The one that got away

I like to have a little fun with the bride and groom during the Wedding Party photos. Once I saw the groom was wearing a long tie (ie, not a bow-tie), I knew I’d make this image. Some couples are okay with this sort of playacting and some aren’t; I always take my cue from the couple and these two were great fun!

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Kaley & Derek wedding. Harrisburg, Oregon

Shotgun Wedding

When I saw this rifle I knew I had to use it in a few shots. This image is a play on similar images I’ve created, except I never had a bride holding a real gun before!

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The bride from this wedding sent me an email before her big day, wanting to know if I could replicate some pictures she’d seen on Pinterest. For the past five years I’ve been getting ever-increasing ‘Pinterest requests.’ It used to bother me a little: those images were from different venues, with different brides, and different times of year…yet I was expected to produce the same photos. Mostly however, I think, I was put off by the assumption that I was was no more than a camera-operator who had no artistic visions of my own. I soon got over this after I realized that a lot of the images I was being sent were really good. Instead of boxing me in, those images got my creative juices flowing again and I began to experiment more (which always leads to good things!). This image is my interpretation of one of the Pinterest photos sent to me.

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