Wedding photography is a big deal. There are so many elements involved with such a short time frame. There are no do-overs. You miss a shot, and its over, well at least during the ceremony. But with that being said, its amazing. To have to think that quick, to align yourself in the perfect position, have your cameras settings just right is a rush. The best part is being present at such a monumental time in this couples lives. Being there and capturing these moments for them creates an instant bond. I have been a photographer for 2 weddings as well as a traditional chinese tea ceremony, each one being unique and beautiful in its own way.
Most recently I was 2nd shooter at a wedding. I have known the lead photographer for a while and admired his work. He is super talented and very technical. It was a great experience, and I felt like I learned a lot from him and that day. As 2nd shooter its all about helping the lead. Whether it be carrying the equipment, holding up lights or capturing different angles its what they want from you. One of my duties was being in charge of the groom getting ready. I was nervous, as one should be, but was really happy with the outcome. I had prepared for this part of the day. I'd never been there for the groom, the bride plenty of times, but never the groom. I had my list of shots I wanted to get, and did it.
A collection of shots like these were on my list. Details, details, details. Anyone who has been a part of a wedding knows how much planning goes in to everything. And all these details have a right to be documented. Darcy was great to work with. I asked him to stop mid tie-tying or mid cuff-linking, and hold it. And I'm really happy with how these shots turned out.
Darcy had his suit custom tailored. It was beautiful, and full of details. The embroidered patch was a very special touch with his name and the wedding date stitched in. The fantastic orange lining was awesome. I love bright bold colors and this was such a great idea to show some personal style.
After the ceremony is when the real fun begins! (well you know what I mean) Stress levels are back down, and all that anxiety is in the back of your mind. Photos capturing the essence of your love for each other is your only priority. Well that and maybe a couple celebratory drinks! Bridal parties always look so beautiful too, all the work they have put in for your big day are not overlooked.
For this wedding we went to Confederation park in Calgary. Things here "blooming wise" are always a little behind, but the grass was green and there were just enough touches of buds on trees to help create a spring time feeling. Everyone seemed at ease and the magic began.
One of those "in between" moments I loved catching. While they had their attention on Craig, I loved getting these kinds of shots.
The bride was absolutely stunning. Something out of a fairy tale, or disney movie. Completely regal and the perfect definition of elegance. She had this big huge genuine smile on her face all day. Such an amazing bride to work with.
This photo (above) has to be my favourite of the day. The intensity, the love, the connection really shines through.
All in all, wedding photography is huge. Its so important. Picking the right photographer for your big day is key. Trust is essential. I've enjoyed, and am so grateful for all the oppertunities I've had to this point, and look forward to growing and learning more about this. I'm truly passionate about creating these beautiful images that tell your story.