Back in April, I had a new experience… after years of photographing weddings, I got to shoot second for the very first time. Now, don’t get me wrong: I’m not advocating that particular path for wedding photographers… second shooting is a really good way to ease yourself into the wedding photography experience, and should probably be the foundation of any wedding photographer’s career. For better or for worse, though, it just so happens that I got thrown into the deep end of the wedding pool, and somehow it all worked out.
That said, when Riley MacLean asked me if I’d second shoot John & Shereen’s wedding at Elodie Farms for him, I was really excited. I’ve always thought it would be fun to get to shoot a wedding without the pressure of getting Every. Single. Important. Shot., instead focusing on interesting angles and compositions, details, and the funny/poignant/emotional portraits that are all over the place… and I wasn’t disappointed. I also found it fun and inspiring to watch someone else work… the photographer’s job at a wedding goes well beyond taking pictures into directing traffic, helping manage the timeline, and putting out all the little fires that inevitably crop up, and everyone manages these tasks differently.
Anyway, it was an absolutely lovely wedding (expertly coordinated by Catherine Katz of Cherished Celebrations), and I think we got some really great images. You can see Riley’s more complete rundown here, and be sure to check out the wedding feature on Southern Bride and Groom Magazine blog, but only after you have a look through my lens on the day:
Oh, and remember the sneak peek from Kelly & Jeff’s wedding last week? Riley shot second for me on that one… and from what I’ve seen thus far, I’m going to go ahead and say I think we make a pretty good team