First, and foremost, I want to give my deepest thanks to Jessica Thomas! She took a risk and chose me to help second-shoot this wedding, and gave me the chance to experience shooting weddings.
We learned that we both love telling stories, and this passion drives both of our photography.
I learned so much from her: like how she handles the family group photos, manage stress throughout the day, discover great photo locations, and even basic business principles of wedding photography.
Jessica Thomas is a lovely love-story photojournalist — and that doesn't mean only the love between an engaged couple, but she loves sharing the story of the love between a father and son, a mother and daughter, a brother and sister, and so on. Her smile is contagious, and her enthusiasm is tangible!
Check her website here.
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Jessica asked me to meet up with the groom and his groomsmen, and capture their getting-ready shots:
The man of the day, Matthew
Dad was in no hurry to get dressed for his son's big day.
Mom and her little boy
Matthew and his older sister
The Best Man and Matthew's younger brother, Adam
the stillness before the wedding
from the outside looking in
the center of their relationship
Matthew's little sister was just adorable
The most beautiful wedding cake I've ever seen.
It was a long day, about 10am to 10pm. But that's a typical wedding day, from the getting-ready shots to the final shots of the reception.
Because this was my first real second-shooting experience for an entire wedding day, it also felt like a litmus test to me: What if I didn't like shootings, at the end of the day? What if after this experience…I find out that I don't like shooting weddings, after all?
At the end of the day, however, despite how long and tiring it felt, I said to myself with a sigh of satisfaction, "yeah…I could do this again." I'd happily shoot another wedding next Saturday, and the Saturday after, and so on.
The heightening excitement of the day, the trembling eagerness and nervousness of the bride and groom, the emotions of the father and the mothers, the uncensored tear-jerking toasts, and the addictive thrill of just getting the right shots for history...
Yes, I would do this again.
(p.s. this wedding took place way back in October, 2011)