Theater, kids and puppies. That's what I thought I'd shoot. I swore I'd stay away from the tension-filled dynamics of weddings. But lo and behold, some very special people came along and asked me to shoot their wedding. It led to another and then another. So now, when I know the people and think the wedding is going to be extra creatively cool and meaningful, I happily do it. (It's not about the money because I can't really charge enough for all it requires.)
Mike and Merrill's setting for their wedding was spectacular: mid-summer beneath a gracious and very old oak tree next to a Georgian style home in East Grand Rapids that once hosted Winston Churchill for dinner. I suggested shooting them under that tree during each of the four seasons leading up to their wedding. And that's what we did.
A groom's reaction after hearing "I pronounce you..." (you can almost fill in a caption!)
They didn't ask to me to do this video re-cap of their wedding. But they're such great guys and the wedding was so splendid that I did it to help the spirit of that day's experience last forever.
I know theatre and I know photography. Most importantly I know how to shoot live theatre... how to capture the energy and emotion of a play so that others will want to be there to see it themselves.