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May 24th, the weather was amazing, the flowers were blooming and I got to witness the most unique wedding I have ever seen. This great couple surprised their family and friends with the entire wedding scene from The Princess Bride acted out as their real wedding ceremony. The bridal party introductions included a foam-sword fight and in lieu of a wedding cake, they opted for a crepe station. I know the laughs will continue for a lifetime and beyond with this couple. Congratulations, Jane and Boston!
On May 9th I was invited to photograph the wedding of Kate and Jake at the Pond View Farm in White Hall, MD. It was such a perfect wedding location- a stunning house to get ready, a picturesque outdoor ceremony site and a brand new barn for the reception. The food was amazing (and they do their own catering!), the owners were very kind and it was one of those very easy, very enjoyable evenings. I hope to work there again!
I first met Carol and Zach almost a year ago when I took their engagement photos. I was so happy to return with them to the Rockwood Carriage House for their wedding on Saturday!
Congratulations to the new Mr and Mrs! Your ceremony was truly lovely and I enjoy working with you!
When I walked into the Carriage House yesterday and saw the beautiful vintage decor and F. Scott Fitzgerald quotes, I was inspired. This wedding was so much fun, a real celebration of their love. Congratulations to the happy couple!
I had the privilege to work at the wedding of Eric a d Victoria on Friday. The General Warren Inne was a great location with a lot of fireplaces and a candlelit ceremony.
All of the music that night was by a single guitarist which fit the cozy setting there perfectly. If you're looking for a musician, check him out at www.dirkquinn.com
Info on the General Warren Inne is here:
I want to talk about something today that has been happening to me on a near daily basis lately. This is not directed to any one person, and while I have seen dozens of blog posts about this occurring at weddings, I have never seen another photographer mention this is an issue day to day.
Imagine if you will, that you have gone out to dinner with your family. Your spouse stands up, walks to the kitchen, opens up his bag and dumps out all of the ingredients for making a meal and stands next to the chef, using his location and following his lead and preparing the exact same thing the chef is preparing. Sure, your ingredients may not be as expensive or fresh, but it's essentially the same thing. The chef then knows you will not be buying HIS dish, as you just made your own. He knows you just copied his signature style and is highly offended.
Would you ever dream of this situation occurring? Of course not. But imagine that chef is a photographer- who has picked a location, knows every inch of it by heart, finds all of the right light, positions everyone just right and then someone is behind them, snapping away photos when they are. Sometimes even using an on-camera flash, ruining the photos the photographer is taking. Even more often, jumping in afterward and holding up half of the photographer's time taking their own photos. How is the photographer going to then sell photographs to someone who already owns them? Someone who only owns them because they walked in the kitchen and started cooking.
I know that everyone owns a camera. Everyone owns a frying pan as well but you leave it at home when you are going to dinner. I am not saying that you cannot stay after a session and take your own photos, but standing over your photographer's shoulder is frustrating. To this day I have never said a word to a client but in the future, I don't think I can sit by while my work is devalued and copied right in front of my eyes.
So please, clients of the past, clients of the future, people who are just browsing and will never use my services at all- Make the most of the time you have paid for at a photo session. If you are into photography and want to tag along during a family session to learn posing and lighting, then call a photographer and ask
The perks of being a wedding photographer:
Knowing the steps to the cha-cha slide
Listening to Al Green
Always have a reason to dress nice on a Saturday evening
Having the opportunity, week after week, month after month, to hear all the amazing advice and wisdom on marriage given by Priests, Rabbis, Imams, Reverends, Judges, parents and friends.
Your own wedding goes by in a blink of an eye, but standing there, with a camera up waiting for that loving glance, that squeeze of the hand, that knowing smile- time moves slowly and every word has time to sink in. This service spoke of the roles of husband and wife and how they compliment each other to create balance.Great words, a great couple and great evening came together perfectly that day to create this: