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August 25, 2010  -  Weddings

ashlee + adam

I just can't do it. I cannot find an appropriate superlative or even set of adjectives to describe how much we love Adam and Ashlee, who just got married on one of the most fun, passionate, and happy freaking day we've ever gotten to be a part of.

We've been dying to get into these photos and get them posted, but we've been crazy sick all week, and we didn't want to rush through such a happy day. It's true, we linger a little longer on the photos we love the most and when we (as we often do) get emotionally involved in our work, this is a really, really rewarding job.

Oh yeah, and this is the start of us just randomly posting images. Our inspiration is our photo buddy Fer Juaristi, down in Mexico, who just lets it all hang out in his blog posts and makes them memorable and interesting while not necessarily posting (as Momma Love said in the comments last week :P ) the shots people expect us to post. Hopefully it'll work better for us and show folks how we think through a wedding day, visually. And a whole crapload more are in the slideshow, in order, so dig in :).
It was actually really freeing to pick my favorite photos and not feel obligated to chose shots that "tell the story." As Rich said, they're in the slideshow in order, so I really love the idea of just having our favorites in the post.
So, Adam + Ashlee - they're kind of awesome. You know how there's that six-degree of separation? I've said forever that I think Buffalo has about a three-degree of separation, and Ashlee's mom told me the coolest story at the reception. There was this photo of Ashlee when she was four, and it was always her mom's absolutely favorite photo of her. Holding flowers, sitting in front of this log cabinesque building in her jeans + sweater and being all adorable four-year-old Ashlee. Turns out, it was Adam's property and the spot he waited for the bus his whole life. I just thought that was the coolest story ever.
That is pretty rad :). We talk about that a lot, too - you know, taking a photo or set of photos that is going to be a touchstone for couples and their families. I know I have a single, defining photo for me of my grandparents and of my parents, etc. And, I have to point out, these aren't necessary MY favorite photos posted here - but I'm an awful self-editor (I think most photographers are) and I cannot tell you how much I appreciate you doing the selecting and slideshow prep. Because, honestly - I tried to do the slideshow once and I couldn't get through the timing - I get distracted WAY too easily and forget to hit the transitions.

I will say that it was completely awesome when we arrived at Ashlee's folk's house and they were asking about Murphy and Ashlee's mom was having her move where she was getting her makeup done by Allie, her sister, into better light for photos...I mean, it was great. I love the hell out of a whole family who reads the blog. You guys are incredible. Both sides of the aisle, too. It was not hard to see where Adam and Ashlee come from and why they make such an incredible couple.
Thanks - I really do like selecting for the blog. I like having the power in our relationship :)

Yeah, both of these families were amazing, and I was so stoked we got to be there for this day. Also, I love this photo :)
I am also totally smitten with this shot of yours - gorgeous.
Right on - hey, just because you don't ever wear a dress doesn't mean you wear the pants. As our three-year-old would say, "Do we need to get in a fight?"
Ha! We walk into Ashlee's parents' home, and it is filled with all kinds of amazing - her mom likes vintage pieces, and I was in heaven shooting her details there. Seriously, awesome.
It was a crazy emotional day - I think my spouse over here even teared up a little when they finally saw each other. ;)
Good lord, yeah. Like, both sets of parents were crying, Adam and Ashlee were crying, so I said fuck-it and let my inner emotional cripple roll with it. Hey, I'm still a tough guy and have the Marine Corps ribbons to prove it - but, dammit, I'm gonna let a couple drop at an intense wedding like this - just a humbling amount of love and pure, happy relief to be getting married.
And we finally got to shoot a bridal party in a place we've been wanting to take a bridal party for a long time. And it didn't rain on us AT ALL while we were out shooting - rained like crazy during the reception, but for once this summer it worked out for us and we had a great couples session with a-squared.
I would've been crazy bummed if it had rained during our couple's session considering the last time we shot them, it was so cold, we would jump in the car, put our fingers in the heating vents, man up and jump out again for a couple shots. Winter photos are so rad, but man, can they be brutal. So, luckily this time, no rain. Just crazy, crazy heat...
I also love it when we can commiserate with our couples about the heinous conditions we've previously shot them in. That was brutal - like, what, I think it was 6 that day or something unbelievable?
I love this shot of yours - I love it when folks have both parents walk them down the aisle; I just think it's rad. And I love that you caught this moment.
Hah - thanks - it was a pretty effortless day. When there is so much going on that's so damned happy....well, like I said up there a few frames back, it was a great freaking day to be a wedding photographer.
Not only was there lots of tears at this wedding, there were lots of hugs :) Super cute.
Thanks - and how great was it that Ash rocked flip-flops all day on her wedding day? Hey - so did we.
Also, babies. I loved that there were kids running around like crazy at this wedding - Ashlee + Adam are maybe two of the most kid-friendly people ever. I loved that Ashlee dropped into casual conversation their kid-timeline. I can't wait to see the adorable you two make!
Yep - we're gonna have to get in on that with some cameras, guys. And I mean AFTER the kids are born, you know we don't shoot boudoir or porn. Sorry - I just realized I typed some weird shit about "getting in" your reproductive issues. I should just shut the hell up and get on out so we can post this for you guys :).
Hell yeah.
I'd never seen someone do custom pint glasses before - waaaay rad.
Boom, and we're done. Hey - that way to blog was pretty refreshing, considering we were starting to feel like we were getting somewhat repetitious. Anyway, like I said before - I promised 10:30 and it's 10:35 - so I've gotta press "save" and let you guys know how much we love ya and how happy we are how the whole wedding went down. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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August 20, 2010  -  Engagements

kristen + brandon

Aaaaaand, we're back. It's late as all get out on a Friday evening before a wedding and here we are posting photos on our blog. We're kind of wild and crazy like that. Our nuts wedding shooting schedule is making our summer fly by. We had so many plans and places we wanted to go and things we wanted to do - and now it's almost September and we're down to something like ten weddings left this year and we haven't done a tenth of the things we wanted to do and said we were going to do. I swear we were shooting brides in the snow like two days ago, too. We're taking pretty much all of November and December off this year, though, and we can't wait. That's going to be our summer and our time to woodshed and rebuild and get better.

So, we had a pretty bad-ass shoot with Kristen and Brandon earlier this week, hi-lighted not just by some new places to shoot but a really amazing surprise courtesy of our awesome bride-to-be....you'll see here in a second.

But first off, my favorite frame, Alyssa. I saw you playing with this one as we were trying out some new processing techniques and I still just freaking love it...great stuff :)

Thanks - I was pretty stoked with that one, too :) Kristen was just about as adorable as I could've asked for.
So, Kristen pulled some massive strings and got us on to the Buffalo Fire Department ship, the Edward M. Cotter. She's 110 years old and awesome. We always say that the location doesn't really matter, but man is it fun to get new places, especially when they're as rad as this!
Heck yes :) It's no secret I'm kindof a huge fan of any sort of boat or watercraft, and I don't recall we've ever gotten to shoot on one before (our old jobs, excluding, of course). I think this was my favorite of the whole shoot. I absolutely love how Kristen laughs with Brandon.
We also wandered around the surrounding neighborhood as the sun was getting just about perfect. And we were totally right by the General Mills plant. Weirdest thing ever - I have never, ever, ever smelled anything aside from Cheerios being made, and while we were wandering around, some sort of cinnamon delishesness was floating in the air (Cinnamon Toast Crunch, perhaps?), and my stomach just about ate itself. I know everyone is proud of the city smelling like Cheerios and all, but if it could smell like that cinnamon all the time, I would be a much more pleasant person. It was just about amazing.
Alyssa just said, as I stared at the tv instead of typing on the laptop, "I gave you an opening to talk about cereal..." Sooooooo, I like cereal? What the hell, Alyssa?

Anyway - we do need to hurry this up because I just promised Kristen on our facebook page we would have this posted by 11 at the latest. Let's get on with it!
There's nothing quite like laying on this crazy steel bridge and your wife sortof nonchalantly mentioning there's a giant truck about to run you over. It's cool though, got the shot. And HOLD THE PHONE - Alyssa, did you just flip the channel from the roast of David Hasselhoff to a show called "Left at the Altar"?? What the hell is wrong with television??
It was a commercial break! Clearly, I'm not going to not come back to David Hasselhoff's roast - I love these stupid things.
Oh look! A overgrown, grassy... um, field... :) But it looks gorgeous, huh :)
Like.
Thank you - that one really worked out, huh? I might get that one printed - we need some new stuff on the studio walls :).
For real, though - why is Hulk Hogan wearing a boa?
hah! I don't know - because, as a child of the 80s and 90s, he's still completely awesome??

I think this little section of Buffalo might quickly become my favorite, random place to shoot....
...but the boat was really kick-ass. Thank you so much for hooking that up, Kristen! We have some really cool stuff to show you for the sesh :).
Yeah, it was a really, really fun area to shoot - you guys were awesome. Thank you so much for being so rad - we had a blast, and hope you guys are having a blast on your vacation!

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