So my buddy, Drew, came over last Friday night for taco night (with his MacBook, I might add) to show me a wedding video he’s been editing lately. He’s new to the wedding business, and does wonderful work, by the way. Anyway, as I was watching his video, I kept seeing the photographer pop up here and there. As a photographer, it’s only natural for me to watch other photographers work. Maybe I’ll learn a thing or two, you never know. When we got to some video of the bridal party pics, I saw the photographer circle around the bride and groom snapping photos left and right. As a wedding photographer, that’s a good thing, it’s our job to take great pictures of the bride and groom. The only problem was that he was not looking through the viewfinder at all! He was holding the camera down by his hip and clicking away! As Drew and I had a chuckle over this style (is this even a style?) I thought to myself, what can I learn from this photographer. I didn’t know it would hit me so soon, but this evening, Max was out playing with his best friend, Zoey (the girl next door), and I decided to try out this new style. Here’s what I got:
Max & Zoey From the Hip!
And another one:
Zoey From the Hip!
So, I’m pretty happy with the results! Zoey’s mom and dad had a good chuckle at my expense, but later thanked me for wearing their child out. I actually had a ton of fun chasing Max and Zoey around!
So, if you are interested in any pictures taken on your wedding day where I am running around like a freakin’ madman and snapping photos without using the viewfinder let me know.
Meet Lesley & Taylor. We’re going to shoot their wedding this fall and today we did their engagement portraits. They were really a lot of fun to work with and really set a good tone for our whole day. They were open to all of our suggestions (yes, I really think you should pick her up and spin really fast!) and they had a lot of cool ideas of their own. Here are a few of my favorites…
We also spent time with Tina & Bryan today. We had a lot of fun with them at a little playground right by the Nelson art gallery. Bryan makes a good ‘knight in shining armor’, doesn’t he? We recreated a scene from Titanic too, but you’ll have to wait to see those pics until I post them online! Here are some of my favorites from their shoot…
Last but not least, were Layna & Joel. They were so much fun and so outgoing. And I feel like I owe Layna a public apology… Layna, I’m so sorry that your dress got ripped and your bracelet broke! But, we had fun, right? Layna was such a good sport about her ripped dress and broken bracelet, and all the grass stains she got from rolling in the grass! Here are some I love…
So Josh keeps making fun of me for this new blog, so tomorrow he gets to write the blog…
Today we photographed Jessica & Justin’s wedding. Despite a hectic start to the day, we had a great time. In between the ceremony and the reception, we headed out to Union Station for some fun pics of the bridal party. I even talked the girls into getting in the fountain! The ceremony was beautiful, the weather was great, and the reception was a lot of fun… all in all a great day. Here are a few of my favorite pics from the day…
A sweet altar shot
Brianah & James after the ceremony
He slept the whole time!
My favorite niece! (She’s also my only niece 🙂
Emily and Cousin Max
Saturday night we headed out to the Hyatt Regency downtown for Jenny’s Bat Mitzvah party. What a blast! We did her older brother Matt’s Bar Mitzvah last year and had a lot of fun, so we were really excited to have the opportunity to do Jenny’s this year. These events are crazy… a huge group of 12 and 13 year olds partying all night! And we were excited to run into the catering coordinator there, Sarah, who we went to high school with. Kansas City is such a small city:).
They were great dancers, but I was secretly worried about the cake the whole time. (See it in the background?)