On that long Summer day at the McKenzie Oaks Ranch the guests had just gotten settled and the wedding party had already paraded by. The sweethearts were holding hands and smiling at everything.
It didn’t take long for the kid to find a more comfortable place… imagine the cool summer grass under your elbows. The shade of the huge oak keeps the sun out but the air is still warm and the wedding is on!
I wonder what the kid will remember from that summer day? I always hope people have special memories of days like this… I think good photographs help.
A huge thanks to the owners of this beautiful property… good people!
Home, your personal space, is a great place to have an engagement session. Sure, the trend is to go stand in a set of railroad tracks with a vintage suitcase but is that really you? Do you really want a headless portrait that shows off your socks? Instead, your home has that insanely cool lamp in the living room and that great rusty gate in the back yard… the one that the previous artist-owner built before you bought the house… before you made it your home.
No doubt, I repeat myself on this particular topic, but I think it’s important to keep a sense of your history alive in your photographs. Looking back through the family photos in my life I can see the homes we made, the cars we drove and the various dogs and cats we loved. None of that was faked or out of true… real life can be pretty cool.
Besides, walking on the railroad tracks is against the law and common sense. ;0)
Getting married? Ask me anything.
Curiosity is part of what makes a good photographer. Curiosity is what keeps a fresh eye to the camera… bored photographers don’t see as much. ;0)
This little catch at Castaway was a break in the long and hard part of the wedding day… the part of the day where you and your love have to stand in line for the formal group shots that history seems to require. I try very hard to help my clients build a list that works for them but one that doesn’t overwhelm the day… we make the list and we make the time to do it. But in between the lines of people standing in front of the camera are these little breaks where someone has to go get somebody else and the players in that group revert to their own bad selves for a few minutes. I saw them start to crowd in so I moved in for a closer look… ever curious. I love the look on Kevin’s face as Karri spots the flask!
What’s in your pocket today?
Cool is an attitude. Cool is a thing you can’t really fake. Mia and Melissa were both concerned about having a camera pointed at them… the nerves were quite visible at the beginning and flared occasionally throughout their wedding day. They got married at the Jupiter Hotel which is rife with interesting spaces… it isn’t your typical wedding venue but it was perfect for them.
As the day goes by, I can tell if I’m getting the good stuff but they have no way of knowing so it’s a matter of trust. The thing that worked in our favor was that these two were inherently cool in their own relationship… I didn’t see much cheesy behavior or out of character posing. Because of that, I was able to get a very real day out of them and that is what I am here to do.
If you are looking for good storytelling photography that is laced with interesting portraits, come see me, ok? ;0)