I have so much to share as I write this. However, I am quite behind my normal schedule, and will just say a few words, here. I may and may not have time to expound on this, later, but we will see.
My son and his new bride had one of the most gorgeous weddings and receptions I have ever attended. And, I am saying this even as a wedding photographer for the last 13 years. I mean it was gorgeous. The wedding was at Grace Episcopal in Charleston and the reception was held at the William Aiken House, there. (We had the rehearsal dinner at the American Theater, and that is a story for another blog–and boy, do I have a story :). Of course, this day, I was the mom of the groom and not the photographer, though I truly wanted to be able to do both. But, to do both well, was out of the question, so I took a few photos, here and there. They are not my normal wedding work, but I was happy to snap some as we went along. There were 18 other pro photographers there, capturing the day, as part of a Bob and Dawn Davis workshop, so I rested easy. And, owe much thanks to them and to my friends, Bob and Dawn, for agreeing to and pulling this one off!
I have to admit, though, as I have seen some of their gorgeous work coming across my FB page, that I have experienced a little photographer envy, but I think that may be normal. I was taking care of other things while the prep photos were going on and many of the others. The ‘things’ I was taking care of were of utmost importance to my son. I am so glad I stepped back and did the ‘Mom’ thing.
I was reminded, again, since this was the 2nd of my 4 children to be married, that which is important to families at a wedding celebration. Photographers are privy to many things regular attendees never get to experience. We see the prep area; the family relationships, the venues, the emotional moments, the behind-the-scenes and so many other things attendees may miss or not be able to see. We know if the shoes didn’t show up, or if the tux is not the right size, or if the veil is too tight, or if the dress is a little snug, or a little large, and we see all the nervousness that goes on before hand. We get to see and capture it all, with discretion, of course, because we are professionals.
And, there was one extremely important thing, this groom’s mom missed. I didn’t have a good view of my new daughter-in-law coming down the aisle. As a photographer, I either get that photo from behind or in front, whichever the church/venue allows. I am so glad I will be able to see that moment when the final images get to me. I know it must have been gorgeous, but, for now, I can only imagine. Since I couldn’t see the bride, I had my eyes fixed on the groom, my son, whose breath was taken away as his bride approached the altar. How it should be. I will never forget his face and his raw emotion in that moment. It is forever etched in my mind and I didn’t need a camera for that, though I did sneak a couple of shots when I could, without being distracting.
I have a renewed passion for capturing the wedding day for the bride and groom and their families. I have never lost the old passion, but I go into my Saturday’s wedding with all the reminders of why I do what I do, and why it is so important to hire a seasoned, professional photographer for a wedding day. Referring to myself as seasoned- is that a good thing??? Hopefully, it doesn’t carry the connotation of being old, because I am far from that–in my mind, anyway.
The day after the wedding the workshop group met up with the newlyweds and took them to a couple of venues in Charleston, where they enjoyed some moments with them. I was able to join the group, with my camera in hand, at that point. I did capture a few images, my way, but, for the most part, I was a guest at the workshop and didn’t want to interfere with the others. I just had a great time and I believe everyone did, including the bride and groom!
So, having said all this, I am sharing a few images below. Enjoy!