Thursday, July 31, 2008

Photostory Friday: Wedding Practice

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek


About a year and  half ago, my sister-in-law, Pam (who seems to figure in a lot of these stories), called to tell me that she had booked a wedding for me (to photograph, I was, of course, already married). She volunteered my services because, in her words, "You suck at getting your name out there." Well, there's a reason for that, namely, because I don't have any "services." I mainly just take pictures of my kids. I wasn't necessarily opposed to trying my hand at wedding photography, but the pressure of getting it right is tremendous -- you don't get a second shot at a wedding. People tell me I worry too much. 
Anyway, Pam broke the news to me in February, for a wedding to take place in August  -- So, I had six months to develop a really good ulcer. I decided that what I needed was some practice, so I turned (where else?) to my kids. I thought I'd kill two birds with one stone -- I'd practice some poses and get some pictures of my children all dressed up -- for a change. I rented a tuxedo for my son (sometimes I go to extremes) from a place online, called Gaga's.
Digression Alert! I had the tuxedo for three weeks for only 19.99, shipping and handling included. If you need to put your son in a tux, for a wedding or just to take some cool pictures, it's a hard price to beat. No, I don't work for Gaga's. 
After shooting for a while, my kids got restless. Emma and Matt don't tolerate posing very long (Jordan, of course, can pose indefinitely, if there is a camera in the vicinity). So, I did one of my favorite things, I sent them to play and then turned the camera on them. Those are always the best shots. These are two of my favorites. 

15 comments:

ValleyGirl said...

Those are beautiful! What great memories, even if it was just practise! (and no, you can't beat that price!!)

MamaGeek said...

Wow, now that is SWEETNESS right there. I love those shots. Both of them. And I agree with VG, that practice is totally priceless!

Cecily R said...

I can totally see why you like them so much. Perfection.

What great practice you had. I'm CERTAIN the wedding pics you took were wonderful.

scrappysue said...

these are amazing! you are a fantastic photographer!!!

Pinky said...

Greatness here!
greatness is in the imperfection....say NO to ulcers.

;-)

Ryanne said...

Those are great shots. You will ust have to let the restless bridal parties "play and capture that. Good luck...I'm sure they will be beautiful! Thanks for the story, and for reading about my Grampa.

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

Beautiful pictures! They are so fun and so real. I absolutely love the first one!

Working mum said...

Definite keepers for when they are older! Love the first one, so cute.

Susie said...

OMGosh these kids are adorable! What fantastic pictures!

Robyn said...

gorgeous photos. I really love the first one.

Alexandria said...

Absolutely stunning and beautiful! Your kids are amazing and so it your talent. Lots of luck for the wedding! I'm sure you'll do extremely well!!

shutter happy jenn said...

How sweet! Nice capture!

I also have posted my PSF. You can read it HERE.

Happy Friday!

Susan said...

Gaga's is awesome.
Good luck with the wedding. It looks like things will work out just fine. Your shots are great!

MomOf3 said...

These are great pictures! You have a gift! Happy PSF!

lisaschaos said...

Those are fun shots!! How'd that wedding go? We just spent 15 hours on our feet shooting a wedding last Saturday.