A Callanwolde Wedding at Callanwolde Fine Arts is a great wedding venue because it has the ability to transport you to a different place – in a good way. The grounds have a certain feeling to them that isn’t like any other venue in Atlanta. I’m not sure what it is exactly. But it’s not any one thing individually. It’s the combination of everything that’s there. From the gardens, to the grassy areas, and the trees and flowers – to the building facade that’s reminiscent of a castle but not exactly. To the side patio area that almost feels like you’re in the French countryside. Or the grand staircase with the back lit stained glass windows. Or the classroom feelings of the up stairs getting ready spaces. All of it. It all transports you to a place that doesn’t feel so modern, or even so Southern the way that so many other wedding venues in the South tend to do.
Callanwolde Wedding Fine Arts Venue
Callanwolde Wedding Fine Arts as a wedding venue lends itself to your creativity. You can really set it up to go in a few directions. Classic and timeless. Or a little big magical and fairy-like… or even medieval and whimsy if you like. Or just plain, flat out elegant (that’s a thing right?)
Your photographer will definitely have an endless supply of ideas at Callanwolde as well. Even if the weather doesn’t cooperate and it’s raining – there’s a good bit of cover to work with around the building – and you can always sneak a few minutes outside when the rain does take a break.
We’ve photographed several weddings at Callanwolde Fine Arts and they’ve literally always, always, always been amazing.
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This is Lauren and Dean. Theirs was the third wedding of a three wedding weekend for us. For me really – because when I book three weddings for three days in a row – I also use a different 2nd shooter for each day. And I know – three weddings in three days is bonkers. I absolutely agree – and I absolutely don’t recommend it for anyone else. While I’m not out right bragging about being so badass that I can shoot three weddings in three days and other people can’t – I’m saying that I’ve done enough of these things that 3 x 3 is relatively, no problem.
A few things to think about as wedding photographer when you’re doing a 3 x 3:
Your energy and not being dead halfway thru the 2nd day
This is where Coffee and more Coffee is not the answer. Being properly hydrated (with water) IS the answer. More important than even food. Make sure you drink water and stay hydrated for energy.
Your team’s energy (2nd/3rd shooters)
Just because you can do 3 x 3 doesn’t mean that anyone else can. Plus – SOMEONE should be fully rested ๐
Having enough clean clothes
Look – most wedding photographers shoot 1 wedding 1 weekend. So they have 1 wedding uniform/outfit. Nevermind having 3. Sure you can throw them in the wash but timing can be tricky depending on the schedule of things. Get home at 12/1am and have to be at the next wedding the next morning…
Effectively backing up all of your photos
It’s tricky – you have to make sure you download all of your cards to a hard drive – and then BACK THOSE UP IMMEDIATELY. You do not want ANY question about whether or not you have backed up the files before you start writing over your cards. So you either have a million SD/CF cards or you double back up your files.
Charging your gear batteries
In the same way you have to stay hyper paranoid about backing up your photo files – you have to make sure that your camera/flash/gear batteries are charged full and ready at the START of each day. AND bring a charger with you just in case.
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But that’s the bulk of it. I mean – Except for you possibly being too tired to function – each wedding is still only ONE wedding. They just happen to be right after each other.
Drink water and more water.
Back up your photos and back them up again.
Charge your gear batteries.
Done. Right? Oh yeah – it helps if you have a ‘work process’.
What’s the saying? Amateurs rely on inspiration – professionals get to work. I don’t and can’t rely on being ‘inspired’ every time I go to work. So I had to come up with a process that enables me to deliver a certain level of F*cken amazing in my sleep, without much effort. That removes the pressure to feel ‘inspired’ and frees me up to go make bags of NEW F*cken Amazing to deliver to my wedding couples.
Because they’re not all going to be one of my best days – that’s reserved for the couple getting married – I just have to make sure I always deliver the agreed upon Awesome.
I’ve literally known Kristen for something like 47 years – so it was a real honor to be there to photograph her destination wedding with Martin – IN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA! We (me and Kristen) grew up in Phoenix – so Las Vegas was never very far – but I actually haven’t ever photographed a wedding there – until now!
Kristen is actually one of my oldest friends (because you know – I don’t have many friends and that’s a whole other story) so… I honestly would’ve attended the wedding anyway – even if she hadn’t hired me to be her photographer ๐
BUT – if you’ve ever heard me talk about it – I would always rather be photographing a friend’s wedding than simply attend it. Because come on! If I’m photographing the wedding then I get to hangout with the couple ALL DAY LONG. Not only that – but I get to pull them away from people, I get their attention, ME ME ME ME. Right? ha.
Compared to if I just attend the wedding – sure I get to eat the food and party and stuff – but I maybe get 3-8 minutes talking to the couple. And that’s cool…. BUT NOT AS COOL AS BEING THEIR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER!
Las Vegas, Nevada Destination Wedding Photographer
It was only a few months earlier that I photographed Kristen’s sister’s wedding (Melissa + Dan) down in Phoenix, Az. – so it was also an added bonus of getting to hangout with her family twice in a short span of a few months. And any wedding photographer will tell you that it’s always great to hangout with clients that you already know. Because… you really do end up feeling like a part of the family. We stayed at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino – and their wedding took place at The Hartland Mansion and Wedding Chapel. Now that venue – it’s… all kinds of amazing. A total ‘Classic Vegas’ vibe circa Elvis circa Liberace feel – complete with lots and lots of candelabras…
Of course – being an Atlanta Wedding Photographer – it was a real treat to be able to fly out and photograph something a little different than what I’m used to – specifically photos on Las Vegas at night time! After their wedding we headed over a few blocks to Fremont street for the Fremont Street Experience (which is like… day time at night) – so lots of lights, lots of loud music, lots of drunk and not drunk people – you know – downtown Las Vegas. And that’s where we did another portrait session with the two of them because come on – when you have a destination wedding in Las Vegas – you NEED those night time portrait session photos right? Or else it’s just… desert photos, or casino photos or… IDK – but it seems like any wedding set wouldn’t be complete without some night time photos with all the lights and the lights and the lights. Did I mention the lights?