One thing I love about photography is that I get the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people. I especially love it when our subjects let their personalities shine. Hillary and Jim have been long- Kaufman Kramer friends, who have appeared in numerous other weddings we have shot. I'm sure it was a change of pace for them to be the subject of attention on their special day. Hillary and Jim have been awesome to work with. Hillary works at Z's Hair Salon here in Ashland and is a very accomplished stylist. (Hopefully, we'll get a chance to work with her this coming winter on some projects we had in mind...) It was really fun to watch her get her hair styled on wedding day. So often, the guys and I joke around about how tough it is to be the subject of a photograph instead of the shooter. I'm sure Hillary was feeling much of the same way not being in the drivers seat. The thing I like most about working with this couple is that they love to smile and joke with each other. From their engagement session, to their wedding day...nothing but smiles. Being an Ashland wedding, we were able to bring in all 3 of us for their special day. We had Chris cover the ladies at the hair salon while Brad and I set up at the reception hall. Lately, I've been reading quite a few blogs about having multiple shooters on wedding day. I hear from friends who have been in bridal parties recently that the solo photographer just didn't capture everything they could have. It's hard to be in two places at once.
I think the beauty of having multiple experienced photographers is that we are able to accurately capture the entire story, not just the bride, not just the groom. During the reception, I've had numerous moms and dads approach me and comment on how wonderful it is to see what the guys were up to while the bridesmaids were at the salon, or vice versa. Our slogan is Live Your Day, Share Your Story... and that's hard to do with only one photographer. Again, this all relates to experience, and I appreciate sincerely the photographers who shoot solo... in fact...kudos! However, they still can't be in two places at once.
With Hillary and Jim, we got a chance to steal the guys away for some fun group shots while the bride was getting into her dress... thus, we were able to capture the full story. :) The wedding was beautiful and was held in St. Edwards Church in downtown Ashland. It was a beautiful day all around, with sun pouring in through the windows during the ceremony.
We had a lot of fun working with Hillary and Jim and we can't wait to see what they think about their photography. Congratulations you two, from all of us at Kaufman Kramer!