Ashley + Seth | Wedding Preview
-Posted by Mark
After having photographed this wedding last weekend, and then Peyton & Gabriel’s wedding in Wilmington, N.C. two weeks before – I’m kind of really liking the Carolinas. Hopefully I’ll get more weddings in both states because man, it’s just a great time – AND it’s technically all within crazy driving distance so I’m able to bring along an Intern as a 3rd shooter (crazy driving distance means that as long as we’re willing to leave Atlanta at 4am, we can make it to anywhere in either state and still photograph a wedding for 10 hours.)
SO. Like many of our out of state clients – I didn’t get a chance to meet Ashley or Seth until I showed up, ready to start photographing. Sure me and Ashley had long talks over email and gchat (actually no, they weren’t that long – but we covered the basics, and Ashley got my jokes (it’s how we test out clients to see if they’re a good fit – because hey, if they don’t get my stupid jokes then it’s just going to be a really long day…) – and it was all just kind of too easy and awesome.
When I saw Seth dressed in his Navy Blues (they just call it that nevermind the actual color!) – and found out that he had been stationed in Coronado, California – I mentioned that I had lived there in the military housing when I was younger – and then jokingly asked if he was a Navy Seal (you would never guess it, but Coronado is a Navy Seal training ground.) AND OF COURSE he said YES, and then showed me the pin on his chest that designates him as a Navy Seal. Whoa.
And then I proceeded to just boss him around the rest of the day. ha. Um. kind of.
But seriously. Look at him – behind that smile he was probably thinking ‘I could totally kill this obnoxious photographer with my bare hands. I could do it left handed even.’
Okay. I should probably get back to writing ‘normal’ wedding posts stuff.
BAM! This entire day was awesome! Ashley & Seth are ridiculously beautiful together and just wait until you get to the reception dance floor photos.
Hey. It’s US. Intern Kristen, Me, & Alumni Intern Jenna.
SO. We have this thing where too many reception dance floor photos are just… removed from the action. They’re ‘pictures of people dancing’ – and although that’s nice – it’s not the same as trying to capture that feeling. So in order to change things up – we put our cameras on ropes and swing them around over everyone’s heads. It’s a crazy twirling 5 lb weight that sometimes causes concussions but hey – you gotta do what it takes to get those shots right?
ALSO – we request ANY SONG that instructs people to ‘Put your Hands up In the Air’. Seriously. If you’re a wedding photographer, and things aren’t happening – you gotta do this. In fact, we have a whole list of songs that just tell people what to do. Count, jump, lift your hands, shake it here, shake it there – hey. We’re professionals. And the dance floor MUST be crazy. Or. Else.
Now that’s a BIG HAND.
See. You gotta have songs that tell people to jump up in the air.
AHHHH, another hand in my face! NICE.
Ashley’s karate chopping me here.
Alright – I know – this was all a good bit silly but hey – this was a REALLY FUN reception and the dance floor was just awesome and crazy.
Ashley & Seth – you’re both amazing and I can’t thank you enough for having us at your wedding.
-Posted by Mark
Columbia. South. Carolina. Wedding. 300. Senate. Photos. Photographer. LeahAndMark.com
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