A few old school traditions are alive and well in today’s wedding world. Even as the bouquet toss and the garter are beginning to fade, there is still a late part of the evening where one of the old traditions lives on.
After the major festivities, you’ll notice a group of guys, sans jackets, head for a corner outside of the venue… they are as relaxed as they are going to be on this long day. It’s almost always the best man who hands out the cigars and he is usually prepared with a cutter and a lighter. The conversation is quiet and it always feels like the men are channeling their older selves as they offer a different sort of toast, a race well-run sort of congratulations to the groom.
Of course, the mood swings in a different direction when the women start to join in. The pictures change, too. ;0)
It’s a favorite part of my camera work even if it makes my nose itch!
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.
Tyson’s cadre of young men took the time to work with the camera… the space dictated the mood and they ran with it. Sometimes the groomsmen get the short straw in the group photos but these guys made sure they got their share and that pleases me.
Maribelle and Anthony were about to get married in the Philippines… she called to see if we could do something in a vintage mood with a little traveling flavor added to the mix. We brainstormed a little over the phone and then I called the nice people at the Pearson Air Museum at Fort Vancouver… they were very helpful. With a little planning, we were able to use the spaces to the best advantage in a small time window.
They came in suitable dress and we spent a couple of hours around the airfield and Officer’s Row. The light was great and they were about as much in love as anyone could want. The best engagement sessions happen when the lovers truly engage in the process.
I think I am just in a mood to go to the beach today so my post for the week reflects an unanswered wish. ;0)
You may recall this couple from an earlier post. Ali and Anthony had one of those lucky days at the coast… October, mostly rain, but then this beautiful window of soft light right when we needed it. In this photo, we had just finished the private camera time and were heading back to a houseful of celebrating friends and family. I’d like to think Ali was facing back to the scene to try to stitch it into her memory. It’s hard to keep any of a wedding day in your mind and that’s why the photographs really count.