I'm not a wedding photographer. I give major props to those who are wedding photographers that love it. I've seen those guys; they eat off all the tension and stress and craziness and they can pull it off. I'm a different breed - I like to work one on one with clients and take our time crafting images. I can't handle the stress that wedding photography brings. Everything happening all at once and omgiod-I-can't-miss-this-shot-or-that-shot-and-what-about-the-bride-and-did-I-get-the-kiss-and-now-I-have-to-be-over-there-for-the-entrance-and-do-I-have-the-right-lens-and-where-did-they-go? and all that. That isn't meant as an insult - I truly give kudos to those photographers that can feed off of high tension events.
So I don't photograph weddings.
I've made a few exceptions to the rule. Like the time I photographed some formals for Todd and Brigitte whom I've known since grade school.
And then there was Steve and Scheli.
Steve was actually in the band that performed at my wedding reception.
When it was time for his turn to say the vows, Steve contacted me saying he loved my work and was there any chance I'd consider shooting his wedding for him.
We bounced some ideas back and forth and I said I'd give it a shot providing I could shoot however I wanted, and that they'd agree to give me some time alone so we could get some staged photographs of the two of them. We worked everything out and the big day came.
After some time at the reception, I nabbed them again for some more shots now that it had gone dark outside
Finally after finding the shot I knew I wanted all evening, I took some individual portraits of them both. I loved the way these lamp posts were working with her dress and after I had her put her back to me I knew I had my shot of the evening.
I'm delighted with how these came out. These aren't all the images, but I made sure to let them both know that they wouldn't be receiving a slew of pictures - more like the cream of the crop. After seeing some of the formal shots, I knew they were pleased as punch.
How has this affected my stance on wedding photography? Well, I'm still not hanging my shingle out as a wedding photographer, and if anyone approaches me about it, I show them these and some of the formals I have previously took and I explain that *this* is the type of photography I would shoot for a wedding. Low volume, but high quality.
I wish the best of luck to Steve and Scheli. They rocked their wedding. They are awesome, and I hope they enjoy their photographs of their wedding day.