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Adam Chapin Photography

Adam Chapin Photography Asheville Photographer focusing on adventurous, thoughtful, and raw life moments. Inquire for weddings, portraits and commercial work wanting something deeper than surface level.

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If you are married currently, looking back on your wedding day and lead up to your wedding, what would you change knowin...
06/14/2022

If you are married currently, looking back on your wedding day and lead up to your wedding, what would you change knowing what you know now?

Would you change your guest list? Choose a different location? If you felt you spent too much, where would you trim? If you felt you spent too little, what would you add?

I know for me it’s real simple. With not just 15 years having passed since my wedding and a decade of that spent working in the wedding industry, I have some thoughts.

First, I would elope to a location we both love. Invite only our closest friend and family - straight up Marie Kondo that list…if we haven’t shared a meal or a real laugh in more than 6 months, then you can find out with my status change on Facebook. And lastly, I would hire my favorite photographer which is @ferjuaristi and just do whatever he says.

That’s it.

What would you do differently knowing what you know now?
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About a year ago I was having a conversation with a good friend.I was frustrated as my inquiries had dropped and people ...
06/02/2022

About a year ago I was having a conversation with a good friend.

I was frustrated as my inquiries had dropped and people I knew around me were thriving.

So at first I swam into the defensive thoughts of both what’s wrong with me and what’s so good about them. Not productive questions.

I also had to accept that I had just moved in the midst of a pandemic.

But what did come of the conversation was that a lot of my competitors don’t dive into their clients lives either at all or with any real interest, curiosity, or genuine care.

I know people who show up on a wedding day and can’t remember the names of the couple, who can’t name anything the couple loves or fears, and who haven’t had a single conversation with their couple prior to the wedding day besides the initial call which can often just be an email sorting through pricing and details.

Don’t get me wrong. Some of these folks shoot 60 weddings a year. That’s an INSANE time commitment in and of itself, and is definitely not a desire or goal of mine.

But that process, getting to know and earning access to their lives and who they are, takes time, which is part of why I limit myself to 15-20 weddings a year.

Upon sharing this, my friend simply asked “what makes you think these people want you to care about them this way?”

I paused. I thought. And I said simply “because I want people to care about me like that.”

I tell couples all the time, I wouldn’t ask of you what I wouldn’t myself be willing to do. And while that usually pertains to what’s happening in front of my camera, it also extends well beyond that.

Because we have an opportunity to get to know someone we would have never met were it not for these silly things called weddings and this obscure profession of being a photographer.

And I will always honor that opportunity for genuine connection.
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Just a friendly re-reminder that your wedding doesn’t have to look or feel like anyone else’s.It can be all you can imag...
06/01/2022

Just a friendly re-reminder that your wedding doesn’t have to look or feel like anyone else’s.

It can be all you can imagine.

It can be bright. It can be dark. It can be enormous. It can be private.

You can wear what you want. You can say what you want. You can invite who you want. You can celebrate how you want.

Hire your favorite people. Play your the music that you feel. Eat the food that makes you happy. Be on whatever schedule sets you free.

You can Bonnie and Clyde, Bonnie and Bonnie, or Clyde and Clyde that s**t however you want it.

Sincerely,

Adam Chapin (maybe your photographer)
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All I could think of at this moment was the opening scene out of Christmas Vacation when the Griswalds are driving out i...
05/31/2022

All I could think of at this moment was the opening scene out of Christmas Vacation when the Griswalds are driving out into the country to ‘select the most important of Christmas symbols’.

Audrey says to Clark ‘we’re not driving all the way out here so you can get me of those stupid ties with the Santa Claus on it, are we?’

I don’t think that’s what Patterson was saying at the moment, but nonetheless it’s what ran through my head.

::: TL;DR I knew exactly what to do. But in a much more real sense I had no idea what to do :::For years, I have wanted ...
05/27/2022

::: TL;DR I knew exactly what to do. But in a much more real sense I had no idea what to do :::

For years, I have wanted to do creative individual portraits at a wedding.

But it’s hard.

There is always something going on and since I shoot alone 99% of the time, and my creative process is notoriously slow - this project has just never gotten legs.

Until now.

The night before Dustin and James’ I was testing lighting with my kids to see if I could make something that lit me up (no pun intended - unless you found it funny.)

I had an idea that I sort of kind of liked and sort of kind of knew how to make happen but still wasn’t confident.

With that I forced myself to drag all this extra gear to the wedding, set it up, did a few shots, and wasn’t in love.

Just keep swimming, said my inner Dory.

I started editing, came to these photos, and felt they were blah. Different, but blah.

They needed something.

I opened my nemesis, Photoshop, and started playing. Trying things I had no idea how to use or even if I did what the effect would be. But just being curious and maybe a little desperate if I’m real honest.

Then I got to motion blur. And it was an all of a sudden “f**k, yes!”

But filters are like chili oil, a little dab’ll do ya.

So I started playing with varying intensities and this almost 3D quality emerged that I was loving and so I kept tweaking it.

Added a little texture and I felt I was done.

Then as I was writing this post I had one image where I had moved both single portraits of Dustin and James into one wide shot but when I tried to share the two single vertical shots and one wide, Instagram of course cropped the wide to what you see here.

And I LOVED it even more. 🤯

Just another reminder that we don’t need to have things figured out before we start or try them. Sometimes the juice is in the figuring it out as we struggle a bit, as we have the internal battle of our lovely inner critic (dude is a prick btw), and come out the other side solely because we wouldn’t give up…and maybe got a little lucky.

And in case you’re wondering, I’m talking about more than photography.❤️

Just after the ceremony and midway through the cocktail hour, James said to me: “you’re right, this day is flying by.”I ...
05/16/2022

Just after the ceremony and midway through the cocktail hour, James said to me: “you’re right, this day is flying by.”

I laughed and nodded.

That’s all wedding days.

No matter how much you get into the minutiae of planning or how little you invest, the time just moves too quickly.

Emotions are high. Flowing from gratitude to joy over and over again. It’s an overload.

And with that comes the ability to speed up the clock.

But after two years of planning and wondering when is the right time to make this happen, I can say first hand that what Dustin and James put together for their celebration was nothing short of beautiful.

Even Winston 🐶 agrees!
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Thanks to all of the rad vendors that made the day special and seamless for Dustin and James:

Wedding Planner: @wedconnections
Ceremony Venue: @theridgeavl (shoutout to Bree and Darien)
Reception Venue: @thevenueavl (shoutout to Deandra)
HMUA: @salonzhenya
Ceremony and Cocktail hour musicians: Cafe String Quartet
Catering: shout-out to Chef Paul at @thevenueavl
DJ: DJ Kipper of @remixweddings
Videographer: @bravesirmedia
Florals: @urban.farm.girl.flowers
Officiant: Betty Reiff
Cupcakes: @50fiftytheartofdessert
Rentals: Classic Event and @eastwestvintagerentals
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Man! If you only knew what these two have been through to get to today. But that’s a story for another time.Today we get...
05/15/2022

Man! If you only knew what these two have been through to get to today. But that’s a story for another time.

Today we get to celebrate Dustin and James (although Winston 🐶 is back home today). So excited for these two and their family and friends. It’s been a long time coming.

It’s time!
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