I don’t know about you good folks, but this summer’s been a wee bit crazy. By “crazy” I mean busy, and by “busy” I mean I have projects coming out of my ears. There’s been corporate-y stuff, assorted events, videos, commercials, and one big-time marketing campaign for a regional company that’s about to go national… there’s also been a bunch of dogs (like you’re surprised).
But all that in time.
To get you guys caught up, here’s a little ditty from earlier this month. A couple friends of mine tied the knot at Indian Springs Metro Park in White Lake, MI and I got to photograph it. It seems that each summer I end up shooting one wedding. So, who’s gettin’ hitched next year?
It was a brisk fall day in northern Montana… OK – that’s a lie. It was the last day of June in Detroit and it was HOT. Like really, really hot.
But that’s all I really have to whine about. The rest of the day was super awesome.
Based on this post, some of you may know that I don’t regularly shoot weddings. It’s not so much because I don’t like them (’cause I do). It’s more that shooting a wedding for someone you didn’t know until they hired you has some drawbacks:
– They aren’t your buddies and there’s a chance they may feel a bit uncomfortable with a camera pointed at them (regardless of how good you are).
– You don’t really know a lot about their personal lives, so striking up conversation/making them laugh is pretty much left to the stock commentary that gets used with every client.
– (This is my big one) – Their personal bubble is a LOT bigger.
Those are just a couple of reasons why I only shoot weddings for family and friends. I can get closer, make them laugh more consistently, and – most importantly – it seems like less of a job and more like fun (which GREATLY improves image quality).
So anywho – a friend/former instructor of mine got hitched at the end of last month and I was there along with Ashley Lawler and Laura Raymond for picture takin’.
Most of you know, but for those who don’t – I rarely shoot weddings. It happens occasionally, but it’s always a special circumstance (family and friends).
This allows myself and my clients a unique opportunity. I know them and they know me. This means I can get closer, more natural reactions, and a more personal level of happiness and humor than would be possible with a clients whose only interactions with me had been business-related.
On April Fools’ Day, with the fantastic help of Ashley Lawler, I shot a fairly unique wedding in Bay City at the Perre Marquette Train Depot.