So much of what we do as photographers is about anticipation and happenstance, a mix knowing where and how to be at the right place at the time and being at the right place at the right time by kismet. With Katelyn & Tyler, it was the kismetic recommendation of a fellow photographer friend Matt Shumate that brought us into each other’s spheres and brought me to Spokane in Washington to shoot their very much family affair of a wedding.
Katelyn & Tyler invited my better half, Nick & I to their saloon themed rehearsal dinner a couple of days before their wedding to get to know their family & friends. Through our Skype chats & emails they’d very much begun to feel like old friends and I won’t lie, I was really excited to meet their extended families and get to know everyone a little bit better. I was told that under no circumstances was I to bring my camera (but really… what kind of a photographer would I be if I left the hotel without at LEAST one camera?) and that we were there to be their guests and enjoy it all.
I’ve never been more thankful for my always camera-toting ways than when we arrived at Tyler’s family farm. I wish there was a way to bottle that atmosphere, because really, it felt like we’d arrived at our family house.
I’m going to camera-geek a little bit with you guys and say that one of the things that I loved about shooting this rehearsal was shooting purely with one camera and one lens (Canon 5D Mark III & 50L for my curious photographer friends). There’s something about using the one focal length and using your feet & getting up close and personal which I love, it makes you think everything through much more clearly.