. I am back home at 4:30pm and usually hit an Epsom salt bath. From 5pm – 7pm I am usually in my kitchen cooking dinner and baking whatever needs to be done for the day. I sit down to dinner a little after 7pm with my crazy supportive and patient boyfriend. Bed time is around 8:30pm. Then back at it again!

Q: Anything new on the horizon?
A: I am looking forward to a couple of things this year! I am attending a bunch of classes to deliver more surprises with my menu. I have some amazing wedding collaborations happening. And keep your eyes peeled at your local farmers markets!

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A: When Cream started, a good friend made me write a 5 year plan. I want to work part time and bake part time. More time to bake and celebrate is the goal!

Q: What do you do for fun?
A: I am a sucker for a good day trip. Columbus and Ohio in general have some amazing adventures at our fingertips. As you know now, my schedule is pretty packed, so extended time away is rough to swing frequently. But there really is no excuse not to head to parks or museums or an antique mall. It is all so easy to get to and take away from the day to day routine.

Q: How can our readers stay connected with you?
A: Cream is currently working on a website but until then, check out the latest photos and menus on Instagram @columbuscream, Facebook @614Cream, or email anytime at columbuscream@gmail.com

LOOK AT THESE GOODIES!!!!!!

 

Tatum | Makeup by Tatum

I've recently decided I'm going to write about amazing vendors that I've worked with for the past few years who have influenced me as an artist, woman and entrepreneur! First up; Tatum Faccenda, lady boss extraordinaire!

I met Tatum through a mutual friend back in 2016! From the moment I met her, I looked up to her and admired her drive when it came to her business and personal life!  I have recently asked Tatum to answer a few questions, here are her answers! 

Q: What got you into makeup? How long have you been doing it professionally?

A: I got my first taste of makeup artistry about 8 years when I was asked to be a model for a photoshoot. There was a professional makeup artist hired for the shoot and I had no idea what to expect! I was not allowed to see my look until it was complete and I'll still never forget that moment when I looked in the mirror for the first time. I was blown away at my transformation! I still looked like me, but the absolute best version. My makeup was flawless and my features were perfectly accentuated. I knew at that point that I need to look like that everyday! I started practicing on myself, then friends and eventually I started studying makeup artistry books. As my skills grew, the idea of making a career out of my new found obsession did as well. About 6 years ago I got the opportunity to work at MAC Cosmetics and I spent 3 years there advancing my skills and building my makeup kit. I left to start Makeup By Tatum where I've been happily growing my makeup career.

Q: What do you find most fulfilling about your job?

A:. The ability to explore creativity and giving women the feeling I describe above are both equally fulfilling in my career.

Q: Do you have a favorite “style” or do you like to mix it up?

A: I would say I have a signature style that I describe as "naturally made-up." I do enjoy mixing up the looks I create, but I still strive to make sure women still look like themselves.

Q:What do you do for fun when you’re not working?

A: When I'm not working, I enjoy quality time with friends and family, I love weight training and I am in the gym three-five times a week. I also enjoy the occasional happy hour!

Q: How many clients do you usually have per year? Are they mostly brides? Styled shoots? Seniors?

A: I don't have an exact number on how many clients I work with in a year but I would say that I do more weddings than anything. Seniors are growing quickly behind weddings.

Q: Who are your most favorite clients to work with?

A: Although I always take a client's preferences into consideration when creating a look, my favorite clients are the ones who give me creative control. Those clients are typically easy going and enthusiastic about the look I create.

Q: I’ve noticed you enjoy being photographed! Where did your amazing self-confidence come from? What advice would you give to someone with low self-esteem?

A: I do enjoy my personal photoshoots for a change of pace creatively. It's enjoyable to see my art come alive on others and on myself. In addition, I'll take high quality photos from a professional eye any-day over a selfie! I would say my self-confidence has had its ups and downs. I'm working on not being so hard on myself and seeing that there is beauty in every shape and size. No one is perfect and although it is difficult we all need to love ourselves, flaws and all! 

Q:  Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

A: I truly don't know where I see myself in 10 years. Life is full of curve balls and I try my best to embrace the chaos. I do see myself much further with my business and I would like to be making a good living and have built a better life for myself through my business. 

Q: Could you give a bride-to-be some advice when it comes to finding the perfect makeup artist?

A: My best advice for a bride looking for makeup artist is to first decide what is most important to you. Whether it be makeup style, product preference, or cost its important that you feel comfortable with your decision. If cost is a big factor then you may sacrifice skill, product quality, and/or professionalism. If style or product preference is at the top of your list, then be prepared to pay up! 

 

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December Styled Shoot | Part Deux

So if you didn't get to read Wednesday's blog about the styled shoot that myself and a bunch of amazing vendors put together in December, head over to check it out! Today's blog is just a follow up to the first one!!

Here you will get to see Kristie and Nick's gallery from our shoot in December. I've been dying to share these, but Kristie and Nick (the soon-to-be newlyweds on January 13, 2018) requested for us to wait to leak these until after their actual wedding (which I am ever-so-humbled that I got to capture!) I can't wait to post these images next to their actual wedding images!

Have an amazing weekend!