Seeing as I have always done photography on the side, I have always shied away from weddings. They are big, scary and so IMPORTANT. I mean, the first one I ever shot – I MISSED THE KISS.
Oh yes, I did.
Luckily the bride and groom loved all the other photos so much they didn’t care. But I CARED.
But I also rethought HOW I approached weddings and how I talked to the prospective bride and groom when we discussed their photos.
In my case, I know my strengths. I am more of a documentarion. The posed photos? Those, I am decent at. But mostly? I walk around and catch the little moments and expressions and angles.
So, I try to be clear and let everyone know what kinds of photos they will see in the end, so in the end hopefully everyone is happy.
These are friends who were married last month and I did the portraits as their present. It kind of changed my mind about doing wedding photos in general. Probably because I felt so much more while shooting with my friends close to my heart – but also because their casual elegance fit my style of photography.
Maybe that’s what it’s about. Finding your place, your groove.
A month later, I also shot Jeremy and Sonya’s wedding. We tromped up into the Colorado mountains and they were married as snow gently drifted around us. A Steller’s Jay was our companion, providing a natural “something blue” and an amazing “something unexpected” for their special day.
I *did* get the kiss, but I liked this moment much better.
And this one.
And yes, we were cold in the snow, but I was so honored to be there, to be the right fit, to be observing and capturing the moment for them…
I totally understood what that bluejay felt like.
And what it must feel like to be a professional wedding photographer, and share in that amazing moment in time. To forget the pressure of the kiss, and the photos, and the everything, and just be.