Camera, batteries, the rest of the gear bag… check
Cliff bar, water, Altoids… check
Outfit ironed and in the car… check
Agh… Nerves, where are you?!?
Shooting a wedding later this afternoon and I can’t find my ner… oh, there you are Nerves. -phew-
Earlier this year, whilst Julia and I were chatting online, she shares with me some awesome news… She’s been booked for a wedding!!! You see Julia and I chat pretty much every day.You’d think we’d get tired of one another but I think we have this chemistry that just works. Whether it’s photographing a wedding, shooting an engagement session, or sippin’ on a margarita… we always have a blast. When she told me about the wedding she booked, I couldn’t be more proud of her! Of course they want you, I told her. Duh… who wouldn’t want Julia as their wedding photographer?!? Well then she says You’re coming… RIGHT?!? That’s Julia’s code for I want you to shoot with me 🙂 I was so pleasantly surprised and of course extremely honored. She wants me to shoot with her? Eeeee!!!! To find someone that you can shoot a wedding with is rather difficult and I’ve always thought she was my photography soul mate, I just wasn’t sure she felt the same way and now that I know, I’m glad she does! There is an immense amount of trust you must have in the other person. Trust that the person will be shooting from different angles, trust that the person will represent your name properly, and trust that they won’t slack off. For Julia to believe in me is the utmost compliment because I love her style of photography, I love that she has full faith in me and above all… I love that we have fun! We do… we have so much fun that I think it helps when we’re documenting a wedding. A big part of documenting a wedding is being at the right place, at the right time. I cannot stress the importance of having two photographers but I think I’ll discuss that more in another post. My original point was that capturing the intimate moments, sometimes means being a little intrusive. You can tell when a husband is told to look lovingly into his bride’s eyes. It just ain’t the same… But then there’s another moment. The moment where you catch the husband completely infatuated with the woman he asked to marry. That look, that feeling… it oozes out the photograph like no pose ever will. Documenting a wedding is a balance of being intrusive and getting up close and personal when the moment is there but being able to blend in the crowd so that people don’t stop what they were doing and pose. The best pictures are the candid ones.This week has been an absolute roller coaster of emotions but today… oh today. Today I’m super pumped and ready to do this. I had all my bags ready and packed yesterday and last night I put them by the front door so I wouldn’t have to do my old oh-my-freakin-goodness-where-the-pickled-cumquats-are-my-shizzle dance. Rest assured, it’s not a pretty dance. Being able to take a shower, have some coffee, put on my clothes, chat with my mom, then head out the door was a pretty awesome feeling. SO why is it that I don’t this for my everyday job? Hmm… I suppose I could try but um… yeah, baby steps… baby steps.
And because I’m still the kind of girl who’ll flip through pages just to check out the pictures in the middle of the book, here’s a pic from me and Julia‘s first wedding gig together. Love her!
♪ Oh what a night ♫