When I shot their engagement session I knew that Brittany and Chad would have a great wedding, and they did. Friends and family came from all over the US and Canada to celebrate with the happy couple. Everyone enjoyed the party, there was lots of laughter, and the dance floor was rockin’ all night long.
I was asked to shoot cast prep (hair and makeup) for Basha High School’s presentation of “Jack the Ripper.” I shot some dark cast portraits too.
The Smiths, what can I say? They are really good people who don’t take themselves too seriously. And, they are at a crossroads in life. One married daughter just had a baby, another daughter is off to BYU Hawaii to start college, a son runs his own business and another daughter in high school. They are in roughly the same phase of empty-nest progression that we are, so we relate. This shoot was at 6am to avoid the Phoenix summer heat, and yet they all looked great and had smiles on their faces. The early hour did give us some golden light.
One of the nice things about doing photography is that I get to see friends from our past, that I might not otherwise see. As our children get older, our lives are busier and it’s not always easy to get together often. This is why I was so glad that the White’s called. It was so nice to see them all again, although I wouldn’t have recognized their very grown up kids, as the last time I saw them they were about half as tall and half as old. We shot just before a small haboob rolled in, literally making it to the car just before the dust and rain began. But it did make for golden light, so I’m not complaining.
I have never met a more genuinely happy bride than Katie. Honestly, my face hurt after watching her smile so continuously and so broadly throughout her wedding day. And the fact that she chose yellow as her color so perfectly represented the joyous occasion this was.