Let’s get real here, we’re photographers and if there’s a photobooth nearby we’re goin’ in. Recurring theme? Call me, maybe, and I’ve come to the conclusion that photographers never know where to look in said photobooth. Winner, winner, chicken dinner goes to Cat and her best tiger rendition. I think I actually got scared for a second.
Their day was different. Their day was so very special. It was wrapped up in love and emotion bursting at the seams, so much so it was uncontainable. She looked in the mirror, struck a pose, in true Marie fashion, grabbed her bouquet and made her way out to the front lawn of Historic Londontown and Gardens where Scott was waiting. She stood across the field from him unable to contain her excitement looking at his back; her future husband dressed so crisp and sharp in is Navy uniform. Finally on the other side of the field, she tapped him on the shoulder and he turned around. They laughed and cried and love permeated through the August air. It didn’t matter what happened that day, what details they had, they were in love, and wanted to be married. And this day? It was a day they had both been waiting for, from that unexpected night being set up in Annapolis, to deployments, big cross country moves, to right there, that day surrounded by the dearest of their friends and family.
Marie and Scott, thank you to the moon and back a million times. Being with you on your wedding day was truly an honor. Your love is so amazing and I hope that you love like that for every day for the rest of your lives. Thank you for being so open with your hearts and your lives. Photographing your wedding was a dream!
Marie and Scott decided to forgo all traditional wedding rules, and walked each other down the aisle.
So. Marie is basically the most amazing, fun, laid back person you will every meet. And when the officiant dropped her WEDDING RING through the deck right before they were to be put on the fingers, Marie just laughed and laughed. And without skipping a beat she just took of her engagement ring, used that, and they kept going.
Scott went to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, so he and his friends were looking mighty “Officer and a Gentlemen” that day.
Love this one. Love times a million.
Marie, really? You go girl!
How handsome does Scott look in his uniform? Seriously.
You two. Killing me.
And although there was only a ten percent chance of rain, it of course poured. We went out right before it started to pour to grab these last photographs.
I can’t even tell you how sweet Scott is with Marie, makes my heart melt into a bajillion pieces. YOU SEE THIS SWEETNESS?? ALL DAY.
Like, are you freaking out, the bride asked me? I turned around and umm, me? noooooooo; as we stood under the tent watching the rain come down after getting only five minutes of shooting in. Hmm. Well. That was fun. But honesty, I wasn’t freaking out. Why? Because after five years I’ve learned that there is nothing you can do about that rain. If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen and it’s just how you handle it that shapes the day. I knew it could rain, I was pretty sure it was going to, so I brought umbrellas and was ready to shoot in the rain. And Katie and Chris? They were ready to shoot in the rain too. So that rain, all it did was reveal to the world my curly fro hair on my head. And my pirate rain boots. And those aren’t scary at all. Well maybe the hair; that joint is out.of.control.
More from Katie and Chris’s romantically beautiful, rainy, wedding at the William Paca House in Annapolis Maryland, coming soon!
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Alicia asked: How do you get couples to loosen up and laugh? Sometimes I feel like my couples are so nervous it’s hard to get them to relax! Well, that’s a great question, Alicia! I am, by no means, an expert in posing but I do have a few things I do to get my couples to laugh. Regardless of a couples’ comfort level in front of the camera I feel that it’s my job to draw the emotion out of the subjects that I’m photographing. Not every technique works the same for every person I photograph, and not every photographer instructs their subjects the same way, but these are a few things that I do. My personality is full of life and crazy outgoing and my clients know that, and are familiar with the work that I produce when they book me. Therefore they trust in me to produce the same kind of images, even when I instruct them to do some weird poses to get those images.
The Lick. Yes you heard me, in both of these images I told the groom Ok now I want you to give your lady a little lick on the temple. Is it ridiculous? Yes. But they both end up genuinely laughing like Yelena and Megan, and looking all adorable and shit. Sorry mom, it slipped.
The Get Away. I also like to loosen them up by getting them to play little games. I’ll have the them hold onto each other and then instruct the bride to try and getaway from the groom. Most of the time the groom is stronger than the girl, though sometimes he gives her a little wiggle room. Either way it loosens them up, always produces a different result, and ends up with them laughing. Here’s Lindsey and Charlie from their Annapolis engagement photos.
And loved seeing Amy laughing with Bill.
The Walk and Kiss. Now, contrary to what you might think, I’m not a huge fan of kissing shots. I know, some wedding photographer I am?! Fire me. Although kissing is lovely, hubba hubba, more often than not it’s not pretty; two faces and noses smashed together, it doesn’t show emotion, and it takes absolutely no talent to tell two people to stand there and kiss. I want the images to show the emotion from the moment, and to pull it out of them I instruct them that we’re going to walk and kiss. Them, not me. But, here’s the thing about walking, and kissing. You’re aiming for a moving target, and more likely than not you’re going to miss, and bump shoulder, and foreheads, which is the point. They start laughing, and then I tell them to try again, and wait! don’t stop walking! again! more kissing! It’s actually quite comical and produces some amazing images like this one from Amanda and Scott’s wedding and another peek from Marie and Scott’s wedding!
The Foreheads. Summers here in Maryland are awesome. And hot. Like so hot you might sweat on your wedding day. So, sometimes I’ll tell my couples to put their foreheads together full well knowing that they might be a little sweaty. Do they all do it? No, and I don’t blame them. But when they do, they start laughing because you’re so close and it’s kinda a hot mess. But when you look this happy like Cat and Mike, I’d say it’s worth it. I also do this in the wintertime when it’s really cold and will have one of them bury their cold little nose in the other’s neck. Nothing like a cold ice cube nose on the neck to get you laughing; works every time.
The Head Bump. The head bump is also a favorite and can be done in any pose that you set your couple in. Below I told the grooms to gently head bump the girl wherever was closest to them. With Rob and Jess he head bumped her on her temple, and Liz and Alden on her shoulder, and Jessica and Nico on her temple. I normally have them do it several times and have them increase the velocity. Ok, now this time do it a little harder! They obviously never end up really doing it hard enough to hurt, but by the last few times they always end up laughing because it’s just so weird and ridiculous .