Be still… be really still for just a moment. Sometimes I see a chance to make an interesting portrait but I know it will hinge on the ability of my subject to just focus for a minute and that can be really hard to do on a fast paced wedding day.
Tiffany and Jon wanted to have their first meeting on the rooftop of The Nines so off we went… we did several in the bright September sun with Portland all laid out around us. To get to that section of the roof, we walked through this very dark, breezy space with tall shifting panels of gauze. It was sort of trippy and it registered in the back of my mind as something interesting. Just as we were finishing up, we walked past this hallway on our way to the elevator and I got to see it differently. I knew time was tight but I asked Tiffany to stand in the space and to hold very still… I was working without a tripod and I knew that flash would ruin what I was seeing so I turned my shutter way down and leaned hard into the wall. She did her elegant best and we have this glamorous piece as our prize. ;0)
A professional photographer will see the possibilities and make them work… how about that?
Ryan and Angela have crappy work schedules… their time off together is scarce. We tried for four Thursdays in February and March to have the urban engagement session that they wanted and the weatherman kept on smacking us down. So I said buy an umbrella and off we went! I loved that they were game for things like this and I am very sure that their vineyard wedding in August will find them just as willing to play. ;0)
As always, the best work is a collaboration between the couple and the professional photographer… you can’t beat the combination.
Destination weddings always get a little extra photography… seems like the least I can do for the extra cost. Since I prefer to arrive a day ahead, I like to spend a couple of hours at the rehearsal dinner getting used to the family and close friends. It also gives me a chance to scout a venue that is new to me and, of course it is a kind of insurance against travel problems… a little buffer just in case.
What’s really cool is to be there when the surprises happen. Lindy had a shiny red tandem bike delivered to Avio Vineyards to give to Kenrick… he was one big smile as they went for a ride in the soft light of the Sierra foothills.
It never hurts to ask about having a trusted professional photographer travel for you… it beats taking a chance.
Sara and Zach had a bright August day at Hunter Creek Farms in Wilsonville… a sort of fairy tale place just off the country road. It is a very versatile venue… lots of light and charming spaces to work with. Theirs was a family oriented and classic sort of day… simple and elegant.
The sky that afternoon was full of high wispy clouds and hard sun… it was a good time to try the digital version of Infrared film. It doesn’t have quite the same touch as the old Kodak product but it still conveys a different world.
One of the main advantages of hiring a professional photographer is that we have a sense of how a space will work in different seasons, different light… sometimes from having already shot there or from scouting it before your event. It’s a major strength in any case. Keep it in mind, ok?
Whenever possible, I go out to a venue about a week before the wedding date to check out the light. Granted, our lovely Oregon weather can be a real game changer but soft cloudy days are fine… it’s the really hard bright days that you need to be ready for.
Large and rowdy group shots at 2:00 on a sunny afternoon? You bet… let’s go over where we can get the best light. Jac and Drew came with me to approve this location… the original plan would have been pretty awful. ;0)
Work with your professional photographer… good things will happen!
My sister asked when I knew that the camera was my thing… I told her it was the first time I looked through the viewfinder and realized that I got to keep what I saw… to shape it and share it.
Raised on photography, I spend my days, camera in hand, watching life eddy and pool around me like a wide, wild river. Wedding photography is a lot like that river… there is always a story to tell and my job is to tell it with wit and passion. Having said that, yes,there are lots of wedding related posts and images on this site… but it is not the sum total of my work.
I have been self employed as a professional photographer in Portland since 1987. I count myself lucky to do what I love to make a living. You will find that I do portrait work, both corporate and family. I also get to do theatre work… the first 16 seasons of Profile Theatre were mine to archive. Before that, there was a 10 year run with Tygres Heart Shakespeare Company. I have a few special clients in the restaurant world where I do food and interiors… kind of a lifestyle approach for their websites.
And, when the dust settles, I shoot for myself… you can ask my friends. My idea of a good time is to take the camera out for a stretch. You will see some of that on this site.
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