Be sure to give your wedding photographer these two things.

Be sure to give your wedding photographer these two things.

I have been shooting weddings for nearly 2 decades and what I’ve learned is that beauty is very subjective.

What do I mean?

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For example,  I think that the groom’s aquiline nose is handsome, strong and even sexy. What I don’t know is that the groom hates his nose.  But doesn’t want to seem vain and so he doesn’t tell me this before the wedding.

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What if a bride has a one dimple. I love dimples and I’d be inclined to photograph the dimpled side more especially when she’s smiling.  She may not like her dimple.

What Two Things

1. I always ask the bride and groom to send me a photo of themselves that they like.

2. And I ask them to send me one that they don’t like.

This way I study the photos and can ask, “ What is about this photo of you that you don’t like?”  Then they have an opportunity to share what they like and perhaps don’t like about how they look.  This is great information to have before, not after the wedding.

Don’t miss tomorrow’s blog: “Confessions of a Wedding Photographer”

Alex + Dan

Alex + Dan

I wasn’t totally sure that Dan wasn’t peeing in his pants during the hilarious and  x-rated toasts by his besties. But the best part was that rather than being horrified or embarrassed Alex was laughing just as hard. If laughter is the best medicine – I am sure these two will have a long and very fun filled life together.

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Joey and Damian

Joey and Damian

When I first met Joey, she told me she always looks bad in photos.  I think she’s a liar,liar, pants-on-fire. The fall colors were at their peak that week-end at Winvian in CT. Oh, and that amazing dress she wore was made by her friend and designer, Robert Danes, and it could not have suited her more.  Then there were the red shoes, Damien’s red lined coat and a rainbow of Chuck Taylors.  If I could shoot this wedding every week-end, I would.

 

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Sally and Tyler

Sally and Tyler

Sally and Tyler’s destination wedding week-end started with a BBQ Barn Dance at the OBL with margaritas, tacos, two stepping and some hot cowboy boots.  The next day a ceremony at the historic Presbyterian church, a ride on the red trolley and a reception at El Monte Sagrado. Sally, the lovely bride, isn’t a wardrobe stylist but she should be.  She fashioned each of her bridemaid’s in vintage dresses from Etsy, cute huh?  And Tyler,well that big smile – and the fact that he didn’t mind carrying his new wife’s Christian Louboutin shoes all over Taos Plaza says it all.

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Darcy and Adrian

Darcy and Adrian

What can I say, adobe chapels, donkey carts, vintage cars and a backyard wedding.  If the amazing vows didn’t make your eyes water, (the groom, Adrian, is a professional writer and he outdid himself) then the singing in the chapel certainly would. Beautiful couple, Beautiful Day.

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Auld Lang Syne

Auld Lang Syne

Never knew what this  song was all about.  But Laura and Gregg tied the knot  New Year’s Eve in Taos, New Mexico and thus the blog title.  So below some lyrics and tidbits about “Auld Lang Syne”  in honor of the newlyweds.

And there’s a hand my trusty friend !
And give us a hand o’ thine !
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.

As well as celebrating the New Year, Auld Lang Syne is very widely used to symbolise other “endings/new beginnings”

The Church of Powder Day Saints

The Church of Powder Day Saints

Megan and Mark  really wanted to get married outside on the terrace at La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe.  They waited out the rain, they calmed the worried and pacing event coordinator at the hotel who wondered whether it best to move the ceremony indoors,  they watched the  storm clouds and finally when the weather cleared they braved the cold and got married on the terrace at the La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe.   Later, once everyone was inside eating, drinking and dancing it snowed.   Folks in Taos (where I live) would consider this a blessing from the powder day saints.

Western Wear

Western Wear

Though I’m a boot girl myself and Jennifer and Bryan (both from Texas) had some damn nice ones,  Bryan’s white western shirt trumped my boot fetish.  I figure the bride’s dress always gets the attention, this time I –to highlight the groom.

Velma’s Locket

Velma’s Locket

velma + paul0371When Velma Gallegos opened up the locket and showed her mother the photo of her deceased father, I knew the best photo of the day was not going to be one of mine but instead the one the bride wore around her neck.

Camille + Kyle

Camille + Kyle

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I  was kinda curious about the origins of the word.
  • Main Entry: elope
  • Pronunciation: i-?l?p
  • Function: intransitive verb
  • Inflected Form(s): eloped; elop·ing
  • Etymology: Anglo-French aloper, esloper to abduct, run away
  • Date: 1628

1 : to slip away : escape <might have mistaken him for…some scarecrow eloped from a cornfield — Washington Irving>
2 a : to run away from one’s husband with a lover b : to run away secretly with the intention of getting married usually without parental consent

elope·ment ?l?p-m?nt noun

elop·er noun