A much-needed respite – Colagrossi Studio and Della Terra Photo go on vacation.

To find inspiration, some photographers do workshops, some watch you tube videos, some follow blogs…us at Colagrossi Studio and our friends at Della Terra Photo like to disappear into the moutains. After snagging an amazing Groupon for a secluded cabin in the North Carolina Smokies (score one for Tarah) the four of us packed up our gear and an amazing amout of craft beer and ciders and literally headed for the hills.

I highly recommend Hidden Creek Cabins, our beautiful farmhouse was more than we could have asked for and an A+ for secenery.

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Our first visitor, a presumed stray we dubbed “Doug Dog.” We and other cabin dwellers took him under our wing for a bit 🙂

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With a 30 degree difference between NC and home, we quickly took advantage of the wamth and set out for a morning hike along a small waterfall.

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Shooting digitally can sometimes cause you to take photography – and photographs in general – for granted. Our primary focus for the trip was shooting film, but we still managed to get some digitals of our besties during our trip 🙂

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Day two was even more beautiful than day one 🙂 So back outside we go.

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Last but not least, the funny photo of the trip — Josh and Tarah caught in a bicker, Josh coping, and I’m egging them on lol!!

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Chelsey + Mark // Married in Fort Wayne – TinCaps Stadium Wedding

These two are a pair of truly fantastic people and at first meeting it was very evident they were made for one another. Chelsey and Mark’s personalities were both reflected in this fun and exciting wedding. The TinCaps’ stadium makes a tremendous reception hall! Chelsey and Mark you guys are both great best of luck to your life together!

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Norm the Forester makes a cameo!

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Ariel // Fort Wayne Senior Photography

Trekking all over downtown Fort Wayne was nothing for this pro runner. When she isn’t putting Mitch and I’s stamina to shame, Ariel will be pursuing a Business Administration degree AND a minor in psychology. We had the best time hanging with Ariel and her mom, Wendy tonight and I wish her the best of luck in her future goals. Running five miles? Earning a business degree? No sweat.

Congrats Ariel!!

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Andrea // Fort Wayne Senior Photography

Andrea is easily the perfect combination of beauty and brains. Not only is she in show choir and can play a mean piano (since childhood, may I add) she is also hoping to one day be a doctor. We here at Colagrossi Studio have no doubt that her stellar personality and determination will take her far! Congrats Andrea! It was a pleasure meeting you and your family!

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Mitch’s Senior Exhibition, and his big award.

Hey all this is Mitch, I just finished up my senior show last night and a bunch of cool cats came and hung out and supported the IPFW graduating class of 2012. Congrats to all.

The following is a body of work that consists of a years worth shoots styling, picking models and locations and getting a lot of really amazing people to help me on the way.

Destany, was the most amazing help to me during this past year, from helping me style shoots and do hair/makeup for models, to putting up with my bad moods and keeping me going at a steady pace. Big big BIG thanks to the models who made this project come alive. Last but not least Ryan Lawrence  and Doni Funkhouser, (AKA Dr. Funlaw) I abso-freaking-lutely could not have done this without the costumes that you guys loaned to me. Check them out at www.modcloset.comVive le Closet du Mod!

So, without further ado, this project is my interpretation of fashion photography of the 20th century; a series of each decade.

From Destany: I was sneaky and something to say before he posted haha. I want to congratulate Mitch for also winning First Place in Photography from his senior class! He poured his heart and soul into these shoots, and it totally showed. I love all of our family and friends who showed up in support. I can’t reiterate enough how thankful we are for Mod Closet in Elkhart for donating so much time and support. I’m proud of you Mitch!!

Megan & Jonny and their AWESOME wedding – West Palm Beach, Fl wedding photography

Hello Colagrossi Studio friends! Get ready for the longest, most swoonworthy wedding post to date. Megan and Jonny’s wedding in West Palm Beach, Fl was a blast from start to finish. Even though we mostly talked via skype and email, Megan and Jonny treated us like family during our weekend stay. Megan had the most beautiful idea to photograph their first sunrise as husband and wife the day after the wedding. The photos turned out awesome, and the experience was one to remember. Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Blank, thank you SO much for including us in your gorgeous wedding day!!

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A word of thanks.

Colagrossi Studio would be lost without those who helped with the bridal show last Sunday. Seriously. Like I would still be there tearing down and losing my mind. Here is a word of thanks to our good friends:

Mitch’s lovely sister Sarah. She drove our moving van down from Elkhart (2 hours away) and spent her entire weekend working like a slave to help us out. Not one complaint. We love her :).
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Our dear friend Ashley. This woman has no obligation to us whatsoever, yet she hauled a good chunk of our booth down from our third-story apartment (no elevator). She talked me down from the brink of insanity a good dozen times and for that she deserves a medal.

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My mom and Keith. These two actually left church that sunday to go print us out some much needed signs, and were great moral support the whole way. Keith allowed us to use his Ipad for a digital slideshow, which really helped to expand what we could display.

Our booth-neighbors. Catalyst Fitness, The Nutcracker Sweetshop, Nelson’s Catering, and Thomas Bunner DDS and Staff. These people made our experience out of this world with kind words, helpful tips, and some great snacks. These vendors are why we love the wedding business.

Our friends Carrie and Mark for bringing us candied bacon and dill lemonade when we needed it most. They made us feel like we had the greatest support in the world.

There are many others, but these people went out of their way for us. Mitch and I want to say THANK YOU! We couldn’t have made it through without you.