If it seems like I haven’t blogged in forever, it’s because I haven’t blogged in forever! I shot this wedding late last year, but it seems like only yesterday that I witnessed this beautiful wedding at the Oaks at Heavenly between Kelli and Jay. And, there was a bonus. I ran into Emily–a model of mine from earlier in the summer that helped me capture some extremely epic images of her in her prom dress in a gorgeous backlit cotton field.
I had the pleasure of shooting this wedding as a second photographer with Sara Griffin Photography. I’ve actually done quite a bit of second shooting with her over the last several months. It’s a lot of fun to fill in the gaps of my schedule helping out other photographers. Second shooting is a lot of fun because not only do I get to help out a colleague, there is a lot less pressure, I get to experiment quite a bit more during the wedding day and it helps to keep my skills keen and practiced. Plus I get to meet lots of great couples!
The Oaks at Heavenly Wedding
Today, I’m only going to post images from the bride and groom’s creative session that happened immediately after their ceremony. I recently had a bride comment to me that she was so glad I had talked her into adding this into her timeline after their ceremony. She admitted that those images were her favorite, by far, from the entire day. It is images like these, that you will end up hanging on the walls of your home.
It’s very important that your wedding day photographer help you to create a timeline that will maximize your time with them to create spectacular images and capture all the great memories of the day. This is vitally important even when you have hired a very knowledgeable wedding planner. Often times when the photographer is left out of the timeline creation, we are forced into impossible situations, and more often than not, set up for failure. We are left having to take only safe shots and not having any time to exercise our creativity–which is, most of the time, why you hired us in the very first place.
Giving me time in your wedding day to capture those safe shots and then experiment with my creativity allows me to do things like double exposures, play with reflections, search for frames within frames (and other compositional layers), and identify unique patterns of light. Allowing me this extra time sets your wedding day images apart from all other wedding day images which were captured during a limited and basic timeline.
Second shooting allows me a bit of flexibility in being creative. While the primary photographer is securing all the safe shots, I can get creative and look for the clever and imaginative shots.
I’ll be sure to make a compilation blog post about these creative shots in the very near future.
Here are some more of my favorite images from the bride and groom’s wedding day creative session—not necessarily very creative, but beautiful nonetheless.
**The images contained in this blog post were shot under the direction and for assignment of Sara Griffin Photography. The images are copyrighted but used herein with permission.
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