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Weddings are overflowing with a riot of emotions. Nerves and joy collide creating such an overwhelming deluge of feeling that you cease to remember and instead just feel. That saturation of happiness is a gift. It is living fully in the moment and experiencing at it’s most beautiful. It is every little interaction, the friends & family and sense of delight that we desire to have captured in photos to be enjoyed for years to come by your wedding photographer. And ideally, we want all of this magic of memory making to happen fluidly and without any fanfare.
This is where every wedding photographer worth his/her salt has mastered the art of amiable wedding guest/proficient planner meets stealthy ninja all in one charming package. So here are three of my from-the-trenches-learned lessons on capturing a wedding brilliantly that has nothing whatsoever to do with taking a photo.
- Genuine Engaging Wedding Guest
Yes, you are a paid professional but more than that you are someone the couple has entrusted with one of the most important elements of their day. In order to do this in a way that is both beneficial and a pleasing part of the day it is important that your presence is felt more like a genuine friend or guest who has come to celebrate alongside the couple while also taking lovely photos. The reality is, the photographer typically spends more time with the couple on their day than anyone else. The impression you leave from the day will be less about the actual photos (they won’t see those for weeks) and more about how you made them feel.
- Nickname: Helpful Henry
Not every wedding is fortunate enough to have a wedding planner and even those that do are not above a helping hand. Although the title for the day may read Wedding Photographer, the subtitles are endless. There are so many details that play out throughout a wedding day that need a little finessing and love. Most people do not spend their ever -loving weekend at weddings so the ebb and flow of the day is not something that comes naturally to them. That is where the photographer can be invaluable. You’ve done this before and often. Be quick to lend aid, no task too small. At every turn if you are able, be part of the solution and not the problem. A frazzled bride who is trying to problem solve is less likely to be ready to shine for your fantastic portraits so take a minute and troubleshoot. Delegate, be creative, wrangle the troops back on track, and do it all with a smile.
- Weddings lead to Marriage
I realize that this sounds completely ridiculous because it is overly obvious. But it is important to not forget that this enchanting day that we have the honor of being a part of is the union of two lives blending in marriage. It’s a BIG DEAL. Not only that, the couple has invited their favorite people to join them in this celebration, and you are among them. The photos are incredibly important, they will be the visual story for generations of this grand event. That said; make sure to let that story be told as seamlessly as possible. Be sensitive to the couple’s limited time to revel and bask in the love of their friends & family. It is their opportunity to dance and be in the limelight. This joyous day is merely the beginning of a long journey. Document it, participate in it, enjoy it, but do not dominate it. Gift them with your talent to retell their splendid story while masquerading as the endearing guest who just happens to be their fantastic wedding photographer.
Campbell + Safford
Such a fun wedding at Green Gates at Flowing Lake. Kilts, firemen, and so many details that melded these two families together. I loved all the symbolic touches that spoke loudly of the love and connection Jessica + Rob have grown over the years and are now cementing in marriage. Cheers!
Eric & Jenna’s wedding was an international affair. Guests traveled from London, Australia, Kenya just to name a few, to a little paradise escape in Yakima. Cascade Gardens is a hidden gem sequestered across from the largest hops farm in Washington. It truly felt like a meet up of long lost friends. The atmosphere was joyous, celebratory and so very welcoming. A sweet love affair for everyone to enjoy.
Oh what a day. A day I have personally been praying for for years. The day one of my very good friends found the man God had chosen for her and began their life together. I am so very proud of the journey that led to this day and the incredible honor it was to photograph its beauty unfolding at Maplehurst. There were many short breaks for happy tears and heartfelt hugs (Andrea’s favorite), but I know I am forgiven. So very, very joy filled for you my friend and looking forward to watching the journey continue.
I showed up to Stephanie’s house so very excited to get this wedding season on the move! In fact, I was so early I made myself wait in the car for a little while so as not to be too over zealous. I am so glad to have started the day with this fabulous group of girlfriends who were so supportive and incredibly helpful. I cannot tell you how it warms my heart when bridesmaids and groomsmen genuinely take their role seriously and really come alongside the bride & groom to make their day as fabulous and stress-free as possible. The whole day was just a lovely unfolding of this sweet couples friends and family’s heartfelt celebration of Keith & Stephanie. It was such an joy to be in the mix watching, enjoying and feeling very much a part of it all.
The details were so perfect. Stephanie painted this piece of art for the sign in table along with all of the centerpiece cards. Just tapping into some new watercolor talent for her classy wedding. So many cute details!
I loved how the bridesmaids were totally trying to catch a peek during portraits.
That moment, right before you become a Mrs.
It’s a little bit magical when I can sneak the couple out for a few more sunset portraits. Everyone is relaxed, happy and so ready to just be happy in love.
It takes a great team to make such a spectacular day!
Dress- Brand/Style: Allure Bridal 9068 from pearls and lace (http://www.pearlsandlace.com/
Shoes- brand: Menbur purchased at: BHLDN
Venue- Hidden Meadows
Hair- Posh Styling (http://www.posh-styling.com/) stylist: Leah
Makeup- Holly Holman (hollyjholman gmail.com)
Videographer- Andy Fitts ‘Fitts Studios’ (http://www.fittsstudios.com/)
Florist- Contemporary Floral Kristen Pedeferri (Kristen@contemporaryfloral.
Wedding planner: Elizabeth Dougherty (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I feel like I need to let you in on a secret. It’s just something that seems to come up a lot and each time it makes me excited, fills me with anticipation and genuinely renews my love relationship with photography. It is every time I meet a couple and one or both of them tells me how much they don’t like having their picture taken. I know those statements are always fraught with background. Bad experiences, insecurities, shyness, plus about a million other possibilities. And you know what? I’m not different. But the true gift is when I can look through a session and instead of seeing each of the two as individuals I only see them as a couple. The relationship and love that they share is louder than any believed imperfections. That connection is what I love. I look at these photos and I see joy, connection, love and a two very beautiful people. Thanks for dodging the rain and enjoying the moment with me Archie & Erika. I look forward to your wedding!
Just finished up the first day of the Northwest Bridal Show. It was definitely a rocky start as I showed up and all of my photos that I had hung the night before were in a heap on the floor. So sad. However, in the face of some serious frustration (it fell 4 more times after I hung it back up with various brainstormed ideas) the kindhearted people at the Casino brought out these four easels and help me set it all back up. I realize it wasn’t exactly how I envisioned my morning playing out, but it is seriously heart warming when others are so kind, helpful and cheerful in their thoughtfulness. I was invading space and giving out hugs like crazy. My wonderful good friend (and former bride) Dana came out to help me woo the brides and in the end it was a great day. I do love hearing the stories, questions, and excitement from brides working out all the details to make their day fabulous. Cheers to a fun first day and on to the next.
It it not as often these days that I have the opportunity to shoot inside a Cathedral. They truly are remarkable. Such classic beauty in the architecture, elegance in reverence and history that permeates the walls. Holy Rosary Parish in Tacoma is truly lovely. Maryanne & Adam’s wedding was simple joy mixed with old style grandeur. My favorite of the day was the surprise classic car that her parents had waiting for them to whisk the newly married couple to the reception. It was perfect!
I had the opportunity to travel back to Chelan with Brittany, Sam, John & Christi (some of my most favorite people) to enjoy the sun, some relaxation, a wonderful Mexican dinner, and oh yeah some additional wedding portraits. This was the kind of day that just reminds me of how much I truly delight in being the observer to a couple’s genuine love, adoration and joy in one another. Watching the play of emotions, the unique dance of appreciation for the differences each brings to the relationship and of course the fun. Because if there is a wedding happening, there will most definitely be fun. Oh Maggie, you didn’t make it easy, but look how pretty you look.
It’s just a special kind of exhilarating excitement to be ‘in’ on a secret. A surprise moment that you know will catch someone unawares and result in momentous moment of joy. Yep, it’s pretty dog gone fun and I’m totally on board, camera in hand, anytime you want to loop me in. Texting back and forth with Austin before the proposal was almost as much fun as the event. He was so excited and I couldn’t help but catch the enthusiasm. I was also super grateful for his detailed description of his clothing choice of the day because as it turned out blue gingham wouldn’t have narrowed it down. It was like the Monday uniform for guys (so maybe only 3, but still.) I followed them around in true stalker fashion as they strolled & bought some fresh market flowers. The shocked amazement on Jenn’s face was perfection. It really made me wish I had a photo of my face when Mike proposed. You just can’t fake that kind of awestruck happy. Since we were already enjoying such a fabulous day, she said yes, and their dinner reservations weren’t for a few hours we of course had to head out for a few more photos. I love that Jenn would randomly jump for joy (literally) or squeal with happiness as we traveled, just needing to gush her excitement. Oh, if only everyday could have such delightful surprises.