Saturday, September 14, 2013

Two Elopements and a Wedding

It has been a hectic month. I agreed to do some wedding photography for All In One Weddings of Maine. I had some free time, and they needed an additional photographer. Sounded like a win/win situation to me. It has worked out really well. Connie Mills of All In One Weddings has proven very nice to work for, and she is keeping me busy during a period I am trying to build up some business for my studio work.

The first assignment on September 5th, was a couple from Ohio, Abby and Chris. This was a true elopement, as neither family knew they were in Maine to tie the knot. What a great, and fun couple. The chosen venue was spectacular, and the weather could not have been better. Connie married them on top of Mount Battie, in the Camden Hills area, of Camden, Maine. The view looks out over the North Atlantic, and takes in Camden Harbor.

I will say, as is often the case, the lighting was a challenge with the wedding taking place a 2:00 in the afternoon. I shot everything on manual, and constantly checked the histogram. This shot was taken with ISO 100, f11, at 1/160 of a second. I wanted enough depth of field you could see the harbor, and up the coast. Atmosphere was one of the reasons they traveled all the way to Maine to get married.

The second elopement happened on Saturday, September 7th at 11:00 in the morning. While I refer to it as an elopement, it was not in the true sense. Both had been married before, and their respective children knew they were here to be married. Their chosen venue was the Bailey Island Motel on Bailey Island, Maine. Terri and Chris had come from New Hampshire to be married on the Maine Coast. An area that Chris had known, and loved, since his childhood. Again, the weather gods were smiling on us, and the sun was shining and the sea was calm. John, of All In One Weddings, performed the ceremony, with his wife Betsy serving as one of the witnesses. The owner of the motel could not have been a greater. After the ceremony, which several from the hotel had seen, he asked if they wanted to go for a spin in his lobster boat. So, we loaded up the Cake, Champagne. enough glasses for everyone, and cake cutting utensils and set out. The photos from this wedding, and others mentioned in this blog, can be seen on my web site: This was unique in the fact that Terri is also a photographer, and spent some time taking her own detail shots. I hope my work measures up to her standards. This was another fun, adventurous couple.

The third, and final event of the weekend, was the wedding of Rachel Hjelm and Andrew Walker. I mention their full names because of the name Walker. I am no relation to Andrew, but his family was great, and I don't believe I have ever been with a group of so many folks named Walker. Their nuptials were a true wedding with a Red and White theme for the women. The men were dressed in pin striped Tuxedos, and I was informed it was to show respect for the New York Yankees, even though they all live in Massachusetts. The early evening wedding went off without a problem, officiated by Lisa of All In One Weddings. The fading light, and ever darkening sky did require some occasional fill light. But, once again, keep an eye on your histogram to judge how you need to change your camera setting to compensate.

One of the Photos I was very glad to be able to provide was of four generations. It is my understanding the grandmother is 100 years old. It was very special that she could travel all this way to see her grandson married. What a great photo it made, if I do say so myself.

This week has been spent editing, and processing, photos from all three assignments. It is a lot of work, but when you see the end results, and the client is happy, what could be better than that. 

So, until next time - keep shooting, and remember to check that histogram......

Please take a look at my web site for photos of these events, and others: