Goin' To The Chapel ▌ Sierra Vista Photographer, Arizona

Allow me to preface this post by saying "I am not a wedding photographer." Yet. I have yet to accept a wedding client because I do not shoot with flash, need to practice using flash, need to buy an off camera flash, the list goes on and on, but I cannot claim to make amazing images inside dark churches, period. With that said, my husband and I attended a wedding on Saturday and while I packed up my camera, following my father-in-law's advice and never leaving home without my camera, I had this feeling that said "clean your lens, pack your spare battery, you will be photographing this wedding." We battled pouring rain and ominous thunder clouds to get to the sweetest little chapel in Georgetown, TX, just in time to see the bride waiting under an umbrella with her father. When we entered the chapel I tried to locate the photographer, so I wouldn't stand in his or her way as I attempted to build my wedding portfolio. Alas, I could not find him or her. I quickly made my way to the groom, one of my husband's soldiers, and inquired about the photographer, and found that there was no official photographer other than a budding and talented family member with camera in hand. A big apology to everyone for the pushy New Yorker that took over moments later ;) I just couldn't bare the thought that this lovely young couple was about to commit their love to one another and there would be no professional pictures to look back on! Maybe it was my sympathetic Army Wife side who could think ahead to the long deployments, the obnoxious temporary duty stations, the untimely separations when wedding anniversaries go uncelebrated and babies are born before Daddy can make it home. This bride would need an image, a memory from a most special occasion, to remind her of the good times, to remind her of the love she shares with her soldier. I may not have captured the wedding party in it's entirety, my chapel images are dark, the roses in the garden outside were heavy with rain. But I can certainly take a little credit for capturing a few moments that will hopefully carry a lifetime of happiness; the decorations may have been soaked, the dance floor towel dried, but this intimate military wedding could not have been more charming! Congratulations to the happy couple, and should I get any more of these edited before we move to Arizona I will certainly post them right here. Enjoy your sneak peek!


Merrie said... at May 27, 2009 at 6:13 PM

Awwww, yes I did raise a pushy,step right up kid!! Nice job, do you always carry those blocks with you? Just promise me when you get to AZ, you won't walk up to some family sneaking through the fence and ask if they would like their first American steps photographed!

Amber said... at May 27, 2009 at 10:25 PM

BEAUTIFUL!!! I can't wait to see the rest. You are amazing and I promise the family member that was there taking the pictures didn't mind at all that you took over. Thank you again, and we look forward to seeing the rest... when you have the time of course

Holly said... at May 28, 2009 at 6:57 AM

how sweet! I am sure they will appreciate the photos forever!

I don't know if you have these links but you might take a peek at David Ziser's site.


Roxane said... at May 28, 2009 at 9:31 AM

I love them! You did a beautiful job :)

theArthurClan said... at May 28, 2009 at 8:48 PM

How lucky were they to have you at their ceremony?! These turned out amazing Karyn!

Julie Rivera Photography said... at May 29, 2009 at 7:20 AM

Despite the spontaneous assumption of the title "Wedding Photographer" you performed amazingly! What a great location...I really like the portrait of the couple and the use of the letter blocks in the final picture. This couple was so fortunate to have you in the audience!

Carebear said... at June 1, 2009 at 11:18 PM

They are BEAUTIFUL! Lucky for them that you were there. I'm sure they must be thrilled at these shots. Great job Karyn!

Becca said... at June 2, 2009 at 8:12 PM

Aw how sweet of you! :-) they are so lucky you were there!!!!

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