Love + Space = Engagement Session… you now have the proper equation for success. ;0)
Hannah and Sham came down from Vancouver, BC and I traveled up from Portland… we met in Seattle to spend a few hours playing with the camera. These two were such a treat! The very best portrait sessions are the ones where the subjects and the photographer are willing to wander and roll with the spaces offered. We were handed a cold, damp day and that was fine for most of it… what made it work was the love, the energy between the two of them.
People as subject matter is probably some of the hardest and most rewarding work… the shiny prize is catching a mood the subjects recognize as their own.
Two lovers kiss and run away into the sun.. shielded by the blueberries, they turn, laughing, to watch the crowd that came to see them wed. After a few minutes, some kind soul brings them glasses of wine and they take their time drinking in the fact that they had actually gotten married.
I watch it at every wedding… the point where reality settles in and two people look at each other with a new light in their faces. It doesn’t hurt to take yourselves out of the crowd for a few minutes alone. Do it for the wonder of each other, don’t do it to discuss wedding details. Do it so you can go back to your crowd as a shiny new couple and really enjoy the rest of the day.
It is a pure privilege to be in a front row seat when these emotions run so close and high… I love my job!
Camera shy? The secret is to act out, get a little goofy for a few minutes. Sure, our moms all raised us to behave a certain way for pictures but what fun is a tight smile and a let’s-get-this-over-with attitude? You can tell when the real personalities start to come to the surface. In a wedding day, it’s about helping each other relax… to be together in the moment. If you have hired the right photographer, your friends and families will recognize your true selves. So get a little silly to start with and watch the magic pictures come to the surface afterwards.
Kate and Ian were a treat to work with and Ian did what Ian does to loosen up his camera shy bride. Thanks, Ian!
That great red wall is across from<a href=”http://www.castawayportland.com” target=”_blank”> Castaway</a>… one of Portland’s cool urban venues.
Marriage Equality has finally made it to the halls of the Supreme Court. It seems like it has taken forever. In recent reality, it has been a decade of two steps forward and three steps back… progress has been slow but surprisingly steady and I am pleased to see it.
Equality is defined as the state of being equal especially in status, rights and opportunities. Seriously, how does any of that get in the way of anyone else’s rights and opportunities? Go SCOTUS! Let’s hope they can reach a fair and gentle decision soon.
Opinions count, especially from your best friends. These people know you on your good days and your bad ones and they will gently let you know if you need a little more of this or a little less of that. Personally, I am always glad to see a beautifully subtle application of make up and a simple hairdo. There were some trends over the years that didn’t translate well to a wedding day… luckily, they were just trends. The last thing you want is to be unrecognizable to your true love as you come down the aisle.
Planning your own wedding? Come talk to me, I have some opinions, too. ;0)
With the ceremony straight ahead, there were a few finishing touches, a few last minute things to savor. Rob made sure he had his vows at hand, Erin had a last minute eye makeup check… he still had to put on his coat and she had a sassy birdcage veil waiting for her downstairs… the finishing touches on just about any wedding day.
Erin and Rob had already taken care of the family shots and a really great portrait session… all done ahead so that they could have the rest of the day with all of their special people. These two wonderful people got properly launched into their married life and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world!
A shout out to the hip teams at Vibrant Table and the Jupiter Hotel for a seamless day!
Twister in Alexandria… sounds like a bad weather headline on the East Coast doesn’t it? Well, it wasn’t. Chris and Jen decided to offer an evening of board games instead of the usual dancing… it suited them to a T. After dinner, the guests came back to the parlor where the ceremony had taken place and found that the room had been turned into small groupings of table and chairs amid the couches. They could sit and chat or they could pick from a huge variety of games to play. Between the parlor and the bar was the only really open floor space for the Twister board and it was barely big enough for 4 to play… Chris and young Owen got aced out by Jen and the Kilt Guy… not sure who eventually carried the day. Photographically, the angle was getting a little too dangerous. ;0)
An unexpected lens flare set this image apart… it seemed to fit this couple so well! They dance in their real life so dancing a little after they had their first look was natural for them… I think this was to be sure her long dress wouldn’t interfere with their footwork. ;0)
I told Madeline and Lee that I would be shooting snippets of their wedding with a Lensbaby and that we could expect some interesting things to come of it. It’s a wonderful little optic that bends the light and the focal plane. I have been using it on and off since 2004 and I like the unexpected nuances… it makes me see differently. In this case, I saw the lens flare come and go but didn’t note the rainbow effect until much later… what a pleasant surprise!
Plan your wedding carefully but be open to the possibilities, you’ll be glad you did.
Most of the toasting took place before it got dark. Liz and Josh had their wedding at the family ranch outside of Eugene on a hot summer day. The yard had been set up with long comfortable tables, a dessert table nearby and a well lit dance floor near the house. Dinner ran later than they had planned… the evening turned cooler and undeniably dark. The couple wanted to say thanks to everyone before they cut the cake. Their DJ brought him a mic and the crowd gathered in a little to listen. As Josh pulled out his notes, we all realized what he was up against. He was all set to wing it when the DJ pulled out his cellphone and saved the day. ;0)
The internet has a huge selection of Sunset tables available to help with your planning… even a half an hour can make a huge difference.
The moral of this story is plan your time and spaces carefully, you just might need a little light on a soft summer night.
Anticipation runs high on a wedding day… high enough that even the rain can’t dampen it by much. For Emily and James, the anticipation was enough to drive them out of hiding to watch their guests arriving. All of the formal photographs had been taken and they had been enjoying a glass of champagne and a little privacy… all that was left was to walk across the small space between the house and the hall where a lovely ceremony and dinner were waiting for them. James would finally get to see the cake he had designed and all of their friends and families were on hand to cheer them through their vows. The only VIP missing was their good dog, Davey. ;0)
Gray Gables was the perfect spot for this late season wedding. The party rolled from the great food into the kinetic dance floor and when the lights came up, the crowd went out into the damp with sparklers to light the way to the limo… this couple is a gas and the wedding was just perfect!
Planning your own wedding? Want to chat?