Maggie and August’s wedding day was one of those days that stretches on, blissfully, for years instead of hours. The confidence, the comfort, the certainty of their love put us all at ease, meaning us humans, me included.
The lovely Alexandrina Owens brought me on as a second for Deena & Jason’s Sausalito Woman’s Club Wedding. Deena and Jason were laid back and overjoyed to be marrying each other. A few highlights: the weather kept changing, with direct sun and fog chasing each other through the valley which made for some exciting, and dynamic portraits. Don’t miss the parental fist pump in the recessional. The Sausalito Woman’s Club is perched on a hill with the most delightful view of the docks and the bay. The building is full of history including an incredible mural in a very tight space, that just has to be seen in person. I had seen a paella that would not fit through my aunt’s door and had to be carried on an angle, but I had never ever seen a paella quite as large as this one. There was a puppy chasing a boy with a cupcake. It’s hard to ask for much more than that.
Welcome to my blog post about why you don’t need a wedding photographer. You are probably thinking, “Wait a minute, Paul! You are a wedding photographer. You run a wedding photography business called Hazel Photo. Why would you tell anybody why they don’t need you?” There are a few good reasons for this:
Nobody needs a wedding photographer. We need food, shelter, water, healthcare, human contact. We want weddings, because we like beautiful and meaningful events that honor our love and our families!
I truly believe there is no one right way to make family with other people. Weddings aren’t for everybody, and when people do decide to get married, there are thousands of ways to do it. I have photographed city hall weddings where I signed official documents as a lone witness. I have photographed 300 person balls at swank rooftop clubs. I have photographed thirty person farm weddings complete with tutu clad sheep. You name it! Some people are happy to have a few snapshots from friends, others hire a team of five photographers.
I don’t want to work with anybody who doesn’t really want a wedding photographer. I want to work with people who appreciate my photographic style, and my approach to weddings. I want to work with people who are seriously excited to work with me. That’s the recipe for incredible photographs, and good feelings.
So… in summation, even if reading this blog post has been informative, and you find that in the end you really would like to hire a professional wedding photographer, the truth is there are many reasons why you don’t need a wedding photographer. Click here if you are excited about my documentary style wedding photography and you want to see more images! Click here if you want to send me a message!
– Becca & Josh
Camp JRF (a Jewish camp in the poconos) is where Becca & Josh met as campers. During the wedding weekend there was even a sign posted on a footbridge in the woods to mark the location of their first “date.” Becca and Josh are both incredibly friendly and welcoming people. This was made clear by all the close friends in attendance, seemingly from every era of their lives. The most remarkable thing about Becca and Josh’s wedding was the attention to ritual. The rituals began in the morning, and stretched until after the sun set. Each led by yet another eloquent officiant. I have never before scene a couple so “thoroughly” married.
Rose and Oliver were married on 4th of July weekend in a region of Vermont known for its stone quarries. The venue was a converted farm called Millstone Hill. The ceremony was outside with beautiful rolling hills for a backdrop. As night set in, the fireworks began and rain fell. The party danced and danced under the tent and out in the rain. It was such a lovely wedding!
Pennsylvania Farm Wedding – Ryan & Julie were married in Ryan’s parents’ farm backyard. It was an intimate wedding with a few dozen guests, so I had a chance to get to know all the guests through my camera, and make varied photographs of each of them. There were adult partygoers, child partygoers and animal partygoers, all dressed in finery. Yes, a potbellied pig in a red tutu. I was thrilled. And a pair of southdown sheep in red tutus. The dogs wore bowties. A lovely time was had by all. Thank you, Julie and Ryan for throwing such a perfect party, and for being so easy to work with.