Updated: Oct 6, 2019
Wedding photography is different from other kinds of photography because it incorporates all forms of photography.
Being a good wedding photographer requires that you shoot detail shots, portraits, group shots, and, most importantly, the moments in between the moments.
My first wedding was refreshing. I was nervous that it was going to be crazy and stressful but It was to be a part of the group and a member of the team.
By the end of the day, I felt like I was joining a family too. I almost didn't want to leave.
Ben & Emily got married on August 24th, 2019 at the Snow Farm Vineyard & Winery in South Hero Vermont. As a wedding photographer, you're there from the beginning. That's why my first favorite photo from the wedding starts with Emily getting ready!
Your hair and makeup can make or break your wedding day. Luckily, Emily was friends with Hillary Fay, a freelance makeup artist, and Eve Tuttle, founder of Down the Isle Up Styles, a business specializing in styling hair for weddings. Her facebook is linked here for more information.
Framing is a popular street photography technique and I used the concept here by circling Emily with the ring light. It was a fun and different way to show the makeup process and bring one of the tools into the picture.
I like the last photo in the slider above because there's so much emotion. It's the moment that a bride looks up and says, "I love it!"
The Ceremony was probably the most stressed that I've ever been shooting. It was short and I felt like I was in everyone's way. I didn't want to take away from the couple but I also didn't want to miss the shots. One that I was happy I didn't miss was this one.
Shooting up in photography means giving the people in the frame more power. It can also be difficult because you are shooting at the light.
In this photo, I tried to capture Emily as the main focus while having her father slightly blurred. Her father is higher than Emily but he isn't the focus, she is. This was done to show the pride he feels in her, looking at the women she has become. She is radiant in both the moment and the photo.
Ben & Emily walking down the aisle as husband and wife hand in hand was an amazing moment. It doesn't require much explanation because the photo says it all.
Part of being a wedding photographer is also being part of the team. That means managing stress. It's important to take the couple aside when you notice they're getting stressed by saying, "Hi!" to everyone. This provides them with an opportunity to run away and just be together.
This is one of my favorite photos simply for the love that is felt. It's that classic in your arms kiss that makes for a lasting photograph. A few other favorites are below in a slider as well.
A lot of Vermont wedding photographers forget about the end of the day. They forget about the party! This is because of Vermont's natural beauty. It's so easy to get lost in mountain views and rolling hills that we forget that the wedding doesn't stop till the bar runs out.
As a concert photographer, I'm used to shooting in low lights and having to work with a high ISO. I love finding those well-lit spots and waiting for the right moment that the subject steps into view. Not to mention, these are also the photos that folks are the loosest and most natural.
Although, the only thing to do after a wedding isn't to just drink and dance. It's also about getting together with family, taking photos, eating ice cream and enjoying the day. View a few of these fun activities below!
Wedding photography is something that I never imaged that I would do but love. It's chaotic, random and filled with emotion and beautiful moments. Read Ben and Emily's review of our time below and if you are interested in learning more about my wedding photography packages then click the link here!