Let me state right off the bat that I am NOT a wedding photographer by any stretch of the imagination. Sure, I occasionally work as a second shooter with established pro wedding photogs but I am definitely not one of them. I offer up this disclaimer for two reasons:
1) The “real” wedding shooters have their act together in a serious way. They know where to be and when, how to handle the stress of weddings, and how to create a memorable package of images that document such an important day. I have a ton of respect for what they do–it’s hard work. But it’s just not my thing.
2) Don’t email me asking for a price to shoot your wedding. I won’t do it. Unless there’s a clown car, alligators and Russian psychedelic polka band involved. Then we can talk.
So why in the hell did I do this one? For starters, it wasn’t a wedding at all. Kelly and Jerad had gotten hitched in Vegas the week before. It was a reception. And by that I mean it was an outdoor feast of Roman proportions attended by some of the most awesome people I know.
You see, Kelly and Jerad are foodies. Kelly writes a great food blog and Jerad is one of the most knowledgeable humans I’ve ever met when it comes to beverages, especially those of the alcoholic variety. Their idea of a wedding reception was to erect a giant tent in the back yard, have master chef Kirk Warner cater it with an stunning array of gourmet food, order enough booze to float the Titanic, and invite everyone they knew to celebrate. I mean, when was the last time you went to a wedding reception and saw an entire hog (jokingly referred to as the guest of honor) roasting over coals?
And oh yeah, they wanted me to document the whole thing and take some “formal” portraits of the couple. Gee, twist my arm a little.
What ensued was a day (and night) filled with laughter, gourmet vittles and more than a few drinks (only after I was done ‘working’, mind you). Some of my favorite shots from the day’s festivities are below. If it looks like fun, trust me–it was. Which is another reason why I don’t want to be a full-time wedding photographer: I can’t imagine many other weddings being this fun!
Congratulations to Kelly and Jerad–may your life together be filled with as much joy as that day was. Now pass me some more of that pig.