A beautiful photograph is one of the best ways to remember an important event. Sun flare’s streaking through the frame, as a couple is smiling proudly having just said their vows. I get a sense of pride and accomplishment looking through the finished photos. It’s what I love to do.
So after taking thousands of RAW photos at a wedding, so I must choose the best of the best, I can’t edit them all. But how do I pick the photos? We may have 50 shots of a couple looking fabulous in one scene near a water fountain. Some are smiling, some serious, some goofy. I like them all! I may pick 10 of the best I like, but I always wonder about the other 40. I can’t pick them all, because there are thousands more and it would take weeks to months to spend the time I want on each photo.
So that’s why I let the couple pick the photos they want to have. The Bride may want a completely different 10 out of 50 than I do for different reasons and I would never have known. Most other photographers chose the photos for their clients, so most people never know what photos didn’t make the cut. The bride and groom can pick just the right amount of happy, serious and goofy. After easily clicking on the photos they want from the comfort of their home, I get an email letting me know they are finished. I will add in some of my favorites, then take the RAW photos and go to work adding my artistic blends to each photograph, fit to be printed and hung on a wall for all their friends, family and future children can share at an amazing moment in time.
I recently visited my hometown of Wichita, Kansas and while I was there I had the pleasure of photographing the lovely Catee for her Senior Portraits.
Let me tell you, it was sooo windy! People here in Colorado rarely experience this kind of wind. But as night grew closer, the wind grew calmer. The calmer it got, the more confident I felt to pull out my studio lighting…bad idea! =) Even though the wind was calm towards the end of the shoot, a wind gust came out of nowhere, blowing over the equipment that we just started using. A light stand with a studio light and octabox took a tumble! I played it cool in front of my clients but deep down I was worried about the equipment being broke. Luckily it survived with just minor damage to the modeling light and I survived an almost minor coronary.
Here are some photos from her shoot.