it may have been the starbucks caffeine boost. or perhaps it was the leftover adrenaline from the day before. or maybe it was simply that a new love was in the air. whatever it was, despite the late night and early morning we were pumped about the adventure ahead. (even still i’m jittery with excitement to publish these for public viewing – and i haven’t had any coffee today!)
you see, i tried – briefly, but i did try – to convince brook and jorge to have a first look (see each other before the wedding) because my ocd personality wanted as much time as possible to preserve their wedding day in photographs. i failed. looking back now, though, i wouldn’t have had it any other way. the suspense of the morning, made all the more intense by reports of a hair-cut-gone-bad on the groom, wouldn’t have been any easier on the couple had we attempted to rush photographs before the ceremony. and the lighting prior to the ceremony was very harsh, while we had an ‘almost sunset’ to work with afterward – my favorite. lesson learned, i need to chill. the time after the ceremony was perfect and although mentally i was rushing myself, we finished with ample time before they needed to re-join their guests. ok, well we could have shot for hours, but knowing they wanted to go enjoy the party we wrapped it up.
in early conversations, brooke and i talked about the possibility of doing a “day after” session and how much fun we could have. i had no idea how much fun we could have. when reece – go reece! – thought to ask them about it before the night was over as we never set anything up, and they said yes, i was so excited i couldn’t go to sleep that night. in my mind i was posing, rehearsing camera settings, and basically planning out our every move. again, i need to totally chill.
as we drove into san francisco, texting back and forth with the newlyweds (oh, i love technology), i realized upon finally looking out the window that we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day. and as we made our way through the city and over to baker beach, i was delighted to see cloud cover that was going to make lighting that much easier. we didn’t have to fight with sun spots, shadows, or crowds!
it’s official. i am declaring myself a huge fan of day after sessions. no stress over keeping the dress clean, and no hesitation from the bride and groom – whatsoever – with any suggestion we made. jorge even said they should get married again (to each other of course) in a few years because the whole event was so much fun. don’t worry guys, as soon as we need models for that video i was telling you about, you’ll be hearing from me!
jorge and brooke, THANK YOU for giving me the opportunity to do something i’ve never done. THANK YOU for being the fabulous couple that you are. now, on with the show…
we began with some nice, clean portraits of course!
and had a little fun in the process…
what’s a newlywed photo shoot without a little bit of mushiness?
ready to get wet? those were my exact words to brooke…and she said YES!
uhhh guys??? it might be time to back up…
once upon a time there was a high school desktop publishing teacher. a lovely girl just happened to take that course during her junior year, and during that year she assisted in the creation of the school yearbook while enjoying the opportunity to try out some awesome camera equipment on a field trip to mt. diablo.
fast forward a couple years…the girl got engaged and decided that she and her fiancé needed to invest in a cool camera of their own to document their story that was beginning to unfold. welcome ‘shooter’ – the newest member of their family.
(oh, and i was that teacher – brooke is my first student to get married!!)
see, we didn’t get them too dirty
(no worries brides–salt water does not ruin dresses. rinse your dress out with plain water after and dry clean–it’ll be good as new!)