We live in the age of the Photo Booth and I, for one, think they are a gas!
I find myself circling the reception, looking for moments my clients will enjoy, like always, but if there is a Photo Booth, I tend to stalk it a little. Especially towards the later part of the party when people have loosened up.
The best Photo Booths are the set-ups against an open wall. The closed booths work just fine but the space limits the amount of goofiness possible.
This particular crowd is most of a great wedding party… just a super solid crowd of friends who helped run a fine party. The photos will be a true and special part of the memories from that day.
I love my job!!
Imagine the day ahead of you… the day you thought would never arrive.
Nicole settled into the limo for the ride to the church and she actually paused for a moment to drink it in. Jon was pulling out of the driveway with his Best Man in the shiny blue convertible, both sharply dressed… looking for all the world like something out of the Kennedy years. The family groups and the wedding party photos had been taken care of in the morning garden, a small brunch had been shared and everyone was now traveling towards the rest of the day. I imagine that each of them was thinking about the day ahead and all were looking forward to it.
Imagine hiring a true professional to help you remember all of the little parts of this marvelous day! ;0)
Remember when wedding photos were kind of stodgy? Attitudes have changed over the years in the best way!
Posing a wedding party used to be about symmetry and well dressed people on their best behaviour… the men all on one side with their hands folded in front and the women all turned just so with their matching bouquets lined up. I have worked a little against this for many years, trying to fit it to each client’s need for their real friends vs the staged lineup. The prevailing attitudes have brought a wonderful sense of fun to the whole process. These days, I’ll do one or two staged set ups for the older generations but if I can get the wedding party or the family groups to play in front of my camera, I feel like I have done my job very well. Many years down the road, you should be able to look back at these pictures of your family and friends and recognize them as the fabulous people in your tribe… not just a well dressed group you happen to know.
I’m hoping there will be a day soon when the brides and grooms follow their own hearts instead of blindly checking off a list in a magazine… make the day your own and have a blast!
Happy to be along for the ride! ;0)
Josh and Liz took me across the pasture to see this old house on the property… we had talked about it at my table and then again when I visited to scout the locations. It seemed to fit the whole feel of their wedding plans. I was doubly pleased to see that it fit the mood of the entire wedding party… even with the massive wasp’s nest in the corner of the creaky old porch. ;0)
Josh grew up in this house and there might be plans to rebuild and live on this spot… what a fabulous history to keep alive!
I hope you will come talk to me if you are getting married… happy to be a part of the history effort.
Since I don’t bring a recipe to any wedding I have to admit that I am somewhat open to the whims of my clients as they whip by… I am not the photographer who will ask you to jump or have your groomsmen hold you horizontally. On the other hand, if it’s what you really want, then I will give it my all… this work will live in your house over the years, not mine, and it should be something you like.
Chris had an idea or two for the wedding party at the end of our session at The Grotto and when we got to that point, I was intrigued… it was graphically interesting. As always, I’d like to have had a little more time without the inevitable other cameras but I think we made a little bit of art in that space. Not bad, all things considered. ;0)