I was recently approached by Caitlin who was disappointed with how her wedding photographs had turned out. The shots that had been taken on the day were okay, but there was nothing there that really made her feel special, not one shot that she and her husband wanted to hang on the wall. Could I take some for them and give them something to remember?
The answer was definitely yes. The opportunity to take shots of a real bride and groom away from the stress and strain of the wedding day would be a great way to spend a Sunday evening. No pressure, no rush to get to the meal, no drunken uncles or narcissistic aunts to do the ‘artistic direction’. Oh and the ability to call it all off if the weather wasn’t exactly as we wanted. What more could I want?
At this point I want to say how much I admire people who dare to make a living from wedding photography (especially if they aren’t that good with a camera). It is a stressful and tough place to take photos, and you get very limited opportunities to get the key shots. However, most wedding photographers charge so much money that the consumer believes that the tough environment has been evaluated and that the photographer can thrive within it. This too commonly is not the case, but this isn’t about bashing working professionals.
So, I get a stress free situation, with perfect weather and if I may, an attractive couple in front of the lens. I’m heading for drama on this one, just waiting for the sun to lower behind the rolling fairways of MetroWest Golf Club, then, we’re going to get some shots.
They were comfortable in front of the lens almost immediately, and once we had a few warm up shots done we all started to get into our swing. Thanks as well to Kelly (lights) and Jeff (fluffer) for coming down and helping out.
The sky turned a fantastic shade as it fell down to the horizon and things got really pretty.
And then when it was pretty much dark, I managed to get my favorite shot of the day.
Caitlin and Kristien love the shots, and we are now going through which ones they want for prints. They finally have something they can proudly hang on their wall.
If there is a moral to this tale I would say that it is extremely tough to take really high quality shots on a wedding day, the photographers that are truly capable, are so sought after that their price puts them out of reach of most couples. If you are talking to a wedding photographer ask them whether they can do a separate shoot like this, or ask me.
If you were disappointed with your wedding photos, and you want to put that right, contact me and we’ll go out on a beautiful day and put it right.
Thanks Caitlin and Kristien, you were fantastic to be with for the day!