Tag Archives: First look

Unexpected Rainbows


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.

Do Not Disturb

Sometimes the first look needs to be completely private… sometimes even the photographer should step out of the circle. When we sat down for a details meeting a couple of weeks before the wedding, there was a mom who really wanted to see the two meet for the first time. I asked them how they felt about that and reminded them that it would the last time before absolutely everyone landed in their lap for the rest of the day. Josh turned to Liz and said he’d really like to just see her… the look on his face told me everything I needed to know. When it was time, I picked up the long lens and worked from the background, with mom and the bridal party.

Come work with me… we can make a very special set of images to last you a lifetime.