July 23, 2005

Vacation, wedding photos

I agreed to photograph Carrie and Ryan's wedding because (a) I was getting paid, (b) they said they wanted a low-key photographer and someone they knew, (c) I thought July would be slow, work-wise, (d) I thought I deserved a vacation and (e) working at a wedding is more fun for me than being a guest at a wedding, (f) they're cool people, and (g) I was going anyway, so why not?

I think it went rather well, though I haven't looked at all of the photos yet. I took "only" about 1,100 -- this seems like a lot to others, but to me the number seems a little low. Wedding photography is a particularly stressful kind of gig: there are all of these moments you have to capture. Even the portraits are difficult: corralling a dozen people, getting them all looking nice and comfortable, and racing to get it all done before anyone faints (it was about 100 degrees on the wedding day). This makes artwork photography seem like a cakewalk in comparison.

It turns out I didn't need a vacation, really. Cindy and I went to her parents' place in Michigan the weekend before and, cut off from internet access and (by choice) TV, I sat around and did little besides sleeping, reading, and eating. The road trip to Denver was OK, but the heat, expense, and stress of preparing for the wedding prevented me from really enjoying myself. I did, however, finally get to the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, one of the very few Cold War-era historical sites I know of in this country.

Photos coming soon. I saw Mark N recently and he gave me a hard time about letting POTD languish. I'm going to try harder.

Posted at July 23, 2005 10:01 AM, Categories: Beardcore
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