Alternately titled “When bad camera settings happen to good cakes”
It wasn’t a pretty sight, such a tasty dessert under such unpleasant gymnasium lighting. One of the perks of playing around with ideas exploring concepts as an assistant allows me moments to peruse photographic studies of ambient lighting, off-camera illumination, and the posting of my comparisons thereof.
Happy 10th Anniversary to newlyweds Natalia & Jeff!
Here are some of my favorites from their wedding ceremony at Saint Michael’s Church and reception at Plymouth Country Club in Plymouth, Indiana.
Full disclosure: I was a far less choosy editor and far less technically proficient photographer in 2006 and digging through the archives showed a lot of images that made me question my decision to proof them. The “artistic soft focus” image above and below were ones that lacked sharpness but conveyed an unedited, unscripted emotion in the moments after the newlyweds made their exit. I debated these candid images again in 2016, and when they appeared in my Instagram feed as some of Natalia’s favorites… I knew I kept these shots for a reason. They show a moment few others saw, and only two present felt the full elation of being pronounced husband and wife.
It remains an honor to have told their wedding day story and celebrated with family and friends. Congrats, newlyweds, on your first decade, and to the decades ahead! -eB
Thanks everybody for the flood of requests for reminders to see the wedding photos! While I’m working on the edits…
In my 8 years of wedding photography I’ve never before personally seen a bride and groom put together such a dance routine mix, and even more to have the entire bridal party – a pregnant bridesmaid, the bubble girl and everyone in between – tear it up for this dance!
I’m counting a whopping 15 song medley for their choreographed bridal party dance at the reception. Whoa!
The Right Stuff – New Kids on the Block
Born to Hand Jive – Grease
Keep On (Dancin’) – I’m hearing the Brady Bunch kids on that one
Happy 5th anniversary newlyweds Dianna & Brian! We get lots of compliments on the red trimmed wedding dress Dianna styled in her May 2006 wedding! Very vibrant day out on the greens at South Bend Country Club.
The newlyweds cut one of the first wedding cakes we photographed with custom topper (or middler) – a model of Brian’s Grand National used the lower tier for parking.
Did I mention we loved the red trimmed wedding dress the bride picked for the big day? 😀 The new Mr & Mrs out for a first dance sent it spinning!
Who says rain on your wedding day is bad news? I loved the things the rain did for photos of Lauren and Andrew’s wedding at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on Notre Dame Campus. Andrew and the gents walked from the Morris Inn on campus to the Basilica and the sprinkle was no match for the determined groomsmen.
Besides making puddles and rainbows, rainy shoots are great for
Saturated colors, textures, and puddles to use for reflections!
Rainbows! (none that I saw Saturday though)
Very few people meandering campus!
Kept things cool for the 11am mass when the evening was nothing short of sweltering!
And of course, proving just how determined a couple is to enjoy their day regardless of weather!
It was no surprise that “A Touch of Whimsy” was their unofficial theme. You couldn’t have stopped Lauren and Andrew from smiling if you had tried!
Newlyweds walk campus for portraits at the Grotto and Saint Joseph’s Lake
Perfectly refreshing breeze sends the veil flying outside the Golden Dome 🙂
The Morris Inn not only kept us very cool for the reception but the large windows provided magically diffused light throughout the room. It was like having a wall made out of softboxes (non-technical translation = very happy photographer!)
Beaming Bride and Groom share a first dance.
Congrats Lauren & Andrew! Go enjoy that Honeymoon!
I made note of trying out some new lighting ides last week during a senior portrait shoot and I went all out with it last weekend at Katie & Joe’s wedding. Here’s a favorite reception detail show while the gallery is being posted. Enjoy!
At the risk of my adorable son overtaking this blog – and you know photos of him sure could – I’m putting up some favorites from last year’s amazing year of amazing couples.
I love a good rowdy dance floor. Not because I can dance, but because I get to put my action photography into practice. Here’s one of my favorite dance photos from last year, a crazy flip or spin move that ended the rowdiest rendition of Footloose I’ve ever been in the middle of! Seconds before one gent did a jumping toe-touch splits and that was enough to break out the big guns and this move.
What a toasty weekend we shared with Meghan & Jon in Warsaw! Here are a couple of my favorites so far…
This was the perfect summer weekend for sunshine! We started off at the park with Meghan and Jon before all the formal portraits at the church. They withstood the summer heat and came back with some great outdoor photos.
And when you pass friends playing hacky sack in the park, you jump right in! These two tore it up.
Behold the dangers of giving your friends, family and guests bird seed to throw when you make your exit…
I absolutely loved the paper parasols above the checkered dance floor! I don’t know if it was done with the photography in mind but it made for great soft light, excellent textures and patterns, and a unique look throughout the reception. My compliments to the creative forces behind this idea!