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:
Holly and Brian were the most easy going wedding clients ever. Most a la carte wedding photography I do is quick and easy, but after visiting them last week ahead of their backyard wedding, I wanted to give myself a little extra time to capture some of the details they have worked so hard on.
With Historic Downtown Lancaster as a backdrop, Emily and Rob were married last week and I had a great time working for them. From the nervous moments leading up to the ceremony, to the surprise performance of Justin Bieber's "Baby" by Rob and his groomsmen- it was a really emotional day. So here's a little preview for the new Mr and Mrs :)
In my mind, moving was going to be a 3 hour event I would mostly miss out on because I was working. It turned into a week long process of exhausting labor and spotty internet service. Now that I have re-recorded a new voicemail greeting and received a new password to check messages, I have about 25 people to call back and I will do that as soon as possible! Scattered in between painting, scheduling appointments, cleaning and everything else.. I worked.. a LOT. Here's a little preview for some of you who came out with me and gave me the breaks my husband didn't get :)
Allison called me about two weeks ago needing a photo session right away. Her beloved dog was diagnosed with cancer and she wanted photos while she was still healthy and happy. We set it up and spent an evening, just before sunset, playing frisbee and just enjoying Katie Dog for the wonderful companion she is.
This weekend could not have been more beautiful! Three family sessions, two senior portrait sessions and an engagement filled up my days, morning to night. I have a few previews and will be working double time to get all my editing done before Saturday. I still am looking to fill two more evening sessions this week: 5-7 or 6-7pm at Gibraltar Mansion, the trees are flowering and it is perfection there before sunset. Send me an email if you want to schedule!
Hair for the last session pictured provided by Aimee Ednie at www.salonjalore.com