As Gee said during the wedding, “What a great way to end the season.” Indeed it was. I’ve alluded in previous posts how there are some couples who I’ll completely vibe so well with. I mean, I get along and have fun with all my couples but there’ll always be the handful who feel like long-time friends and everything just aligns properly. They’re the ones you fall in love with because you can see and feel the sincerity they have towards each other, their family and to everyone around them (including me and my team). Daniela and Sal will go down as one of “the handful” from 2010 and their wedding will be one of my most memorable :)
Ok let’s start with the weather shall we? Ohmigoodness was it a beautiful day– yeah it mid-November! Sun shining and comfortable temperatures made for one extra thing to really be thankful and happy for. By the following day, it was cloudy, rainy and cold… a complete 180. This will also be one of my most memorable weddings because the priest who married them yelled at us three times lol One of the times I didn’t even hear because I was shooting and apparently he asked the photographers to move away from the front. Well, since I didn’t hear what he said guess what I did next? I walked right up to the side of the front and started shooting haha :X At one point he “sentenced” us to the rear and made this random speech in the middle of their ceremony about how to hire photographers. Oh man. What was nice was Daniela and Sal totally laughing at the situation and having a bunch of their guests come up to us in the evening with their support and saying that we did a great job in the morning. Phew!
Daniela and Sal totally made my day. The biggest favour a couple can do for themselves is to trust their vendors to do a great job (videographer, photographer, DJ, florists, card designers etc.) and give them artistic freedom. Why? Because when artists feel that you trust them, we’re encouraged and confident in our skills and that’s when we flourish. That’s where we thrive. I can’t tell you how insecure it makes me feel when I have a bride micro-managing or even dictating my job. It makes me feel like she doesn’t trust my decisions or my vision and then I start second guessing everything. From the get-go, Daniela and Sal had openly and outwardly said things like, “You do your thing, we trust you; you can pick where we shoot, I’m sure it’ll be great.” Those tidbits of encouragement really got me excited for their pictures and gave me a boost in confidence to do my best and beyond for them. In my superduperextremelybias opinion, I feel like some of the images from their set have been my strongest to date. I got a hold of their jaw-dropping invitation made by my go-to correspondance woman, Deborah from Palettera. I’ve literally seen hundreds of Deb’s invite work (since I photograph a lot of them frequently) and D+S’s has to be the most unique and memorable one she’s done (I’ll post up pics soon). It was totally not surprised at the amazing outcome of their invite because I knew that the artistic freedom and trust they gave to me would certainly be extended to Deb too and it was great to see her work flourish in those conditions!
What else will I remember from this wedding?
– Our pizza photoshoot prep where we stopped by a joint to munch on a slice (and a bit for Daniela haha) before starting our photo session because D+S are just cool like that.
– No wedding party, horray! Less time/energy managing large groups of people and freeing up the photos session so much (enough for that pizza break).
– Danny Fernandes. Enough said.
– Daniela and Sal. Seriously… the wedding really boils down to the couple and when the couple is amazing, my day is amazing and the photos become amazing! I love you two!!!!