A moment as Amanda puts on her dress. I don't see a lot of wedding photojournalism on 500px, but I like it.
Cathy and Glenn had a gorgeous wedding at the Central Park Boathouse on Saturday. But there was just one little problem — the only way to easily get to the Boathouse is on foot, normally a lovely little jaunt through the park. But right as they reached the edge of the park, right when guests would be trickling in, the skies opened and it began to pour.
The timing couldn’t have been worse for them, as the logistical problems piled up, but they handled things calmly and efficiently.
“Hey guys,” I said. “I know you’ve been handed a tough situation. If you come about five feet to the left, we can use this terrible weather to take some great photos. This will pass soon and you’ll just have a great story to tell.”
And so we did.
The next night, Cathy sent me a gracious message: “Thank you for making lemonade out of lemons.”
I love this job.
1. Maintain a strict sense of decorum. These are the photos that will end up on the mantle for generations to see, and the parents and older relatives will want to order copies.
2. To make that easier, try and get these photos done before the alcohol is served.
3. Never upstage the bride and groom. They are the stars of the show.
4. Make sure that you get a clear, flattering shot of everyone in the party, that way everyone will order copies.
5. To heck with it. Gauge the desires and attitude of your bride and groom, and the party. Wedding photography shouldn't be one-size-fits-all.