Monthly Archives: December 2011
ENGAGEMENT. SKATEWORLD. ROCK IT.
This post is an example of what happens when a bride is honest with her photographer about what she does and does not want on her wedding day. It’s important for brides to be on the same page as their photographer… being upfront is a good first step towards that. It didn’t hurt my feelings to have hopes and expectations graciously explained. My professional sensibilities were still intact. 😉 Honesty and collaboration made the day so good, in my opinion. It’s my job to apply my own perspective on the bride’s vision for her day. Flexibility and humility are every bit as important to a wedding photographer as a good, fast lens is. I’m not trying to preach… just explain what made for what I believe was a perfect day (the bride agrees).
Great sun, beautiful locations, late boys, pilfered Voodoo Donuts, and good pizza defined the beginning of the day. The ceremony was meaningful. The walk from the ceremony to the reception was one of the most relaxing moments in any wedding I have been to or shot. And the reception? The view… the food… the dancing… oh, the dancing 🙂 the bridesboy’s reaction to dad grabbing mom’s backside is about as good as it gets. Ha! Every part is equally special to me.
Love this couple. And huge thanks to Daron Jackson for once again being a perfect second shooter.
Event Coordination: Carmen Shah, Ella Events, http://www.ellaportland.com/
Flowers: Jill Mason at Starflower, http://www.starflowerpassion.com/
Ceremony: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland http://www.trinity-episcopal.org/
Reception: The Ecotrust Buliding terrace, Portland http://www.ecotrust.org/events/terrace.html
Hotel: The Nines, Portland http://www.thenines.com/
Catering: Culinary Artistry, http://www.culinaryartistry.net/
Makeup: Claudine Ebel, Ebel Artistry, http://www.ebelartistry.com/
Hair: Angela Jauron, Icon Salon, Portland Oregon http://iconsalon-spa.com
Cake: Judy Reese at Dream Cakes, http://judyreesedreamcakes.com
Cake Topper: Jill Mason at Starflower, http://www.starflowerpassion.com/
Music: dj rndm noise, Paul Munoz, his Facebook
Nikki and Joel make shooting a wedding easy. And fun. Hopefully the images convey their joy and just how in love they are with each other. And can I just say the private residence they used for the venue was absolutely perfect, and full of interesting corners… one of my favorite of the whole year. We were threatened all day with rain, and amazingly the only time it sprinkled was during their first look, which, in my opinion, made it even better than the original plan. Umbrellas came out, Joel took shelter in the trees (thank you unplanned frame within a frame), and the skied turned moody. You can know your camera. You can have ideas stored in your Moleskine. You may have vision for days… but you cannot overlook the importance of luck when it comes to photography. Just be ready to think fast.
To start the post off, I’ll show Nikki’s surprise bridal we did for Joel a week before the big day. High five to Emily Baynes for the hair and makeup.