Practice and making perfect

So Joe and Lauren got married:


We were joking about how it was the social event of the season, but it really was.

I got to come in for the assist with Lauren’s wedding photog and friend Janie from Life Writing Photography and shoot some details from the reception. I kept my camera on snooze for most of the day, but there were a few moments, like the above, where I woke it up and had to shoot, and it turns out to be a good thing that I did because the church wouldn’t let Janie get any closer. So, my spectator shots may have wound up being pretty valuable in the end. I had to take a few. It’s what I do.

After being a guest at Shawn and Suzi’s wedding, and now at Joe and Lauren’s, I feel like Jason and I have got it down. My mom got married in October and he photographed the whole thing because I was standing up for her. We’ve got some experience under our belts and are looking very much forward to photographing Ali and Anthony’s wedding in less than two weeks! I can’t believe it’s almost here (I’m sure their disbelief does outweigh my own).

I’ve gotten a few corporate gigs this fall, in addition to some family stuff, and  it’s always good to shoot and find the moment. For Joe and Lauren’s wedding, it was probably the shot of her dancing with her parents with a photo of her Nana in the background:wordpress23

It was a happy coincidence, and one that encapsulates what weddings are about: the continuation of families, starting new ones and seeing how they end up, and remembering where you’ve come from. As much as shooting weddings is work, it is also joy knowing that the photos we take of that day are going to be part of a family’s history for generations, hopefully. If we’re doing it right, they will be.