Last summer one of Jason's very best friends asked him to take pictures at his wedding. A New Years Eve wedding. He said he likes Jason's pictures and thought that he'd do a great job. Jason said, 'Sure, Cathy and I would love to do it!' And so there it was - set in stone. I started to hyperventilate immediately, Jason waited until December 30th.
I have to say, wedding photographers are worth every penny they charge! It was alot of work, although I'm sure that experience makes it a little easier. I knew that I was working with some challenges. It was an evening wedding in the dead of winter. We have great equipment but not professional equipement. I was scared out of my mind. I even e-mailed the bride who I didn't know very well to inform her that we were not professionals and were working with some limitations. As I explained to her, the groom expectation of his wedding pictures was maybe a little different than the brides. She set my mind at ease a little.
So, I had to figure out a way to keep it together. My philosophy became to capture the day. I was no longer looking for the perfect professional shot but great memories of the entire day. I really love the photo-journalistic style that a lot of photographers use today. I tried to use this as my model.
We finally gave Allie and Erica their pics this past week-end. They were very gracious and oooed and awwed approriately. They are quite a couple and I have to say it really was an honour to have played such a large part in this day with them. Thanks guys!
Erica had immaculate attention to detail. You'll notice the 'wedding director' in the background. Everyone involved in the wedding had a similar t-shirt with their role on it. Hey wait a second. Where was my photographer t-shirt?
I love this pic. While Jason was getting some of the more obvious shots I was sneaking around. This is through a french door during the ceremony itself.
OK - so we did make them pose a little. How could we not? Noote the shoes - they were the dancing shoes.
Is she gorgeous or what? I get the feeling that she is just as beautiful on the inside. Good job Allie!
The bride and groom.
I love this shot. Allie and his mom are in the foreground and Erica and her dad in the background. Little moments. I think Jason might have been standing on a chair to get this one.
The new extended family. These kinds of pics are a challenge.
And last but not least, I captured 5 or 6 shots of New Years Eve before I put my camera to bed. They are my favourites. They have such an old world feel to them. They are super grainy but beautiful just as they are.