how I shoot your portraits

Taking portraits can be one of the most demanding parts of the wedding day. Often, I spend quite a bit of time scouting out locations, only to find later on that they become occupied, or the light has unexpectedly changed, or some such hiccup prevents me from doing what I intended. So no matter how well you've planned your timeline, the unexpected can change your portrait plans. But never fear--it’s the unexpected that can sometimes generate a wonderful expression, as when some passers-by offered their humorous congratulations:

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Then sometimes I do prompt people to do cheesy things, just to loosen them up–-

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–-and sometimes the prompting, for a kiss, perhaps, yields something sweet and classic and natural in the interaction.

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And lastly, when it all comes together–a slightly orchestrated interaction, with a natural expression.

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I think I said something like, “Look over your shoulder at me!” and she just happened to gaze in this beautiful way. To me, it looks like a metaphor for the journey she and Patrick have ahead of them.

Making time to create beautiful portraits involves a little bit of planning in advance, but it's so worth it. And it's one of the things you should ask your photographer in the midst of crafting your timeline. But no matter what, please promise me to make your wedding your own.