Booked many months ago, I was slated to photography my friends Erin and Kevin’s wedding this fall. I was really excited because it was my second* wedding and I was planning on having my friend DD be my second shooter. She is super talented and clearly has an eye for good photos. She had never photographed a wedding before and wanted to get some experience. She had the advantage of having the Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L lens – my longest lens was 100mm fixed. This would make for the optimum combination of focal ranges. I was carrying my trusty 24-70mm f/2.8 L and my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 super wide. DD pretty much had the mid-to-long range covered.
this wedding was such a great experience to photograph. we started the day at about noon, and thankfully the bride and groom had a good idea of their schedules, which made it easier for me and DD to plan where to be. The wedding party appeared to be quick to warm up to DD and I – I stayed with the groomsmen and DD stayed with the bridesmaids during the “getting ready” period. This totally helps loosen people up early and eventually take some more relaxed photos and they aren’t so gunshy when you walk around taking candids.
One of my favorite parts of this wedding was an idea DD had to bring her Hunter boots. The bride and groom found some wedding photos taken in a stream nearby – they told me about it, and I was totally in! the only catch: this was one of the straightest streams ever – so I couldn’t just stand on the bank and take pictures downstream of the bride and groom. So what’s a photographer to do? I rolled up my pants just like the groom did and walked on in. it was well worth it!
it was great to have some of the stress taken off my shoulders by having a second photographer. I was positions on the grooms side (stage left) and DD was at the end of the aisle with her long lens taking a lot of close-ups. we ended up with over 3500 unedited photos at the end, which I whittled down to about 2400 by the time I was finished processing. We separately shot some “thank you” card photos for the bride and groom to print as thank you cards, too.
This was a perfect way to end this year’s wedding season – such a beautiful wedding with two awesome friends. Here is a preview of some of the photos from the wedding. let me know what you think!
* ended up being my 4th wedding I shot nice photos for