As wedding photographer’s we love what we do. We feel honored to be chosen by a bride and groom to shoot their wedding, not just because we are photographing all the pretty stuff but because we are the one who is giving them a gift that will be passed down through the generations. It’s not taken lightly. But when a family member or really close friend is getting married, it gets tricky. They may want you to shoot because they love your work and trust you more than any other photographer in the world. But they may want you involved too.
When my sister-in-law got engaged, she said “I know you probably don’t want to shoot it because you’re family, but you’re my favorite photographer.” As much as I wanted to shoot it, I knew it would be difficult since Brett was an usher and Gracen was the flower girl. So, they hired Dianne (you know her from second shooting with me often!) to come help me out and take over when I needed to be a family member and not a photographer.
Since we work together so often, we are quite a pair! We know each other’s strength and weaknesses, we can tell when we need the other to step in and take over, we know what one another is thinking…even from across the room! So, this worked out perfect! (We’re actually doing the opposite set up for her brother’s wedding next month!)
Since I wore many hats on this wedding day, I decided to blog a special behind the scenes look at how we made it work!
I like seeing behind the scenes shots and then seeing the final shot, so I included a few!
We tried shooting the shoes on the dress, so that’s my hand holding it up for Dianne could use the dress as the background! The dresses were too small for that trick…
…so we laid them on top of the dress and shot over!
My Mother-In-Law (and father-in-law) pulled this whole wedding off! She was even working hard on the day of! This is me testing a home made mint while she put them out. I mean, we needed to make sure they were good, right 😉
Had to get a bouquet shot since they were so unique!
While I was shooting this…
…Dianne was shooting this!
I was able to shoot a few of the guys pictures and then I had to leave. Brett was at his parent’s house with Gracen while she napped. But he had to get to the church to start ushering guests in. So Dianne took over and I left to go play Mommy.
Dianne also made sure to get all the reception details while I was gone too!
Once Gracen was awake and dressed, I headed back to the church. She couldn’t stop staring at Aunt Ali in her pretty dress!
Had to get a family photo while we were dressed up!
It started raining before the ceremony began, so I just had to hang out with Gracen in the very back until it was time for her to ride down in the wagon.
It was time to load her up! I was realllly hoping she would do great down the aisle because she woke up from her a little on the grumpy side!
But who was I kidding?!? She loved having all eyes on her!
When she reached the front, Brett was waiting to pull the wagon aside and get her out.
I love this shot because Ali turned the corner in the pouring rain with a big smile on her face! It didn’t phase her one bit that it was pouring. She was ready to see her groom!
Dianne stayed up front and shot the precession…
…while I shot from behind! I never get to do that because I’m always the primary shooter so I’m normally down front.
Then I made my way to the front row with my camera. I sat with our family as a guest, but kept my camera up there for up close shots like this!
Hugs all around after the ceremony!
Another family photo!
Gracen loved the wagon so much, so while we waited for the sanctuary to clear out, Brett pulled her some more!
I arranged everyone for family photos while Dianne shot them. This is our family 🙂
Then Gracen’s dress got stuck on the beading of Ali’s dress. Oops!
After family photos and wedding party shots, we began Travis & Ali’s portraits. It started sprinkling on us again, so we moved FAST! But that was the great part of having two professional photographers! I kept my 50mm on while Dianne shot with her 85mm and we got two totally different looks for each pose!
As much as I am use to only be photographer on a wedding day and not also mom, wife, family member, etc it was a really fun day! Most importantly, I think Travis and Ali would say it was great and they have a ton of photos to remember it by! After looking through all of Dianne’s photos, it reminded me why I do what I do. I’ve never been on this side of it before! She took some photos of me and my family throughout the day that are so meaningful to us. Some of them made me laugh and some made me tear up. I realized this is what family members get to experience when they get their photos back after their special day. They get to reminisce, laugh, cry, and hold on to the images. Looking through the photos as a family member and not just a photographer put it all into perspective for me and made me thankful for my career.