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September 15, 2011 - Engagements
I'm in this place, mentally, that when I have some place I want to shoot, I need to shoot there... stat. You see, we went to shoot at an abandoned gas station we've been eyeing for five years, and it was gone. We'd been there a week before when it was there and then, poof! So, I'm not messing around anymore. Since Holly + Brian wanted to go shoot where they first met (Voelker's) but beyond that, they didn't much care, so we went to a few places I've been dying to shoot lest we wait a week, and they also disappear!
No kiddin. I mean, I'm never upset when some old, hulking piece of property that's been thoroughly let go gets torn down. But the photographer part of me that revels in funky, abandoned places gets a little sad for about half a second.
Holly definitely mentioned that her mom was a little worried that we would drag them into some crazy places. So...um, sorry mom! Since we like to mix it up, though, we shot for a little while at Voelker's and around there and then headed over to a park near Holly and Brian's house to play with their dog-children.
Their dog-children! I like that term - and it's probably way too true for most of us :) Fun fact? I tell babysitters that my girls (dog-children) are way more difficult to watch than my boys (human-children). Because, knock on wood, Murphy and Dexter have yet to dig out under the fence and go running across the street to get picked up by strangers and spend the night in jail. I cannot say the same about my dog-children. :)
Not to mention our actual children don't fall asleep on the carpet and become incontinent. That has not been cool. And our dogs are both only about six.
So, to cover - we've recently discussed both our dogs' horrific flatulence and their incontinence on the blog. If I go ahead and bring up how the collie/husky mix, Ansel, has pica for crayons and we often see some pretty spectacularly multi-colored poops in our back yard and we'll be all set. I hope you guys appreciate your blog post, Holly and Brian. We keep it classy like that.
I do not know why I let you write on this thing. Sigh.
Anyway, so, we headed over to the park with the dog-kids, and rocked it out until sunset. You guys - you (and the kids) were awesome to shoot, and we can't wait to see you, again, in a couple weeks!! Crazy soon!!!
September 9, 2011 - Weddings
Ah man, what a wedding day this was. Colleen and Mike and their family and friends gave us one of the easiest sets of photos I've ever been lucky enough to shoot and edit. Super organized while being super relaxed, it was a great day. We're spoiled by our clients sometimes. A first look on a beautiful day, a great bridal party and these two.
Fun fact? This was the second time in two weeks we'd shot Colleen's MOH in a bridal party. :)
You're right - we do get waaay spoiled. Organized + relaxed are two amazing things on a wedding day, but they rarely occur jointly, so it was a pretty spectacular day.
And also hot - like, likely the hottest day we've been out shooting this year, and I just want to thank Colleen + Mike + their awesome group, again, for running around and pretty much just destroying the photos even though it was huddle-under-a-tree-when-not-getting-photographed-for-the-5-degrees-cooler-you-get-in-the-shade hot.
Also, you win, spouse.
Hah - fun fact, huh? You kill me. We should really go back and figure out how many blog posts we've written together since we started our old blog. I assume it's around 300 or so? It's amazing we've never thoroughly devolved.
This portrait shoot was so money. I can't wait for your guys to see all the photos we took. You planned everything so well and gave us SO much time to shoot that we were able to do a ton of stuff and not stress the whole party out by having to rush. I can't thank you guys enough for that.
Aw - that's cute - you think we've never devolved :)
So, I'm totally smitten with these two groomsdudes and bridemaids shots. I know that industrial isn't everyone's idea of wedding day, but the great thing about C + M's timeline is we got to do something more classic and then definitely more funky. And I love me some funky!!
So, after the wedding Rich snapped a quick shot of the dudes in church during family formals. It didn't really go with a section layout-wise, but I loved it, so here it is. Alone. All by itself. :)
C+M's church wasn't down with photos during the ceremony anywhere expect the choir loft, but Colleen knew ahead of time and gave us a head's up. Which was a huge win - we've talked on the blog before about making sure you (if you're a future bride!) ask your church if photos are cool during the ceremony. Because when you show up and find out it's not, it can be a crushing thing to happen on your day. You know ahead of time that your photographers will be only allowed to shoot from the balcony? Then we make it work. In this case, it meant renting a ridiculous lens for the day. I saw a few people in the pews looking up at Rich kind of laughing at the ridiculously sized lens he was rocking. But it worked perfectly.
Let me just tell you, a 400mm f/2.8 lens is overkill. Massive overkill. Fun? Heck yes. But overkill. I did use my monopod for the first time in like five years, though. I used to shoot a ton of sports before we got so hard into weddings and I miss it sometimes - but I don't miss the ginormous lenses.
But enough about lenses. I almost forgot to comment on how Colleen was getting people to come out of retirement for her wedding day. Like her pastor and her uncle (a retired florist) who did her flowers. That was a really nice personal touch. After knowing Colleen a little, though, I get why so many people in her family wanted to be involved on her wedding day. She's pretty amazing.
And then it was reception time. On that note, we're gonna bow out - Colleen + Mike - thank you so very, very much for having us there to shoot you guys and your amazing family and friends. You guys were a ridiculous blast, and it was a pretty epic night. Thanks, again!!