"Wedding photography makes men of camera boys. You have to know it all: how to take pictures of men, women, children, babies, jewelry, clothing, flowers, food, architecture, and landscapes. Photojournalistic and fashion. Ambient light and flash. Photoshop. Photoshop. Photoshop. You have to bustle dresses, pin corsages, button cuff links, and sweet talk the church lady. And ya gotta look good while doin' it." Nathan Bell of Richard Bell Photography
I came across this quote while looking through a recent Weddings Unveiled magazine and thought it was a great summary of what it takes to be a wedding photographer. There are no 'do overs' and you only have a limited amount of time to get the shots and to get them right! You have to be an expert on every detail of weddings, keep the bride on schedule, and soothe away the stress from a very intense, emotionally charged day. A few of the tasks that I have perfected along the way: how to tie the 'Martha Stewart Bow' for the flower girl's dress, how to pin on a boutineer, how to fix a flower that has fallen out of a boutineer, how the bride and bridesmaids should hold their bouquets, how to put in a veil correctly, detailed instructions on how the bride and groom should cut the cake, which tier of the cake they should cut- just to name a few! The photographer is the 'wedding expert' that has the closest relationship with the bride and groom on the day of the wedding and so we have to be prepared for anything.
Now and then, we take a few photos along the way, and I thought I would share a few of the 'behind the scenes' shots.