Ariel and Jon were married on Jon’s parents’ property outside Junction City, Oregon. When I first met them there, to create a shot list for the day and to see which locations and lighting would be best, I thought there was no way they’d transform the property into a viable wedding venue in time for their wedding. Boy, did I underestimate how much work they’d be able to do! Here are some sample images from that day, taken last September.
I don’t see a lot of Oregon brides who are into the Trash the Dress craze, but Trisha here knew her dress would get a little messy as she and her new husband, Jordan, hiked with me deep into the woods after their ceremony. The sun had already set but there was still some twilight left. I supplemented that with light from an off-camera flash, diffused behind an umbrella and balanced between a couple trees; the hill was too steep to use a light stand. The dress actually stayed cleaner than I thought it would, that’s for sure!
The first dance between a groom and his mother is always special: poignant and happy at the same time. At this Bend wedding I noticed the bride watching her new husband dance with his mom and knew I wanted to include her (the bride) in the frame. Since I already had my off-camera lighting set up by the dance floor it was easy to set my aperture to f2.8, focus on the groom and his mom, and complete the foreground with the out-of-focus bride and her Maid of Honor. Having shot 100s of weddings, this is where experience paid off: I knew there’d be a moment like this, and I had all my gear set up beforehand, so all I had to do was position myself in the right place. The bride had no idea I was behind her during this shot. 🙂