One of the best things about being married to Leah (other than you know, being married to Leah!) is her family. Her really big family. This is just one side of several sides to all that is ‘Leah’s family’ – and since I have a relatively small family, I have to admit – I really, really enjoy the the sheer volume of people I’ve met that are all somehow related to Leah. It’s all just so much love, and so much fun.
You may not have noticed – but we kind of really enjoy family. Whether it’s family in a traditional sense, or creating a close group of friends – or our own sort of photography family - we seem to be all about going through life together with each other, with other people, with everyone who wants to come along. One of the reasons I’m crazy about weddings is because for a few hours on a Saturday, strangers we’ve never met include us in one of the most meaningful events of their lives. Not just the couple, but their families. Well, I also love open bars.
When you have family as a client – things can be super awesome great – or super awesome horribly wrong. Fortunately, out of all three times I’ve photographed Kim & Travis – it’s always been ridiculously awesome. Of course – their wedding was also the first time that anyone in our family was going to see Leah and me work as photographers. I’ve didn’t realize it until that day, but for the most part – none of us with regular day jobs ever have to work in front of our family. They don’t follow us around for 10 hours at the office, watching us surf the internet or drink coffee. So this was a completely different experience.
Especially since Leah and I made the transition from working regular day jobs over to full time photography in less than two years. So it’s all new to us, but even more so for our families. Without too much added pressure, we still wanted to do a really great job. Both in making the photos and just how we work. It’s easy to let things go and forget that you’re really there to work the event, especially when all you want to do is hang out with your family.
Let me tell you something though – Kim & Travis are pretty badass. They always have been. I photographed them twice before their wedding – and they never told me ‘no’. Not when I asked them to climb into a pile of fallen trees (which were hauled away 10 minutes later) – not when I asked them to stand knee deep in a river and walk around. Not when I tell them to kiss, and then ‘hold that pose forever’ while I walk around them shooting rapid fire style. Seriously – I don’t think there was a request where they didn’t just trust that it was worth the shot. Their wedding day was no different and it was all just a ridiculously good time.
See you tomorrow.