So, as some of you may know,
this weekend, my best friend Meghan got married, and needless to say, I was both the photographer...and the Maid of Honor..but how you say?! I know, it is pretty crazy to think about, and I will for sure never do it again. But it was worth it, every minute of my 14 hr day :) But more on that Wednesday!
It got me thinking, why am I a wedding photographer above all else? A lot of photographers hate weddings, or just do them for the money..but I am here to say, I love weddings, everything that comes along with it (except for the occasional crying flower girl haha) I really believe every photographer is hardwired to be naturally good at some kind of photography, and I am just lucky enough for weddings to be my thing...
- I work well in chaos and high pressure situations (except public speaking...cause that is terrifying!)
- I love being the encouragement/support/and fan of my couples. Anything that helps them have a better, more relaxed day makes everything worth it!
- I like being in charge (hehe)
- I always say (most weddings) are where the stars align..everyone is together, people are so supportive and loving, and everyone looks their best and has the most fun together..let's face it, there aren't too many times in your life that you will get to experience all your family and friends in one place again..most likely..it is such a cool day to witness from an outside perspective.
- Airport people watching's got nothing on weddings, for real!
- I've always loved a good challenge.
- I don't like to be in the spotlight :)
Honestly, the only downfall to weddings, besides achey feet later, is that I can't eat wedding cake because of my gluten allergy :( I should just bring my own dessert from now on!
Anyway, come back Wednesday for an unbelievable wedding! Think black and white, whimsical white flowers, modern photography gallery, early 1900's style, art deco, and of course, a couple that is madly in love!
We may have ended the session with frozen fingers, but it wasn't due to the lack of warmth between these two people. Since they booked over the phone, the Audubon Park was the first place we all actually got to meet. Right away I felt an ease with them, I loved Brittany's choice to wear a red dress (especially in March with everything not quite blooming and still frosted from winter) and I could tell they had so much respect for one another. When I asked them what they love about their relationship, they both said they appreciated the other's loyalty. We started off our session with a little something to keep them warm, my favorite, tea by the water.
It's not too often I get the request to capture cat families, but when Kristin & Harmon invited me to their home to start their session with their five (yes, five) kitties, I was in for the adventure. These two have a unique kind of love and style that makes them so much fun to hang out with. Anytime a couple is comfortable with each other, it makes my job so easy..they laugh like I'm not there and don't shy away from snuggling up in front of the camera. I was expecting the cats, but what I didn't know was Kristin had set up an whole studio for us to shoot in their basement-eccentric and very them..and it was perfect. The more you get into personalizing your session, the more comfortable you are and the more personal the images feel.