Palmyra, PA – This was a crisp, beautiful day in December for wedding photos. I have known Ruth for a long time – she attended my 2nd birthday party. (This was proven by film in fact, not by my recollection.) Her parents have been friends with my parents for long before we were around. So, it was quite an honor that she asked me to photograph her wedding to Don. We met earlier in the Fall, and we looked through weddings albums. Some that I had made, and some of her family’s wedding albums. This overall helped to plan what we wanted to shoot on her wedding day. I think we were able to get a lot of nice images.
Wedding photos – Portraits
Portraits of the bride and groom are some of my favorite images from the wedding day. There is so much going on, so many people around that it’s nice way for photographers to give them a chance to breathe. We can say, “Sorry – I need to get a few shots without any distracting things in the background.” The groom never seems to have as many “getting ready” shots – I wonder why?
After finishing the shots of Ruth adjusting her dress, and veil, I went over to the church to see how the guys were doing. The room where the groom and groomsmen were getting ready had a strip window on the door to the outside. I used this like a strip-light, a long rectangular softbox that creates a beautiful light for the groom. It was just luck that behind the groom in the background was a sign “God is Love.”
The ceremony in their church with friends and family attending was one of the most personal I have attended. They were blessed to have all their parents there to witness the ceremony, and Ruth’s brother sang during the ceremony. I always consider it a privilege to photograph weddings. But this in particular was special for me since I knew one of the families. They treated me as a guest, not just a vendor, and I think it pushed me to get the best images of their day.
CJ and Leah are going to be married this August, and we got together to get some engagement photos of the two of them. It was very hot and sunny in Newport News, VA, but they gladly worked through posts for me. They told me about how CJ proposed, and their plans for the wedding day.
They are well-prepared and are planning for a fun time with family and friends. We were able to get some shots with their dogs as well, and they cooperated for a few snaps! At this time, they picked area by the Mariner’s Museum Park. Although it was very close to a busy part of time, this was a nice oasis next to the lake. Leah I met only recently. However, CJ has been a work friend for a few years. Now that we both have moved on to new career paths, it was nice to see him doing so well!
Thanks for having me down for the day, and I looked forward to your wedding later this summer!
I don’t really have much experience with puppies. These little dachshunds, though, were so much fun to play with! My in laws added to our extended family with these two. The camera was firing away since everyone was saying they were not going to look the same for too much longer. It has been only a month, and that I can’t believe how different they look already. Here they are Dani and Max on the day I met them.
Sometime later, we went back out for another visit. At this time, they already started to look much different! Also, they were starting to become more used to us. While we were visiting, they responded to their names more. and they were ready to play. Dani especially wanted us to send out the frisbee for her to chase around outside. She absolutely is the more playful of the two. Max easily wants to make more noise.
Having never grown up with dogs in my house, I thoroughly enjoyed meeting our new extended family. Although they have always had dachshunds, these two have emphatically different personalities. I guess I should not be surprised. Even human relatives can differ greatly. I can see making lots of photos of these two for years!