What did you do this weekend?
My friend, Louie, asked me to take photos during his mom’s wedding. At the same time, my
oldest son Josh left for camp on Saturday. The kids were already coming with me, so for Josh
that was a twofer. Louie’s daughter, Athena, rode home with us. Louie and
his two sons were all going to be at camp, and the oldest Melissa was going to another wedding that same night.
Which part of wedding photography do you find to be the most challenging?
I think that toughest part was photographing the ceremony, because once it starts that it
if you miss anything, there are no opportunities for do-
overs, and you can’t ask everybody to wait.
But, throughout the ceremony, I just paid close attention to what was happening, staying inside
each moment, and remembered that I wasn’
t a spectator like everybody else.
What were the key moments you tried to capture?
Louie giving away his mom, the sharing of the vows, the exchanging of the rings, and of course
the kiss after “you may now kiss the bride.” I had to hustle at that point, so
I could get a photo of them standing at the front of the aisle and leaving.
Any low points?
I didn’t do as good of a job photographing the people who were throwing the bird seed. I had
been photographing the bride and groom, so was too close to get a very good shot.
That’s the trick with a live event like that, especially when you’re the only photographer. You want to tell the story overall, but you’re limited so you need to be selective. And, you can’t
always predict everything that will happen.