If you photograph weddings long enough you're bound to photograph some of your friends getting married. These become unforgettable and truly mean a lot.
My good friend Eric had let me know that he was going to be getting married in California to his now wife Maria and I was thrilled. I had met her and she was just wonderful. She was patient and warm and they truly had a wonderful relationship. So of course when he asked me I agreed. Living in Massachusetts I found it so exciting to be doing a wedding in California.
I've known Eric and his family now for almost 26 years from back when I was living in Maryland. We played soccer together and shared other interests as well. Around high school we went different paths, but we still stayed in touch.
The wedding was fantastic at a great venue and an amazing reception which her family had setup for the big day. I haven't been to a similar wedding since. But, maybe that's more of a Cali thing. In any case I'll always remember this beautiful wedding and how happy my friend Eric was to have found his soulmate in Maria.
Congrats again bro!!!
If you're reading this post you're probably curious as to why my prices are so low.
Am I a beginner at weddings? Do I not have good gear? Do I just not understand how business works?
That is not the case at all. I'll be very honest here because I believe being transparent is a great thing when it comes to working with clients. I've been doing weddings for the last 7 years most as a primary shooter and some times as a secondary shooter. I really enjoy capturing weddings and the skill involved in doing it well. And, of course, I like to constantly be learning.
But for the whole time I've had a full time job and I did weddings and portraits on the weekends. A "weekend warrior" I think is the term used there. Many photographers do that for years until they are ready to jump into photography full time.
At this point in my career I'm not sure if I want to do photography full time as it will be very demanding and possibly become "work" where right now I take on as many weddings and portrait sessions as I want without over-doing it.
And that is why my prices are so low.
I don't have much overhead and I also believe good wedding/portrait photography should be within reach for all budgets. Eventually perhaps my prices will go up if my costs increase or if I do change my mind and decide to go full time, but for now I'm content with where they are.
Thanks again for visiting my page/blog.
Looking back at another super fun wedding on the blog today.
When I spoke with Rachel and Erik they let me know they had booked the White Room at the Crompton Collective. I was pretty excited about that as it was a new venue and it turns out theirs would be the second wedding hosted there ever. I'd been to the Crompton Collective many times and its a must visit if you're in the area. You'll find a wide variety of neat things for your home.
So, on the wedding day we had fabulous weather and we started at the Holiday Inn close by for some of the getting ready photos. Once again I worked with Deirdre Rakus Photography. We are a pretty good team!
From there we all headed to Green Hill Park to get some formal photos. The weather was still amazing!
From there we headed to the White Room, but we got a couple couple photos before things got really started.
What a fun wedding! They just danced and danced and everyone had a great time.
This is another wedding that I recall very fondly. The venue was a relative's mansion by the water and it was stunning. The weather was really nice and bright that day. Marissa and Max were amazing with great energy and make it super easy to photograph their special day. This is another wedding I worked together with Deirdre Rakus Photography. I look forward to doing more weddings with her in the future.
We started the day with a couple photos of the venue outside before I headed in to meet up with Marissa and Max. They were both getting ready in different parts of the house. It really was amazing being so close to the water!
So I met up with the ladies first. They got the best view for sure.
Then I headed downstairs to check in on Max and the guys.
Then it was time to get that first look photo!
We then headed over to the beautiful venue area on the back side of the house and got ready for the ceremony to begin.
Then we got some photos close by before heading over the reception hall. Just fantastic weather!
Cocktail hour was already going on upstairs so I made my way up there. What a beautiful reception venue!
With cocktail hour over the reception hall was ready for everyone. The party was getting ready to begin!
What a fun day!!
For the next few weeks I'm going to be re-posting some of the weddings I've shot in the past. This one is from 2015, but is still one of my favorites for the location, weather and a fantastic couple. It is also a wedding I shot together with Deirdre Rakus Photography. We've shot several weddings together and she's a joy to work with.
I started the day covering some of the getting ready photos with Jason and his groomsmen in their hotel room. They were all very easy going and just did their thing as I photographed them. I reminded them to pretend I wasn't there and I was able to get some nice photos. After that I headed to the venue to meet up with Leslie and her bridesmaids which were in the bridal suite. Everyone was excited and in anticipation as the hour approached. These are some of the getting ready photos.
This is a photo of the guys once they arrived at the venue a little bit before the ceremony.
Then, the ceremony began which was held outdoors in between the two main buildings with a nice view of the water.
After the ceremony the guests went to cocktail hour while the wedding party stuck around to get some formals. We took most of these at the larger building to the left of the ceremony. What an amazing place!
From there we headed back to the main hall for the reception and dancing!
It was such a fun wedding day. Congratulations again Jason and Leslie. Wishing you the best in your married life!!
Visit the blog again soon as I'll be posting another full wedding day soon.
All photos were taken with the Fuji X-T1.